Dunkin’ Run ARC Half Marathon Race Recap


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DUNKIN’ RUN ARC HALF MARATHON RACE RECAP

The DUNKIN' ARC Half Marathon Race Recap {Running, #RunChat, Race Recap, Runs On Dunkin, Run for Donuts, PR}

I honestly had no expectations going into this race.  I signed up on a whim one night simply because I wanted to find a race to use as a training run.  My plan called for 15 miles and I figured a half marathon was close enough. 

One of the reasons I was so quick to register was that I had heard a lot of great things about the race itself.  I actually ran the 5k last year and PR’d so I was somewhat familiar. The course is flat, fairly scenic and obviously it’s sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts (who can argue with free DD coffee and donuts?!) and most importantly, it benefits the ARC of Onondaga which provides resources to those who are disabled. They actually have tandem teams that race which is incredibly inspiring.

Dunkin' Arc Tandem Runners

Before I get into the nitty gritty details of my race experience, here is a little ditty about the race and course itself. 

RACE INFO

The race is located at Long Branch Park in Liverpool, NY which is right outside of Syracuse.  Aside from the half marathon, there is also a 5K (read last year’s recap here) and a 1 mile kids fun run.  Race day events start at 7:00 where you can register and pick up you packet if you haven’t already.  

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There were some Dunkin Donuts refreshments available beforehand (yay coffee) and a variety of different vendors at the park to checkout, a kids area with crafts, a runner’s fuel station as well as free post race massages! 

When you pick up your packet, it includes a shirt (if you opted in for one) along with your bib in a cinched race bag. 

@fitfoodiemama @bendifulblog ARC Race

Photo Courtesy of Bendiful Blog

Following packet pick up, I met up with Renee from Bendiful Blog (she was running the 5k) and we got to hang out for a little while before the races started and obviously took the chance at a photo opp with a giant DD Iced Coffee.  

The kids 1 mile fun run goes out first at 8:30 AM followed by the half marathon at 9:00 AM then the 5K at 9:10 AM.  

Both the 5K and half marathon courses are apparently certified by the USTAF.

RACE EXPERIENCE

Like I said at the beginning, I had little to no expectation going into this half.  Even though it was my third half marathon, my goal was to simply finish while going at marathon race pace- it was definitely not a goal race in the least.

I always say that though and then I end up racing but this time as soon as I took my first step past the starting line, my legs felt heavy and it occurred to me that I really may be running as opposed to racing after all. 

That feeling stuck with me for the first mile or so- I was able to increase my pace a little bit but it was a struggle.  My legs felt a like lead and I wasn’t sure if my heart was really in it.  Then, around mile 2.5, I fell into a groove.  When I looked down at my GPS it said I was at an 8:00/mile pace and I figured if I could keep that then at least I might come close (within a minute or so) to my PR.

The miles that followed that only got easier and as my pace was increasing, I had a glimmer of hope that I might actually PR.  The air was cool, with a little drizzle falling from the sky and it all just felt right.  I was in a groove and I wasn’t going to give up. 

Then right before mile 8, something funny happened.  All the sudden I saw a sign for the 8th mile but my watch only registered 7.80 miles.  I honestly thought it was weird but contributed it to my GPS losing service since this part of the course is right on Onondaga Lake and I had similar problems when I ran the Miles for Meals 5K there in May. 

After that point my GPS no longer correlated with the race mileage signs and I was all screwed up.  Most I could do was just pay attention to my pace and attempt to do some quick math in my head.  According to my calculations, there were two possibilities.  1. My GPS was wrong and I was going to P the friggen R out of this race as long as I kept it around a 8:00ish/mile pace.  2.  The signs were wrong and I was going to come dangerously close to not PRing at all. 

Once I saw the sign for mile 12, I pushed with all my might and when I was in sight of the finish line I saw the 1:42 time and pushed a little more.  I officially crossed the finish line with a net time of 1:42:34 nearly 3 mins off my PR time of 1:45:26.  I almost passed out from excitement, if the course had been correct that would put me at a 7:50 pace!!! 

DUNKIN' ARC RUN

While I waited for the official results, I took advantage of the free massage (can you blame me?) and sipped on some coffee.  Eventually the results were posted with a surprising correction to the length of the course noted up top: 12.8 Miles NOT 13.1….so much for a certified course and my possible PR.

dunkin arc splits

 

DUNKIN ARC RACE RESULTS

To say I was disappointed would be an understatement but to make up for that disappointment I was happy to see that I placed 1st in my age group for the race! I’ve never placed in a half marathon before and even if the course was short, everyone raced the same distance so at least I was rewarded for my accomplishment in some way. 

