RVA Half Marathon Recap

This is going to be a TTP… to the point… post.  I had friends in town for the race, Gentry out of town for the race and a whole lot of grocery shopping and meal planning that didn’t get done.  But, I’d do this weekend in a heartbeat all over again… well maybe keep Gentry around one time 😉

Saturday’s race was FRIGID!  Luckily, I have a stockpile of old sweatshirts and pants, which I literally wore up until the amen minute.  Sometimes being a hoarder pays off.  Despite the North Pole-esque temps, I felt great the entire race.  Justin rode his bike next to me for much of the last half.  Of course if he’s not participating in a race he has to ride his bike to the race, ride the race and ride home.  Even if the start is 25 miles away by car.


That about sums up the race… 21 seconds slower than last year.  Either I ran too slow last year or I was just excited to get to the finish line and put on some warm clothes.

My friend deserves the spotlight this year though-


after running Marine Corps Marathon just 2 short weeks ago at a 3:45, she turned around and ran this one at 3:32… good enough for her first (of many) Boston Qualifiers.

I’m not going to lie, seeing her cross the finish line made me about 1% wish I did the full.  Will I admit to looking up fulls in early 2015… maybe?  Maybe not?

If you read my post last week, I said I was dedicating each Monday post to Kids Cook Monday.  A great way for you to not only teach your kids about nutrition, but to get them cooking dinner for you 😉

Last Monday, Gentry and I made these veggie pancakes.


This Monday, we are attempting to make these Honey Cheerio Bars

But, instead of Cheerios, I’d use Kashi Heart to Heart cereal for a bit more nutrition.

How was your weekend?

What’s been cooking in your kitchen?

Full or stick with half marathons???


13 thoughts on “RVA Half Marathon Recap

  1. milesandblessings says:

    That time is AMAZING and just 3 months post baby is super woman!!!!!! I am so excited for you!!!! I can’t believe he biked 25 miles to the race!!!! My weekend was AMAZING! I LOVED that race and not just because I did better than I was hoping…although that helped. You were totally right, and I am so glad we did not get there at 6…we actually didn’t get there till 7:15 (it was cutting it a little close for me, but we were running late). Go for the full :). I am already signing up for Richmond again next year!!!! The free fleece blankets won me over BIG time!!!!!!

  2. Jessie says:

    Good for on you getting out there in the frigid temperatures. It’s never easy to run in those conditions. Sure you were a bit slower then last year but you still did fantastic!

    I can’t imagine you two not being a fan of those bars. Kim’s recipes are always delicious.

  3. vitatrain4life says:

    Holy WOW Emma! Great job on the half!! And your friend is truly amazing for pulling that off. Very, very cool!! Those blankets are awesome and such a great idea. I’m assuming you got them as you crossed the finish?? If so, I’d prefer a blanket to a medal for ANY winter race!! I also love those Cheerio bars. I will def make those with the boys.

  4. misszippy1 says:

    Congrats to you and your friend–how nice you are to feature her like that! I think you did an awesome job and that you surely have many more good ones ahead of you as well.

  5. Carly @ Fine Fit Day says:

    Wow! You’re amazing, what an awesome time, especially so soon after giving birth! Congrats, lady. I love the half distance, especially because the training for a full is so time-consuming and intense, but every time I read a full recap I get itchy to run the marathon again.

  6. Change of Pace says:

    Congratulations on another incredible race!! Wow- super speedy! How did you feel?
    And congratulations to your friend, too. That’s awesome!
    Love those blankets. Were they given away post-race? I’d totally take that over a finisher medal!
    Lastly, I say stick with halfs!! You rock at them, and with two little ones and an on-the-go husband, training is manageable 🙂
    Have fun cooking with G!

  7. shannalehr says:

    Congrats on your time!! My husband and I ran our first full marathon in Richmond this weekend. They do an amazing job! Loved the race. Hated the cold. Going for a BQ next!! Tell your friend nice job too!

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