Wineglass Half Marathon Race Recap

It seems like we’ve been planning this race forever and now it’s come and gone. It certainly met our expectations and more.

I signed up for this race for several reasons:

  • FOMO.  Many local runners including my weekly running partner were going.
  • I love race-cations.
  • Ten women running the same race and staying in the same hotel – How fun!
  • I’d heard great things about the course and the race and it was supposedly pretty flat.

Half Marathon Training:

If you read my blog, you know that my last long run was actually a half marathon.  The weather was hot and very humid and so I didn’t fair so well (but my running partner did get a PR.)

Thanks to Judy, I had a great 11 mile run but the 10 and 12 milers were nothing to write home about.  In fact, they sucked.

Whether or not, I was ready to try for a PR, I was still excited to run the race. I was hoping that I wouldn’t be too disappointed with a mediocre performance and that I would pace myself better than during my previous half marathon.

Marathon #28.  I was thrilled to be out there running and healthy and to be in the company of such a bunch of awesome ladies.

Pre-Race Activities and Preparations:

Months ago, we all made reservations to stay together in small, cheap hotel nearby.

We even arranged to meet-up several times to get to know each other better.

Then we attempted to coordinate who would drive whom.  In the end, it all worked out.  Most of us arrived on Friday at various times.

I was lucky to be able to leave early on Friday.  I drove with Judy and Jan. The weather was awesome (nicest day of the weekend) and we got in a nice walk in Glimmerglass Lake State Park and lunch in Cooperstown before arriving in Painted Post where our hotel was located and had dinner.

On Saturday after breakfast, we drove to the expo to collect our race swag and we met up with Alyssa, my roommate.

Afterward, we walked into town (Corning, NY), checked out the race finish and had a scrumptious lunch.

Everyone but Alyssa and I headed back to the hotel to relax.  We decided to visit the Museum of Glass, shop in town (and get ice cream) and then make a sand-blasted wine glass.

We all reunited for dinner at the Radisson Hotel.  The dinner was amazing- pasta, salads, potatoes, chicken, meatballs and more. Then we listened to the speaker, Dave McGillivray…so inspiring (go hear him if you ever get the chance.)

Finally early to bed to prepare for the next day (Although as usual, I didn’t sleep much.)

Race Day:

So 4:45 am came early on Sunday morning. Wouldn’t it be nice to sleep in on a weekend??

The race was scheduled to start at 7:45 am but we had to catch a shuttle to the start.

Wineglass is a point-to-point race starting in Campbell, NY and finishing in Corning, NY. (see course map below:)

at least 11 water stops and 4 bathrooms 🙂

Check out this elevation chart:

looks pretty flat, right?

The 90 degree temps left for awhile. And it was actually pretty chilly.  Not chilly but COLD like 35 degrees!!!

I planned to wear my usual half marathon outfit of a tank and skirt. I brought my DIY sleeves, a long sleeved shirt and gloves to discard when I warmed up.  I also brought sweat pants and a jacket to wear before and after.

One good thing about the hotel (that and the price) was that they opened breakfast early for everyone – 5 am!! So I was able to eat my oatmeal and have coffee.

At 5:30 am, we piled into two cars and headed out to find parking near the shuttle bus which would take us to the start line in Bath, NY.

We found parking in parking garage, hopped the bus and in 15 minutes arrived at the start where there were port-a-potties (lots) and a school to gather in to stay warm  This was a God send.  It was freezing!!!!!!!!! I had to surrender my jacket and pants to put in the bag check so I would have them at the finish line.

We hung out in the gym for awhile bumping into many local runners that I knew (and didn’t even know were running the race.)

Soon it was time to head to the start line. Brrrrrrr.  Some of used the port-a-potties again. And some of us (me) headed to the start line but on the way, found a booth handing on tinfoil heat wraps.  Score!

There were several corrals: under 2 hours, under 2 hours 30 and everyone else (with pacers for different finish times).

This was the crowded part.  It was hard to get to your pacer because you had to squeeze past the faster corrals. You entered at the start line and then had to head to the back.

I just wound up squeezing behind the 2:00 pacer and huddled in the crowd until it was time to throw away my tin foil and move.

The race is a blur as usual but here’s how I remember it:

Miles 1-3:

9:16, 9:22, 9:18

I was in the second wave and didn’t have to wait long before I started to run. The race started on a narrow country road lined by corn fields. So it was quite crowded at the beginning which slowed me down and that was a good thing.

