Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Yankee Homecoming 10 Miler

Last night was race #39 of the year and a long one by my standards... Yankee Homecoming 10 Miler (results) in Newburyport, MA is a grind. 10 road miles at 6:35pm in the summer heat. Last year may have been a tad hotter, but it was still brutal out there. I've said this before and I'll say it again...I get a wee bit shaky in anything over 5M in distance and really don't know what to expect. It really just comes down to the type of running I do and how I train. I'd like to think that someday, before I get too old, I'll realize how to run faster over longer distances, but for now, I have small goals, like breaking 55 minutes. I ran 55:36 here last year, so this year's time was actually better than that, but I also ran 55:08 at DH Jones in February, which is a MUCH harder course... this goes to show how much the heat plays into the results. I wound up 11 ticks over 55 minutes at 55:11, but I ran better at this same race than I did last year, so I have to take that as a positive. Here's how it played out... (photo to the left by Jim Rhoades)

I headed over to the race solo (so very sorry, but no photos once again)...and warmed up solo. I had become very aware about 2 hrs before race time that I had not eaten anything all day. I had 1 cup of coffee and a boatload of water to hydrate. I was so concerned about the heat and hydration that I had forgotten to simply eat something. I had 4 energy gels in the last 90 min leading up to the race, but knew that 400 calories may not be enough... Fortunately, I don't think any of that affected me, as I felt pretty good during the race for the most part.

Shortly before the race, it was clear that it was going to be a pretty fast field, with Pat Tarpy, the brothers-Moulton, Terry Shea, Justin Freeman, the entire R.un contingent, lots of GBTC boys, and a boatload of Kenyan runners. I also caught up with Patrick Rich (CMS) whom I've never officially met before. He said his plan was to go steady for first 8 and run hard on last 2. A good plan, based on how this course is laid out with the last 2.5ish on High Street and the last 2 miles completely flat. As the gun went off, I tried to behave myself, knowing this race was a little out of my range/element and also that I went out way too fast last year and it really hurt me. 5:07 through the mile last year, and I said no way would I do that this year... I was wrong...

As the race began, there was immediately a lead pack of about 9 or so guys including the brothers-Moulton, Tarpy, Derese Deniboba, Ruben Sanca, Abdel Faker (3rd at Loon this year), Justin Freeman, Ben Ndaya, Titus Mutinda, and a couple other Kenyan runners. Then there was a pack of another 7-8 runners who, from the back, looked to be all in red. I know that this was Matt Haringa, Kibrom Temelso, Andrew Wommack, Ryan Aschbrenner, and a few other guys. I actually stuck with them for a bit and dropped back by myself, off the second pack, through the first mile in 5:07 AGAIN. Way too fast. I immediately dropped the pace down as much as I could without getting eaten up by the field behind me, but knew it was only now a matter of time... but fortunately, my strategy over the next couple of miles paid off. Terry Shea and a couple other guys (I'm guessing Matt O'Connor and Jason Dedonato) went by me at close to 2 miles in and Terry asked me to jump on board...I proclaimed that the pace went out too face for me and he agreed that the field was out a little too quick for the conditions... That was my guess exactly, as I went through in 5:07 and there were 2 big packs way ahead of me...

Over the course of the next few miles I slowly started to pick guys off. After 2 miles, nobody went by me except Patrick Rich. I caught some GBTC guys, Ben Ndaya, and a runner from Holy Cross, and also spotted a few guys periodically who had dropped out and were walking along the course. When Patrick went by me at maybe around 5 or 6 miles, we had both just passed Joe Hegarty, and Pat put some decent distance on me as I just plugged away at passing runners one by one who went out too hard. I was running 'somewhat' consistent and felt pretty solid for me over this distance and in this heat. At around 7 miles, I passed another GBTC runner and Justin Freeman who was coming off of some big workouts and racing. It was obvious that really good runners were feeling the heat and the fast early pace. I could see Kibrom Temelso and Titus Mutinda up a ways and by 8 miles I was holding off a slight oncoming side stitch but had caught back up to Patrick Rich. Pat and I ran along side each other through 8 and 9 and I proclaimed a couple times that he shouldn't wait for me and should go after the two runners ahead. We both caught and passed Kibrom and it was clear that there wouldn't be enough road to catch Titus. Pat pulled away by a few steps a couple times, but I hung on behind. By the time we hit the school and could see the finish, I knew I had a bit left in the tank and told him I was going, to which he acknowledged and I went around and kicked to the finish.

