Yesterday was the Lake Effect Half Marathon. Below, you can watch my first ever video recap:
I had never run this race before but I had heard good things (including the Runner’s World article). The weather was pretty nice (for Syracuse in winter) and I ran in shorts and short sleeves. Beforehand, I thought I had a good chance at a PR – my training has been going well, my legs felt decent and the weather was good enough. As you can see, the course is really flat!
As I said in the video above, the course is a double out and back, which is pretty neat because you see people over and over again – I met fellow bloggers Hollie, Laura and Heather before the race, and we all cheered for each other while we were running. Speaking of Hollie, she got a shout-out before the race for raising $2500 for Ophelia’s Place.
I took it out at a pretty good pace. I didn’t stop my watch for any splits but I know I went through three miles in about 17 minutes – not bad considering it was into the wind. The second three miles took about 17:20 and I was settled into a good pace. By this point, I was in 6th place and I was fairly certain that’s where I was going to finish. I’m pretty sure I went about 17:20 for the next three miles. The tenth mile – the last one into the wind – was my slowest of the race. I think it was just under 6:00. Nevertheless, I cruised through 10 miles in 57:40. With the wind at my back, I was able to pick it up again and the last 3.1 miles went down in 18:15. To make a long story short (oops, too late), I finished in 1:15:55, which was nearly a two-minute PR! I did end up finishing 6th. Click here for the full results.
After the race, I felt pretty sick. That was definitely harder than I’d pushed in awhile. I was pretty sore all afternoon but I feel much better today! I think I might even try for a few easy miles. I will probably do a full review of the Lake Effect Half Marathon at some point; however, at this point, I’ll just say it was a really great race and I’d definitely recommend it!