Boilermaker Weekend: Part II

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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Missed Part 1? Here it is!

On the morning of the Boilermaker 15K, our plan was to leave the house at 6:15 AM to get everyone to the start line on time. I have a whole pre-race routine, so I woke up at 5:15, ate breakfast, got dressed, and did my thing.


Matt’s family laid-out all of the essentials for a great pre-race breakfast: peanut butter, bananas, bread, English muffins, banana bread, and, of course, coffee. I went with my usual peanut butter + banana on an English muffin. I also drank a small cup of coffee with milk.


We arrived at the race just before 7:00 AM, so we had plenty of time to hit the porta-potties/pee in the woods, warm-up, stretch, and get out our pre-race jitters. Surprisingly, I wasn’t all that nervous. Usually, my stomach is a mess before the start of a race, but I was totally cool before this one.

Just before 8:00 AM, everyone started to line up in the corrals, so I said goodbye to Mal, Matt, and his family. (They all had lower bib numbers, so they were in the front corrals.)

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At 8:00 AM the gun went off and about 2 minutes later, my corral was crossing the start line. Woohoo!

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My enthusiasm quickly faded as I trucked uphill for the first three miles of the race. Holy moly, they were brutal. Mentally, this totally crushed me. My goal for the race was an 8:30 pace, but I hovered around 8:40 for the first three miles, so it was pretty discouraging. Although, I have to admit, I smiled when I reached the top of the big hill at mile 3 and saw the mile maker, which said: “Isn’t running fun?” Ha! Love it!

  • Mile 1: 8:45
  • Mile 2: 8:32
  • Mile 3: 8:42


Around mile 4, there was some really pretty scenery along the course. I wasn’t feeling so hot at this point in the race, so I slowed my pace and enjoyed the views.

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Miles 4 and 5 were crazy-fun. Everyone took advantage of the downhills and flew! At one point, a group of 3 or 4 runners yelled “out of the way” as they came barreling down the hill. These two miles definitely gave me some confidence because I managed to keep up my pace for mile 6 too.

  • Mile 4: 9:09
  • Mile 5: 7:58
  • Mile 6: 8:35

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I guess I pushed it too hard on mile 6 because by the time I reached mile 7, I really started to lose my mojo. The hills were kicking my butt, so my legs were tired and heavy, and the sun finally came out, so it started to get hot and humid. I just wasn’t in a good place, so I changed my goal for the race from holding an 8:30 pace to simply not stopping to walk.

  • Mile 7: 9:24
  • Mile 8: 8:52

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The last mile of the race was uphill once again. It wasn’t a steep hill, but it seemed like it lasted forever. I knew I was almost finished, so I picked up the pace as much as I could, but I felt like I was barely moving.

  • Mile 9: 9:21

The final 0.3 of the race was downhill (thank God), so as soon as I hit the 9-mile marker, I sprinted to the finish line. I felt absolutely terrible, but I just wanted the race to be over. I finished in 1:21:50 (8:47 pace). It wasn’t my best race, but I really enjoyed it. Isn’t running fun?!? The crowds and volunteers were amazing (they reminded me a lot of the ones from the Falmouth Road Race) and the post-race party was really great””probably the best I’ve ever experienced after a race.

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There was live music.

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And plenty of free beer!

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Beer me!

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Good times!

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After the race, we enjoyed a couple of beers and then headed back to Matt’s parents’ house to shower and get ready to go to White Lake.

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It was the perfect way to spend the day.

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For lunch, I ate a couple of pieces of pizza.

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And some “tomato pie,” which is basically pizza minus the melty cheese + grated Parmesan. It’s really good. I also snacked on some cherries, pineapple, and some tortilla chips throughout the day.

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And I drank some wine.

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This little guy had a blast at the lake.

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So did these guys. Handsom devils, aren’t they?

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Kristin, Matt, and Mal.

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Dinner was potluck style, so there were all sorts of goodies to choose from.

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I went with some broccoli pasta salad, mixed beans, pulled pork, and half of a caramel chip cookie. (I ate several bites before I snapped a pic, which is why the portion looks so small.)

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After spending most of the day at the lake, we drove back to Matt’s parents’ house. He and Kristin just got engaged, so we celebrated with champagne. CHEERS! How adorable are they?

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The evening ended with more champagne and even more cheese and crackers.

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The next morning, Matt’s mom showed us the local newspaper.

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Look who made the front page! So cool! I’m so proud of Mal.

FYI: Mal’s training for the Boilermaker involved running a single 5K in the past year. Um, yea. Imagine how fast he’d be if he actually trained for it!!

Awesome weekend! Thank you so much for hosting us, Mr. & Mrs. H! Miss you already, Matthew and Kristin!



  1. congrats on the boilermaker! you pretty much described every boilermaker experience for me…wanting to die at the golf course, every time! you don’t notice the hills because they are so gradual but your legs are dying. the race is killer, but it’s so worth it in the end! Mal sounds like my boyfriend–doesn’t train at all but beats me every time. not fair at all!

