This past weekend a few of my friends and I traveled down to Virginia Beach for the Shamrock Half Marathon and Marathon weekend. It fell right on Saint Patrick’s Day which made it that much cooler. I have gone down to this race three times and it is always a good time. Even this year, in the very cold, we had a great time. We drove down Friday night which was great. We were able to relax Saturday morning before heading the expo. We had talked about watching the 8k but it was really cold. And it was so much easier to watch from our hotel room. You could see the finish from our balcony!
After the expo, we had a late lunch and then headed back to relax before an early bedtime. This was my friend Lisa’s first full marathon so we made sure she got plenty of rest! The first alarm went off for my friends Victoria and Stephanie who were doing the half-marathon. I stayed back with Lisa, so we could walk down to the marathon together. (I am racing a half in April, so I decided against this race.) We walked down and met up with my friend Stephanie’s husband Josh before Lisa had to get into her corral. Once she did, Josh and I headed to the half-marathon finish without about 8 minutes to spare before Victoria crossed the line (1:44’ish- she is awesome!). I went with Victoria back to the hotel so we could prepare to see Lisa at Mile 12. Lisa was sending updates so we would be able to run down from the hotel as she passed by. Shortly before we left Stephanie and Josh came back, which was great; this way, all of us would be there to cheer her on! As she ran by, she looked happy and strong. After we saw her we headed back up to the room and I went out for my own run. I had 7 miles of my own to do and totally wimped out and got on the treadmill. By the time I was done it was time to shower and get ready to meet Lisa at the finish.
The finish energy was great and we had an awesome spot about 500 feet away with no one blocking our view. After Lisa crossed the line (4:51!) we headed to the post-race party for a celebratory beer before getting to the hotel and packing up to drive home.
It was a super fast weekend but we had a blast. And it got me really pumped for the April half-marathon!
This week, I leave for Mexico. One of my best friends is getting married and I am one of her bridesmaids. Currently the weather in New Jersey is 50 and rainy. In Mexico it is 90 and sunny! We leave super-duper ridiculously early (think 3am early!) on Thursday morning and I come home Sunday night. While I am there, I do have to get a run in, but other than that but plans are to relax, relax and relax. I also plan to take full advantage of my all-inclusive status 🙂
I will definitely post photos when I get back, but until then…happy swimming, biking and running!