Cupid’s Chase 5k Race Recap


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Cupid's Chase 5k Syracuse, NY Race Recap

Two weeks ago I announced that I would be running my first race of 2016, the Cupid’s Chase 5k.  While the weather had been predicted to be frigidly cold with a temperature in the single digits, I had committed to running it anyway.  I was prepared with my Fitletic gear, double layer of fleece lined running tights and parka-like running jacket.  

It never happened though.  Not too long after my post went live, I received an email stating that the race had been canceled due to weather concerns.  The forecasted temperature had dropped from the single digits to below zero and the race officials just felt it wouldn’t be safe so they rescheduled the race for a week later- the 20th.  

Honestly, I was a bit relieved.  While I would have gone through with it, the idea of not having to literally freeze my buns off was okay with me.  In fact, it turned out they made the right decision as not only did temperatures drop WELL below zero but also this past Saturday happened to be PERFECT running weather. 

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Yes, there was literally a 67 degree difference in one week.  That is Central New York weather in a nutshell. The warmer temps also meant that I didn’t have to dress in a snowsuit.

So, after a 7 mile pre-race run (part of half marathon training) and donned in a single layer of cold weather gear and my new Fitletic Bib Belt, I made the 1/2 hour car ride from home along with a friend to the Cupid’s Chase 5k.  

We arrived with plenty of time to grab our packets and pee.  Just as I was fastening my bib I realized that I totally forgot my Garmin.  I swear I would forget my head if it wasn’t attached but still, who forgets their Garmin on race day? Me.  

Anyway, Garmin-less I lined up among the crowd and was happy to see that the course was a heck of a lot clearer than last year which meant that I might have a chance of actually racing vs running. 

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We made our way up to the starting line and took off at the sound of the horn.  

At first, I felt great.  I was the only girl among a bunch of men and was having no problem keeping which was surprising to me considering that I had already logged 7 miles beforehand.  

While the sun was out and the pavement was dry, the one factor I had to fight was the wind.  It was brutal.  I managed to do okay until about 1.5 miles in when another girl passed me.  Then not long after another one and then another. 

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Without having my GPS, I had no idea of my pace but kept pushing myself by feel.  The wind was making it hard to breathe but I felt pretty confident that I was still maintaining a 7 something pace and might even come close to a possible PR.  

That all went out the window though when I crossed the finish line and saw the 24 minute time on the clock.  I couldn’t be certain if the clock was correct or not as there was someone manually marking down bib numbers and finish times as we passed. 

Convinced that the clock must have been off, I approached a fellow racer who had just finished and she confirmed that she felt like the time on the clock must have been mistaken though her GPS said otherwise as well.  

Confused, I waited around to check race results just to see which had me at a 24 something finish time but placing 1st in my age group and 4th overall female.  

Despite the arguable clock time (and no where near a PR), I somehow managed to place so I decided to stick around to collect my award. 

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Overall, I really enjoyed the race even though I forgot my GPS and didn’t perform as well as I had hoped.  Earning two medals for the race totally made up for it though and was a heck of a way to kick off the new year and 2016 racing season.  

Next up will be the Shamrock Run on the 5th of March which is always a fun time and I am really looking forward to giving it my all. 

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Have you raced yet in 2016? 
What races are you looking forward to? 

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45 Comments

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
Reply February 24, 2016

Well done on the race! I haven't done any races yet and that makes me very sad. I want to do the colour run this year though.

    aelicatese
    Reply March 3, 2016

    Aw I hope you get to!

Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply February 24, 2016

Congrats on a great race and placing!! That is so strange about the times though.
Glad you didn't run in -22!! I can't even imagine that!
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    aelicatese
    Reply March 3, 2016

    Haha me too- that would have sucked :P

Janelle @ Run With No Regrets
Reply February 24, 2016

Wow, that is a HUGE temperature swing, ours was dramatic but not a 67 degree difference! Congrats on placing at the race! I know that had to be frustrating to not have your Garmin on hand, but you did great, especially after a training run the same day!
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    aelicatese
    Reply March 3, 2016

    Thank you! It was pretty dramatic- weather is crazy up here!

