I still remember like it was yesterday… it was New Year’s Eve when my sister what’s app me. She was looking for a racecation in 2018 and was thinking about one in the Finger Lakes area in early fall.
As soon as she mentioned it, I was in. I didn’t think about my running was almost inexistent at that point. All that matter was that we had a run date!
Training started in March. I. Was. So. Out. Of. Form! It was definitely a humbling experience. After doing close to 300 miles in training, I prayed for good cool and dry weather.
Hubby and I left early in the week for New York and decided to stay at Tioga Downs. Where we enjoyed a little downtime.
Let the Wineglass weekend begin
We stayed at the host hotel. Best. Decision. Ever. The Radisson was central and within walking distance to the finish line (Very important to me!) and the bus pick-up line.
As an aside, if you stay in Corning, you must dine at Slammin’ Jammin’ BBQ. It was so good, we went there twice!
We went to the expo early on Friday. It was small and cozy. The official race merchandise was so pretty!
They had a line for each race. I decided to do the 5K line first.
Oh, the swag was amazing! The long sleeve tech half-zip was super cute and very appropriate for the weather we had on race day. That, a small bottle of champagne, and a stemless commemorative wine glass along with a fantastic large, heavy-duty string backpack and two $10 gift cards to stores near the finish line were given to all runners at packet pick up.
Saturday night we stayed in the room to rest from all the wine tasting we did earlier in the day. When Sunday came, we were out the hotel by
After spending some time at the high school gymnasium. We went to the portajohns and then to try to find a spot to start the race. I wish the race lineup would be different. We had to walk maybe a quarter mile off the starting line to get in line. I knew that meant starting the half a little faster
The half marathon is a point to point from Campbell to Corning. The route was mostly flat and the spectators were fantastic all along. I’d told my husband that I would never run in the rain but that’s what I did.
It was cold but it wasn’t breezy. That was good! The volunteers were friendly and helpful. Their enthusiasm helped me at the end when I was beginning to feel tired.
The roads were closed down to one lane. I guess since I’m a back of the pack runner, my only scare was when a woman who clearly didn’t care about the race decided to drive in “our” lane. Thank goodness a cop made her turn around… that was scary!
Other than that, my best memory is hearing Bart Yasso say, and here comes Yolanda from Orlando at the finish line. The emotion took over and I almost had a full-blown panic attack. And just like that, I had finished my third half marathon in 3:55:04.
Next time (because I would totally do this race again) I’d stay the whole time in the Finger Lakes area and do more wine tastings!