Two weekends ago, I ran Wineglass marathon held in beautiful Corning, New York. It was my 18th marathon in my 11th state. I didn’t run my fastest time (3:54), but it was a beautiful race and a fun weekend with friends. My friend Molly also ran the marathon, and had a great race- having her there capped off the experience!
It was a warm day for a race, peaking in the high 60’s, so I knew that the conditions wouldn’t be ideal for a PR. Regardless of the weather, I had a grin on my face until hitting the wall at the predictable 20th mile. After a summer of trail running, I was happy to be back on the roads. This race offered many picturesque views of the surrounding hills and small towns, with bustling energy from the locals throughout the course, all the while never having to go off-road. The field size was just right as well, with roughly 2,000 marathoners and the same number of half marathoners who started at our halfway point.
The point-to-point course started in Bath, NY and finished in the town of Corning. Overall flat, there were some sneaky rolling hills in there which we were prepared for given the elevation chart.
Following the race, I experienced a sudden rush running momentum, so I signed up for my next race, Canyon City marathon in California. More on that later!
Here are some takeaways and lessons learned from Wineglass:
- I was reminded that running a race with friends- even if you’re not physically beside them the whole time, truly makes the race more fun. Having friends and loved ones waiting at the finish line was also very special and inspired me to push through until the end. Thank you, everyone! Side note: Corning has some great brunch and dinner options for spectators and runners alike! Always a perk for races where you drag your friends along :)
- Trail races are different form road races, and they do not adequately prepare you for road races. If you really want to run for time, you need to follow marathon-specific workouts on the road. Trail running this summer brought many new and exciting adventures, but they did not prepare me for the constant pounding on concrete and road-specific conditions I needed in order to run a more solid race. My legs hurt more after Wineglass than they had after both of my trail marathons.
- For the first time in awhile, I felt that I nailed my nutrition regimen pre- and during the race. These are my own opinions but I am not a nutritionist. Before the race on Saturday, I had a Subway sandwich for lunch and at dinner I stayed away from pasta and opted for a veggie burger with some sweet potato fries. This all sat well in my stomach, and I felt appreciatively full but not over-satiated. On the morning of the race, I had an English muffin with PB and banana, coffee and some water. Given that temps were to be in the mid 60’s, I wanted to hydrate as much as possible up until the hour before the race. During the race, I had 3 GUs throughout the race, along with 1-2 cups of water at each station, and I was happy to be cramp-free throughout! For more information on preparing for your upcoming race, check out this post.
- Wineglass race organization was top-notch. Shuttles from Corning to Bath the morning of the race were efficient, and there were plenty of porta-potties at the start along with indoor areas for marathon runners. Race morning wasn’t particularly cold, but I knew that I would have appreciated it had it been a cooler fall morning in upstate New York. There were adequate water stations throughout the race. Actual GU products were handed out at least once. The tech shirt and finisher medal were both great, and I especially appreciated the wine glass and bubbly that came with our bibs!
Photo credit: @s.angelilli
- I wore new running shoes called Adizero Boston’s, made by Adidas. I knew it was risky wearing relatively new shoes on race day and I even had Mark bring my Brooks to the race half-way point in case I wanted to change. But I absolutely love these Adidas shoes- they were comfortable from the moment I put them on, and have just the right amount of minimal cushioning. I will be converting to these for the time being.
- Lastly, my 20th mile feelings of “I will never run another one” which quickly changed to “I can’t wait to sign up for my next” post-race feelings, never cease to amaze me. I am the quintessential marathon addict, and I don’t think I’ll be stopping any time soon! Canyon City Marathon in CA is next up- I am tagging along on Mark’s work trip to LA! It’s one of the Revel races- a series that I love (check out my Big Cottonwood recap here). After that, nothing until BOSTON!! More on Boston in the next post :)
What are YOU currently training for? I’d love to hear how the training is going!
What is your favorite fall race? Favorite run-cation?
Anyone running Boston or working toward a BQ? Congrats and good luck!!