Race Report: Stratton Faxon New Haven 20K

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$1.50 tacos from one of the taco trucks on Long Wharf Drive (right off exit 46 of I-95), devoured using the trunk of my car as a table while looking out onto the water made this race worth the 1 hour 15 minute drive to and later, from, New Haven, Connecticut.  What can I say?  I’m food driven.

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I heard about this race from a fellow runner at work.

I somehow signed up for this race while feeling guilty for chowing down on some honey peanut butter chocolate chip cookies that did not come out as planned (yup, I like to eat my mistakes before anyone finds out).

I neglected to realize that a 20K is just less than a mile short of a full half marathon.  My training has fallen by the wayside.  Summer, it seems, got away from me, and my running has followed.  I was not as ready as I should have been.

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But there I was, at the start line with a really cool race number (2222!) hoping my legs were up for this.  They had to be.  There really wasn’t a choice about finishing, although how I finished was up to them.

The weather was overcast, warm (upper 70’s to almost 80), and 1000% humidity.  I know, there isn’t such thing, but let’s just say it was so humid, there was a constant mist/drizzle that made it feel like I was running through a swamp.  So, not the best racing conditions.

The whole event itself was very well organized.  Parking was available in one of two lots very close to the start/finish. The lot I chose (Crown Street lots) costed me $5.

There were enough porta-potties, the start was easy to find and everyone for the most part lined up pretty well according to planned pace.  There are a lot of people, but not so much that you are constantly shoulder to shoulder.  After the first couple of miles, it starts to spread out a bit, so you have some room, but you are never alone.

The course was pretty flat, with a couple of hills, although nothing too challenging.  The water stops were plenty, fully stocked with gatorade, water, and very enthusiastic volunteers handing them out.

Judging by how many people I saw drop like flies from horribly painful cramps in their legs towards the end of the race, water stops were a must.  Even I started having some issues in the last couple of miles, and I was taking more water than I thought I needed.  Endurolytes are my best friends.

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The post race food was pretty amazing.  There was beer, a whole loaf of bread, apples, bananas, yogurt and frozen yogurt bars.  I had a little picnic at my car as I tended to some cramping issues (next time, I’m taking the elevator…the stairs only bring on additional pain)  and de-grossified enough to look like somewhat like a lady before I drove off to find the taco trucks.

My performance wasn’t that great.  I took more walking breaks than I would have liked, and generally just felt terrible throughout the whole race.  Was it the humidity?  Maybe.  Was it the poor training?  Mostly.  Was it that I was no longer as young as I used to be, and shouldn’t be pushing myself like this anymore?  I think so.

But alas…Nyack 10 miler is in less than a week.  I somehow never learn 🙂

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About chezsylvia

Engineer during normal working hours...photographer, baker, cook, runner, crossfitter and traveler the rest of the time.
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