Friday, September 24, 2021

Best age graded 5k

 Since turning 50 I've only run faster than 17:51 (which I ran last week) 14 times.  Although this was my 15th fastest 5k since 50 it is my fastest age graded result.  I'll take it!


Best 5ks since turning 50

Date

Time

Age

AG %

AG time

Date

Time

Age

AG %

AG time

Sep-22

17:41

57

87.48

14:41

Sep-22

17:41

57

87.48

14:41

Sep-18

17:37

54

85.66

15:00

Mar-16

17:06

52

86.81

14:48

Sep-17

17:32

53

85.36

15:03

Oct-15

17:00

51

86.63

14:50

Jan-17

17:33

52

84.59

15:11

Sep-18

17:37

54

85.66

15:00

Oct-16

17:35

52

84.43

15:13

Sep-17

17:32

53

85.36

15:03

Mar-16

17:06

52

86.81

14:48

Oct-15

17:16

51

85.29

15:04

Jan-16

17:26

51

84.47

15:12

Nov-14

17:11

50

85.01

15:06

Oct-15

17:16

51

85.29

15:04

May-14

17:11

50

85.01

15:06

Oct-15

17:00

51

86.63

14:50

Jan-17

17:33

52

84.59

15:11

May-15

17:24

51

84.64

15:11

May-15

17:24

51

84.64

15:11

Nov-14

17:11

50

85.01

15:06

Jan-16

17:26

51

84.47

15:12

Jun-14

17:21

50

84.20

15:15

Oct-16

17:35

52

84.43

15:13

May-14

17:11

50

85.01

15:06

Mar-14

17:20

50

84.28

15:14

Apr-14

17:23

50

84.04

15:17

Jun-14

17:21

50

84.20

15:15

Mar-14

17:20

50

84.28

15:14

Apr-14

17:23

50

84.04

15:17


Thursday, September 23, 2021

Looking back - Sept 2016

5 years ago (Sept 2016): I raced three times over this month, a mountain race and two road races.  I started off with the Mt Greylock race which was now part of the USATF NE mountain circuit. Teammates Kevin Tilton and Dave Lapierre for the drive out.  Being part of the Mountain Circuit definitely helped the attendance as 167 turned out and more than half were USATF members. Teammate Matt Veiga shot out at the start with Tim Van Orden following.  A second pack formed, and I trailed by 15 seconds at the mile. Not much changed as we entered the park and the climb got a bit steeper.  I knew I was in 6th place now and also knew that everyone ahead of me was CMS which meant I wouldn’t score for the team unless I moved up a place.  The weather was ideal, sunny, dry, and just a little breeze.  I ended up taking 6th place and 3rd in the 50+. CMS swept the team titles with take the first 6 places in the open, top 3 in the 50+ and top 4 in the 40+.
Pl          Time     Name                            Age       City, St               Team   
1          55:14    Matthew Veiga               29         Lynn, MA            CMS     
2          56:51    Tim Van Orden               48         Bennington, VT   CMS     
3          57:43    Kevin Tilton                   34         Conway, NH        CMS     
4          57:48    Erik Vandendries            51         Chestnut Hill, MA CMS     
5          58:33    Ed Sheldon                    52         Hooksett, NH      CMS     
6          58:43    Dave Dunham                52         Bradford, MA       CMS     
20         1:10:11 David Lapierre               52         Chelmsford, MA   CMS     
 
Next up was the USATF NE 20km championships (Seasons 20k).  My plan this year was to try and be competitive with my fellow Senior (50-59) runners.  Race day was just plain nasty, although not “hot” it was 75 degrees and the dew point in the 70’s made it about as humid as possible without actually raining.  Ed went out as he normally does and was 5 seconds up at the mile.  Around the mile Jim Pawlicki strode by and I latched on.  Jim and I ran together, and he’d gap me on the uphill parts and I’d come back on the down.  I was 38:52 at 10k which was only 15 seconds slower than last year, before 8 miles it got ominously dark and then the skies opened up.  I pulled away from Jim Pawlicki on the climb after 10 miles.  I had my head up looking ahead at the line of guys in front of me when I heard Jim yell out “No!”.  I looked back and realized we missed the turn!  I started yelling “No, no, no” to the guys ahead who’d missed the turn ahead of me as I quickly reversed direction.  In all I ran an extra 50 seconds but others had it much worse. Jason Bui went back by me with 200 to go and powered to the line, I struggled in running 1:18:48 and taking 5th in the 50+. 

