Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Week Ending 05/21/2017

Week Ending 05-21-17
 
Got my 80 mile week and tried to pile on some visits to Reservations early in the week in anticipation of travel to Oregon (more on that later).  Only 2 weeks ‘til USA mountain champs!  Yikes!
 
Week = 80
Month = 241
Year = 1613
Life = 135,598
 
M – 5am Weir hill 5 in 43:50
         PM Ward res 8 in 62:31
 
T – 5am Weir hill 5 in 42:05
      PM Ward res 8 in 62:15
 
W – 5am Weir hill 5 in 41:19
         PM Ward res 8 in 62:16
 
Th – 9 different reservations totally 16 miles running (plus 5.2 kayak and 1.2 hiking)
 
F – early morn travel to Oregon then 9m with Eric out/back on the Boring rail trail 75:21
       Afternoon 3m in 28:34 in Government Camp (4000’)
 
Sat – 6.5 miles along the Salmon river on road and trail with Eric 64:02
           3+ hours of snow school
           Afternoon 2.6 miles in Gvt Camp in 24:02
 
Sun – 2am 5.73 miles hike up/down Mt Hood in 6:36 *including stops
            10am out/back 4m on Salmon river with Eric 39:23
 
 

Monday, May 22, 2017

State high point - #45 complete

Made it to the Top of Oregon (more to follow)



Saturday, May 20, 2017

Next up

Aiming for State High Point number 45...



No!  Not that Mount Hood!

This one!

Friday, May 19, 2017

9 Reservations one long day

Up at 430am out on the road, back at 4 PM.  Bagged 9 reservations, ran over 16 miles, hiked 1.2 miles, and kayaked 5.2 miles.  Was a good day but would have been fantastic if it weren't for the upper 90 degree temps.



Thursday, May 18, 2017

Complete history of the Wachusett mountain race

Although this is billed at the 25th annual Wachusett Mountain race it is actually the 35th running of the race (and yes, the 25th annual).  The race was first held in 1978 (twice!) and held annual until 1986.  After a break the race reemerged in 1993 and has been held since then.  I’ve amassed all kinds of stats (mostly for my own amusement).  The category winners and most finishes need to be taken with a grain of salt as prior to 1996 I only have results that were listed in the CMS newsletter.  Of the nearly 7,000 finishers over 34 years I’ve got all but 700 of them captured.
 
Check it out…

May 2007

10 years ago (May 2007): I’m not sure what I was thinking this month as I raced six times including back to back days.  I put in 360 miles for the month (about 12m per day) with no days off.  I started the month (05/03) at “Breakneck Hill” for a race that teammate Steve “Petey” Peterson was directing.  The lunchtime jaunt attracted 8 runners for the 3 loop 6km course.  It was a nice hilly trail with great footing.  I ran with Petey for the first 1.5 loops then picked it up a little for a win in 21:24.
 

Three days later (05/06) I headed out to Westford MA for the USATF NE 5km road champs.  The ‘rolling’ course was mostly down for the first ½ then (of course) mostly up for the second half.  I ran splits of 5:06, 5:19, and 6:09 (1.1m) for a 16:34 which got me 53rd place and 12th in the 40+.  Kent Lemme was top master in 15:40 and teammate Dan Verrington ran a solid 15:57.  I recall that teammate Larry Sayers stating that he would “jog through with you” (me).  He “jogged” to a 16:25.
 
1              NATE JENKINS                   26           M2029  LOWELL                MA         14:50     GLRR
2              JOHN MORTIMER                            31           M3039  WALTHAM          MA         14:59    
                                                                                                                               
12           GREG WARD                      35           M3039  W BOYLSTON     MA         15:33     CMS
18           JOE SHAIRS                         38           M3039  PEABODY             MA         15:42     CMS
22           PATRICK RICH                    30           M3039  S HAMILTON      MA         15:45     CMS
28           BEN STRAIN                        28           M2029  BEVERLY               MA         15:50     CMS
31           DAN VERRINGTON          44           M4049  BRADFORD         MA         15:57     CMS
41           ANDY MCCARRON           24           M2029  LUNENBURG      MA         16:13     CMS
48           LARRY SAYERS                   47           M4049  BELLOWS FALLS                MA         16:25     CMS
52           JAMES PAWLICKI                             32           M3039  BEVERLY               MA         16:33     CMS
53           DAVE DUNHAM                                43           M4049  BRADFORD         MA         16:34     CMS
69           ALAN BERNIER                  32           M3039  SALISBURY          MA         16:57     CMS
72           JEREMY HUCKINS                             24           M2029  LOUDON              NH          17:01     CMS
86           KEVIN MCCUSKER           49           M4049  ASHBY   MA         17:31     CMS
87           ROB SMITH                         40           M4049  CHARLESTOWN MA         17:33     CMS
                                                                                                                               