In the end, I didn't take into consideration how many people one-by-one that I had passed after the 2nd mile and that nobody passed me after that. Also, a bunch of guys dropped, so my place was far better than I thought. My parents were indicating that I was top 10...but I didn't even think I was close... In the end, I was...finishing in 12 place overall, which was a pleasant surprise for me in this race, with this caliber of a field. Also, I ran 55:11, so about 11-12 seconds slower than my goal, but it wasn't for lack of effort on a day like this. Lastly, I won my division (30-34), which was very cool. Only Titus (44) and Terry Shea (35) were older than me, but neither was in my division (5 year age groups).

Splits this year vs last year:

Mile 1
Mile 2
Mile 3
Mile 4
Mile 5
Mile 6
Mile 7
Mile 8
Mile 9
Mile 10

Only my 5th mile was slower this year vs. last year. My last 2 miles collectively were 10 seconds faster, which is a good sign.

Photos of myself and Patrick at the finish below by Kristen Kozlosky

39 up and 39 down. Now I'm not sure if I'll race anywhere this weekend or not. Not a heck of a lot going on on the racing scene this weekend... I feel pretty good, even though I've doubled pretty much the last 4 weeks. 'That's all I got...'

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Baystate Training Week 1 (7-20 - 7-26)

Week 1 of the Baystate Marathon Training Cycle

Monday: PM: Dreadmill run. 6 at 7 min pace (42:00). That's it. Easing into this week. Recovering from double (racing) on Saturday and a 10k hike on Sunday... calves were tight and work was busy... Total: 6

Tuesday: PM: River trail from school (1:23:46). Wet, muddy, and dark. Rolled my ankle right before the turn around. Had to stop for 10 min. to stretch it out and decide whether I could run back...pain and tightness got better and it felt better as I came back. 42:42 out and 41:04. Got home and iced. Total: 12

Wednesday: PM: Trail run at Winni. First 1 (basin loop) solo + last 8 with Ken Tripp (59:51). Shanked the SAME ankle as Tuesday about 2 minutes from the end of the run. Had to stop for a minute...killed. Shook it off, finished home and iced. Would have added on if this didn't happen. Total: 9

Thursday: PM: Town bagging session: Hampstead, Sandown, Chester, Fremont, Danville, NH (roads) Bonked around 12 and hung on... ankle 'ok'. Essentially getting my body acclimated to running longer than 10 miles on the roads. Total: 16.7

Friday: PM: Haverhill roads w/ Ken Tripp - Muggy and raining (1:18:47). Total: 11.7

Saturday: PM: Lake St. out and back - Salem, Methuen, Haverhill (roads) - Solo. Felt like crap. My have been a tad hungover (believe it or not) from Friday's 6 beer excursion. Very hot, very sluggish (54:40). Total: 8

Sunday: AM: 3.1 mile warm up with John Mentzer (over the course in York, ME) - (21:40) + Race: York Days 5k - 15:46 + 3.1 mile cool down - half solo and half with GSR - (23:00). Total: 9.3

Weekly Total: 72.8 Miles

Good start to the training cycle (funny that I am even talking about a 'training cycle') I guess. Essentially I can't get 'too' caught up in numbers, but want to make sure that I am at the very least, better prepared for running 26.2 miles on the roads than I have been my last 2 times (which is anything better than being completely unprepared). This means running more miles than normal for me... more than 60s. I need to increase my mileage and do longer runs... bottom line. Also throw in some goal MP'd runs in there too. That's it though. I'm not going to research training plans or fret too much about anything else. I know what doesn't particularly work and will address it as best I can and we'll see what the result is. I'd like to be able to go through 10 miles at my goal MP pace (which will be 6 min pace) and actually feel like I can keep going. That hasn't really happened yet. Tonight is Newburyport (Yankee Homecoming 10 Miler). I bonked here last year because of the heat and because I went out at 5:07 for my first mile... This year, it's just as hot, but I know what NOT to do over the first couple miles... we'll see how it goes.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

York Days 5k

Sunday was race #4 in the 2009 Seacoast Road Race Series. The York Days 5k (results) in York, ME was the scene, and outcome was no surprise. Last year (blog entry) I won this race by 47 seconds and ran out front the entire way. This year I hung on to second place mostly the entire way.

