Tuesday, April 28, 2009

1996 Mount Washington Raw Footage

As a follow up to my posting (blog entry) with the segment from New Hampshire Crossroads 1996 episode spotlighting the 1996 Mount Washington Road Race, I have ripped the raw footage that NH Public Television was kind enough to provide to Dave Dunham on video cassette.  I broke it up into 4 parts due to the Youtube restriction of not being able to upload videos more than 11 minutes in duration.

The first clip is my favorite, as in the beginning, because everyone in the front row around Dave Dunham knew that he was mic'd for the show, they were giving him grief.  Dave even told me that he went out faster than usual to try to get away from them.  You can hear someone ask Craig Fram on the line, if he was from New Hampshire, because he was 'interested in the hundred bucks', indicating that he was after the Crossan Cup and $100 bonus for being the first NH runner across the line. Craig indicates that he is, but only about .7 miles from Massachusetts... and that they can 'tie' if he wants.  As the race starts, Craig comments that 'Dunham looks awful' and that he has a 'hitch in his stride'.  13 years later, that hitch has become dd's trademark stride.

Part 1: The start and Dunham/Fram/Morse battle...

Part 2: The field spreads out and Morse overtakes Fram...

Part 3: Dunham runs solo in second...

Part 4: Dave powers to a 2nd place finish...Morse 3rd, Fram 4th.

The audio in these is just as the VHS format presented it.  The wireless mic gets staticy (I think that is a technical term) when dd gets out of range.... It eventually cuts out in the final clip.  

I'm working on cutting up finish line video (from a cassette dd has provided) of the top 10+ runners from each of the years between 1985 and 2001.  I'll post those a couple at a time sometime this week as I finish them.  I'm editing them to include captions of names, times, and place.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Warm Weekend Double

Hotter than hades this weekend but I pulled a double only 5 and 6 days after my disaster in Boston... I had to do this to shake off the bad vibes I picked up somewhere between Hopkinton and Boylston St.  I took Tuesday and Wednesday off, then started back up on Thursday and Friday before heading up to Portsmouth on Saturday morning as a last minute decision to run the Out of Hibernation 5k (results).  I ran pretty well here with just one other runner to work with through the first mile, then solo the last 2.  Very fast last mile with a slight downhill incline most of the way. The first mile was completely flat and the second mile has 3 hills, with one being pretty long and steep (the 2 mile mark is right at the top).  It was pretty hot, zero wind, and not too much shade but I was able to dip below 16 for the first time this year w/ a 15:44.  Only 152 runners toe'd the line in this one...kinda strange considering the beautiful day and the fact that last year's race had about 100 more runners show up... One interesting thing was seeing a guy on the line w/ no shoes or socks on... Not sure what he ran for a time, but he looked pretty fast. Went up solo, so no photoset from this one...

Sunday, it was up back up to the seacoast, to Dover, NH to run in the 28th Annual Red's Shoe Barn 5 Miler (results). My goal for the day was to go up there, run 5-something per mile, have fun, and be at another race up in the seacoast in the beautiful (considering the winter we've had) weather... mission accomplished.  It was brutally hot and the course is pretty hilly (although I believe dd has the course record w/ a blistering 24:13, tied w/ Craig Fram a year later)... Since this was my 3rd race of the week, and second in 24 hrs, I figured just going for a top 3 finish would be good.  Immediately upon getting to the registration area, I saw Nate Huppe, who is training for Vermont City, and Casey Carroll, who is always dangerous.  Casey had 4 of his UNH guys there as well, including the eventual race winner Matt O'Connor.   At the gun, the sun and heat were brutal and Matt went out like he was shot out of a cannon.  Casey, Nate, and I let him go and ran in 2,3,4 for the first mile.  Shortly after the first mile, Casey and Nate picked it up and Casey dropped a 4:54 2nd mile.  Nate went with him and I knew in the back of my mind, because of the heat, it was a bad idea to go with them.  I took it slow and steady through 2 and 3 and was soon out of range.  Casey was long gone, and Nate was falling back but still way ahead of me.  By 3.5, I was right on Nate's back and he was fading fast.  I went by Nate over the next half mile.  At 4, I looked up the last of the big hills and saw Casey coming back to me.  At 4.5 I caught him on the very steep downhill to the finish.  He wasn't going anywhere and I was able to gap him over the last .5.  I could see Matt up ahead at this point but he was too far to catch. 