11           KENT LEMME                     40           M4049  WILLIAMSTOWN              MA         15:30     GR SPRINGFIELD
17           CRAIG FRAM                      48           M4049  PLAISTOW           NH          15:39     WHIRLAWAY
23           JASON CAKOUROS          41           M4049  MILTON               MA         15:47     HFC STRIDERS
31           DAN VERRINGTON          44           M4049  BRADFORD         MA         15:57     CMS
37           SCOTT ANDERSON           42           M4049  NEW BEDFORD  MA         16:08     WHIRLAWAY
40           MIKE COONEY                   45           M4049  CHELMSFORD    MA         16:12     WHIRLAWAY
42           HENRY SCOLLARD            43           M4049  CAMBRIDGE       MA         16:14     CAMBRIDGE RC
43           NORM BOUTHILLER        42           M4049  COVENTRY          RI            16:17     WHIRLAWAY
44           SCOTT CLARK                     41           M4049  GILMANTON      NH          16:19     GCS TRIAD
46           TERRY MCNATT                 42           M4049  NEEDHAM           MA         16:23     CSU
48           LARRY SAYERS                   47           M4049  BELLOWS FALLS                MA         16:25     CMS
53           DAVE DUNHAM                                43           M4049  BRADFORD         MA         16:34     CMS
 
The following weekend (05/12 & 05/13) I doubled up.  I figured that the uphill 10k race wouldn’t beat me up too much and I could come back the next day and do a 5k.  On Saturday I trekked up to Ripton VT for the Green Mountain Hill Climb (I think it was last held in 2009).  This was a pretty cool 10k that started in Ripton and finished at the height of land at Middlebury Gap.  It climbed 1,200’, most of which was over the last 2 or 3 miles.  I went out with local favorite Rob Lukaskiewicz figuring I could out-climb him when it got steeper.  We had a nice tail wind the entire way and I stuck close until the climb.  At that point Rob Pulled away and put nearly 30 seconds on me over the last 2 miles.  So much for outclimbing him!  I ended up in second place in 39:05. 
 
The following day I ran the Mother’s day 5k in Concord.  I ran with Scott Clark for the first kilometer then he just buried me.  I took 3rd in 17:03, 20 seconds behind Scott and another 35 seconds behind the winner.
 
The next weekend (05/20) it was time for another USATF NE road championship, this time at the rarely run 12km distance.  I was aiming for a top 10 finish in the masters (40+) and just missed placing 11th.  Danny V topped the masters running an excellent 5:18 pace for the 7.4 mile distance.
 
1              M2529  36:21     4:53        Nate Jenkins      26           M            433         Lowell MA           GLRR
2              M1824  38:25     5:10        Nathan Brigham               23           M            352         Somerville MA  GCS
                                                                                                                                               
5              M3039  38:47     5:12        Greg Ward          35           M            262         W Boylson MA  CMS
9              M1824  39:22     5:17        Andy McCarron                24           M            263         Lunenberg MA  CMS
10           M4049  39:27     5:18        Dan Verrington 44           M            265         Bradford MA      CMS
17           M3039  40:10     5:24        Patrick Rich         30           M            425         S Hamilton MA  CMS
18           M3039  40:16     5:24        Paul Low              33           M            260         Belchertown MA              CMS
30           M2529  41:13     5:32        Ben Strain           28           M            266         Beverly MA        CMS
37           M3039  41:38     5:35        Jim Pawlicki        32           M            264         Beverly MA        CMS
39           M4049  41:55     5:38        Dave Dunham   43           M            270         Bradford MA      CMS
57           M1824  43:16     5:49        Jeremy Huckins                24           M            269         Loudon NH         CMS
59           M4049  43:21     5:49        Rob Smith           40           M            456         Charlestown MA              CMS
                                                                                                                                               
1              M4049  39:27*   5:18        Dan Verrington 44           M            265         Bradford MA      CMS
2              M4049  39:38*   5:19        Craig Fram           48           M            397         Plaistow NH        WHIRL
3              M4049  39:39*   5:20        Jason Cakouros 41           M            426         Milton MA          HFCS
4              M4049  40:36*   5:27        Scott Anderson 42           M            400         Bedford MA       WHIRL
5              M4049  40:45*   5:28        Henry Scollard   43           M            292         Cambridge MA  CRC
6              M4049  41:12*   5:32        Mike Cooney     45           M            398         Chelsmford MA                WHIRL
7              M4049  41:14*   5:32        Terry McNatt     42           M            258         Needham MA   CSU
8              M4049  41:18*   5:33        Norm Bouthiller                42           M            399         Coventry RI        WHIRL
9              M4049  41:35*   5:35        Sam Davis            46           M            232         Colchester VT    GMAA
10           M4049  41:44*   5:36        Paul Fratini          42           M            145         Ludlow MA         GSH
11           M4049  41:55*   5:38        Dave Dunham   43           M            270         Bradford MA      CMS
 
The final weekend had me doing another double, this time a Saturday/Monday which may be worse than back-to-back races (delayed onset soreness?).  Again I was thinking that an uphill race wouldn’t beat me up badly.  On Saturday I took 7th place at the Wachusett Mountain race, back when they still ran the “traditional” 4.3 mile course to the summit.  Teammate Paul Low won in 25:44 and I crossed the line 2.5 minutes later.  Two days later I went to Henniker NH for the Durgin Memorial 5k.  The course was hilly (rolling) and out/back which is great for checking where the competition is.  I pulled away at the start and heard local favorite (Mark Hecox – Henniker NH) slowly fall back.  At the turn he was still relatively close but I managed to increase my lead a bit on the way back taking the win in 17:16, Hecox took 2nd in 17:54 in a field of 254.
 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

One morning 8 reservations

Some pics from the 8 reservations I visited last Sunday...

Greenwood farm

Hamlin reservation


Crane Estate




Crane Beach


Stavros