Monday, March 29, 2010

Eastern States 20 Miler

Photo above by Bob Wiles - 1 Mile mark coming over the bridge into Portsmouth, NH.

On Sunday, I bounced back from the New Bedford Half Marathon and came off of a week of a really stiff back, to try my hand at the Eastern States 20 Miler (results) once again.  It's something about this point-to-point race from Maine to Massachusetts (usually) that gets me excited for the road racing season each winter.  I've run this race 3 times now and look forward to many more.  Despite the usual 'interesting' conditions, it is a really enjoyable race, that overlaps countless other race courses through Portsmouth, Rye, and Hampton.

Monday, March 22, 2010

New Bedford Half Marathon

This weekend was race #2 in the USATF-New England Road Racing Grand Prix.  The 33rd Annual New Bedford Half Marathon (results) was once again the Half Marathon championship and the weather could not have been more pleasant.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Granite State Snowshoe Championships

Photo of the start of the Granite State Snowshoe Championship start by Scott Mason.

Updated (3/15): On Sunday I headed up to Green's Grant, NH to race in the Granite State Snowshoe Championship (results)  put on by Chris Dunn and acidotic Racing.  This was the last race in the 2010 Granite State Snowshoe Series and was held on the beautiful Great Glen trail system at the base of the Mount Washington Auto Road.

Spring Ahead 3 Miler

On Saturday I headed up for a quick 3 mile road race in Concord, NH.  The Spring Ahead 3 Miler (results) is run at the New Hampshire Technical Institute (NHTI) in Concord, NH.  This race is essentially the first 3 miles of the NHTI/Delta Dental Road Race (race #3 in the Capital Area Race Series) held in April.  I ran that race a couple years back and knew the course was relatively fast and flat with only two hills (up and over Rt. 93 twice).  Because the last .1 miles in the 5k finishes on the quad lawn at NHTI, a mid-March race there is typically not feasible if there is snow, so the race turns into a shorter 3 miler instead.  New CMS teammate Matt Pimentel, who is coming back from injury/surgery/and a couple of years away from serious training and racing, joined me for the trip up.  This would be his 3rd race of the year and his first in a CMS singlet.  Scott Clark was also in attendance, giving us a strong 3. As we registered and warmed up, I saw Danny Ferreira (acidotic), Mike Wade (GCS), and Darin Brown (WMM) but that was about it for people I knew.  The numbers weren't as I had envisioned and it didn't look like the turnout would be over 100 people.  After the warmup (over the course), I threw on my new f-lite 230s (new pair for 2010 after wearing out my other ones over the course of last year) Matt and I headed over to the line for a couple of last minute strides and then we were off.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

US National Snowshoe Champ Interview

Interview w/ Josiah Middaugh who won this past weekend's National Snowshoe Championship (for the 4th time in 10 years).

Monday, March 8, 2010

US National Snowshoe Championship - Part 1 (Men's 10k)

(CMS Crew - L-R: Pete Mallett, Richard Bolt, Tim VanOrden, Kevin Tilton, Jim Johnson, Matt Russell)

Well, 750 miles driven this weekend and lots of lessons learned.  I found out that there is A LOT of work I need to do to strengthen up for competitive snowshoeing and mountain running.  I saw first hand, what elite snowshoe running looks like, and it looks NOTHING like what I do.

Monday, March 1, 2010

DH Jones 10 Miler

Sunday was the first race in the 2010 USATF-New England Road Race Grand Prix and like last year, it was the DH Jones 10 Miler (results) in Amherst, MA.  This race can be tough, as it has a lot of ups and downs.  There isn't that many flat sections of this race course and the early date makes it a tough grind for most.

The weather was borderline perfect for a 10 mile race, with temps hovering just above freezing as I picked up the brother's Quintal at the rivah.  In just under 2 hours we were out in Amherst, MA and met up with the rest of the CMS team for registration and the warmup.  It was a great showing for the CMS men's open and masters team, even though we had a few injuries and some top folks missing for various reasons.

As the gun went off, I was positioned probably about 3 rows back on the line and took my time out of the gate. I was very deliberate in NOT going out too fast.  The last couple of 10 mile races I've run in, I've been around 5:09-5:10 or so for the first mile and that is way too fast for my taste. Today, I wanted to run under 5:30s as a goal, which would put me under 55:00, which would be a PR (believe it or not) and a big race for me considering the training I've been doing (and the amount of races).  As the first mile ticked away, I found myself mixed in amongst many familiar faces