Rock N Roll- Mile In The Sand

When we left off I was about to get a good night’s sleep in Portsmouth..or so I thought. The room was comfy but I tossed and turned most of the night. I think I must have been nervous about getting up, checked out, on the road and back to the beach in time. It turns out we had nothing to worry about. We made it to the “Mile In The Sand” event with time to spare.

r1The Mile in The Sand race is just what it sounds like- 1 mile in the sand. I thought a mile sounded easy peasy seeing how I average 4 miles per run these days. So, we geared up and waited in the crowd.

r2 r3 r4When our wave started I knew IMMEDIATELY I had made a mistake. Sand was filling my shoes, my legs felt like lead, and my calves were on fire. I made a pit stop to take my shoes off (which helped) and it was back to business. I knew I could handle a tough mile but this running in the sand business was more than I bargained for. I was seriously glad to cross that finish line.

Beachy medal? Check!

r8 r9We decided to spend some time at the finishers’ party and playing on the beach.  The sun was not blazing yet and I just enjoyed the peaceful morning.

r7In between the 1 + miles to the start, the race, and the walk back to the car I also got in a pretty good calorie burn!


After the race we made it our mission to find food. I had heard good things about a local spot, Citrus so we headed out to check them out.

r12We waited over an hour for a table so I had some pretty high expectations. Luckily these incredible pumpkin pancakes did not disappoint. Delicious!

r10 r11Next, we checked in our Va Beach hotel and spent some time enjoying the beach and boardwalk. It was CROWDED which was to be expected.

r13 r14 r15 r16We ended up coming in early so we could head out to an early dinner. The hubs had 13.1 miles ahead of him after all!

r17We decided to stop by and old favorite, Flip Flops for some Black Bean Hummus and Mango BBQ chicken tacos. Sadly this place was not as good as I remembered BUT it got the job done.

r18 r19Then it was time to rest. The Rock N Roll ½ was just hours away!


  1. Jenn says:

    This seems like a run race! I’m still working on training for local 5Ks, but I’m looking forward to traveling to some of the more unique and festive races in cool cities once I’m more confident at racing.

    No weekly weigh-in this week? I always look forward to those!

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