Richmond Marathon or Bust!

Guys – my first full marathon is tomorrow!! I can’t believe it! Matt and I are leaving for Richmond this afternoon to meet up with my brother, who is also running the marathon, and to hit the expo to get our bibs. We have a fun dinner planned with my training buddy Kathleen and her fiancé – Italian food, of course. Then we attempt to sleep and at 8 a.m. tomorrow, we’re off! For those of you who live in Richmond and will be out cheering (thank you!!) – here’s what I’ll be wearing. Minus the hair being down, obviously. And hopefully I’ll have a bigger smile on my face, although that will probably depend upon what mile you see me… ;)


As you can see, I have my name on my shirt! I bought some fun sparkly duct tape (per ya’lls suggestion – great idea to do this instead of iron on letters so I can take it off after) the other day for me and the other girls to use to put our names on our shirts.


The first time I tried it, I made my name wayyyy too big and my hydration pack was covering half of it. Oops! Glad I realized that before the race, or everyone would have been cheering for “NN”. ;)


I spent some time this morning packing up and making sure I’m (fingers crossed) not forgetting anything. Did I forget anything?! I’ve got my hydration vest, my Garmin watch, my compression sleeves, sports bra, favorite socks, shirt, running skirt, body glide for chaffing, point and shoot camera for fun action shots during the race, my running shoes (not pictured), some baby wipes and toilet paper just in case…



Plus my fuel – as we know, never try anything new on race day. I’ll be sticking with what I’ve been doing on long runs. I’ll start with the Clif shot gel (yay caffeine), then move on to the Margarita Shot Bloks (yay salt), then around mile 16 when I want real food, I’ll rock the Cascadian farm granola bars (yay for low fiber and low fat <— they slow digestion, which is not great while you’re running – but is great in normal life, of course).


Since I’ll be in a hotel and not at home on race morning, I also packed my breakfast for tomorrow morning before the race. My standard cinnamon raisin Ezekiel toast with a little almond butter and half a sliced banana.


Whew. Running is high maintenance, ya’ll. ;)

The course looks like it should be a pretty one – lots of running along the water, which you guys know I love, and this race is supposed to have good crowd support too – it’s been dubbed “America’s Friendliest Marathon"! It doesn’t look too hilly, either… just some mild hills around miles 15 to 17, although I may be cursing myself for calling those “mild” when we hit them tomorrow.


There are some areas where we loop back some, too, which should be good for Matt and Kathleen’s fiancé Zach to cheer us on!

As for the weather, it’s looking okay… not amazing but not terrible, either. It will be warmer than I’d like, and it WAS saying rain, but just changed to cloudy instead. Fingers crossed for no rain and no wind!


And now, time to get some work done and head out to a meeting before finishing packing up and hitting the road! For those of you that are interested in tracking me online, here’s the website to sign up. We’ll be crossing pace trackers at miles 6.2, 13.1, 20, and of course the finish. As for goals, my #1 main goal is to have fun, enjoy the experience, and finish with a smile on my face and no injuries. I’d love to finish in under 4 hours, and I think we can do it based on our training, so that’s my A goal. But again – as long as I finish, I’ll be happy. That’s the beauty of doing a distance for the first time – any time is a PR! :)

Regardless of how tomorrow goes, I’m proud of myself for just making it this far in my running and training that I can even realistically attempt a full marathon. I certainly never would have thought I’d be able to run this far, and it’s pretty cool how far I’ve come in the past few years.

A HUGE thank you to all of you for the good luck wishes and all the support and advice you’ve shared during my training and over the past few years. I’ve said this before before races, but knowing that you guys believe in me really helps me to better believe in myself. So thank you. :) Thinking about the fact that some of you will be tracking and cheering us on virtually tomorrow will really help to raise my spirits in the inevitable rough moments. You guys rock.

Here’s to 26.2! Good luck to everyone who will be out racing this weekend – we can do this!


  1. 1

    Good luck, Anne!! Also, who makes that adorable running skirt??

  2. 3

    You’re gonna be great Anne! Enjoy!!!!

  3. 4

    Good luck Anne!!!!!! You’re going to do great!!

  4. 5

    You’ll be great!!! I’d wish you luck but you don’t need it! Have fun!!

  5. 6

    Good luck! Some co-workers are heading down to run Richmond as well – they didn’t hit their goal during the Marine Corps Marathon, so they decided to try again tomorrow!

