Race season has kicked off and I wish every race could be as run as the Virginia is for Lovers 14k!
As I proceeded to get ready and make my way to Jill's kitchen I realized she is a carb hater and had none in her house!!! Shouldn't that be a crime or something? I looked around and found almost a year old box of shredded mini wheats and was happy to eat those little guys with a banana.
We were out the door by about 7:30 to make the short drive to the Virginia Beach Field House where the start line was located. Sadly we grossly under estimated race day traffic and we started to panic a bit as we sat in a long line of cars headed all the same direction. We did make it there around 8:15ish so we still had plenty of time to hang out and go to the bathroom a couple dozen times before the start of the race.
It was a little chilly out, around 40 or so, but it didn't feel too bad. And what was cool about this race is that finish line and the post race party took part in the field house which meant everyone stayed nice and warm, which was awesome! We hung out in the field house for about a half hour or so and if you know Jill, than you know she knows about half the world and we ran into a bunch of her friends who were also running.
We made our way back into the cold and started to line up in our corrals. I was assigned corral #1, but since I would be helping Jill pace her very first race, I would be starting in corral #3 with her. They actually had us start in waves which helped make it a little less crowded. Once the gun went off we were on our way weaving in and out of people trying to find that comfy happy pace.
|sparkling and ready to run!|
|With Jill and Mel before the start|
Miles 1 & 2: 9:01 & 8:49
Miles 3 & 4: 8:46 & 8:39
As we approached mile 3 we ran by the VA Beach Amphitheater which for some reason was my favorite part of the course. I guess I kind of wish that they had a big band playing there, but oh well. Around this time we also passed a couple that we made friends with at the start line and we joked with them as we ran by. We continued to pass other runners and I asked Jill once again how she was feeling and she said great, so we kept running at our awesome pace. Lover's Lane was right around mile 4 and a couple who was running the race stopped and actually had a quick wedding ceremony and got married! Then they jumped right back into the race. It was such a cute idea for runners.
Miles 5 & 6: 8:44 & 8:47
Jill was still looking strong and I kept telling her we were so close and she was doing great. I don't think she herd me though since she ran with music on. I mean I guess who would want to listen to me talk for 9 miles? Mile 8 was probably the hardest mile of the race as we ran into the strongest head wind! It basically felt like you weren't running forward at all. It was hard! But the whole run went by so fast that I couldn't believe that we were almost finished!
The last .7: 5:38
Total Time: 1:16:10 (8.7 miles)