Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Rock n Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon 2018



VA Beach half marathon


Last weekend was the 7th year in a row, I ran Rock n Roll Virginia Beach. I know every year when I sign up for the race it is always hot and humid. And of course this year did not disappoint.


In the past I have had VIP parking or had a parking pass where I used to work that was close to the start. Unfortunately this year I didn't have either one of those, but no worries my friend that I was going with is a Realtor and had a house on the market close to the start. 

We decided we would stay together and run so I didn't even bring my Ipod. We ran together until about mile 7 then I took a GU and sped up to the next water spot to get some water. When I turned around  my friend was no where in sight so I continued on by myself. At this time I was regretting not bringing my Ipod. But I will say I was actually able to take in all the great music that Rock n Roll has to offer so that helped.

Borrowing from MarathonFotot

By mile 10 I was over this race and ready to be finished. During this time the race is on both sides of the road and I felt bad for those other runners that were on the other side probably only about mile 4 into the race. They had such a disadvantage because not only was 
the heat and the humidity a factor and getting hotter by the minute, they didn't start at the beginning of the race due to their corral placement. Perhaps this race should start earlier?


Borrowing from MarathonFoto

I knew I was close to the finish when I arrived on the Boardwalk. Why does the finish line always look a lot closer than what it really is? I told myself that I wasn't going to Sprint at the end of the race. Is it really worth it to be sore the next day? But who am I kidding; yes it is! I passed one lady. Then I saw two men up ahead. I ended up passing one of them and I started creeping up on the other one, but just about that time he saw me and knew it was a sprint to the finish. People noticed this and started cheering for us. I finally threw up my hands and gestured yea you got me. I ended up finishing about 5 seconds behind him. After I crossed the finish line we high fived and congratulated each other! 

rock n roll va beach

I waited for my friend to finish, grabbed a celebratory beverage, and caught up with some runner friends. By this time a shower and a nap sounded better than sticking around for the after party. 

Later that evening we came back to the beach to watch the headliner ZZ Top. Overall a great race weekend despite the heat. -L



                                        We are linking up with the gals from TOTR.

23 comments:

  1. Congrats on your 7th finish! Sounds a lot like RnRCHI. Always hot and humid. Oh well, still fun. Too funny about the sprint to the finish!

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  2. I always say it's not a race whenever I run a race, but yes - sometimes, it IS a race and that's when it's crazy and fun - glad you had such a good finish!

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  3. I used to think Disney was crazy having races start as early as they do. Now I appreciate it because the sun isn't coming up for some time. Great job on the 7th finish. I always think I won't push myself at the finish line, and then I do.

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    1. That is true. Still I could do without those 3am wake up calls for Disney races.

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  4. I cant believe ZZ Top still is out playing. They have to be 120 years old!!!! haha
    Yeah - you'd think they'd move the race up even a half hour to help with the humdidity.
    Great smile at the end!

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    1. Thanks! I know right? We gave it these songs then we were out of there. Too old for us to know the songs....ha.

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  5. I love that sprint photo at the end! Such a big smile! That's what I love about races - being able to high-five with a complete stranger. Where else do people get to do that, huh? Well done on a great race and finish :-)

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  6. Great job! This sounds like a fun race despite the heat. An earlier start time would definitely help!

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    1. Thanks I wish they would change it. Even a half hr would help.

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  7. Nice job! You're right, why don't they start earlier if it's always hot? Congrats on a great race!

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  8. Congrats! I agree that races that take place in the hot summer months should start earlier.

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  9. that's too funny about you and the dude who refused to be "chicked" at the finish ;-)

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  10. Congrats on a great race! I'd love to do Virginia Beach, I've heard great things. I do think Rock n Roll races should start earlier overall...don't most of them start at 7am? When I did the one in Savannah they said that "due to extreme heat" they would start it 10 minutes earlier...I'm not sure what that did because 10 minutes is nothing in a marathon. I think they should have backed it up an hour or so.

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  11. Good for you for running a marathon in that weather. I don't think I ever ran a marathon in high heat and humidity. I hope you are all relaxed and recovered now!

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  12. I have never done this race bc I know how hot and humid it is this time of the year. Kind of wish they had it later in the fall. Oh well! congrats on your race and what a great race photo of you!

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  13. Congrats on pushing through -- and finding energy for a final push at the end! The heat and humidity keep me from this one for sure. ZZ Top must have been fun!

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  14. This sounds like a great race but yeah, starting it a bit earlier seems like it would be a good idea given the usual weather.

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  15. Looks like a great race! Awesome finish line picture on the beach. Sounds like an earlier start or pushing the race weekend back a few weeks would be nice though.

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