Richmond marathon, Twittified

I’ve been accused of being chatty and wordy. Funny that the social media outlet I love to scorn (Twitter: “everyone talking; nobody listening”) has become one that I enjoy as someone who struggles with conciseness. The 140 character limit is always a fun challenge, especially since I refuse to use text-speak, abbreviations, or bad grammar. With that in mind, here is my Richmond marathon report in a series of imagined tweets:

Pre-race: #Richmondmarathon with my family and @runnerpeeps! Andrew and Stephen off to start the 8K in the rain; Simon is with Amy. #gametime

Start: Peep panic ensues when we see we’re on the wrong side of the road. Mad dash and the Peeps are off! #losthalfthepeeps #raincanquitanytimenow

Mile 1-5: Drop behind Jeff/Kelly/Cheryl because I’m panting. Steve would be proud I have a plan: 8:45-9s for 20 then see what happens. #usuallywingit

Mile 6-9: Beautiful scenery; crossing the James River with flowing water, boulders, and fall colors punctuating the mist. Gorgeous. #roadrunsmaybeOK

Mile 9-11: There’s my friend Diane! Love running with my training buddy for the 2009 NYC marathon. She’s running for a BQ today! #shemadeitby4seconds

Mile 11: “I could see Jeff for a long time but can’t see him now.” On cue Jeff tears out of a port-a-potty next to us and takes off. #catchthetarheel

Mile 12: An overweight man running next to me is alternately singing and muttering to himself. I see another man dressed as a turkey. #passtheturkey

Mile 13.1: 1:55 and feeling good. Just behind Jeff shouting “Go Pack!” Finally draw even and bust a move to get his attention as we hit the party zone.

Mile 14: “I’ve heard a few ‘Go Packs’ along the way.” “That was me, you idiot.” Choke and spew Nabs everywhere at the 14 mi AS. #itwasnotpretty

Mile 15: Diane’s husband John is on the bridge as I come back over the river, then I see my pal Martin! Yeah! #lovemesomePeepsupport

Mile 16: “These are my people!” I’m so pumped for the junk food AS, but I’m still coughing so I go with plain water. #noFritos #sadtrombone

Mile 18-19: Run with Cheryl, who’s focusing with music. Want to pull her past the wall but she tells me to go. Hate leaving my friend in a tough spot.

Mile 20: Run past @bullcityrunning signs and feel the #RUNDRM love. This is where I pick up the pace. Hello, legs? Are you there? #noanswer

Mile 21: See Kelly and think how cool it would be to finish together. But she’s running strong and I’m not sure I can pick up my pace. #catchthatPeep

Mile 22-24: Trying hard to catch up with Kelly. So close…when I suddenly realize, oh crap! It’s not going to happen. #insidejokebutnottoofunny #rats

Mile 24: Momentarily discouraged, then realize I can likely make all 3 of my goals, including the secret one! #attitudeadjustment Woo hoo!

Mile 25: Looking for any excuse to walk and try every mental trick to keep moving. Like magic, Karla, Shellie & Doug appear, cheering! #thankyouPeeps

Mile 26: No matter what I do, I’m slowing down even as I am falling downhill to the finish. Thank you, gravity. #whereismile26 #leavingitalloutthere

Mile 26.2: Andrew + Peeps are at the finish; my friends are arriving too. So excited (and pained) as everything seizes up. #hellohamstrings #finished

Post-race: Celebrating good friends, 4 first-time marathoners, a 50th birthday, many great races, and my new PR (by 19 min!*) of 3:51:12! #PeepsRock

Just a few of the Peeps doing the Richmond races!

Just a few of our Peeps doing the Richmond races! Great weekend!

[*Richmond was my 5th marathon and a new PR was my “easy” goal. Why? Well, my 1st, 3rd, and 4th marathons were the Umstead marathon and my 2nd marathon was New York City (where I blew up at mile 14 after running 8:30 miles the first half).]

13 thoughts on “Richmond marathon, Twittified

  1. Clever and well-done report, Steph! Conratulations on the HUGE PR, too! It looks like you were smart with pacing, unlike me when I suffered my most spectacular flameout ever there in 2009. Great Race!


    • Thanks Darrel. I had hoped to pick it up the last 10K for negative splits, but was exactly even with 1:55 for first and second halves. I have been known to fly at the start and implode spectacularly later, so I was proud of my execution. 😉

      • I had to look it up: 2008 race: 1st half in 1:43:28 (7:54/mi); 2nd half 2:12:44 (10:08/mi). Final 10k (AKA Death March) 11:36/mi. Your way looks a lot better!

        First half was GLORIOUS, though!

      • Ha ha! That looks painful. My 2009 NYC marathon was similar. As I said, my plan was to run 8:45-9 for 20 miles. I hoped to pick up the pace after that, but wasn’t able to. I don’t use a GPS watch, so I was just using my Timex to see the mile splits. Now the question is, could I sub-4 at Umstead with a similar strategy (maybe 8:55-9s)? I just don’t think so.

      • From what I remember of Umstead from this year, the last part of the course was pretty tough! Also, it’s hard to maintain A quick pace on the trail sections. I plan to try it again in March!

  2. Haha! I love the format! It did seem like there was a lot of confusion at the start, but once everyone was going it made perfect sense. Kept the fast marathon people away from the slow half. The scenery was fantastic. And the Porta-john lines were very short. Super happy the rain stopped!

  3. Loved the report! I hate I missed seeing you anywhere along the route. Very impressive! Wishing you more spectacular finishes!

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