 Although the time was slow, I was satisfied with the race because I came back late in the game, which is unusual for me.  I faded at the beginning but ran smart and was able to pick up two guys who left me in the dust early.  Coupled with the weather, and with back to back days in the same week as a marathon, I'll take it. 359 runners in this one and another 300 or so walkers (who aren't in the results).  Pretty good showing on a very hot day.  Kristin headed up with me to get some pictures (view them here).

Side story...as I was walking through Dover City Hall before the race, another runner saw me and asked me if it was me who was in that morning's paper....I told him I didn't think so, and then he asked me if I ran a race yesterday...I said yes and he told me that he thinks there was a picture of me from the race, in the paper (pictured to the left)...so I picked it up on the way home. The photo is from the Portsmouth Herald and was taken right at the end of the Out of Hibernation 5k.

The weekend was also full of family festivities... Saturday after the race, we went to my sister's house in North Andover for a double-dose of birthday party (mine and my nephew's)... Then Sunday was yet another cookout/party at my brother's house in North Andover, as we had a 90th birthday party for my Grandfather. Nice cookout weather...not so nice running-fast weather.

Now onto a more serious approach to training, as a new week dawns... More miles, more quality, more speed work, and more focus... I got plans now and it's time to get crackin' on what it takes to get there...  Let's get to the gettin'....

Friday, April 24, 2009

1996 Mount Washington Road Race Video

Dave Dunham gave me a couple videos from deep inside the archives of the Dunham Historical Society and Bradford Massachusetts Mountain Running Smithsonian at Ward Hill.  I ripped them onto the computer, did some quick editing for the net, and have uploaded the first video clip to Youtube.

The first in the series of videos I'll post is a 10 minute section of an episode of New Hampshire Crossroads from 1996.  In this episode, they spotlight the Mt. Washington Road Race and throw a wireless mic on dd as he makes his way up the hill.

NH Public Television also gave Dave the raw footage of all the filming they did of the race.  That totals about 44 minutes of tape, so I'm breaking that into 4 parts (approx 10-11 min each) and I'll have those up for the next post or two... 

For now, here's the New Hampshire Crossroads episode from 1996.

Results from 1996 - Top 10 (CMS in blue)

1DANIEL KIHARA     28NORRISTOWN     PA  58:217:41
2DAVE DUNHAM       32BRADFORD       MA1:02:248:13
3ERIC MORSE        31MORETOWN       VT1:03:468:24
4CRAIG FRAM        37PLAISTOW       NH1:04:228:29
5BOB RATCLIFFE     38AUBURNDALE     MA1:05:138:35
7ANDY AMES         33BOULDER        CO1:05:488:40
8MIKE CASNER       34MARLOW         NH1:08:008:57

Thursday, April 23, 2009

2009 Boston Marathon

OK, now that I've had a few days to clear my head and think things over, this post will be far different than what it would have been, had I posted on Monday night.

What happened on Monday was actually a blessing in disguise I think.  Although it was disguised as Satan flogging an effigy of a guy in a CMS uniform, it was still a blessing.  Aside from all the bad things that happened during the race (i.e. running 8 minute miles and having women, guys with jackets tied around their waists and iPods in their ears, and weekend warriors with beer bellies all blowing past me over the last 10-12 miles) coupled with my medical issues after the race, out of all this comes the realization that I gotta change stuff up.  I won't dwell or even try to discuss what I know needs to be done...instead I am just going to do it and get it done.  Results will show in due time, I hope.  For now, as I think it's necessary, I'll give a quick recap of the race, but won't bother with all the negativity, excuses, and hindsight that would have gone up on this blog on Monday night or even yesterday... With today (being my birthday) comes the realization that if I continue to look back on Monday's disaster for one more day, that's one more day further away I am from being where I want to be...so I move on.   

I won't bother with complete splits or even in-depth race depictions, as letting people know I was running 7:30-8 minute miles near the end says enough...Some people ran PRs. Some people had a harder day than I did.  Some people didn't finish at all.  All I can say is that I went out to fast for the first 10k, my body shutdown due to a couple of factors (stage 2 hypothermia, dehydration, and being plain and simple unprepared). The photo is from Scott Mason who got me running by around the 5 and 1/2 mile mark.  I was still running well there but knew slightly there after, that my day was done.

