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Richmond, Virginia
United States
Metropolitan Richmond Sports Backers
50F / 10C
Total Time = 59m 7s
Overall Rank = 10096/41000
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 154/500
Pre-race routine:

Very poor sleep last night, between a bad headache from a long and crazy work day on Friday and my husband's snoring I tossed and turned most of the night. Gave up a little before 5.
Event warmup:

Walked around the park, watched the kids 1 mile race. Walked over to Broad Street and tried to stay inside of doorways as long as possible before lining up with my wave.
  • 59m 7s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 09m 31s  min/mile

Where do I start with this? The first time I ran this race (6 years ago?) I finished thinking "that was fun but I don't know that I want to do it again" Ha! Little did I know this race would so become a part of who I am and an event that I look forward to every year.
A few years ago, I ran this with Max and we had so much fun. It was my first foray into the costumed running......It really made this race even more enjoyable cause the crowds really feed off it. Two years ago, I ran with my daughter as Peter Pan to her Wendy and got my PR for the course.....Then I lost close to 10 months in running jail. I missed last years race and it broke my heart. Going back to race Monument was a redemption of sorts. It was reclaiming my fitness ......and being able to tell my former physical therapist that he was wrong. He flat out told me my legs did not have another 10K or half marathon in them. I knew if I was patient and careful I could prove him wrong.

That said, I had fun. From the moment my wave went out, I had a lump in my stomach and was on the verge of tears thinking about his words and going out to run a 10K as best I could. As soon as I got a block or so down Broad Street that faded, no more thoughts of anything but "HOT D@m, THIS IS FUN!" Smiling ear to ear for 6.2 miles.

I was keeping an eye on my splits and was happy with my pace. I tried to reign in my enthusiasm so I wouldn't push the limits too hard. My goal was to get as close to my old PR as possible, chase it down if I was able but to run "within myself". High fives, dancing with the band around mile 1.5 cause their lyrics were all about SUNSHINE and my costume this year was a cheerful yellow tutu decorated with flowers as the Garden of Sunshine. So I really did a little twirl in the middle of the road as I went by them.

Grabbed water as needed from the volunteers. I hac a fuel belt on with some water bottles but it was hard to get at with the flowers all around my waist on the skirt. In fact, the tutu had minor alterations at 5 AM when I got dressed cause I cut off several inches to be sure I wouldn't trip on it then had to scavenge rubber bands to tie the thing to the fuel belt cause it was too loose.

I felt good the whole day, no pain in my legs, no problems with my shoes (only wore for 2 or 3 runs prior!). I didn't feel overly tired until that last 0.2 miles ehen I could see the finish line but felt like it was still a million miles away. It's a little down hill there, partly cobbled just beforehand too so with the bit of drizzle we had it was slick.

What would you do differently?:

Not a darn thing, this was the run I wanted for a comeback to stand alone run events and the BEST possible race to do it in.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around the park.....I've done this course 6 times and today was the first time I noticed the water fountain in the middle of the park! Waited for Kristen cause we had plans for lunch post race.
Home from lunch and soaked in a jaccuzzi.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

That gastrocs injury from 2010......had such a long and difficult recovery I wanted to be sure I raced well but not so hard that I caused a problem with my tri season plans.

Event comments:

This is the best race!! There is no defining the way Richmond turns out to support the runners in this race.
Somehow lost all my photos from the day. When the paper posts their link to all their photos I will get mine at least.

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Last updated: 2011-12-15 12:00 AM
00:59:07 | 06.21 miles | 09m 31s  min/mile
Age Group: 154/500
Overall: 10096/41000
Performance: Good
Mile 1 9:14 Mile 2 18:36 5K 29:25 Mile 4 38:05 Mile 5 47:45 Finish 59:07 HRM said my average HR was 168 with a max HR 177 this is my typical HR on race effort so I am back in my preinjury fitness ranges
Course: Relatively flat, starts on Broad Street for a few blocks then turn onto Lombardy Street a couple of blocks. Hit Monument Ave and run on cobblestones for about 1/2 to 1 mile then it's all a divided road that is a sea of runners on both sides with spectators in the median. Cheer groups along the way and bands galore.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
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] 5

2012-04-01 2:50 PM

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West Chester, Ohio
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2012-04-01 3:01 PM
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Yeah Judi! You rocked this race (and your flower costume). Congrats and tell that PT to go ...well, tell him something that isn't polite to say.
2012-04-01 5:48 PM
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2012-04-01 7:52 PM
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Silverton, Oregon
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Congratulations, Judi!!! You are an inspiration!  I want to hear all about it when you go give that PT a raspberry. Love, love, love it!!!
2012-04-01 9:48 PM
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University Park, MD
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RoniS - 2012-04-01 8:52 PM You are an inspiration!

^^^ This.

2012-04-02 8:34 AM
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Congrats Judi!!!!! You worked so hard to comeback from that injury. Great race and report.

I am sure max was virtually running in his tutu!!!!

2012-04-02 11:03 AM
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Science Nerd
Redwood City, California
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Great job!!  I'm so happy you were able to do this and have a great time!
2012-04-02 9:26 PM
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Ames, IA
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Sounds like a perfect day! So glad you had a great race!!!!
2012-04-03 8:07 AM
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Fantastic race, Judi!! So happy for you All your hard work has definitely paid off. You rock.
2012-04-03 1:41 PM
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Melon Presser
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"smiling ear to ear for 6.2 miles" you can't beat that no matter what

But most importantly ... you beat a doomsday prediction through wisdom, caution, patience, care, and perseverance. (Gee, I could REALLY take a page out of your book there, huh? )

And by the way ... your placings mean that you are now FRONT OF PACK.

So awesome. That, and you, and everything about you.

2012-04-03 11:17 PM
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San Diego, CA
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I am so happy for you Judi ... you have come so far with your recovery. Well done.

2012-04-04 6:47 AM
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West Chester, Ohio
Subject: RE: Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10k
  here's a photo of my costume.....I have ordered it from Brightroom, this one was in my confirmation email.
2012-04-14 11:43 AM
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Richmond VA area
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Great costume and terrific race. I am so glad to see that you are injury free. This is only my 4th Monument Ave but I also love it and can't imagine not being able to run it. Maybe one day I will do the costume thing. Maybe when I get down to wave A. I pray that your tri season will be equally injury free and full of PRs.


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