Autumn @AutumnPTW
Reply February 24, 2016

Sorry to hear that wind was brutal. Brrrrrr just thinking about it! Great job on your placing and the double swag!
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    aelicatese
    Reply March 3, 2016

    Thank you! :)

Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner
Reply February 24, 2016

nice job! I saw your pics on IG and it looked like you had a great time
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    aelicatese
    Reply March 3, 2016

    I really did!

Laura @ This Runner's Recipes
Reply February 24, 2016

Congrats on a great race! I've been tempted to run a race without a Garmin and see what happens. Those races always seem to surprise you!

    aelicatese
    Reply March 3, 2016

    Honestly, I felt naked but kinda happy it happened.

Ilka
Reply February 24, 2016

Congrats on this very awesome 5K! Great job! Love the pics!

    aelicatese
    Reply March 3, 2016

    Thank you! :)

Crystal Renaud
Reply February 24, 2016

Looks like you had a great time! You forgot your Garmin?!!! That is a runners sin! ;)
I am in training mode. First Half is on April 9th!
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    aelicatese
    Reply March 3, 2016

    YAY! My first half is the 3rd!!!

Jen
Reply February 24, 2016

Crazy temperature changes! And I thought Indiana weather was crazy. Sounds like a good race and congrats on the award!!!

    aelicatese
    Reply March 3, 2016

    Thank you!

Mary Long
Reply February 24, 2016

Congrats on your placements! That is awesome :0)

    aelicatese
    Reply March 3, 2016

    Thanks so much!

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply February 24, 2016

You amaze me. After 7 miles, you were able to run so fast that you placed?! You can't see me, but I am bowing down to you.

    aelicatese
    Reply March 3, 2016

    Haha maybe not my best idea but it wasn't as bad as I thought!

Esther
Reply February 24, 2016

Great finish even though you didn't have you garmin I am totally that way. I have forgotten key items on race day before...so frustrating!
I have my first race in 10 days! I am not expecting to do anything other than finish due to my hip, but I am ok with that for now ;)

    aelicatese
    Reply March 3, 2016

    Yay good luck- I know you will do great :)

glenneth
Reply February 25, 2016

great race! congrats! love the medal - that is super cute!
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    aelicatese
    Reply March 3, 2016

    Thanks so much :)

Elle
Reply February 25, 2016

Congratulations! Great pictures, too. Looks like a nice sunny day!

    aelicatese
    Reply March 3, 2016

    It was!

Carmy
Reply February 25, 2016

What a fun race! I haven't raced yet in 2016 as I've been putting it off. Oops! :)
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    aelicatese
    Reply March 3, 2016

    Haha meh, no rush to race!!

Sharon
Reply February 25, 2016

Glad they changed the race date and what an awesome job on your race! Weird about the time but placing first in your AG is great! Congrats!!
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    aelicatese
    Reply March 3, 2016

    Thank you!

Mary Beth Jackson
Reply February 25, 2016

It was in the low 70's last Saturday and this Saturday I have another 5K it will be 39 degrees- I know how you feel! That is cold for this Florida girl! congrats on your finish! WOO HOO!

    aelicatese
    Reply March 3, 2016

    What?! 39 degrees in Florida? That is NUTS!

Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply February 25, 2016

You continue your all around badassery. Also, I love that you are wearing DG sunnies during it. #lifegoals

    aelicatese
    Reply March 3, 2016

    LOL. I forgot my running sunglasses...I felt like a douche but oh welllll.

Natalie
Reply February 25, 2016

You are a total rockstar for running 7 miles, getting in the car, driving to a 5K and then winning your AG + 4th overall?!!
Um, I don't think you needed your Garmin!!! :)
Congrats and awesome job!!

    aelicatese
    Reply March 3, 2016

    Awww thanks Nat!!! <3

Ivanna
Reply February 25, 2016

Very nice job how fun!

    aelicatese
    Reply March 3, 2016

    Thank you!

Sandra Laflamme
Reply February 26, 2016

Cold wind is the worst during a race! How awesome for placing 1st in your AG! Way to go!

    aelicatese
    Reply March 3, 2016

    Thank you :)

Toni
Reply February 27, 2016

Congrats on 1st place for your age group, that is awesome. I hat it when I forget my garmin, yes I have done it.

    aelicatese
    Reply March 3, 2016

    Haha glad I am not alone!

Maria @ Sweet Clementine
Reply March 9, 2016

Excellent job! And you aren't the only one who forgets her Garmin on race day! ?

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