I ended up racing this past weekend but skipped the BU indoor mini meet. Instead I chose to go to Concord NH for the "I survived the end of the world 4 mile". After the workout on Wednesday my back was feeling like crap and I figured a longer race might be a better idea than trying to zip around the indoor track.
Saturday morning I headed over to Winnekenni for 4 miles to loosen up. My back felt better than it had the last couple of days but I still felt like I was running "awkwardly". A couple of hours later I was zipping north on 93 with Dread Zeppelin - Un-Led-ed and a bit of Pearl Jam - Ten, the last song before I headed out for my warm-up was "Black" a great up tempo song to get my blood flowing.
I had checked out the course records for 40+ (the course is used a couple of times a year and is a certified 4 mile) before I headed out and the more of the course I saw the more impressed I was with Scott Clark's 22:18. The course climbs a total of 325' with a steady climb for the first 1.5, a down through 2m then up again until 3m. The only long steady down was the last mile. I had hoped to run around 22:30 but the wind, my back, and the damn tough course had me wondering if 23 flat would be possible.
There were a couple of younger guys warming up in the parking lot when I got back from my 4m warm-up. No one else had ventured out onto the course. I switched into racing flats and did another mile with strides. I felt okay but not really into it...very unusual for me. Wow, the young guys took off flying! I was in 7th or 8th at the first turn and slowly moved up. I got into 3rd by 1/2 mile and climbed into second around the mile. There were no mile marks which made things a bit tougher but I gave a full effort.
By approximately 2 miles the leader was a little over 20 seconds ahead and I had a decent lead on third place. I kept working it but never really felt smooth. It was an ugly run and I felt trashed. The young guy won the race by 46 seconds. I ran a mile with him after my race and found out he'd gone to school at the Bishop Brady High School and he was now a sophmore at Tufts University. He seemed like a nice kid. I thought it funny that the Athletic Alliance long-sleeve I was wearing was older than him!
1 JOSEPH STPIERRE 438 19 M MANCHESTER NH 22:23 5:36
2 DAVE DUNHAM 472 48 M BRADFORD MA 23:09 5:48
3 JOHN BROWN 482 30 M CONCORD NH 24:19 6:05
4 WARREN BARTLETT 328 15 M LOUDON NH 24:25 6:07
5 MARK RICHARDON 426 19 M CONCORD NH 24:59 6:15
6 BROOKS GLAHN 498 39 M MARBLEHEAD MA 25:45 6:27
7 TYLER ALBANO 480 14 M CONCORD NH 26:00 6:30
8 DAVID AUDET 222 47 M CONCORD NH 26:14 6:34
9 JAMES STOCKWELL 469 21 M CONCORD NH 26:26 6:37
10 MARK FISHER 363 45 M CHICHESTER NH 26:48 6:42
My time ended up being the 5th best on the 40+ all-time list.
1 Scott Clark 22:18
2 Bill Reeves 22:38
3 Sean Snow 22:58
4 Robert Ryman 23:01
5 Dave Dunham 23:09