It’s hard for me to believe, but it’s been almost a year since I’ve blogged about a race! While I’ve continued with my running, I hadn’t run an official race since last Thanksgiving (yikes!). Why? Well, I had put on weight and didn’t want to spend the money on race fees. I’ve lost some weight since July, so I decided to get back in the game and give this race a try.
The Migration Run 5k and 10k benefits Wounded Warriors In Action, a not for profit “that serves our nation’s combat-wounded Purple Heart recipients.” The race took place at Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve, a scenic area with trails and abundant migrating bird sightings.
Unlike many races, this one was an afternoon event, starting at 3 p.m. Seneca Falls is about 50 minutes from my house. The race location was easy to find. Parking was on straw/natural debris that had been flattened down. When I got there, I was concerned the race would be on that same type of surface, as it was very unstable and easy to trip over. Thankfully, the course was on actual trails.
I went up to the table and got my bib and t-shirt (very nice and soft – it had an owl and the race logo on it). I then walked around, checked out the signs describing the wetlands and met my friend Robin. I went to high school with Robin, and now she has become a very avid runner. It was great to see her! She planned to do her first 10k.
It has been an unusually warm fall, and temperatures were in the mid 70s. The 5k started at a different area than the 10k. Before both races, they held up the American flag and played the National Anthem. At a little after 3 p.m., we were off! We had to run through a very muddy and puddle filled parking lot type area to get to the trail. It had rained quite a bit the previous few days, so I figured the course would be wet, and I was right.
The trail started off fine, but you quickly encountered muddy puddles. At first, I was able to go around them, but eventually you had no other choice but to run right through the puddles. My shoes were soaked and my legs muddy by the time the race ended. There were mile markers and one water stop. The 10k folks veered off at one point to do another lap.
The views of the wetlands as you ran were very pretty. After what seemed like forever (it always does to me), I headed into the finish. This was not a chip timed race. Someone manually took down your time. I’m still quite heavy, so that definitely impacted my running. I ran my slowest 5k ever (42:15, 13.35 min pace), which was disappointing, but it gives me a lot of room to improve.
Everyone who ran the race got a medal, and bottled water was available as well. The awards for age groups were cool glass trophies. The after race party was offsite, and included music, discounts on food truck pizza and beer. I didn’t attend that, although it sounded nice. I wish they had a food truck onsite.
Overall, I found this to be an organized, interesting, low key race. I prefer races a bit bigger, so I wish more people signed up for it. They had less than 100 participants. I like to attend races where you see all ages, weights and speeds. Hopefully, by next year, the word will spread about this race and they will have a bigger crowd!
My next race will be an Ugly Sweater 5k Run in Honeoye Falls. I’m hoping I will have lost more weight by that time, so I can improve my speed. And, of course, I can’t wait to create and wear an ugly Christmas sweater. Sometimes, these gimmicks are the only thing that get me through. 🙂
Until next time, see you on the roads!
Time: 3:00 P.M.
Weather: 70s, sun/clouds, breezy
Location: Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve
Course: Mostly flat, trail course, gravel with numerous puddles/muddy areas due to weather
Results: Race Results
Amenities: One porta potty, ample parking on straw/grass
More Info: Facebook Page