30 Years ago – 1982
I raced four times during the final month of my freshman cross-country season at U-Lowell. On Oct 2 I finished in 2nd place in a dual meet we had against MIT. The unusual thing about the race was that it was a HOME meet, the only one I’d run at U-Lowell. I know they can have home track meets now, but I don’t think U-Lowell (Umass Lowell) has had a home XC race since this one. We won the meet 26-29 and I ran 23:34 for the 4.7 mile course in the Lowell/Dracut/Tyngsboro state forest.
A week later I took third place at the Codfish bowl at
Franklin Park running 24:54 for the 5 mile course. The team took 1st place with 42 points. Two weeks later (on the 23rd) I finished in third at the Eastern Championships at the . Our team again took first and I ran another 24:54. On the final week of October I finished in 16th place at the NCAA qualifiers, it was a PR for me but not fast enough to qualify for Nationals. University of Vermont
25 Years ago – 1987
I only raced twice this month both times supporting my team (Greater Lowell Road Runners). The first race was the
Plymouth to relay. There were over 250 teams running that year. I ran the “long” leg a rolling 14.2 miles from the Bourne bridge. There was only one split on the course (10 miles in 50:54) and I was 1:12:00 for the 14+ miles. The following weekend I finished fourth in the NEAC (Now Provincetown USATF NE) 8km road championships in . I called the course “hilly” but did manage to break 24 with a 23:50. My splits were: 4:52/4:41/4:57/4:52/4:28(.96). Boston
20 Years ago – 1992
I raced twice and “ran through” a marathon and half-marathon over the course of the month. I started the month at the Applefest ½ marathon. I was feeling sick prior to the race and almost dropped out. I hit the predominantly downhill 10km split in 30:15 and thought “no way I’m dropping out now”. I continued on to a course record 1:06:07 and went right through the chute and right into the nearest porta-john. Two days later I was down in
Newport RI running through the ½ marathon which was part of the Hockomock Swamp Rat series. I ended up finishing in 7th place running 1:17:05. Five days later I raced on the roads of Newport Londonderry at the famous Mack’s Apple run. I took home some cash patiently waiting until 4 miles then pushing the pace to a win in 24:48. The next day I ran the Baystate Marathon as a workout taking 13th place in 2:52:18. I ran a personal record 509 miles over the month.