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)…


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.


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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5 Responses to “Wineglass Half Marathon 2017 Race Recap”

  1. Darlene October 19, 2017 at 12:25 pm #

    Congrats on a great race. I was there. Darn. Would love to meet you.

    • Becca October 19, 2017 at 12:59 pm #

      Aw bummer!!!! I’m sure our paths will cross again!

      • Darlene October 20, 2017 at 7:47 am #

        Most likely.

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