I headed over to Danny V's house (1/2 mile from the start) and then caught up with CMS teammate Jeff Goupil as I collected my number. Jeff and I went back to Dan's then headed out for a 3 mile warm-up on the course. There was very little (to none) pavement showing, just a layer of snow and more coming down. It was 19 degrees and the wind was blowing. I had hoped to run under 30 minutes and now was thinking that 32ish was more realistic. I switched into racing gear and put on my Inov-8 trail shoes along with Yak Traks for the best possible chance to get some traction.
On my way back to the start I bumped into U-Lowell teammate Pat Sweeney who was kicking himself for forgetting his Yak Traks.
|Denise, me, Rose|
I never checked any of my splits as I figured it'd all be effort based and time was out the window. On the downhill after the mile I got ahead of Dan and tried to focus on the three guys in front of me (Goupil, Webber, and Rand). They were about 5 seconds ahead and the leader (Catoggio) was another 5 seconds up. I could hear Dan clicking behind me as I closed on the chase pack. Everyone slowed as we took the sharp turn onto South Cross Road. I didn't slow as much as I had some confidence in my footing. Right after that I caught the group and at 2 miles moved into 2nd place. Webber and Rand seemed to fall off but Goupil latched on as we started the tougher part of the course.
At 2.5 Catoggio was about 15 seconds ahead and Jeff and I had pulled clear of our two pursuers. I took a sneak peak at the 180 degree turn and estimated that Dan was 15-20 seconds back (I knew he could still be dangerous with the climb and slick roads ahead). From two to three we climbed 50' and also merged back into the 6k course which meant we'd need to pass about 100 people (and everyone was looking for the best footing). Jeff went by me right after 3 and as we climbed another 50' in 1/2 mile I did all I could to keep him close. I felt better as we hit the top, knowing I had 1.5 of downhill or flat running left. I went back by Jeff for a bit but at 4 miles he re-passed me. At 4.2 we turned onto Kingsbury (a bigger road) and the footing improved slightly. Jeff upped the tempo and I kept thinking, "just hang with him another minute". I kept thinking that until we turned onto Route 125 and I could see the finish line 1/4 mile ahead.
|200 to go|
No complaints from me, I ran a lot faster than I expected due to the conditions. I'm hoping this is a good indicator going into the 10 mile! CMS runners took places 2, 3, and 6 (and Fullerton destroyed the field in the 6k)
1 Timoth Catoggio 30:10 6:02 31 1/63 M 1/9 M3039 Boston MA
2 Jeff Goupil 30:43 6:09 29 2/63 M 1/8 M2029 ARLINGTON MA
3 Dave Dunham 30:44 6:09 52 3/63 M 1/16 M5059 HAVERHILL MA
4 Nathaniel Webber 31:26 6:17 25 4/63 M 2/8 M2029 ATKINSON NH
5 Joe Rand 31:46 6:22 24 5/63 M 3/8 M2029 HAVERHILL MA
6 Dan Verrington 32:09 6:26 54 6/63 M 2/16 M5059 BRADFORD MA
7 Burger King 32:28 6:30 36 7/63 M 2/9 M3039 AYER MA
8 Jordan Parkinson 32:35 6:31 25 8/63 M 4/8 M2029 PORTSMOUTH NH
9 Matt Valli 34:15 6:51 28 9/63 M 5/8 M2029 ?
10 Lauren Murray 34:25 6:53 38 1/83 F 1/25 F3039 METHUEN MA