The scenery would have been quite beautiful if it weren’t so darn FOGGY!!

The one and only hill came in just past the 1st mile marker but it wasn’t so bad.  Even I was able to run up the whole thing.

As I said, the scenery I believe was awesome…lots of streams, fall foliage and corn fields.

Although, I wasn’t warm or thirsty, I did walk and drink at every water station. I warmed up a little and rolled down my DIY arm warmers but didn’t dare take them off in case I got cold.

The bottom of my left foot (due to a bunion) which usually starts to bother me around mile 9, started to hurt at mile 2.  It hurt on and off for the rest of the race but not enough to affect my pace.

Miles 4-6:

9:14, 9:41, 9:38

I don’t remember much about the scenery in this part but I did see Amanda, a fellow Skirt Spirts ambassador.  She was wearing the same skirt as me and so I caught up to her so we could chat a bit.

Around Mile 4.5, I took a GU and found it impossible to open with gloves on. So I took off my gloves and carried them in my hand for the rest of the race. (My hands were numb by the end!!!)

In hindsight, we didn’t need that many water stops due to the cold but that’s just my opinion and my downfall.  I use them as walk breaks and so I walked more than I needed to (which cost me a PR 😦 )

Plus the cold seemed to be cramping my legs.  After every time I walked, I found it difficult to start running again.

Miles 7-9:

9:38, 9:51, 9:55

These miles were on busier roads and even part of the highway, so I ended up running on that slanted part of the shoulder a lot.

I wasn’t really concerned about my pace and glanced down at my watch every now and then.  I was always pleasantly surprised to see that even with all that walking, my pace was in the 9s.

We didn’t see a timing clock until mile 8.5 and I was at 1:21 which was pretty good, I thought.

I took one more Gu hoping for an energy burst.

PR thoughts now floated through my brain!!! Was it possible???

Miles 10-12

9:41, 10:00, 10:06

I LOVED the crowd support in town and how we were running on these little paved paths for some of it.  There were kids and lots of awesome signs to distract me.

Unfortunately, I was losing steam and my walks at the water stops got longer.

I knew a PR was possible but my legs were not cooperating.

As a distraction, I started chatting with a young runner running her 2nd half.  She was having a big PR race and I was happy for her.

Mile 13- 13.17:

9:42, 8:32

The last little bit of the race winds through the town of Corning and across a large bridge. In the last half mile, the course turns onto Market Street, the anchor street in this old fashioned downtown, and finishes right in front of a cute clock tower on a little square.

just wanted to be done (and didn’t see the photographer)

I didn’t see anyone from our group the whole race until now.  Then all of a sudden, Alyssa caught up to me.  I was shocked.  That meant that she was going to have a BIG PR!! She tried to encourage me but I was spent. I did the best I could but I could not catch up to her.

disappointed

And when I saw the clock, I knew that I was close but would not PR.

but done!!

at least I beat the lady in blue LOL

Chip Time: 2:07:07

Garmin Time: 2:06:54

mile 8.5 and mile 13.1 – you can see how I slowed down

Post Race:

As soon as you crossed the finish line, they put a medal around your neck, gave you a bottle of water and then chocolate milk (Woo Hoo!!)

I made a beeline to get a heat foil and then put my gloves back on…my hands were NUMB!

Alyssa rang her bell.  I was happy for her.  I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I was a little jealous.

The sun still hadn’t come out and we were freezing so headed to bag check to get our extra clothes. On the way we stopped for a few pics.

I felt a lot better once I got some extra clothes on.  The sun was starting to come out but it was only in the 40s now.

We debated getting massages but we were afraid to miss our group who were starting to cross the finish line so we headed to the food tent. There was a line but it moved quickly.  They handed you a bag which was greatly appreciated. The food selection was impressive – bagels, cookies, apples, bananas, two kinds of hot soup and pizza.

Little by little we bumped into the other members of our group.  Everyone did great – some got PRs, some improved their times from their last race, some were recovering from injuries, and even one finished her FIRST.  It’s a good race when no one says “Never again!!”

