· Last weekend was the Wineglass Marathon and half-marathon. The marathon began in Bath, NY and went to Corning, the half began in Campbell, NY. The weather was perfect for long-distance running, around 50 at the start and ending around 60 degrees. Mike W. ran the marathon and Eileen W. ran the half-marathon. Jan, Lou, Joanne and I drove down in the wee hours of the morning hoping to follow them around by car. I also hoped to meet up with MW and run with him the last 3-4 miles. The course design (point to point) makes it fairly easy to see the racers at several places, as you can exit off the expressway and drive a half mile or so to see them go by on country roads.
There are several things I learned while spectating and later, pacing, at this event;
- Watching runners in marathons is interesting. You really can’t tell how fast or long someone can run by looking at their body shape or running style.
- Lou is amazing finding parking spots. He was able to get so close to the action we hardly had to get out of the car. A spot barely big enough for an Urkel car was twice the size of what he needed for parking his Honda.
- There should be food/coffee trucks for spectators in point to point races. We get hungry too.
- It's easy to smile for the cameras when you’ve only run a mile or two.
- I like that people thought I had run 24 miles and still didn’t break a sweat.
- Pacers notice the scenery much more than runners who have been putting one foot in front of the other for three hours.
- Who needs a water stop? Not me!
- For the first time ever I saw MW not scoop up money that was on the road. He couldn’t bend down far enough.
- I could jog backwards waiting for MW to stroll through the water stop. I’ve never tried to run backwards in a marathon before. Maybe I would cramp less if I used that technique more often.
- The last 3.5 miles of a marathon typically has no port-a-johns. This isn’t a problem for dehydrated racers, but became an issue for me. It’s not easy to find a “hiding” spot in the middle of Corning.