The Monument Avenue 10k was special this year because my WHOLE family was in town for the race! Usually I run this with my mom and brother, Nate, but my brother, Brian, and sister-in-law, Abbie, had a conference in D.C. on Saturday night, so they were able to coordinate flying into Richmond so they could run the race Saturday morning before going up to D.C.
|Don't we look good for running 6 miles? Probably because we hadn't yet!|
|Pre-race finish line photo op.|
It was great weather for the race, albeit a little hot for my running liking, but everyone had a great time. I didn't PR like I wanted to, but I hadn't been doing speed work or many long runs because of my trip to Spain. Also, half-marathon training is definitely not one to prepare you for running fast! On my run this weekend my mile times were a minute faster than my half-marathon mile times, and that is a BIG difference in how I feel while I run! I even had to walk for 30 seconds each 5k, so I know my body was not prepared for the speed I went out in. I am hoping to get more speed work in before the Carytown 10k in May. I keep getting within SECONDS of PR'ing, so I think I can do it with proper preparation. I will never be a fast runner, but I think I can cut some seconds here and there for my 10k's!
|Brian looks so happy at mile 5!|
|I am not feeling great but am great at faking it!|
|Nate looks good, too.|
|Pretty Monument Avenue in the spring!|
|Pretty soon to be sister-in-law, Sarah!|
After the race we got to watch a few waves finish, but headed home quickly for a Spanish themed lunch before the bro's had to head to D.C.! A nice Friday night and Saturday morning, though.
|Some of the fam.|
|This accurately depicts our sibling picture-taking issues.|
Hope you had a great spring weekend!