Lisa Crockford and Rebecca Dottolo both took on the 10th edition of the Syracuse Half Marathon in Syracuse, New York on Sunday, April 16, 2023!
Lisa has run all 10 editions of the Syracuse Half Marathon! For the 10th anniversary of the race, the race organizers gave Lisa (and the other 15 people who have also run this race every year) a VIP bib! They’re making it very difficult for Lisa to ever skip a future edition of the Syracuse Half Marathon…
For several reasons (the latest race date ever (the race is usually in March), a warm spell in Syracuse for race weekend), weather conditions were vastly different than they ever have been for this race. It was 30ºF warmer than it's ever been! This made for challenging conditions for both Lisa and Rebecca, but they both planned well - both in terms of their racing plan/strategy and their hydration/fueling plan.
One of my good friends often says “It’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.” I stole this line from him and it’s what I tell all of the athletes I coach on a regular basis. Lisa and Rebecca both took this advice to heart and came prepared with hydration and fuel for this race. Comparatively to some other athletes on the course, it may have “looked” like they were “overdoing” it. Well, I’m here to tell you that both Lisa and Rebecca were not overdoing it; they both ended up hydrating and fueling completely appropriately for the ambient conditions of the day. Everyone else was underdoing it. They each executed strong races and recovered very well from the effort.
Congratulations, Lisa and Rebecca!
Coach Laura Henry
Laura Henry is a Syracuse, NY-based coach who is a USA Triathlon Level II Long Course and Level II Paratriathlon Certified Coach, USA Cycling Level 2 Certified Coach, VFS Certified Bike Fitter, and has successfully completed NASM's Certified Personal Trainer course. Coach Laura is passionate about helping athletes of all ability levels reach their goals and has coached many athletes to success.