1. Spectator Support: In an exciting turn of events, Mom and Dad are coming up to Richmond to get in on the race weekend action! Mom is planning to run the 8k and then cheer. My family and race crew are all signed up to get updates. I have to admit that I'm kind of glad they don't do Twitter/Facebook updates because I always get nervous when I decide to post those in advance.
2. Nervous for...the hills, running alone, a time goal in a marathon, the downhill at the end. I have to admit that I forgot how nervous I get before a big race. I've been working really hard not to expend too much energy feeling nervous, but I have my moments. I haven't run a marathon solo so this will be new for me. I have run many races solo but a marathon is a long time. But heck, I've run 20 milers solo so I can handle this!
3. Excited for...a challenge, a new marathon, a scenic course, seeing some buddies. I am relieved that a smaller race means simpler logistics and hopefully a simpler experience. I have yet to meet Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC in person at the many races where we have both been so we have agreed that we must meet this time! And of course, I'm excited to see marathoning machine, M from Read Eat Write Run, again.
4. Want to get my hands on...one of these beauties for celebrating! I like "useful" race merch and this is perfect. And no Mom, it's not just for beer...I can drink water from it too!
|Photo from Richmond Marathon FB Page|
Have you run Richmond Marathon before and have tips to share? Please!