Sunday, March 7, 2010

Tipp Hill Four Mile Shamrock Run


What a fun race!

I've been looking forward to this run for a while, it's one of the most popular runs in Syracuse, and by the number of people running, it certainly looked it.

This was my first time running Shamrock, although I've done several training runs of the area with Lake Effect runners. The course is only four miles, but it's hilly. Thank you for the input on my last post, I stuck with the old, although I was very concious of how my size eleven left foot felt in the size 10 Asics. I didn't have a time goal, I just wanted to have fun, and not wimp out on the hills.

The sun was shining, the roads were dry, it was about 32 degrees, and I had on my Lucky Charms tshirt, along with my requisite green Bondi Band. We were a group of the usual suspects, Jeannine, Bill and Carol, and our friend Norine. We headed to the 10 mile pace group, and looking back, we could have gotten away with lining up closer to the start. As usual, with a crowd that size, we didn't realize the race had started until those in front of us started moving.

It was really difficult to get going, I had to dodge around so many people, sprint along, then at some points, slow way down. I wanted to take it easy, because the hills were going to come at the end of the race, and I'm used to banging them out early.

The run seemed to go by quickly, I think around mile three I passed a bar and saw Mike's orange Cleveland Browns hat (I know) in the crowd, and I jumped up and down and waved to him and his brother Rob. Then it was time for the last long hill, so off I went. There were people walking all around me, and I passed a couple of young guys which is always fun. I made it to the top for one more loop around the park, and I could see the time clock, which made me excited, until I realized how long that loop was going to be. That was one thing I didn't like, repeating a part of the course when you just want to finish.

My final time was 39:19, with an average pace of 9:50. I was happy to do it under 40 minutes.

We headed over to Nibsy's to meet the boys, who had some prime real estate at the bar. We also chatted up some Lake Effect runners, if you want to check it out, there is a photo of me over at my friend Ray's blog, I'm on the left with the beer in my hand (shocker).

Spent the rest of the day a Jeannine's house, to watch the kids play in the snow, SU lose to Louisville (so much for that number one ranking), and search for celebrities on Twitter. And there was much mocking of Norine's fanny pack. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday.

22 comments:

Tricia said...

Great job!

kristen said...

Nicely done! Especially for a race with the word "hill" in the title. Ugh! I can't believe it's so popular :)

Perfect way to celebrate!!

ajh said...

Excellent! Sounds like a ton of fun! Love the idea of the Lucky Charms t-shirt.

Danielle said...

YAyyyy you rock!!!

Teamarcia said...

Great job on such a hilly course! My friend did that race too! Cute and festive tee!

Mommyof2girlz said...

Congrats, under 40 min is awesome! Stopping by from SITS to say hi :)

Suzy said...

Congratulations on a great race! I love the green shirt.

Xenia said...

Hmm, sort of puts my sitting-around-in-my-pajamas-doing-nothing to shame, but oh well. Great job on your time!

Ah, celebrities on Twitter. We just can't get enough of them to not know what 140-character thoughts they're having at all times, right? Now that's a part of the day that I could see myself doing. :)

Julie said...

Hi Molly,
I read your last blog post late...so I wasn't able to chime in about the shoe issue. I have been waiting for your race report to pop into my in basket. Fianlly, here it is!!

Awesome job on your run there girl! I love that you were able to pass a few young studs:) Now if that didn't give you confidence, I don't know what will! I love it! You had a great time for having a hilly course. I just popped over to Ray's blog and saw the picture of your group...you look so cute...and like you are about twenty-something:) Seriously...jealous...you do not need Botox for your reunion!! Have a great day Molly!

Kelly said...

Congrats!! It sounds like it was a fun run. I'll have to do it one of these days! I'll try to find you on Twitter...I just started.

yonca said...

Congratulations Molly!It is beautiful outside ... Very nice here today as well. Love Sunny days :)

Susan Fobes said...

Glad you had a good race! (Ah, but you remind me of how I need to start back to the gym...)

Tiffany said...

How fun! I have to tell you, you are inspiring me! I haven't run since last summer, and trained/ran competitively for over 10 years through college before that.

You make me realize how much I miss it.

Claire said...

Hi Molly!
I happened to stumble upon your blog somehow! I too am from Central NY - right outside Syracuse. I also did the Tipp Hill run yesterday - it was my first time also!!! I finished under 40 - 38 minutes! I was happy! Love reading your blog!!! Great job yesterday!

Alyssa said...

Congrats on a race well-done! You should be proud. (I would be)

Barefoot AngieB said...

Awesome job on your race!! Sounds like a blast!

Erin C. said...

Molly,

Congrats on the race! That's a great time and accomplishment on any course with hills. Hope you enjoyed a Guinness afterwards. Slainte!

Rebecca said...

Yay! That is so awesome about your time!

Stopping by from SITS

Fiona said...

Great race time :)

Embraced Chaos said...

Thanks for stopping by my site today. Congrats on your race. Look forward to reading more. I'm following on Google.

Staci Dombroski said...

Way to go on your pacing! You are awesome :-)

Lindsey said...

I went to this run......

And then my 2-year-old freaked out and we had to leave because it was so cold.

(I thought the ice skating rink was indoor, so we brought the kids. We live an hour away and didn't know the area so I didn't know where to send my husband with the kids. I was so bummed we had to leave!)