  2. Congrats on a great race. I ran the Mad River Half in Vermont on Sunday. We had an elevation gain of over 1,200. The mountains were tough. But I enjoyed the race and the crowds like you, and managed to beat my goal time by 2 minutes!

  3. Holy Shit! Mal ran 4minute kilometers for 15k after only run training for a 5k this year? Incredible! Looks like you guys had a wicked time, I love it! Cheers!

  4. I have a lot of friends who run the boilermaker, I was going to do it, but honestly between the hills and the July heat, it just wasn’t going to happen. Awesome job!

  5. What a fun weekend and a great race- kudos to you for running those hills in the heat & humidity and not giving in. Love the pictures at the lake!

  6. congrats on sticking it out through a tough race – sometimes that’s just the way running goes eh? looks like fun overall.

    i must say i am commenting mostly to laugh at the pizza box boasting how their pizza is made with 100% dairy cheese – does this mean other pizza places’ cheese is NOT 100% dairy? since when is that something to brag about?!?! Haha!

  7. …Actually, on second thought, now that I think about it, maybe I just don’t want to know the answer to that question… Ha!

  8. Mal is crazy fast!!! Your time however, was nothing to sneeze at either. At least in my book!! It takes me almost 10 minutes to run a mile….and that is probably on a good day. When I ran ALL the time I only managed to get down to a 9 minute mile. I have always envied fast runners!!

  9. Haha. I love the tree pictures. I’ve done that with the tower in DC every time I’m there 🙂

    Also congrats to all of you! And yay for Mal making it on the front page!

  10. Wow! Shouldn’t Mal be entering more 5k’s and winning lots of prize money?!
    Your time was stellar in my mind! 9 miles in 1:21. Wowza! that is an “only in my dreams” feat for me!

  11. “Mal’s training for the Boilermaker involved running a single 5K in the past year.”

    And a metric craptonne of CrossFit.

  12. Mal reminds me of my husband Rob! He can just go out and run no problem while I trudge along 3-4 times a week preparing for every little race! He keeps joking that he’ll be my pacing partner for my marathon in October, sans training. I think I’ll keep his job as finish line photographer though 😉

  13. Great job on the race! It might not have been your goal time but it’s still something to be proud of, those hills sound tough!

  14. Great job on the Boilermaker! Those first few miles are killer. Glad you had some tomato pie. It’s one of my favorite Central NY foods!

  15. Hahaha, the random photos of the hand/tree in the middle of this post (with no explanation) cracked me up. I love it!

  16. Having run the boilermaker lots of times, that’s exactly how it goes – tough for the first few miles (esp the hill around the golf course), awesome for the middle, dragging around 7 after the bridge. If you ever run it again, just know that’s how it will go and your race will feel much better!! You’re right though, the post race party is one not to miss, it’s the best around!

  17. Congrats on a great race! Sounds like you had a very enjoyable weekend at the lake. It looked very relaxing and fun! I love lake houses. Also congrats to your friends on their engagement- very exciting!!

  18. Like you wrote, Tina, the Boilermaker definitely wasn’t my best race (I ran for fun/non-competitively with a college friend), but the fans and volunteers were awesome! Between the homemade signs, the loud cheering, and freezer pops, the spectators made the it SO MUCH FUN 😀

  19. Wow, 9 miles with most of them up-hill… I think you did great! What an accomplishment! I hope to some day be able to get to that point. I’m glad that there was scenery that you could enjoy along the way. And, to end it with beer? How awesome!

  20. Wow, I dont blame you for switching your race goal to “not stopping to walk”, those hills look killer! Sometimes its better for the end result to just slow down and focus on the mental part of the race by simply enjoying the run in the beautiful outdoor scenery. This race seemed cool, and the after party seems like a blast! I’ve run the Falmouth road race a couple of times, the hill in the end is really tough, but finishing a race like these ones is such an awesome accomplishment!

  21. Phewww….as you were describing the emotions and physical fatigue of running uphill, I was starting to feel the same way! haha. You are good at describing your races! And I’m loving all the gorgeous scenery!

  22. Congrats on the race and what sounds like a wonderful summer weekend away!

    Doesn’t it make you sick how guys can just bust out fast mileage without ever running? I have a friend who runs a 1/2 marathon each year but never runs other than that day. And he does it in 1:40!

  23. I went to school at Hamilton, right near Utica, and it warms my heart to see the upstate NY scenery, as well as Utica Club and Saranac beer! How fun!

  24. Love your recap of the 2012 Boilermaker. I grew up in the area (actually right up the road from White Lake (Woodgate) – ironically spent quite some time ON the lake Thursday, Friday and Saturday with my fam relaxing before the ‘big day’). Despite spending the better half of 20+ years in the area, this was my first Boilermaker experience. Killer challenge but a challenge so very much worth it. Glad you enjoyed it and from the looks of it, all that the local community has to offer. The Adirondacks are truly a hidden gem 🙂

  25. I also ran the Boilermaker this past Sunday! I came in about a minute after you. It was such a fun race, I’ve never run it before. There was so much entertainment from the spectators (and some of the runners) that I didn’t even need music! I can’t wait to do it again next year =)

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