I headed out at 6am to pick up Chico in Haverhill and then we shot up to York to make it in time to pick up our bibs and do a warm up before the (early) 8am start. After picking up my number and using the facilities, I spotted series leader John Mentzer (pictured to my right) and we headed out together to do a warm up over the course. John has 1st place points in all of the series races this year and is essentially (no pun intended) 'running away with it'. He qualified for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials with a 2:19:33 at the 2006 Chicago Marathon and then came in 24th overall at the trials in NYC with a 2:18:23. He ran for Navy at posted PRs of 14:04 and 29:00 for 5k and 10k respectively. In other words, he's strong and has wheels. Though now just randomly training and racing, he's got my number in the series and I'm now focused on potentially securing a 2nd place spot (unless Chris Mahoney starts showing up again ;)...).

As we toed the starting line, it started to rain and was bordering on perfect weather for a summer 5k. There looked to be some decent younger runners in the field, so I wasn't sure what to expect. As the gun went off, the pace seemed to go out pretty smooth and manageable. It was John and I and one other guy for a bit. I'd say through the half mile, John and I broke away and ran side by side through the mile. Like last year, the mile marker was way off. 5:29 according to my watch, which was by no means accurate. At 1.5, there was a downhill section and that's where John broke away. He put in a brilliantly place surge and I didn't have a reaction. Through 2 miles he was about 10 or so seconds ahead of me and that's the way it went. I went through 2 in 10:18, which means my second mile, according to the split, was 4:49. Again, we know they are a bit off and were last year too. At least this year, I knew this at mile 1. Last year when I saw my mile 1 split I thought I was running bad and it may have actually affected the rest of my race. After the second mile, I stayed within yelling distance of John but never closed. He actually probably put a few more steps ahead of me over the last .1 and he finished up in 15:33. I was 13 seconds back in 15:46 (5:04 pace), exactly the same time I ran last year. The next guy was over 1 minute back. My last split was 5:26 for 1.1, so all 3 miles may have been a little off, but there is one thing for certain, and that is that this course can be pretty darn fast. Scott Masse had his Garmin read a perfect 3.1 for the distance, so I know it's legit (even though they do say it is certified).

Overall, I finished right where I should have and feel this race went OK. I ran exactly what I ran last year and was not in the greatest of fitness this weekend because of a rather late night on Friday and a very tired day yesterday. I outperformed my expectations for this race so I'll take it. For 2nd place, I got a pretty sweet medal and another Timex Ironman (Solar) watch ($79.95). I actually wear that same watch so it's cool to have a backup. Chico ran a PR today with a 23:37, which is very good considering he had 2 late nights in a row! After the awards and a cool down w/ with the muscle of the Goon Squad (Scott Masse & Dan Hill), Chico and I headed down to chill at Prescott Park in Portsmouth for a while before taking the scenic route home, though Portsmouth, New Castle, Rye.

Results - Top 10

115:335:01John Mentzer 32KITTERY ME
215:465:05Jim Johnson 32SALEM NH
316:565:28Stephen Hennigar23RYE NH
417:305:38Brandon Gerrish 17LEBANON ME
517:365:40Lance Powers 39ROCHESTER NH
617:365:40Matt Weber 28YORKBEACH ME
717:375:40Jasmin Lepir 33PORTSMOUTH NH
817:395:41Peter McNeil 25BARRINGTON NH
917:475:44Adam McCready 29DOVER NH
1017:505:45John Gagnon 42LEWISTON ME

785 Total Finishers.

Tomorrow will be an easy day, pace wise, and then it is on to Newburyport for a 10 mile (ahem) workout on Tuesday night.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Bill Luti 5M and Jason Hussey 5k

