This time last year, Anastasia and I had just completed our second half marathon together.
We did other things instead.
That fantastic spread comes from Virginia Beach’s own Doc Taylors. Famous for their breakfasts and $2 mimosas.
The Rock ‘n Roll was my least favorite half marathon of the ones I’ve run. It’s pricey, it’s crowded, and there’s very little swag involved. Anastasia and I figured since we’re so far into marathon training, we’d save some money by sitting this one out and completing our 20-miler the day before.
So, we went in support of the boys instead. 🙂
Rob and Jim ran for the Virginia Beach chapter of Team Hoyt, a foundation started by Dick Hoyt, and his son, Rick, who compete together in marathons and triathlons across the country to help the disabled become more active in the community.
It was one of the coolest, most inspiring things I’ve ever seen.
And only these boys would set a half marathon PR while pushing a wheelchair (seriously, they’re machines).
Those two happy campers were completely content cheering on all the half marathon finishers.
And if you’re unlike me and know your running celebrities, you’ll be impressed to hear we got to see Ryan Hall up close and personal.
I learned quickly from Anastasia: He is a sicknasty American runner who finished fourth in the 2011 Boston Marathon as the fastest American.
I bet all the elite Virginia Beach runners were pissed when he waltzed up to that start line talking about this “warmup” half marathon he decided to run.
His half time on Sunday was 1:03:02. You know, only over half an hour faster than my best ever half time.
His half marathon PR? 59:03. NBD.
Whatever, Ryan. I’d rather sit and cheer you on with my omelet and mimosa, anyway.
And if you’re wondering if we had a second breakfast post-marathon…
It may have happened.