Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ravenswood trail race

It had been a few years (7) since I last ran Ravenswood and I'd almost forgotten how enjoyable this gem is.  The entry fee is a bargain at $12 and you get your money's worth and then some.  I won this race back in 2002 over a shorter and less technical route.  My best time on the current version was 28:54 back in 2007.  My goal was to get through without breaking an ankle on the many roots and rocks.  I thought I had a shot at finishing somewhere between 5th and 10th and was aiming to run under 30 minutes.


I met up with Doug and we headed out for 3 miles on various parts of the course.  After that I switched into racing flats and did another mile.
Over 100 lined up on the narrow trail and I positioned myself near the front.  Todd Callaghan shot out with Dave Long in pursuit.  Jim Pawlicki and Eric Narcisi tucked in and Chris Smith went by me early on.  I could hear Doug DeAngelis right behind me and knew I had my work cut out for me.

I caught Smith as we turned on to the first section of single-track and was happy to have a clear view of the trail ahead.  I could hear him and Doug close behind as I hit the mile in 6:54.  Soon after I lost sight of Jim and Eric and by 2 miles (7:27/14:21) I couldn't hear anyone behind me except when we passed spectators (who called out for them).

By three miles (7:20/21:41) I was starting to get into a good rhythm and took a quick peek back when I hit the carriage road.  I could see Smith about 15-20 seconds back and was also worried about Doug's superior speed over the faster footing.  I kept working as hard as possible (how daring I wanted to be on the iffy footing was the major factor) and hit four miles in 6:34/28:15).  That split was my fastest thanks to mostly carriage roads and some downhill running. 

I hit the finish line in 29:33 for 5th place overall and tops in the 50+.  The 40+ age group was super-tough with Doug taking 7th overall an 5th in the 40+!

A big group of us headed out to do an easy loop of the course which made for a nice finish to the day.




1 15 Todd Callaghan Beverly MA M M40-49 26:50.8 06:33
2 72 David Long Beverly MA M M40-49 27:26.1 06:41
3 93 James Pawlicki Lynn MA M M40-49 27:53.5 06:48
4 84 Eric Narcisi Charlestown MA M M30-39 28:06.3 06:51
5 29 Dave Dunham Ward Hill MA M M50-59 29:32.9 07:12
6 115 Christopher Smith Woburn MA M M40-49 29:58.1 07:19
7 23 Doug DeAngelis Ipswich MA M M40-49 30:20.9 07:24
8 21 Ryan Cronin Beverly MA M M20-29 31:00.2 07:34
9 66 Emma Kosciak Somerville MA F F30-39 31:32.1 07:41
10 60 Edward Jeffries Essex MA M M50-59 31:58.2 07:48

Monday, October 20, 2014

Week Ending 10-19-14

Very happy with how the week went.  Got over 100 miles, bagged a ton of towns, did a short work-out and safely ran a trail race.  Life is good!  Next up: Drop the mileage and see what I can do at the Mayors cup.

Week - 104
Month - 265
Year - 3154
Life - 126,175

M - 12 on the Methuen rail trail with Dan 1:43:49
       PM 3 on the River trail 23:34

T - Lunch 7 in 49:23
      PM Winni 8 with Tripp in 59:45

W - Lunch 7 in 49:23
     PM Winni 8 with Doug in 61:10

Th - Lunch 7 in 49:19
        PM Winni 8 alone in pouring rain 58:20

F - 7 runs in a bunch of NH towns totaling 23+ miles

Sat - 4 miles in Goshen NH
         Later 4 on the Methuen rail trail with 4x400 thrown in

Sun - 3 warm-up, another mile in flats, 4.2 race, 4.6 warm-down

Sunday, October 19, 2014

300th race in New Hampshire

My win last weekend in Somersworth was my 300th race in New Hampshire.  The only state I’ve raced in more often is Massachusetts.  Here is the breakdown of where I’ve raced.

