Saturday, November 10, 2012

HCA Richmond 8K Training Thanks and Expo

I have to first thank my running coaches and team for providing a great supportive network for moms to run. Mother Runner Training is what got me started running three years ago. And this is the first time I have been able to run with an intermediate group due to a finally healthy ITB. So thanks to Rachel, Grace, Cathleen, Stephanie and Jessica for coaching our groups.

So onto the review. The 8k is done in conjunction with the Richmond Marathon and Half-Marathon. Due to the cancellation of the New York Marathon the week before, we had a larger than expected marathon field. I was happy that this was a good option for those unable to run from Sandy's aftermath.

I normally head to the expo on Thursday night for Richmond races because they are so big and many people come Friday from out of town. Due to Little Dude's birthday on Thursday, that wasn't an option this year. I was able to get there before 5 on Friday with two friends. This expo always seems smaller to me with less vendors than the Monument 10k, but still so crowded. Packet and shirt pickup are always easy and fast for both races. The only downside was that they were out of all the smaller sizes in shirts that I liked, and iFitness was out of hydration add-on bottles that my friend wanted. Note to self, find a way to go the first day. I did get a cool shirt for my cycling hubby. We had a great dinner at Kitchen 64. Spinach, jalapeno, cilantro hummus is amazing.

I was so excited to get this race under my belt. I felt strong, ready, and injury-free to tackle those 5 miles. Stay tuned.


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