Ok back to recap: The marathon start time was 8 am with the 8k and half marathon starting earlier. We were only 7 miles away from the start so we figured if Danny dropped us off close to the start with 30 minutes to spare we would be good to go but our GPS took us 2 miles past the start and put us on W. Broad St. instead of E. Broad St. Due to major road closures we were unable to get back to the start and at one point we ended up on the actual race course around mile 2 in our Suburban!!! At this point Angel said "lets just run to the start". So we had a nice brisk 2 mile warm up before the race even started. We met a nice man on the way to the start who had the same issues we were having and agreed that this was a little chaotic. It was very crowded and confusing to get into the corral and we were in the portapotty mid squat when we hear the announcer say "1 minute until race start"!! Talk about adrenaline rush...luckily everyone in Richmond is SUPER friendly and supportive and the fellow runners open the gate so we snuck into the corral. There was no time for race day jitters which was a positive! I hit the 5K mark at 21:04 and told myself to SLOW down but when you are running with all the speedy people around you and heading downhill it is hard to slow down (rookie mistake). At mile 6 I saw Katherine from NeonBlondeRunner.com and she gave me the boost I needed at this point. She also was so gracious and opened her home to a lot of the NYC runners as well as had an amazing pre-race carb dinner on Friday night! I have been following her blog since last year and am so glad we finally got to meet! She is full of positive energy and so sweet! Thanks Katherine!!
Ok so from mile 6 to mile 16 is were it gets a little blurry! After mile 6 is a big downhill then the "rollers" start. Here in Delaware especially Middletown area it is fairly flat and unfortunately this training cycle I lacked hill training...I normally enjoy hills but mentally I was not prepared for them either. This stretch of the race is also the most beautiful and you run past the James River and through gorgeous foliage and houses.
I saw Danny at the halfway mark and apparently I looked like crap! I was fighting my mental demons at this point and finally decided to suck it up and enjoy the race and all the amazing people around me!
|Feel the pain!
|Angel at the half
|LOVE my Mizunos!!!
|Flower from hubby!
I highly recommend this race...Make sure you train for hills and allow plenty of time for travel. I would get there early Friday and drive to the race start or stay closer to the start of the marathon. Also allow plenty of time to get to your corral on race day.
See ya in the future Richmond!