We continued to wander to check out our official times and find the restaurant that we ate at the previous day.

a thumbs down because my Garmin said I was faster

Additional Race Reflections:

The Good:

  • Organized packet pick-up.
  • Great race swap (bag, glass, champagne, 2 $10 intown store gift cards).
  • Gender-specific high quality half-zip shirts
  • Half price discount to the Glass Museum and free entry to Norman Rockwell Museum-.
  • Outstanding selection of food at the pre-race dinner.
  • Inspirational keynote speaker at the dinner.
  • Flat course!!
  • Scenic and varied course (countryside, small town, bike path)
  • Excellent crowd support
  • Lots of water stops (every mile past mile 5)
  • Organized finish chute (medal, water, milk) plus a bag for refreshments
  • Decent selection of refreshments (bagels, pizza, soups, cookies, and CHOCOLATE MILK)
  • Easy to access post-race results
  • Nice Medal (Corning glass)
  • PR bell (not that I needed it 😦 )
  • No major injuries. (just the usual bottom of left foot pain)
  • Sharing the race experience with friends

The Bad:

  • Too foggy to appreciate the views
  • COLD COLD COLD
  • Hard to line up at the start
  • The only clock was at mile 8.5

The Ugly:

  • Nothing really.

It was a great race. I enjoyed it! I am so glad that I had to chance to run it.

Would I recommend this race?

Yes. Yes. Yes. I don’t usually repeat half marathons but if I did, I would run this one again. And especially if it were closer.

Final Stats:

12th in my age group but a year older and I would have placed 3rd

So I didn’t think I would PR but I also didn’t think I would be that close.  (My PR was 2:06:52.) It’s hard to see it slip away in the last half mile.

But I didn’t have a bad race.  In fact it’s my second fastest half. And my time was over 9 minutes faster than the one I ran 2 weeks before.

Yes, I know, I am crazy to be disappointed.

Next Up:

Nov. 12  RNR Las Vegas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There will a 5k and a Half Marathon in the same weekend (a first for me) and a reunion with many of the Panama City #HoLottaFun gang.


I’m linking with Susie and Rachel and Debbie and Lora for the Running Coaches’ Corner


It’s also Friday so, I’m linking up with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup! Join in! Don’t forget to link back to your hostesses and visit some other bloggers.
My topic for today is: Five Reasons to Run the Wineglass Half Marathon:

  1. The scenic course
  2. The flat elevation of the course
  3. Lots of fun things to do in the area – wineries, museums, boat rides, hiking, etc.
  4. Great race swag
  5. Impressive pre-race dinner and guest speaker
Happy Running! Do you have a favorite Half Marathon? Do you train to PR? Or does it happen by surprise? Are you disappointed every time you don’t PR? Have you run this race or do you plan to?

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TOTR: September Report Card

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Fall has arrived. And we had some nice cool dry days but summer temps and humidity did rear their ugly head too.
Here’s how September worked out for me:

Weekday Runs:

I was able to run at least 3 times outdoors each week which is great because I do not have a treadmill at home. I prefer to run 4 times but sometimes it just doesn’t happen.

I ran at UAlbany (near work), near home, in a local park and at the Corning Bike Path. I even ran while in Rochester, Buffalo and Liverpool for work. My weekday runs were usually around 4 miles.

I ran alone most of the time. But Alyssa was able to accompany me a few times and new Judy once. I also hooked up with Laurie, a former turkey trot group member. It’s definitely more fun running with friends.

I thought the Turkey Trot running group started up again on Monday, September 18 and I would get to re-unit with my running friends as well as meet new ones. I even registered.  But it turns out that they changed the day for the first time this year – Tuesdays!!!  I cannot do Tuesdays… So no group runs or drills for me this fall.  Boo Hoo!!!

PP hills, I’ll miss you!!

Long Runs:

Long runs began in preparation for my next half marathon. I also snuck in a half marathon as a training run. The 11 miler was my only decent effort but at least I got the miles in.

Total Mileage:

I have run 87.5 miles this month so far. An increase over previous months and I am still feeling healthy so all is good.

Races:

I had several races on my schedule this month.  I skipped a local 5k but instead the next weekend, I ran the Saratoga Palio Half Marathon as a last minute training run.  It was a hot, humid day and I bonked the last 3 miles. I also ran the Helper’s Fun 10K, a hilly small scenic race. For this one, I ran a smart race, had a course PR and won my age group so I was a happy camper.

Cross Training:

I played tennis once (indoor season has started.) Again this month, I was out of town working every Tuesday 😦

I did NOT go to work out at the gym at all!!!! Not once! Nunca! Jamais! And my free membership ends in October!!!!