This past weekend was my 3rd weekend in a row of 2 races...although it would differ from the previous 2 because this time, I did both races on the same day (Saturday). It was a Luti/Hussey double for me, as the 42nd Annual Bill Luti 5 Miler was held at 9am in Concord, NH and the 19th Annual Jason Hussey 5k was held in Greenland, NH at 6pm. I had originally planned on just running the Jason Hussey race, but didn't realize until Friday that the race was at night. I contemplated running Luti on Friday night and then made the last minute decision on Saturday morning when I woke up. I figured if I ran poorly at Luti, I would come back and run the Jason Hussey race later in the day to try to redeem myself. I also figured that if I ran OK at Luti, I could pass on the 5k and call it a weekend... But a planned hike up in the Whites on Sunday made me think that a run on Sunday may be in the end, I ended up doing all my miles on Saturday and I showed up to both races and ran pretty decent, indicating that I only really need a few hours in between :). Pictured in the photo above is Coach Luti (left) talking to a young runner after the kids race.

Bill Luti 5 Mile Report:

I headed up to Concord, NH on Saturday morning (solo) to give the Bill Luti 5 Miler a go. All I've heard about this course is that it's got a couple of hills (I mapped it out on Gmaps Pedometer so you can see the elevation). The major hills come at the 1 and 3 mile marks, although there is also plenty of downhill as well. While the mile splits are up and down, I'd say it's a pretty fair course, but not one for running a PR on for sure. It's also officially 5 miles (instead of 8k) now, with a newly certified course this year and slightly different start and finish sequences. After a warm up with Dan Verrington, Scott Clark, and Scott Graham, I quickly changed into my super-retro Polar jersey (circa 1992 and courtesy of Eric Morse via Dave Dunham) and hit the starting area. On the line, I noticed a ton of talent including Mark Miller, Justin Freeman, Greg Hammett, Chris Mahoney, Seth Williams, and a few other usual suspects as well as a lot of younger faces that just plain looked fast. After a very quick gun, the race was off.

Justin, Mark Miller, and another younger runner were all out hard and by a quarter mile, they had broken away from what I think was the largest chase pack I've ever seen at a local road race like this. There was probably a chase pack of 15-20 guys through the first mile +. At points through the first 2 miles, Chris, Greg, myself, and a few others all took the official lead in the chase pack, though we all stayed pretty bunched up. Through the first mile, the first climb starts. I had forgotten my watch, so I didn't get the splits, but I believe Greg told me after that he was around 5:21 or so though that first mile (and I was right beside him). Pedestrian pace for sure, but with the hills looming, I think everybody but the first three guys were being conservative at the beginning. At the turn right before 2 miles Rich Smith motored past me (on a slight downhill section). I stayed close and by 2 miles, I was back in front and starting to close on the 3rd place guy who started to fall off the pace. I saw coach Luti at the 2 mile mark shout out '10:55'. I almost croaked. A slow pace through 2 in just about any distance race for me. I pushed on and by 3 miles had caught and passed the 3rd place runner who did try to stay with me for a bit, but then fell way off the pace. From 3 to 5 I was slowly reeling in Mark and could see Justin and the lead vehicle the entire way. Mark was looking back a lot, but to his credit, he hung tough and didn't relinquish the 2nd place spot. I finished in 3rd place (very surprisingly) and in the money. Justin hung on for his 2nd win in a row in this race. Mark (also a former winner of the race) held me off for 2nd. Though he is 'out of shape' according to his post race description of the day, Mark still once again managed to outduel me. In fact, I've never beaten Justin or Mark, so to be this close to them on a rather humid morning was just fine by me. 26:32 / 5:19 pace was a pleasant surprise, given the fact that my first 2 mile was 10:55.

After a cool down with the same crew + a few others, I stayed to watch them dish out the awards for the race and for the CARS series, in which Chris Mahoney took home the overall title. After that, a hot dog, and a few Polar Root Beers, I headed back down home to rest up and ponder going to the Jason Hussey 5k.

