Friday, October 31, 2014

I'm averaging 6.4 miles per run with over 500 runs this year.  I enjoy doing doubles!  Looking over the year so far I’ve only run over 10 miles nine times.  I may not be running as far as I did back in the day but I’m putting in a lot of “time on my feet”.
Rank
Date
Dist
Time
Pace
Notes
1
8/22/2014
24
9:23:25
23:29
Mountain run
2
1/12/2014
15
2:07:55
8:32
3
3/16/2014
13
1:18:52
6:04
New Bedford 1/2 marathon
4
9/9/2014
12
1:36:56
8:05
5
1/19/2014
12
1:40:52
8:24
6
9/8/2014
12
1:41:03
8:25
7
10/13/2014
12
1:43:49
8:39
Methuen Rail trail
8
4/12/2014
11
1:29:35
8:09
9
2/15/2014
11
1:37:42
8:53
 
 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Way way way back

I was happy with my race at the Mayor’s cup last weekend but thought it would be interesting (to me at least) to look at the numbers.
147th place was very nearly my worst place ever in a race, trailing only my ½ marathon earlier this year.  Below are all of my finishes 75th place and beyond.  Oddly the Mayor’s cup race is the only one that isn’t either a USA championship or a New England championship.
Place
Field
Date
Race
Location
Dist
Time
152
2872
03/16/14
USATF NE 1/2 marathon
New Bedford
MA
13.10
1:18:52
147
178
10/26/14
Mayor's Cup XC
Boston
MA
4.98
0:29:03
137
538
07/27/13
USATF NE 5m
Carver
MA
5.00
0:30:41
118
1769
03/12/00
USATF NE 1/2 marathon
Melrose
MA
13.11
1:20:44
108
1951
03/15/09
USATF NE 1/2 marathon
New Bedford
MA
13.11
1:17:11
101
1261
09/14/14
USATF NE 10k
Gloucester
MA
6.22
0:36:01
99
786
09/12/09
USATF NE 8km
Boston
MA
4.91
0:28:36
95
1575
03/19/06
USATF NE 1/2 marathon
New Bedford
MA
13.11
1:18:22
89
2276
03/18/12
USATF NE 1/2 marathon
New Bedford
MA
13.11
1:16:48
88
92
02/13/00
USA XC champs
Greensboro
NC
7.45
0:44:43
87
710
09/30/12
USATF NE 5k
Lowell
MA
3.11
0:17:12
86
389
12/11/10
USA XC champs
Charlotte
NC
6.29
0:35:44
86
666
03/30/14
USATF NE 5k
Cambridge
MA
3.11
0:17:21
86
2007
06/14/14
USATF NE 5m
Merrimack
NH
5.00
0:29:34
81
3500
03/17/13
USATF NE 1/2 marathon
New Bedford
MA
13.10
1:15:11
81
420
08/31/14
USATF NE 15km
Burlington
VT
9.33
0:56:57
80
1464
07/29/08
USATF NE 10 mile
Newburyport
MA
10.00
0:59:29
79
1565
10/17/10
USATF NE marathon
Lowell
MA
26.22
2:58:06
78
298
11/25/89
USA XC champs
San Francisco
CA
6.40
0:34:35
77
596
02/22/09
USATF NE 10 mile
Amherst
MA
10.00
0:59:56
75
1561
10/18/09
USATF NE marathon
Lowell
MA
26.22
2:59:41
 
As far as “percent of field that beat me” the Mayor’s cup tops the list with 82% of the field finishing in front of me.  I only looked at races over 100 finishers since for example a snowshoe race with 8 finishers where I finished 7th isn’t quite the same. 
 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Mayor's Cup

