26.2: Going the Distance
This past weekend I traveled to Virginia Beach to run the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon. Sunshine and 70-degree weather, what more could you ask for? It was the perfect weekend to run outdoors in Virginia Beach. The 26.2 flat road course not only took runners through scenic views of the beach and oceanfront, but the opportunity to run inside military installations Camp Pendleton and Fort Story. What made the race even more special was seeing the military support all the runners and high-fiving our armed services was a highlight for me and gave me the “warm and fuzzies.”
I started off well, keeping a steady 8-9 minute/mile pace. I was passing runners and water stations, I felt great. It was not until mile 20 where I felt my legs start to shut down. I knew I had to slow down my pace and keep going. Fortunately, it was a matter of putting pressure on my upper thighs, keeping my head up, looking straight ahead, and picking up the pace to cross the finish line. I finished the race under 4 hours and 25 minutes and I felt so great! If only you could see my legs after the race, that is another blog.
More than 2,500 finished the marathon and over 3,000 in the half marathon and 8k. Congratulations to Ergey Kaledin from Russia who finished first for the men at 2:27:50 and Meghan Ridgley who finished first for the women at 2:52:01.
Lesson learned, the best part of running is the support along the sidelines. No matter what race and no matter where along the race course, there are always people cheering for you to keep going and to keep pushing you to make it to the end. To me that’s what keeps runners running and getting that extra boost of confidence.
Virginia Beach was a great host and they put on a great race event, not to mention the all you can drink Yuengling beer at the end of the race. I look forward to running again next year and setting a PR.
Now it is on to the next running event and that is Saturday March 27, the Ukrops Monument Avenue 10k!
Jason Yu is Partner and Director of Marketing for Social Media Solutions in Richmond, VA. His company specializes in Social Media Strategy and Online Reputation Management. Jason enjoys keeping active by running, swimming and working out on a daily basis. Jason has ran in over fifteen running races including the Monument Avenue 10K, Philadelphia Half Distance Run, Richmond Half-Marathon, and Xterra races. Interesting facts about Jason is that he is a music fanatic, macaroni and cheese connoisseur, and aspiring “mixologist.”
Jason Yu is Partner and Director of Marketing for The Hardwicke Group in Richmond, VA. His company specializes in new media, PR and influence with an emphasis on digital marketing strategy and reputation management. Jason enjoys keeping active by biking, running and working out on a daily basis. Jason has ran in over twenty running races including the Marine Corps Marathon, Tough Mudder, Richmond Marathon, and Xterra races. Interesting facts about Jason is that he is a music fanatic, in search fro the best macaroni and cheese, and aspiring “mixologist.”
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