Oh Boy! I’m going to try not to make this too long.
The Run: I ran every single step of the 5k. I did not walk even once, and I finished in 42:02! I felt really good. It was drizzly with patches of outright rain. It was cloudy and windy, but overall comfortable. The whole way, I was amazed by how much if felt just like my training runs but without the hills (and it was easier to breathe because of 2000ft drop in elevation).
The Shopping: We took advantage of being in the city and visited a running store. The woman was appalled by my shoes (I wish I had a picture of her face, but I do have a picture of my shoes).
I had planned to buy new shoes, but still run in my old ones (for fear of new-shoe blisters). The woman at the store said that is normally her advice, but in this case, she recommended that I run in my new shoes. She also suggested that I should just throw away the old shoes – immediately! I chose to keep them for gardening and whatnot, but I did run in the new ones, and they felt great!
The Food: Oh, My, Goodness! I love the Ghent area in Norfolk. Saturday night we went to AW Shucks for the first time in 5 years. Their chef is amazing, but they are known for being a fantastic raw oyster bar. Since it’s been so long, we agreed we could not choose between awesome chef and awesome oysters, so I had 9 raw oysters, a 5oz steak, a crab cake, broccoli, a hush puppy, and half an Aventinus beer (I’m a lightweight and felt a whole one was a bad idea the night before a run).
For lunch today, we went back to Ghent to Baker’s Crust. It’s a local bakery known for bread baked in a wood fire, brick oven. They also serve a regionally famous kicken’ crab and corn chowder that includes jalapenos and sherry to really add a unique depth and spice to the soup. They have a farm in Suffolk, so most of their veggies come straight from there, making their salads as special and yummy as their breads and soup.
The company: Hanging out with my hubby was probably the best part of the whole weekend. We had a 5 hour car ride each way, and it was so nice to spend time just the two of us. We’ve already registered for the 1/2 marathon for next year!!