Mayor’s Cup Cross-Country
I hadn’t raced at the Franklin Park XC course since 1995 before venturing inside of 128 this weekend.  I hate going into the city, the logistics are always a hassle.  I gave myself way more time than I needed and was happy to find a parking spot about ½ mile away from the starting line.  I walked a little of the course and took a few pictures before heading out for a 3 mile warm-up.  I got on my race gear and Inov-8 trail shoes and went back out for a mile with some strides.  It was cool heading over to the line and seeing nearly 200 runners all on the line ready to go.
My goal was to run around 29:30 which I based on my best 5 mile this year time being 28:32.  Cross Country tends to be slower but the course was in good shape despite all of the rain this week.  I think I could have used road flats instead of trail shoes (most were wearing spikes) but the Inov-8’s can be used on pretty much every terrain and they’d come in handy on some of the tight turns.
I got on the line behind the CMS guys and off we went.  I was worried about being alone out there, last year there weren’t many guys from 28-30 minutes and my fear was confirmed when I took a peek at 200 meters into the race and there was only one guy behind me.  Fortunately there were a lot of guys not too far in front of me.  I hung on to the back and tried to stay close.  People started coming back to me as we all tried to find our pace.
I passed the mile in 5:28, it was the flattest fastest mile of the day but still a bit faster than I expected.  It was windy out in the open, especially passing through the start/finish field which we must have done a dozen times.  The good part about that was that there were a lot of people offering encouragement; it was a great spectator friendly course.  I got to 2 miles in 11:16 (5:48) and latched onto a group of 4 or 5 guys from Merrimack College.  They were running in a group which was helpful in the wind.  Three miles was reached in 17:14 (5:58) and I was pleased to still be catching people and there was still a line of guys in front of me.  The fourth mile was pretty tough and I slipped over 6 minute pace (23:17 – 6:03).  Soon after I could hear the announcer calling the race as the winner crossed the line.  I still had my final trip up Bear Cage hill which brought me to a wheezing near stand-still.  I caught the last of 30+ guys I’d pass on the top of the hill and did my best to power down the slope.  With a ¼ mile to go the last guy I caught went by me like I was standing still.  He was the only one to pass me in the race…which isn’t saying much since there were so few behind me.
I crossed the finish in 29:03, pleased with the effort and the time.  I ran 30 seconds faster than my time over 4.2 miles at Ravenswood last weekend.   Having said that, it was also nearly the worst place I’ve ever finished.  The only time I finished with a worse place was New Bedford this year when I took 152nd place.  I’ve also never had a worse losing percentage in a race (with over 100 finishers) as 85% of the field beat me.  I was the only senior in the race and the oldest person in the race!  I’m not sure how often I’ve had that distinction but I was helped by the fact that all of the 50+ guys (and most of the 40+) were running in the 5k which was part of the New England XC grand prix.
All in all it was a good day and I feel a lot better about running the USATF New England championships over the same course in two weeks.  I plan on dropping my mileage down and seeing if I can get under 29 minutes and hopefully close to 28:30.  Onward!
40+ Results
Pl      O'all Pl    Time     Name                Age      Team
1          62         26:34    Peter Hammer    48         BAA
2          63         26:35    Greg Putnam      44         CMS
3          95         27:16    Binney Mitchell   45         GMAA
4          102       27:26    Harry Stants       41         BAA
5          107       27:30    Todd Callaghan  45         CMS
6          121       27:58    James Pawlicki   40         CMS
7          123       28:06    Joe Noonan        46         GMAA
8          129       28:13    Wayne Levy       49         BAA
9          133       28:20    Doug McLucas    44         BAA
10         147       29:03    Dave Dunham    50         CMS




 
 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Week Ending 10-26-14

I planned on dropping my mileage a bit but still ended up with 97 miles, I’ll definitely drop down the next two weeks to prepare for the New England XC championships.  Very happy with how this week went with decent mileage, a workout, and a race.

Week – 97
Month – 362
Year – 3,251
Life – 126,271
  
M – Lunch 7 in 52:55
      PM Winni 6 in 44:32 

T – Lunch 7 in 51:50
      PM Winni 8 with Doug in 59:28

W – Lunch 7 in 51:49
       PM 6x400 on the Methuen rail trail with Doug 45:59

Th – Lunch 7 in 50:41
       PM Winni 6 with Doug in 45:59

F – Lunch 7 in 50:33
      PM Winni 6 alone in 41:59

Sat – 3 on my own at 6:30am – 22:31
        7 with Petey on the Freeman Rail Trail – 64:27
        4.5 with Mike on the Ghost train trail into 4.5 with Kristina and Jack – 83:39

Sun – 3 warm-up, 1 mile of strides, 5 mile XC race, 2 mile warm-down
 
Fun running on the Granite Rail Trail



Saturday, October 25, 2014

Town bagging - NH

I'm getting a lot closer...

Could I close out 2014 by running in every town in NH.  Maybe.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Cross Country - Wow, has it been that long?

I’m heading to Franklin Park this weekend for the Mayor’s Cup XC race.  I knew it was a while since I last raced at Franklin Park but was surprised to find that the last time I raced there was in 1995!  My focus (as it is this year) was the National Championships, but as I did in 1995 I’ll tune-up with the Mayor’s Cup and the New England championships.

Below are the results from the three races I did at FP in ’95 with some familiar names and all CMS finishers listed.  Those in BOLD are still running for CMS.


