Wineglass Half Marathon 2017 Race Recap

19 Oct

On Sunday October 1 I ran the Wineglass Half Marathon in Corning, NY.  I had run the Corelle 5k the day before, and felt pretty good, so I was confident going into this race. But first, lets back up.

After the 5k on Saturday, we spent the day hanging out and exploring Corning.

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And carbing up (as one does)…

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We ate at Louies in Horseheads.  Note: if you can, make reservations. There are so many runners looking for carbs the night before the Wineglass races!

The next morning started early. I woke up around 5am, ate my cereal, and got changed.

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We left the hotel around 5:30, and made it to Corning around 5:45/6 to board a bus to the start line. Since the Wineglass races are point-to-point, it means an early wake-up time so that you can get to the start line on time.  Luckily once we reached the half marathon start, there was a school where we could stay warm. It was super chilly – in the mid 30s. Despite it being so cold, I hoped it would be perfect while we ran!

Around 7:15 we were ushered to the start line and snagged a quick (chilly) photo before heading to our areas to start. 2017WineglassHallf  (4).JPG

Jen, Day, Bruno and I all had very different time goals so we all ran on our own. I ate a pack of ProBar chews as I waited for things to get going.

As far as my goals, I was had set 4 of them (ha!).

  1. My stretch goal was to come in under 2:20. I didn’t think it was possible given all of the travel I had done in September, but I told everyone at dinner that I would “loose my shit” if  I saw 2:1xx:xx on my time when I finished. I considered it a dream goal.
  2. Come in close to 2:20 – which would guarentee a PR (my Buffalo half marathon time was 2:24).  This was the goal I planned for, and visualized before the race.
  3. Come in under 2:30.  This would mean I had a decent race and had fun while focusing. But didn’t break any personal records.
  4. If nothing else, HAVE FUN.

In order to hit my 2:20 goal, I knew I had to run around 10:40 to 10:50 per mile. I thought and hoped this was a pace I could maintain, given my recent training runs. So, I lined up right with the 2:20 pacer and planned to hang on for dear life. I knew it would hurt, but I also hoped I could do it.

The race started right at 7:45 and we were off.  I pulled off my throw-away and was ready to go.

Within the first mile I knew that the 2:20 pacer was not right for me. She seemed to be surging when I would have hung back, and hanging back when I would tend to surge and weave. So, at the first water stop, when they slowed down to get water, I kept going.  I knew I didn’t need water yet due to the cold weather, and knew that I needed to get away from the pace group so that I didn’t psych myself out based on how they were running.

Mile 1 ended up being my slowest mile. 🙂

I planned not to look at my watch except for when it buzzed at the end of each mile.  Everytime my watch buzzed I was way ahead of the pace I needed to be, but I felt fine. It felt sustainable. I told myself I could slow down if I wanted to, and sometimes I did, but never to the “goal pace”that I had in mind.

I took a Gu at mile 4, and when I hit 6.5 miles in about 1:06:xx, I started to do the math. I knew that there was a chance I would end up slowing down, but also knew I had a lot of buffer time to hit a PR.  I felt great, and just kept going mile to mile, clocking in mile times well below where they needed to be. Around mile 11 I could see the 2:15 pace group in the distance, and was shocked I was able to make up the time between two pace groups (though I never did catch up to them fully. Post-race I realized they must have been running much faster than a 2:15 time..)  Coming into the last 2 miles, I knew I would be under 2:20, even if I walked them. But I didn’t feel the need to walk at all (which suprised me, because in the past the last few miles have been tough for me while going for a PR).  So I kept pushing, trying to see just how far under 2:20 I could come.

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To say I looked down at my watch and was thrilled was an understatement.

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I am so proud of my drive during this race. I felt great overall, and every time it felt a little tough, I forced myself to keep pushing.

My official time is 2:14, which is a 10 minute PR from Buffalo (in May) and an HOUR off my time when I last ran the Wineglass Half Marathon in 2013.  I can’t believe I have cut an hour off my couse time. I really never dreamed I would finish anywhere near 2:15, much less under it.

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The PR bell was SO necessary. 🙂

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It was a great weekend in Corning for the Wineglass Marathon weekend and one I won’t soon forget. I hope to be back again!

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Weekly Workout Recap 10/9-10/15

17 Oct

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Last week went well. I got back to cross training (lots and lots of strength training! yay!) and got in some runs, though my legs felt soooooo tired. I think becuase of the hard effort I put in during Wineglass weekend. (I know I still owe you a half marathon recap. It’ll be up soon, promise.) I took two rest days over the weekend because I just felt like I needed it, and I’m trying to listen to my body as I head into the last two half marathons of the year in the next few weeks.

Monday – 4 miles in the AM, GRIT Strength in the PM

Tuesday – BodyPump + 3 miles in the AM

Wednesday – 5 miles in the AM, 30 minute BodyPump + CXWORX in the PM

Thursday – BodyPump in the AM

Friday – 6 miles in the AM, 30 minute BodyPump + CXWORX in the PM.