Rank     Last dt.  St         # in St   Last location                  %         Through                        
1          09/14/14           MA        730       Gloucester         56.50% 10/11/2014                               
2          10/11/14           NH        300       Somersworth      23.22%                                    
3          08/31/14           VT         51         Windsor             3.95%                                      
4          02/06/11           NY        31         Saratoga Springs            2.40%                                      
5          11/13/11           ME        29         Portland             2.24%                                      
6          01/29/12           RI         24         Lincoln              1.86%                                      
7          04/15/06           CT         15         Union                1.16%                                      
8          03/23/02           PA         9          Pittsburgh          0.70%                                      
9          07/15/07           CA         8          Stinson beach    0.62%                                      
10         08/25/12           NC        7          Laurel Springs    0.54%                                      
            02/11/12           MO        6          Faucett              0.46%                                      
            08/05/12           IL         5          Lisle                                                     
           12/14/02           AL         5          Huntsville                                                          
            07/06/03           CO        4          Vail                                                      
            11/06/10           OR        4          Ashland                                                
            12/01/12           FL         3          Daytona Beach                                                  
            02/16/02           MI         2          Traverse City                                                     
            03/14/87           ND        2          Fargo                                                   
            04/11/92           OH        2          Columbus                                                         
            11/26/98           VA         2          Ashburn                                                
            11/28/92           WI        2          Racine                                                  
            08/15/92           WV        2          Parkersburg                                                       
            06/09/02           AK         1          Anchorage                                                        
            04/15/91           DC        1          Washington                                                       
            11/14/04           GA        1          Peachtree City                                                   
            12/02/07           HI         1          Honolulu                                                           
            12/19/04           IN         1          Huntington                                                        
            07/16/95           KS         1          Kansas City                                                       
            11/17/01           MD        1          Boonsboro                                                        
            11/17/84           MS        1          Jackson                                                
            03/09/81           NJ         1          Princeton                                                          
            12/04/93           NV        1          Las Vegas                                                         
            03/29/03           UT        1          Solitude Times in            34                                
            07/28/01           WA        1          Crystal Mountain 1255     States                          
                                                                                                Grand total         1292
            01/05/03           ITA       9          Fondo, Italy       Times in            12                                
            08/25/13           SUI       6          Solothurn           37         Countries                                  
            09/06/14           AUT       5          Telfes, Austria                                                   
            08/26/01           FRA       3          Cleder, France                                                   
            09/10/00           GER       3          Bergen, Germany                                                           
            10/12/09           CAN       2          Oakville, ON                                                      
            01/16/93           BER       2          Hamilton, Bermuda                                                        
            09/08/10           IRE       2          Ireland                                                 
            06/21/02           BEL       1          Torhout, Belgium                                                           
            04/09/95           GRE       1          Athens, Greece                                                  
            02/18/90           JAP       1          Ohme, Japan                                                    
            09/10/95           SCO      1          Edinburgh, Scotland                                                       
            08/31/13           CZH       1          Janske Lazne                                                     


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Winning streak

I picked up my first win of the year which kept my streak alive.  Some stats on the 1979-2014 streak.

Earliest in the year I’ve won – January 1st (8 times from 1990-1997)
Latest in the year I’ve won – November 4 (2006), my win this year was the second latest
Fewest wins in a year – 1
Most wins in a year = 38 (1991)
Largest field = 3,122 (Charbo’s 5m 03/24/1996)
Smallest field = 1 (Winnikenni snowshoe 12/25/08)
Longest gap between wins = 550 days from 05/03/05 to 11/04/06 (2nd most was my current win at 546 days from 04/13/13-10/11/14)

Here is what the win streak looks like

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

5k race

Jeanne’s Journey 5k – Somersworth NH

I searched for a race on the long Columbus Day weekend and narrowed it down to a couple of races.  In the end I chose the race with the earliest start time, since I preferred to race early in the day.

I headed up to Somersworth for the Jeanne’s Journey 5k which was held before the big pumpkin festival.  I arrived at 7:30 for the 8:30 race and was happy to see the registration up and running.  The map of the course showed a pretty easy to follow loop with a section of over a mile of out and back.  Warming up on the course is always a good idea so I headed out.  They moved the start/finish slightly due to the festival using the school parking lot entrance.  I wore my Garmin and was happy to see the miles right on.  I wasn’t so happy when I got to 3 miles and could see that the finish line was well beyond a tenth of a mile from 3.  In the warm-up, warm-down, and race I pegged it at 3.2 miles.  Oh, well.  The race was the most important part.

My plan was to again test out my calf, hopefully by running right around 5:40 pace.  Over 200 folks lined up at the start (facing the wrong way until I got them to turn around).  Dave Audet had already won 9 races this year and was looking for number 10.  I wished him good luck and we were off.  One guy took it out pretty hard but I caught him about 300 meters in and then ran unchallenged.

I hit the mile in 5:33, then at the turn I could see I had about 50 seconds on Dave.  It was fun running back through the crowd and I concentrated on keeping the tempo up despite some rolling hills.   I hit 2 miles in 11:15 (5:42) and kept working at keeping the pace consistent.  Three miles was reached in 16:58 (5:43) and I passed 5k in 17:37.  At the finish I clocked 17:53 for the win 1:38 ahead of Dave who took home second place and first in the masters.

Needless to say I was happy with the victory which was my first of 2014.  That keeps my streak alive for another year with at least one win every year from 1979 to present.  I hung out for the awards since they had a huge table of prizes but it turned out the prizes were for the raffle and age groups got a water-bottle (nothing for the overall win).

