Dressed in my running clothes, a heavy parka and sweat pants, I looked quite the picture as Tom and I walked the 10 blocks from our hotel to the starting line area. This race was really well organized with a wave start and from what I could see, runners honored it. I was in Wave 1 with an estimated finish time of under 49 minutes.
I'm not going to bore you with a mile by mile recap because frankly, there is nothing interesting to report. But here are a few thoughts from the arctic freeze race Saturday. With just minutes to go until the start, I handed off my clothing to Tom and stood there like an icicle waiting for the gun to go off. My first instinct was to run like he** and that is sort of what I did. The overall course for this race is situated in downtown Richmond and you pass by some cool residential areas and a few not so exciting places that included brick pavement. This was my least favorite part of the course. However, the last 1/8 of a mile more than made up for the brick. It was all downhill to the finish and that was a blast. I sprinted down the hill, praying I would not face plant in front of the finish line photographers and cheering crowd. I didn't. And because I hauled myself down that massive hill, I ended up running a time of 42.29 with a 38 second PR!
Now for some race specifics:
The good: Swag for the Richmond races is fantastic. The 8k which cost me $40 (I registered late) included a gender specific shirt, a finish medal that is over 2 inches in diameter and great food and beverages post race. It really is a steal compared to some other races we have done. If you register by a certain date, you also get your name on your race bib. Clearly I missed the cutoff!
|Fun tech shirts!|
Overall this was a really fun race and I would highly recommend it. If you are entertaining the idea of running any of the three Richmond races associated with the Anthem Richmond Marathon, register early and save some money. Race rates for the city hotels get booked quickly so make that reservation too when you sign up for the race.
I'm thinking about returning next year for the half marathon, They get fantastic post race swag and the course looks quite good. Do you ever return to the same race over and over? Have you run any of the Richmond races?