Conference day 1.
Let’s do this thang, Mayo Clinic!
Conference day 1.
Let’s do this thang, Mayo Clinic!
You guys- I KILLED IT!!!
I am a slow turtle forever and always, but I ran the 10k in 1:04! That’s so fast for me!
I guess all that marathon training made me a little faster. For comparison, my last 10k took me 1:16.
Woohoo!! Can’t wait to hear about all the other races from today. Fall really is the best time of year!
Running the 10k portion of the Mankato Marathon tomorrow morning!
I’ve been trying to write this recap for a while now… seeing as the marathon was 10 days ago. (Really, is that it? It feels like it’s been a month!) Anyway, this is going to be long, so you might want to settle in.
I traveled up to Corning, NY, with my girlfriend Caron and her sister, Barbi. Caron and Barbi were running the half, and I was running the full. My sister-in-law Lisa and my brother-in-law Justin were also running the full, but they drove up separately.
After arriving at the Corning Museum of Glass, we saw how packed the expo was. I guess that’s because there were 6,000+ runners! So we picked up our packets, wine glass, bottle of champagne, drawstring bag, and long-sleeve tech tee, and then headed into the expo. I was surprised at how small (and so crowded) the expo was. There were maybe 10 different booths. I headed to the booth with more Wineglass Marathon clothes and ended up buying a zippered, long-sleeve jacket.
After leaving the expo, Barbi and Caron wanted to hit a few wineries before we met up for dinner with Justin, Lisa, and my sister and her husband (who were traveling from Connecticut). We all met for dinner in downtown Corning at a place called the Effin’ Texas Bar & Grill. It had a cute atmosphere, lots of menu choices, but unfortunately the service and food wasn’t all that good. They must not have realized it was race weekend J.
After dinner, we all parted ways. Justin and Lisa were staying in Bath (where the race started), my sister and her husband were staying in Elmira, and Barbi, Caron and I were staying in Horseheads. We checked into our room, and I got the lovely sofa bed. Good thing I brought extra blankets and a sleeping bag, because the bed was very… springy. We set our alarms for 5 a.m., I laid out all my race clothes, and was asleep by 9:30. I don’t normally have trouble sleeping before a race, and this was no different. Minus the few times I woke up because of the uncomfortable bed, I got a decent night’s sleep.
Waking up, I got dressed and ate my signature blueberry bagel with cream cheese. I sipped on a Gatorade and made sure I had everything I needed. Originally, I planned on wearing a long-sleeve shirt and shorts, but there was a frost overnight. It was a real feel of 23 degrees when we woke up, and it didn’t look like it was going to get warmer than 50 degrees during the day. So, I added a short-sleeve shirt over my long-sleever, and I changed into capris instead. Good thing I had a throwaway sweatshirt and gloves with me, too.
We left the hotel at 6 a.m. and made our way into downtown Corning to catch the bus. Caron and Barbi joined the line for the half marathon bus, and I walked down the street to the full marathon busses. I couldn’t believe I was actually in the line for the full marathoners! Up until this point, I wasn’t feeling nervous at all- just excited. Standing in line with the full marathoners, though, I started to feel nerves creep in. Although the bus line was reallllyyyy long, it moved quickly. Soon enough, I was on the bus chatting to a nice guy from Ithaca.
We were dropped off around 7:30 in Bath, NY, where the race would start. It was sooo cold outside! I quickly found Justin and Lisa, and we began stretching and killing time. The race was supposed to start at 8:15, but we heard the announcers say they were running a bit behind. I used the porta-potty and made sure I was all geared-up. Staying warm was a bit challenging, so again, I’m so glad I had my throwaway sweatshirt.
At 8:28, the gun went off. Justin, Lisa, and I lined up toward the back. The energy from the racers was so exciting! As I crossed the starting line, I couldn’t feel my toes. I wasn’t sure how fast I was going because it was so cold, but I tried to hold back as best I could. My plan was to run 5 minutes and walk 1 minute, as I had been doing in my long practice runs. Because the crowd of runners was so thick at the beginning, I only got a 15 second walk in the first time, but I was so excited to be running that I didn’t really care.
I hit the first mile in 10:58 (which is too fast for me), so I pulled back a little. By the second mile, it was getting warm. The sun was shining, it was a beautiful fall day, and I was sweating. So many people were dropping sweatshirts, sweatpants, gloves, hats, arm warmers, etc. along the road. I joined in and ditched my sweatshirt at this point.
As we wound through the town of Bath, the crowds were amazing- people out on their lawns, drinking their morning coffee and cheering for us. I waved to everyone. I was feeling so good.
The first five miles zoomed past. I was sticking to my 5:1 intervals and feeling really good. I knew I’d see my sister, her husband, and my hubby (and doggie!) very soon, and at mile 6, I saw their smiling faces and heard their loud cheering. My sister jumped in the race with me to run beside me for a few minutes and see how I was doing. It was great having her beside me and telling me that I looked so strong. Soon enough, I said goodbye to them as they prepared to drive to the next viewing area.
Right after my sister left me, I realized I had forgotten to take my salt tabs and electrolyte capsules. My plan was to take these every half hour or so, so I was behind. I worried for a minute, but calmed myself down and took the tabs and ate two mini pretzels. The water and Gatorade stations were available every 1.5 to 2 miles, which was fantastic. I only brought my small water belt with me, but this turned out to be perfect, as I re-filled and sipped on Gatorade at the stations.
