Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Yankee Homecoming

Good luck to everyone running Newburyport tonight!
I’ve had decent luck at the 10 mile although I’ve never won (got 2nd place twice).  Hard to believe it has been 30 years since the first time I raced at the Yankee Homecoming.
My final race of the month in July of 1985 was the Yankee Homecoming 10 mile in Newburyport.  This was my first attempt at 10 miles and I went in with rookie optimism hoping to run around 49 flat (from the presumption that a 24:30 wasn’t hard so two in a row should be manageable).  I struggled after four miles, hit 5 miles in 24:36 and ran the second 5 miles in 25:34 for a 50:10 fifth place finish and a lesson in long-distance running. 
Here are my results at Newburyport:
Date                  Time     Pl          Notes:
07/30/85           50:10    5          Yankee Homecoming - 80s humid 442/930/1415/1920/2436
08/02/88           51:02    2          Yankee Homecoming - 90s muggy felt flat 2500/2602
07/28/92           50:17    3          NEAC 10M - Big group of 10 at 5, 6 at 8, then Bagley went, got Fram in last 100m.
08/03/93           50:25    3          NEAC 10M - 90 humid, cut knee on guardrail before race.  Karari 48:56
08/01/95           51:26    5          USATF NE 10m - 90s felt lousy
07/30/96           50:23    5          USATF NE 10m - 65 and humid. Through 8m thought I'd be sub 50:00
07/28/98           52:39    7          USATF NE 10m - Almost missed the start!  20th at m 15th by 2m
08/01/00           51:34    2          Yankee homecoming - Contusion in my leg post-race, lost feeling from knee to hip
07/29/08           59:29    80         USATF NE 10m - Warm and a bit humid.   14th 40+

Monday, July 27, 2015

All-Terrain series

I've posted the current standings through the 5,000 meters (out door track).  There are tabs for Men, Women, and Age Groups along with tabs for "Best 3" and "Best 4" scores.  Those may be the most important tabs since the series ultimately is a best 5 of 7.  As such you can see who MAY still be in the battle for the top spots.


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Week Ending 07-26-15

I felt sluggish all week and couldn't find a race that interested me so instead I focused on getting in a "long" run over the weekend.  The fire tower bagging on Friday was fun, I'll need to add ore of those to the plan.

Week - 80
Month - 297
Year - 1763
Life - 28,851

M - Lunch 7 in 55:58 (hot and tired)
       PM 3 on my own (2650) into 5 more with Dan, Kutya, Mark B, UNH-gal 40:00

T - Lunch 7 in 53:24
      PM Dan's woods 6 in 49:46

W - Lunch 7 in 52:06
       PM Winni 3 (2627) into 5 more with Dan and Kutya 39:30

Th - Lunch 7 in 51:52
        PM 2.5 on the rail trail in17:20

F - 530am Rockport Pool hill 3 in 24:55
      630am Essex/Manchester Morse hill fire tower 3 in 24:4
      730am 3 in Amesbury, Salisbury, Seabrook in 22:35

Sat - Slow 6.1 with Petey and Dave La 1:00:38

Sun - Good 13 mile run with Dan on the Topsfield rail trail in 1:40:20

Friday, July 24, 2015

Day off (from work)

I had today off from work so I figured out some fire tower sites that I could visit.

I went to Rockport and caught sunrise before a 3 mile run up down Pool Hill (former fire tower site).
After that it was off to Essex/Manchester-by-the-sea for the Morse hill fire

Thursday, July 23, 2015

More Level 10k pics

I felt pretty good at 2 but man was I hurting at the finish.
2m with Mike N and EJ right on me
Finishing "kick"
Dunham Rocks was the final Hockomock Swamp Rat Series