    Good luck in your race – try not to start off too fast and I’m sure you’ll rock it!

  6. 7

    You’re going to be awesome out there! Can’t wait to read the recap.

  7. 8

    Love your tee!! Have a blast, you’re going to rock it!!

  8. 9

    Wishing you the best!!!! :D Have fun!

  9. 11

    Good luck tomorrow!! I’m running my first half in Philly on Sunday – here’s to a fabulous weekend of race firsts! :)

  10. 13

    Don’t forget your shoes! :) Have fun!!

  11. 15

    Have a great run! Best advice I was told before my first half and marathon: 1: trust your training and 2: Enjoy! It is just another long run with a few more friends than usual : )

  12. 16

    Love the tape idea for your name, congrats on making it this far and good luck!!!

  13. 17

    Good luck, Anne! Your training has you SO ready to rock this, and I can’t wait to hear all about it! I will be anxiously tracking you (it’s so funny how we get “nervous” for people we don’t even know, but I get such joy out of seeing others reach their goals that it’s so worth it!)

  14. 18

    Good luck tomorrow! My boyfriend is running Richmond tomorrow – it’s his first marathon too – so I will be out there cheering and I will be sure to look for you!

  15. 20

    Cute outfit! The sparkly duct-taped name is a good idea :D

    Haha you’re so prepared! Can’t wait to hear all about your first 26.2

  16. 21

    Good luck this weekend! I think you’ve got this sub-4!

  17. 22

    GOOD luck Anne! Love you outfit especially you’re Go Faster Skirt!

  18. 23

    Have a great race, and enjoy every step!

  19. 24

    Good luck tomorrow! The first 26.2 is always the best! Go out there and soak up every single moment and be confident in your training!

  20. 25

    Hi Anne!

    I found your blog a couple of months ago and haven’t commented before, but just wanted to say GOOD LUCK! You are going to rock it! I was training for my 2nd marathon when I started reading (I ran Portland in October) and it was fun to compare our training even though my race was a little before yours. Anyway, have so much fun, crossing the finish line after a full marathon is the best!


  21. 27

    GOOD LUCK!! I hope you have a great race and I can’t wait to read the recap!

  22. 28

    The sparkly duck tape is awesome!!! :) I am so so so excited for you! I can’t wait to hear the results… I am sure you are going to squash your goal. Good Luck! :)

  23. 29

    Good luck! I have always wanted to run a marathon but haven’t worked up the courage yet. I will live vicariously through you for the time being :)

  24. 31

    Good luck tomorrow, you are going to rock it! And I love the sparkly duct tape idea!!

  25. 32

    Have FUN! Crossing the finish line is such a high….soak it up :)

  26. 33

    Yay! I’ll be there running too. GOOD LUCK!!!

  27. 35

    Good luck!! I’m sure you’ll do great. Looking forward to your recap. :)

  28. 36

    So excited for you, Anne! I love the sparkly tape too!

    Two more things to consider packing: get some cheap gloves and an old long sleeve/t-shirt or sweatshirt for the start area. That way you can throw them off the side when you are done. You will likely not use them, but it is of course nice to have just in case! The expo should have cheap gloves. I also bring a disposable water bottle to sip on the 10 minutes before the start. I know your have your hydration vest, but if you want to save the water for the race might be a good idea. For some reason (mainly nerves I guess) I always get a super dry mouth right at the start.

    GOOD LUCK!!!

    • 37

      Omg, GLOVES! That is what I forgot! Putting them in my bag now. :) And I think I’m going to do Matt’s old socks with the toe cut off for arm warmers. :)

      • 38

        Perfect :) Can’t wait to track you tomorrow! Also, start searching for your Garmin signals early, sometimes the airwaves get a little congested w/ thousands of runners at the start! If it doesn’t kick in right away, don’t worry, it will soon enough :)

  29. 39

    Good luck tomorrow! I’ll be there cheering on my husband. I’ll definitely look out for you!

  30. 41

    What an adorable idea for a race shirt! Love it! Good luck tomorrow in Richmond!

  31. 42

    Good luck!!

  32. 43

    Good luck Anne!! I just started reading your blog and it has given inspiration to start running on a regular basis. All of your training will pay off… Don’t worry :)

  33. 45

    Good luck! Where is your skirt from?

