This past Friday, I woke up at 6 AM and prepped for a journey much more exciting than a regular day of work: a long run!
See, hubs had to work (his company is based out of Virginia Beach) so I tagged along on the trip out and we had a mini-vacation out of it 🙂 We left on Thursday night, after I got out of work and headed out to spend two nights ocean front 😀 I was lucky enough to have a bit of an idea on what route I would take, thanks to Melody and Jessica’s rave run feature from this past summer.
Since we were staying at the Hampton Inn, which was off 10th street, I adapted the route and headed north on the boardwalk, onto Ocean Front Ave, off of 64th street into First Landing State Park.
Once I reached the park, I headed onto Cape Henry Trail, a wide, shady and packed dirt multi-use trail. There were plenty of runners, walkers and cyclists out and about and it was quite relaxing.
I hit a pretty comfortable stride and made the turn around right after about 3 miles into the trail run (apx 7.5 miles into the run) and headed back. I was planning on hitting 20 miles on Friday, so I figured that I would just do that repeat once more, then run back and be at an even 20.
Yeah, I tweeted the above ^^ picture out, after tripping on a teeny little knobby root thingy. I did ball up in my fall though, and minimized injury – just got really dirty (sweat + sandy dirt on your skin is NOT pretty) and bruised my knee. Still, I decided to play it safe and headed back toward the beach.
I went back the same way I came, but this time, once I reached the boardwalk, I took off my shoes and ran barefoot in the sand for a mile. AMAZING! My first time, ever! It was hard, but I felt so free and happy.
14 miles after I embarked upon on Friday morning long run adventure – over pavement, trail and beach – I was sweaty, tired and dirty – but you could NOT wipe that smile off of my face for the rest of the weekend – after all, Saturday meant more running – the Wicked 10K!
What’s your favorite type of surface to run on?