I showed up an hour before the start expecting to warm-up with Danny V but he was a no-show. I saw Dave Corbett (Mystic) heading out for a warm-up but I wasn't quite ready to head out. I hadn't seen Dave since we had a good back/forth battle at Fudge 5 years ago. I saw Justin Daglish (GLRR) right before the start, he had put 13 seconds on me in the last 1/2 mile 2 weeks ago. My hope was to stay with those two.
Dave took it out pretty hard on the first slight downhill. I tucked in behind Justin and hung on for the ride. I hit the mile in 5:41 about 2 seconds behind Dave and right with Justin. I like the stretch from 1 to 1.5 and pushed it. We closed the gap on Dave and by 1.25 we were running in a pack with Dave leading the way. Right after my watch beeped for 1.5 Dave put in a surge and gapped us. I was doing my best to stay with Justin thinking "just get to 2 and see". I hung with him through 2 in 11:22 (5:41) with Dave 3-5 seconds ahead. I never seem to do all that well on the two little bumps from 2-2.5 but stuck with Justin until the turn onto Main street and 2.5 miles. Justin then went into his kick and I drifted away on my own. He tracked down Dave and passed him a little before the 3 mile mark and went on for his second win of the year. I settled for 3rd place but my fastest time of the year.
I went out and did another loop for a warm-down and felt pretty beat. I'm looking forward to some longer racing where you don't need to have the leg-turnover. Not sure exactly where my fitness is but the Amherst 10 mile should give me a great indicator.
Place Name No. Div/Tot Ag Div City St Time Pace
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1 Justin Daglish 847 1/16 39 M3039 CARLISLE MA 17:42 5:42
2 David Corbett 894 2/16 33 M3039 STONEHAM MA 17:48 5:44
3 Dave Dunham 803 1/29 52 M5059 HAVERHILL MA 17:53 5:46
4 Charlie Bemis 820 2/29 54 M5059 DERRY NH 18:18 5:54
5 Matt Theodoros 855 3/16 34 M3039 ANDOVER MA 19:37 6:19
6 Amy Bernard 821 1/17 39 F3039 HAMPSTEAD NH 19:39 6:20
7 Lucas Gondola 867 1/9 15 M0119 TEWKSBURY MA 19:54 6:25
8 Adam Horwitz 888 2/9 16 M0119 WINCHESTER MA 20:18 6:33
9 Kathryn Cooney 890 1/6 23 F2029 SOUTH CHEL MA 20:26 6:35
10 Dennis Donahue 896 4/16 39 M3039 LYNN MA 20:29 6:36
|Around 1.5 miles|