 

Overall, I really enjoyed the race, the flatness of the course and all the fun runner perks that were available.  I may run this again next year just so that I can attempt to walk away with a “real” PR, one that I earned because I ran every single last step of 13.1 miles.

 

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Have you ever raced a certified course that was short? 

Would you count this as a PR?

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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!

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64 Comments

Michelle
Reply September 16, 2015

That's so awesome! It's bitter sweet when courses are that short, but you're right, you should be proud of your award cause everyone there ran the same distance! Great job!!
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    aelicatese
    Reply September 17, 2015

    Thank you! :)

jill conyers
Reply September 16, 2015

I don't even like donuts, but I love that bling! I always take advantage of the free massage :)
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    aelicatese
    Reply September 17, 2015

    The medal is awesome!

Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply September 16, 2015

ROCK IT GIRL! I say YES you count it. If it is a certified course, it is measured with a steel tape, according to the rules. So regardless of what your garmin says, the course is legit!
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    aelicatese
    Reply September 17, 2015

    Unfortunately in this case, it was measured wrong...WAAAH! I might still count it though, haha!

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
Reply September 16, 2015

This post has made me really excited for dunkin dounuts when I come to the states tomorrow. I love their coffee haha
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    Reply September 17, 2015

    Haha yay for coming to the states! Hope you get to enjoy vats of DD coffee while you're here!

Kara @ The Daily Whisk
Reply September 16, 2015

Congrats on your age group award! That is a beautiful medal! Love love love DD!!!
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    aelicatese
    Reply September 17, 2015

    Thank you so much! :)

Janelle @ Run With No Regrets
Reply September 16, 2015

Congratulations on your PR and AG victory!! You did a fantastic job! I have to say I love all the pink and DD branding, I didn't realize they sponsored races! And all for a great cause.
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    aelicatese
    Reply September 17, 2015

    This is the only one I know of but it really is a great cause and a fun race!

Crystal Renaud
Reply September 16, 2015

How freeking dissapointing!!! I ran the Color Run 5K here last year (and again in a couple of weeks) and it was not a 5K. It ended up being more like 2.57 miles. I felt cheated. If a coarse is suppose to be 13.1...then it should be 13.1! Great pace tho girl! Congrats on placing and your swag you won!!
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    aelicatese
    Reply September 17, 2015

    Thank you! I definitely was disappointed but I guess it just means that I will have to try again next year!

Autumn
Reply September 16, 2015

You know you live on the east coast when you run a Dunkin Donuts marathon! Your PR.. I say it counts! Its yours, you did it, it counts. Great swag!
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    Reply September 17, 2015

    HAHA so true!!!

Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply September 16, 2015

Friend!! You are a running beast!!!!! Look at how all your hard work is paying off!!! Very inspiring.
Bummer about the course not being long enough. It really is not fair!
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    aelicatese
    Reply September 17, 2015

    Thank you so much! And yeah, I was bummed but just gives me motivation to try harder next time!

Amanda
Reply September 16, 2015

Great job! Frustrating that the course was short, but still looks like a great event. Last year at Wineglass the mile 4 sign was placed in the wrong location. It was actually at mile 4.7! I was all thrown off.

    aelicatese
    Reply September 17, 2015

    Thank you! Oh boy, hope that doesn't happen again this year!

Jennifer
Reply September 16, 2015

Yeah, whoohoo -- way to go! Were there donuts at the finish - lol!
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    Reply September 17, 2015

    Haha that was very exciting! :)

Kimberly G
Reply September 16, 2015

Woo-Hoo! Congratulations on coing in first in your age group! It's so weird that this course was certified but it still measured short - Did the race director give any explanation? I know that has to be frustrating!

    aelicatese
    Reply September 17, 2015

    Thank you! Yeah, it was weird and no explanation other than there was an error...super bummed!

Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
Reply September 16, 2015

Wow congrats that's really awesome! What a nice surprise for you. Hope you feel very ready for your half.
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    Reply September 17, 2015

    Thank you! :)

Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home
Reply September 16, 2015

I would totally count this one because even though your Garmin measured differently, the "official" results are the proof. Congrats on a great race! And that AG win!
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    Reply September 17, 2015

    Thank you! :)

Bri
Reply September 16, 2015

Well done! And placing in your AG too!! That's an awesome half time :) Also, the medal is amazing.
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    Reply September 17, 2015

    Thanks so much! And yeah, I am obsessed with the medal! ;)

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply September 16, 2015

Congrats on the AG win and the kinda sorta PR! You are such a speedy lady! Also... this race sounds awesome! Maybe I'll come up and do it next year :)
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    Renee
    Reply September 16, 2015

    DO it!!! We can all run together by next year I should be in half condition again! And by together I mean you two kick arse and I'll finish when I finish :)
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      Reply September 17, 2015

      Haha that would be so much fun!

    aelicatese
    Reply September 17, 2015

    You definitely should!!!

