Wednesday, September 18, 2019

September 1989


September 1989 - 30 years ago: I covered 378 miles and raced four times during this month. I started the month at the New Haven 20k, it wasn’t the U.S. championships that year, but it was still a pretty stacked field (back then the field was 2,000 strong…now more like 7,000). I ran 3 mile splits of 14:36/14:52/15:28/15:08 to record a 1:02:08 or just a couple of ticks under 5-minute-mile pace. I was well out of the money taking 9th place. Top 4: Reifsnyder 59:20, Rex Wilson 59:30, Andy Ronan 59:35, Derek Froude 60:44. A week later I raced out in Amherst MA at the Collegetown 8k which was the USATF (then NEAC) New England championships. It was 95 and very muggy, the course was flat and fast but fast times were not run on this day. Mark Donahue did run a solid 24:12, Zimmerly (24:57) and I were the only other guys under 25 (24:54). It was ugly. The following week I shifted gears to XC and got a win at the Dartmouth invitational. I was 34 slower seconds than I’d run five years before, but it was fast enough to hold off GLRR teammate Bob Hodge (29:25 to 29:30). The following week saw 600 gather in Wilton NH for the NEAC 15km championships. Canadian Norm Tinkham won over the hilly course in 45:44. I took fourth in 46:21 (a personal best at the time). Paul Gompers and Hodge had a good battle running 46:03 and 46:08 respectively. In a bit of a shocker our GLRR open team beat the CMS boys by 7 minutes (4:04 to 4:11).




Tuesday, September 17, 2019

September 1994


September 1994 -25 years ago: A bunch of nagging injuries (left adductor, ankle, and hamstring) kept my mileage lower than I would have liked I didn’t miss any days and got in 368 miles and four races. I wrapped up my five race trip to Europe with the World Mountain running championships in Berchestgaden Germany. Maybe I trained a bit too much while over there? I had dead-legs at the start of this 8 mile climb and found myself outside of the top 50 at the first kilometer. I slowly moved up and by 3k I was in the top 20. By the end I worked my way up to 15th in 1:03:21, a little over 2 minutes behind the winner. Dan Verrington was our second man in 50th running 1:06:34. The following week I was back on the road running the Millyard 5k. I locked my keys in the car before the race and had to run in my heavy trainers. I ended up running 14:50 for third place. On the 17th I ran the 11 mile leg of the Lake Winnie (Fred Brown) relay. We were crushed by Whirlaway who beat the CMS squad by 15 minutes. I had the 2nd fastest time of the day on my leg running 59:10 over the hilly course. The final race of the month was the U-Lowell alumni cross-country race held at Chelmsford High School. I battled with Dave Cremin through miles of 5:00 and 5:04 before Dave buried me on the sand hill (the hill is no longer there, lost to expansion of the Drum Hill rotary). I took second place in the field of 35 running a 15:47.            


September 1999


September 1999 – 25 years ago: I missed the entire month with a messed-up ankle.  I biked every day for 3 to 4 hours but would not race again until 2000.
I did travel with the USA mountain team to Malaysia which was tough to watch but a fun trip...



Monday, September 16, 2019

September 2004


September 2004 -15 years ago: I passed 90,000 lifetime miles near the end of the month while getting in 280 miles and racing twice. I only raced twice this month, both were 3rd place finishes and both were timed in 17:57. The two cross-country races were the Governor Dummer Invitational (Newbury, MA) which was a fun event with the Winner’s Circle Running Club racing the High School team. Two weeks later I ran in the 3x5k Chamberas XC relay in Greenwich RI.


September 2009


September 2009 – 10 years ago: I had spent six weeks off with a stress fracture and was just starting back in running in late August.  I got in 230 miles and raced twice during the month.  The first race (09/12/09) was the USATF NE 5 mile championships in Boston.  Unfortunately the cone at the turn on the out/back section of the course was put in the wrong location and all of the nearly 800 finishers did not get their money’s worth running on 4.9 miles.  I managed a respectable (all things considered) time of 28:36 which was under 6:00 pace (my goal going into the race).  Two weeks later I fell into a good pack at the USATF NE 10km championships in Gloucester MA.  I ran most of the race with Dave Quintal (35:13), Reno Stirrat (35:14), and John Barbour (35:18).  I was very happy to run a 35:17 for 15th place in the masters competition.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Week Ending 09/15/19

Really down this week, had hoped the shot would be the magic bullet to get me back to running.  Now I'm mired in depression and feeling lost.  One day at a time...

Mon - Am bike 1 hour 18.9 miles
           Pm bike 1 hour 19.2 miles

Tues - AM bike 1 hour 18.8 miles
           PM cortisone shot in my spine

Wed - off, post-injection

Thurs - AM off, post injection
             PM bike 1 hour 20.1 miles

Fri - AM bike 1 hour 18.8 miles
        PM testing with a 3 mile run at Ward Res (10:10 pace) ugly

Sat - AM bike 1 hour 21.1 miles
         AM bike 1 hour 21.8 miles
        PM bike 1/2 hour 10.3 miles

Sun - AM bike 2 hours  38.6 miles
          AM Go! 1 hour 14.4 miles on the Windham rail trail



September 2014


September 2014 – 5 years ago: I put in 342 miles while racing twice.  I was finally getting back from a bone bruise and ankle injury that had me missing three weeks in July and not racing again until September.  First up was the Masters Mountain running championships.   I wasn't really ready to race but was hoping that my alternative work had kept me fit enough to be competitive.  I got into Austria very late Thursday night and met up with Francis Burdett and Richard Bolt.  We headed out on the course on Friday for a nice easy run to get a preview.  My 5 year age group was the last to leave Telfes as they started groups every 15 minutes.  I got a spot on the starting line as most didn't seem intent on being up in front.  We had the largest group with nearly 100 starters.  I found myself in 20th place in the very early going through the town.  Once the climbing began I quickly moved up to the top 15.  After 3km we really started the steep climbing and I moved up as high as 7th place.  At 6km we looped around a small lake and I could see the leader exiting the loop as I entered (he was 3 minutes ahead of me half-way through the race).  My nearest competitor was already over a minute ahead of me.  As we hit the switchbacks the various age groups ahead of us were in sight.  At each turn I could now see a couple of guys closing and looking up I could see the finish (you could see it for the last 3km of the race and could hear the announcer as well.  I ended up holding on to 8th place running a 1:10:51 for the 7.3 miles with 3,900' of climb. 


Kilometer splits:
2:07 (500m)
3:21
5:42
6:37
7:56
6:34
6:18
12:03 (missed a split so 2kms)
6:57
6:38
3:10 (500m)
3:27 (500m)

Two weeks later it was back to Lone Gull for the USATF NE 10km championships.  Dan Verrington and I arrived in style on his motorcycle!  The start was a bit of a cluster-f as the timing company had a mat that did not go all the way across the road so someone was standing blocking people.  I got out well, keeping an eye on teammates Martin Tighe and Dan V.  I worked through 3 miles with Martin with Dan anywhere from 10-15 seconds ahead.  Soon after I moved ahead of Martin but had a "twinge" in my calf.  I'd hurt the left calf a couple of times and knew it was a problem immediately.  I eased up just a little and then was passed by Doug Martyn (WRT) which got me racing again.  I felt okay and started to close a bit on Dan after 5 miles, but then the calf locked up on me and I started to hobble.  My last mile and especially the last .2 was just terrible but I finished as best I could trying to kick for every second.  I just missed breaking 36 minutes although my chip time was 35:57.
My splits:
5:33
5:48 = 11:21
5:33 = 16:54
5:54 = 22:48
5:47 = 28:35
6:03 = 34:38
1:22 = 36:00

CMS results:
4 Nate Jenkins          30:34  4:56   30:34  4:56 33  M3039 North Andover CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS             
8 Dan Vassallo          31:33  5:05   31:33  5:05 29  M2029 Peabody        CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS
17 Scott Leslie          32:07  5:11   32:08  5:11 33  M3039 Rutland          CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS             
19 Patrick Rich          32:09  5:11   32:10  5:11 38 M3039 South Hamilton CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS         
30 Greg Putnam           32:37  5:15   32:38  5:16 44  M4049 Stoneham   CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS             
52 Colby Chrusciel       33:45  5:26   33:48  5:27 22  M2029 Templeton  CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS             
56 Stephen Trainor       33:57  5:28   33:59  5:28 22  M2029 Salem         CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS    
61 Morgan Kennedy        34:07  5:30   34:10  5:30 26 M2029 Grafton    CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS              
62 Alan Bernier          34:13  5:31   34:15  5:31 40 M4049 Braintree        CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS             
69 Joe Shairs            34:30  5:34   34:31  5:34 46  M4049 Peabody           CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS             
72 James Pawlicki        34:40  5:35   34:43  5:36 39 M3039 Lynn             CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS  
74 Todd Callaghan        34:44  5:36   34:46  5:36 45 M4049 Beverly        CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS             
82 Arthur Besse          35:02  5:39   35:04  5:39 42 M4049 Templeton      CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS             
97 Dan Verrington        35:44  5:46   35:48  5:46 52 M5059 Bradford        CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS             
101 Dave Dunham           35:57  5:48   36:01  5:48 50 M5059 Bradford      CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS              
112 Martin Tighe          36:19  5:51   36:22  5:51 56 M5059 Providence     CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS             
130 Derek Dorval          36:49  5:56   36:54  5:57 41 M4049 Kensington     CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS             
145 John Gillis           37:30  6:03   37:35  6:03 50 M5059 Manchester      CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS
294 David Lapierre        43:49  7:03   43:56  7:05 50 M5059 Chelmsford   CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS             
336 Stephen Laska         45:07  7:16   45:14  7:17 52 M5059 Holdon         CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS             
486 Frank Ruggiero        49:00  7:54   49:19  7:57 55 M5059 Lunenburg   CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS             
1107 Jonathan Knight     1:06:06 10:39 1:06:41 10:44 58 M5059 Worcester CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS              


MENS SENIOR TEAM RESULTS
   1.  WHIRLAWAY RACING TEAM  35:03   35:23   35:35   38:06   38:57 (  40:07) (  41:40) (  41:57)        = 3:03:04
   2.  GREATER LOWELL ROAD RUNNERS  34:21   36:40   36:44   37:44   41:56 (  42:54) (  42:59) (  43:06) = 3:07:25
   3.  CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS              35:48   36:01   36:22   37:35   43:56 (  45:14) (  49:19) (1:06:41) = 3:09:42


Thursday, September 12, 2019

USATF NE Iron Runners (through 5 of 7 races)

I'm one of the 83 who have done the first 5 USATF NE grand prix races this year.  It isn't looking good for me to pick up another "Iron Runner" this year as I haven't run in 10 days and no idea when I'll be able to get back at it.

Be careful out there!

