Friday, September 11, 2009

Memorable Weekend

Last weekend I accomplished something I've wanted to do for a long time.  Mark and I ran a half marathon!!  We decided to do a Rock N Roll Series marathon because they sound like so much fun with live bands along the course.  We chose the one in Virginia Beach.  We are not at all hard core runners, and we by no means followed any pre-race rules.  We flew into Virginia Beach Saturday night and headed to a sports bar to watch football.  I doubt bar food and beer is recommended the night before a half marathon.  We had to wake up at 5am for a 7am race start.  The course was flat and shaded, and we couldn't have asked for a more fun atmosphere.  We made it to mile 11 before we started to get really tired.  The last mile was along the beach so the scenery helped provide some inspiration!  I finished right around 2 hours and Mark was close behind me at 2 hours and 10 minutes.  We were so proud of us!  We had such a great time that we're already in the process of planning our next marathon adventure!

That night we enjoyed a delicious seafood dinner and then went to a Black Crowes concert right on the beach.  Afterwards we had a nice surprise of fireworks and we saw the end of a Lone Star concert.  

The next day the rain ruined our plans for Busch Gardens, so we went to the Virginia Aquarium.  I love sea creatures and Mark loves IMAX movies, so we had a great time!  We had such a great dinner our last night at a brewery.  Mark enjoyed a few beers and I got my favorite drink, a strawberry mojito.

We missed Bentley, but he had a great time with his girlfriend, Lilly.  He had her over for a sleepover Friday night and then they spent the rest of the weekend at her house!  Thanks Rob and Jenny!
Enjoying some much deserved beer
Waiting on the beach for the concert
Relaxing in the park and icing down our tired legs

We did it!
Mark's about to cross the finish line!
About to cross the start line
16,000 finishers
I wasn't exactly thrilled at 6am. 

1 comment:

Jillian said...

SOOOOO impressed with your times! I think you are hard core runners!! Rosie misses playing with Bentley at the park - hopefully we'll see y'all there soon :)