Ahh my body hurts! But in a good way 🙂
The Richmond Marathon, my second 26.2 ever, came and went! Wow!
Thank you all SO MUCH for the encouragement before and excitement for me afterward!
I loved it… but will not lie– I have definitely had better days! But, I didn’t let that get to me, and I ran my race and did the best I could on the day and conditions and forces of life that were presented to me!! And that is all any of us can hope for in a race!
We arrived in Richmond on Friday (after an over-night at a Hampton Inn in West Virginia) where we ate at a market/deli Bellair in an Exxon Gas Station that is anything but gas-station-ish food! It was delicious! I had a seafood chowder!
How cute is this place?!?
We headed straight to our hotel… a Hampton Inn of course and then went to get our race packets!
After a great dinner at Logan’s Steakhouse (we chose a chain because I knew we could get our usual/simple Salomon/chicken there) we were in bed watching t.v by 8! I also used that time to catch up on The Good Wife– I seriously LOVE this show!
Saturday (race day!) started at about 4:45am with breakfast of toast/Pb/oatmeal/pretzels/COFFEE/water. Then, over the course of the next two hours I had a Clif Bar as well! Sounds like a lot… doesn’t it? Ya, I thought so too… but it wasn’t making me full and I guess I wanted the “energy”!
My dad ran the Half and started at 7:30 and my race was at 8 (I would have given anything for an earlier start… it was already 55 degrees!!! But it was rainy/misty the entire race which kept the temperatures down.)
Here we go…(feel free to skip to the bottom to find out the end result ha)
I wanted to stay with the 3:30 pace group for the first half to keep it under control and to get my goal of 3:30 to qualify for Boston… but after 3 miles with them I met a girl and we got to talking and kinda just took off together!
Here is when I started feeling like crap! It wasn’t a stomach issue or anything… I just couldn’t seem to find my stride and the race felt so super TOUGH!!! It was frustrating and I was starting to get a little worried… at mile 8 I made a 30 sec porta-potty stop, headed back out, ate some clif bar, and trudged on! At mile 10 I had a shot block. All throughout this time I sipped on my Nuun water and took in water at the aid stations. Going through my mind at this point was “Oh man.. this could really be a sucky race… just have fun… just have fun…”
Suddenly, my body had a turning point. It literally just turned on! I suddenly felt great! My stride started picking up, lengthening out… and everything just came together. I took in an orange slice at 13… nibbled more on some clif bar at 15…. and drank some Nuun/water. At 18 I got really excited, because I had 8 miles left. And 8 miles, if you remember, is my distance!
I took another shot block at 21, finished the clif bar, and buckled in for the ride home! I was able to pick it up and had a really strong stride going that felt great! I did my last 3 miles at sub-7 pace.
At mile 24.5 I saw my mom and dad cheering me on… and the first thing I shouted was to ask my dad how his half went! He smiles big… He PR’d!! 1:43 ! That man is one month shy of 60 and just rocked a sub-8 half. ROCKSTAR.
The happiness of seeing my mom and hearing about my dads PR!
I came in at 3:14.30 and had a big smile on my face! Yay 🙂 Highlight was the Runner’s World guy standing at the finish who came up to me and said I ran a good race and finished strong (I am sure he said this to everyone… but I like to think it was personal 😉 )
I spent the next 25 mins hobbling around. Literally. My hips were not functioning. I felt ridiculous… I had to do an awkward leg swinging technique… no shame!
I grabbed a slice of pizza (I have never had “junk” food after a race… but for some reason the warm, salty pizza just called out!!) and a protein bar and banana at the post-race tent. I am now so so aware of the importance of re-fueling myself. I KNOW that I demanded a lot of my body, and the only way to heal and improve is to give my body nutrients of all sorts– carbs, protein, fats.
**I ran my first 13.1 in 1:41… and my second 13.1 in 1:33. So I definitely had negative splits going and felt better the second half!
Post Race Thoughts…
I would love to get down around a 3:05. And I totally think this is doable in the near future (next marathon perhaps??)! I would have to train better than I did for this one, which, outside of ONE 20 miler, I did not run longer than 13.1!!! Training took a back-burner to school (as it should) and I really didn’t follow any sort of plan/training/etc. I just sort of “winged it” to be honest. So with a bit more concentration and long runs….I really think I can get that time down! I love chasing after goals!!
We finished the day with a shower, Panera, hip/ITBand icing, then the BEST pizza dinner at Bottom’s Up Pizza that was recommended to us by my favorite teacher 🙂
If you are ever in Richmond… GO HERE!!
My mom (and dad) got a thick slice of BBQ chicken!
I went for the Veggie Pizza w/o cheese + Chicken. Wonderful!!
Oh, and I took off my shoe to a surprise blood-filled blister. I used my professional doctor skills from years of running to take care of it 🙂 — Warning! gross picture…
We made the 10+ hour drive home on Sunday… and if you did not see on the news, the midwest was hit HARD with tornado’s and severe weather. Very, very sad and scary. I have a best friend in Peoria, IL where some deaths from tornado’s occurred. Thanks be to God that she and her family are alright. We got stuck driving in it and it was absolutely terrifying. This picture is from the middle of the afternoon… not the middle of the night. I have never seen the sky so dark. My dad was an amazing driver….Praise the Lord we made it!!!
All in all it was a fantastic, fun, event filled weekend! I cannot wait to sign up for another marathon 🙂
I am not sure on my recovery plan yet. I definitely am taking days off. I know my legs need a break. I am excited to get back into some strength training, hill running, crossfit-esq circuit training, etc, without the fear of being sore! I love being sore. I miss it 🙂
WOW this was long! No hard feelings if you didn’t finish it! Have a GREAT MONDAY!! ❤
What is your plan of attack for recovery?!
What is a good late spring marathon (in the midwest?) I can run!?