15th Official Race of 2013: Rock 'n' Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon
Thursday, August 29th:
I woke up at 3:30am to get on the road by 4:15am for my drive to Virginia Beach. We lucked out with WAVY-TV and scored an early interview which is supposed to happen around 10am or so this morning so I want to get there in plenty of time. I'm driving solo since this year we don't have any other Greensboro friends joining us in the race and Jim will be going up tomorrow night after work. I'm actually looking forward to the drive--just me, my music and a large mug of coffee. Whoo hoo, 4-1/2 hours of ME TIME!
Thanks to very little early morning traffic I actually arrive earlier than expected and get to the Kubin's house just as Pete is heading off to work. Becky has taken this week off since it's the last week before the boys go back to school, so I get to spend even more time than usual with her. She has plans to go to the boys' schools for "meet-n-greets" with their new teachers today but decided to join me for my interview this morning before she heads the other direction to Jackson's school.
|I can't believe how big they are since I saw them in July. Jackson, left, and Joey are eager to be my PR assistants this morning.|
Although the reporter did say he was on his way, he gave no indication of how close he was. I'm quite used to the waiting game when it comes to media opportunities but I'm feeling bad for my nephews who've now been with me for 2 hours this morning and still no interview. Welcome to the glamour of television, boys!
|Brothers killing time in the shade.|
|What fun it is to wait. Don't ask me what Joey's doing, he's often absorbed in his own world.|
|I guess I forgot to mention the wind, but you can see that Jackson has a fight on his hands with my sign. I forgot to stabilize this sign before my arrival--it's the one I saved from last year's Vegas run so it has seen better days for sure!|
|Maybe it would have been better had I made a GBUT kite instead. :-)|
|Can I take my nephews on tour with me, PLEASE????|
|Joey chills out and watches all the drama around him.|
|That's Nathan while I'm in the rare position of being behind the camera for a change--I loved getting to help with this!|
(As usual, these links don't remain active indefinitely but once we get the actual files we embed them on our Allard website for future viewing. For past clips go to www.alllardusa.com/beth and link to the "press room" and "TV media" for a list)
After the FANTASTIC hours with Nathan I made my way back to the Kubin's house to work while Becky and the boys ran all their back-to-school errands. Most of my work was catching up on emails and finishing my Chicago blog (why do I always wait to the last moment to get these things done? Dad, can I blame you for my procrastination gene? :-) ) I really wanted to get my work done so I could enjoy time with the family while I'm here.
|Jackson and Becky take off on a late afternoon bike ride to get their exercise in for the day.|
Speaking of much-desired family time, once Pete got home from work I stopped my own work and spent the rest of the evening enjoying a relaxing evening at home with the Kubins. No photos of family time, sorry! After such an early start to my day I was dog-tired by 8:30pm and headed upstairs to bed by 9:00... I think I was asleep before the boys... ZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz
Friday, August 30th:
Jim called and said he was taking half day off so I hung around the house with my nephews all morning then headed to the Expo when Jim arrived in the afternoon. He got a one-way car rental so we could drive back to Greensboro together on Monday... on our way to the Expo we dropped off his car and got ready for yet another busy race weekend.
|This promotional sign looks so innocent, but last year's race here was the hottest, most humid event I've EVER done. This year we're cautiously optimistic for better weather but the forecast looks to be similar so far.|
Saturday, August 31st:
I finally got my Chicago blog finished and posted, then did a quick fix on my Vegas GBUToday sign, so I was officially ready for the next race. We relaxed around the house during the morning, it is a holiday weekend after all and I refuse to feel guilty. Then we headed to the boardwalk for a nice lunch outside to get better acclimated to the heat and humidity. As usual, I'm on call for possible media so being near the boardwalk and Expo was a necessary condition for trying to enjoy the day without shirking my responsibilities.