Name Gend Age Team Total time Total Distance Pace # done 1/2 mar 15km 5km 8km 10m
Eric Ashe M 30 Boston Athletic Association 3:26:03 40.46 05:06 5 1:07:06 0:47:17 14:36 25:46 0:51:18
Dennis Roche M 32 Western Mass Distance Project 3:31:58 40.46 05:14 5 1:07:09 0:51:16 15:05 26:39 0:51:49
Dan Vassallo M 33 Central Mass Striders 3:32:58 40.46 05:16 5 1:08:13 0:49:04 14:50 26:33 0:54:18
Neal Darmody M 29 Whirlaway Racing Team 3:33:44 40.46 05:17 5 1:10:32 0:49:31 14:49 26:28 0:52:24
Scott Mindel M 32 Central Mass Striders 3:34:45 40.46 05:18 5 1:08:52 0:49:45 15:06 26:37 0:54:25
Mark Hegarty M 24 Whirlaway Racing Team 3:41:03 40.46 05:28 5 1:12:54 0:51:01 15:25 27:19 0:54:24
Tim Poitras M 22 Whirlaway Racing Team 3:45:55 40.46 05:35 5 1:13:06 0:51:20 15:45 28:31 0:57:13
Jacob Wormald M 23 Gate City Striders 3:46:10 40.46 05:35 5 1:12:33 0:52:15 15:47 28:22 0:57:13
Tj Unger M 40 HFC Striders 3:47:16 40.46 05:37 5 1:13:40 0:53:34 15:44 27:45 0:56:33
Arthur Besse M 46 Central Mass Striders 3:54:04 40.46 05:47 5 1:15:32 0:55:58 16:45 28:42 0:57:07
David Principe M 52 Central Mass Striders 3:54:07 40.46 05:47 5 1:15:01 0:54:18 16:57 29:33 0:58:18
Bryan Trinque M 35 Central Mass Striders 3:58:26 40.46 05:54 5 1:18:00 0:56:03 16:51 29:07 0:58:25
Thomas Cantara M 28 Gate City Striders 4:00:48 40.46 05:57 5 1:19:03 0:55:57 16:58 30:09 0:58:41
Michael Luebeck M 33 Greater Lowell Road Runners 4:03:18 40.46 06:01 5 1:17:15 0:58:45 17:40 30:33 0:59:05
Rachel Coogan F 28 Boston Athletic Association 4:03:23 40.46 06:01 5 1:17:39 0:55:08 17:33 31:45 1:01:18
Jaclyn Solimine F 24 Whirlaway Racing Team 4:03:46 40.46 06:01 5 1:19:47 0:56:00 17:04 30:24 1:00:31
Jason Cakouros M 53 HFC Striders 4:04:30 40.46 06:03 5 1:19:04 0:54:59 16:45 30:58 1:02:44
Charlie Bemis M 56 Whirlaway Racing Team 4:08:47 40.46 06:09 5 1:21:28 0:57:26 17:15 31:02 1:01:36
Michael Paulin M 44 Boston Athletic Association 4:09:47 40.46 06:10 5 1:21:47 0:57:01 17:31 31:34 1:01:54
Brian Allen M 47 Whirlaway Racing Team 4:14:32 40.46 06:17 5 1:22:55 0:58:14 17:30 31:35 1:04:18
Jun Yu M 46 BEN Running Club 4:16:36 40.46 06:21 5 1:23:55 0:58:04 18:28 32:31 1:03:38
Brad Klinedinst M 42 Whirlaway Racing Team 4:16:50 40.46 06:21 5 1:25:00 59:07.3 17:54 31:32 1:03:17
Dana Calumby F 35 Whirlaway Racing Team 4:17:57 40.46 06:23 5 1:22:54 0:58:23 18:25 33:28 1:04:47
David Lapierre M 55 Central Mass Striders 4:19:33 40.46 06:25 5 1:25:49 0:58:58 18:07 32:37 1:04:02
John Paquet III M 24 Greater Lowell Road Runners 4:20:34 40.46 06:26 5 1:24:21 0:59:48 17:33 32:51 1:06:01
Amy Bernard F 41 Whirlaway Racing Team 4:23:25 40.46 06:31 5 1:26:07 1:00:10 18:12 33:04 1:05:52
Michael Dufour M 54 Greater Lowell Road Runners 4:24:36 40.46 06:32 5 1:26:33 1:00:33 18:30 32:44 1:06:16
Lauren Tilton F 37 Whirlaway Racing Team 4:24:37 40.46 06:32 5 1:24:57 1:00:51 18:52 33:34 1:06:23
