2 weeks after our full at St. George, who would think we’d feel up to running 13 miles? Well, it was a last-minute effort and despite 4 hours of sleep after being at a Halloween party, I put my best foot forward with my hubby Jamison R. and we both towed the line and decided to see where we were training/injury-wise. We are signed up to knock Virginia off our list of states in just one month via the Richmond 1/2 Marathon so this was a “see what we need to work on” run. I had no goal in mind other than to NOT run another stupid 1:58 like I did at Presque Isle half last month and the split of my marathon 2 weeks ago (PR is 1:46 just one year ago), so with a 1:52 in the works, I kept chugging along until my piriformis begged me to back off. It did good for the most part and that’s thanks to there being few hills, which it cannot handle quite yet. It was super cold at the start but we stayed in the car for the most part and in Jamie’s workplace building for another 20 minutes, so we were only in the corral for like 15 minutes before we took off and by mile 3, I was plenty warm and shed the gloves and by the 10k, I was shedding my jacket. So many friends ran this event, too many to mention, but I do want to extend special congrats to Carla Jo C. for her first half marathon début of 1:44 (she did 3 fulls before ever doing a half, crazy girl!). My goal for Richmond will be to get back under 1:50…not a PR, just back to the high 1:40’s. We are also signed up to run the full in New Orléans in February and then I have Boston in April. I need those big goals to force me to work harder and get this injury under better control, which I think is happening, s-l-o-w-l-y!!!