Getting ready for my first half marathon

virginia beach rock and roll half marathon

T-minus 2 days until race day.

I am sort of freaking out and sort of not. Part of me thinks "Oh, I have another long run this weekend." Then the other part of me thinks "I have to run in the beaming sun for 3 hours and try to stay hydrated and not get sunburnt all at the same time." And then I freak out.

But, look! There's hope!

Virginia Beach Rock n Roll Half Marathon Weather Forecast

Race day is Sunday. Would y'all pray with me that the thunderstorms make their appearance early in the day and we get to run in the rain?! Oh that would be THE BEST!

Then the sun can come out at the end of the race and we can have a lovely weekend on the beach. Look, it's totally possible. If you are a Virginian you know how "Scattered T-Storms" really means that it probably won't storm at all, but if it does it'll last 20 minutes and never come back again.

So, my goal is to get through the race hydrated, not sunburnt, and somewhat enjoy myself while I'm at it. I've enjoyed myself on my training runs so this should (hopefully) be even more fun! There are bands and cheerleaders along the whole course and so many of my friends will be there, too!

I totally plan on taking my phone with me on the run and snapping a few Instagram shots. (I gave up looking like a pro runner when I typed in my estimated finish time at registration.) I will also be writing about my experience when I get home. (Of course!)

Thanks for all of your words of encouragement… I am excited, nervous, scared, having bits of apathy, and most of all looking forward to the feeling of accomplishment when it is all over. :)

See you on the other side!

Liz Cook

Liz Cook is a wedding, birth, and motherhood photographer based in Central Virginia. Her intuition and creative perspective allow her to connect both professionally and personally with her subjects, and thus, her portfolio is saturated with authentic emotion. Whether she's sharing her story with fellow entrepreneurs or enjoying quality time with her husband and two daughters, Liz is both present and passionate about capturing and celebrating life. Her work has been featured by O "Oprah" Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Glitter Guide, Essence Magazine, domino, Rue Magazine, among others.