Well I officially survived my first “race challenge”. While maybe one day I will work up to completing a Dumbo Double Dare or Glass Slipper Challenge with Run Disney for now I decided to start small with the Rock N Roll 1/2 Marathon Remix Challenge. But before I get to all of that, let’s talk race expos- shall we?
The hubs and I both took the day off Friday to get our beach weekend started. We were so eager for the weekend we left EARLY to get our road trip started.
Luckily, the coffee was flowing as we made the 4ish hour drive to Virginia Beach.
We actually arrived a couple hours before the expo even opened (#FAIL) so we decided to swing over to 757 Crave for some sunshine and lunch. The view was great but I wasn’t sold on the food. Please remind me why places insist on serving ice burg lettuce these days?
After lunch we headed down to the Virginia Beach conference center. Since this was technically the hub’s race weekend I was tackling the expo his way. The man has earned it after 2 Princess expos. Just saying. Luckily packet pick up for the 1/2 Marathon and 5k was a breeze. Noto so luckily, packet pickup for the Mile In the Sand race was a nightmare. We waited over 40 minutes and had the pleasure of hearing everyone around us complain. FYI- complaining doesn’t make the line move faster so buck up folks!
Once packet pickup was complete we went to grab our race swag (shirts/bags/etc for the 5k and 1/2 and beach towels for the Mile In the Sand race). This was also a breeze and we were entering the expo in no time!
I had a great time scoping out the Brooks gear and we even made a quick stop at the Brooks free photo booth.
I pretty much followed the hubs around the expo (though I might have made a quick stop at the Sweaty Bands booth). The hubs is an all business kind of guy so he quickly made his stops and was ready to split!
Here are my two expo purchases. Both made me smile HUGE!
Since Friday night was a last minute addition to our trip VA Beach was booked solid. Sooooo, we headed up to Portsmouth for the night.
Not a bad view, eh?
I cannot say enough nice things about the folks at the Renaissance Hotel. We had a lovely room, a lovely view, and a lovely stay. We were so relaxed we decided to ditch our car for the night and walk to dinner.
We ended up finding a little hole in the wall pub and settling in for some pub grub. Just what we needed after a LONG day.
After a walk back to the hotel (and jamming out a little to the concert on the water) it was time to call it a night. We had a run to do the next day!
Up Next: The Mile In the Sand Challenge.