5:37, 5:44, 5:45, 5:42, 5:56, 5:43, 5:54, 6:00, 5:55, 6:05, 6:10, 6:08, 6:18 - (1:17:47 through the half marathon).  Then you can imagine (and see from the last 4 miles of the first half) what happened over the 2nd half.  I ran 1:36:18 for my 2nd half.  That is 7:20 pace.  Enough said.

I looked for places to drop out, on and off, from miles 13-21.  Eric Beauchesne went by me at around 17 and told me to hang in there, so I did...but it wasn't pretty.  A couple times on heartbreak I just stopped.  I couldn't continue.  Body was shutdown and I knew I had problems physically but weren't sure what they were.  When I hit 21, I figured to just grind it out and jog in as best I could because my family was waiting for me in Boston.

When I finished, I was out of it physically and mentally.  When I got into the medical tent, my temperature was 91.8.  Stage 2 hypothermia and I was severely dehydrated.  They gave me an IV and worked on getting my body temp back up.  It took a long time to just get me past 92 and by about an hour I was back up to 96.4 before they discharged me.  According to the staff, I was the 2nd lowest of the day (so far to that point).  Dire Tune had been 91.6 when she was brought into the tent.  They told me I was .8 or so away from going to the hospital and they almost sent me anyways when I took a long time to get up to 93 & change.  They hooked me up to a machine that blew heat into inflated bubbles that I was wrapped in underneath blankets to get my body temp back up.  When I left, I was broken and defeated...but now, dawns a new day.  Monday wasn't my day and maybe it will take a while to get back to where I want to be....but if I don't start to look ahead and stop looking back, I won't get there any time soon.

Thanks for all the kind words, encouragement, and concern that everyone has shown me.  It means a lot to have so many out there that care.  I've been overwhelmed with many different emotions over the past couple days...and am honestly a little apprehensive about my running in the near future, but optimistic at the same time, and thankful that I have the support of my family and friends.

Photo to the left is of me in N. Andover w/ my mom & dad after the race.  Kristin took a bunch of finish line photos (from a couple rows back).  I have uploaded them but have to weed through to get rid of some that are obstructed from people in front of her... I'll post a link when they are done.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Boston Bound

1 day to go (technically 40 hrs or so)....  Not ready whatsoever for the task at hand, but it needs to be done, or at least attempted.  No turning back.  Not too much was put in the bank for this one at all...nothing since February anyways... but its on the schedule...nothing hurts...and it's paid for.  

My parents are going...Kristin is going... My sister and her family are going... and they will be waiting for me at the finish line so I better at least make it there... I told my Dad to 'start' to look for me around 12:35pm or so...12:40pm more like it.  

Considering the year I've had so far, I'll take faster than Baystate (my seed time) and can live with that, but barely.  I'll be elated to be under 2:40.  Absolutely elated.  But seeing how I've felt lately, I'm not sure that can happen.  Anything over 2:40 but under my seed time of 2:45 will be extremely disappointing but would be a PR, seeing Baystate was my only 26.2 mile run.  Anything slower than my seed time will be humiliating, as I can't possibly think about running slower than I did at Baystate.  I'm not a marathoner, but I know I can grunt out a run faster than what I did in Lowell in October.

Look for me bringin' up the rear with bib # 1367.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

George Davis Invite & The Rivah

Saturday was a mixed bag of awful weather, and a lot of running related hooplah.  I started off by  heading over to the  Merrimack River Trail to take  pictures (810) of the 10 mile race...standing still outside for 2+ hours in the drizzling ice cold rain is probably not the best way to spend the hours leading up to a track 5k, but I had a good time seeing a lot of diehards out there braving the elements and running hard on a cold, muddy river trail ....  After leaving the river, I picked up Kristin and we headed over to Lowell for my first outdoor track race in just over 10 years.  I last ran in April of 1999.  

We got there about 3 or so hours early so we hung out in the car as it poured out just about the whole day.  Dave Dunham and I periodically went over to check on the status of the events and we even moved our cars so we could watch the meet and see what events were currently running.  When we thought we had enough time, we went out and did a 3+ mile warmup, then came back and milled around in the car for a bit.  The races went women's first, then men's...so we thought we had enough time, as the women's 5k hadn't gone off yet.  Then my phone rang.  It was Matt Pimentel who was there coaching his Merrimack team.  He told me that they had combined the Men's and Women's 5ks and that we had like 2 minutes to get to the start.  I whipped my uniform and racers on and booked it over to the start.  DD had run to the bathroom and didn't come back to the car until I was all ready..I ran by him and told him the combined races...  At that point I figured I'd go over and tell them to wait a minute until DD was there....he just made it.  We lined up and were off, without stretching, strides, or much time to properly prepare... 

The weather was in the mid 30s and raining pretty good during the race. It was pretty miserable and most people who were at the meet had gone either back to their busses or back to their homes/schools.  Since they scratched the 4x400 relay, we were the last event of the day.  Immediately, there was a lead pack of Jose Ortiz (Whirlaway), Adam Holmes (Merrimack), John Doherty (Merrimack), and a couple other runners (who ended up going 1-2).  John held on for a bit and then fell back a bit and pretty soon it was the lead 2 runners up front, with Jose, Adam, and I running 3-5 respectfully.  Adam and Jose swapped back and forth with the lead and I just hung on beside whoever was up front.   I tried firing up Adam and Jose on occasion, telling them to pick it up a bit periodically (as I think the second mile we all slowed a bit).  The mistake I made was not running my own race after the first mile.  I felt really good for just about the entire thing.  I was comfortable and smooth and just sat on Adam and Jose as I figured that we could all run down the top 2 guys...but with 3 laps to go I knew that it was not going to happen.  The top 2 runners pulled away.  I went around Jose with 3 or 4 laps to go and then went by Adam with just over 1 to go but couldn't catch the top guys.  I pulled within 5 seconds of 2nd but couldn't catch him.  In the end I was a tick over 16 min (again) but I felt really strong and comfortable at that pace.  I felt like it was a training run and really regret not racing smarter and just sticking with the lead guys.  15:40s was definitely doable today even though I didn't run it, so I have a bit more confidence going into next week that my fitness is coming back around.

Kristin once again braved the rain and cold to get some nice shots.


Clark, Kevin
Roger Williams
Keshian, Gregory
Johnson, Jim
UML alumni - 1999
Holmes, Adam
Ortiz, Jose
Dunham, Dave
UML alumni - 1987
Doherty, John
Surabian, John
St. Anselm
Powers, Chris
St. Anselm
Stanwyck, Chris

Splits by 400m:

76 (2:31)
76 (3:47)
77 (5:04)
77 (6:22)
78 (7:40)
77 (8:57)
79 (10:17)
77 (11:34)
78 (12:53)
78 (14:12)
74 (15:26)

Can you tell I've been training for a marathon (kind of)?

I think I'll revisit the 5k on the track, one more time this year at the Loco 5000 in August.  Hopefuly by then I'll be doing some more speed stuff.

Monday, April 6, 2009

SEA 5k and Soup Kitchen 5k

A couple of lackluster 5k's this weekend (time-wise) but the important thing is that I did them and really don't have anything to complain about physically except for a tight calf leftover from last week.  I feel good about getting out there and getting it done even if I'm not in '5k shape'.  But it will come.   Sitting on my rump watching TV, or walking around in my garage, wondering how I'm going to possibly clean it up this year was the alternative... I'll take mediocre 5ks over that any day I guess...

