Lake Effect Half Marathon Recap

28 Feb

The was the race I had mentioned earlier as being featured in Runner’s World as the race of the month.  Despite that, I was a little scared to be toeing the line … after last year’s experience, I wasn’t sure if I was ready to do it again.  (I won’t dwell on it, but if you’ve never raced in 30 degree weather against 37mph headwinds, well, consider yourself very lucky.)

Before making this post all about me, I’ll say that the RD has done a fantastic job with this race.  Last year, as an inaugural event, it was pretty good – but got a bit overshadowed by the weather.  This year was even better.  The logo redesign is great,  the awards are nice and the age groups are deep, the volunteers are super friendly and encouraging, and everyone out there is just as crazy as you are – which makes for a fun event.  The only downside was the mile markers in the second half of the race were ~.8-.9 miles off.  Which, isn’t a huge deal for people who run the parkway regularly and therefore have a pretty good idea of how far along they are based on other landmarks.  It does, however, mess with your mind a bit – especially when you’re hurting and it’s really nice to think you only have 2.1 miles to go when in reality it’s more like 3.

Bib + medal.  Cute tagline, Syracuse skyline, just overall really well done.

Bib + medal. Cute tagline, Syracuse skyline, just overall really well done.

As for my own performance in the race?  I’m not so sure what to say.

My goal was to incorporate it as part of a long run, so I got to the park early and ran 4 easy miles as a warmup.  Everything felt good, and I thought I was ready to roll.  My original plan was to try and run approximately goal marathon place – I figured it’d be a good long tempo, and it would help me gauge how realistic my upcoming marathon goal is.  I was looking for a 1:46-1:47ish finish, and to not be sore the next day.

When we started, though, my legs seemed to have a different idea.  My first mile clicked off at 7:50, then 7:30, 7:35, 7:35.  In my mind, I knew I “should” slow down, but it felt comfortable so I stupidly continued.

I thought if I could break 1:40, I’d consider it a win for the day.  I’d deal with some residual soreness if I could put forth a solid effort.

Then, somewhere around mile 7, my stomach decided to say hello.

Before everything went to hell.

Things are starting to turn on me.  I’ll blame my stomach for the heel-striking as well.

Things quickly got unpleasant.  I ended up making 2 bathroom stops, a first for me.

Uuuggggghhhhhhh

Uuuggggghhhhhhh

Yeah.  So … yeah.  That happened.  What am I left with?  Not a time I’m terribly displeased with, but a time that I am not happy with based on the effort.  I worked hard, harder than I originally intended, and didn’t end up with a time that I think matches the effort.  So, I’m not sure what to make of this.

Never been happier to see a finish line.

Never been happier to see a finish line.

All that said, I enjoyed myself much more than last year, and at least I’m making progress toward my resolution of racing more.  Cheers, Lake Effect Half, I’m sure we’ll be seeing each other soon.

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2 Responses to “Lake Effect Half Marathon Recap”

  1. HollieisFueledByLOLZ March 1, 2013 at 10:29 am #

    My stomach was a bit off on that race as well. I haven’t ever had to make bathroom stops before last year. (not that my running career is that long anyways) but the mile markers were just a bit irritating at the end when I thought it would be a short race and ended up being long. Which that extra minute was brutal. I’ll see you at the Shamrock in a few weeks and great job during this race.

    I’m excited to see what Shamrock brings for you and that wind is not going to be anything compareable.

    • upstaterunner March 1, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

      Aww thanks Hollie! I won’t deny that I was really hoping for a short race, haha. Getting more excited by the day for Shamrock though. Can’t wait to meet up and hopefully it will be a great race for everyone!

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