Top 10 + CMS in Blue

126:06:005:14Justin Freeman 32New Hampton NH
226:18:005:16Mark Miller 28Keene NH
326:32:005:19Jim Johnson 32Salem NH
427:08:005:26Alex McGrath 18Marlborough NH
527:14:005:27Chris Mahoney 31Haverhill MA
627:17:005:28Greg Hammett 31Chesterfield NH
727:19:005:28Rich Smith 39Enfield NH
827:27:005:30Andrew Chalmers 19Ashland NH
927:43:005:33Scott Clark 43Gilmanton NH
1027:47:005:34Scott McGrath 22Marlborough NH
1228:00:005:40Dan Verrington47Bradford MA

368 Total Finishers.

Jason Hussey 5k Report:

CoolRunning Results

After sitting around for a bit in the late morning/early afternoon, I decided to head up to the Jason Hussey race and try for some additional prize money. Looking through past results, I figured I may be able to squeak one out up there, even with a 5 miler under my belt for the day. 4pm, left Salem and headed up to Greenland, NH. About a 35 minute ride to arrive in plenty of time to be one of the first ones there. The locals were setting up for a community event with food, vendors, and some live music on the bandstand... After signing up and wandering around a bit, I didn't think there would be many other runners there that I'd recognize, due to the time of the race (6pm) and the weather (still being VERY humid and hot). It didn't take me long though to spot Casey Carroll running over to registration, so I knew it wasn't going to be an easy run for me...I also saw him talking to a couple of younger guys later on who I thought may have been UNH guys or at least some college guys he knew through coaching... Max Thomas and his dad rolled in near 5pm and around 5:15 or so, Max and I ran up the first mile of the course (a pretty substantial uphill climb) and then back down. I wasn't too picky about the mileage, having already run 11 or so miles earlier in the day. Because the course is a straight out and back on one road, it did give me the opportunity to see most of the course. I knew the first mile would be slow...and the last had the potential of being fast... After a quick decision to go without a singlet, we were off to the starting line to do some last minute strides. I was afraid to push too hard on the strides or any part of the warm up because I had no idea how my legs were going to hold up.

The gun went off and I immediately became aware that my calves where pretty tight from the race earlier in the day. The pace seemed pretty relaxed and I had Casey to one side, a younger runner to my other side, and a couple of other younger runners right behind, including Max. The race doesn't take long before the course starts to climb uphill for a good distance to the mile mark. We went through the mile in 5:18, which I believe may have been close to being right, seeing a decent amount of it is uphill... Once past the mile, the next half mile is very flat up to the turn around point. When I reached the turnaround, I was surprisingly alone with maybe a 15 or so second lead. Over the next half mile, I think I kept up a pretty solid pace and by 2 mile mark I had a pretty large lead and couldn't really make out who was next in line. I am thinking the 2 mile mark may have been a little early, as it didn't really seem close to where the first mile marker was at all (the race starts and finishes in the same spot, so the 1 and 2 mile markers should have been in the same general area) and I went through in 9:59 (though the volunteer calling out the splits told me '9:55'). The 9:59 by my watch would have given me a 4:41 second mile, which was all completely flat, and had a sharp turnaround in the middle of the road. Also, the last mile was almost all downhill and I should have run faster, as my pace seemed to be the same all the way to the line...and ended up coming in at 15:51, so the 2 mile mark was probably 15 seconds too early I'd say, as there is no way I ran 5:52 for my last 1.1 downhill. In the end though, I was very happy with the effort and thrilled I was able to hold off Casey and the rest of the guys on a very hot and humid night, and only 8 hours removed from running the 5 miler earlier in the day. Clipping is from the Portsmouth Herald's Sunday Edition - 7-19-09 (click to enlarge).

Top 10:

115:515:07Jim Johnson 32Salem NH
216:465:24Casey Carroll 37Dover NH
316:535:26Stephen Hennigar23Rye NH
416:575:28Brandon Gerrish 17Lebanon ME
517:165:34Erik Travis 25Lee NH
617:205:35Tobias Grindel 25Sedgwick ME
717:535:46Max Thomas 17Wolfeboro NH
818:105:51Ryan Brady 15Durham NH
918:145:52Michael Brady 49Durham NH
1018:245:56Miles Brady 18Durham NH

174 Total Finishers.

Below photos courtesy of Tad Thomas.

