Girl’s Inc. 5km
There were quite a few 5km’s to choose from this weekend, I ended up going up to Rochester for the Girl’s Inc. 5km. I’d done this race 6 years ago and recalled that the course was flat and fast. I also knew that they had kilometer marks on the course and I’m a huge fan of that (more information is a good thing).
I arrived pretty early and had a few minutes to catch up with Andy S who was doing race announcing. Teammate and course record holder Bob Wiles rolled up soon after, so I had someone to warm-up with. We checked out the course as a warm-up and it was just as I remembered, dead flat. There was a breeze kicking up and by race time it was definitely noticeable. I did another mile with strides and felt okay, but still a little sore from the track workout on Thursday.
Bob took off at the start and would run alone and unchallenged to a new course record. I settled into third place and for most of the first mile I stayed tucked behind Jason Bigonia. We hit the mile in 5:22, which was very close to what I was hoping for (my goal was to break 16:50 and stretch goal was to break 16:40). Right after the mile we were blocked by a car at a stop light and I moved into the lead as I ran on the curb to get around the car. I stayed in the lead through 2 miles (10:48/5:26) then Jason pulled ahead. I knew I would need to make a move early if I wanted second place so I went around him with about ½ mile to go. He flew by me with ¼ mile to go and I had nothing left to respond. He gapped me by 4 seconds in the last 200m to take second.
I was pleased with the effort and the time, crossing in third place with a 16:44. Bob and I headed out for a nice warm-down on the dirt rail trail and then I headed for Vermont to catch Eric and (his dog) Murdoch race.
10th Annual Girls Inc. of New Hampshire 5K
Saturday April 16, 2011 Rochester, NH
1 15:22 Bob Wiles 33M Kittery, ME CMS
2 16:40 Jason Bigonia 34M Newcastle, ME
3 16:44 Dave Dunham 47M Bradford, MA CMS 40+
4 18:28 Josh Smith 21M Rochester, NH
5 18:30 Tom Doherty 26M Dover, NH
|Eric and Murdoch basking in the glow of victory|