Friday, February 24, 2017

Amherst 10 mile

My history at the Amherst (MA) 10 mile
I’ve only done this race seven times but for some reason it seems like a LOT more.  This would be among my favorite races IF it were held any time between March-June or September-November.  Since it is the first race in the USATF NE Grand Prix I’ll be back there again with about 600 others looking to survive the muddy/snowy/icy sections of this “Classic”.  Aiming for a new 50+ PR.
 
Date                  Time     Pl          Field      Notes
02/23/92           50:36    1          476       45-50 degree but roads muddy and slick, with Ed Sheehan right to the end (50:40)
02/28/99           52:27    9          940       USATF NE 10m, strong field and I had an “off day”.  Drizzle 30s very icy in spots.
02/25/01           55:04    1          355       Very slick snow, ice rain, lousy footing.  Many stayed away due to awful conditions.
02/22/09           59:56    77         596       16th 40+, Tired and off the first few miles then stronger last 3 miles.
02/26/12           57:15    62         607       8th 40+ with a masters PR. Very windy but great conditions on the road
02/24/13           57:51    47         500       6th 40+ and 1st in the 45-49
02/22/15           1:04:12 139       595       17th 50+            four weeks after taking a month off due to foot injury
 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

25 Years ago today

02/23/92:  Ed Sheehan (BAA) and I had a great battle over 10 miles at the DH Jones race in Amherst, MA.  The day was pretty good for winter racing with temps in the upper 40’s and low 50’s but that also meant that the dirt road was muddy and slick.  Ed and I had a lot of close races over the years and a few very close ones in 1992.  I didn’t pull clear until the final downhill into the school with less than ½ mile to go.  Then I kicked like mad for the line not realizing that I still needed to loop around the parking lot!  I regrouped and held on for a 4 second victory in 50:36 over a field of 476 finishers.
 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Fudgcicle 5k (plus)

There was plenty of snow this weekend so snowshoe racing was an option, but my PTT and arthritic ankle said running on unstable surfaces might not be a good idea.  It was an easy decision to go back to Tewksbury for the final Fudgcicle race of the season (next week they have a relay).

I showed up an hour before the start expecting to warm-up with Danny V but he was a no-show.  I saw Dave Corbett (Mystic) heading out for a warm-up but I wasn't quite ready to head out.  I hadn't seen Dave since we had a good back/forth battle at Fudge 5 years ago.  I saw Justin Daglish (GLRR) right before the start, he had put 13 seconds on me in the last 1/2 mile 2 weeks ago.  My hope was to stay with those two.

Dave took it out pretty hard on the first slight downhill.  I tucked in behind Justin and hung on for the ride.  I hit the mile in 5:41 about 2 seconds behind Dave and right with Justin.  I like the stretch from 1 to 1.5 and pushed it.  We closed the gap on Dave and by 1.25 we were running in a pack with Dave leading the way.  Right after my watch beeped for 1.5 Dave put in a surge and gapped us.  I was doing my best to stay with Justin thinking "just get to 2 and see".  I hung with him through 2 in 11:22 (5:41) with Dave 3-5 seconds ahead.  I never seem to do all that well on the two little bumps from 2-2.5 but stuck with Justin until the turn onto Main street and 2.5 miles.  Justin then went into his kick and I drifted away on my own.  He tracked down Dave and passed him a little before the 3 mile mark and went on for his second win of the year.  I settled for 3rd place but my fastest time of the year.

I went out and did another loop for a warm-down and felt pretty beat.  I'm looking forward to some longer racing where you don't need to have the leg-turnover.  Not sure exactly where my fitness is but the Amherst 10 mile should give me a great indicator.


Place Name                No.  Div/Tot Ag Div    City       St                 Time   Pace    
===== =================== ==== ======= == ===== ========== ==
    1 Justin Daglish       847   1/16  39 M3039 CARLISLE   MA      17:42  5:42
    2 David Corbett       894   2/16  33 M3039 STONEHAM   MA   17:48  5:44
    3 Dave Dunham      803   1/29  52 M5059 HAVERHILL  MA    17:53  5:46
    4 Charlie Bemis       820   2/29  54 M5059 DERRY      NH         18:18  5:54
    5 Matt Theodoros    855   3/16  34 M3039 ANDOVER    MA     19:37  6:19
    6 Amy Bernard        821   1/17  39 F3039 HAMPSTEAD  NH    19:39  6:20
    7 Lucas Gondola     867   1/9   15 M0119 TEWKSBURY  MA   19:54  6:25
    8 Adam Horwitz      888   2/9   16 M0119 WINCHESTER MA   20:18  6:33
    9 Kathryn Cooney    890   1/6   23 F2029 SOUTH CHEL MA     20:26  6:35
   10 Dennis Donahue  896   4/16  39 M3039 LYNN       MA           20:29  6:36
Around 1.5 miles

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

All-Terrain Runner standings

The indoor track portion of the All Terrain Runner (ATR) series has been completed.  Full results below.  Next event in the “best 5 of 7” series will be the Northeast Snowshoe championships at Prospect Mountain (Woodford, VT) on 03/12/17.
 
