I had a jammed pack weekend starting off with a surprise party for a friend. This picture was pre-surprise- but it's probably fairly close to what it looked like when the birthday boy came in.
I hung out for a few hours before driving out to Syracuse to see my friend Mikey. We enjoyed some pizza and catching up since I had been a crappy friend for the past year or so and failed to visit. I stayed with a friend that was also running the Goat and was able to go to bed at a reasonable hour and sleep in some since we already had our bibs.
I left around 9 and met up with Hollie who thankfully had an extra hair tie since I had apparently forgotten that I would be running. The race didn't start until 10:20, I spent my time hiding in the shade and stretching. I didn't warm up mostly because I knew I'd be running the race, not racing it. Plus it was already warm and my goal was to stay cool for as long as possible.
|I started in the back, not only because I'd be running a conservative pace, but because it's also where there was still shade.|
Sure enough, once we turned onto Colvin, there was a hill. It didn't seem so bad at first but it just kept going. I ran it for as long as I could but eventually had to walk since my shuffle was no longer productive. Once on the top my heart rate returned to a safe pounding and I went back to running. The second half of this race was definitely a lot hillier than I was expecting. I though it would be more flat after colvin.
Some day I'll take course profiles more seriously.
It was a hot day and a tough course. I finished at 1:56:50 and I'm quite happy with that. (my only other 10 mile race was a 1:54:49) I wasn't nearly as prepared as I should have been but I never felt like I was totally trashed while out on the course. (This does obviously mean I could/should be pushing harder) but I feel that I ran the Mountain Goat smartly. The crowd support on the first half was awesome. It reminded me a lot of the boilermaker and I can see a lot of potential of this becoming a new favorite race for me despite the hills. There were plenty of water stations, even if the water was quite warm. Overall after 35 years, they've figured out a lot of the kinks in this race and it was quite a smooth event.
|I like bling. I paid extra for the medal (esp since I knew I wouldn't be fast enough for one|
After a delicious Greek lunch with Hollie, I was back on the road to Albany. I would definitely recommend this race to anyone in the Upstate area - it's got all the perks of a large race, without being too large. Just take those hills seriously (atleast Colvin!) they don't call it the Mountain Goat for nothin'!