Kicking for the finish


50+ (41 finishers)
1          1:12:12 Peter Hammer    50         M          BAA
2          1:18:31 Michael Cooney   54         M          WRT
3          1:18:34 Scott Anderson   51         M          WRT
4          1:18:39 Charlie Bemis     53         M          WRT
5          1:18:48 Dave Dunham     52         M          CMS
6          1:19:23 Robert Cipriano   56         M          SRR
7          1:19:52 Ed Sheldon         52         M          CMS
8          1:21:11 Martin Tighe       58         M          CMS
15         1:29:42 David Lapierre    52         M          CMS
16         1:30:54 Philip Savoy Jr     54         M          CMS
 
My final race of the month was the USATF NE 10km championships (Lone Gull):  I was gunning for a sub-36 and would be looking for teammates Ed Sheldon and Jim Pawlicki to key off of.  Right from the gun it felt “quick” to me.  Every time someone went by I’d want to latch on but it always felt just a little bit too fast.  I reached the mile in 5:40 which was right around the time I thought I could run but it felt a lot tougher than I’d hoped.  I was fortunate always having someone around me.  Jim Pawlicki caught me before 3 miles (17:15) and we strode through 5k together in 17:56.  I still felt I had an outside shot at breaking 36 if I could hold pace.  Jim took off on the final climb to the 6 mile mark (I suck at hills) and Charlie Bemis (WRT 50+) went by at the crest of the hill.  I gave all I had left but every step I lost ground.  I crossed the line in 36:11 (clock time) with a chip time of 36:06.  The 50+ field was strong and I did not crack the top 10 (finishing 11th).  Our team took 3rd behind Whirlaway and a strong Somerville Road Runners squad.
 
 
50+
DvPl      Name                Age       ChipTime GunTimeTown               Club
1          Peter Hammer    50         0:33:14 0:33:18 Needham           BAA
2          Greg Picklesimer  50         0:33:24 0:33:28 Brighton             SRR
3          Pete Bottomley   54         0:34:58 0:35:04 Cape Elizabeth    Dirigo
4          Robert Cipriano   56         0:35:17 0:35:22 Brighton             SRR
5          John Ayers         50         0:35:36 0:35:39 Hamilton            WRT
6          Ed Sheldon         52         0:35:42 0:35:45 Hooksett            CMS
7          Scott Anderson   51         0:35:47 0:35:52 Truro                 WRT
8          Mark Reeder       56         0:35:53 0:35:57 Brighton             GLRR
9          Douglas Martyn   56         0:35:53 0:35:59 North Andover     WRT
10         Charlie Bemis     53         0:36:00 0:36:05 Derry                 WRT
11         Dave Dunham     52         0:36:06 0:36:11 Bradford            CMS
18         Martin Tighe       58         0:37:43 0:37:51 Providence         CMS
23         John Pajer          53         0:39:56 0:40:04 Leicester            CMS
24         David Lapierre    52         0:40:02 0:40:11 Chelmsford        CMS
26         Dan Verrington    54         0:40:03 0:40:12 Bradford            CMS
27         Philip Savoy        54         0:40:28 0:40:37 Shrewsbury        CMS
 

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Looking back - Sept 2011

10 Years ago (Sept 2011) – I raced three times this month while my focus was a bit more on peakbagging.  I wanted to race before I headed off with Eric to bag some state high points and I settled on a Thursday night race (Atkinson Road Race). Teammate David Quintal took it out hard with the lead pack of Pat Fullerton, Kevin Alliette, Casey Carroll and Andie Colon. I found myself off the back and alone in the first half mile. When David stopped to tie his shoe I motored by him but could hear him right behind me as I hit the mile in 5:24. I caught Colon with about 1/2 mile to go working the downhill for all it was worth. We turned the corner for the final uphill 400m and he took off like a shot. I ended up taking 5th place in 16:34 with DQ 6 seconds back. The course was a bit short of 5k, maybe 15 seconds.
 
1 15:04 Pat Fullerton M2029
2 15:39 Kevin Aliette M3039
3 16:07 Casey Carroll M4049
4 16:24 Andie Colon M3039
5 16:34 Dave Dunham M4049
6 16:40 David Quintal M4049
 
Next up was a small trail race in Chester NH at Wason Pond. I ran the 10km version of this race last year and had fun so I was back this year for a 5km race. I checked out the course as a warm-up, it had a lot of variety. I felt pretty lousy; the head cold I'd picked up this week left me dragging. I went out hard but controlled. By 200m into the race I was in the lead but I could hear footsteps close behind. Eventually they faded.  I was happy to get a win! I gave a good effort and topped 90 miles again this week.
 