Paul Hammond M 59 Whirlaway Racing Team 4:28:28 40.46 06:38 5 1:27:21 1:00:46 18:24 34:27 1:07:30
Dave Dunham M 54 Central Mass Striders 4:28:50 40.46 06:39 5 1:34:09 0:58:52 17:35 33:36 1:04:38
EJ Hrynowski M 56 Greater Lowell Road Runners 4:28:57 40.46 06:39 5 1:28:21 1:00:26 18:30 33:42 1:07:58
Ken Warren M 57 Whirlaway Racing Team 4:32:24 40.46 06:44 5 1:27:28 1:01:35 19:09 34:53 1:09:19
Chunhua Liu F 50 BEN Running Club 4:34:16 40.46 06:47 5 1:28:18 1:02:08 18:57 34:55 1:09:58
Ken Goodin M 64 Greater Lowell Road Runners 4:38:25 40.46 06:53 5 1:30:14 1:03:07 19:52 35:22 1:09:50
Christopher Smith M 53 Somerville Road Runners 4:44:02 40.46 07:01 5 1:49:40 1:00:12 18:02 32:11 1:03:57
Meghan Weaver F 33 Cambridge Running Club 4:44:41 40.46 07:02 5 1:32:07 1:06:54 20:23 35:15 1:10:02
Jonathan Morris M 50 Greater Lowell Road Runners 4:45:24 40.46 07:03 5 1:32:28 1:04:22 20:31 36:04 1:11:59
Fil Faria M 54 Greater Lowell Road Runners 4:50:38 40.46 07:11 5 1:33:47 1:06:04 19:08 37:34 1:14:05
Jeff Maistrosky M 38 Greater Lowell Road Runners 4:51:49 40.46 07:13 5 1:38:08 1:05:20 20:46 36:16 1:11:19
John Fuller M 31 Western Mass Distance Project 4:52:34 40.46 07:14 5 1:39:58 1:09:52 19:27 34:43 1:08:34
Brian Pickell M 60 Sugarloaf Mt. Athletic Club I 4:53:47 40.46 07:16 5 1:38:06 1:04:08 20:02 37:17 1:14:14
Ailing Wang F 55 BEN Running Club 5:00:10 40.46 07:25 5 1:38:29 1:08:56 20:17 37:10 1:15:18
Karen Encarnacion F 53 Western Mass Distance Project 5:00:29 40.46 07:26 5 1:38:05 1:08:16 21:30 37:24 1:15:14
Carlos Rivera M 44 Greater Springfield Harriers 5:03:43 40.46 07:30 5 1:58:51 1:05:33 18:53 33:07 1:07:19
Stephen Drouin M 63 Central Mass Striders 5:03:50 40.46 07:31 5 1:40:45 1:10:15 21:20 37:46 1:13:44
William Pine M 67 Cambridge Sports Union 5:05:10 40.46 07:33 5 1:37:33 1:09:48 22:46 37:23 1:17:40
Lisa Zappala F 58 Whirlaway Racing Team 5:06:28 40.46 07:34 5 1:38:50 1:14:43 21:25 37:50 1:13:40
Allan Bates M 70 Green Mountain AA 5:07:04 40.46 07:35 5 1:40:08 1:10:43 21:27 37:55 1:16:51
Chris Spinney M 59 Whirlaway Racing Team 5:08:17 40.46 07:37 5 1:44:48 1:08:25 19:22 39:03 1:16:39
Liane Pancoast F 61 Greater Lowell Road Runners 5:08:50 40.46 07:38 5 1:39:30 1:09:22 21:16 39:13 1:19:29
Nancy Corsaro F 60 Whirlaway Racing Team 5:08:56 40.46 07:38 5 1:40:23 1:09:56 22:03 39:42 1:16:52
Suzanne Barker F 48 Gate City Striders 5:09:47 40.46 07:39 5 1:38:23 1:15:51 21:57 39:13 1:14:23
Michael Auger M 59 North Medford Club 5:14:50 40.46 07:47 5 1:45:41 1:11:53 21:28 39:12 1:16:36
Victoria Bok F 57 Liberty Athletic Club 5:16:36 40.46 07:50 5 1:41:52 1:13:04 22:11 40:11 1:19:18
Anthony Landry M 51 Tri-Valley Front Runners 5:18:11 40.46 07:52 5 1:49:58 1:13:05 19:34 38:22 1:17:12
Timothy Irish M 52 Sunrise Striders 5:18:16 40.46 07:52 5 1:45:26 1:15:14 21:28 38:28 1:17:40
