Worst race ever?
Wow, did I feel bad this weekend! I’ve been struggling all this month (since getting sick back in Mid-March) and this week I felt especially dead-legged. I tried to up the tempo during my lunch runs and it left me really beat during my afternoon runs. I’d later learn that I have walking pneumonia, which helps explain how I felt.
Dan Verrington and I picked up new CMS member Todd Callaghan and headed out to
Dedham for the James Joyce 10k which served as
the masters 10k road
championships. I had run pretty well
here last year and based on my times in the last few weeks figured I’d be about
a minute slower than last year. We met
up with the rest of the team (Greg Putnam, Jason Porter, and Kevin Tilton –
running the open race). It was nice to
get out with the group and catch up on things. USA
I felt pretty beat in the warm-up which is never a good sign. After switching into racing flats I headed out for a few strides and felt even worse. Hit the line with 5 minutes to go before the start. It was nice to see so many guys from days gone by still fiercely competing. I was quite surprised to see Pete Hammer and Wayne Levy toeing the line 6 days after
guys are seriously hard-core! I bumped
into Rod Edson on the start line, he has been tearing it up in the 50+ age group
and figured to be among the top guys today.
It is just so cool to see guys who’ve been racing for 20-30 years still
out there giving everything they’ve got. Boston
master’s championship race started
3 minutes before the main field of the James Joyce Ramble. It is a cool way to race where the masters
really get to race head-to-head.
Everyone also wears a number on their back with their age category so you
can key off of those in your 5 year age group.
I felt a bit tired right from the start, it really seemed like everyone
was sprinting out. The first mile has a
bit of downhill but was also into a headwind.
At ¾ of a mile we went around a traffic island and I counted myself in
30th place which seemed about right but it felt very fast. I hit the mile in a very SLOW 5:40. I had hoped to be about 5:25. Yikes! US
I caught a few guys in the next mile moving up on a couple of guys in the 50-54 age group. I could see Dan up ahead just off the back of the lead group. A 5:43 mile was also slower than I wanted but based on past splits I had hoped for a 5:35 so maybe I wasn’t as far off as I thought. I caught Paul Hammond (WRT) and ran with him through three miles in 17:16. A 5:53 split! Wow, that was way slower than I’d hoped for and I felt all out. The guys I was with slowly pulled away.
A 5:56 fourth mile was disappointing but I could see that Dan was “only” 17 seconds ahead of me. I thought if I got it together I might reel him in. That didn’t happen and the group of 5 guys I was with slowly drifted away as I ran a 6:00 mile for the 5th mile. My 29:12 split was slower than my pace at the
½ marathon a
month ago. Ugly. I mustered all I had but only managed a 5:58
last mile and 69 seconds for the last .2 to get me to the line in 36:29. That was fully a minute slower than I thought
I could run and 2 minutes slower than I ran last year. New Bedford
I got very dizzy and everything was way too bright and I just laid down on the ground for 5 minutes (until Kevin and Jason Cak convinced me I should get off the ground). A couple of days later I found out I’ve had walking pneumonia which is most likely the cause of my downward spiral this last month. I’m on some meds now and hoping to turn it around next month.
I ended up finishing 30th overall and 7th in the 50-54. A far cry from my 11th overall and 7th in the 45-49 from a year ago.
MALE AGE GROUP: 50 to 54
Place O'All Time Name Age Sex Race# City/state Nat Team
1 16 34:42* Rob Edson 50 M 162
2 19 35:10* Alan Evans 50 M 103 Beaver Dams NY GVH
3 26 35:55* Daniel Verrington 51 M 96
4 27 35:57* Carl Nordhielm 51 M 75
Tallahassee FL TC ATLANTA
5 29 35:59* Paul Hammond 54 M 154
MA WRT Lexington
6 32 36:17* Patrick Connelly 50 M 161
7 33 36:29* Dave Dunham 50 M 95
8 35 36:33* John Van Kerkhove 52 M 104
NY GVH Rochester
9 36 36:40* Jeff Haertel 52 M 74
GA ATC Atlanta
10 39 37:04 Nathan Skipper 50 M 76 Ellenwood GA ATC