Vacation, All I Ever Wanted

25 Mar

alternatively titled: Doing Nothing > Doing Anything Else Ever

Post race, my personal race spectator and I stuck around VA Beach for a few days to basically be gigantic sloths.  It was everything I had hoped it would be.  The most strenuous part of each day was deciding whether I wanted sweet or savory for breakfast.  Then I realized it was a buffet, so just grab two (or three … or four) plates and call it a day, right?

sloth_yawn

Eventually we decided to let housekeeping into our room, so we set out to wander.  We found this delightful establishment called Waterman’s Surfside Grille and had the bartender hook us up with their signature drink – the Orange Crush.

You beautiful orange concoction, you.

You beautiful orange concoction, you.

It was about 50 degrees out that day, and this drink rocked my world.  I can’t even imagine how dangerous these would be on a hot July afternoon.

After a few of those, we decided to hit the Boardwalk, and I decided to be the world’s biggest touristy asshole.

I am a joy to be around, seriously.

I am a joy to be around, seriously.

Why would you not at least walk into the ocean once?

Why would you not at least walk into the ocean once?

My ankles froze almost instantaneously.

My ankles froze almost instantaneously.

I'm not entirely positive, but I think I'm saying "what kind of asshole does that, seriously"

I’m not entirely positive, but I think I’m saying “what kind of asshole does that, seriously”

Looking down the beach.

Looking down the beach.

It was quite an enjoyable couple of days and I was pretty sad to have to leave, even if it was a bit on the chilly side.

But, I couldn’t be too sad, because after heading home for a day, I went out to Boston to surprise my best friend for her birthday.  We spent an amazing weekend committing various acts of debauchery and eating anything and everything that was breaded and deep fried.

We are both in desperate needs of detoxes.

There will be no visual depiction of this part of the weekend.

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A QUICK ADDENDUM.  And just to make this a somewhat running related post.

Thinking back on the marathon, two things stood out to me.

  1. I only ate one thing of shot blocks during the entire race and didn’t have breakfast before.  My stomach was out of control with nerves and my last race experience wasn’t helping.  Is it possible that when my legs seemingly didn’t want to move forward anymore that I was actually experiencing a glycogen shortage?
  2. It was so cold that I barely drank any water at all.  I just never felt that thirsty, and when you’re freezing, the last thing you want to do is throw a cup of cold water at your face for the hell of it.  However, upon returning to the hotel and scientifically analyzing my pee (so sorry, so gross, so not ashamed), I came to the conclusion that I was extremely dehydrated.  Trust me, I’m a doctor software engineer.  I can’t imagine that helped things either.

These are things I need to work on.  Along with not sounding so whiny, because honestly, I’m very happy with the final result.  I know I have a better marathon in me, but that’s what I had on that particular day, and I’m proud of that.

 

 

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3 Responses to “Vacation, All I Ever Wanted”

  1. HollieisFueledByLOLZ March 26, 2013 at 5:57 am #

    I’m glad you had such a good time in VA, It’s pretty neat to actually read and see pictures of it too (since I probably know which buffet you are talking about…) I love all their breakfast buffets.

    I really think the weather made such a difference. It was too cold for me and I didn’t take a lot of water or a gel at all during the half. If you are looking for a complete opposite (and shorter) race…the RnR half in September there is always 80+ degrees LOL.

    • upstaterunner March 26, 2013 at 7:33 pm #

      Hahaha 80 might be too much of a swing in the other direction! It was seriously a great time though, even if the race itself was tough. I will certainly return at some point. Hope you had a good time in VA & TX! I’m just catching up on blogs and it sounds like you had a blast 😀

      • HollieisFueledByLOLZ March 27, 2013 at 5:50 am #

        I did thanks! I’m in the same boat…either way upstate NY is still a rude awakening.

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