Running 100 miles for the week and doing a mountain run the day before the 5k probably wasn’t the best way to prepare to race. My goal race for this month is the Thanksgiving race at Pipestave so I wasn’t really concerned about having a big week and racing “tired”.
I headed out to run the course as a warm-up and memories from my many years of running in
ran through my mind. The course was reasonably nice, with a large percentage of it along the Lowell Merrimack River. It was also pretty flat (only 90’ of total climb). Although there was a breeze it seemed to mostly be a cross-wind.
I did three miles and noticed that my quads were a bit sore from the 2,100’ of climb/descent from the previous day. My hip/groin was also still fairly sore; it has been bothering me for three weeks. Hey, having only a couple of things that hurt is actually pretty good! I changed into racing flats and headed out for another mile with some strides thrown in. I felt a bit tired but by the last acceleration I felt like I was moving well and actually felt pretty good.
I headed over to the start, right on the main street (Merrimack St) in downtown
. The Greater Lowell Road Runners were doing the timing and scoring and they don’t mess around. We got a couple of quick instructions and off we went. I went out fast but not the all-out sprint that was the first ¼ mile at the Lowell race. One guy went out quickly and I got into his slipstream. By the time we reached the ½ mile I’d moved into the lead. From that point on I tried to push as hard as I could. Portland
Being familiar with the course certainly helped me to concentrate and pay out my effort over the entire 5k. I hit the “mile” in 4:55 and decided there was no need to look at the rest of the splits because there was no way I’d gone out in 4:55. I heard after the race that the mile mark was at .92 which works out just about right for my time. Anyway, I worked the slight uphill to the
University Ave Bridge then tried to work even more on the downhill. I kept convincing myself to push “just a little longer” and “get to the corner and see how you feel”. I was using the same old mental tricks to keep working hard. In the final mile I convinced myself to not sneak a peek back until there was less than 3:00 to go. I took the penultimate turn and look over my shoulder. I figured I had 20-30 seconds lead with ½ mile to go. I kept at it working right to the finish, hoping to get a sub-17 for the effort. I’m always amazed at how fast the clock moves once you can see it. I crossed the line in first at 16:51.
I made my way over to change shoes and was amazed to see Kara blasting to a new course record. Not only did she run VERY fast, she made it seem very easy. I headed back out on the course to thank some of the volunteers and cheer on everyone. I wanted to put in 4 miles so that I’d get 100 miles for the week so I headed out on the River walk on both sides of the
. I was truly amazed at the scenic places you can run in Merrimack . Now its time to ease back a bit and hopefully pop off a couple of fast races. Lowell
9th Annual Marcia Lemkin 5K
10:00 AM November 20, 2011
Sunny 55 degrees
Place Name No.
Div/Tot Ag Div City StTime Pace
Div/Tot Ag Div City StTime Pace
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1 Dave Dunham 446 1/18 47 M4049
Bradford MA 16:51 5:26
2 Frank Klemovitch 422 1/15 32 M3039
17:23 5:36 Arlington MA
3 Kara Haas 423 1/33 41 F4049
17:35 5:40 Chelmsford MA
4 EJ Hrynowski 300 2/18 48 M4049
17:42 5:42 Arlington MA
5 Matthew Valli 129 1/8 23 M2029 Newbury MA 18:04 5:49
6 Dalmo Silva 135 3/18 47 M4049
18:17 5:53 Haverhill MA
7 Jeff Ferreira 449 4/18 47 M4049
Ipswich MA 18:31 5:58
8 Eric Mottram 301 2/15 39 M3039
18:46 6:03 Groton MA
9 Thomas Szumita 441 3/15 37 M3039
18:54 6:05 Newton MA
10 Melissa Donais 445 1/27 27 F2029
19:06 6:09 Andover MA
|DRC members waiting for the awards|