It was 70 degrees when I ran at lunch but when I got to
West Newbury it had dropped to 50 degrees and was cloudy, great conditions for racing. Jim Pawlicki and Christopher Smith joined me for a preview of the course. The course featured two loops, one big and one small, a mix of open fields and single-track, and a heck of a lot of up and down hill running. Mostly the footing is great with the exception being about 100m of downhill near the end of the first loop. I felt pretty good on the warm-up and even okay doing another mile plus some strides.
At the start Andy Scott (Merrimac) took it out and within a ¼ I was leading the chase pack. I could hear Jim Pawlicki right behind me as we hit the first climb. Andy got a few seconds ahead and was about 10 seconds up when Jim decided to fly by me. My legs were a bit heavy and on the next climb my left calf (which is my “good” one) went into spasm a couple of times. It didn’t seem major and I just shortened my stride a bit and it was okay. The gap began to really grow and my legs just seemed heavier and heavier. I looked at my watch at 14 minutes in and figured “3/4 mile to go” but had no kick. I could hear David Long grunting and groaning behind me, I appreciated the inadvertent heads-up he was giving me. That kept me going J
I ended up taking third place in a disappointing 18:41 which was 25 seconds slower than last year. We race to test ourselves, and sometimes it just isn’t pretty…but we keep going back out there. That is the important thing!
Warm-down with Jim, Doug D, Christopher Smith, and Andy Scott, some cookies and Gatorade then the late night trek was over.
3rd Annual Pipestave 5km trail race
Thursday May 2, 2013 6:30 PM
Place Name Time Pace Div/Tot Div Age Sex City
1 Andy Scott 17:59 5:48 1/13 M2029 22 M Merrimac
2 James Pawlicki 18:22 5:56 1/21 M3039 38 M
3 Dave Dunham 18:41 6:02 1/32 M4049 49 M
4 David Long 18:45 6:03 2/21 M3039 39 M
5 Michael Paulin 19:14 6:13 3/21 M3039 38 M
6 Christphr Smith 19:18 6:14 2/32 M4049 47 M
7 Jonah Hulbert 19:38 6:20 4/21 M3039 33 M Unti 310
8 Justin Jones 20:09 6:30 2/13 M2029 25 M
9 Jason Wertz 20:31 6:38 5/21 M3039 39 M
10 Eli Gallaudet 20:35 6:39 6/21 M3039 38 M
11 Doug Deangelis 20:41 6:41 3/32 M4049 46 M