I thought I might fit in a yoga class. I did NOT!!

I did walk occasionally at lunch. Not everyday like I used to. I find it hard to tear myself away from my desk and I have been traveling a lot.

I finally got to go hiking after my 10k race. I loved it!!!

Other News:

The hubby and I continued our boating on the weekends. It was actually warmer in September than in July & August.

Despite working ALOT, I also managed to attend my weekly mah jongg games and monthly dinner with the tennis ladies. 

As you can tell, running is not my whole life. I think it is important to make time for other things that bring you pleasure….family, friends, food….

Feeling healthy so Life Is Good.

Looking Ahead:

Two half marathons (#28 & #29) planned- October 1 in Corning, NY. and November 12 in Las Vegas.

I also have quite a few shorter races planned. I have to squeeze them in before the winter.

This is my list so far for the next 2 months:

  • 10-01-17 – Wineglass Half Marathon
  • 10-07-17 – Apple Run 5K
  • 10-14-17 – Great Pumpkin Challenge 10K / ZOOMA Cape Cod Virtual 10K
  • 10-22-17 – ZOOMA Amelia Island Virtual 12k
  • 10-29-17 – Goblin Gallop 5k?
  • 11-11-17 – RnR Vegas 5k
  • 11-12-17 – RnR Vegas Half Marathon
  • 11-18-17 – Girls on the Run 5k (volunteer with STEM) or maybe 11-19-17  – Race to Deliver 4m in NYC
  • 11-23-17 – Troy Turkey Trot 5k and Troy Turkey Trot 10k

I am linking to Deb at DebRuns for her Sepember Race Linkup:

Deb Runs

No monthly goals.

This motto worked for 2016 so I’m sticking with it in 2017!


Since today is Tuesday, I’m also linking up with these wonderful ladies:

Erika @ MCM Mama Runs, Marcia @ Marcia’s Healthy Slice and Patty @ My no-guilt life for

Today’s Topic is: Give your running month a letter grade.

I’d say overall a B+.

You know, zero gym attendance, skipping lunch time walks, slacking on those long runs, easy lackluster weekday runs. I know I can do better.


This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup

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Saratoga Palio Half Marathon Recap

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Sunday, Sept. 17, 2016 – 7:45 am

Ok, I broke all the rules here.  This is a repeat half marathon.  I’ve made it a practice to never repeat halfs. (only because there are so many to choose from…)

I did not plan on running this race. My runs had not been going well.

But I felt the need to race to lift my spirits.  It was too late to register for the Dunkin Run 5k, 10k or 15k. The HMRRC 2.5 or 5.9 was  on a really boring course so that left this race.

I could have registered for the 5k and just tacked on extra miles to count it as a long run but I just decided that an additional lonely solo 9 miles would not be any fun.

Besides, my running partner, Alyssa was running the half in hopes of a PR.  I could be there after the race to celebrate with her.

Half Marathon Training

Training? What’s that? Only kidding…

I tried to get in all my double digit runs on the weekends but they were intended to prepare for Wineglass which will take place two weeks later on October 1!!

The 11 miler was ok but the other two were downers.

During the week, I always ran 3 times and usually for 3-4 miles. No drills…just plain easy running (with walk breaks). Sometimes alone but many times this year with a friend. The ones with a friend were my better runs.

Pre-Race Preparations

Runners start the race in downtown Saratoga Springs along Broadway Avenue, and from there they head south down along Broadway toward Saratoga Spa Park. From there, they spend the next few miles of the race running through the park’s roads and trails. Later, the course heads north along Nelson Avenue all the way back into downtown, and next brings runners north up into the finish line in Congress Park.

This was the new course from last year which I ran.  I remember there being hills but much of the race is a blur. It was raining during part of the race and I had a nosebleed during part of the race.

Anyway, below is a map of the course:

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More importantly, this was the elevation:

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Yup. There are some hills but compared to Lake George and Race the Train, this was nothing!

I decided to wear my normal half marathon outfit – tank, skirt, cap, compression socks. Although we had been blessed with cooler dry weather, this weekend was predicted to be warm and humid.

Race Day

I got up early (like 5:00 am) and had my usual race breakfast of cream of wheat and tea. It was nice to sleep in my own bed before a big race (although I really didn’t sleep well…as usual.)

