The Hudson Mohawk Road Runners Club puts on what they call the winter series. They are, at their heart, a supported long run:
- There are water stops
- There are course marshals
- There are different distances to choose from
- There is food afterwards
- There are photographers
- There is no fee for club members; $5 for non-members
What they are not:
- They are not chip timed
- They are not accurately measured
- They are not scenic
This is my one running streak — I’m not a streaker. I don’t get streaks. I can be prone to injury and nagging aches, and I’m pretty self motivated, so streaking is not for me. I do enjoy doing some of the local races . . . again and again and again.
There are no packets, since there are no bibs or chips or medals. I like the fact that the race doesn’t start until noon, even though I don’t stay up til midnight on New Year’s, but it does make eating a little funky.
The runner club really upped their game with signs on the door for registered (I never do), not registered, 3.5 and half (yes, there’s half marathon option). Although I still managed to end up at the wrong table. I told them I thought what they did was great, but that signs on the tables would be great too. I don’t think they listened (they pointed out that there were signs on the doors, and yes, I saw them).
They generously volunteer their time, so I said again how much I liked the new setup.
Plan — what plan?
Seriously, there was no plan for this race. I thought I’d just take it easy, but then I get out there with the speedy runners and I don’t. Not my slowest, not my fastest. But I did keep all of my laps under 11 mm . . . just.
So how’d that work for me?
- Mile 1: 10:58. Some moderate inclines and declines. Roughly 20 seconds slower than last year.
- Mile 2: 10:38. Mostly flat. About 10 seconds slower than last year.
- Mile 3: 10:58. Mostly a long, slow decline. I thought I’d pick up speed here, oh well! About 20 seconds slower than last year — why I’m not faster on the downhill — no idea. But it happened last year, too.
- Last .7: 10:28. Almost 1 minute faster than last year. It takes me a while to get warmed up . . .
My times for this race:
- 2011: 38:48
- 2012: 40:40
- 2013: 41:15
- 2014: 40:45
- 2015: 39:22
- 2016: 38:45
- 2017: 40:03
The weather & dressing
The weather was quite similar to last year: mid 30s, slight wind. I wore my Skirtsports Heartbreaker Skirt, Free Flow Long Sleeve top (I’m a Skirtsports Ambassador), and Fabletics JoJo Jacket (not an affiliate link). No gloves.
I’m pretty happy with how I dressed — I probably should have gone with capris instead of the leggings, but the jacket allows me to ventilate as needed.
What I Saw/Felt
I left at 10:30 — parking fills up fast — but I was there early. Like, way too early. I had time to use the real bathrooms . . . twice. When I came down the second time, there was Darlene, who had put her bag next to mine . . . not knowing that it was my bag.
I’d had time to chat briefly chat with my friend Lisa D, and find out a little more about her new job. She’d been looking forever and is very happy — she’s is such a nice person, so I’m so happy for her.
We chatted for a while and then my friend Chris arrived — hopefully we’ll all be running Wineglass together. I went into the outer room to warm up about 10 minutes before the race; Darlene was chatting with friends, Chris went outside before me, although in the end, we lined up together.
Chris and I kept passing each other that first mile, but we were both doing our own thing and eventually I lost her. I never saw Darlene — or any other of the runners I know. I was chasing a couple of girls for a while, passing them, behind them, passing them — I was bummed that they finished ahead of me in the end, but so it goes.
What really bummed me out? No pizza post race! I was really looking forward to that and the half a banana and half a PB sandwich I made myself just didn’t hit the spot — and I was famished by the time I got home.
Was the race well run?
Yes, the race is very well run. Especially considering it’s free (or very inexpensive if you’re not a member).
The course marshals do their jobs well (and the weather is usually not this nice).
It’s not chip timed, as I said, but there is a finish clock and you’re handed a numbered index card as you cross the finish line to write down your time. There was also a table at the finish line — outside! — so that you could hand in your card right away — brrrr! It might have been nice running weather, but I’d be really cold having to sit out there.
Will I run it again next year? Yes, I hope to continue my streak — unless I’m celebrating New Years someplace really warm!