When I got to the beach yesterday it was rainy, windy, and cold. And the weather back home?? 60 degrees and sunny…. hmmmm.
I took a picture for you from my balcony to document the less than ideal weather, but naturally I left my camera cord at home. Guess I will stick to pictures with my cell phone for the week.
|Not my picture, but just to give you an idea of what it looked like
when I rolled into town. [source]
The plan was to run in the morning Tuesday through Thursday or Friday this week. I was smart and neglected to check the weather prior to packing. I had the words “Virginia Beach” in my head, so I packed all shorts and t-shirts to run in.
I woke up this morning hoping to run, but the weather was much the same as Monday- windy, cold, and cloudy. So my morning run got pushed to this afternoon so that it could warm up some. Except it didn’t. What did I do then? Googled the closest running store, drove there after my meeting wrapped up for the day, and purchased a long sleeve running top. (Note: Yes, my hotel has a fitness center with TWO treadmills. But I refuse to use them when there’s a boardwalk right outside my door)
The good news is the running store (Running Etc.) had already switched over to their summer stuff, so the only long sleeves they had were on clearance. This top was originally $70 and I got it for $30. Score! And I know it was meant to be, because on the clearance rack this was the only small and everything else (and by that I mean the other 4 long sleeve tops they had in the entire store) was large and x-large. I typically wear a medium in women’s sized clothing, but this Asics top is a “loose fit” top and it fits great on me. It was fate! Plus I love the color.
So with my new long sleeve shirt in tow I got back to my hotel and headed out for a little jaunt up and down the boardwalk.
|Don’t be deceived by the sun. It’s cold, I promise.|
My legs feel pretty good after Saturday’s race. The upper parts of my quads are still a bit sore and so are my hips, but I took it easy and actually ended up running around 9:54 pace. I guess it helps that I’m at sea level and it’s flat as a pancake. Even though I enjoyed the run, it seemed like I had been running longer than I really had. It was strange, because I didn’t feel tired, I just felt like I had covered more distance than I actually had. Maybe it’s the lack of hills?
Have you ever run on a boardwalk? Which one/where? Do you like running along by the ocean? Does it feel longer for you, too?