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Richmond, Virginia
United States
Richmond Multisports
35F / 2C
Precipitation
Total Time = 2h 18m 54s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

This race had a 10 AM start so I was able to take my time getting breakfast and getting ready. Headed up to Richmond with my husband and hunted a parking lot. Walked over to the race start. Freaking COLD. I figured I would be okay once I got running, but since we got there over an hour before the race start I hung out in the heated tent and was still shivering.
Event warmup:

Stayed in the tent as long as I could. Then out to the race start. Hung out with various people....
Run
  • 2h 18m 54s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 36s  min/mile
Comments:

She had us start in a field. Evidently the plan had been to start us on a small bridge but that was closed so she started us off in the field. Whatever, it's not a huge race, only had 1000 participant max for the half marathon so it shouldn't have been bad.....but when we finally got on the sidewalks it was congested and we had these tight turns for stairs that got bottlenecked.
Did I mention cold, windy, mixed precipitation of freezing rain, snow and sleet? Trying to avoid the puddles so the feet don't get to wet. Some can't be helped.
Thought I was doing okay, but knew I was slower than my usual efforts. Just didn't have any "pop" today. Maybe I was using too much effort to just stay warm. I don't know.....Wanted to bail at the end of the first loop but the course snaked back out and before I realized it I was at mile 8. I only remember that mile marker because the volunteer there was fantastic. She cheered for each of us like we were her best friend. I told her I loved her because at that moment I needed a best friend to cheer me.
Got to mile 10 and I am DONE mentally, it's just a matter of finishing this mess because all I want is to get warm. I have had it with sleet and freezing rain. Mile 11 had another awesome volunteer with a cowbell cheering us up the hill like the little engine that could.
Mile 12 and we have this turn down a steep hill. It was bad enough on lap one, now it's so freaking slick. Make that one and the next turn leads to another viciously steep downhill. Brutal, I slowed way down on it because it was that steep it felt unsafe.
I had seen the finish from the top of these hills but it sure seemed like a while before I could finally get to the chute.
I was so cold and stiff when I finished. Could not stretch at all because of the cold. Headed into the tent and stood in front of the space heater to eat a little.
What would you do differently?:

Not sign up for any more RMS races. Her run course here is a lot of the same course as Rocket's Landing Olympic and that course sucked in 100 degree heat as much as it sucked in the frigid weather.
Post race
Warm down:

Heated tent
Bowl of chili
Walked to Capital Ale House with Jen, Kristen and my husband for lunch.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

FRIGID temps with mixed wintery precipitation

Event comments:

I will not do this race again.




Last updated: 2013-01-12 12:00 AM
Running
02:18:54 | 13.1 miles | 10m 36s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Course: A two loop out and back inner city course. Along the canal walk which might have been pretty on a nicer day or in warmer weather....but was not all that attractive. It contained multiple sets of stairs, some turns that were tight onto the staircases and on the stairs themselves and truthfully, just plain sucked.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? No
Evaluation
Course challenge
Organized?
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
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2013-02-16 8:15 PM

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2013-02-16 8:40 PM
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Subject: RE: Love Rox Half Marathon
Ugh, this sounds absolutely miserable. Hanging out in a tent trying to stay cold prior to the race probably impacted your legs. But great job for hanging in there, you are a badazzzz!
2013-02-16 9:12 PM
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Never, never again.  Seriously, we are crazy!
2013-02-16 10:39 PM
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Judi & RMS....just like Taylor Swift....never getting back together...like ever. . Great seeing you!
2013-02-17 3:00 AM
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Yeeeeeeeeesh, that sounds miserable. Good job sticking it out to the end (although I wouldn't have blamed you a bit for dropping out after that first loop). I'm guessing your time was off from all of the bunching and the stairs and the cold and just never hitting your comfort zone.

I hope you're signing up for another race to wipe out the bad taste of this one!
2013-02-17 3:08 PM
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OMG, that volunteer at the turnaround was fantastic!! Only bright spot in a crappy race. I also felt that brick hill was unsafe.

Don't tell me Rockett's Landing is that bad... I think I'm planning on that one...

Sorry I missed meeting you. Some other race!


2013-02-17 9:08 PM
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Always tough to run in those conditions mother nature throws at us, but starting in a field???  WTF!?
2013-02-18 7:58 AM
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A field and stairs? Sounds more like a failed "muddy buddy" obstacle course instead of an actual half marathon course.

Sorry to hear it was awful.

2013-02-18 8:07 AM
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Sorry about the crappy conditions - good job for hanging in there.
2013-02-18 8:20 AM
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I'm shivering just reading it!!! Add weather on to an already bad course etc and you'll have a lot of displeased people - what happened? Has the race outgrown it's location? Glad you finished it though rather than bailing, I'm sure you are too in hindsight Goes to show too that great marshalls can go a long way to making a race.
2013-02-18 8:22 AM
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Subject: RE: Love Rox Half Marathon

That race route would have been HORRID in decent conditions.  I agree with the other poster.. failed Mud Run.

At least she had heaters and chili at the finish to help you thaw out.

 

GREAT JOB toughing it out.   I admire you for that!



2013-02-18 8:29 AM
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Subject: RE: Love Rox Half Marathon
a february race in virginia is just always a gamble - the last time i did one it started snowing halfway through!  but, yeah, laurie sometimes makes some weird decisions with races.  i do really prefer setup these days.
2013-02-18 10:34 AM
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Congrats for making it to the finish line.  You should be nothing but proud of yourself for having what it takes to make it to the end and cross that line!  Thank goodness you had a couple of great volunteers to make it a little better for you!
2013-02-18 2:28 PM
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Great job toughing it out! 
2013-02-18 6:19 PM
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I"d say that was a PR for a miserable course.  You should be very proud of yourself for fighting through it and getting it done.  Nice job!
2013-02-18 6:19 PM
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I"d say that was a PR for a miserable course.  You should be very proud of yourself for fighting through it and getting it done.  Nice job!


2013-02-19 8:19 AM
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I admire you for even thinking of racing in that weather, let alone sticking it out on such a terrible, unsafe course. Kudos to you!

At least you had friends and good food afterward.

2013-02-21 9:52 AM
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Gotta say that I am so proud of you for sticking that race out. Also glad I waited to decided weather or not I was going to do that race, then decided no. Probably the best thought. Never have been happy with any RMS races. They are very disorganized and crappy courses.
2013-02-21 11:47 AM
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Subject: RE: Love Rox Half Marathon

Love having stairs in a race, really mixes things up, because we all know we incorporate stairs in our tempo runs.

Way to stick it out.

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