I wanted to race this week and since I'd be traveling over the long weekend I settled on a Thursday night race in Atkinson NH. I don't particularly like night races, they seem way more difficult to get mentally prepared for, but this one was close by and had a $10 entry fee.
I did my normal 3 mile warm-up, cahnged into racing flats and idd another mile with strides. Then it was off to the line joining 350 others for the mad dash over the downhill first 400m. Dave Quintal took it out hard with the lead pack of Pat Fullerton, Kevin Alliette, Casey Carroll and Andie Colon. I found myself off the back and alone in the first half mile.
Dave stopped to tie his shoe and I wnet by him but could hear him right behind me as I hit the mile in 5:24. The course was basically uphill from 400m 'til 1.5 miles then you could really work the donwhills. I could see Colon falling off of the others and I slowly worked my way up to him as I gapped DQ hitting 2 miles in 5:32 (10:56). I caught Colon with about 1/2 mile to go working the downhill for all it was worth. We turned the corner for the final uphill 400m and he took off like a shot. I was already all-out and couldn't accellerate. I ended up taking 5th place in 16:34 with DQ 6 seconds back (it would have been a good fight for 2nd 40+ if not for his shoelace malfunction). The course was a bit short of 5k, maybe 15 seconds (?), but I'll take it...a solid effort.
1 PAT FULLERTON M2029 BRADFORD 15:04 4:50
2 KEVIN ALLIETTE M3039 15:39 5:01
3 CASEY CARROLL M4049 16:07 5:10
4 ANDIE COLON M3039 16:24 5:16
5 Dave Dunham M4049 Bradford 16:34 5:19
6 DAVID QUINTAL M4049 16:40 5:21
7 KEN BEAULIEU M4049 18:03 5:47
8 EJ CONOR M1519 18:29 5:56
9 Matthew Garceau M4049 Salem 18:38 5:59
10 Bob Fairhurst M5059 Plaistow 18:42 6:00
Next race: Wason Pond 5k trail race in Chester on Sept. 10.