Monday, May 3, 2021
Saturday, April 17, 2021
Lined up a 5K at the last minute in Londonderry NH with the Earth Day 5K on this fine soggy Saturday morning. Seeded myself at 21:20 and ran 21:41. Splits sort of looked like 6:40, 6:50, 6:55. The course was quiet, blocked to traffic on a lollipop course through residential roads away from the initial start and finish near a soccer field. Nice work and event by Millennium Running who run a tight and organized event 100%.
The start corral sent off 2 runners off at a time. The young lady I started with smoked me. I had a runner for company around mile 1 but then ran solo and not passing anyone until 2 with half mile to go. The rain held off but road was wet. The Adidas road flats stuck well. Krissy took some photos. Loved the support. First race for 2021. Got some work to do but felt good to suck wind out there.
Sunday, February 21, 2021
Going forward, I have committed to the Capital Area Race Series (CARS2021) which will consist of 8 races from May to September. There are six 5K's, one 5 mile and one 10K. Two of the 5K's are cross country style which suits me just fine. If the Bay State COVID policies change, I will be seeking off-road races especially cross country in the fall.
Aside from that, the goal early on this year is to cover five miles for each daily run attempted and if that falters, shoot for 25 miles for the week. I need to cover at a minimum of 25 miles for the Nike footwear test that ends in March. After that I will work in some mid-week tempo runs to get out of the comfort zone. Lastly, I want to put four uncomfortable 400M laps and taste some oxygen debt in April to kick of the 2nd quadrant of the year. The ultimate goal for the year is to break 20 minutes in a 5K (6:26 mile pace).
Monday, December 14, 2020
Sunday December 6, 2020
This race was postponed from November which I signed up for in order to have cross country tune up before the New England Cross Country Championships. Former CMS teammate Tim Cox and family have been hosting this rolling terrain cross country event for almost two decades at Coe-Brown Academy in Northwood, NH. About eight inches of snow had fallen the day before. Most of the snow was plowed along the trails with a 4 wheeler while even a few trees were reported to be cut down and out of the way. There were six heats of races during the day to keep everyone distanced out. I fell into heat # 3 which started at 1:15PM. I saw Dave Dunham and Dan Verrington cooling down from their 11AM race. I got schooled on what the course terrain and conditions were like. Dave lent me a pair of Kahtoolah Microspikes which helped a lot in getting traction on the course. The toughest part of the course was the opening and closing 150M where the snow was ankle deep but already beat down by the first two heats of runners.
I jumped out and settled into 2nd place after a quarter mile. I got passed by 800m in by the eventual winner who would run 23:45. I moved up to second place and held that place until getting passed with 400 meters to go. I was gassed and maintained into the finish which was on the track buried by snow. I placed 3rd in the heat and 23rd overall with a time of 24:55 and 8:02 miles for the 5K distance. It was certainly a fun race even with the tricky footing. I benefitted with the Katoolah spikes. I am going to invest in a pair which is perfect for lightly packed snow. I headed out for another 3 miles on the course for a cooldown on the quiet course which waited another hour for the last two heats/races for the day.
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
During the year of the “Crona” racing opportunities have been limited but the USATF New England Cross Country Championships secured Mine Falls in Nashua, NH for November 21. The Central Mass Striders entered a team with a mix of age groups. I was familiar with Mine Falls as I raced a month earlier on said trails. The 5K course would be a fast one in the form of a lolli-pop with a tiny bump or two in the middle mile. Joe Shairs drove us for a quick 45 minute ride. We met up with CMS teammates for our first team gathering since March. We settled our gear in a team designated area on the far side of the field. The women’s race was just wrapping up as we grabbed our team packet with bib numbers from Steve Vaitones. It was a great November weather day with very light wind and plenty of sun giving temps in the 50’s.
All precautions and safety measures were excercised for the event. Waves of 20 runners were sent off at the noon start. 10 seconds in between waves and 20 minutes in between the 4th and 5th waves. Masks are mandatory everywhere until you are racing from the start to finish line. I took off in a wide start line of about 18 runners in my 7th wave of peer performances based on seed time. I entered with a 22:00 5K seed. USATF New England, officials and volunteers did a great job keeping people comfortably spaced and orderly.
I pulled the mask down and onto my wrist after getting up to speed. I found myself in the rear which is as usual for me. I slowly worked my way up in the middle of gents by the 1st mile showing a time of 6:34. The middle mile slowed down with narrowed trail in the woods making passing a little tricky but doable if calculated right. Also, needed to pay attention to the many roots and tripping hazards in this mile. I moved up a few spots through here putting me a few ticks trailing GBTC’s Jason Pollutro who looked to be the 4th place runner in the wave. Mile 2 went by with a 7:07. Now back on the final straight to the finish but a far mile, I got a good stride getting past Jason and a Greater Lowell runner with a half mile to go. I got to the finish line in 20:32, with a 6:35 effort for the final mile. Overall I placed 68 out of 87 runners, 7th in the 40-49 age group. Our masters team led by Eric Blake’s 40+ age group leading 15:41 took 1st place over HFC and GLRR. Our open team placed 2nd behind Battle Road.
I was pretty good with the effort. Eased into the pace and felt good to race. GPS stats: 3.03 miles, 6:46 pace per mile, 20:32 time. Splits: 6:36, 7:09, 6:35. I did a 1 mile warmup and then another .3 miles shortly before the start. I wore a light-ish New Balance trail waffle. I ran 1.6 miles for a cool down minutes after the race with CMS teammates.
Photo credits to Tom D, GSRS and Dave Dunham
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1997 2:33:35 Ocean State Marathon
1998 2:44:27 Boston Marathon
2001 2:45:46 Hyannis Marathon
2001 2:46:27 Boston Marathon
2003 2:37:59 Chicago Marathon
2011 2:40:01 Baystate Marathon
2012 3:14:10 Boston Marathon
2013 2:57:26 Vermont City Marathon
2014 DNF Boston Marathon
2014 2:53:15 Manchester City Marathon (1st race as master runner)
2015 2:52:19 Vermont City Marathon
2016 3:05:28 Boston Marathon
2017 3:34:33 Boston Marathon
2018 3:12:30 Baystate Marathon