Monday, July 13, 2009

2009 Ascutney Mountain Run

Late Update (with splits): Sunday was race #35 of the year and the scene of the crime was Ascutney Mountain at Mt. Ascutney State Park in VT. This was the 9th Annual Ascutney Mountain Race (results) but this year, they changed the course dramatically. Previously, the race was 3.8 miles all up the auto road, to the parking lot near the summit. It mirrored as closely as you can get, about 1/2 of Mount Washington. This year, they veered you off the auto road only 2.3 miles up, and had the last 1.7 over VERY technical single track trail. It was more of a 1.7 mile scramble over rocks, through mud and across a couple of streams....up some stone stairs, and across many switchbacks with trails sometimes about 6 inches across before steep edges of rocky cliffs that would send you plummeting back down into the woods (I know, I went over the side twice). In a nutshell, it was two extremes in one race...a hybrid of auto road and single track bushwhack trail, that made for an interesting race for sure.

I headed across NH to VT starting at 6:30am. I arrived after a very nice drive, with almost zero cars on the road, in only about 1hr 50min. Many of the usual suspects were already there milling around. After catching up with some of the mountain folk and heading over to get my number, we got ready and headed out for a nice warm up down VT route 5. We had a big warm up crew of CMS, WMM, RunningRaw, TNT, and GCS runners who were all a bit apprehensive about the course changes. Both dd and I agreed that the pre-race favorite would be Andy McCarron, who is definitely the best all around runner who toed the line. After a quick change, we all headed over to the start. The timing guys were actually worried about making it to the finish before the runners. They had to drive up to the top parking lot (where the race used to finish) and then hike .7 miles up to the actual true summit to set up the clock and finish chute. Problem is that it takes a few minutes to drive up to the top, and then 20 min or so to actually hike to the finish, carrying all the equipment. They would make it just fine (by how much I don't actually know)...

As the race went off, Tim Mahoney ran right to the front and really worked the first mile. I stayed right behind him for most of the way, with Joe Shaw, Dave Dunham, and Andy McCarron all right behind. At the one mile mark, Joe Shaw past us pretty convincingly and proclaimed something that sounded like 'that wasn't too bad' as we passed through the mile. I wasn't too worried about the splits and was just waiting to see how long it was going to take Dave and Andy to come passing by. Right after the mile (or just right before), Tim dropped back a bit and I started to push on to try to hold off dd and Andy. That wouldn't last, as dd soon came up and right past me with Andy a short distance back. I adjusted my pace a bit and stayed right behind dd and let him dictate pace. For the next mile, we stayed together, with him one step ahead, and it looked like we were starting to reel in Joe who had built up a decent lead. As we hit the trail, we were maybe 10-15 seconds back of Joe and dd turned to me and said 'after you' and pointed to the trail. I immediately declined the offer, as I wasn't feeling that great after the 2.3 mile non-stop uphill climb. As we ducked into the woods, I immediately felt held up behind Dave and got nervous that Joe would start to run away. I figured that I should at least try to catch him on the flatter trail sections before it started to get steep, and if dd caught me again, so be it...but at least I would have tried... So after about a minute, I yelled up to Dave that I was going to come by and he obliged. I shot past and went right after Joe. It took maybe a half mile or so to catch up to him and I ran behind him for a bit before shooting past him on a section where he had stopped to power hike. Both him and I were power hiking on and off quite a bit but I was able to get past him and continuously build up a lead. At this point, I will say four major things about the 'trail'... It was ROCKY, WET, STEEP, and actually well marked. I didn't have any navigational problems, and there were a couple of volunteers out there at the intersections, but the footing was brutal. I used my Inov-8 f-lite 230s, which worked really well, but no shoe can help you if you fall off the trail and slide down the side of the mountain, which happened to me on two separate occasions. In one section where the trail is about a foot wide before sliding straight down, I slipped off and had to hold on to rocks with my hands and pull myself back on...the first one scared the living daylights out of me...the second one was laughable because, well, it was the second one. As I approached the top, I started to notice the woods getting brighter and more sunlight showing through...a good indication that there isn't much more ahead... I asked a couple of volunteers as I approached and they told me how much was left...this helped motivate me to try to grind up the stone steps and wet rock to the top. In the end, I got up to the summit in 1st place, in a time of 37:26. Andy McCarron came rolling up in 2nd place, just 42 seconds back (which, for this trail is not too far back), and Dave Dunham came through in 3rd place. Joe dropped back to 4th, but finished up strong, just ahead of Todd Callaghan (5th).