 
 
Women
Name                                 Age        Team                     Time                      Points   Age Group Pts
Emma Spencer                  27           BAA                     17:03.8                  100.00  
Kathryn Cooper                37           Craft                      17:24.6                  98.01    
Kasie Enman                    37           GMAA                  17:33.8                  97.15    
Jennifer Mortimer            34           Millennium            17:44.5                  96.17    
Brianne Gallagher            29           BAA                      18:14.0                  93.59    
Tammie Robie                 42           Millennium            18:31.7                  92.10     100.00
Ginger Reiner                  39           Craft Concep         18:47.1                  90.84    
Leslie O'Dell                    40           CMS                      18:48.0                  90.76     98.55
Diana Davis                     31           Battle Road TC     19:54.2                  85.73    
Kelly Brown                    52           Dirigo                    20:05.5                  84.93     100.00
Amanda King                   55           Liberty AC           21:09.9                  80.62     94.93
Victoria Bok                     55           Liberty AC           21:50.1                  78.15     92.02
Elaine Dill                       68                                          26:56.2                  63.35     100.00
Rebecca Goldstein          65                                          29:46.1                  57.32     90.49
 
Men
Name                                    Age        Team                     Time                      Points   Age Group Pts
Nathaniel Jenkins                36           CMS                       14:41.8                  100.00  
Dan Vassallo                       31           CMS                       14:45.3                  99.60    
Peter Gurney                       28           GMAA                  15:00.4                  97.93    
Scott Mindel                       30           CMS                       15:10.6                  96.83    
Kendall Westhoff               19                                           15:16.5                  96.21    
Scott Leslie                         35           CMS                       15:27.0                  95.12    
Teage O'Connor                 33           GMAA                   15:33.2                  94.49    
Teddy Farley                      25           GBTC                     15:33.4                  94.47    
Andrew Chalmers              27           GBTC                     15:38.2                  93.98    
TJ Unger                            35           HFC                        15:39.1                  93.90    
Robert DeLeo                    34           GBTC                     15:42.4                  93.57    
Daniel Raboin                   25           CMS                       15:43.2                  93.49    
Andy Gardiner                  51           BAA                       15:50.2                  92.80     100.00
Eric Blake                         38                                           15:52.7                  92.55    
Daniel Button                   30           Sisu                         15:54.5                  92.39    
Samuel Fazioli                 24           WRT                       15:54.8                  92.35    
Ryan Carrara                    40           Battle Road            16:31.5                  88.93     100.00
Austin Susmann               31           Sisu                        16:52.3                  87.10    
Bradford Klinedinst         40           WRT                       17:24.9                  84.39     94.89
Justin Renz                       45           HFC                        17:30.7                  83.92     94.37
Dave Dunham                  52           CMS                       17:33.6                  83.69     90.18
Michael McGrane            46           BAA                       17:37.9                  83.35     93.73
Edward Sheldon               52           CMS                       17:38.8                  83.28     89.74
Ralph Mead                      50                                           17:57.3                  81.85     88.20
Michael Daniels               37                                           18:01.4                  81.54    
Michael Daniels               37                                           18:01.4                  81.54    
Stefan Cox                       25           Rhode Runner         18:04.6                  81.30    
Michael Urquiola            49           GBTC                     19:17.6                  76.17     85.65
Lennie Schmidt               50                                           20:04.1                  73.23     78.92
Bill Newsham                  52           GBTC                     20:16.7                  72.47     78.10
Charles Kaufmann           61           Dirigo                    20:33.0                  71.52     100.00
Frederick Ross III             70           CSU                       23:26.0                  62.71     100.00
Richard Paulsen               73           NE65+                   24:41.9                  59.51     94.88
Robert Knight                   72           NE65+                   24:45.9                  59.34     94.62
 

Week Ending 02/19/17

Ninth week at 80 this year, keeping it steady and starting to feel reasonably fit. Looking forward to some longer races (5k's are too short and fast).

Week = 80
Month = 216
Year = 572
Life = 134,557

M - 1/2 day at work, slick snowy 2xInd Park 5 1:21:42
       Lunch 6 very slick 48:13

T - 730am o/b 5 at work 48:34
      Lunch 6 in 44:48

W - 620am Ind Pk 6 in 47:51
       Out/back 7 at the Dentist in Chelmsford at lunch moving well feeling good 50:58

Th - More snow 7am o/b 6in 46:45
        Lunch 6 moving well 42:42

F - Lunch out/back 7 in 50:31

Sat - Fudge race 4 warm-up, 5k (plus) race, 4 warm-down

Sun - 7 with D-la and Petey into 2 on my own total 9 in 1:19:11

Digging deep for every second at Fudgcicle

Monday, February 20, 2017

Mass High School indoor track champs

02/20/82:  This was my final indoor track race of my senior year at Billerica Memorial High school.   I went out on top with a narrow victory at the state championships.  I lowered my school record to 9:15.6, finishing less than 1 second ahead of Sean Coghlan (9:16.5).  Mile splits were 4:34 and 4:41.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Old Feb. course records