I left around 6:00 am and it was already 63 degrees and HUMID. I was thinking that this weather would make for a very uncomfortable 13.1 miles! (I was right!)

I tried to park in the same location as last year – the hotel parking lot but it was already full.  I did, however, get a close spot on the street.  Unlike last year, I didn’t drive up the day before and pick up my race packet. I picked it up today and then used the restroom in the hotel.

long sleevd shirt

It was early so I had plenty of time to chat with the other runners while waiting for the race to begin. I quickly bumped into Alyssa and we walked to start together.

I ran into so many people that I knew. Some running the 5k and many running the half. It is a very popular local race.

Soon it was time for the crowd of 1200 or so to take off. Alyssa and I started together close to the front but not too close. Alyssa wanted to PR and that meant under 2:18.  I knew that she would have no problem but I think she thought that she would need my help.  So I agreed to run with her but I knew that I wasn’t excited about running a fast pace in this humidity. I reminded her that it was a training run for me and at some point, I may let her go ahead and not hold her back.

pic from FB

A lot of the race is a blur but here’s how I remember it:

Miles 1-4:

9:16, 9:26, 9:47, 9:47

photo from the Gazette

I was planning to run a consistent pace of around 10mm but as you can see, I started out too fast. Everyone was passing me by. I kept wondering how they could run so fast at the beginning of a half marathon. Alyssa and I ran together and chatted for the first 4 miles. It is the first time that I have ever run a race with someone else.

Yes, we saw the photographer!!

The course started us running down Broadway. It was a slight incline but nothing too bad. Then we headed down Route 9 (So) until we turned around at Crescent Ave and headed back on Rte 9 the same way. There was a water stop around mile 2 and I walked. I walked through ALL the water stops. Next we turned and ran around the backside of the park and eventually down Avenue of the Pines. At least, this part of course was shady but it was sooo humid!

I guess we didn’t see the photographer here

I was feeling very strong in the early miles. There were mile markers at every mile and a clock at the 5k, 10K, 15k and 10m points. I think my 5k time was around 29 minutes.

Miles 5-8:

10:45, 10:07, 10:19, 10:00

At this point, Alyssa and I separated for good. I started to get stomach cramps and needed to walk.  Alyssa was still running well (in fact, she ran the whole thing!!) so I told her to go ahead.

We continued to run around the park for the next few miles. Finally around mile 5.5,  there was the 2nd water stop. Here I walked and took a GU. My stomach felt better and I started to pick up the pace again.

always like to ham it up for a photographer

I was still running close to a 10 minute pace (thanks to those fast early miles). That, of course, put PR thoughts in my head. I tried to dismiss them but they wouldn’t go away! There was another water stop around mile 8 so I walked and took one more GU.

walking…. I said to the photographer: You didn’t take a picture of that (he took 2!!)

Miles 9-12:

11:07, 10:53, 11:29, 10:54

We were still running around the park. Here is where things started to get ugly. My back was getting achy and my feet were starting to hurt especially the annoying blister I was getting on the bottom of my foot. But the pain was still bearable. At mile 9, we hit the biggest hill of the race. I started to run up it but then decided that it was too late in the race for that and walked/ran it. There continued to be smaller but annoying hills after that. Sweat was dripping off me (and I’m not a sweater.) My 10 mile time had slowed down to 1:42. PR chances GONE!!

Soon we exited the park, ran down Rte 9.

After Rte 9, we headed back into the park and down Avenue of the Pines, past the baths and finally out of the park for good. We crossed Rte 9 and ran down Crescent Ave, turned onto Jefferson, then onto Circular, and finally Spring St. where we could hear that we were getting close to the finish line.

proof that at your worst, you can still smile for the photographer!!

At mile 12, I just wanted to be done. I walked and took my last GU and tried to pick up speed (but there wasn’t much left in the tank.)

Mile 13-14:

10:24, 10:10

It seemed like the finish line would never come. And one more hill at the end. Not fun! I didn’t even try to run up it. I knew my finish time was slow so I gave up and walked. I did try though sprint through the finish line. The clock read 2:15:xx and I wanted to at least beat 2:16 but I did not.

Gun Time: 2:16:29
Chip Time: 2:16:19

Post Race:

I got my medal (and a bumper sticker).

Alyssa was waiting at the finish line with her parents.  She was so happy.  She finished in 2:13 and took 5 minutes off her previous PR.

