Saratoga Palio Run 030


This past weekend  hubs and I enjoyed a great run through Saratoga Springs, NY. We decided last minute to sign up for the Saratoga Palio half marathon and 5k race and I am so glad we did.

I have been struggling through my weekly workouts to gain mileage on the legs for the October Marathon. About three weeks ago I had to face the fact that my training has not been up to par -due to many circumstances-and had to make the call of dropping out of the 26.2 race all together. This of course did not sit well with hubs and he suggested switching to the half marathon. Thankfully, I was able to do this and have changed the training plan accordingly.

The Saratoga Palio is a race  to help honor and support the memory of local resident Melanie Merola O’Donnell and the charities she championed. The race is only 5 years old and each year it grows bigger and it is easy to see why. 028

The 5k was my first race since running the Pittsburgh Half Marathon. I met up with my running buddy Letticia, who I just learned, is making FABULOUS quilted wine coasters. Can’t wait to share a picture of them to show you! We lined up at the start, bid each other a good race and off we went through picturesque downtown Saratoga, through quaint neighborhood streets and through beautiful Congress Park. We then made our way past the library a few turns and straight to the finish in front of the Farmers Market Pavilion. The weather was PERFECT RUNNING WEATHER….absolutely gorgeous. Sunny and not too cold. The volunteers were everywhere making the route very easy to follow and navigating through intersections. 001


I set my goal for 30 minutes. I walked through the 2 water stops and kept a comfortable pace otherwise. Coming into the park there is a small but steep hill and that did my knee in. Had to stop and walk down the hill…and then a wicked side stitch stabbed me in the left. I ran/walked (mostly walked) trying to breathe through the cramp…and catch the person- or as I call them “carrot”- that I pegged to pass. We did a cat-mouse thing for most of the last mile and I saw my opportunity going up a slight incline and around the corner. I made my move and stayed clear until the finish…which clocked me in at 37 minutes. Very disappointed with that time, but it is what it is. I will tell you this….it motivated me to train a bit harder, set a few goals for the October half marathon and a race or two in November!

saratoga-halfmarathon.2012 048

Hubs on the other hand ROCKED AND ROLLED!! I am so proud of him for running his fastest half marathon to date! He PR’d at 1:37!! He’s been working so very hard this whole summer and it is paying off. He is on target for a great marathon in October…can’t wait to see how he will do!

I even had a chance to visit the Saratoga Farmers Market, a fabulous new cake-pop business and a new restaurant called Druthers that I will be sharing on Eat Picks! Be sure to look for all the fabulous pictures taken this weekend!

What did you accomplish this past weekend?


About Kelly Pugliano

Kelly is a lifelong foodie who shares her love of cooking, baking & writing about it on this blog. All recipes & photographs are made in her home kitchen or enjoyed during travels near & far. She has been featured on, iBlog Magazine and Capital Region Living Magazine.

Related posts:


  1. says

    This makes me happy to read and see your smile. Good luck next month! I recently decided not to run mine, and it’s a weight off my shoulders (though there’s still a slight, lingering sense of guilt about it.)

    • Kelly says

      Thanks Angela! Oh, I’m sorry to hear you pulled out of your race! I get it…it’s so hard to get those miles in…and when you are not hitting training plan markers the guilt can get you so stressed out! On race day, you should go for a long run…as long as you can. :)

  2. says

    First of congratulations for running the race!! And second… that time is only 7 minutes different from your goal! It isn’t that bad… as a matter of fact it’s great!
    Don’t be so hard on yourself about it!

    • Kelly says

      I wish I could say “I know”….but when I get a goal in my head and I don’t reach it? I get all frustrated! It’s just fuel for the fire! :)
      I wanted to tell you that I am so proud of you for sticking with the Cinch program! You look GREAT!!! :)

  3. says

    I’m always in awe when I read posts like this. I’m a walker not a runner and can’t even imagine running the 2.5 mile loop I walk most days!!! Good luck for October!

    • Kelly says

      Walking is great too! I walk on my “off” days…and 2.5 miles is not shabby!! :) Thanks for the well wishes…I’m looking forward to it! :)

  4. Letticia says

    Nice story Kelly! So nice to give me a shout out! It was great seeing you and I look forward to many MANY more running adventures with you!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge