A Simple Running Log

June 29, 2017

Training for 6/29/17

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 5:48 pm

I never ran today, but I did sign up for a marathon!

I am officially registered for the Anthem Richmond Marathon on Saturday, Nov. 11. Training starts July 10. I’m also signed up for the Baltimore Marathon in October, which, for the third year in a row, I will run in place of the third and final 20-miler in my goal marathon training plan. I think my fall race schedule is all planned out and paid for.

I’ve always heard great things about Richmond: Beautiful, scenic course; not-too-big field (4,000 finishers last year); the marathon and half are kept separate until the end, at which point most of the half runners should be done anyway; and usually decent running weather — though I’m sure that’ll change this year since I’m going. Sorry, everyone else.

The swag looks pretty nice too. This year, in addition to the fleece finisher’s blanket they always give out, they’re also doing a stainless steel tumbler in honor of the race’s 40th anniversary. Oh, and one lucky finisher will get a genuine ruby in their medal!

I really like that it’s a Saturday morning race too. We can get into town Friday evening, run the race first thing the next day instead of sitting around waiting, have a good time Saturday night to celebrate and head home Sunday.

I’ve also booked through AirBnB a private room in a house very close to the start and finish. It was way cheaper than any of the downtown hotels. Perfect!

Clark said he’ll go with me, and he might sign up for the half marathon. Whether he runs or not, I’m sure he’ll be up for visiting Stone Brewing’s new brewery/restaurant that opened in Richmond not too long ago.

I put down 3:30 for my finish time, for like the 12th time in a row now. Maybe if I actually follow the training plan…



  1. Hey Abby–
    Just read this post about the Richmond marathon… I ran it last year, and have registered to do so this year again because I fell in love with this race. It definitely has the bet swag, course route, organization, and positive spirit of any long-distance race I’ve run!
    We also have similar pace/goals. I will be using this marathon to try to BQ with a needed time of 3:35; however, shooting for a 3:30 just to be safe. I’m not sure if you remember, but I met you briefly at the Third Wave 5k and also ran the YMCA Crab Challenge with you. Maybe we could figure out a plan/chat about trying to stick together for this race. I know that following a pacer last year helped me reach my goal, but I will be trying to pick up speed this year. A familiar face in the last tough miles might be motivating. ๐Ÿ™‚
    –Kelly Tingle
    Delmar, MD

    Comment by Kelly Tingle — July 2, 2017 @ 8:25 am | Reply

    • Yes, I remember meeting you at the 3rd Wave 5K! Running Richmond together is a great idea! It might also motivate me to actually stick to my training plan, including the dreaded speed work ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad to hear you’ve already run this one and highly recommend it too. Keep in touch!

      Comment by aschmid3 — July 2, 2017 @ 9:32 am | Reply

      • Sounds like. Plan!
        Susan Dunn and I usually follow one of Hal Higdon’s training plans, and make ourselves stick to the speed work. If you’re ever interested, we meet at Laurel High School’s track on Wednesday mornings at 5am. Each week we do some sort of different intervals/speed work. You’re welcome to join!

        Comment by Kelly Tingle — July 3, 2017 @ 4:36 am

  2. I always use a Higdon plan too! I’m using advanced 1 again. Tried advanced 2 a couple of times but the twice-weekly speed workouts burned me out. 5 a.m. sounds so early but I might have to meet you guys there sometime!

    Comment by aschmid3 — July 3, 2017 @ 7:50 am | Reply

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