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Richmond SunTrust Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon


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Richmond, Virginia
United States
55F / 13C
Overcast
Total Time = 2h 09m 58s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 268/559
Pre-race routine:

I left Northern VA around 1 on Friday and headed to Richmond to stay with a friend from college, Tori, that would also be running the half marathon. We went to the expo to pick up our packets right after I arrived and then we hung out for a bit. One of our other friends from college, Kathleen, came into town to have dinner with us which was a huge surprise to me. We met up with yet another one of our college friends, Crystal, so we had a really fun dinner with lots of catching up. We hung out at Tori's afterwards and after Crystal and Kathleen left, I feel asleep around 9:30. I woke up at 6:00am, got dressed, and gathered my gear. I ate a plain bagel with honey nut shmear and we left Tori's place at 7:00. I ate a few chomps on the way along with half of a bottle of water. Tori's boyfriend, Cory, dropped us off a few blocks from the start so we only had to stand around for about 15 min. I warmed up and stretched for a bit and in the process, we ran into two MORE of our friends from college, Lindsey and Elisabeth... talk about a reunion weekend! I was supposed to be in corral 2 and Tori was in corral
Event warmup:

Tori's boyfriend, Cory, dropped us off a few blocks from the start so we only had to stand around for about 15 min. I warmed up and stretched for a bit and in the process, we ran into two MORE of our friends from college, Lindsey and Elisabeth... talk about a reunion weekend! I was supposed to be in corral 2 and Tori was in corral 5 but she kept talking about how she didn't want to run alone, etc, so I decided to start in her corral and keep her company for the first few miles.
Run
  • 2h 09m 58s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 55s  min/mile
Comments:

I started off running about a 10:30 pace with Tori. I was starting to get antsy around mile 1 because I knew that pace would not allow me to hit my goal. I chatted with her for a bit longer and then I sped up around mile 1.75. I quickly fell into the zone which was a great feeling and I decided to hold off of the 8-2 run-walk intervals that I typically do. The pain that I have been experiencing with my foot really started to kick in around mile 5 and I took a short 1 min walk break at that time. I picked it back up and settled into my pace feeling good. We had to run around a park and the roads weren't even or smooth so my foot really became aggravated at that point because my ankles were slightly rolling a lot. I pushed on and made it up the hills and out of the park feeling good. The pain amped up around mile 8 so I walked for 2 min at that point and then continued on. The next walk break wasn't until mile 11 and then I figured that I was golden. I had been carrying my Nathan hand bottle so I didn't have to stop at any of the water stops and I split my Gu up into 1/3s - I took it at mile 4, 8, and 11. The course had a great downhill finish that started around mile 12.5. I looked at my Garmin and saw that if I wanted to hit my goal of 2:10:00 then I was going to have to really pick it up and step on the gas. I gave it all I had and after I hit the stop button after crossing the finish line I saw that my Garmin read 2:10:00:12. CRAZY. I was sooo excited. The official results posted a time of 2:09:58; I'll take it!
What would you do differently?:

I should have started in my own corral and ran at my own pace from the beginning but I wanted to support Tori. I was well trained for this race since I had actually been training for the full marathon but unfortunately the foot injury prevented me from taking part in that race.
Post race
Warm down:

I got some food and then walked around for a bit trying to find Cory and Tori's mom. I stood at mile marker 13 until I saw Tori running down the road, went crazy cheering her on, and then found her and the rest of the group shortly afterwards. She didn't want to stick around the race site so we headed to the car and went back to her place.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Foot injury.




Last updated: 2009-11-15 12:00 AM
Running
02:09:58 | 13.1 miles | 09m 55s  min/mile
Age Group: 268/559
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: The course led through
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2009-11-15 10:36 AM

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2009-11-15 12:04 PM
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TinkerBeth
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Subject: RE: Richmond SunTrust Half Marathon
sounds like you had a great time and a great race!

2009-11-15 1:14 PM
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Great race!  I love that downhill finish too

2009-11-15 5:51 PM
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Great job!!
2009-11-16 8:49 PM
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Subject: RE: Richmond SunTrust Half Marathon
Way to persevere!  Sounds like a great weekend.  Hope the foot gets better soon :-)
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