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As my week winds down I find myself able to sit down and reflect on this past Sunday’s events. On October 6th 2013 I ran the Corning Wineglass Half Marathon in Corning, NY. It was my first time taking part in this particular event. Leaving my home here in Endwell at 0430 and driving about 75 miles west to Corning while on and off rain had been pelting my windshield a bit of doom and gloom set in. My mind almost immediately began to think soggy thoughts. You know like completely soaked feet with blisters. Well my fears were for naught as the sun broke through the clouds and the day remained dry.
This particular course claims it is a flat and fast course beginning at the Campbell/Savona high school and I think I will have to agree. I had planned to start off at a moderate pace and work my way to more of a race pace. Well that plan went out the window. The adrenaline of the moment caught me and I was off to a 6:08 pace for the first two miles. Knowing I could not sustain that for another 11.1 miles I started to back off a bit maintaining between a 6:55 and 7:09 pace according to my GPS. Winding through the country side with occasional glances at the pops of fall color I thought to myself how lucky I was to be doing something I love in such a beautiful place.
As I approached the finish coming down historic Market Street in downtown Corning I knew in my head I had beaten my last half marathon time three weeks earlier in Philadelphia. However this day I would have an extra surprise. Not only did I PR I also took third place in my age group. I was ecstatic! I’ve worked hard and I couldn’t be happier.
So my friends here are my stats for the Wineglass half.
1:32:53, Finished 33rd out of 1,854 runners, 7:05 pace and took 3rd place in my age group of 40-44.