Saturday, December 16, 2017

Hike 125

Only a little over 2 weeks to go in the Trustees of Reservations “Hike 125” challenge for this year.  I’ve got a lead of more than 200 miles so I think I’m safe.  I’m planning on getting as close to 2,000 miles as possible then calling it quits for the year.  It has been fun visiting ALL of the Reservations and a challenge to get (and stay) in the lead for the most miles and most “hikes”.  Nearly all of my mileage has been running which technically could be called very fast hiking (although my pace may be considered not all that fast by some).

Friday, December 15, 2017

Cross Country season

I’ve always enjoyed cross-country (XC) running.  The team aspect reminds me of the good old days of high school and college running.  In XC time is irrelevant, the only thing that matters is beating the guy in front of you.  I had the opportunity to put in a full XC season as it didn’t conflict with any of the other series I was competing in.  I ended up running 9 XC races which is the most I’ve done since my senior year in High school!  I was happily surprised to pick up a win in the USATF NE XC series.  The rules of the series made for some weird scoring.  I picked up LESS points for winning (in the 50+) at Stowe than I did finishing WAY back at the New England’s.  I also ended up with the win despite scoring fewer points than two other guys.  They did not compete in the required minimum number of races.  Anyway, it was a fun season and here is my take on each race.

Date      Loc                   Dist       Climb    Time     Pace     Place     Field      Name                50+ place          Notes
08/23/17 Lynn        MA           2.50         177          14:44       5:54         R              88            Lynn Woods relay   1             
Senior team record and 5th place overall.  My leg 12th fastest overall.
09/09/17 Wellsely  MA           3.10         66            17:57       5:47         9              50            GBTC XC                  4             
Tight race with Titus and Reeder (they both kicked my ass in the last ½ mile)
10/08/17 Wayland  MA           3.11         220          18:50       6:03         51            213          Wayland XC            6             
Lost to Ruhm and Reeder in last 1/2 mile, Gardiner absolutely sick in the 50+ with a 17:11
10/15/17 Boston    MA           3.20         131          18:34       5:48         73            158          USA 40+ XC champs               26           
Thought I ran well, only Reeder and Ed Sheldon passed me (I caught Ed at 2 and he kicked by me in last 400), Reeder went by 800 to go.  50+ Team took 3rd place!
10/28/17 Stowe      VT            3.20         394          20:36       6:26         24            139          The Hills are alive   1             
Out conservatively passed a bunch after the mile, won the 50+ by 37 seconds (Tony Bates 2nd).  Very hilly course!
11/05/17 Boston    MA           4.96         223          29:47       6:00         45            106          USATF NE XC champs             15           
Out conservatively, not many to pass, ankle pretty sore after.  50+ Team took 2nd place!
11/18/17 Lynn        MA           2.50         161          14:53       5:57         2              3              Frost on the fairways              1             
Gannon XC postponed due to frost so we jogged to Lynn woods and raced it.  Pawlicki won on a kick.
11/24/17 Chelmsford             MA           3.22         112          18:41       5:48         1              23            Chelmsford Alumni XC            1             
Out hard on my own (5:34), tough 2nd mile, good finish.  50 degrees sunny, just a little mud on the baseball field
12/09/17 Lexington KY            6.28         312          37:34       5:59         136          272          USA team XC champs             31           

31 of 77 in the 50-54, 7th man on the masters team which took fourth place.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

50th National championship

The XC nationals in Kentucky was not only my first race in KY but was also my 50th national championship.

XC has been the nationals I’ve attended most frequently although the distribution is pretty even.  I still have to get to an Indoor track nationals some day,

