April Looking back:
30 years ago
April of 1981 was a busy month for me. I started my junior year outdoor track season with nice races. I set a personal best of 9:35 to win the Wilmington invitational. The following week I ran an “easy” mile (4:37) saving something for the relay (440 in 57.4) in a dual meet against Andover. I also ran the two mile at the Haverhill invitations taking third in a PR of 9:34. I set a PR in the 440 in the relay against Lowell running 53.9. Earlier in the meet I won the 2 mile in 10:17 running as easy as possible to save something for the relay. That weekend our team took third in the Distance Medley Relay at the State Relays, I ran the ¾ mile leg in 3:20. I finished the month with a win at 2 miles (9:36) against Chelmsford where I also ran the relay (58.0).
20 years ago
I was all over the charts in April of 1991 racing from 1 mile on the track to 12 miles on the trails and race sizes from a field of five to over 2,300.
I started the month with a win at the “Wang run”, no it wasn’t a naked race, it was run from the Wang offices in Lowell. I ran 25:31 for the win on a hot (85 degree) day for that early in the spring. A week later I went down to Washington DC for the Sallie Mae 10k. I’m not sure why I went but I ran 30:21 for 10th place. The next week I ran the always interesting Leatherman’s 10k trail race in NY. I ended up losing by one second to British Fell runner Andy Moffat. The next weekend I battled Scott Clark over a mile at the Granite state mile during a track meet at Londonderry High School. I took first in 4:20.9 with Scott a little over 2 seconds back. The following day I really changed speeds doing the Seven Sisters trail race in Amherst. I went off course twice losing over four minutes and ended up losing to Moffat again, this time by a little over 2 minutes. I found the course to be way too rough for me and vowed to never run it again (15 years later I ran it again and it is still too dangerous for me).
|The final stream crossing at Leatherman's|
10 years ago