Week 15 of Richmond Marathon Training

or “Why I Don’t Run in the Dark!”

Week 15 Richmond Marathon Training

I’ve finished my last week of training before the Richmond Marathon Race week!

Wednesday: I didn’t think I would get my run in, so when the opportunity came to run in the evening, against my better judgement I put on some blaze orange, and went out with my husband for a 3.5 mile run.  (Seriously, I am such a scaredy cat.  If he wasn’t with me, I wouldn’t have even thought of going running at night).   It was dark, and I couldn’t see the sidewalks very well.  So, of course, I tripped over something and fell.

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Walked away with a skinned knee, and bruises on my hands and ego.  

I think I’ll leave the moonlit running to my husband!

Thursday: 7 completely uninteresting miles on the treadmill.

Saturday: There was a local half marathon.  It was the inaugural race, and I was really on the fence about whether to run it or not.  I was so tempted!  But, with a week before my marathon, I wouldn’t really be able to “race” it…  So, I decided not to run.

Instead I volunteered!  It was such a great experience.

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Saturday started really early with lots of coffee.  It was a super chilly morning, but I could tell it was going to be a beautiful day!

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And it totally was!  I was going to be volunteering at the water stop at the halfway point, and the scenery was gorgeous!

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Even this barn was pretty as the sun came up.  😉  

I had to arrive early before the roads were closed, so there was a lot of waiting around and still more coffee drinking…

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…luckily we were all set with port a potties.  😉  (I think this was my third refill).   

However, once the runners started coming it was so much fun!  Time flew by, and all the everyone did such an awesome job!

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I would definitely recommend every runner give volunteering a try!  It was pretty cool to see it from the other side!  (And perhaps during my next race, I’ll be a little extra careful not to splash water all over the nice person there handing it to me).  😉

Also, I got a whole new kind of race shirt!

Sunday:  Last long “Sunday Runday” before the big race.  We had 12 miles on the plan, and we took it easy at a comfortable pace around town.  Here’s a couple of pictures from the morning…

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This was a huge old sycamore tree downtown that they recently cut down.  I was so sad to see it go!

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(Open your eyes Karen!)

It has been so great having my husband training with me for this marathon! I’ve really enjoyed our Sunday mornings together, (and not having to run those long miles alone)!

And that’s it…  I’ve trained for another marathon.  (Even a year ago, I would have laughed if you told me I’d run just one marathon!)  There’s nothing left to do, but show up.  And hope that my training gets me through!

Who’s racing this weekend?  Have you ever volunteered at a race?

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Comments

  1. Good luck at Richmond!

  2. good luck this weekend — be sure to say hi if you spot me 🙂

  3. Sounds like you are ready – if you are ready for the cold weather!

  4. I LOVE volunteering. MY MRTT chapter does a water stop at the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half marathon and we always make it a huge party! Love it! Good luck this weekend!!

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