I LOVE RACING. AH! Saturday I participated in the VA is for Lovers 14k- an 8.7 mile run through the Virginia Beach Amphitheater. Last time I visited the Amphitheater I was wearing a dress, drinking blue moons, and dancing to the sounds of Jack Johnson. Let’s just say this was a whole different ball game.
After running the first three miles at a ten minute pace and giggling at men dressed as cupid, my adrenaline kicked it. I was having fun, but I wanted to RACE. I said my goodbyes (MEET YA AT THE FINISH LINE!) and took off! I ran the next four miles at a 9 minute pace, then kicked it up a notch and tried to stay in the 8 minute range at the end. I clocked in at 01:23:52.
The best part about the race: running into the amphitheater and grabbing “free” Moe’s burritos and a giant mug of Yuengling! I even spotted THIS girl and her friend:
Final conclusions: This race was a BLAST. Part of me wishes I didn’t hang back in the beginning (chicken I am)..I didn’t feel very tired when it was over- I definitely could have pushed myself a whole lot more. On the other hand- I had a GREAT time. Running with buddies the first half then jamming out to my own tunes during the second was the perfect combination.
Also, this race gave me the confidence I need to now pursue longer races…and really, what’s better than that? The mushy girl I am (like Courtney, think Sex and the City: I am a definite Charlotte) loved the Valentines theme.
Time to work, work, work until it’s time to hang out with my Valentine. Love is in the air!