Monday, July 4, 2022

Week ending 07/03/22

 Another decent week with 84 miles and a little track workout.  I needed to get some leg-turnover as everything I've been doing has been "mountain" based so grinding it out but not moving quickly.  I closed out June with 363 miles which was my second biggest month this year.

Monday - Return to office day and busy week of work.  Muggy, muggy, muggy. 6m at 430am and 6m at 930am.

Tuesday - Saw the International Space Station on my way out the door for my morning run. 5m at 430am and 6m at 930am.

Wednesday - Still sticky, been tired from working 530am-6pm.  430am 5m and 945am 7m (buggy in the woods of Ballardvale).

Thursday - 420am 5m on the rail trail then 1pm track workout at Andover High School.  Hot and humid and breezy.  Felt lousy.  Hoped to run "low 80s" for four quarters.  Ran 83.4, 82.9, 82.6, 81.3.

Friday - Out of work early to make up for time I'd stayed extra this week.  430am 5m and 1125am 6m.

Saturday - Freeman rail trail with Petey (bike) and D-la, still sticky but not as hot.  Later a very nice (although still sticky) 4m.

Sunday - Narrow gauge and reformatory branch rail trail run.  Out/back 10 mile on my own.  A little buggy.





Sunday, July 3, 2022

Chelmsford 4th of July - my history

Going for my 13th Chelmsford Carson Memorial/4th of July race, I’ve had pretty good luck at this one.  Good luck to everyone racing on the 4th!

Date     Dist. Time PL Fin     Pace Master Senior
7/4/1984     2.1 9:38         1 100     4:35.2
7/4/1989     2.1 9:27         1 300     4:30.0
7/22/1990    5         24:57 1 150     4:59.4
7/13/1991    5         23:49 1 98     4:45.8
7/5/1999     2         9:23         1 1127    4:41.5
7/4/2000     2         9:20         3 1368    4:40.0
7/4/2002     2         10:07 9 1467    5:03.5
7/2/2005     2         10:27 21 1517    5:13.5     5
7/4/2006     2         10:40 22 1718    5:20.0     5
7/4/2012     2         10:30 33 2140    5:15.5     2
7/4/2018     2         11:01 26 1895    5:30.5         1
7/4/2019     2         11:21 27 1800    5:40.5          2

1984 - My first win at Chelmsford on the 4th


Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Race the Cog

 Finally, it was time to head to the “other” side of Mt Washington and take on the Race the Cog.  I’ve had this race on my radar for nearly a year.  There was some big money bonus up for grabs for the top 3 combined time with the Mt W race from the previous week.  The field suddenly went from just a few entrants to a few more but all of them FAST!  I went into the race with no expectations and just a hope to not get hurt.  I took Friday off and had a great day getting in a couple of nice runs before heading to the Cog to get a peek at what the footing would be (rough cat-track mostly) and then headed over to Appalachia for a short run testing out my new Inov-8 trail shoes.  I stayed at the Mt Jefferson View Motel which had (as advertised) a fantastic view.  It was a very short night, and I was up at 4:30 trying to get fully awake before the 8 a.m. start.  I met up with Christin Doneski and Ed Sheldon and we got in a 3 mile warm-up trying to avoid doing too much climbing/descending which is hard to do since the road to the Cog is a dead end at 2,700’ and there is nowhere to go on the road but down. We did a bunch of loops then caught the brief meeting at 7:30.  I got in another mile trying to stay loose.  The day was bright without a cloud in the sky and temps were already in the 60s.  It wouldn’t be hot, what a change from the previous weekend!

 







