Sunday, December 9, 2012
A great weekend and race report
I remember a race about 6 years ago - it was the Arts Fest 10k and it was one of my favorite races. I didn't really care that it was during Arts Fest (too crowded), didn't care for the weather (too hot) but I loved that it was a race in which all of my kids ran: my oldest daughter and I ran the 10k, my youngest 3 kids ran the kids run and although he didn't run the race, my oldest son was running daily at the time. It was so great to see my kids participate in a sport that I loved.
This past weekend we took a fast trip to Virginia Beach to participate in the Surf'n Santa 10 miler and Frost 5k. It was a perfect weekend! We left central PA in the midst of a freezing rain watch and ended up in VA where flowers were blooming and we could run in shorts. Amazing!
There was also a Holiday Light celebration going on - we could see the lights right outside the balcony of our hotel. It was beautiful - we had a chance to swim - in the pool, not the ocean - and just had a grand time. As usual, we tried to cram in absolutely everything possible into a very short time. We also really enjoyed sleeping in a hotel instead of a tent!
The girls did great - even though they don't agree and according to my calculations based on my 10 miler time, if I maintain this time and my training, I just my qualify for Boston next year.
It was very obvious that the organizers of this race had done this before - there is nothing that could be improved - I've never seen such an efficient, well-organized race! There were runners dressed up as a live nativity, as Christmas trees, gingerbread men, Santa Claus, presents, angels, a menorah........it was as festive as the name of the race implies.
It was just a happy, happy weekend! There's nothing like a race to bring out the best in people, I think. Everyone doing something healthy just because it is fun - and the pride that you see on runner's faces (especially the kids') is just priceless.