Renee
Reply September 16, 2015

You ROCKED that course woman! Short or not you owned it. And if I remember correctly you must have gotten a bit wet. As I was leaving the 5k I could see the clouds rolling in. Great as always to catch up with you! Love your face! AWESOME JOB and that medal oh it's my new fav.
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    Renee
    Reply September 16, 2015

    Oh and also I think the 5k is long my GPS said it was 3.21 miles not 3.1 ? Maybe there is a weird vortex at OLP?
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      Reply September 17, 2015

      WHAAAT?! That is weird...OLP must have some sort of weird vortex to it, it's the only explanation!

    aelicatese
    Reply September 17, 2015

    Thank you! I LOVE the medal too- it is one of my favs!

Kristin
Reply September 16, 2015

I had no idea there was a Dunkin half marathon! It is now on my list of must do someday! Congrats on your finish!
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    Reply September 17, 2015

    It is so much fun, you definitely add it to your bucket list!

Jess @hellotofit
Reply September 16, 2015

Girlfriend, your pace is OUTRAGEOUSLY awesome!!! And so cool that you met up with Renee. Thanks for adding my link to the link-up today :)
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    Reply September 17, 2015

    Haha, thank you! It's always fun meeting up with Renee- she's da bomb dot com! :) And of course, thanks so much for linking up!

Heather@hungryforbalance
Reply September 16, 2015

Congrats for placing first in your age group!! That is an accomplishment, even if the course was not techinically a full half marathon. I think you should count it and be proud!!
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    Reply September 17, 2015

    Thank you!!! I think I will! ;)

Christine
Reply September 16, 2015

Great job! That is an amazing pace. I hope to get there one day!
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    Reply September 17, 2015

    Thank you! You will- you're definitely capable of it!!!

Sharon
Reply September 16, 2015

You are awesome!! Congrats on the PR and 1st in your AG! Sounds like a great race!
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    Reply September 17, 2015

    Thank you! <3

Mary Beth Jackson
Reply September 16, 2015

Congrats on the age group win- that is super exciting! and you are fast! Sounds like a fun race to me and yes you should count it!! Love the Dunkin Donuts- yum!
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    aelicatese
    Reply September 17, 2015

    Haha, thank you! And yeah, it was a lot of fun despite the short course!

jess @pink payne
Reply September 16, 2015

Great race and awesome pics! I've ran a short course before but still count it as a PR! Why not? Congrats on placing first in AG! I placed 1st in my AG in a 10 miler race once and I thought it was super cool. Because I usually don't place in the bigger races. Thanks for hosting this great link-up. Looking forward to checking out other cool blogs. :-) have a beautiful rest of the week.
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    aelicatese
    Reply September 17, 2015

    Thank you so much and congrats on your 10 mile AG win, how awesome! Thanks for linking up, so happy you stopped by! :)

Marcia
Reply September 17, 2015

Congrats Annmarie! Short course or not, an 8:01 pace is smoking fast! I'm glad you won yourAG! well done!
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    Reply September 17, 2015

    Thank you, friend! <3

Ilka@ilkasblog.com
Reply September 17, 2015

So so very awesome! I was so happy for you when I saw it on Facebook! Great achievement!
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    Reply September 17, 2015

    Aw, thank you so much!!! <3

Daisy @ Fit Wanderlust Runner
Reply September 17, 2015

OMG you are amazing! Great job on your race!!
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    Reply September 17, 2015

    Thanks, Daisy! <3

Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
Reply September 17, 2015

If it was certified it should not have been short, what a rip off.
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    Reply September 19, 2015

    Totally agree.

Ivanna
Reply September 18, 2015

This looks like so much fun! Anything with the word Donut in it I'm there ;)
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    Reply September 19, 2015

    Haha they were tempting! ;)

Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes
Reply September 19, 2015

OMG, AMAZING time my friend but bummer it was so off!! I can imagine how frustrating that must have been! How fun to see Renee out there too!

    aelicatese
    Reply September 19, 2015

    Thank you! Yes it was frustrating but a lot of fun to meet up with Renee and socialize at a local running event! :)

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