1 Dave Duham   50         Ward Hill, MA                  17:53
2 David Audet     49         Concord, NH                   19:31
3 Andy Stark       33                                                 20:49
4 Tony Martuni   30         Somersworth, NH             21:43
5 Chuck Mantos  57         Somersworth, NH            21:56


222 finishers

Monday, October 13, 2014

All Terrain Series

With only one race to go, the field has really narrowed on who could be among the winners.  Doneski and Levesque have won their age groups, but everything else is still up for grabs by those listed below.

No Total 5/4/2014 7/6/2014 Track 9/14/2014
Rank First Last Team Raced Points Trail Mountain 5,000 10k Road
                   
1 Christin Doneski WRC 4 365.83 87.00 90.21 96.32 92.30
2 Ashley Krause WMDP 4 350.61 86.46 84.60 92.31 87.24
3 Jacqueline Shakar CSU 4 315.19 75.97 74.35 83.04 81.83
4 Kasie Enman GMAA 3 300.00 100.00 100.00 100.00 0.00
5 Emer O'Donoghue SRR 4 256.56 59.63 58.68 70.07 68.18
6 Diane Levesque aR 4 206.31 45.47 49.29 57.34 54.21
7 Freddi Pare TG 3 200.35 59.24 68.16 0.00 72.95
W40-49
1 Christin Doneski WRC 4 398.36 100.00 100.00 100.00 98.36
W50-59
1 Jacqueline Shakar CSU 4 391.64 100.00 99.65 100.00 91.99
2 Emer O'Donoghue SRR 4 318.18 78.50 78.65 84.38 76.65
W60+
1 Diane Levesque aR 4 346.87 83.42 86.41 100.00 77.04


No. Total 5/4/2014 7/6/2014 Track 9/14/2014
Rank First Last Team Raced Points Trail Mountain 5,000 10k Road
                   
1 Nate Jenkins CMS 4 387.40 94.25 94.24 100.00 98.91
2 Alex Hall BAA 4 363.71 90.69 87.41 91.91 93.70
3 Todd Callaghan CMS 4 355.96 91.88 89.79 87.33 86.96
4 Dave Dunham CMS 4 337.63 85.45 83.63 84.61 83.94
5 Eric Narcisi WRC 4 330.47 78.61 80.75 85.54 85.57
6 Dan Verrington CMS 4 325.97 77.98 79.03 84.51 84.45
7 Josh Fields aR 4 318.24 80.66 73.84 83.30 80.44
8 Ethan Nedeau aR 3 264.59 89.07 84.30 91.22 0.00
9 James Pawlicki CMS 3 256.82 0.00 82.74 86.99 87.09
10 David Lapierre CMS 4 255.30 57.86 58.61 70.01 68.82
11 Brian Gallagher aR 4 231.15 53.66 52.82 65.72 58.95
M40-49
1 Todd Callaghan CMS 4 388.44 100.00 100.00 95.26 93.19
2 Ethan Nedeau aR 3 290.32 96.94 93.89 99.50 0.00
M50-59
1 Dave Dunham CMS 4 393.57 100.00 100.00 100.00 93.57
2 Dan Verrington CMS 4 379.77 91.26 94.50 99.88 94.13
3 David Lapierre CMS 4 297.25 67.71 70.08 82.74 76.71
M60+
1 Brian Gallagher aR 4 313.97 77.10 78.73 86.63 71.50
2 Len Hall GCS 3 291.84 100.00 100.00 91.84 0.00
3 Richard Paulsen 4 288.59 66.24 66.57 80.52 75.27
4 Rick Scott SMAC 3 268.12 97.20 90.71 0.00 80.20
5 Richard Stockdale GCS 3 254.52 91.29 82.72 0.00 80.50

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Week Ending 10-12-14

I'm very happy with the week, I got in 96 miles and my first win of the year!  Wow, was I sore most of the week from the Bretton Woods Fell race last week.  Still a little residual soreness...

Week - 96
Month - 161
Year - 3,050
Life - 126,071

M - Lunch 6 52:40
       PM Winni 8 with Tripp 66:11

T - Lunch 6 47:53
      PM Winni 8 62:15

W - Lunch 6 45:30
       PM Methuen rail trail 8 63:40

Th - Lunch 8 59:45
        PM Winni 8 alone 60:25

F - Lunch 7 53:10
      PM Winni 8 with Tripp 61:39

S - 3.3 warm-up, 3.2 race, 3.2  warm-down
      later nice relaxing 3 in 36:05

S - 3 alone into 7 more with Pete and D'la 1:33:39