What a super fun race the Boilermaker was!!! The 9.3 miles literally flew by and I enjoyed everything about it. I can not believe how organized it all was, and the volunteers were amazing!
We headed out to Utica the day before and checked in at the Ramada Inn. I barely slept that night because I was so anxious. When 12:30am rolled around I finally took a Xanax to help relax me so I could get to sleep! Of course I awoke before the alarm even went off at 5:30am, and my husband called me shortly after so that we could wish each other luck. He had the Pine Bush Triathlon that day.
We left the hotel a little after 6:0o AM so that we could find some parking and I could catch a shuttle bus to the start. Thankfully we scoped out the area the night before and found parking right near one of the pick-ups.
Then, that’s it for photos until after the race. I had my Incredible 2 in my belt but I’m not skilled with taking photos yet and running! As for the race… I loved the course.
The course was packed full of spectators and entertainment the entire route! Before the run I was a little apprehensive about the hill at the golf course. Everyone made it sound huge but in all reality, I didn’t think it was that bad at all! I kept a nice 10:00’ish pace up it, and the view looking back was amazing of all the people behind me. I wish I had a photo it. On the descent I remembered a tip the guy on the shuttle gave me, stay to the left and hit Kelly’s popsicle stand. That I did! I cruised after that for a couple of miles until I hit mile 6-7 across the highway without any shade. I grabbed ice and just dumped it into my shirt! After that mile though, the last two I totally pushed it. The streets became even more packed with spectators, and I ended up passing a lot of people who used up their energy and legs at the start of the race.
The training I’ve been doing has been totally paying off too. I had negative splits the entire race! Here are the RealTime Alerts that were sent to Rick.
5K in 32:08 Pace: 10:21 Est. Finish: 1:3628
10K in 1:00:50 Pace: 9:47 Est. Finish: 1:31:11
15K Finished in 1:28:17 Pace 9:28
Wahoooo! Can you believe it! My goal was to finish under 1:40:00. Starting off slow and saving my legs and energy for the second half of the race is such a beneficial way to train for longer distance races. My husband was so excited when he saw I had the negative splits.
Here are my stats from the Garmin, which I forgot to stop after I crossed the finish line. ha!
So fun! Of course I celebrated with a couple of Saranac beers following the race!
Hit the spot!
Following my drinks we headed back to the hotel and headed to Delta Lake State Park for a night of camping. What a fantastic and memorable Boilermaker weekend! I hope to do it again next year.
Next up, the Old Port Half Marathon in two weeks!