Wow, what a surprising, fun, cold and exciting weekend we had in Richmond. I was so excited to head back to the place where I ran my first marathon and it was a really incredible experience. If you follow me on social media, you know that I suffered from extremely painful leg cramps beginning at mile 14. More about that later (meaning tomorrow), but I will say that I finished the marathon smiling. Just to let you know – I only really talk about up to mile 10 in this marathon weekend recap. If you just want to know what the heck happened in the later miles, come back tomorrow for that. But you should stick around because the buildup is fun. 🙂
I knew it was going to be a cold one so while I brought a ton of choices, I decided on my flow tights, singlet and arm warmers (all Oiselle). I made a last minute decision to add my wazelle short sleeve top under my singlet and that was a good choice.
We were fortunate to have great friends to crash with while we were in town and enjoyed spending the weekend with them. Once we made it into town Friday afternoon we headed to the expo, which was packed! However, it was very well organized and we were able to get our bibs, shirts and bags quickly. We hung out for a bit, did a tiny bit of shopping and ran into our friends from DC (my former coworkers) who were running the 8k and the marathon. There was a really cool blown up sign highlighting the route we’d take the next day. I snapped a quick pic because I love those things!
Then we headed to our friends’ house, ate some pizza (carbs!), laid out our gear and turned in pretty early. Race morning came quickly (as they always do) and the weather forecast was completely accurate — it was a balmy 27 degrees when I woke up and I don’t think the temp rose above freezing until we were a few miles into the race. Anyway, I had my tried and true Larabar for breakfast – SO yummy and sliced my apple for my fuel while running. Soon, it was time for us to head to the start. It was really easy for us to park and make our way over to the start. The half marathon was starting as we got there and we had enough time to duck into a nearby hotel (actually the hotel K and I stayed at last year) and use the restroom / keep warm. I had meant to get in a short mile warmup, but once we left the hotel, the race was starting. We snapped this quick selfie and then started!
We started off with a pretty solid 10:07 mile pace and mile two clocked in at 10:09. I actually wanted to keep it right about that range for the whole race, but the next few miles were a bit faster. I’m not going to recap every single mile because there are SO many of them, but miles 3-9 were all sub 10. Mile 4 was actually my fastest mile and I think that was because right smack in the middle of it, I realized that Bart Yasso was cheering on the sidelines! I got so excited and yelled “Bart!!” and he said “looking strong” and we high fived. It was a total moment. I definitely picked up the pace after that fun exchange. How cool, right? Yeah. Pretty awesome. Around mile 10, I finally warmed up and stuck my gloves and my ear wrap in the pocket of my camelbak (a decision I would later regret). The sun was shining, I was feeling great and I was running with my friend and my husband. We were right on pace for a 4:30ish finish…but of course, if you’ve seen my posts on Instagram and Facebook you know that didn’t happen…and I actually didn’t really mind (well, I did some…). Come back TOMORROW and read about the rest of the race, why I wish I’d just ditched my ear wrap and why I had SUCH a blast even though the race didn’t turn out at all like I expected!
Did you race this weekend? How’d it go?? Have you ever met Bart Yasso?!