Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Monument Ave 10k

On Saturday, I ran in the Ukrop's Monument Ave 10K along with over 41,000 people. It was so much fun running on such a historical course (along the only street in America that is a National Historic Landmark) with such a large crowd. There were 35 bands along the 6.2 mile stretch. I'm not a big runner and did more of a jog/walk combo, but I beat my goal time by 7 seconds. I guess it was a realistic goal after all.
A little after the 5 mile mark, I saw this guy standing in the middle of the course. Just standing there! Everyone was swerving around him like a stalled car in the middle of the freeway. I was thinking "What is that crazy dude doing?" As I got closer, I realized it was my husband waiting to take pictures of me. What a sweetie! He would snap pictures, then turn around and run a little ways in front of me, then snap more pictures.

I'm so glad my sister Christine came down to run it too. We started together, but she went a lot faster than I did. It was a really fun experience to share with her, since it was the first race for both of us.
We had a great cheering section for us. They even made signs.
There were 10 of us friends from church that all started together, but we all ran at different paces. I'm so glad so many friends decided to run it "with" me. My mom even came up from NC to cheer us on. The race was the morning of VCU playing in the Final Four and the race started and ended in the heart of VCU campus. Needless to say, the city was excited.
It was a fun time and such an iconic "Richmonder" thing to do. Chuck's already planning on running it with me next year.


  1. You are a rock star! And all those kids are getting so big. Looks like fun, you girls are smokin'! I want to come and run next year too. :)

  2. Of COURSE Chuck was standing in the middle of the race snapping pics. That's so funny! So glad you did it. Wish I could have seen a few of you. ):

  3. I got such a kick out of that church with "Keep the Commandments" engraved with a "Go RAMS!" sign under it.

  4. Shana! We would love to have you come run next year!