Training Motto: Reach the Beach
My training was a little different for this race. I ran half of what I ran for the previous Richmond Marathons, but I did have three 20+ mile runs including a 22 mile trail run in December. I believe these runs helped me with stamina as I did not hit my wall until mile 24, but in terms of speed I was a little slow. I bumped into a friend of mine from Virginia and ran with her for the first 18 miles or so. The weather wasn’t bad as forecasted, little to no rain, overcast but the wind was murder. From mile 8 to about 17 there was a head wind to fight and the bonus was that from miles 8 thru 10 the headwind was 15-20 mph. The course was pretty flat and the volunteers were very friendly, no music though. No “Chariots of Fire” for inspiration! Another race and no PR, I finished much stronger than my previous 2 races, so it made up for it in the end. I was happy with 4:23:35.