One of my all-time favorite races was this weekend — Shamrock Virginia Beach. Kara Goucher was there using it as a training run and generally being super-awesome — check her Instagram for cute posts of Colt doing the kids’ run!
In the Shamrock Anthem Half Marathon, ZAP athletes Nicole DiMercurio and Joanna Thompson went 1-2, with DiMercurio setting a course record and a PR in 1:13:15. Thompson ran 1:16:20; both are tuning up for Boston. Sarah Bishop was third in 1:16:40, Marissa Cummings was fourth in 1:17:26, and Kara’s training run landed her fifth in 1:19:09. Our own Hops was seventh in 1:20:22!
Over in the full marathon, which was my PR race for six years, Tami Ritchie picked up in the win in 3:02:28, Katie Edwards finished second in 3:02:49, and local Christin Newman finished third in 3:08:25.
In New York, a number of big names toed the line for the NYC Half Marathon, including a number of international runners. Ethiopia’s Buze Diriba won in 1:12:23, edging out Emily Sisson by 1 second. Serena Burla was fifth in 1:13:15.
And on the West Coast, we added several names to the OTQ list at the LA Marathon. Congrats to Christina Vergara-Aleshire (fourth, 2:34:25), Brittany Charboneau (sixth, 2:36:26), Joanna Reyes (eighth, 2:37:44), Heather Lieberg (ninth, 2:38:30), Brittney Feivor (10th, 2:40:38), and probably some more but the LA Marathon results page stinks.
And in non-racing news …
- Shalane Flanagan is “obsessed with hip hop dancing.”
- “The pursuit of an audacious goal is as worthy a lifestyle as I can imagine.” — Peter Bromka, part of the Bowerman Track Club Elite (amateur wing), writes about chasing the marathon OTQ in a piece that made me cry exactly 40 seconds into starting it, which might be slightly influenced by the fact I have a marathon in two weeks and just ran my last tune-up race.
- THANK YOU to all our readers — Salty Running was named number 4 on the Feedspot Blog Reader list of the Top 100 Women’s Running Blogs!
Alright! Roundtable time. My race today required me to think about my gear choices, not just for today, but also for my upcoming marathon, because … pockets. What do you carry with you in a race, and how do you carry it?
Join us for #saltychat tonight at 7 PM EST. We will be taking your nominations for best race, local running store, women’s apparel company, and race fuel/hydration during the chat!