Monday, August 14, 2017

Epsom Old Home Day 4 mile

Epsom Old Home Days 4 Miler – I hadn’t done the 4 mile in Epsom in five years but it timed out right to do it this year.  The RD (Don Yeaton) gave me a free entry as a past winner which made it much easier to decide to do this race!  The course was changed slightly from the past to make it less hilly.  It was still a bit “rolling” but there were no points where you would say “that was a killer hill”.  I scouted the course on Wednesday and felt I would be able to run under 6:00 pace.  I thought a good run would be around 23:30 and if the weather was great and I was really “on” I might be closer to 23 flat.
I bumped into John Tuttle before warming up.  He was at the end of a triple-header having run Cigna on Thursday and Alton Bay on Saturday.  His son Dylan (18:03 & 17:55) and his buddy Shane McCartney (17:39 & 18:12) had also done the other two races.  Their times put them around my level, but I was hoping my “fresh” legs might put me ahead of them.  It was pretty warm and humid at the 8:30am start.  I did a 2 mile warm-up then another mile with some strides.  When I was heading back out to do the strides a woman who had seen me earlier warned “save something for the race”.  All I could think of was if a 3 mile warm-up left me with nothing for the race then I was in big trouble.
As I’d expected Dylan Tuttle and Shane McCartney took it out at the start.  It wasn’t super-fast so I went with them.  I figured the first ½ mile would be pretty quick since we had a 20’ drop (and a 15’ climb).  We couldn’t cut a couple of tangents in the first mile as Don had asked that we stay on left of the road for safety reasons (the course was certified so we’d lose out on “legal” cutting).  I hit the ½ mile in 2:48 a step behind Dylan and Shane.  Soon after we started to climb (30’ to the mile mark) and Shane really picked up the pace.  I thought it was a bit early to get aggressive and found myself about 5 seconds back (and 2 or 3 behind Dylan) as I passed the mile in 5:47.
A right-hand turn at the mile had us on the quiet River Road (dead-end) which was rolling but generally downhill to the 2 mile turn-around (dropping 50’ and climbing 30’).  Again none of the climbs or drops were big but they do tend to add up.  I found that Dylan was running the up’s better than me but I was closing on him on the down’s.  I caught him about a quarter-mile from the turn and we were also closing on Shane.  We went around the cone at 2 miles in 11:33 (5:46 2nd mile) with Shane just a couple of seconds ahead.
Now we had a 50’ climb (and 30’ of drop) and I felt pretty good.  By 2.5 miles we’d caught and passed Shane and I was starting to pull away.  I heard Shane yell “Don’t let him go” as I gapped Dylan.  The third mile was definitely the hardest, I ran a 5:59 and although I didn’t look at the turn I could no longer hear the pursuers.
With about ½ mile to go I ran by the little farm with a cute donkey and horse who were watching the race go by, the owners were also watching and ringing a cowbell.  I passed by and counted…waiting to hear how much of a lead I had.  I came up with about 15 seconds which isn’t much, especially if you don’t have a kick!  I ended up holding on with a 5:47 last mile to win in 23:19.  Dylan rolled in 26 seconds later with Shane another 46 seconds back.  I was glad to be in the race for the win, it doesn’t happen very often now so I enjoy the times when I’m closely matched with the other top guys at a race.  Running more than a minute a mile slower than my PR doesn’t damper my excitement at being in the lead pack.  Great fun!
Since the course is brand new, I’ve also got the course record.  That won’t last long!
Sunday August 13, 2017 8:30AM
Place Name                   Age S City, St                 Time    Pace    
===== =================== == = ==============
    1 Dave Dunham         53 M Bradford, MA           23:19  5:50
    2 Dylan Tuttle             20 M Aton, NH                23:45  5:57
    3 Shane McCartney     20 M NEW DURHAM, NH  24:31  6:08
    4 Mike Barry               61 M                    NH     25:35  6:24
    5 Mike Goyette           45 M Epsom, NH             27:00  6:45
    6 David Audet             52 M Concord, NH           27:01  6:46
    7 John Tuttle              60 M Aton, NH                27:31  6:53
    8 Larry Rau                50 M Dublin, NH                          28:12  7:03
    9 Brad Winn               32 M MILTON, NH           29:12  7:18
   10 Fergus Leclerc         19 M NORTHWOOD, NH  29:16  7:19

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Week ending 08/13/17

80 mile week, 4 mile race, and lost ground in the Trustees 125 challenge.  Gotta pick your battles (and running/racing always wins!).