  34. 47

    Good luck!!! I can’t wait to read all about it soon!

  35. 48

    GOOD LUCK!!!!

  36. 49

    So,dear Anne i have so much trust in you that you’ll finished as you like.
    You did work so much and even you are looking little bit tired,I am sure everything will be OK.
    Success even for your brother,I can wait to read..Monday!

  37. 50

    Best of luck with your run! Imagine all of us virtual cheerleaders rooting for you. You’re well prepared for anything and everything that unfolds, so enjoy every minute. Can’t wait to read the recap! Good luck to your brother, too!

  38. 52

    Good luck, Anne! You’re going to do great!

  39. 53

    You are gonna ROCK it!!! Your training for this marathon seems 100% rock solid. Can’t wait for the amazing recap!

  40. 54

    Good luck, Anne! Have a blast!

  41. 55

    Your shirt looks great! Good luck tomorrow!

  42. 56

    Good luck Anne!

  43. 57

    Stay positive! You are SO ready for this. Can’t wait to read all about your success

  44. 58

    Anne, you’re so ready for this! I’ve been following your training and your distances and paces have been spot on. I’ve done some half marathons but have’t built up to a fuel yet. Can’t wait to hear your recap!

  45. 59

    Good luck tomorrow!!! I’ll be thinking of you out there!

  46. 60

    Hey Anne!

    You’re going to do great!! You’ve trained and prepared for this and you’re going to kill it!!

    Did you figure out the live tracking thing? We all want to follow your progress.

    Advice from an elite I received, just this morning, on our run:
    “Don’t think about anything, just fuckin’ run”

    Sorry I used profanity on your blog.

    – Tom

  47. 63

    You’re going to be awesome!!!!! Can’t wait to hear all about it. I’ll be running 22 miles on Sunday to prepare for my 2nd full marathon on 12/8. It’s challenging, but so worth it!

  48. 64

    Good luck! Can’t wait to hear how it goes. “NEW PDR GUYS!!!!!” hahahaha

  49. 65

    Good Luck Anne! You are going to do great, you have worked so hard for this! I will be sending my best wishes and cheering you on from Jersey :) I can’t wait to hear all about it in a recap XOXO!

  50. 66

    Enjoy every mile!
    Yes, Richmond does have some hills, but nothing you can’t handle!

  51. 67

    Have a GREAT race! Sparkly duct tape = genius!

  52. 68

    Yay!!!! Can’t wait!!

  53. 69

    Good luck Anne! You will do F-a-n-n-e-s-t-a-s-t-i-c!

  54. 70

    Eeeeee good luck tomorrow! One of my good friends is running her first marathon tomorrow as well, you’ll do great! Love your perspective – automatic PR!

  55. 71

    LOVE the glitter duct tape idea! GOOD luck!!

  56. 72

    Love the tape idea! Good luck…

  57. 73

    Good luck! You’re going to do great, and you’re going to LOVE the course! Richmond is my hometown and my husband ran the marathon a few years ago–and even though I was only standing around cheering, it was SO MUCH FUN! Enjoy!!!

  58. 74

    Good luck and have fun!!

  59. 75

    Good luck Anne! :) Can’t wait to read about it!

  60. 76

    Good luck tomorrow Anne! I was planning to run the half tomorrow, but I had to get my appendix out last night so I can’t make it! I ran my first marathon in April (Charlottesville) and it was the most amazing experience. I know you will have a great time- its been fun to read about your training! Enjoy every moment!!

  61. 77

    GOOD LUCK TOMORROW! Remember- you only get one first marathon, so enjoy it :) I can’t wait to read all about it, and I hope that it provides a few hours of amazing memories for you.

  62. 78

    Good luck Anne! Hope you have a blast!!

  63. 79

    Good luck Anne! You will do awesome… all that hard training surely will pay off. Cheering from California!

  64. 80

    I am so anxious for you to start so I can start obsessively tracking you.

  65. 81

    Yay! So excited for you and happy I got to say hi at mile 4. Congrats lady!

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    Zulma Reyes says:

    Goood Luuuck, Anne!! You are great and a fAnnetastic person, so I wish you the best. The important of this is enjoy it and as you say: at the end a big smile because you did it. ;)

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    I saw your post-marathon pics on IG and holy bananas – you look so energetic and happy! Like you were out for a stroll :D Way to go rockstar!!!

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