We went into an air-conditioned building to escape the heat.  We were both so sweaty.  I sat down because for a few minutes. I felt very light-headed like I was going to to faint. It passed but it seems that humidity is not my friend.

After we cooled down, we went to get some food. There was a pretty nice spread – bananas. muffins, donuts, cookies, pizza, etc. I ate it all.

Next we checked the results on their computer.

I was a little disappointed to not get an age group award because I was 3rd last year. But this year, there were more women in the age group and speedy ones!!. I guess I was getting used to always winning them.

would have needed a PR this year to capture an award.

After chatting with some other runners, we headed back to our cars. Since they gave a coupon for free beer and food at a local bar called Druthers, we decided to check it out.

pic from FB

I’m not a beer drinker but free is free. They also had mac n cheese, pulled pork sandwiches, cheese brats and a band playing. We hung out for a little while and relaxed.

Additional race reflections:

The Good:

  • Close enough to be able to sleep in my own bed the night before.
  • Organized packet pick-up
  • Real bathrooms before and after the race.
  • Air conditioned place to hang out after the race.
  • Lots of familiar and friendly faces.
  • Enthusiastic volunteers.
  • Scenic course esp. through the park.
  • No major injuries (just a blister on the bottom of my left foot)
  • Immediate race results from a computer.
  • Nice selection of refreshments – the pizza and cider donuts were delish.
  • Free beer & food at a local bar.
  • My BRF got a PR

The Bad:

  • No bag check and the start and end were in different places.
  • Big Hill at mile 9.
  • Hill right before the finish line.

The Ugly:

  • The HUMIDITY and heat

So there are way more positives than negatives!!! Overall, it was a great race. I loved it!.

Would I recommend this race?

Yes. Yes. Yes. I don’t usually repeat half marathons but I did for this race.

Final Stats:

I definitely slowed down as the race went on. I always do. My last 3 miles were were 5 minutes slower than the first 3.

My finish time was almost 10 minutes slower than my last half marathon and almost 5 minutes slower than this same race last year. Then I reminded myself that it was a training run not a race. But who am I kidding? Initially, I was bummed.

It was NOT my finish time that bothered me but the way I ran the race. It was hot and humid and I should have started slower and try to run a more even pace.

Last year (even with a bloody nose) my split times were all 9 or 10 mm. Nothing slower!!

Of course, it has me wondering:

  • Was my last PR a fluke?
  • Should I start out my next half marathon slower?
  • Should I ditch the Garmin? (I didn’t have it during my last PR race)
  • Maybe it was just the humidity?
  • Or the blister on the bottom of my foot?

In the end, I am super happy that I chose to run this race rather than running a lonely 12  or 13 miler. All races are learning experiences, right?

Now that Alyssa has a PR, the pressure is off me for Wineglass. She’s on her own. I predict another PR for her. (Gone are the days when I beat her by 20 minutes in a half.)

Next Up:

A (hilly) 10k and then another half marathon.

Wineglass Half Marathon presented by Dresser-Rand - A Siemens Business

October 1, 2017

I’ve never done one so close in time. 2 weeks apart! Yikes!

But I’m looking forward to nice fall weather and enjoying my races/runs.


This week I am also joining up with Running on HappySuzlyfeCrazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup

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Happy Running! Any advice for running two halfs close together? 

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TOTR: Fall Race Schedule

Today is Tuesday so don’t forget to Link-up with Patty, Erika, and Marcia and either meet some new bloggers or catch up with ones you already know.

The topic for today is: Fall Race Schedule

Believe it or not, I’ve cut back on my racing but here’s a list of those I am thinking of running:

  • 9-23-17 – Helper’s Fund 10k

I’ve done this hilly race a few times. It’s in a small town that I love to visit in the fall and summer. I’ve signed up so it’s a go….

  • 10-01-17 – Wineglass Half Marathon*

This will be my 28th half and it will be a girls weekend away so it should be a lot of fun. Can’t wait!!!

there will be at least 10 of us running the race

  • 10-08-17 – Ramblefest 8k* or 10-07-17– Apple Run 5K / ZOOMA Cape Cod Virtual 10K

I haven’t decided which one yet. I’ve done the Apple Run several times. Ramblefest is a farther drive but my last two half PRs were here. So who knows??