Tom Peters M 66 Greater Lowell Road Runners 5:22:49 40.46 07:59 5 1:42:08 1:11:43 22:07 43:28 1:23:23
Liz Champagne F 61 Green Mountain AA 5:25:08 40.46 08:02 5 1:46:02 1:15:48 23:11 40:22 1:19:45
Amanda Ashley F 27 Tri-Valley Front Runners 5:29:46 40.46 08:09 5 1:45:58 1:16:57 23:44 41:32 1:21:35
Karen Durante F 67 Whirlaway Racing Team 5:33:39 40.46 08:15 5 1:50:00 1:16:23 22:12 40:07 1:24:57
Rick Bayko M 71 New England 65 Plus RC 5:33:56 40.46 08:15 5 1:48:41 1:14:59 23:09 42:39 1:24:28
Stephen Peckiconis M 60 Cambridge Sports Union 5:37:38 40.46 08:21 5 1:52:46 1:18:33 22:59 40:36 1:22:44
Laura Hast F 59 Central Mass Striders 5:39:26 40.46 08:23 5 1:52:14 1:18:45 22:59 42:14 1:23:14
Lucy Li F 57 BEN Running Club 5:46:57 40.46 08:35 5 1:53:09 1:19:36 24:01 40:15 1:29:56
Chuck Farrow M 58 Greater Lowell Road Runners 5:49:09 40.46 08:38 5 1:57:35 1:21:20 21:59 42:16 1:25:59
Mary Sharkey F 69 Central Mass Striders 5:51:14 40.46 08:41 5 1:57:32 1:20:13 23:27 45:05 1:24:57
Wendy Jepson F 34 Greater Lowell Road Runners 5:56:28 40.46 08:49 5 2:01:45 1:21:19 22:38 42:35 1:28:11
Nancy Dorn F 60 Greater Lowell Road Runners 5:56:48 40.46 08:49 5 1:57:44 1:20:46 24:06 43:53 1:30:19
Rebecca Maki F 42 Tri-Valley Front Runners 6:16:22 40.46 09:18 5 1:58:27 1:28:03 24:18 48:18 1:37:16
Thomas Stracqualursi M 44 Colonial Road Runners 6:17:30 40.46 09:20 5 1:59:44 1:26:17 24:54 47:48 1:38:47
Joan Butterton F 61 Liberty Athletic Club 6:18:09 40.46 09:21 5 1:59:02 1:24:44 26:44 48:14 1:39:25
Amy Dierberger F 43 Somerville Road Runners 6:20:42 40.46 09:25 5 2:05:49 1:24:43 24:46 47:37 1:37:47
Elaine Dill F 70 Central Mass Striders 6:34:02 40.46 09:44 5 2:09:11 1:30:08 26:56 47:46 1:40:01
Marcia Rullie F 54 Tri-Valley Front Runners 6:55:36 40.46 10:16 5 2:27:00 1:31:55 28:22 50:09 1:38:10
Denise Piekos F 66 Greater Lowell Road Runners 7:09:06 40.46 10:36 5 2:23:13 1:36:36 29:57 53:00 1:46:20
Richard Paulsen M 75 New England 65 Plus RC 7:13:29 40.46 10:43 5 2:38:09 1:37:03 27:02 50:33 1:40:42
Sally Fowler F 57 North Shore Striders 7:54:00 40.46 11:43 5 2:47:19 1:52:20 30:55 54:47 1:48:39
Hank Lopez M 58 Greater Lowell Road Runners 8:07:15 40.46 12:03 5 2:43:42 1:50:40 40:28 56:32 1:55:53
Jillian Anno F 35 Greater Lowell Road Runners 8:23:32 40.46 12:27 5 2:36:26 2:01:22 33:37 1:01:06 2:11:01
Tobey Hartman F 61 Greater Lowell Road Runners 8:26:29 40.46 12:31 5 2:48:43 1:57:32 40:29 59:00 2:00:45
Annette Casco F 56 Greater Lowell Road Runners 8:32:02 40.46 12:39 5 2:50:58 1:53:20 35:30 1:01:03 2:11:11
Jennifer Riley F 38 Greater Lowell Road Runners 8:51:14 40.46 13:08 5 2:57:43 2:01:45 39:06 1:01:06 2:11:34
Larry Cole M 85 New England 65 Plus RC 9:44:25 40.46 14:27 5 3:00:02 2:08:54 38:40 1:01:11 2:55:38

September 1989

September 1989 - 30 years ago: I covered 378 miles and raced four times during this month. I started the month at the New Haven 20k, it w...