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- 26 miles
- 02:52 time
- 06:33 pace
- 2622 calories
Well after two days of recovery here is my Wineglass Marathon race report. The trip started off at 9AM Saturday morning with a 5 hour ride from Pittsburgh to Corning, NY. The ride was actually enjoyable and gave me some time to think about race day. Once I arrived I met up with my buddy Jon Kissel and we watched one of the most amazing college football games ever WVU vs. Baylor,had a Steel City Road Runner's group dinner at the hotel, and just relaxed the rest of the night.
Race day started at 5am with breakfast and a hot shower before heading to Corning to catch the bus to the start line (point to point race) The weather was perfect with temps at 43 degrees. One concern that I had coming into this race was having to run the entire race on my own. Lucky for me I found a nice pack to run with through mile 16. The start was a half mile down hill in which I tried to run slow and still ran a 6:10 first mile. From there on I settled in and just cruised along. Our group of 2 seemed to grow mile by mile as other runner's also feared running alone. At one point we had as many as 8 runner's in the pack. The course was very scenic and fast. The pack was moving slighty faster then my game plan(low 6:20's) but i felt like it was better then running on my own. We came through the half right at 1:24. (30 sec fast) I felt pretty good even as the pack began to break up at mile 16. My pace stayed even until around mile 22. This is when I felt the wheels coming off and decided I would not break. I visualized each of you running with me and pulling me along. I was not going to fade to another 2:54:xx marathon. As I grinded it out, I can remember a little girl at mile 25 standing all alone say high 5 (which I did) Thanks sweetie, that truely made my day. As I came into Corning the crowd was incredible and I fought my way to a 2:51:42 finish. This was not the sub 2:50 that i was aiming for but it was a PR of nearly 2:30! I ended up finishing 15th overall and 1st in the 30-34 age group. I am so excited with everything from my training, the race, and the result. Thank you all for your support and encouragement. I do have to admit that my mind is already on Boston and what I can do on the biggest stage of them all. After some recovery time it will be time to start the journey again.
Watch out Boston, you are next on my hit list!