  • 10-15-17 – Great Pumpkin Challenge 10K

Another fun popular local fall race that I usually try to put on my schedule each year. Maybe I’ll even wear a different shirt this year LOL

  • 10-29-17 – Goblin Gallop 5k*? / ZOOMA Amelia Island Virtual 8k

This would be a new one for me.  My friend Sue recommended it.

  • 11-11-17 – RnR Vegas 5k*

This is just for the bling and a warmup for the next day.

  • 11-12-17 – RnR Vegas Half Marathon*

Another race-cation with the ladies that I met in Panama City last December. A race down the Las Vegas strip at night.   How much fun is that?

Can’t wait to see some of these ladies again and meet Kim (Running on the Fly)!!

  • 11-18-17 – Girls on the Run 5k (volunteer with STEM) or 11-19-17 – Race to Deliver 4M* (NYC)???

If I go to NYC, I won’t be able to run the STEM runners’ first 5k on Saturday. On Sunday, I have a college reunion lunch and tix to a Broadway show with my tennis friends. So why not add a race to the day?

  • 11-23-17 – Troy Turkey Trot 5k and Troy Turkey Trot 10k

Yes, two races in one morning so I can eat a lot food later.

Happy Running! Which race(s) are you looking forward to this fall. Do share.

Running Update: 9.11.17-9.17.16

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Last Week:

  • Monday – Alyssa & I had to switch our weekly run from Thursday to today.  We were both dragging but it was fun to catch up.

A beautiful day to run in the park. Wearing my Florida shirt for those who in the path of Irma.

  • Tuesday – Another work travel day. The weather was quite summer-like and I was able to get a run in along Onondaga Lake.

After dinner, I went back to the lake to catch the sunset (and an ice cream cone).

  • Wednesday -I got in one more run along the lake before the drive home. Boy was it a hot one!! Has summer returned?

some days 3 miles feel like 13…

  • Thursday – It was a rest day and I needed it!!! I also needed to do some errands after work.
  • Friday – Just a short run at Ualbany before mah jongg. Yes, the summer humidity is here!!

I planted the rock in memory of my friend who died from ovarian cancer.

  • Saturday – We decided to switch it up and go boating today rather than Sunday. The weather was gorgeous.

Afterwards, we went out to an Italian restaurant for dinner.

  • Sunday – So many choices. A 5k, 10k, 15k, 2.9, 5.8, half marathon or long run. Which one did I choose?

It was not planned and it didn’t go as planned. The humidity killed me the last 3 miles but at least Alyssa got her PR.

Unfortunately I got rear-ended on the way home.  I stopped at a red light, the young girl behind did not.  I am fine.  The car can be repaired.

27 miles done.

This Week:

  • Monday –  rest day
  • Tuesday – 4 mile run in Rochester
  • Wednesday rest day
  • Thursday – 4 miles with Alyssa
  • Friday – rest day, mah Jong 
  • Saturday – 10k race – TAPER time
  • Sunday – rest day and boating

Please link up for the Weekly Wrap hosted by these wonderful bloggers Holly @ HoHoRuns and Tricia @ MissSippiPiddlin. See rules here.

Happy Running! How is your running going? What’s new with you? Please share.

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Wednesday Word- Breakthrough

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The first Wednesday of each month, the Deb from Deb Runs will be providing a word about which to blog. Kind of like a nice little blog prompt. Posts can be fitness or health related, but don’t have to be, so really anyone can play along. Just be sure to link up with InLinkz on Deb’s main post, and share the love by reading and commenting on other’s participant’s posts.

Today’s word is Breakthrough

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For me, a breakthrough happened several years after running ONLY 5ks.

This is nothing wrong with only racing the 5k distance.

But I had convinced myself that since I was an older runner, I was NOT capable of running any longer race distance.

happy, getting faster, winning AG awards… (need help in improving my wardrobe choices.)

After a health-related scare, I decided in 2011, to give the 13.1 distance a shot.

I didn’t tell anyone (except my hubby) because I had serious doubts about my ability to complete the distance.

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But I did it!  I loved it and I went on to run 5 half marathons that first year.

I have continued to run several half marathons each year (unless I was injured).

Half Marathon #26 – 2:06:52 – PR!!!

I didn’t stop running 5ks. I still love that distance but I am so glad that I made the decision to run a half marathon.  I discovered that what I thought was holding me back (age) did not and that I had to potential to run 131.1 miles (and even run them pretty well.)

