Hey 2012 NYCM Runners: I Loved the Richmond Marathon.
Posted Nov 03 2012 11:35am
Following the cancelation of the New York City Marathon after Hurricane Sandy , many trained runners are looking for a marathon. I know how that feels, being trained without a race. More specifically, I know how it feels, in the first weekend in November, being trained without a race.
Last year I had to drop out of the New York City Marathon in the 18th mile and as soon as I got home afterwards, cold, in tears and distraught, the first thing I did was search for another marathon. I worked too hard and for too long to let my training be for nothing.
When Andy and I decided on the Richmond Marathon (Philly was full and I am so thankful for that now), I signed up, paid the relatively low entry free and just like that I was in – with none of the crazy fanfare that goes along with registering/qualifying/lotterying (not a word) for the ING New York City Marathon. That simplicity set the stage for the entire marathon experience – simple, easy, without any in-depth logistical planning and thinking.
A few days later, I was on my way to Virginia for the Richmond Marathon. If you’re looking for a fun, fast, friendly, gorgeous, close-to-NYC race, I can’t recommend this race enough. I loved it so much that I’ll be there next weekend to run the half marathon. I loved it THAT much. I can’t wait to be back there, in my happy place.