Lisa P's Niagara Women's Half

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Lisa P's Niagara Women's Half

Postby purdy65 » Sun Jun 03, 2012 2:49 pm

I've been really looking forward to this event since I got home from Boston! Redemption if you will. Plus, this race had some quirks that made it very interesting!

First of all it was all women (ok well mostly women). It had a great flat course around Niagara Falls. Not to mention the schwag bag!

I was a bit concerned that the weather might be an issue - being June and all.

In the end, it was a perfect event. Especially considering it was in it's inaugural year!

My mother joined DH and I for the trip to Niagara, so that was nice. Packet pickup was at Great Wolf Lodge - which was easy to find. Pickup was very well organized! Bib, verify, schwag bag, bottle of wine... WHAT? and not just a single glass bottle either - a full 750 ML bottle of Merlot. Also to be found in the schwag bag - free wine tour for 2, press on toe nails ( still trying to figure out if this is a joke :lol: :lol: ), foundation, nail clippers, coupons for Niagara attractions. Wow! Never!

Race day! Got up early so I could get some food in me and digested before the start. Timmies was right across the street from the hotel, so that was handy!

Off we went to find the start. This was the only problem. There was a HUGE line to get into the parking lot. There was tons of parking, but it was taking so long for people to get in that they had to delay the start of the race by 15 minutes. They claim to already have a plan in place to fix this for next year.

Beyond this issue,the race was perfect! Great weather, awesome volunteers, a well marked, accurate and well marshalled course (it needed to be, because there was a few switch backs and no mid race timing mat).

I found Deanna at the start, and she was ready to go! It was pretty chilly while we were waiting though. I was just anxious to get running!

As I mentioned the course was fantastic. The first half of the course was much more scenic - going by the Falls, but the second half was nice and flat pathway.

I felt really good at the beginning, and knew if I executed properly, I'd PB on this day. I was SOOOO close! I'm going to blame the wind :lol: :lol: In reality I think I did hold back a little, because I was afraid of bonking in the second half - I really need to get over that.

Turns out, my paces were very consistent right to the end!

Finish was 1:50:12, which SHOCKINGLY was good for 5 out of 140 in my age group! Woo Hoo! How can I not be happy. OK, -13 seconds would have made me happier, but it is what it is.

Through the finish chute was was medal, water, and little pink boxes with cookies, banana, apple and orange in it. Also some chocolate milk! Cool!

Other mentions! I ran into Cupcake Girl, and DBB was waiting at the 3K (near the falls) to get some pics. I think he got a couple of me. :shifty: I also ran into them after the race, and Cupcake girl seemed happy! Oh and way to go DLS on the sub 2!

You never know what you are going to get with an inaugural event,but this one is superb all round. I expect much higher numbers next year when word gets out!

If I don't do Ottawa next year, I'll be back to this one!
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Re: Lisa P's Niagara Women's Half

Postby scrumhalfgirl » Sun Jun 03, 2012 4:03 pm

congrats! sounds like a fun event!
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Postby ratherawkward » Sun Jun 03, 2012 4:33 pm

Sounds like a great race!
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Lisa P's Niagara Women's Half

Postby b_squared » Sun Jun 03, 2012 4:36 pm

Congratulations! Good times.

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Postby HCcD » Sun Jun 03, 2012 4:38 pm

Congratulations, on a super race, Lisa ... A great way to close solid winter/spring training cycle, for sure ... :dance: :dance:
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Re: Lisa P's Niagara Women's Half

Postby Tori » Sun Jun 03, 2012 4:40 pm

Congrats! That sounds like a fun one!

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Postby MrsStrider » Sun Jun 03, 2012 5:04 pm

Congrats Lisa! Awesome time and an almost perfect day except for that darn wind eh? :D Sounds like you really enjoyed it. Well done.
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Postby Spirit Unleashed » Sun Jun 03, 2012 5:05 pm

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Postby Habs4ever » Sun Jun 03, 2012 5:50 pm

Excellent Lisa! Sounds like a great event.
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Postby DJHL » Sun Jun 03, 2012 7:09 pm

Congratulations on a great run and a fantastic placing. Sounds like you really enjoyed yourself.
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Postby Ken B » Sun Jun 03, 2012 9:50 pm

Great race and report, Lisa!! So close to a PB - I know that is in your near future!!! :)

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Postby orleansrunner1962 » Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:15 am

Congratulations -- sounds like a great day! Glad your Mom was able to join you!!
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Re: Lisa P's Niagara Women's Half

Postby irun4me » Mon Jun 04, 2012 7:26 am

Great race Lisa P!! :dance: . I've got that race bookmarked for next year, for sure
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Postby Sandra » Mon Jun 04, 2012 7:28 am

Another great race Lisa! Congratulations!
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Postby Robinandamelia » Mon Jun 04, 2012 7:37 am

Congratulations LIsa, sounds like a great race for you and a wonderful event! You did awesome.

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Postby Miss*Smiles » Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:53 am

Congratulations!! What a fun race it seems!! And a full bottle of wine huh?? Nice :D
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Postby Hammie » Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:04 am

Great race!
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Re: Lisa P's Niagara Women's Half

Postby fit-kitty » Mon Jun 04, 2012 2:24 pm

Great report!

Sounds so fun, I think I will def put that in the calendar for next yr. I cant believe the pick up was at GWL, b/c we go every yr, and I honestly considered making the race our trip! LOL.

Congrats on the fantastic run!

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Postby Mark.AU » Mon Jun 04, 2012 2:38 pm

Good job Lisa, another great race under your belt.
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Postby Jwolf » Mon Jun 04, 2012 3:38 pm

Sounds like a great event! Congratulations, Lisa.
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Postby 5km » Mon Jun 04, 2012 3:42 pm

DJHL wrote:Congratulations on a great run and a fantastic placing. Sounds like you really enjoyed yourself.


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Re: Lisa P's Niagara Women's Half

Postby Avis » Tue Jun 05, 2012 6:14 pm

thaat sounds like it was a blast! Excellent race for you, and I love all the gifties you got before and after. Have you tried out the toenails yet?
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Re: Lisa P's Niagara Women's Half

Postby fingerboy » Tue Jun 05, 2012 10:03 pm

I was in Niagara Falls over the weekend - it was mentioned to me there was a race but I didn't really put two and two together until we came and the race blocked off entire roads. I had a good laugh at the implications see it from the other side.

Glad you had fun.

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Postby Strider » Wed Jun 06, 2012 6:47 am

Awesome job. Congrats. Take that Boston :p
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Re: Lisa P's Niagara Women's Half

Postby barebuns1 » Wed Jun 06, 2012 4:08 pm

Congrats on thr fast time. Great race report. :)
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