Saturday – Rest

Sunday – Rest

Weekly Workout Recap 10/2-10/8

9 Oct

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Happy Monday friends!! Following the Wineglass 5k and half marathon last weekend, I took this last week super easy and took a bunch of rest days just becuase I felt like I needed it.  I did get back into BodyPump though, which felt really great!

Monday – Rest

Tuesday – 3 miles + BodyPump in the AM

Wednesday – Lunctime yoga… and it felt goooood.

Thursday – 3 miles + BodyPump in the AM, BodyAttack in the PM

Friday – 7 miles in the AM. I was thrilled to get in a longer run and felt pretty good!  30 minute BodyPump + CXWORX in the PM.

Saturday – Rest day

Sunday – 3 miles easy in the afternoon.

Have a good week guys! My wineglass half marathon recap will be up soon!

 

Corelle 5k Race Recap

6 Oct

On Saturday, September 30th I ran the Corelle 5k as part of the Wineglass Marathon Weekend in Corning, NY.

Even though I have run both the Wineglass Half Marathon and Full Marathons before, I had never done the 5k. So when I made plans to meet Day and Bruno in Corning to do the half, and they told me they signed up for the 5k, I was in.  The 5k was the day before the half marathon, so we all used it as a shake out run for the main event on Sunday.

We stayed in Horseheads, NY which was a 15-minute drive from Corning. We left for the race at 7am and made it to Corning-Painted Post High School, where it started, with plenty of time. Unfortunately, it was cold and rainy. So, after using the (real) bathrooms at the high school stadium, we went back to the car until about 7:45 to try to stay warm.  It was in the 50s but felt colder because it was overcast and rainy. I tried not to let it bother me too much though, because I knew that could mean PERFECT running weather the next day for 13.1.  I wore capris and a tank top and decided to wear my fleece lined arm sleeves as well.

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The race started right on time.  My goal was to take it easy, around 10:30-11:00 pace, and pick up the pace to my goal half marathon pace in the last half mile or so.

Day and I stayed together and talked the whole time. The course was a simple out and back but it was pretty and there were a ton of spectators. It was also nice to see Bruno when he was on the way back and we were on the way out (he’s crazy fast – ended up placing 2nd in his age group).

He looped back once he was done and snapped a few photos for us as we neared the finish.

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Overall the paces felt nice and easy, though we caught ourselves going way too fast a few times. But I felt comfortable, even if they were a bit faster than I expected them to be.  I hoped that was a good sign for the next day!

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32 minutes for an easy 5k? Nothing to scoff at!

After crossing the finish we got our medals, grabbed some water and headed out (since it was still freezing and rainy). But not before a finishers photo, of course.

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Overall, the Corelle 5k was really well organized and had some good crowd support. It was also really inexpensive for everything we received – I believe I paid $35 and received a medal, a long sleeved cotton black t-shirt (you can see Day wearing it in the first photo), and a Corelleware bowl that is the PERFECT cereal bowl!  I would definitely do it again if I was in town for the weekend.

Standing Stone 5k Race Recap

4 Oct

On Sunday September 24th I ran the inaugural Standing Stone 5k.  This race was located in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, near my college alma mater, so I heard about it through some targeted facebook ads. 😉

I had originally registered for the half marathon but the weekend of the race was very hot for the end of September, clocking temperatures in the 80s. By Saturday, I started to entertain the idea of switching to the 5k. Since the races didn’t start until 2:30pm, I went with my college roommate (who coincidentally was in town), to Huntingdon the morning of the race – and spent the morning getting brunch (at the awesome Stone Town Cafe) and exploring campus and Huntingdon.

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Huntingdon has some gorgeous vistas!

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The temperatures kept inching up throughout the morning, and that pretty much cemented that I had to change races. I just hoped I wouldn’t regret it.  Switching races was very simple – I just asked when I picked up my bib and it was no issue (though I wasn’t expecting a refund of the price difference).

The race started a bit late, with the half marathoners heading out first, and the 5k starting at 2:45. I felt a twinge of jealousy as the half marathoners took off and I saw the 2:30 pacer, but as soon as we started I had no regrets. It was 84 degrees, humid and mostly sunny.

The 5k course was nice, though it had a pretty big hill in mile 2 where I decided to walk. My splits were a bit all over the place, because the first mile was mostly downhill, the second had the hill and some walking, and by the third I was pretty spent from the heat.

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All. over. the. place. And measured a smidge short too. But no big deal, I knew this wasn’t going to be a PR day for me.

The crowd support was really great for a small inaugural race, with cheerleaders cheering us on at the start and the finish.

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And free race photos too!!!

I am proud of my finishing time of 31:28 given the weather (though it’s a minute per mile slower than my PR).  And, it was good enough for first in my age group and top 50% of women and overall finishers. Benefits of a small race! 🙂

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My dad finished shortly after me.

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The finish line had tons of water (luckily) and boxes of food for finishers, which was an awesome perk. We also got medals! We hung around for a while watching the half marathoners come in and they looked really exhausted.  I doubt anyone had as fast of a race as they hoped.

Overall, I thought this race was well organized and had a lot of perks given its inexpensive price. I hope they do it again next year, and I hope its cool enough to do the half marathon too!