Wednesday, May 4, 2016

April

Not the greatest month, but at least there was progress.  I really can't complain as the "4-6 weeks" for the quad strain turned out to be 10 days.



Month
Single
Double
Triple
Day off
>3 runs
Days
Total miles
Avg
January
17
14
0
0
0
31
270
8.71
February
9
16
1
3
0
29
310
10.69
March
8
19
1
3
0
31
307
9.90
April
5
17
1
7
0
30
213
7.10
May
###
June
###
July
###
August
###
September
###
October
###
November
###
December
###
Totals
39
66
3
13
0
121
1100
121
32%
55%
2%
11%
0%
Days
Ave per day
9.09
180
On days run
10.19
Actual runs
Per run
6.11
Avg week =
63.64

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Cool Kids 5k

I ended my  physical therapy for the quad injury on Tuesday with a workout on the treadmill.  Everything went well so I felt it was time to race again.  It had been 6 weeks since I ran New Bedford and I was itching to get back out there. 

I picked the Cool Kids 5k in Billerica since it was close by and the DRC group was also running and celebrating dads birthday (75th) afterwards.  My goal was to run 6:00 pace which I hoped was a reasonable goal.  The last few years Pat Fullerton had won running under 5:00 miles, but 2nd place was typically 3 minutes back.  I chatted a bit with race timer Dave Camire then saw Pat heading out for a warm-up (that took any pressure of winning off).  It was cloudy and perfect temps for a race when I headed out for my warm-up preview of the course.

The race director did a great job of marking the certified course with the only exception being a lack of mile markers.  No matter, I had my Garmin.  The warm-up went well and I switched into racing flats and headed out for a few strides before heading to the start.

Miss Massachusetts called the start and a very small field (50) headed off with about 200 walkers to follow.  Pat took off with local William Curra (in a Captain America costume) in tow.  I was on my own right away and by 1/2 mile had moved into 2nd place.  Pat was out of sight by the mile and I just tried to concentrate on putting in a strong effort.  I was happy to come in under 18 minutes and surprised to run 5:46 pace, happily surprised!

This little race does a really nice job.  A $25 day of entry, big post-race feed, well marked course.

 23rd NEW ENGLAND PEDIATIC CARE COOL KIDS 5k - BILLERICA, MA
    
Place Time    Pace  Name                Age Sex Bib# City             St   
===== ======= ===== =================== === === ==== ================ ==
    1   15:55  5:08 Pat Fullerton        27 M    159 Bradford         MA
    2   17:51  5:46 Dave Dunham          52 M    158 Bradford         MA
    3   19:37  6:20 William Curra        45 M    113 North Billerica  MA
    4   19:50  6:24 Ania Meichsner       36 f    163 Belmont          MA
    5   20:54  6:45 David Murray         51 M    155 Burlington       MA
    6   21:37  6:59 Meghan Bailey        37 f    162 Arlington        MA
    7   23:32  7:36 Stephen King         35 m    173 Georgetown       MA
    8   24:24  7:52 Zachary Ehrhardt     30 M    115 Woburn           MA
    9   25:16  8:09 Kyle Proehl          30 M    130 N. Billerica     MA
   10   25:40  8:17 Lindsy Connolly      29 F    109 Wakefield        MA
Post race pic: Dad, John, Denise, Greg.  Front = Mom, Rose, me

Monday, May 2, 2016

Week Ending 05-01-16

I finally got back up to my level of training I’m happy at, hitting 80 miles for the first time since the quad injury.  I also did my first workout and first race since then.  Onward!

Week – 80
Month – (April) 213
Year – 131,769

M – 1st time  back to the Vale Trail 7 in 52:06
      PM out/back on the Methuen rail trail 5m in 38:18

T – Lunch 7 in 51:33
     PM 5m on the treadmill at Pinnacle including 4x800 @ 3:00, total 34:54

W – Lunch 5 39:13
      PM Methuen RT 5 in 37:56

Th – Lunch 7 in 49:42
      PM Methuen RT 6 in 43:47

F – 4am Industrial park 4 in 33:30
     Noon Dan’s woods 7 in 5:53

Sat – 10 with Petey and D-la on the Freeman rail trail in 1:29:15
        Later, nice relaxing 3 in 28:24

Sun – 3.1 warm-up 23:33, .8 with strides 3.1 race in 17:51, 2 warm-down in 17:32





Sunday, May 1, 2016

Mt Washington book

It has been 10 years since I published my book on the history of the Mt Washington road race.  I'm planning on posting the book here, one chapter at a time, over the next few weeks.
Book cover (picture by Kevin Tilton)

Saturday, April 30, 2016

200,000 miles

I'll never make 200,000 miles running (I'm at 131,000 right now), but my car did!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Groton 04/28/96

Last weekend The Groton Road race was held for the 25th time.  Twenty years ago today (04/28/96) I set the then course record (the course was later changed).  It was windy and 65 degrees when a pack of CMS runners took off at the 1:00 start.  I was in that pack with Eric Morse, Dan Verrington, Mike Casner and Tom Anderson.  Caz and Tommy dropped off after 2 miles.   Dan and Eric stayed close until 4 miles.  Eric stuck with me a bit longer and I finally managed to gap.  He closed over the final 300 meters on the track but I was able to hold on for an 8 second win.  I came away from the race with badly blistered feet and $200 for the win.

1 30:49 Dave Dunham     32M Bradford, MA                        CMS
2 30:57 Eric Morse          31M Barre, VT                 CMS
3 31:17 Dan Verrington    33M Bradford, MA                        CMS
4 32:17 Mike Casner        33M Marlow, NH              CMS
5 32:20 Tom Anderson    31M Keene, NH               CMS
6 32:32 Sean Dillon         26M Jamaica Pln, MA
7 32:41 Evan Soririou      21M Hanover, NH
8 32:51 James Garcia      37M Westford, MA           CMS
9 33:25 Thomas Carroll   46M Dunstable, MA         GLRR
10 33:44 Van Townsend  38M Southboro, MA

 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Chamberas dedication

Great to see some of my teammates from back in the day at the unveiling of the Tom Chamberas plaque at Umass Lowell.