Week = 80
Month = 138
Year = 2573
Life = 136,558

M - 5am Stevens Weir 5 at 848s
       3pm 4 at Ward in 816s, then 5 at Weir/Stevens in 741s

T - 5am Stevens Weir in 829s
     3pm 4 at Ward in 820s then 5 at Weir/Stevens in 749s

W - 730am Granite state running camp 6.5 hilly road run in 837s
       Noon Epsom 4m course preview in 717s plus 1/2 mile add on

Th - 5am Stevens Weir 5 in 817s
        3pm 4 at Ward in 823s, then 5 at Weir Stevens in 812s

F - 5am Weir Stevens 759s
     3pm Ward 4 faster than normal in 718s

Sat - 7 at 7am with D-la, Spence, and Petey in 906s
        Later nice relaxing 3 in 930s

Sun - Epsom 4m race, 2 warm-up, 1 m of strides, 4m race, 1m warm-down

Friday, August 11, 2017

Yet more Western MA reservations

More out in Western MA

Dry hill, Questing, McClellan, and Tyringham cobble

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

More Western Mass Reservations

Some other nice reservations I bagged...

Monument mountain, Ashley house, and Bartholomews Cobble

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Western Mass Reservations

Visited the last of the Western Mass Reservations that I'd yet to bag...

The first 3 of the day were Goose Pond, Naumkeag, and Mission house.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Kingman farm race

Kingman farm trail race – I saw this race on the acidotic Racing website and know what a good job they do putting on races so I chose this to get me back on the horse after five weeks without a race.  I checked out the map online and saw that I knew some of the course from previous races.  Those were at night and on snowshoes so it was almost like I’d never seen the course.  I did a 2 mile warm-up out/back on the course and liked what I saw.  There was a little narrow single-track with roots (but not rocky) and a fair amount of wider path (almost a dirt road).  There would also be a tough hill in the last mile of the race.  I switched into trail racing shoes and headed back out for ½ mile to check out the finish.  I’d met up with Jim Boule (aR) who also hadn’t raced since Loon so there would be some competition.  I wanted to have a gauge of when I had ¼ mile to go (always a good idea especially when the course distance may be unknown).  Man, I was dripping from the nearly 100% humidity, but thankful that it was only in the 70’s at the 9am start.  Chris Dunn gave some instructions and we were off.
We had 100 meters in the parking lot then it closed down to the single-track path.  It went out faster than I could go and I found myself in 7th place as we got onto the trail.  No panic as there was plenty of racing to go.  I passed a couple of guys as we climbed a little, and then got around a couple of quick ladies.  By the ½ mile I was in second place about five seconds behind the leader.  I hoped he was just a fast starter (he wasn’t) and that he’d fade (he didn’t).  I concentrated on keeping him in sight and listening for footsteps behind me.  I didn’t hear anyone closing.  It was fun sharing some of the trail on the way back as a few people shouted for me which was cool.  I could also hear them call for the next person, which gave me and idea of where the chasers were.  I felt pretty tired on the climb (120’ in .3) but liked the switchbacks.  I could now see that I had about 15-20 seconds on Kassandra Marin who was moving well and looking strong in third place.  I finally got to the top of the hill and tried to keep moving at a decent clip on the downhill to the finish.  I was relieved to see my ¼ mile to go just a bit after my watch beeped for 3 miles.  I held on to second place in 23:37 over the 3.3 miles.  I can’t complain, it was a decent start to what I hope will be a streak of racing pretty much every weekend until November.
1          Thomas Jarvela  22:51    M32      Stratham, NH
2          Dave Dunham    23:37    M53      Bradford, MA      CMS
3          Kassandra Marin 24:13    F27       Merrimack, NH    SISU Project
4          Jim Boule           24:38    M50      Campton, NH      acidotic RACING
5          Amani Harvey     24:53    M13      Durham, NH       Granite State Flash
6          Will Locandro     25:27    M45      Rye, NH             SIX03 ENDURANCE
7          Ed Harvey          25:34    M42      Durham, NH      
8          Michael Day       25:37    M37      Merrimack, NH   
9          Kyle Huston        25:54    M24      Portsmouth, NH 
10         Aaron Hubbell     25:58    M43      Durham, NH      


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Week Ending 08/06/17

Week ending 08-07-17
Front loaded the week again this time due to worries that it would be tough to get my 80 miles with travel.  Did my first track workout of the year while in Canada!
Week = 80
Month = 58
Year = 2493
Life = 136,478
M – 22 miles in various reservations between 7am - 2pm
T - 5am 5m in Stevens/Weir    315pm 4m at Ward, 4pm 5m in Stevens/Weir
W – 5am 5m in Stevens/Weir,  315pm 4m at Ward, 4pm 5m in Stevens/Weir
Th - 5am 5m in Stevens/Weir, 315pm 5 at Weir/Stevens
F - 5am 5m in Stevens/Weir, 315pm 3 at Ward
Sat - 2 warm-up, .5 more in flats, 3.3 race at Kingman farm, .2 warmdown.  Later nice relaxing 3
Sun - 11 reservations, mostly hiking, but 3.3 run up/down Monument Mountain
Oddly, travelling north on the Cobble Loop Trail is SOUTH on the AT