|The war wounds–a couple of massive blisters added to the fun|
Well, after all my weather fretting, antibiotics, etc., I finally made it to the start line at the Richmond Marathon! I was happy to be feeling much better by Friday and pretty much normal on race day Saturday.
We headed off to the start line with a short walk from the hotel…so nice to be that close and to stay indoors relaxing ahead of time. The weather was bright and sunny and, in spite of a temperature reading of upper 30s, quite comfortable. So, I didn’t get to don any spectacular throw-away gear–will have to wait for next time. We had to cross the path of the 8k runners on their way to the finish and I was there right around when I thought Tonia might be coming through, but didn’t get to see her. She nailed her race, btw–congrats!
My goal for this race had been to run a 3:28-3:29, shaving 3 to 4 minutes of my previous PR. I trained for that pace, felt very dialed in to that pace, but…as you all know, marathons don’t always go according to plan. My friend Becky and I hung with the 3:30 pacer until the half mark (she was a fabulous pacer, btw) and then somehow moved ahead of the group, staying there until about mile 20, when they re-caught us. Becky was able to continue with them to the finish, getting her 3:28! I however, fell back a bit and couldn’t get the legs to keep up. My mistake was getting the case of happy feet and moving ahead of the pacer, but that’s life.
Last year I had my marathon PR at Richmond, finishing in a time of 3:32:34. Want to guess what my time ended up being this year? 3:32:34. To the second. How can you run 26.2 miles and get the exact same time two years in a row? Quite sure there must be some stats out there that would reveal that’s a record! ; )
|Beer, burgers and fries post-race!|
Am I disappointed? A bit. But for the bad week I had leading up to it, I can certainly live with it. I enjoyed the day and the weekend with good friends, I enjoyed the journey getting here, and that’s what it’s all about. Now, time for some serious downtime, perhaps a runbattical ala Teamarcia, so that I can get to the point where I want to start training for Boston.