I was excited about this opportunity as I had heard so many great things about Shamrock Weekend. This race has been on my bucket list since I started running. As the time approached, plans changed a little in regards to where I was staying but everything worked out well. I looked forward to seeing friends, making new friends and having a great time! I also saw that several of my favorite vendors were going to be at the expo: Sparkle Skirts, Sparkle Athletic and Raw Threads. What's not to love about this line-up!
I left on Wednesday evening for the weekend. I had a planned visit to the Northern Neck River area on Thursday to leave on Friday morning. This is about half way for me and gave me the opportunity to visit the area that I so love. I did a brief run at Belle Isle State Park on St. Patrick's Day.
After resting for the day, I got up Friday morning and left for Virginia Beach. I had planned on arriving and meeting friends at the expo when it opened at noon for packet pick-up. I also had the opportunity to work for Sparkle Athletic on Saturday so Friday would be my day to visit the expo, shop and attend lectures. I love the Virginia Beach Expo Center and the convenience!
Saturday morning came early and back to the expo to work the day. I enjoyed working with Kelly and for Sparkle Athletic. I had the opportunity to wear fun items and picked up several to bring home. I also met several friends at the expo who stopped by to see me and had fun making new friends while working! I loved this opportunity and am so grateful for the ability to work for a fantastic company!
Saturday evening came with dinner at Carrabbas for pre-race carb loading. I met the nicest people, enjoyed a great dinner and had a wonderful time. A neat story to share as I "checked in" on Facebook and later that evening there was a message from a follower of mine. She and her husband sat behind me and she wrote that she wanted to say hi but didn't want to be "stalker-ish". I replied back that she should have said hi. Needless to say, I ran into the next morning at the race! What a pleasant surprise to meet her and I was so happy to have that opportunity...what a sweetheart and I enjoyed the brief conversation that we had! Please also say hi to me; I love to hear about you, your running adventures and share in your joy and happiness!
After dinner, back home and deciding what to wear as the weather forecast had changed several times. I laid out my flat me and went to bed.
"The Virginia Pilot" the next day about the weather conditions.
Have you ever not run a race? If so, why? Let me know! Til next time and remember, my journey continues...If you can dream it, you can do it as Walt Disney said!