April 24, 2014

Why Richmond?

After sharing that I'll be running the Richmond marathon later this fall, I figured I would share some details on why I settled on this race.  I spent a lot of time researching races for the fall and settled on three options: Marine Corps for charity, Richmond, or Philly.  I eliminated Marine Corps almost immediately because I've already done that one.  And as much as I adore that race and it will always hold a special place in my heart, I wanted to try something new.  And after traveling for other races this summer, I decided I wanted to stay closer to home.  So what else brought me to Richmond?

1. Fabulous race reviews.  I've heard from numerous runners that this is a fabulous event and worth trying.  I usually don't make decisions solely on reviews but since this isn't one of the "big" marathons, I was really interested in feedback.

2. A hoopla-less event.  After doing some big races and races that require significant advance coordination and travel, I was excited to do something more low key.  You know, the kind of marathon that costs less than $100 and doesn't require a lottery?  Yea, I'm into those these days.

3. It's sort of local for me.  Richmond is about an hour and a half away which means I can go up Saturday and come home after the race…aka doesn't require a plane ticket and multiple nights in a hotel room.  Win!

4. Nice looking course.  It's flat and covers a good bit of the city.  Win-win.

5. It's later in the fall.  The race is mid-November which means that I'll be able to avoid the dead of summer long runs.  I won't be doing my 16-20 mile runs until September which is fantastic!  The very long runs in July and August were really tough as I was training for Marine Corps last year. 

How do you select your marathon races?  Anyone else running Richmond this year?
{Christine}

18 comments:

  1. I have never ran Richmond but have also heard good reviews about this race. I will not be able to run it this year because I will be doing Vegas during that time. I'd love to train with you though.

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  2. I had similar feelings when choosing the Philadelphia Marathon. Wish Goofy in January I wanted something low key and local. Looks like November will be a big month for both of us, exciting! :)
    Karen @karenlovestorun

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  3. All great reasons! I love the low-key feel of the non-lottery races, too. I had to chuckle a little bit when you said you wouldn't be doing your really long runs in the summer heat since they'd be in September. Only out of a little bit of jealousy though since y'all actually get a fall lol! Houston in September is still pretty dang hot and humid! :0)

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  4. Reason #6: Krissy loves it. :)

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  5. I ran Richmond as my first marathon 2 years ago and loved it. Living here for 20 years, I am glad I stayed home for my first big race. Great course! Running along the James River was unforgettable. Hope you enjoy it!

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  6. ehhhh september can still be pretty disgusting just not as bad as august here although im getting the feeling that we might have a mild summer this year due to the harsh winter! i am wishing you the best of luck with this friend! and if you ever wanna meet in richmond for a fun run or two, lemme know! :-D

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  7. I wish I was running the same race as you this fall!!! Who will I whine to about long runs in the summer?

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  8. I've recently learned to appreciate the convenience of local race. Right now my selection process has been more of "bucket list" race for the experience and the fun. Once I'm more comfortable racing I'm sure I'll be looking for more local races to fill my calendar with.

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  9. I don't see too many full marathons in my future, so the few I end up doing are bucket list type of races, like NYC. I love VA, though, so I'm sure Richmond will be beautiful! I can't wait to follow along on your blog while you train!

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  10. Being in the Richmond area, I have run the Half and 8k courses (which are all on the same day). They do say that the Richmond Marathon is the Friendliest Marathon for a reason. It's funny, for all the same reasons is why my running buddies and I have done the Shamrock Half and will do it again. It's nice that VA has a lot of great races around the state.
    @heatherlas

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  11. A lot of the same reasons I'm choosing Hartford - a nice, low key, somewhat local race! I am jealous of this one being a little later into the fall so you don't have any many summer long runs though!

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  12. Sounds like great criteria for a race to me! Fun!

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  13. These are some of the same reasons I'm considering running the Richmond half as my big fall race. I'm not going to make my final decision until I know whether or not I'm able to get into the Army 10 Miler, and if I don't get into that then there are also some October half marathons that I'm contemplating as well.

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  14. Richmond is great! I have run 3 marathons...Disney and Richmond twice! Very well organized event and their marathon training team is a great program!!!!!!!!

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  15. I love that you're branching out and trying new races! I think it's awesome!

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  16. Good luck! When planning races I always try to think about what time of year I will be doing my long runs. Sept/october races are still way too hot for around here, but nov/dec are perfect!

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  17. Such a great decision. I LOVED the richmond marathon!!

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  18. Sounds like it's going to be a fun race, Christine. With Chicago on my docket, I know that Summer training here in Florida is going to be a bear, but I really wanted to run one of the Majors; and Chicago seemed like a good first choice. After that, though, I plan to do a "smaller" marathon or two before choosing the next "big" event...which could be London, New York, or MCM.

    The only thing I know for certain is that my goal is to keep running that 26.2 miles...somewhere. :-)

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