Around mile 9.5, I saw my family again. They told me that Justin and Lisa weren’t too far ahead of me (which is great because I’m a slow turtle). My sister ran with me again for a few minutes, and then we parted ways.
The next few miles are a blur, as I was still having a great time. I enjoyed all of the awesome people at the aid stations who were cheering so loudly and were so positive. I continued to take my tabs, eat a few pretzels and enjoy the gorgeous day.
At the halfway point, my watch read 2:49. For me, this is great. I was keeping such a steady pace (12:45ish) and was feeling really good. As other people walked up the mini hill at mile 13, I powered up it. I was running a marathon—can you believe it?!
Nothing eventful happened for the next several miles, although it became very windy. I continued to stay below a 13:30-minute/mile pace. At mile 19, I saw my family again. My sister was jogging beside me and really encouraging me. I was starting to tire, but nothing too terrible. At the aid station, local girl scouts were handing out chocolate chip cookies from Wegman’s, and I (stupidly) took one. I was so hungry at this point, and the cookie looked so delicious. I have a very sensitive stomach when I run, but I was so caught up in the marathon excitement, that I didn’t even think twice about eating it. It practically melted in my mouth.
Unfortunately, the cookie came back to haunt me at mile 21, where I threw it up alongside the road. (It wouldn’t be a run if I didn’t throw up, though, right?!). I was so worried at this point that this would derail me from finishing. I took about five minutes to walk and calm myself down, nibbling on a few pretzels to settle my stomach. Luckily, I felt much better after the cookie was out, so I jogged on.
At mile 22, my Garmin died. For real, yo?! Worst thing ever. I had no idea when to run or walk. Was I going to slow? I had no idea. This would turn out to be the “death” of me for the race. Although I had no time goal and just wanted to finish, I secretly hoped to finish in under 6 hours. I knew I was on track to do so for the first 20 miles, but after my watch died, I had no idea.
As the rest of the miles passed very slowly, I tried my best to walk when I thought I needed it. I was definitely slowing down and I was growing very tired. Soon enough, though, I was crossing the bridge into Corning and making my way down the finish chute. I could see the clock ahead of me, and I was disheartened to see it read 6:07:XX. I knew that I had started a few minutes after the gun went off, but I didn’t think I started 7 minutes after. I quickly pushed those negative thoughts aside, because I just ran a marathon! (Actual time was about 6:04).
My family rushed over to me, and so did Justin and Lisa, who had finished about 20 minutes before. I was so happy to be finished and so hungry. Luckily, Wineglass Marathon didn’t disappoint with post race food. I grabbed chicken noodle soup, Coke, a bagel, cookies, and even warm pizza. Ahhh… heaven.
You guys, I have never felt so good after a long run. My ankles and knees were sore, but nothing I couldn’t manage. Overall, I felt great. I even managed to go out to a big post-race dinner and hit several more wineries the next day before leaving New York.
I’m still alive and well, fellow tumblrs! I’ve been a bit MIA since the marathon because things are crazy around these parts.
My dear husband is off to southern Georgia for 3 weeks for training. It’s hard running a house and caring for our sweet doggie all by myself! I can’t imagine if I had kids too… You single moms are Rockstars.
Anyway, I’m eating healthy foods to try to drop these spare marathon pounds… And it’s hard work! I just want carbs and sweets. Also trying to get into a swimming routine at the gym.
I’m off to Minnesota this week for 5 days, so my free time continues to dwindle.
Hope you’re all doing fabulously!
There’s a constant contradiction
Between what feels good and what feels right
But you live with the decisions that you make in your life
And what steers your direction is hard to understand
The spirit of a boy or the wisdom of a man
My chicken salad on wheat and I wish you a happy Wednesday.
Things are good around these parts:
•I feel excellent after Sunday’s marathon. A bit of stiffness Sunday night and Monday morning, but otherwise, virtually no lingering pain. Score! A full recap and photos are coming soon.
•In other news, I bought a new car Monday night! It’s a 2015 Rav4 and it’s a burnt orange color. I loveeee it.
•I’m going to see Timber tonight, which is like cirque du soleil, but with Canadian men juggling axes and cutting timber. AMAZING?! yes.
•I need a new goal. I almost want to run another marathon. Almost…
•I’m headed to the mountains of Virginia this weekend for a bachelorette party, where I’m this-certain there will be drunk horseback riding.
•I renewed my YMCA membership so I can attempt to get back into swimming before work. Hello 4:45 wake up calls…
What’s new with you all?
I AM A MARATHONER!!!!
Marathon expo time!
When our friends are in need we help them.
The great thing about tumblr is being able to support each other when we are faced with adversity. One of our sweetest tumblr friends, high-heel-mileage, is facing great adversity and she needs our help.
I know that I can count on you and I know you will do the right thing.
And please continue to send Amy encouraging words, warm thoughts, and prayers.
Well said, snapthistiger! Please consider helping out this amazing woman who has faced so much already this year. She deserves our love and support.
Please consider reading this and sharing however you can. Amy, we love you!!!!!