Wineglass Marathon Race Recap


WINEGLASS MARATHON RACE RECAP

The Five Stages of Running A Marathon: Wineglass Marathon Race Recap {#RunChat, #FitFluential, Marathon like giving birth}

Several weeks ago I wrote a post describing how marathon training is a lot like being pregnant, comparing the marathon to the big finale, the event of actually giving birth.  At the time that I wrote it, it was more of an assumption that something I had personally experienced since I had yet to run my first marathon.  Now, three days post Wineglass, I can confirm that it’s true.  

In fact, at the starting line, I had some nervous small talk with a woman standing next to me.  She told me that her goal was to BQ, I told her this was my first marathon.  We wished each other luck and as we were about to take off she looked at me and stated “I always say it’s like giving birth, definitely not easy but so worth it in the end”.  I nodded in agreement as we took off and those words stuck with me every single step of those 26.2 miles. 

Before I get into the actual race recap, let’s rewind to the expo. 

WINEGLASS MARATHON EXPO

The Wineglass expo is held at the Corning Museum of Glass which in and of itself is incredibly impressive though due to the excitement of the marathon, I didn’t get to take it all in like I wanted to.  The expo itself was a little more underwhelming than it’s actual venue.  

For whatever reason, I expected the expo to be bigger than it was.  I’ve been to races with similar field sizes where there were way more vendors.  All in all, there were maybe two short rows of vendors plus an outside area where some race apparel was being sold.  

Wineglass marathon swag

On the flip side, I was impressed by how easy it was to pick up the bib packet and didn’t have to wait in any crazy long lines.  Plus it came with a nice long sleeve tech shirt, wine glass and mini bottle of celebratory champagne which is always bonus! 😉 

PRE-RACE

The days before the race I hydrated like crazy and of course, the night before I got in a delicious carbo-load with a massive gluten free flatbread from a local restaurant in Corning called The Cellar.  Sleep, on the other hand, did not come easy.  I tossed, turned, flipped and flopped.  I am a bad sleeper to begin with, add in pre-race nerves the night before my very first marathon and I was a bit of a wreck. 

Wineglass Marathon Race Recap

Before bed I did myself a favor and laid out all that I’d need the next morning to prevent any race morning frenzy.  I woke up at 5:30, dressed in all my race apparel, checked the weather 3 times (the rain in the forecast had disappeared) and peed approximately 10 times. 

Since I was staying in Bath, the shuttle bus to the start was right down the road from my hotel which made it easy to find and the actual bus ride to the start was rather short.  I arrived and peed another 3 times and just before 8:15 AM, I made my way to the start right at the back of the pack with the 3:45 pace group. 

THE RACE

I never really announced my marathon goal time publicly because I didn’t want to set myself up.  This was my first marathon, after all, and it’s really supposed to be about the experience, not about the time.  I did have some goals though.  

First and foremost, my  “A Goal” was to finish.  My “B Goal” was to finish in under 4 hours.  My “C Goal” was to finish in 3:45.  I knew my “C Goal” was a bit lofty…I had only ever trained up until 20 miles though I did finish my recent 18.12 race with a 8:35 pace (which translates to a 3:45 marathon time).  So, with that in mind, I decided to start with the 3:45 pace group and see what happened.  

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This is what happened as told in stages…

Miles 1-7: The Self Doubt [AKA WTF DID I GET MYSELF INTO] Stage

I was nervous, so nervous but much like when you’re about to do something epic (like give birth to your first child) you just let adrenaline take over and go for it.  The first mile was great (LET’S DO THIS, you think) my leg that had been hurting me didn’t bother me at all…then mile 3 happened.  

My IT band started to flare up, my right leg felt like it was dragging and for 3 miles there was NO relief. And much like your first major contraction during childbirth, you think WTF did I get myself into? HOW am I going to do this for another 23 MILES?!  Is it too late to turn around? 

Despite all this self doubt and self induced torture, my pace was relatively on point and thankfully by mile 7, I found my groove and the kinks in my legs got worked out.  

Mile 1: 8:21 Mile 2: 8:27 Mile 3: 8:27 Mile 4: 8:33 Mile 5: 8:30 Mile 6: 8:32 Mile 7: 8:40

Miles 8-13: I’ve Got This SH*T Stage

Once I worked the painful kink out of my right leg, I felt like I was golden.  The air was cool, crisp and comfortable, the water stations were plentiful, I casually stopped, sipped and caught back up with my pace group without a problem.  I even was able to take off the the long sleeve I had on and re-pinned my bib on my tank all while keeping a steady pace. 

I felt like I was floating, I could do this forever.  If I could work through the initial pain, there was nothing I couldn’t do.  I’d compare this to the stage right after a first major contraction…the whole, “I can handle that, no problem.  I am woman, hear me roar!” type of feeling.  Marathon? Bring it on! I could run an ultra!….aka the type of hubris thinking that bites you in the ass later.