XC
12
Mountain
10
Road
9
Trail
8
Snowshoe
8
O-Track
3



Number
Date
Location
St
Dist.
Time
PL
Fin
Info
Type
1
11/28/87
New York
NY
6.40
0:31:42.0
49
500
TAC championships
XC
2
11/25/89
San Francisco
CA
6.40
0:34:35.0
78
298
TAC championships
XC
3
05/26/91
Wheeling
WV
12.42
1:05:31.0
8
1362
TAC championships
Road
4
11/30/91
Boston
MA
6.25
0:30:49.0
45
500
TAC championships
XC
5
08/15/92
Parkersburg
WV
13.11
1:08:02.0
38
1000
USATF National champs
Road
6
11/28/92
Racine
WI
6.21
0:30:51.0
25
323
USATF National champs
XC
7
05/13/95
Grand Rapids
MI
15.53
1:20:44.0
13
3200
USATF National champs
Road
8
12/03/95
Boston
MA
6.21
0:30:18.0
70
379
USATF National champs
XC
9
05/02/99
Pittsburgh
PA
26.22
2:21:55.0
10
2289
USATF National champs
Road
10
02/13/00
Greensboro
NC
7.45
0:44:43.0
88
92
USATF National champs
XC
11
02/10/01
Plattsburgh
NY
6.21
0:50:50.0
1
14
US snowshoe championships
Snow
12
07/28/01
Crystal Mountain
WA
50.00
6:59:15.0
2
128
USATF championships
Trail
13
02/16/02
Traverse City
MI
6.21
0:37:04.0
2
38
US snowshoe championships
Snow
14
03/23/02
Pittsburgh
PA
31.11
3:13:19.0
2
54
USATF National champs
Road
15
03/29/03
Solitude
UT
6.21
0:49:25.0
4
63
US snowshoe championships
Snow
16
11/14/04
Peachtree City
GA
31.11
3:27:14.0
5
42
USATF National champs
Road
17
03/25/06
Bolton
VT
6.21
0:50:04.0
26
156
US snowshoe championships
Snow
18
03/26/06
Bolton
VT
1.50
0:11:01.0
19
52
US snowshoe championships
Snow
19
06/17/06
Greens Grant
NH
7.60
1:09:30.0
17
897
US Mountain champs
Mtn
20
08/26/06
Sausalito
CA
31.11
4:35:14.0
13
166
USATF National champs
Trail
21
10/15/06
Brevard
NC
26.22
2:55:56.0
7
122
USATF National champs
Trail
22
06/27/07
Conway
NH
8.77
1:15:01
12
124
US mountain champs
Mtn
23
06/21/08
Greens Grant
NH
7.60
1:09:08.0
30
854
US Mountain champs
Mtn
24
03/08/09
Mt Hood
OR
6.20
0:47:57.0
6
69
US snowshoe championships
Snow
25
06/28/09
N Conway
NH
7.20
0:56:20
25
232
US Mountain champs
Mtn
26
11/07/09
Ashland
OR
26.22
3:09:36.0
16
143
USATF National champs
Trail
27
06/19/10
Greens Grant
NH
7.60
1:12:00
35
915
US Mountain champioinship
Mtn
28
08/29/10
Laurel Springs
NC
6.22
0:48:58.0
14
98
US National champs
Trail
29
11/06/10
Ashland
OR
26.22
3:03:25.0
11
171
Lithia Loop - National champs
Trail
30
12/11/10
Charlotte
NC
6.29
0:35:44.0
86
389
USATF XC National champs
XC
31
08/27/11
Laurel Springs
NC
6.22
0:46:43.0
14
105
USATF trail champs
Trail
32
02/11/12
St Louis
MO
4.96
28:16.0
22
96
USATF XC National champs (masters)
XC
33
08/02/12
Lisle
IL
3.11
16:53.8
3
10
USATF masters National champs
O Track
34
08/02/12
Lisle
IL
0.49
02:25.1
14
16
USATF masters National champs
O Track
35
08/05/12
Lisle
IL
0.97
04:40.9
12
17
USATF masters National champs
O Track
36
08/26/12
Laurel Springs
NC
6.22
46:19.0
9
102
USATF trail champs
Trail
37
04/28/13
Dedham
MA
6.22
0:34:30.0
11
188
US masters 10k champs
Road
38
06/16/12
Greens Grant
NH
7.60
1:08:19.0
26
953
US Mountain champs @ Mt Washington
Mtn
39
07/21/13
Conway
NH
7.45
1:06:21.0
25
182
Cranmore mountain (US champs)
Mtn
40
03/01/14
Woodford
VT
6.20
48:19.0
21
213
US snowshoe championships
Snow
41
03/02/14
Woodford
VT
1.55
0:12:52.0
R
24
US snowshoe championships
Snow
42
04/27/14
Dedham
MA
6.20
36:29.0
US Masters 10k road champs
Road
43
07/06/14
Lincoln
NH
6.60
1:02:55.0
46
359
US Mountain champs @ Loon Mtn
Mtn
44
12/13/14
Bethlehem
PA
6.20
36:37.0
127
588
USATF XC national champs (masters)
XC
45
10/04/15
Syracuse
NY
3.11
17:00.5
32
268
Masters 5k road champs
Road
46
10/18/15
Saratoga Springs
NY
3.11
17:16.0
7
58
Masters 5k XC champs
XC
47
07/03/16
Lincoln
NH
6.30
00:13.0
38
392
USA Mountain champs @ Loon Mtn
Mtn
48
06/03/17
Cownay
NH
5.90
55:50.0
28
200
USA mountain champs & Cranmore
Mtn
49
10/15/17
Boston
MA
3.2
0:18:34
73
158
USATF XC National champs (masters)
XC
50
12/09/17
Lexington
KY
6.30
37:34.0
136
272
USA XC national champs
XC