I have a couple of old course records that survived this month. Both of these are pretty solid times.  The Fudge 5k course is a little long and the weather can be a factor.  The Bradford course is a certified 5m
 
Name                Date                 Age       Time     Dist       Where                           Type
Fudgsicle Series  2/09/91            26.03    14:57    3.11      Tewksbury, MA              Road
Valentine’s         2/10/96            21.02    24:31    5.00      Bradford, MA                 Road
 
Oxford dictionary online: fudgsicle (also fudgesicle, fudgesickle, fudgsickle)
 
Back on 02-09-1991 it was a nice 40 degree day I set the still standing course record at the Fudgecicle 5k race in Tewksbury, MA. My 14:57 took down Buddy Bostick’s CR from the previous year (15:31). I don’t think anyone else has ever gone under Buddy’s time. This series is a classic, according to the Greater Lowell Road Runners “Founded in 1976 after Pat (Fudge) complained to Ben (Fudge) that the ride into Cambridge, MA to organize the Fresh Pond Races was too long, Ben started another series in the town he lived – Tewksbury. The 5K race runs every Saturday morning at 8:00 AM from Tewksbury High School during the months of January and February”. This race is a throw-back to the days when racing was all about the RACE. A $1 entry fee is “suggested” and the GLRR note: “This is a no frills run – no on-line entry, no water stops – just pure runnin’. “
 
Fast Fudge
I looked back through all of the results that are posted on Coolrunning and was not just surprised at how few have ever gone under 16 but also how rare it is to break 17 minutes.  Richard Bolt was the last runner to run sub-16 and he did that twice in 2006 running a 15:46 and a 15:44.  On the day I set the course record Mike Woodman ran an excellent 15:41 placing 2nd.  I’m pretty sure that Woody’s time is still the third fastest ever run trailing only my time and Buddy Bostick’s former CR of 15:31.  Teammate Art Demers ran a 16:06 that day to place third a solid time that on most days would have won.
 
Looking back through the years that Coolrunning I came up with the list below of the fastest time run each year.  Typically if you break 17 minutes you are running pretty fast.  The only question that jumps out from this is:  Is the 2014 Ryan Gough the same person who ran the fastest time in 2002????

1997     16:51    Sean Donnelly
1998     16:52    Mick Grant
1999     ??        
2000     ??         
2001     17:42    Don Fay
2002     17:19    Ryan Gough
2003     17:34    Joe Shairs
2004     18:32    Bob Kearns
2005     17:50    Bob Kearns
2006     15:44    Richard Bolt
2007     17:40    Dave Dechellis
2008     16:56    Dan Verrington
2009     16:24    Jim Johnson
2010     17:35    Mike Quintal
2011     16:57    Matthew Germaine
2012     16:55    Chris Healey
2013     16:50    Stephen Gendron
2014     15:50    Ryan Gough
2015     18:00    Will Swenson
2016     17:43    Will Swenson
2017     17:40    Will Swenson (through 02/11)
 
 
I set the still standing Bradford Valentine’s Day 5 mile CR (24:32) back in 1996.  It was a bit windy that day but the temperature in the 40’s made for a decent (decent for February) day for racing.  CMS teammates Dan Verrington and Gary Gardner (U-Mass Lowell head track coach) joined me at the front.  Dan dropped off near “Ski Bradford” and I managed to drop Gary soon after and went on to a 29 second victory.   Gary took second in 25:01 with Dan third in 25:18.
 
Sub 26 minute times at the Bradford Valentine’s race below.  Although I lead the list, Dan has an impressive 4 times in the top 10 and 3 fast wins (he has a few other wins but not under 26 minutes).  David Hinga also has 3 times in the top 14, all of which were winning times, and Craig Fram has the masters course record (25:50) and another sub 26 (25:54) which was done as a 10 mile workout (we ran the second loop in 26:30 including the time from the finish line back to the start).
 
Rank     Time     Name                Place     Cat       Year
1          24:32    Dave Dunham    1          M31      1996
2          25:01    Casey Moulton   1          M2029   2004
3          25:03    Gary Gardner    2          M24      1996
4          25:18    Dan Verrington 3          M33      1996
5          25:22    Nate Jenkins      1          M2029   2009
6          25:27    Dan Verrington 1          M3039   2000
7          25:28    David Hinga       1          M2029   2005
8          25:37    Frank Corrigan   2          M2029   2009
9          25:38    Dan Verrington 1          M3039   1999
10         25:44    Dan Verrington 1          M3039   1998
11         25:44    Dan Vassallo      1          M2029   2011
12         25:45    David Hinga       1          M3039   2006
13         25:50    Craig Fram        2          M4049   2000
14         25:50    David Hinga       1          M3039   2007
15         25:52    Ken Pliska         1          M3039   2002
16         25:54    Dave Dunham    1          M32      1997
17         25:54    Craig Fram        2          M38      1997
18         25:58    Eric Beauchesne             2          M2029   1999