Monday, April 26, 2010

Red's Shoe Barn 5 Miler

On Sunday, 6 days post Boston Marathon, I decided to head back up to Dover, NH to run Red's Shoe Barn 5 Miler (results), now officially called ' Red's Shoe Barn 5 Mile Road Race For A Better Community').  It was the 29th anniversary of the race and to celebrate the course record, which is a blistering 24:12, I decided to go with my 'Dunham Rocks' singlet.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

2010 Boston Marathon

What more can I say other than this year was a much more pleasant experience than my last April marathon in 2009.  Not having hundreds of folks pass me in the 2nd half of the race made for a completely different experience this time around. I made my way back into the marathon distance once again, slightly underprepared (if that is a real term), but  at the very least slightly more confident that I would do better than I did last year.  I had struggled with severe congestion all week (allergies) and I also had probably my worst week of runs in a very long time.  As I (ahem) 'tapered' last week and only ran 5-6 miles a day, real easy, I felt terrible.  My IT band felt tight (right side), my right calf was killing me, my right foot hurt, my back was tight, my neck felt tight, and I felt like I had a cold (yet knew it was allergies).  All those things really made me nervous and completely unsure of the race on Monday.   The only positive things I could think about was all the hard snowshoe racing I did over the winter, my New Bedford and DH Jones races, and last week's 5k on the track, which all went pretty well (especially NB). I was hoping that all those factors would trump the last week's worth of bad runs and sickly feelings.  As I now write this, I know that was certainly the case, and my confidence now for my next big test in 2 months time (Mt. Wash) will definitely be higher. (photo above courtesy of Scott Mason - taken around 10k I think).

The alarm went off up in southern NH at 4am and I was out the door at 4:30. I drove down to Malden, MA and got

Sunday, April 11, 2010

2010 Merrimack River Trail Photos

Uploaded my photos from the 2010 Merrimack River Trail 10 Miler (results).  Above, race winner Kevin Tilton (for the 2nd time in the last 3 years).

Congrats to CMS for loading up the top 10 this year (what else is new)...

Top 10


Saturday, April 10, 2010

George Davis Invite

Saturday, after taking photos down at the 19th Annual Merrimack River Trail in Andover, MA, I headed over to  Lowell, MA and my old stomping grounds, to run in the George Davis Invitational Track Meet (results).  I did this last year too, as it is a good (safe) last workout before Boston.  I didn't want to risk an injury or sprained ankle, etc. at the River, so I opted to run the 5k again at GD.

This year's weather was much nicer (last year it was raining and cold) but the wind was bad at times and felt like it was coming from all angles. With the track placed right next to the highway and the Merrimack River, it's not exactly in the best place to be shielded from the wind.  After the Eastern States experience a couple weeks ago however, it was relatively tame, all things considered.

After a pretty long day of standing/sitting around and shivering (welcome back to track!), I warmed up w/ Pat L. and J.D. (Merrimack dudes) through the

Monday, April 5, 2010

Northern Nipmuck 16 Mile Trail Race

Saturday I opted out of a local 5k (or two) and decided to jump on down to the Northern Nipmuck 16 Mile Trail Race (results) in Union, CT.  This was the first race in the 2010 Grand Tree Series put on by the WMAC.  I will do a few of these races this year but am most likely not doing enough to compete in the series.  I knew Ben Nephew and Greg Hammett were doing this race and was figuring that Brian Rusiecki would also be there too, so my goal was top 4.  I  figured I'd have some fun, get muddy, and get a long run in (at least 18 miles w/ a warmup)...I headed down solo (about a 90 min. drive) on a picture perfect Spring day.

Friday, April 2, 2010

2010 Update - First Quarter

The first quarter of the year is done and now we take a quick look back...then a long look ahead....

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Granite State of Mind

I had to repost this... For those select few who may not know, this is a parody of Jay-Z's song Empire State of Mind.  Now don't get me wrong, I am NOT a hip hop fan by any means, but this is pretty darn funny....