|Becky scopes out the boardwalk for a new restaurant she's been wanting to try.|
|We find the place she was looking for and arrive early enough to get a spot on the outdoor patio.|
|This was our lunch spot du jour.|
|Our view from the corner of Tortugas|
|This is the front of the patio overlooking the beach and boardwalk. Jim, Joey, Pete and Jackson lead the way.|
We walked along the boardwalk after lunch to enjoy the beach before going in search of frozen yogurt, the boys favorite summer dessert. On the way we paused to take in some of the sights:
|This is a new monument, according to Becky, honoring local law enforcement. The inscriptions along the base are of officers who gave their lives in the line of duty.|
|A very compelling, inspiring and yet somber memorial.|
|Jim tries to elevate the mood after reading the memorial inscriptions, hamming it up amidst the sea oats.|
|According to the wisdom of my nephews, bottom left, this is the most photographed place in VaBeach. Add one more to the growing numbers!|
|Big names at this weekend's event! Rock 'n' Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon is always held in conjunction with The American Music Festival, which makes this weekend HUGE as the last blast of summer.|
Our final stop for the day was a trip to Town Center to meet briefly with Jayme Brendle (my friend and Allard rep for this territory) and then to an early dinner with the family and also with Emily Schulte. Regular blog readers know Emily of Terryberry/Rock 'n' Roll Jewelry... she's one of a handful of special friends I've made along the RnR tour and I am always so glad to spend time with her.
We chose to meet at Town Center since it was so close to both Jayme's and Emily's hotels but also because every restaurant on the beach would require a one-hour wait on such a busy holiday weekend. Becky recommended Sonoma Wine Bar & Bistro which proved to be an excellent pick!
|Dad, check out the Sous Vide option! :-) I always think of you and your new culinary toys when I see these.|
|Fresh blackened Ahi tuna with the most delicious avocado salad I've had in a long time.|
|This was, I think, Emily's grilled chicken salad.|
|Another view, featuring heirloom tomatoes and mandarin oranges.|
|The waitress ingeniously made a child proof "cup" for Joey who, upon seeing it, said delightedly "That's hil-A-rious!"|
|One dessert for 6 of us to share: Bread pudding with grilled bananas and mocha ice cream. (A satiated Joey reads Calvin & Hobbes in the background)|
Sunday, September 1st: RACE DAY!
Yet another early wakeup call, this time it's 4:15 am. to ride with John and Sharon Yager to the start line by 5:30 am. If you followed the blog last year you may remember that the Yagers, both schoolteachers in VaBeach, have run this race every single year since its inception. Amazing.
|Julie, Jayme, Jim, Sharon and I walking to the start line area as the sun finally starts to peek over the horizon.|
|Rock 'n Roll gypsy sightings!|
|David "The Clydesdale Runner" DeNeire made it back this year for more punishment in the heat and humidity.|
|I got pulled away for a live media spot with the host news station for this event. I barely made it back to my starting corral before the gun went off--yikes!!|
|The gun has gone off but we're still slow to move forward in Corral 4. Ready to rock 'n roll!|
|Sharon and John both finish strong this year (amazing what training will do, right guys?) :-) Here they are enjoying a post-race meal while I'm waiting for WTKR news team.|
|Gypsies Joe Harris and David DeNeire are all smiles having this Half Marathon behind them.|
|News Channel 3 meets us for our 4th media score of the weekend--woo hoo! Thanks to the BKI PR team for their diligence we had phenomenal coverage all weekend long.|
|Danny from WTKR films the real star of my accomplishments out here... the ToeOFF AFO (Ankle-Foot Orthosis)! Without this brace I wouldn't be BACK UP and running so I'm so happy to be able to raise awareness for this brace and other technology allowing people to return to a better quality of life. Thanks, Allard, for creating this brace! Here's a link to a portion of the story they aired (still working on getting the extended clip):|
|And thanks to Danny at News Channel 3/WTKR for a great interview we are spreading the word even farther throughout the Tidewater region.|
|The medal for the Half Marathon and the bonus Heavy Medal "Rock Idol" for doing 10 Rock 'n Roll events in the same year.|
See you all in Philadelphia!!