Well, this was the hardest race, and not because it was hilly or a tough course, my leg just wasn’t having it. Around mile 15 my hip was on FIRE, so I ran/walked from then until about mile 25, when I made a friend and was able to run until the end. A 6 hour marathon was not what I was hoping for, but it is what I got. I did learn I can push through a lot and that I will fight hard to finish, but I start PT tomorrow and hope to never ever have a race like this again.
As for the overall Race, it is so nice, they call this the friendliest marathon and I agree. Richmond itself is so easy to get around, and their are tons of local restaurants to try. The expo is small, but still has lots of stuff to see and do (they did have a beer tasting) getting your number is quick and getting all your swag is easy too. Everyone was smiling and it was nice. Also the expo has tons of parking so no need to worry about that. Race morning, TONS OF PARKING like, there is no need to worry there is so much parking. The start line was easy to find, and got into my corral, made a friend there too. The weather was perfect, like couldn’t ask for better race weather. The race itself is so nice, some hills but nothing crazy, running along the James River is just stunning and they had Bands and Djs all over the course. There were also cheerleaders, and plenty of people to cheer you on. The neighborhoods are fun to run through will lots of junk food stops and extra water (also some booze if you’re into that) The finish is down hill, and I mean steep down hill, but that felt nice. And the after party is in a nice park, with plenty of room to move around. If you park near the start line, there is a bus to take you back there. They really did think of everything.
I would totally recommend this race, friendly, fun and mostly flat. Plenty of parking, and the city itself is super easy to get around with lots of fun things to do. Lars and I went to check out Hollywood Cemetery the next day and enjoyed that.
So state 20 is done, and there will be no more races in 2018, as I work on making my leg better so I can crush my goals in 2019.