30 Years ago
I was busy back in May of 1981, racing seven times over the course of the month. I kicked off the month with a rare road race. I’m not sure why I chose to do this especially with it being the day before a dual meet against Methuen. I ran 24:38 to take second place at the Dunster street race in Cambridge. The next day I won the 2 mile in the dual meet (10:04) and ran the 4x400 relay (55.6). The next weekend I traveled to White Plains NY for the Loucks Games where I took third in the 3200m (metric 2m) in 9:24.8. The pace in the raced was very unusual (for me) with a big negative split (2nd mile faster than the first) running 4:48 and finishing in 4:36. A week later I was victorious at the Northern Area Championships running a 9:26.9, with nearly opposite splits of the week before (4:38/4:48). I got sick in the closing weeks of the month and ran a disappointing 9:45 at the Sate Class meet (fourth place) and a 4:31 (2nd place) at the MVC league meet to close out my High School junior year of track.
20 Years ago
I made the most of racing in May of 1991 with only four races, but I covered 45 miles and got two wins. My first race of the month was the NEAC (now USATF NE) 10 mile championship in Worcester. Scott Bagley seemed to have the race in hand at 8 miles, at just after 9 Dennis Simoniatis and I went by and then I took Dennis in a sprint with both of us timed at 49:36. It was one of those rare days when everything seems to come together. A week later on a hot and humid day I won the Lawrence Eagle Tribune 10 mile in 54:28. Teammate Dave LaPierre was second in 57+. The next weekend I hit the trails taking on the Soapstone Mountain. I took the lead at the start and promptly lead the top 25 people off course at the top of the mountain. We had to plow through the rest of the field on the descent and I finally got back into the lead after a few miles. I ended up losing the race by a couple of ticks over Brit Andy Moffat. I finished off the month with a trip out to the US 20km championships in Wheeling WV. It was a brutal day with temps in the 80’s and 90% humidity. Times were slow (winning time was 1:03:07). I ended up finishing 3rd U.S. with a 1:05:31 (8th place overall) this is my best finish in a Non-Ultra U.S. championship.