Every summer for the past three years, I’ve spent the summer looking forward to Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach. Not only have I loved closing out the summer at the beach, which is one of my favorite places in the entire world, but I’ve loved having a race to focus my summer fitness on preparing for. And while I had every intention of running Virginia Beach for the fourth time this year, I’ve come to the realization that training for RnRVB this summer and traveling there over Labor Day weekend just isn’t in my family’s best interest this year.
This is something that has been on my mind for a couple of weeks now. Its been three weeks since I ran ZOOMA Annapolis, and during these three weeks its been difficult for multiple reasons to get back into the training mode. After 18 weeks of preparing for ZOOMA, I needed the mental and physical break from training. And while I only initially intended for the break to be a week or two long, the longer that the break was, the more that I realized that my heart wasn’t into running Virginia Beach this year. When I brought the topic up with Preston of not running Virginia Beach this year, he was actually relieved to hear about my change of heart about running it this year.
From a training standpoint, the logistics of fitting in my last long training run would be difficult. We leave Disney World two weeks prior to the race, which ideally should be the weekend of my last long training run for a half marathon. While I intend to run during the week that we’re at Disney, the reality is that trying to fit in a double digit run the weekend that we leave Disney is just unrealistic. Plus, coming home for two weeks, getting settled back into a routine here at home, while also starting the 2016-2017 school year, to then travel again for a long weekend doesn’t seem like the smartest decision either. And since we’ll be traveling again two weeks later up to Philly for Rock ‘n’ Roll Philly, we really just need to spend Labor Day weekend here at home. And while the extra bling I’d earn from running DC, Virginia Beach, and Philly this year is tempting, I can’t base decisions for running solely on a medal.
Am I sad to not be running RnRVB this year? Absolutely. I know that I’m in the minority, but I love summer running, and I love even more being able to run at the beach. Rock ‘n’ Roll puts on a great event at Virginia Beach, and its the race where I developed my liking for Rock ‘n’ Roll races. Does this mean that I’ll never run RnRVB again? Absolutely not. But 2016 just isn’t the year for me to run this race.
I still have two other half marathons on the calendar for 2016. I’ll be running Rock ‘n’ Roll Philly on September 18th, and then the Wine and Dine Half Marathon on November 6th. Eliminating Virginia Beach from my calendar will also make Wine and Dine a bit sweeter too – it’ll be my 10th half marathon and I’ll get to celebrate this milestone by running at Disney World, the site of my first half marathon back in 2014!
QOTD: What tough decisions have you recently had to make in regards to your race calendar?