Top 10 plus CMS finishers in blue:

1 37:26 9:22Jim Johnson 32Salem NH
2 38:08 9:32Andy McCarron 26Keene NH
3 38:43 9:41Dave Dunham 45Bradford MA
439:039:46Joe Shaw 28Grantham NH
539:569:59Todd Callaghan39Somerville MA
6 40:5210:13Tim Van Orden 41Bennington VT
741:1110:18Thomas Brown23Boston Ma
841:2510:22Kasie Enman 29Huntington VT
9 41:3910:25Tim Mahoney 29Holyoke MA
10 43:2010:50Philip Mason 22North Thetford VT
11 43:5610:59James Pawlicki 34 Beverly MA
38 49:4112:26Abby Mahoney 31Holyoke MA
52 51:2412:51David Lapierre 45Chelmsford MA
1261:02:2115:36Walter Kuklinski60Princeton MA


Mile 1: 8:05
next .5: 4:29 (12:35 at 1.5M)
next .25: 2:18 (14:53 at 1.75M)
next .25: 2:06 (17:01 at 2M)
next .25: 2:29 (19:30 at 2.25M)
Mile 2.3 total time (to the trailhead): 19:56 - 8:40 pace for the road portion.
Last 1.7 on the trails: 17:30 - 10:17 pace for the trail section.

YIKES! Tough course.

With the USATF-NE Mountain series done, I don't have a finishing score, although I did quite well in the 4 races (of 6) I ran. In order to score, I needed to have run 1 more race (they take the best 5 of 6). Kind of a mistake on my part this year. I'll look to do the series next year, but being able to win both Loon and Ascutney again will probably prove to be a difficult task...

Photo to the left, after the race: L-R: Tim Mahoney, Paul Kirsch, Jim Pawlicki, JJ, Tim VanOrden, Todd Callaghan.

Kristin didn't make the trip out, but I did bring my camera and Kristen Kozlosky (Jim Pawlicki's girlfriend) was able to graciously get photos of the first crew of runners for me. After I finished, I started taking pictures of finishers. There may have been a few runners missed during the transition. I uploaded them to SmugMug. Thanks Kristen!

Kristen - photos 1-76, Jim - photos 77-419

After the race and awards, a group of us ran back down (my quads aren't too happy about that right now)... Then, a big group of us (Mahoney's, Callaghans, Tivo & Mike Menard, Jim & Kristen, Andy and his girl, and some GCS folk all headed over to the river for some food, beverages, and a soak. Good times for sure....then a 3 hour ride home in insane traffic near Concord basically wiped me out for 10 hours. This week may include Sapienza and a low key 5k on Saturday. That's all I got (taking a line from Ryan Cararra, back when he 'used to blog') ;)

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Portsmouth Harbour Trail 5k

Late Update: 7/10/09
Saturday it was up to Portsmouth, NH for the 14th Annual Portsmouth Harbour Trail 5k (results). I headed up solo, so no photos :(. However, pictured to the left is me getting outkicked at the very end... photo courtesy of 'aussiegtl' ...I lifted it from her flickr site...hope she doesn't mind.

I 'attempted' to run this back in 2007 and dropped out after the 1 mile mark. It was my first season of racing in 8 years and I wasn't feeling that great, had some stiffness from playing hockey a couple days prior (mistake), and I only made it a mile before whipping the singlet off and stepping out of the way. Last year, this race was on the same day as Ascutney, so I had to miss my opportunity to avenge my only DNF. This year, Ascutney changed to Sunday, so I got to head up and give this race a go. Too bad I crossed paths with Ethan Hemphill (for amazingly, the first time in a road race)...

