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HMRRC Winter Marathon Relay 2010

Sunday, February 21st, 2010 · 6 Comments

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After (hopefully) motivating others to run via my photo in today’s Saratogian, it was time to run my third race of 2010. So this morning I headed to Albany to join my two teammates, Olivier and Rick, to run the 24th annual Hudson Mohawk Road Runners Club 3-person Winter Marathon Relay.

9.2-mile leg course elevation of HMRCC Winter Marathon Relay

Before this morning, I hadn’t run more than 8 miles since my last marathon in October, but I was feeling strong going into the race and was excited to run a longer distance than the 4-milers I’ve been running as of late. I’d also¬† previously run just one race of similar distance (Stockadeathon 15k in 2008), and recall really liking the distance — not an all-out sprint like a 5k but a solid clip, faster than a half-marathon… in theory, anyway.

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Though I’ve been staying in pretty good shape this winter (running ~20 miles per week and swimming once or twice a week), I’m apparently not in quite as good shape as I was in September when running my last half-marathon (7:01/mile average pace).

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Then again, the Saratoga Palio didn’t whip me with 20 MPH winds like the marathon relay did today. Going into the race, I was shooting for what I thought was a fairly conservative 1:04. The course was a bit hillier than I expected, and the winds really took their toll, so I came in just shy of my goal, crossing the 9.2-mile mark in 1:05:09 (7:02 average pace).

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Despite the wind, it was a solid race and I was happy with my performance, given my current conditioning and the wind. The course itself wasn’t the most interesting: Just a couple of laps around the SUNY Albany campus and the State Office Park — a mind-numbing route were I ever to run the Winter Marathon solo (I can’t see why I ever would).

There’s not much else to report about the race itself except that I maintained a fairly steady pace (Mile 1 and Mile 8 being the fastest — 6:51 and 6:49; Mile 4 being the slowest — 7:18), drafted off other runners as much as possible (darn wind!), and ate one GU around Mile 5. It was a fun day out and nice to mix up the racing as part of a team.

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Coming off an injury, Rick logged a solid 5.7-mile middle leg (7:15 average pace) before Olivier ran us home with a kick-ass performance to round out the 26.2 miles with his 11.3-mile leg (6:59 average pace).

As a team in the combined under 120 (years old) division, we would have easily qualified for the Boston Marathon (too bad they don’t accept relay times!), clocking in a respectable 3:05:39 (7:05 average pace for the team). I left before results were posted, so not sure yet how we fared, but I’m pretty sure we didn’t win. Update: We placed 12th overall of 59 teams (and 5th in our 3M 120- division, which means teams of all men whose total age is 120 or less).

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Congrats to all runners! And thanks for cheering us on and taking pictures, Estelle!

Gabe’s mile splits (view Garmin data):

Split Time Avg Speed Max Speed Avg HR Max HR
1 0:06:51 6:51 5:30 154 163
2 0:07:04 7:04 6:22 157 163
3 0:07:14 7:14 6:20 160 166
4 0:07:18 7:18 6:30 162 170
5 0:07:06 7:06 6:32 162 167
6 0:06:59 6:59 6:27 163 168
7 0:07:09 7:09 6:38 169 172
8 0:06:49 6:49 6:21 169 173
9 0:06:59 6:59 5:50 174 178
9.2 0:01:36 6:34 5:38 179 180
Summary 1:05:09 7:02 5:30 164 180

Tags: running

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mary Franchini // Feb 21, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Congrats to all the runners. You are ATHLETES THAT CONQUERED THE GREAT NOR’EST!!! Windy 30 degrees cold BRRRRRR. I know ya warm up after the 1st mile or so but c’mon…one runner asked me if I could turn down the wind a bit as I finally volunteered for the club. It was grueling I was sure. The sun did shine but Mother Nature but you athletes to another challenge. I am prud that I could help help with traffic flow and cheer the runners. Mental attitude is such a major part to the 1st timer and for the seasoned runners. The runners thanke dme so many times I felt a need to volunteer more….but I normally ru in all the HMRRC. I am happy to know I am apart of a great friendly club…ya done good runners…GOLD MEDALS FOR EVERYONE!! Se ya at the next race. Nice nice JOB!!!!

  • 2 Blog Master G // Feb 21, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Thanks very much for supporting us on the course today, Mary! Even if I don’t always have the breath to thank volunteers, I try to say thanks with a wave… so hopefully I gave you a wave today. :)

  • 3 A Marathoner // Feb 24, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    You did awesome. 7:02 pace for not really banging distance since your last marathon is great. You guys did a terrific job!

  • 4 Blog Master G // Feb 25, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Thanks, Elgin! Appreciate it.

  • 5 nyflygirl // Apr 29, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    I couldn’t resist commenting on this-I went to SUNY Albany and seeing the tower and the res halls in those pictures brings back memories!! (looks like that was either Indian or Dutch Quad…if I remember correctly.) Great run, and great blog too :)

  • 6 Blog Master G // May 4, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    nyflygirl- right on! Thanks for stopping by my blog, and thanks for the kind words!

    Your blog looks great, too – always nice to connect with other runner-bloggers. :)

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