Boston Mayors Cup
Reebok USA Grand Prix Event
Franklin Park, Boston MA - Sun 10/22/95
                Event 1 Men's 8,000 Meter Cross Country (7935M)               
   1   Seamus McElligott                    27 Nike                                                 23:09
   2   Brad Barquist                          27 Mizuno TC                                23:10    
   3   Abidi Bouaza                           24 Westchester TC                           23:20.
   4   Jonathan Hume        27 Reebok RC                                23:26
   5   Gary Giffen                            26 New Balance Coastal TC       23:35
   6   Pat Porter                             30 Mizuno TC                                23:47 
   7   Dan Middleman         26 New York AC                              23:47  
   8   Kevin Herd                             24 Unattached                               23:51   
   9   Wilhelm Gidabuday         Life College                             23:56
  10   Tim Gannon             30 Boston Running Club Men                  23:58

  14   Chris Magill                           23 Unattached                                   24:07
  20   Eric Morse                             30 Central Mass Striders                        24:18.
  26   Jimmy Fallon                           35 New Balance                                  24:40 
  27   Dave Dunham                   31 Central Mass Striders                        24:41
  33   Bill Bland                             26 Central Mass Striders                        24:53
  34   Scott Clark                            29 Central Mass Striders                        24:54
  41   Jamalh Prince                          25 Central Mass Striders                        25:09
  54   Chris Bianchi                          27 Central Mass Striders                        25:36
  55   Richard Bolt                        Central Mass Striders                        25:37
  79   Nathanial Halsey      24 Central Mass Striders                        26:18
  91   Bob Hodge                              40 Central Mass Striders                        26:38
117   James Pawlicki                         21 Unattached                                   27:34     
 118  Pat Callahan                           22 Central Mass Striders                        27:36   
137   Dennis Floyd                           18 Unattached                                   28:33    


REEBOK/USATF New England Cross Country Championships
Franklin Park, Boston, Nov 12 1995
40's, very windy, wet and muddy - Open Men 10K
1     TERRANCE MAHON                         29:55  4:50   1/0016    99   REEBOK ENCLAVE
2     GARY GRIFFEN                              29:58  4:50   1/0255    26   NEW BALANCE COASTAL
3     SEAMUS MCELLIGOTT                    30:04  4:51   2/0255    27   NIKE FLEET FEET
4     BOB DONKER                              30:05  4:51   3/0255    23
5     BRIAN CLAS                                          30:12  4:52   2/0016    99   REEBOK ENCLAVE

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Looking further back

October 1979 – 35 years ago:  I didn’t have much luck during this month as I got injured twice while racing.  On Oct. 5 I twisted an ankle during a dual meet against Tewksbury after passing through 2 miles in 11-flat.  I ended up with a DNF.  Four days later I was back out there testing the ankle in a dual meet at Wilmington.  This time I ran on the JV squad and took the win in 10:20 over a 1.75 mile course.  Four days later I was back on the varsity squad for the Catholic Memorial meet.  I was running well through the mile when I rolled the ankle again and something “popped”.  It was my second DNF and I spent the next two weeks on crutches.  That was a dubious end to my first XC season.


October 1984 – 30 years ago:  I had a solid month of racing but not a great month of training.  I ran 232 miles with 8 days off due to plantar fascia issues and a sore knee from compensating, despite that I raced three times and lost only once.  I started the month at the venerable Codfish bowl a 5 mile cross-country race in Franklin Park (Boston).  I had a good battle with Tom Anderson (Keene State) as I stayed back in the early miles (4:58/9:58/15:00) before moving up.  Tom and I fought right to the end and I got him by a kick in the last ¼ mile winning the race in 24:43.  We took home second place in the team competition with 76 points to Keene states 51 points.  A week later I was back at Franklin Park this time for a quad meet with Northeastern, U-Mass Amherst, and Keene State.  After a much slower start (5:16) the action heated up.  I ran a nearly identical 24:42 but this time Anderson got the better of me as I finished 12 seconds behind him in second place.  We took third place in tight competition with Keene.  Northeaster won with 37 points, Keene had 59 and we scored 60 points.  I wrapped up the month at the Eastern Championships at Bryant College.  Somehow I forgot my racing flats!  Pete McClellan, kindly offered to drive back to Lowell from Smithfield RI, but I decided I’d be okay in my heavier trainers.  It was a warm day for late October (high 70’s) so the pace wasn’t super-fast on the 5.2 mile course.  I ran in the pack in the early going then moved out and ended up winning in 25:55, five seconds ahead of teammate Dave Quintal. We led the way in the team standings with 46 points.