Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Sleepy Hollow Half Marathon Recap.

I don't even remember when or why I signed up for this.  I probably got a rando email about it and thought that

1. It's Sleepy Hollow and
2. So close I can drive up the day of and come home after.  No Bigs.

Kim and I have different favorite Ichabods LOL 

I was talking to my friend Chris about it and he said just wait for the hills, especially at mile 13.  Um, wait....what?  So I then looked at an elevation chart.  *facepalm*  Granted I am from Upstate NY near the Hudson River so I should have known better but it has been many years since I had been up there and I have never RUN there so it was never a thought.

Now I expected a nice day for this race being that it was in the spring but as you know especially if you live in the Northeast....apparently Spring is a thing of the past and doesn't exist anymore.  Long Island got 3-5 inches of snow the night before the race and it was snowing on my drive up.

George helped me pick put the right outfit for race day.
The race was starting at 9:30 and I had about an hour drive so I headed out at 7:30ish, stopped for a bagel and water for the drive up.  There was almost zero traffic and I was there in no time.  After a few texts with Kim and Susan I made my way to the parking lot and grabbed my stuff.  First disappointment of the day.  The shirt.....it has just a logo on it....WHAT?!?  This is Sleepy Hollow people.....know what you are famous for jezzy petes.

*Disclaimer 99% of the rest of the photos in this post will be "stolen" from Kim and Jeff.

Anywho, I met up with Alicia and Kim for some pre race pics and potty breaks before heading to the start.  I knew I wouldn't see Susan and Andrew again until after because they were getting some miles in BEFORE the race and my friend and fellow BGR Sharon was there somewhere up ahead.  Small race, no corrals so Kim and I went direct to the back of the pack.  I was pissed I didn't have my sunglasses because of course the snow was now stopping and the sun was coming out.

Race started and we were off, small incline then a nice looooong downhill.  We already planned to 2 min run , 1 min walk but walk up every hill and run down every hill.  Hey, it worked well for me in DC.....  Towards mile one I saw Sharon, she was hurting.  Her knee was hurting and I saw she was running "off" so we picked her up and told her we were run/walking and to stick with us.  Luckily we had to pass the parking lot with my car so I ran off and got my sunglasses.  We passed the start again so Jeff got a few pics of us.

I have to say even though it was crazy hilly and we couldn't go on the trails as planned (Thanks mother nature.....) the course was beautiful.  There were a lot of great volunteers but one thing missing....WATER STOPS!!  We did not hit the first one until just before mile 4, then the second one was at mile 7.5ish.  After that they were more often.  We just kept moving along having a nice day running and walking and chatting.  Sharon's knee was getting better but Kim's Planters was acting up but we just kept moving, I didn't take any pictures but they did of the funny signs along the way and the nice views of the Hudson River.  Finally we were making the turn to the mile 13 sign and we all stopped and said a few things along the lines of What the FUCK?!?!  Mile 13 had a killer hill, named the Punisher.....F U.  It hurt our already tired bodies..... We walked up and then ran through the finishline......

Happy it was almost over.....
It was great to see Susan, Andrew, Jeff, Alicia and Jon's faces!!  That was a tough one!!  We got our medals....with a LIGHTHOUSE?!?!  Really?  Seriously Sleepy Hollow......get on board with why we come to your town....why is there even a lighthouse in a RIVER anyway?

Took a bunch of photos (FYI no one planned all the red LOL) and headed to lunch with Jon, Kim and Sharon before heading home....I had a roller derby match to go to :)  

All the finishers :)

Alicia and I

Team Chris 

Lighthouse?  I just can't get on board with that!!

Better ideas for the shirt and medal.....you are welcome.

Have you ever run a race and did not understand the shirt/medal design? 


  1. I approve of your improved shirt and medal design ideas :) Were they as ill-fitting as last year's? The sleeves were all weird and the printing was cheap. I've washed it about a bazillion times and it's still stiff.
    That course is a killer so many many congrats to you. I wussed out and did a 5k on Saturday instead of signing up for SH again.

    1. Thank you!! I have not even tried it on yet...so annoyed. The picture is my friend Kim, she wore hers home. Part of me thinks I would do it again because the course was pretty and I would like to do the trails but maybe skip mile 13....LOL

  2. I like your ideas for the shirt and medal much better! Bummer about the cold and ick weather and the hills!

    1. Awww you think Sleepy Hollow is Upstate. That's so cute. ;)

    2. I was born in Poughkeepsie LOL but it is upstate from Long Island :)

  3. I love Sharon's outfit... Of course. ;) And I totally agree with your ideas on redesigning the shirt and medal!

    1. Of course you love it....it just screams your name :)

  4. Love your shirt ideas. sooooo much better. It is a comfy shirt at least, I have worn it twice. A little oversized, but I planned it that way. LOVED running it with you, even if they do suck lol. I complained about the lack of pics of us. They didn't take,it well. Apparently, we suck, because so many people PRd, and it was our own fault we didn't get finisher photos. Or something. lol