As you’ve seen, Andrew and I ran an 8K on Turkey Day.
I was very excited that Andrew agreed to run with me. It’s so much better to run with someone else than alone. We started towards the back since I knew that I don’t run that fast. Andrew and I got our pace pretty quick and before we knew it were at mile 1. High fives! 😉
When I registered on the website it kept touting a new course. Apparently that new course…included lots of lovely hills. Here in Virginia Beach, we don’t have to many of those raising inclines, unless they are man-made. I’ve gotta say, I’m pretty proud of us because we ran up all the hills. By the third hill I was cursing them, but hell, I did it!
Yeah, that’s not how I felt.
Around mile 2, running through a neighborhood, there were some people out in their front yard making cocktails. They seemed to have the ingredients for mimosas and something with rum. Andrew and I saw a guy go back and grab two drinks one for him and one for his friend. Good times.
A little ways after that (mile 3?) we overheard the following conversation: “Hey Mike, how are you doing?” “Hey John, very poorly!” It was hilarious at the time and Andrew and I referred to it constantly throughout the week.
I’ve got to give major props to my brother. He was an amazing cheerleader and coach. High fives after every mile, words of encouragement…awesome job bro! I told him that I was going to walk for a little bit once we hit the traffic light (the hills killed my thighs) he told me I could, but as soon as mile four came up, I was running again. See, good coaching right there!
I’m also proud of him because I know he was hurtin’ the last mile and half or so. He pushed through it and we even sprinted to the finish.
Now, I’ve definitely caught the racing bug! If you’re interested in some upcoming Virginia Beach area races, check out these!
Jingle Bell Run/Walk December 1st – Norfolk
Christmas Town Dash 8K December 2nd – Williamsburg
Surf n Santa 10 miler December 8th – Virginia Beach
Santa Claus Shuffle 5K December 15th – Portsmouth