The race was broken up into three waves, elite, intermediate, and chill.  The Cog would run at different speeds for each wave.  I was pretty sure that I would be nowhere near the Cog.  My hope was to run around 15 minute miles but I had no idea if that was possible.  The course would be 2.75 miles with 3,588’ of climb.  The average grade was 24.7% with the “Jacobs Ladder” section at a grade of 37.4%.  The first wave was the smallest with only 21 entrants.  With the train whistle we were off.  Joe Grey shot out and I found myself in 10th place right away.  Ed Sheldon was right with me for the first ¼ mile (I had my watch set to beep every quarter mile as I figured that’d be helpful, getting feedback every 4-6 minutes).  I slowly gapped him as I passed the first woman (Sarah Canney).  Mostly I kept my head down as it was important to plan out where you would be stepping.  There seemed to be a lot of weaving as different parts of the cat-track had better footing.  The train caught me around ¾ of a mile and went on by.  I caught back up when it stopped at the 1m station. I also caught a guy at that point and moved into 7th place.  I’d look up every once in a while to aim for the next turn in the road or false summit.  It felt like a good way to break down the race.  I knew that once I reached 2 miles we would be on the summit ridge.  At that point the grade lessened (but the footing became a bit trickier with a lot more rock underfoot).  As I closed on the 6th place guy I kept wondering “where is Jacobs ladder”?  I found out later that I’d already passed it.  On the steeper grades I’d make gains and just before 2 miles I got within a step and he said something like “way to go”.  I think he assumed I’d pass him, but that was the ridge and BOOM he was off like a shot.  I was stuck in my low gear and could not get going.  It was interesting seeing the summit building from the other side.  I’d run up the mountain 30+ times but never from this side.  I hit the finish line in a little over 51 minutes and trotted over to the true summit (dodging the line of people waiting to get a picture on top) and tagged the summit sign.




 





Luckily it was a beautiful day with no wind and 100 mile views as it’d be another hour until the first train down.  I had some time to take in the view and chat with fellow runners as they finished.  A bunch of guys ran down (and one of the women RACED the Cog down the mountain!) but my ankles were feeling pretty bad from the uneven surface so I chose to ride down.  It was fun watching the “chill” wave runners heading up along the tracks.  I got in my warm-down a few hours later on the Northern Rail Trail and closed the day with a very nice 15 mile bike ride.

 




Overall Pl

Time

First

Last

Sex

Age

Wave Pl

Pace

Wave

1

0:39:14

Joseph

Gray

M

38

1

0:13:05

ELITE

2

0:43:12

Everett

Hackett

M

32

2

0:14:25

ELITE

3

0:44:17

Stephen

Kerr

M

30

3

0:14:46

ELITE

4

0:47:41

Birhanu

Harriman

M

17

4

0:15:54

ELITE

5

0:49:26

Jeffrey

Allen

M

21

5

0:16:29

ELITE

6

0:50:46

Drew

Taylor

M

36

6

0:16:56

ELITE

7

0:51:19

Dave

Dunham

M

58

7

0:17:07

ELITE

8

0:53:47

Keith

Nadeau

M

32

8

0:17:56

ELITE

9

0:54:17

Sam

Wood

M

35

1

0:18:06

INTER

10

0:55:26

Ed

Sheldon

M

57

9

0:18:29

ELITE

11

0:55:48

Christin

Doneski

F

51

10

0:18:37

ELITE

12

0:56:24

Meghan

Underhill

F

40

11

0:18:49

ELITE

13

0:58:38

Richard

Fargo

M

63

12

0:19:33

ELITE

14

0:59:18

Kelton

Cullenberg

M

30

13

0:19:47

ELITE

15

1:00:35

Kevin

Higgins

M

2

0:20:12

INTER

16

1:02:04

Ryan

Litwin

M

3

0:20:42

INTER

17

1:02:37

Sarah

Canney

F

39

14

0:20:53

ELITE

18

1:04:31

Draa

Mackey

M

26

15

0:21:31

ELITE

19

1:04:35

Jonathan

Kovar

M

52

4

0:21:32

INTER

20

1:04:44

Lukas

Janulaitis

M

5

0:21:35

INTER

21

1:05:43

Len

Hall

M

69

1

0:21:55

CHILL

22

1:06:18

Sophia

Reynolds

F

6

0:22:07

INTER

23

1:06:54

William

Hogue

M

7

0:22:19

INTER

24

1:07:54

Jessica

Soroka

F

43

16

0:22:39

ELITE

25

1:08:07

Freddi

Triback

F

8

0:22:43

INTER

26

1:08:20

Matthew

Dibiasie

M

9

0:22:47

INTER

27

1:08:46

Taylor

Rosenblum

M

28

2

0:22:56

CHILL

28

1:10:13

Kara

Haas

F

51

17

0:23:25

ELITE

 

102 finishers in three waves