Then you hit the halfway point and realize…you’re only halfway there.  

Mile 8: 8:26 Mile 9: 8:23 Mile 10: 8:40 Mile 11: 8:28 Mile 12: 8:32 Mile 13: 8:29

Miles 14-18: The Calm Before the Storm Stage

When I reached the halfway point at 13.1, there was a moment of “crap, I’m only halfway” but I was still feeling great.  Miles 14 and 15 came and went with ease at mile 16 I was still feeling pretty good and mile 17 I even picked up the pace a little bit.  

You realize at this point that there might be some rough patches ahead and try to mentally prepare yourself for them but unless you’ve been there, you really can’t.  I guess this would be much like the point of labor right before you’re ready to push.  You know sh*t is going to hit the fan but you’re not quite there yet.  

I did get a little taste of what was to come by mile 18.  I slowed down to grab some water at the station and for whatever reason couldn’t muster the legs back into my previous pace.  It was at point that I watched my 3:45 pace group get further and further away from me. 

Mile 14: 8:37 Mile 15: 8:29 Mile 16: 8:44 Mile 17: 8:22 Mile 18: 8:48

Miles 19- 24: PLEASE JUST LET ME DIE Stage

Without the pace group to keep me steady, I started dragging serious ass. Looking back at my GPS, my pace didn’t dramatically decrease until about mile 21 but I could feel myself bonking HARD at mile 19.  I was completely out of fuel, totally my fault and despite some fairly desperate pleas at the aid stations (I didn’t actually beg, just asked), there was no GU to be found.  

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I was mentally cursing myself at this point.  HOW did I underestimate the amount of fuel I needed? WHY can’t I just push myself? Can this race PLEASE just be OVER? That tree looks awfully shady…what if I just took a nap instead? 

Full disclosure: I never got to this point during childbirth since I had two emergency c-sections BUT I can only imagine that it’s best compared to the point where you’d prefer the little darling to kindly exit your body instead of torturing you in a painful limbo. 

Mile 19: 8:38 Mile 20: 8:46 Mile 21: 9:16 Mile 22: 9:17 Mile 23: 9:16 Mile 24: 9:27

Miles 25-26.2: The Final Push Stage

I think most people hit the final push point around mile 24 but for me, it didn’t come until the end of mile 25.  I honestly tried like HELL to push myself at mile 24 but my body just wasn’t having it.  Even at the beginning of mile 25, I was just putting one foot in front of the other.  Mentally, I was trucking along….physically, I was stumbling.  

Eventually, in that last mile and half or so, my mind conquered my body the best it could and we pushed toward the finish.  After chugging up over the little bridge, I turned to make my way back to Market Street and once the finish line was in sight I “sprinted” with all my might.  

As I stepped across the finish line, I saw the 3:49 time and while I felt a twinge of disappointment for falling behind my “C Goal”, I was mostly just elated to be done.  Hence my finish line photos….

wineglass marathon

….I am smiling but don’t be fooled, it was through pain and happy tears. I wanted to collapse, I couldn’t move and I could barely speak but like the woman that I started next to said, it’s a lot like childbirth and it is.  

That moment that you finally have that baby in your arms, much like the moment that you cross the finish line and that medal gets draped around your neck, you realize that every ounce of pain and every single step was totally worth it. 

Mile 25: 9:36 Mile 26: 8:59 Mile 26.36: 2:53 (Based on GPS)

OFFICIAL RESULTS

Wineglass Marathon Results

 

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68 Comments

Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
Reply October 7, 2015

First off - CONGRATS! And second - This is so true for your first or 31 marathon. It's a roller coaster of emotions for sure.

    aelicatese
    Reply October 14, 2015

    Thank you so much! :)

Jennifer F
Reply October 7, 2015

Oh my gosh! Whoohoo, high five to this . . . and to the fact that you are smiling in the finish line photo. Good job on your first marathon, girl!
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    Reply October 14, 2015

    Thank you! :)

Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply October 7, 2015

You know how freaking proud of you I am. I can't say it enough! Killer job, my friend!
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    aelicatese
    Reply October 14, 2015

    Aw, thanks friend! :)

Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
Reply October 7, 2015

Congratulations girl! You have been having a killer race season. I have ups and down with my emotions during lots of races too even shorter ones. Looks like a great first marathon for you! What's next?
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    Reply October 14, 2015

    It definitely was a great first marathon! Going to take it easy racing for a while and concentrate on my sandbag stuff! :)

AutumnPTW
Reply October 7, 2015

Congrats! Thats the prettiest medal so far. Cant wait to hear whats next!
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    Reply October 14, 2015

    Thanks, I am obsessed with the medal too!

