Thoughts on the Richmond Marathon:
- Gorgeous course with incredible crowd support. The community really gets behind this race.
- Fantastic swag! The marathoners received a long-sleeved tech shirt in gender specific-sizing (yay!!), a finisher's hat, and finisher's blanket. The blankets are so perfect for cold races...I didn't use mine since I had the blanket from the medical tent but pretty much every runner had it wrapped around them. And while not all that exciting, I really loved the door hanger that was included with each race packet. A fun and unique addition!
- The absence of medical support on course cannot be overlooked. It's not only a massive lawsuit waiting to happen but it's irresponsible and simply unacceptable. In full disclosure, I never looked for medical before I needed it but there was no one to be found on the course from miles 18ish until the finish. The finish line medical support was incredible and I appreciated the amazing blankets they had. I felt like I was wrapped in a warm cocoon!
- The expo had some great gear but most of the marathon-specific gear was sold out Friday afternoon when we arrived (around 3:45 pm). Luckily Mom picked up the pint glass I wanted. We got some fun freebies and enjoyed a few photo ops.
- I never got "up" for this race. I was excited. I was well-trained. But I never felt the hype that I often feel for big races. I'm not exactly sure what caused this or if I was simply more excited for the race to be over and behind me rather than actually running it, but I think deep down this was a challenge for me.
- I missed having a running buddy. I got in my own head a little bit early on in the race and struggled to recover. I also think having a buddy helps keep your mind off the suffering before it's too late.
- Don't write your mantra on your hand until the morning of...purple ink on my face. Whoops!
- Based on my race morning hunger and my feelings of needing fuel early and often during the race, I think I was under-fueled going into the race. I've never consciously thought about calorie loading going into a race and I don't think I was under eating but I think this might have contributed to my crash late in the race.
- I trained hard for the hills using the incline feature on the treadmill, but they're no match for the steep up and downs on this course. I'm not sure how I would change this...other than moving to a very hilly place!
- I am unbelievably grateful that Mom just kept running with me. Even though I know she was tired and completely unprepared (because it was completely unplanned, duh!) to run 10 miles after her 8k that morning, she rocked it with me and I am forever grateful that she helped keep me going.
- Even though I still feel some disappointment and letdown about this race, I keep reminding myself that I finished something that was unbelievably hard. It sucked and it hurt but I kept going. And I proved to myself that I can finish what I started, even if plans go awry.
|Rocking the medal in my Irish fisherman sweater from|
another very special family race trip!