Hangover Half 3.5 Mile Race Recap

Happy 2011!   My year is off to a great start 😀  After a hilarious hot yoga class last night (the room was done up like a disco and the instructors were a weee bit tipsy on champagne), I headed to SUNY Albany this morning to run the local running club’s 3.5 mile race.  In addition to the 3.5 miler, there was a hangover half marathon going on- a few of my blogging buddies ran the half (and did awesome!) and it was great to run into them before the race. 

To me, SUNY Albany’s campus has always been a bit imposing.  Maybe because the only other time I’d been there had been to take the LSAT (shudder).  Anyway, driving onto the campus I had no idea where I was going.  I saw a car that had a 26.2 marathon sticker on the back of it- I figured that driver was heading to the race so I just followed them.  The cars in front of them all had running stickers on them too!  Gotta love runners 🙂  If you are lost getting to a race, a good tip is to just follow the 13.1, 26.2 or tri stickered vehicles :p

I got to the race about a half hour before the start and it was BANANAS!  I wasn’t expecting it to be so crowded.  In the lobby I saw all of my fellow CDNY bloggers- I quickly registered then headed back to the gang to get in the obligatory group shots 🙂

Jen, Me, Melissa, Cynthia, Heather and Erica

I especially love Melissa in this photo.   Thanks for the photos, Jen!

You can’t really go wrong with the price of this race- a mere five dollars!  If you are a member of the local running club (I believe $15/year), the races are all free!   I think I’m definitely going to join. 

The girls and I headed to the start, marveling about the unseasonably warm temps.  It was around 45 degrees and I was wearing my running tights with my new coldgear top and I felt great.  No gloves, no ear warmers- I wore heavier clothing in Virginia Beach at the New Year’s race last year!  I’ll take the nice weather though 🙂

Heather snapped a pic before we started- without fail, I always have the same goofy expression before a race:

Jen, Melissa (looking down), me and Cynthia.  Cynthia, love the expression!  Too funny.

Before the race actually started, Jen and Melissa were talking about time goals.  Jen said she wanted to finish in under 33 minutes.  “YOU DO??”, I asked, thinking that it seemed fast.   Then again, Jen is super speedy.  I learned this after she smoked me in the squirrelly six mile trail race 😉   Originally I wanted to finish around 35 minutes- a nice ten minute mile pace.  I decided to just run as fast as I could. 

The race started and we were off!  At certain points the path was narrow but there was no bottlenecking.  It was a fairly hilly course, which I wasn’t expecting.  The hills were rolling and not too tricky, with some nice downhills here and there.  At certain points on the course we were running against traffic coming towards us a few lanes over, which was interesting.  I pretty much played this song on repeat during the race, interspersing it with “Run this Town” a few times.  I tend to find songs I like and play them to death until I can’t listen to them anymore.

Before I knew it there was less than a half mile left!  The half-marathoners continued on in the race and the  3.5 mile peeps made the turn to get in the final mileage.  As I approached the finishing chute the time clock read 32 minutes with change.  Sweet!  I kicked it into high gear (seriously- my fastest pace during the last half mile was a six minute mile pace- holy!) and crossed the finish line in 32:37, giving me an average pace of 9:15/mile.  YAY!   As the runners came in, a race volunteer gave us a numbered slip of paper to fill in.  I was the 113th person to finish the race.  I saw Melissa and Jen (they finished just under 31 minutes- speedy mc speedersons!) and headed inside to drop off our time slips and get some water.  For a five dollar race, I am INCREDIBLY impressed with all that was available after the race.  Water, soda, pizza, orange slices, vegetarian soup… I couldn’t believe it! 

I grabbed some water and an orange slice while Melissa and Jen went on to run 3.5 more miles (overachievers 😉 ).  Before the race I was thinking of joining them; after not so much.  I called Heather and Cynthia- they both ran an awesome race!  We grabbed starbucks (caramel brulee latte, I love you) to kill some time before meeting up with Melissa and Jen at Cafe Madison

Cafe Madison was outstanding!  It was my first time there and I will definitely be back.  The service was phenomenal and the food was delicious.  I had a Tuscan omelette but snagged some of Melissa’s strawberry almond stuffed french toast- heavenly!  We stayed and chatted for about two hours.  I love getting together with other bloggers- there is never a lack of things to talk about! 

All in all, it was a great start to the new year :D.  The Hudson Mohawk Road Runners Club put on a great event and it was nice to meet up with my blends to race and share delicious food. 

How was your New Year’s eve?  Did you participate in a race today?  It’s a great way to kick off the year 😀

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19 responses to “Hangover Half 3.5 Mile Race Recap

  1. Aw, great job with your 5k!!! You ladies all impress me so much 🙂 I still have yet to go to Cafe Madison, but always hear of their delicious breakfasts. I really like your peachy underarmor pullover too, hahaha!

  2. What a fun way to bring in the new year—sober, limber and with blogging buddies yay!

  3. Wow! Great pace! It sounds like a fantastic way to start off the year!

  4. Meg

    Congrats on an awesome race! Great start to 2011! The drunk yoga class made me giggle 🙂

  5. Great job today! You were super speedy too! What a great way to start the new year! I had so much fun!

    I have to say I was inspired by all the “blog” talk at brunch that I finally downloaded Microsoft Reader to my computer. <> I can’t wait to use it tomorrow.

    Happy New Year Katie! This year will be another great year!

  6. Congrats on an awesome race! It was a beautiful day to run. You should join HMRRC, it is worth it!

  7. J

    Great job on the race! Sounds like so so much fun! If I am ever in Albany for New Years I will have to remember that race!

    Oh and thanks for the info about your dress! Sadly there is no place here that sells it 😦 I think I am going next weekend to more places around here and hopefully will find one!

    Happy New Year!

  8. julie

    Hi Katie,
    Wow, that looks like such a fun race! I love the pictures of you and all the girls:) You look beautiful as always!

    Happy New Year to you! Wishing you nothing but the best for 2011! Hugs!

  9. lowandbhold

    What a great way to ring in the new year! And CONGRATS on the time. That is awesome!

  10. Awesome job! I ran the half – it was my first.

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  12. Congratulations! Way to beat your goal time 🙂

  13. I didn’t know if you going the running club all races were free. I love that idea. I might have to consider it for such a cheap price.

  14. Great job with the race! Like you, I still shudder at the memory of SUNY Albany’s campus from taking the LSAT and having to review sources at their library for Law Review.

  15. Nicole

    Congrats on starting the year off on a great note – great time with the race! And Cafe Madison is amazing – I’ve only ever been for brunch, but the raspberry oatmeal pancakes are seriously to die for! You would love them!

  16. What a fun way to start the new year!! 😀

    I really disliked SUNY when I went there freshman year… their campus was actually designed for Arizona so the structure creates a wind tunnel effect. Awesome in the winter.

  17. Awww, looks like so fun! Sorry I couldn’t meet you guys for brunch, but hopefully SOON! 🙂

  18. Great job! And what a fun day with friends. I love races like that. Especially the price 😉

    The 20-miler I did was an organized run and I wasn’t 100% sure where the turn was to get there, but I found some people with stickers on their car and followed them too 🙂

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