Pam and Christine
Reply October 7, 2015

I could not help but smile while I read this recap. Never thinking that a marathon was like childbirth, my C section was over 30 years ago so I don't remember anything but lots of hours of labor! Marathons are all very different and you will figure out the fueling and reach that C goal. The weather plays a huge part in fueling which I did not realize until my daughter had trouble last year at the Richmond Marathon when it was very cold. I struggled alot during the Boston Marathon this year due to food poisoning prior to the race, but thankfully I got through with a handful of GU gels. Congrats on becoming a marathoner and be prepared to sign up for another one soon!
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    aelicatese
    Reply October 14, 2015

    Aw, thank you so much and for sharing your experience!!! I am sure I will be signing up for one sooner than later :)

Crystal Renaud
Reply October 7, 2015

I was so excited to open my computer this morning and see you did your recap!!
I am so happy for you. Your times were awesome girl! I think 3:49 is freekin fabulous for your FIRST FULL Marathon! Your minute miles were astounding!! I admire all the strength and determination you have! You stuck with it and look at that nice baby you have now! ;) You have something to truly be proud of. You accomplished what many set out to do but can't.
Such a wonderful recap! I loved it.
xoxo
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    Reply October 14, 2015

    Aw, thank you so much friend! :)

Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply October 7, 2015

What a great race! I know it wasn't exactly your A time, but under 3:50 is still pretty amazing and quite impressive. Mile 20-23 I don't even remember! I zonked!
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    Reply October 14, 2015

    Thanks! Yeah, those miles were a blur for me as well!

bri
Reply October 7, 2015

That is an AWESOME first marathon time!!! Seriously! My first without injury was 4:07, and I BQ'ed two years later. You are well on your way to getting faster!
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    Reply October 14, 2015

    Ah, thank you! That is awesome, you rock!

Misszippy
Reply October 7, 2015

Congrats! Great first marathon! Just think where you can go from here...

So we must have run near each other out there. I lined up with the 3:45s, too, then got ahead of them up until 24, then finished right by them in 3:45. I liked the race and loved the temperatures. The wind? Not so much!

    aelicatese
    Reply October 14, 2015

    Can't believe I didn't see you! :( The wind was definitely not ideal! Congrats again, you rock!

Kimberly G
Reply October 7, 2015

I loved your race recap, especially the sub titles. I laughed out loud at the "please just let me die stage" LMAO

Congratulations again on your huge accomplishment!!

    aelicatese
    Reply October 14, 2015

    Thank you SO MUCH! :)

Mary Beth Jackson
Reply October 7, 2015

Congrats!!! WOW!! you did it! Thanks for sharing this story. Your first is in the books! I love the phases you shared, I felt that way with the half. Great medal and beautiful smile!
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    Reply October 14, 2015

    Thank you so much! :)

Amanda
Reply October 7, 2015

Congrats!! I loved the way you described your experience :) you did amazing! Wineglass is a great first marathon. When I did it in 2012 I cried when I crossed the finish line too.

    aelicatese
    Reply October 14, 2015

    Omg, it is so emotional! Sad I didn't get to see you this year! Maybe next year :)

Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs
Reply October 7, 2015

You did so great for your first marathon! No matter how great the training, there is always the unknown in your first and you held on with style! My secret goal for my first was also 3:45, but it took me about five marathons to get there :-). So, you're ahead of the game.
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    Reply October 14, 2015

    Thank you!!! I am hoping to hit that goal sooner than later :)

Marcia
Reply October 7, 2015

Congrats Annmarie! You ran a very strong first marathon! Yes, it IS a lot like childbirth. Especially the part before you finish where you say you'll never run another one, then you're shopping marathons the next day!
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    aelicatese
    Reply October 14, 2015

    Thank you so much!

Rebecca Jo
Reply October 7, 2015

YOU ARE AWESOME!!! Love the recap.
& love the medal - how cool!
The name of the stages totally made me giggle :)

    aelicatese
    Reply October 14, 2015

    Isn't it?! :)

Sharon
Reply October 7, 2015

Congrats!!! You did awesome for your first marathon! Loved your recap! I did the Wineglass half last year and it is one of my favorites. The glass medal is pretty awesome!
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    Reply October 14, 2015

    Thank you! Wineglass is a great course, my sister did the half and loved it too!

Kara @ The Daily Whisk
Reply October 7, 2015

CONGRATS on your 1st marathon! I loved reading your recap! Very inspiring!
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    Reply October 14, 2015

    Thank you! :)

Kayla
Reply October 7, 2015

AHHH CONGRATS!

