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Anthem Richmond Marathon

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Member Since:

Jun 03, 2010



Goal Type:


Running Accomplishments:

I started running in Feb of 2009.

First 5K- April 18th, 2009

First Marathon- Sept 19,2009 - Wright Patt Air Force Base Marathon.

PR 5K 19:36  7/04/11  Americana 5K   

PR 10K 42:25  8/06/11  Tadmor 10K (Dam run... HILLS)

PR Marathon 9/17/11 Air Force Marathon 3:14:38


Short-Term Running Goals:


Show up. 

REALLY show up.

2017 Races

Tie dye 50K - 29th

11/11 Richmond Marathon


Long-Term Running Goals:

Qualify for Boston 

Run Boston!  

No injuries and another marathon.

Did I mention avoiding injuries? 

More marathons, help others around me achieve goals.  


Married and have two daughters 15 & 21... I hope to convert at least one into a runner :)

Psalm 14:1 "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God."

John 14:6 "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."


Miles:This week: 12.00 Month: 108.24 Year: 1681.52
Adidas Adizero - Adios Lifetime Miles: 319.27
Saucony Kinvara 2- Bright Lime Lifetime Miles: 744.21
Saucony Hattori Lifetime Miles: 514.86
Under Armor Speedform Lifetime Miles: 782.25
Saucony Kinvara 5 Lifetime Miles: 816.18
Newton Distance Lifetime Miles: 672.30
Innov8 220 Lifetime Miles: 637.27
Saucony Kinvara 6 - Wicked Orange Lifetime Miles: 582.87
Pearl Izumi N1V2 Flash Green Lifetime Miles: 719.03
Pearl Izumi EM N1 Cool Red Lifetime Miles: 800.36
Pearl Izumi EM N1 Neon Yellow Lifetime Miles: 670.32
Saucony Kilkenny XC5 Lifetime Miles: 152.23
Kinvara 7 Neon Yelarnge Lifetime Miles: 739.66
Adidas Duramo Cool Blue Lifetime Miles: 643.05
Pearl Izumi N1V2 Flash Green #2 Lifetime Miles: 584.93
Nike VaporMax Red/Back Lifetime Miles: 164.88
Newton Mv2 Ghost White Lifetime Miles: 151.10
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
Adidas Duramo Cool Blue Miles: 16.35Pearl Izumi N1V2 Flash Green Miles: 2.00Kinvara 7 Neon Yelarnge Miles: 26.20
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Taper run. Got it just as the lightning started. 

Adidas Duramo Cool Blue Miles: 4.25
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On the road for work- 8.1 on the treadmill. 2 @ 6:58. 6:55 to stay loose. Legs felt good. marathon forecast has turned very cold. I will deal, hopefully there is no wind. 4 Days. 

Adidas Duramo Cool Blue Miles: 8.10
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4 taper miles .... easy peasy -  hotel treadmill 

Adidas Duramo Cool Blue Miles: 4.00
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AM- 26º Shake out run. Hit the road after. Checked in my hotel and winding down. Ready to run tomorrow, looks to be 24º race start. 

Pearl Izumi N1V2 Flash Green Miles: 2.00
Race: Anthem Richmond Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:22:06, Place overall: 330, Place in age division: 33
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Race day came. I slept well until about 2:38 when I woke up and then struggled to get back to bed. Oh well. Got my oatmeal and two cups of coffee. Which after going 14 days with no caffeine that was heavenly. 27º at race start, which was cold. Mild wind which was nice until the bridge (more on that later). I got down to the starting area without issue and chatted with a few people as they shivered. I talked to #6. He was Ethiopian and very smooth even with how he walked. I though, this guy might be the winner. (he finished 2nd) 

Race started and the first mile is flat, but the next 5 are slightly uphill. I planned on running easy at first and conserving energy even if that meant falling a bit behind. That went as scripted. 7:40, 7:40, 7:43, 7:39, 7:30, 7:51. The next mile was all downhill and I just wanted to put forth the same effort, but make up the time. 6:59 Boom. Right on track. The next 10 miles are a series of rolling hills. Nothing killer, but enough to make you work. I wanted to save energy for mile 16, the bridge which is the biggest hill I was told. Again, just went steady just holding back a hair 7:39, 737, 744, 7:47, 7:46, 7:36, 7:43, 7:29, That was some of the prettiest parts of the marathon. James river was pretty sweet and very nice to run by, although it made it colder. Then the Bridge at 16. It wasn't that big of a hill honestly. It just seemed to last for over a mile. That combined with a headwind that was not felt at all during the twisty parts by the river made it tough. The wheels did not come off, but I struggled on the bridge. 8:12 Ugly. The next two miles we slightly up hill and I could not get myself as far down as I hoped. 7:55, 7:49. I studied the elevation chart well, but somehow I was not getting the downhills I expected for the next several miles to match the rolling uphills. They were mild, but I felt them. 7:49, 7:37, 7:59, 7:44, 7:55, 7:49, 7:52, 7:45. The last mile I was told was all downhill. Not quite, but the last .6 were a steep downhill. I was a little annoyed I couldn't push it harder. 7:37. 1:24 for the .22 (6:57) rounded out the run. 3:22:06. I am satisfied with the results. Not the killer race I wanted, but I am still happy I did not give up or into the cold/fading legs. So good enough for now, I can build off the experience. :) 

Kinvara 7 Neon Yelarnge Miles: 26.20
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Adidas Duramo Cool Blue Miles: 16.35Pearl Izumi N1V2 Flash Green Miles: 2.00Kinvara 7 Neon Yelarnge Miles: 26.20
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