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I’m also linking with Susie and Rachel and Debbie and Lora for the Running Coaches’ Corner.

Happy Running! Have you had any BREAKTHROUGHS with regard to running? Please share.

TOTR: May Report Card

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So spring arrived, left and then returned.

Here’s how my favorite month turned out:

Weekday Runs:

I was able to run at least 3 times outdoors each week which is great because I do not have a treadmill at home.

I ran at UAlbany (near work), at the Crossings, near home, in a local park and even at the Corning Bike Path. I even ran 4 times while on vacation in Florida.

I ran alone some of the time. But Alyssa was able to accompany me often. It’s definitely more fun running with friends.

I continued to attend some of the Monday sessions of the Freihofer Run for Women Training Challenge. (I missed weeks 7 & 8.) Coach Patrick put us through those speed drills that I normally would never attempt on my own.

I continued my volunteering stint with the STEM runners this month. Unfortunately with vacation and work, I had to miss several sessions. This was our big month since the race is in early June.

After the Workforce Challenge, my co-workers decided to get together once a week to run after work – either Wednesday or Thursday. I plan to participate when I can.

Long Runs:

I had a half marathon during the month but I was lax about my long runs.  I did not do one while on vacation.  So I skipped my 12 miler but did run 8 miles on Mother’s Day.

Total Mileage:

I only ran 81 miles this month (as compared to 102 last month.) A slow month, considering I was training and ran a half marathon? I expect to continue as this rate throughout the summer.  But I am still on track to reach 1000 for the year if I stay healthy. 🙂

Races:

I had four races on my schedule this month – two 5ks, a 3.5 miler and a half marathon.

The Tropicool 5K was lots of fun and I came in 3rd in my age group. It rained during the Summer Smith 5k but I won my age group. The Workforce Challenge was a very sweaty but fun experience. And I unexpectedly PR’d at the Steel Rail Half.

Cross Training:

I still play tennis (indoors, of course.) I am scheduled to play two Tuesdays a month but with work and other stuff, I only played once this month. However, while on vacation, I played for at least 2 hours on 5 separate days. It made me remember why I play tennis and how much fun it is.

I did go to work out at the gym several times. My goal was twice a week, though. I didn’t quite achieve that.

I did walk several times a week at lunch – around the outdoor shopping mall or the nature trail. Not everyday like I used. But more often since the weather has cooperated. During vacation, I walked to and from the tennis courts, on the beach and around the community on the days that I didn’t run.

Other News:

I had a fantastic 8-day vacation in Florida – lots of tennis, beach time and eating/drinking.

I also celebrated by birthday while in Florida and several times after.

I went to a few movies: Zookeeper’s Wife, Boss Baby, A Quiet Passion. The hubby and I started up our boating on the weekends.

Running is not my whole life. I think it is important to make time for other things that bring you pleasure.

Feeling healthy so Life Is Good.

Looking Ahead:

No more half marathons planned until October 1 in Corning, NY. (Although there’s one on Sept. 9 in VT that a friend is trying to talk me into.)

I have quite a few shorter races planned. My race season has kicked into high gear.

This is my list so far for the next 2 months:

  • 6-03-17 – Freihofer’s Run for Women 5k
  • 6-11-17 – Run for Hope 5K (volunteer with STEM) or Betar Byway 5k & Moreau Mile??
  • 6-17-17 – Good Karma 5k
  • 6-25-17 – Adirondack Distance Run (10 m)
  • 7-05-17 – PPTC Al Goldstein Summer Series #4 5k (NYC)
  • 7-09-17 – Saratoga Strong to Serve 5k
  • 7-22-17 – Silks n Satins 5k

I am linking to Deb at DebRuns for her May Race Linkup:

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No monthly goals.

This motto worked for 2016 so I’m sticking with it in 2017!


Since today is Tuesday, I’m also linking up with these wonderful ladies:

Erika @ MCM Mama Runs, Marcia @ Marcia’s Healthy Slice and Patty @ My no-guilt life for

Today’s Topic is: Give your running month a letter grade.

I’d say overall an B+. Vacation derailed my eating, working out and training.  My weekly mileage really decreased as well. I hope to improve all that next month.

What do you think?


This week I am also joining up with Running on Happy, Suzlyfe, Crazy Running Girl, and Coach Debbie Runs each week for the Coaches’ Corner linkup

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