Ethan's got wheels in case anyone out there is unfamiliar. Before the race, I was talking to Bob Wiles and he told me that Ethan was around I knew it wasn't going to be an easy day. As we lined up, the weather was already VERY hot, and looking around, I knew it would be a 4 man race between Bob, Me, Ethan, and Colin Ingram. The gun went off and immediately, Ethan went to the front but didn't really push the pace. I settled in right on his shoulder and there I stayed. The mile markers were way off so I won't even bother laying out the splits like I normally do, but we went through what was setup as Mile 1 and it was 5:32. Bob yelled 'slow!' from right behind Ethan and I. Ethan let out an expletive and laughed a bit before picking up the pace just a tad... It was the four of us (with Colin) through about 1.5 before Ethan and I put a little distance on the other two. Through 2, the clock read 10:18 (or a 4:45 second mile according to my watch)...again, the 10:18 may have been closer to accurate, but the splits were obviously off. I didn't get the 3rd mile split, but at 3 I was right on Ethan's shoulder and we just cruised into the last turn, at which time he waited until I crept up a bit and then he turned the jets on. He's got a pretty nice kick and I didn't have the wheels to react. The race tactics played out in his favor for sure, and I know we probably could have gone out harder and salvaged a faster time, but it is what it is...and another sub 16 is always welcome in my results.

I cooled down with Ethan after the race and got to talk to him for the first time...very nice guy who lives just far enough away up in Maine that I won't cross paths with his kick too much in the near future ;)...

For winning my age group, I got a $60 gift cert to Bicycle Bob's Bicycle Outlet in Portsmouth (good for a tuneup) and a $100 gift cert to Anneke Jans in Kittery, ME.

On to Ascutney tomorrow (I think...).

Top 10 (of 375):

115:525:07Ethan Hemphill 36Freeport ME
215:555:08Jim Johnson 32Salem NH
316:075:11Bob Wiles 31Kittery ME
416:225:17Colin Ingram 27Hampton NH
517:435:42Tobias Grindal 25Lebanon NH
617:475:44Louie Saviano 18Sandown NH
717:505:45Brandon Gerrish 17Lebanon MA
818:005:48Douglas Mercer 21Lakeport NH
918:055:49Peter McNeil 25Barrington NH
1018:185:54John Mercer 53Lakeport NH

All Time Sub 16 at The Portsmouth Harbour Trail 5k (WHEB Harbour Trail 5k)

114:50David Hinga 24LOWELL MA2000
215:02Dave Dunham 36BRADFORD MA2000
315:03Richard Bolt29MANCHESTER NH2000
415:08Zach Emerson (1)21Hillsboro NH2006
515:10Tim Cox 33Epsom NH 2006
615:20Craig Fram 41PLAISTOW NH2000
715:26Ethan Hemphill (1)32Freeport ME 2005
815:27Raymond Youngs 23DEERFIELD NH2001
915:30Mike O'Brien 35Durham NH1996
1015:31Richard Bolt 34Nashua NH 2005
1115:34Kevin Alliette25Methuen MA 2006
1215:36Mike Brady (1)40NEWMARKET NH2000
1315:37Dan Verrington (1)41BRADFORD MA 2003
1415:43Nathan Huppe 27Dover NH 2007
1515:44Dan Verrington (2)40BRADFORD MA 2002
1615:48Dan Verrington (3)36BRADFORD MA 1998
1715:51Zach Emerson (2)20Emmitsburg MD2005
T-1815:52Matthew Germain 25Haverhill MA2007
T-1815:52Ethan Hemphill (2)36Freeport ME2009
T-1915:55Jim Johnson 32Salem NH 2009
T-1915:55Moatascim Hamcha25DOVER NH2000
T-1915:55Mike Brady (2)39NEWMARKET NH1999
2015:56Timothy Rider 31Dover NH 2007
2115:58Jake Christiansen18Newipswich NH2007

*** ** No results available for 1997. No Sub 16s in 2004 or 2008.