CMS team photo

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Level Renner 10k

Level Renner 10k:
I got a free entry to the Level Renner 10k as a contributor to the magazine.  It is rare to get a freebie so I like to take advantage when I can.  I wasn’t feeling great during the week and the hot and humid weather predicted for race day wasn’t helping me to feel any better.
I hadn’t raced in Brockton since 2009 but looked forward to going back to DW Field park which is a nice traffic free loop around a couple of small lakes.  It is scenic (although a bit rolling) and shaded for the most part as you loop through the 250 hectares of fields and woodlands.  My original goal was to run under 6:00 pace but considering the weather I thought aiming for right at 6’s might be do-able. 
I met up with CMS teammates Joe Shairs, Jim Pawlicki, and Dan Vassallo and headed out to check out the first shorter loop of the two loop course.  The hill at the start of the race would be climbed three times which would be tough, it was only about 1/10th of a mile but the grade was as steep as 10%.  I don’t do well at switching gears, so I knew that part of the course would be my major weakness.  The field was pretty stacked as there was some open money in addition to some team money and masters cash.
The field of 200+ seemed to blast out at the start.  I went out conservatively (3:06 for the first ½ mile according to my Garmin).  As we rolled down the hill I started reeling in some of the quick starters.  By the mile (just under 6) I was in the middle of a group that was also running just under 6’s.  It was nice to have company but I was also looking up ahead to a couple of “older” CSU runners and especially to teammate Arthur Beesse.  I was pretty sure Arthur was 5th man so I was gunning for him to score for the team.
I passed through the 3 mile mark just under 18 minutes (17:58) which put me 15 seconds behind Arthur.  It was really hot and humid over the next 2 miles which were mostly unshaded.  I caught up to him at 4.5 but just like the Hollis 5k he was not done.  We had a good back and forth over the next mile and just before final climb up Castle hill he moved ahead (5 miles in 29:59).  I had no response and just hung on hoping to make it up the hill without collapsing.  I crossed the line in 22nd place running 37:22, glad to be done.
Level Renner put on a nice post-race spread and a big award ceremony and raffle.  I hung out for most of it, spending some time chatting with teammates and other long-time running cohorts.
Top 25
1 31:15 GLARIUS ROP                  31M      W SPRINGFIELD 5:02
2 32:50 DAN VASSALLO                30M      PEABODY MA      5:17
3 33:17 BOB BOND                      26M      BRIGHTON MA    5:21
4 33:39 JOSE ORTIZ                    26M      METHUEN MA      5:25
5 33:54 SAMUEL FAZIOLI             23M      SALEM NH          5:27
6 34:24 JOHN GREEN                   23M      QUINCY MA        5:32
7 34:27 GREGORY PUTNAM           45M      STONEHAM MA    5:33
8 35:27 JOE SHAIRS                    47M      PEABODY MA      5:42
9 35:35 ROSA MORIELLO             23F       BOSTON MA       5:44
10 35:42 PHILIP GINGRAS                        27M      PLAINVILLE MA   5:45
11 35:48            JASON EDDY                  35M      E BRIDGEWATER 5:46
12 36:05            STEPHEN CURLY             23M      NORWOOD MA    5:49
13 36:11            KYLE POND                   42M      NEWTON MA       5:49
14 36:14            ISSAM KRIECHE             45M      MARLBOROUGH   5:50
15 36:30            JAMES PAWLICKI            40M      LYNN MA            5:53
16 36:43            JOHN SULLIVAN             54M      WEST ROXBURY  5:55
17 37:02            PATRICK BUGBEE           32M      CAMBRIDGE MA   5:58
18 37:04            DANIEL GREEN               23M      QUINCY MA        5:58
19 37:09            MEGAN NEDLO               32F       SALEM MA          5:59
20 37:15            ARTHUR BESSE              42M      TEMPLETON MA  6:00
21 37:17            KEVIN DELANEY             46M      ARLINGTON MA   6:00
22 37:22            DAVE DUNHAM               51M      BRADFORD MA    6:01
23 37:26            BEVERLY ANTUNES         32F       SOMERVILLE MA  6:01
24 37:33            LANDIS HUFFMAN           33M      SOMERVILLE MA  6:03
25 37:56            ALEX ELD                      26M      BOSTON MA       6:06
Top Ten 50+                                                    
1          36:43    JOHN SULLIVAN              54         WEST ROXBURY  MA        5:55
2          37:22    DAVE DUNHAM                51         BRADFORD         MA        6:01
3          38:46    GARY CATTARIN              52         MARLBOROUGH   MA        6:14
4          38:53    E.J. HRYNOWSKI             52         ARLINGTON        MA        6:15
5          41:28    TED COYLE                     51         SCITIAR             MA        6:40
6          45:54    JOHN SAVILLE                55         BROCKTON         MA        7:23
7          47:16    MICHAEL QUINN             51         ARLINGTON        MA        7:36
8          48:36    JIM SHIMBERG                57         CAMPTON           NH        7:49
9          50:36    NOEL CLARKE                 51         SOMERVILLE       MA        8:08
10         51:48    KEVIN MULLEN                57         FAIRHAVEN         MA        8:20