I wanted to race this weekend, but wasn't sure how I'd feel after all the peakbagging. I chose Sandown because it was close to home and I like the 5 mile distance. The bonus was that it was part of the NH Grand Prix and I'd be helping my NH club (Gate City).
I showed up about 90 minutes before the start and signed up. I got a chance to chat with the original "Rogue Runner" Steve Grande and he gave me a decent description of the course he designed. It was going to be "rolling" and it was also pretty warm (70's and humid).
Check out the course profile: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/46042088
I did an easy 3m warm-up running out to 3.5 miles then finishing up over the last 1.5 of the course. It looked like 4 miles to the finish would be a fast mostly downhill mile. Good to know. I changed into racing flats and headed out for another mile with some strides. Then it was off to the line. There were a lot of young local kids on the line and Titus Mutinda was present so topping the masters category would be pretty tough.
As we took off I tried to latch on to the back of the pack. Louie Saviano took it out hard and was out in front by at least 10 seconds at the mile. I was in 8th place on the tail end of the pack as I hit the mile in 5:34. The pack began to string out and I found myself off the back and about 5 seconds back at 2 miles (11:04, 5:30 split). I worked my way back to 7th place and would trade off with a guy (unregistered?) through four miles. We were pretty much on our own at 3 miles in 16:50 (5:46) but closed on Titus on the big hill leading up to four miles (23:07, 6:17 split). I pushed pretty hard on the downhill and caugth Titus a little after four and continued to run as hard as I could. I was happy with the final mile which was my fastest of the day (5:27) and crossed the line in 6th place in 28:34.
I headed out for a nice easy 3 mile warm-down on the Rail-Trail and definitely felt that I had used all of the energy I had left.
1 245 RYAN BUSBY 21 M DERRY NH 00:27:20 5:28
2 328 LOUIE SAVIANO 20 M SANDOWN NH 00:27:45 5:33
3 398 WILL OSSOFF 18 M ANDOVER MA 00:28:14 5:39
4 399 SCOTT WALLER 19 M ANDOVER MA 00:28:14 5:39
5 268 MIKE GIBERTI 19 M GDTC DERRY NH 00:28:29 5:42
6 364 DAVE DUNHAM 47 M GCS BRADFORD MA 00:28:34 5:43
7 389 TITUS MUTINDA 46 M GDTC LOWELL MA 00:28:39 5:44
8 351 ERIC WILLIAMS 46 M GSRT CONCORD NH 00:29:17 5:52
9 397 PATRICK CONNELLY 47 M GDTC CHESTER NH 00:29:35 5:55
10 271 GEORGIA GRIFFIN 21 F UVRC NORWICH VT 00:29:36 5:56