I headed up to Concord on Saturday for the SEA 5k (results), a race I wanted to do the last couple years but other things got in the way.  I believe last year it was laziness... this year, I bit the bullet and made the trip up.  It was the 2nd race in the CARS series, which I don't do because most races conflict with others I want to run.... I may run Bill Luti though in the summer (that being the last race in the series).  Quick recap...  The race is pancake flat but does have quite a few twist and turns around a couple of office parks for NH state offices.  Morse has the record at 15:20 but I knew it was probably not going to fall today....it was pretty windy but aside from that, the weather was nice.  After a warmup with Dan Verrington, Rod Viens, Scott Clark, and JR Stockwell, we headed over to the line for some strides and last second preparation.  The only other couple of guys I saw at the start that I knew were going to make any noise were Chris Mahoney and Patrick Ard (along w/ Dan Verrington who is always either right behind or right in front of me).  As the gun went off, the pace went out at a crawl.  VERY slow...as people looked around and chatted a bit.  Dan V then took off about 1/4 mile in or so and took the lead.  Chris went with him and I stayed a little back with Connor Jennings (18yr old local from Concord).  At the mile, Chris was way out in front and drew out his lead on us for the next 2 miles.  I went through in a disheartening 5:12 and thought I was going to croak.  5-anything is depressing on this course ...but I soon realized I was not in as good a shape when it came to the shorter / quicker stuff...which is OK, with Boston looming in a couple weeks.   The 2 mile was 10:32 (5:20) so it was getting worse and I was jockeying for position with Connor and Dan the whole time.  Somewhere between 2 and 3 I put 30-40 yards on Dan and Connor and kept them back there as I ran to just try to keep Chris in view.  I didn't get my 3 mile split but coasted in in 16:23 for 2nd place behind Chris who ran a nice 15:57 alone (a time I thought I would run).  Connor outstretched Dan on the last .1 and came in 3rd, with Dan in 4th and Scott Clark just edging out Patrick for 5th.  After a cooldown w/ the same crew of Dan, Rod Viens, Scott Clark, and JR Stockwell, we headed inside to get our beer mugs for age group and overall awards.  I was pleased to find that they were giving out checks for top 3 overall (100/50/25).  So in addition to a cool mug, I got 50 beans which would be my entry fees for today and Sunday's race if I decided to double...  Chris told me that he won free entry into all the CARS series races this year from the Spring Ahead 3 Miler raffle.  I say that is a sweet deal and more races should give free entry out, as entry fees are beginning to spiral out of control.  The Granite State Series gave me free entry into the original 6 races for 2010.  Very cool.... So with 2 strong finishes at the first 2 CARS races (Gilmanton and SEA), looks like Chris is on his way to a solid series win if he stays healthy and does all the races... He's having a great year so far.

Sunday I woke up and contemplated not going to Nashua for another 5k... Had I run under 16 on Saturday, I probably would not have gone and assumed I was in shape enough where I didn't need another workout.  Didn't happen though.  Because the Sunday race was at 1:10  in the afternoon, I had time to talk myself out of it.... but in the end, I shot over to downtown Nashua for the Soup Kitchen 5k/10k (results).  I registered for the 5k because I figured I could grind through that OK, but knew there was no way I could run anything close to respectable in the 10...plus back-to-back 5ks to get a last minute workout in, was the plan.  I warmed up a bit longer than usual and really struggled to keep my tight calf at bay...massage and stretch wasn't really helping much.  It was really windy and I took a peek at the course map before I headed off to run the course....I went up the road and took a wrong turn and went up the road in the complete opposite direction.  I actually went along part of the Medical Center 6k course and the entire 1st mile + I was going up hill against the wind...I was pretty depressed about the course and thought it was going to be very slow indeed.... at about 12 min or so in, I started to realize I might not be going the right way, and finally turned when I hit the highway....  I ran back down the hill and back inside to look at the course again and realized I went the wrong way completely...so no chance to preview the course now.  I threw on the polar bear and headed up the road for some last minute strides before the 5k took off.  At the line I saw Eric Beauchesne....the only guy I had recognized the whole day.  We chatted briefly (as he's about to run his 12th or 13th Boston this year) and then we were off...  The wind was pretty brutal for the first mile up hill... I was out front right away and Eric popped in behind me and soon it was just us 2.  I hit the first mile in 5:18 but a lot of that was uphill and into the wind.  I hit mile 2 in 10:36 (another 5:18).  Mile 3 was mostly downhill but into massive traffic that was all across the roads...they did a pretty awful job trying to close the road and I had to literally weave in and out of tight traffic, at one point having to stop and go completely around a car trying to change lanes.  All the while, looking back and seeing Eric's red singlet less than 100 yards back.  I went through 3 in 15:43 (5:06) and finished with a 32 last .1 (downhill) to run 16:17....faster than yesterday on a much hillier course and on a far windier day... I'll take it.  Eric held 2nd and then former UML teammate Tammie Robie was 3rd overall.  After the race, Eric and I headed across town and into Mine Falls for a COOL-down.  

Overall, I'm glad I did the 5ks because if nothing else, I have a good indication of the work I now need to do and I got a good speed workout in this weekend because Boston is not the be all-end all of my running year...I do want to be able to run other races after Boston so I just want to be as fit as I can be going in and then beyond....My 'marathon training' met a massive bump in the road so there is nothing I can do but just get into as good a shape as I can before the 20th and just hope for the best.  I also think it was smarter to do the 2 5ks and back out of Great Bay, with the 20 miler still looming in my calf and hammies.   I also know that back-to-back 5ks do nothing negative to my body....good to know for the future :)...