Aside from the whole “anything can happen on race day” issues (which caused me to DNF my first marathon ), the only major problem I might encounter is my knee. It hasn’t felt right since the Portland Marathon — a risk I was willing to take by using a marathon as a training run — and I’m hoping the taper period, foam rolling and lots of ice will resolve it by Richmond. TWT (time will tell).
And really, I can’t believe I am writing a post all about a marathon I WILL RUN that includes the words FOUR-OH-FIVE.
How is this possible? Two years ago my goal was to finish under 5 hours — mostly because I had no clue what my potential actually was — and ended up running a fun, easy race in 4:33:29 . Then I ran PDX as a training run, kept it easy and finished in 4:23.
This will be my first time racing a marathon and I am nervous and excited. The Richmond Marathon will be a challenge, and one I am looking forward to taking.
Basic math says I can run this time. We’ll just have to see what happens on November 16!
What was it like the first time you raced (not just ran) a marathon?