“Round The Bay” Report
What: This Saturday was the annual “Round The Bay” run organized by three running clubs in Rochester – Bagel Bunch (Greece), Gold Rush (Irondequoit) & Oven Door(Bushnell’s Basin) They decide when the run will be in March before the outlet bridge is out (the bridge is only in for certain months and is taken out once boating to the lake picks back up).We spend a nice Saturday morning literally running around Irondequoit Bay.
The route we took today was a bit over 14 miles. It covered some huge uphills, huge downhills, some wonderful views of the bay and great conversation and fun along the way. The course would be a great course for a challenging race someday.
The Weather: While I am currently looking out my window at a calm, sunny, beautiful March day – We ran the run with 20 degrees, snow and wind. Typical of Rochester. I was hoping to be able to run in shorts this morning, but that just didn’t happen. We had to bundle up and shiver at the start.
The route: Some busy roads, some empty roads, some great views, some odd views, through a few towns, and back to the start. Great route.
Overall time: I ran some up and backs to add a bit of mileage and pace to the run putting me at about 14.3 for the total run while Sheila had her Garmin showing 13.9. Regardless it took me 2 hours and 20 minutes.
Elevation chart: Lets go ahead and call this course “hilly”. No, really, check it out. What great training grounds if you have a hilly race or run planned in your future.
So we climbed and came down the same amount, but there was a lot of elevation change!
High Points: Even with all the hills, Sheila ran a really strong run. The run felt almost easy for me, I never really struggled, I just ran and had a ton of fun out there. I took pictures when I wanted, ran hard when I wanted. The course was nice enough, a few decent views. It was a new route for me, so I enjoyed that. All in all a well organized, well represented run.
Low Points: I wish the restrooms had been open to start. Nutrition I need to find something that works for me. Anytime I pushed the pace after taking my gu it caused me trouble. If I want to run the times I am capable of running, I need to fix this. No low points in regards to the run, it was wonderful.
Thoughts moving forward: We enjoyed the run. The bridge will be out soon, but we have made a decision to meet up this summer with a few cars. Park 1 on one side of the outlet and the other opposite. Then we will run this course, hop in a car, head back to the other side and go get some ice cream and shakes at Abbott’s!