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Run most of the same races I ran last year, but with faster times. Complete a Century Ride(Done 5-20-12). Complete a Half Iron Triathlon in 2021 or sooner.

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Richmond Marathon Race Recap
The best thing about this race was how awesome my cousins were. They stepped in with all of my wife's and my transportation needs and took a lot of stress out of the picture.

The race itself was a great experience. I felt like my training had been strong and that I had done myself a disservice by not changing to the 1st Corral. Ultimately it didn't matter, but I wasn't sure how corrals worked, so I didn't want to give up any advantage that being in the 1st corral might have offered.

After the first few miles I found myself running with the 3:15 pace team and I was happy just to hold it there, but my feet had started feeling uncomfortable and I suspected it might get downright painful later on. During my 20 miler training runs on the parkway my feet had felt this way a few times and I just switched over to the grassy shoulder and the pain went away. The Richmond Marathon had no grassy shoulder so I knew I would have to endure.

All went well for a long time and even though my pace was slowly declining after mile 12 I had anticipated that so no worries. I felt like if the 3:15 pace team had to drop me, then I would just take it easy for a few miles while I waited on the 3:20 pace team to catch up. 3:20 was my ultimate goal anyway if everything could go perfect.

So, I think the 3:20 team catches me some where around mile 16 and I'm thinking "No, problem. I will just coast with these guys and meet my goal and all will be great." But my feet were still hurting and deep down I didn't know how much more endurance I had in me. I didn't know if I might be risking a stress fracture and just past mile 19, right after my wife and cousins met me at the party zone to cheer me on, I decided to let it slip and walk for a few. My feet immediately felt better, but I was a bit crest fallen as I watched the 3:20 pace team, and my dreams of picking up a Boston Qualifier in my first marathon, just cruise on off in the distance. It was the first time I had ever walked in a race so it was a bit hard to stomach, but the crowd support was great and as I walked over the bridge a spectator hollared "Go Big Daddy" (Big Daddy was the name on my race bib :)) I walked past and said "I'm chocking..." and she was just like "No, your doing great, you can do it"

Not being one to dwell on spilt milk, I walk/ran the next few miles and found myself walking through the water stop. I tried that gu gel stuff they was handing out at Mile 22 and it was horrible, I will never taste it again I don't care what good it might do me.

Somewhere along Mile 24 the 3:30 pace team caught up to me and I stayed with them for a little while, maybe a half mile, but it just didn't mean anything to finish sub 3:30 and now my quads was starting to cramp up in ways that I have never felt, it was almost funny and I could have started laughing to think how little control I really had left.

So with just about a mile or so to go I watch the 3:30 pace team head off to achieve their glory and I remain content to know that I will finish well under 4hours and hopefully below 3:45. I continued to walk/run all the way to the final downhill finish line and whatever I had left in me I used it to look strong for the final .2 miles, where my loving wife and daughter were waiting for me at the finish line. I was still very happy with my final time of 3:35:30 and deeply humbled by it too. It did get a little emotional and I did have to shed a few tears of relief as they pelted me with hugs of congratulations.

Will I do it again? Absolutely, I learned a lot about the limits of my endurance yesterday, and I will be able to use that to train smarter for next year. Can't hardly wait actually.

  • Barry L.
    Barry L.

    Philip - I saw you yesterday (Big Daddy is hard to forget). That's a heck of a race for your first marathon. Congrats, man. Look forward to seeing what your plans are.

    over 7 years ago Like

  • Charlie P.
    Charlie P.

    Great recap Philip! Again, congrats on a finely run first marathon!

    over 7 years ago Like

  • Philip

    Thanks. I'm really looking forward to a few days of recovery and a few months of just low intensity, short duration running before I start training for the Blue Ridge Half in February. Lol Barry, Big Daddy is a light hearted comical nick name I earned when I was obese, and I can't bring myself to let go of it.

    over 7 years ago Like

  • Jason N.
    Jason N.

    Congrats on an awesome first Marathon Phillip!! Very impressive finish. It was my first too, and like your report says, you really learn alot being out there the first time!

    over 7 years ago Like

  • Kate H.
    Kate H.

    Tremendous job, Philip. Congrats on your finish!!

    over 7 years ago Like