1 18:13.1 Dave Dunham 47M
2 18:59.9 Patrick Connelly 47m
3 21:53.4 Richard McNeel 14M
                                                                                                                                                                               
The final race of the month was the Lone Gull 10km where I was hoping to run a “fast” time.  I was not feeling good. I'd woken up with a sinus headache each of the last few mornings and my throat was still lousy from whatever I was still sick with. Dan Verrington, David Quintal, and I were all in about the same shape, so it looked to be an interesting race. I was hoping for a 40+ PR (34:28) but knew that the wind would make for a tough second half of the race. I hit three miles in 16:26 and was very happy with the. I went by Dan just after. Dan said "go get 'em" as I went by but about a quarter mile later he went by me like I was standing still. With about 1/2 mile to go I started to close on Dan and finally got him on the last uphill of course. I hit six miles in 33:33 (5:44) just a stride or two up on Dan and I pushed as hard as I could on the downhill and flat. I hit the finish (actually two strides beyond the SECOND timing mat) in 34:41 missing my PR by 13 seconds.  Our team had a solid run, just missing beating GBTC in the open and taking the masters team title. We did beat GBTC in total age of scoring members.  CMS = 144 GBTC = 74
 
Team results
1. GREATER BOSTON TRACK CLUB  32:30 34:28 37:01 = 1:43:59
2. CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS         34:41 34:48 35:00 = 1:44:29
3. GREATER LOWELL RR                35:41 36:45 42:50 = 1:55:16
 
40+ Team Results
1. CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS         34:41 34:48 35:00 = 1:44:29
2. GREATER LOWELL RR                35:41 36:45 42:50 = 1:55:16
 
Individual results
1 32:30 Brennan Bonner   26         M2039 GBTC
2 33:20 Brian Deal           26         M2039
3 33:30 Mark Mayall         40        M4049 NB-BOSTON
4 33:36 Ethan Crain         38         M2039 GCS TRIAD
5 34:20 Joe Donnelly       43        M4049 WHIRLAWAY
6 34:28 Caleb Evanter      24         M2039 GBTC
7 34:41 Dave Dunham      47        M4049 CMS
8 34:48 Dan Verrington    49        M4049 CMS
9 35:00 David Quintal      48        M4049 CMS                                                                                                                       
 
Rounding third


Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Looking back - Sept 2006

15 Years ago (Sept 2006) – I raced four times over this month, three of those races were within 24 hours.  I kicked off the month (09/04/06) at the Greylock mountain race.  I was having trouble with a sore toe (Morton’s neuroma) and was still recovering from the trail 50km champs a couple of weeks prior.  I basically ran the race alone finishing fourth, four minutes behind the winner and 1:30 ahead of fifth place.

1 Jon Korhonen M23        54:28

2 Andy McCarron M23       55:25

3 Kent Lemme M39          56:26

4 Dave Dunham M42        58:47

5 Donald Pacher M34       60:17

 

Next up (09/15 & 09/16) was the Reach the Beach relay a 200+ mile race from Bretton Woods to Hampton Beach with the “Loco Banditos” team.  I’d done this race once before running the anchor leg, this time I’d have a totally different experience by running the lead-off leg.  Each runner would do 3 legs as we rotate through twelve runners.  A first up I got to kick things off at 2:30pm on Friday with a climb up and down over 900’ at Bretton Woods.  I completed the 3.1 mile leg in 18:55 then drove to the end of the next leg for a 2 mile warm-down.  We followed legs until our six guys (two vans each with 6 runners) were done.  After that it was off to my next leg which was in Madison.  I had a 3.8 mile leg that 150’ of climb and was held in a dense fog in pitch black darkness.  I managed a 23:49 for the leg, did a quick 2m warm-down, then we headed off to Bear Brook state park for a couple of hours sleep.  I had an early morning long leg of 9.1 miles with about 400’ of climb/drop which I completed in 63:05.  It was a tough final leg for me.  After a 1 mile warm-down we followed all of our legs until our team finished.  We covered the 210 miles in 24:08 narrowly missing the magic 1 day mark (average pace 6:54 per mile).  We ended up taking 7th overall and topped our age category.