This race was not on my radar. I was planning a long run and taking a break from racing.
Then my friend begged me to do it with her. How could I say No?
I said that I would sign up if she ran 5 more miles after the race with me… (I wanted to be prepared for my 15k race the following weekend.)
This was not the first time I had run this race. I ran it in 2010!!
Yes, 12 years ago! I ran with Amanda, a running friend at that time:
This is the race where I met new running BFF Mary. We ran many races together after that. When she eventually moved to Palm Springs, I visited her twice.
Then I ran it again in 2016. I knew a lot of runners by then. And it was even more fun.
My time back in 2010 was 29:40 but improved to 28:47 in 2016. Both years, I was 2nd in my age group (won a cap, then gloves).
2022? Anything could happen… no expectations.
Pre-Race Preparations and Activities:
I had a tiring two days working in NYC before the race. And I returned home very late the night before.
At least I did get in a few short runs during the week.
Below is the course map and elevation:
I was really relaxed about this race. I was soooo tired and so I had no real goals besides enjoying myself. And I also needed to save energy to run 5 more miles after the race!!
I got to the race early.. I never looked at the weather so I was surprised how windy and chilly it was. I got my bib and shirt and sat in my car to stay warm (very odd since it was 91 degrees the day before when I was in NYC).
Eventually I did get out to hang out with friends.
Heidi (who talked me into this race) finally arrived.
She persuaded me to do one mile before the race so we would only have to run 4 more after. It was more of a walk but still we got it done.
This race began and ended at the home of the Valley Cats, a local baseball team that plays at Joe Bruno Stadium in Troy, NY, on the campus of Hudson Valley Community College.
Reluctantly I left my jacket in Heidi’s car since I had DIY arm warmers on. Still I was COLD!!
There was no chip timing at the start line so I started pretty close to the front. Heidi moved farther back.
The race began in the parking lot and then we ran around the outside of the stadium before heading into the neighborhoods.
As soon as I started running I was no longer cold. I even immediately rolled down my arm warmers. And the wind was not as bad as it was at the stadium.
But I was dragging… I so wanted to be back in my bed catching up with my sleep. I was running but I couldn’t catch my breath and felt to need to walk.
I had started with my friend Carolyn (my age group rival) but she quickly got ahead and kept gaining on me as the race went on.
Finally there was a water stop around mile 1.5 so I walked a bit. The neighborhoods were rolling hills but nothing too bad until one steep one during the second mile. I tried to run up it but the legs just weren’t having it. So I ran/walked it.
Carolyn was still way ahead but I also knew that she was fast and if I could see her in the distance, my pace wasn’t that bad. (I don’t look at my Garmin usually until the race is over.)
A few more walks, I think. And then there was a welcome downhill during mile 3.
We finished the race inside the stadium and I gave it everything (which wasn’t much at this point).
I didn’t expect a PR however I really wanted to finish under 29 minutes.
And I did – 28:43 (gun time)!! Course PR!!!
Post Race Activities:
Everyone whom I talked to before the race seemed to have a good race. Some finished ahead of me and some after.
I waited for Heidi to finish (and she did well, too.)
We headed for the food while waiting for the age group awards to be announced. There was a decent spread: popcorn, bagels, cookies, bananas, coffee, water. I had a hot dog, coffee and cookie.
And I did win one – 2nd in my age group.
We planned to run more miles after the race. Did we want to???
I insisted and Heidi couldn’t say No so we went back to her car to get my jacket (I was shivering…)
We sorta did intervals but mostly ran until we didn’t feel like it. We started in the stadium/college parking lots and then decided that it would be more scenic to run in the same neighborhoods as during the race.
We got it done!!! And immediately headed to Panera’s for our reward.
Additional Race Reflections:
When I dragged myself out of bed that morning, I was not feeling good about running this race.
As usually happens, I connected with some awesome people, ran a decent race and don’t regret it one bit.
- Ample parking.
- Well marked course.
- Lots of familiar faces.
- 4 free tickets to a game as swag
- Interesting course (through the neighborhoods and finish in a baseball stadium)
- Friendly and abundant number of volunteers.
- Free photos
- Interesting 5 year age group awards (a bat)
- Decent post-race food
- Cotton shirt
- Gun time (not chip timed)
- Hills (but don’t most races)
Would I recommend this race?
Yes. Yes. It’s a nice local race. And very well organized. Maybe someone will twist my arm to run it again next year.
Adirondack Race to the Lakes 15k
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