I love this recap! Running my first marathon in less than a month (!!!) and have a feeling my stages will be similar :)
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    Reply October 14, 2015

    Ah, so excited for you! Can't wait to hear about it! :)

Mary Long
Reply October 7, 2015

Congrats on your first of many marathons! Your stage titles are too funny!
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    Reply October 14, 2015

    Thank you! :)

Kristen
Reply October 7, 2015

Congrats!!! You did an amazing job on your first one and I hope you're doing well recovering from the marathon! I hope to run my first marathon next year and this was really helpful to read. I've always wondered how people felt at mile 13 during a marathon, and now I know! :)
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    Reply October 14, 2015

    Haha, yes! It was a bit of a wake up call at that point!

Sarah
Reply October 7, 2015

Congratulations!
I have watched my husband prepare, run, and recover for marathons and it is such a process and one minute I think I want to complete just one in my lifetime and other times I think I would be nuts. Comparing it to being pregnant would put it in the no category for sure for me. It is such an up and down with so many highs and lows it really takes a strong person with a strong mind, will, and body!
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    aelicatese
    Reply October 14, 2015

    It definitely takes a lot of will power to get to the end and not give up! It was rough but I am happy I did it! :)

courtney @ eat pray run dc
Reply October 7, 2015

man oh man. i love this recap SO MUCH. you ran such a great race and for it to be your first go at the marathon distance, that makes it extra special. love those pics of you at the finish :)
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    aelicatese
    Reply October 14, 2015

    Thank you! So excited that you had such a great experience too!

Christine
Reply October 7, 2015

First of all: AWESOME JOB! Second: welcome to the marathon club! Your recap is EXACTLY how I have felt during a lot of my marathons. Parts of training and running get's easier but I swear: all races still feel like childbirth. The feeling of crossing the finish line and wearing a medal never gets old though no matter how great or how hard the race. Congrats, enjoy recovery and then sign-up for your next!
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    Reply October 14, 2015

    Aw, thank you SO much!!! :)

ilka@ilkasblog
Reply October 7, 2015

Congratulations Annmarie on such a great finish!
I really enjoyed reading your recap. I'm amazed how you got a hold of that flaring IT Band plus no GU later on. Wow! I'm so impressed. Awesome finishing time! Well done!
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    Reply October 14, 2015

    Aw, thank you so much!!! <3

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply October 7, 2015

The Please Just Let Me Die Phase is FO REAL! I'm so sorry you ran out of fuel! You still kicked ass though, and that medal is the coolest!
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    Reply October 14, 2015

    Haha, it really is the realist stage EVA!

Shannon @GirlsGotSole
Reply October 7, 2015

Congrats on your first marathon! No matter how you look back on it, you rocked it. I wish I could run your pace. The race itself is always a jumble of feelings and thoughts.

    aelicatese
    Reply October 14, 2015

    Thank you!!! :)

Michelle
Reply October 7, 2015

Those stages are so true! I loved reading that...the I want to die stage is hilarious cause it's so true! I think I've been through all those stages as well! Congrats again your first marathon...there's nothing like it!
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    Reply October 14, 2015

    Thank you so much! Yeah, the I wanna die stage got real, really quick! Haha!

GiGi Eats
Reply October 7, 2015

I fear I would be in the PLEASE JUST LET ME DIE stage throughout the entire marathon! LOL!
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    Reply October 14, 2015

    Haha!! In the beginning I thought that was going to happen too but thankfully my body worked itself out!

Michele @ paleorunningmomma
Reply October 8, 2015

I love that you also compare marathons to childbirth! I think that's why I took up distance running after having my last baby ;)

You did an amazing job, I can totally relate to the breakdown of the miles!
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    Reply October 14, 2015

    Thank you so much! :)

Tara
Reply October 8, 2015

Congrats on your finish! What an awesome recap. I feel like I ran with you!
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    Reply October 14, 2015

    Aw, thanks friend! :)

Jess @hellotofit
Reply October 8, 2015

Those mile range titles cracked me up!! I continued to be impressed by your running skillz. That is all.
And thank you for adding my WWW link!! XOXO
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    Reply October 14, 2015

    Of course, my darling! <3

Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes
Reply October 8, 2015

Girl, I am SO proud of you. That is a KILLER time despite not making you C goal!! You did awesome!! I must say, I'm a bit nervous since I've announced it everywhere what my goal is and how great my training is. I feel like there is so much pressure and don't want to come do my recap with my head hanging if I don't hit it. There is something to be said for keeping it quiet :) So excited for you, congrats!

    aelicatese
    Reply October 14, 2015

    Thank you! You will ROCK IT! I can't wait to hear how it goes! <3

Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
Reply October 9, 2015

Amazing job on sub4, marathons are a whole different beast.
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    Reply October 14, 2015

    Thank you! Yes, they really are!

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