Replacing the New York City Marathon with the Richmond Marathon
Posted Nov 09 2012 8:14am
Well, here we go again. Let’s try to run a marathon. In the hours following the New York City marathon cancellation, myself and thousands of other runners took to the internet to see what other marathons were available to run. I was torn between waiting a week to run and getting it done and out of the way, however the decision was made for me due to races being capped. I’ve since read that marathons such as the Philadelphia marathon and others have made more slots available while also donating a part of the race fee to the Red Cross. There were thousands of displaced runners and they were looking for a race.
I finally settled on the Richmond marathon . It was an easy flight from New York and I could crash with my #RunChat partner David. All of the logistics made sense so I made the decision to run America’s Friendliest marathon. As soon as I signed up and booked my flight I realized that I would be running this marathon with a three week taper, and as usual I took more of a break then probably most runners did during this time. I definitely abuse the taper period and now I was trying to stay fresh while I mentally prepared for another marathon in another city with no information other than it is 26.2 miles.
Part of me was still in shock with how the New York City marathon was cancelled. I totally supported the race being called of, but the way in which Mayor Bloomberg and the NYRR approached it was a PR nightmare. On top of that, they had wasted lot’s of runners time, money and hotel rooms to those runners who came from out of town when the city said the race was moving forward as normal. The whole thing was an absolute mess .
After the shock wore off and I realized that I would be pushing my marathon goal a week later to Richmond I started to get excited. It seemed a lot of would be New York runners were making the trip to Richmond, there were others like me who didn’t want to waste their training and would deal with a three week taper. I learned that the course was much easier than New York so all of my hill runs would further prepare me to complete the 26.2 on a three week taper. You know, New York isn’t the ONLY marathon out there. After three taper runs and shoveling snow I declare myself ready and excited for the Richmond marathon tomorrow.
My goal? To finish. Five hours. Four hours. Three and change. It does not matter to me. I want to enjoy the day, the race and satisfaction of completing my 5th marathon. There won’t be a PR. I probably won’t even run the entire 26.2. The past 15 weeks have personally been a challenge with things I have not written about. The marathon will mark an end of one chapter in my personal life and running life. I look forward to accomplishing my goal of running another marathon and it looks like I found the best place to do it- Richmond.
Did you replace the New York City marathon with another marathon? Have you ever run a marathon and felt totally unprepared with a longer taper than expected? What running plans do you have for the rest of the year?