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2008-11-07 2:38 PM

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Subject: SunTrust Richmond Marathon

Anyone else doing this race?  Who feels ready?  I myself feel as unprepared as I ever have for a marathon.

Any advice from people who have done this race before?  Tough hills near the end?



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2008-11-07 2:47 PM
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Subject: RE: SunTrust Richmond Marathon
I'm doing the half (or the 8k depending on how this weekend goes).  It's reasonably flat.  Some small hills on Riverside drive.  There is a hill on Grace street (near mile 25) that I forget about every year.  It's not too bad, but you definitely notice before the downhill to the finish.
2008-11-07 5:19 PM
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If I'm healthy I'm doing the half.  If not, I'll be doing a water stop
2008-11-07 7:28 PM
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I am doing the marathon and also unprepared.
2008-11-08 2:26 PM
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I'm in for the 1/2. Good luck, everyone!
2008-11-12 6:55 AM
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I'm doing the half. Right now I'm grumbling that I've got to go to Richmond twice because there's no race day packet pickup, though. Grrrrr

(edit) Oh, ready? I've hated running my whole life but I've got a few HIMs next year and this is a good way to get ready for them

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2008-11-13 1:36 PM
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Subject: RE: SunTrust Richmond Marathon
I am not doing the race anymore due to injury.  Hope everyone has a great race on Saturday!
2008-11-13 5:48 PM
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I'm in for the half! I'm also picking up packets tomorrow for several people in town here and making it a day in Richmond with my young son - Science Museum is our stop after packet p/u. Keeping fingers crossed for good weather.

edit:ready? I am so ready and rarin' to go

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2008-11-13 6:28 PM
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I did packet p/u after work today.

Weather still looks kinda iffy for Saturday.....like my hip flexors but I'm still running

2008-11-14 5:34 AM
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I have run it 3 or 4 times in the past 10 years and was training to do it this year, but had to change my plans at the last minute for family reasons.

Richmond is a great marathon and keeps growing every year.  It is well managed and organized w/ aid stations every other mile and a nice expo.  The course is rolling...no real challenging or steep hills (I have a 3:05 PR on this course).  However, there are some fairly long, gradual in the last half of the course, but you'll make it.  The last 800 meters or so to the finish is all downhill.

The weather is usually chilly and breezy at the start...upper 30s or 40s.  However, it can warm up into the 50s or 60s by the end of the race, so check the forecast to see how to dress.  One year I wore an old shirt from a thrift store to keep warm at the start and threw it away within the first mile or two after I warmed-up.

There is lots of good food and entertainment post-race.  I have enjoyed Richmond everytime I ran it and really have nothing bad to say about it. 

My only advice is to watch your pace early, because the first several miles of the course are fast and flat with some downhills.  Consequently, there is a temptation to really hammer and then have dead legs later in the race.  No matter how well you have prepared, marathon day is always challenging.  However, trust your training and run accordingly and you will do well.

 Good luck!

2008-11-14 10:53 AM
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Okay, I"m in corral 3. Apparently that's the second slowest corral and that's about right

Sounds like it's going to be fun!
Windy - thunderstorms in the morning will give way to a steady rain in the afternoon - a rumble of thunder is again possible. High 68F. Winds SSW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 80%.


2008-11-14 7:28 PM
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DanielG - 2008-11-14 10:53 AM Okay, I"m in corral 3. Apparently that's the second slowest corral and that's about right Sounds like it's going to be fun! Windy - thunderstorms in the morning will give way to a steady rain in the afternoon - a rumble of thunder is again possible. High 68F. Winds SSW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
I'm in corral 3 too.  Look for a pink hat with white ribbon  tied in back (yeah, needle in a hay stack)
2008-11-14 7:33 PM
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QueenZipp - 2008-11-14 8:28 PM

DanielG - 2008-11-14 10:53 AM Okay, I"m in corral 3. Apparently that's the second slowest corral and that's about right Sounds like it's going to be fun! Windy - thunderstorms in the morning will give way to a steady rain in the afternoon - a rumble of thunder is again possible. High 68F. Winds SSW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
I'm in corral 3 too.  Look for a pink hat with white ribbon  tied in back (yeah, needle in a hay stack)


Corral 3 also, but I can't even begin to tell you what I'll be wearing...I'm a girl like that. I'll set out 3 outfits and wear the one that suits me in the morning.
2008-11-15 2:58 AM
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QueenZipp - 2008-11-14 8:28 PM

DanielG - 2008-11-14 10:53 AM Okay, I"m in corral 3. Apparently that's the second slowest corral and that's about right Sounds like it's going to be fun! Windy - thunderstorms in the morning will give way to a steady rain in the afternoon - a rumble of thunder is again possible. High 68F. Winds SSW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
I'm in corral 3 too. Look for a pink hat with white ribbon tied in back (yeah, needle in a hay stack)


Bright yellow "VA Runner" hat here
2008-11-15 2:59 AM
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enders_shadow - 2008-11-14 8:33 PM

Corral 3 also, but I can't even begin to tell you what I'll be wearing...I'm a girl like that. I'll set out 3 outfits and wear the one that suits me in the morning.


Well, then we'll need you to tell us what you wore
2008-11-15 11:10 AM
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Daniel - good to meet you.

Now what's up with the timing issues...GRRR! I was hoping to have it email updates to Sugar Daddy, but they have NOTHING.


2008-11-15 11:47 AM
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It was a pleasure, the both of you

2:17 according to my watch but you were in another zip code by the time I finished. I now have done a half mary, that'll work.
2008-11-15 12:32 PM
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Daniel, You were a life saver today!  BWSK for you!
2008-11-15 5:42 PM
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"Official Results are now posted" according to the site.
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