I made the 7.5 hour drive up to Virginia Beach Friday and was happy to get in around 3:00 without hitting any holiday weekend traffic. I dropped my stuff off at the hotel, and parked my car in the lot since I planned walking every where over the weekend, then I made the 10 minute walk to the expo.
I was heading out of the expo when I noticed Jim Ryun was about to speak. As the first high school kid to break a 4 min mile he is running royalty. I decided to sit down and listen to his 30 minute talk. I am glad I did because I really enjoyed hearing him talk about the experience and loved the advice he gave. His wife sat in the very front row smiling and laughing the entire time, they were adorable.
This was the first year that Rock ‘n’ Roll put on a running festival, two day event, in Virginia Beach so I had no idea what to expect from the Mile on the Sand. When I showed up I was sad to see that the run was not on the packed sand, but instead on the dry sand.
I told myself that it was only a mile, I mean how hard could one mile be?
I tried to run, but I kept sinking into the sand. You just couldn’t get any footing at all.
Instead of a run it was a dig as everyone kept sinking into the sand and having to pull themselves out.
The average time for the one mile was over 17 minutes because it was so difficult.
I ran my hardest, was exhausted, and still only finished in 12:36.
With as horrible as slogging through the sand was, would I do the Mile on the Sand again?
Yes, I would.
Why put myself through that again?
– The view was great.
– It was a unique event.
– The medal is adorable.
– Apparently I am a glutton for punishment.
(Be sure to bring old shoes with you for the Mile in the Sand as they end up coated.)
After the run I walked around a bit and then headed back to the expo to meet up with the other members of the team. This was my first race with Team Chocolate Milk and it was wonderful. The guys were all so nice.
I capped off the night with dinner at Croc’s with Mar from Mar on the Run. I failed to take any pictures of us together though, bad blogger, because I was so distracted by the conversation and the food. Oh, and I may have a new love – lavender lemon sangria. Wow!
Would you brave the Mile in the Sand?