Now to the race... After getting a massage on Thursday to try to salvage a last minute solution to my back problems, I headed over to Lowell with my sister Kristin, who was adding a second marathon to her recent resume of big racing. She did Boston this year as her first marathon (running for a charity) and ran 4:18. She's run the last 2 Mount Washington road races, the Baystate Half in 2009, and the Eastern States 20 miler this past March. She doesn't mess around. She cuts right to the chase and goes for the big distances and big events. She was feeling pretty good about her training and I was not, but we both were sitting there in the Tsongas Arena, getting our stuff on, and trying to get psyched up for the race. The morning was chilly (low to mid 40s) but sunny. My back was no better than it had been, but it was too late for anything now. I was going to attempt to run my desired pace for as long as I could, but I was honestly thinking that I would be bailing at half way if I could even make it that far.
We headed over to the start at 7:45 and I had to find a last minute place to pee before heading over to the line to meet my mates. Justin Fyffe, Greg Hammett, Scott Leslie, Andy McCarron, Jim Pawlicki, and George Adams all found a spot right on the left hand corner of the staring area and we stood there as the entire field broke out into the singing of the National Anthem, after the announcing crew had explained that there was technical difficulties with the anthem audio track. In an adhoc fashion, we all broke out into the song after there were a few folks in the crowd who shouted out 'just sing it, just sing it'. I thought that was a great moment in the sport. I was standing right next to Patrick Moulton (BAA), and that kid's got a good singing voice! ;)...
I ran out front completely until 7 miles. Up until that time, I had only run 2 miles that were slower than my planned pace of 5:35, but one of those was the hilliest stretch of the race, and the other was only a tick over the time. At 7 miles, the entire pack caught up to me, but I stayed out front. They caught up, but seemed to adjust their pace a little. I stayed at around 5:30ish and we started running as a big group. There were 7 of us....Me, Patrick, Terry Shea (BAA), Brandon Newbould (WRT and last year's winner), Ryan Carrara (NBB), Matt Helm (GSH), and Eric Blake (BAA). After that, I couldn't seen anyone back within striking distance. Somewhere before the 8 mile mark, there were a couple of landscaping timbers or something, that were sticking out in the street a little, and we were running so close together in a pack, that Terry Shea (running on the inside and in the tail end of the pack) tripped over it and went down hard. I heard him yell out and go down. We all turned quick and everyone let out a collective word of displeasure after seeing what happened. Ryan C. had yelled to watch out for it, a split second before Terry tripped. I hadn't even noticed it was there, but Ryan saw it and tried to warn the guys behind him, but it was too late. Terry continued to yell and shout out expletives back at the scene of the crime. I think Eric stopped for him and we all continued on. I thought Terry's day was over, but he collected himself and continued on. By the bridge near 8 miles, he was back up on us, which was great to see (even though it meant another guy back in the hunt that was obviously going to beat me ;) )...
I went back and forth in the pack for the next loop, staying right with everyone from 8 miles all the way up to the halfway point (over the Rourke Bridge) and then back over the Tyngsboro loop again. I was mainly hanging right off the back of the lead pack and just trying to hit my 5:30ish pace... Somewhere around 16 miles, Eric Blake pulled off to the side (that was planned) and started jogging. He was out there to pace Terry and Patrick (having stopped for Terry when Terry fell, and stopping for Patrick at about 9 miles when Pat had to retie his shoe). I was now in 6th place and feeling 'OK'... Suddenly (and funny enough, right as Dave Quintal rode past me on his bike yelling 'stay with this pack') I fell off the pack right around 17 miles. It was quick. I'd like to think that in addition to me slowing just a bit, the race really started there and the guys just started to pick it up and spread it out a bit. I hit just a tick slower through 17, than my planned pace and then that was the last time I'd be close. It got progressively slower just about every mile from there. I started to think about the time and try to do the math in my head. I thought that if I could just run 6 minute pace for the last 10, I could 'crack' 2:30....but that would be easier said than done. As I came through 20 miles at a few ticks under 1:51, I knew I was about 2 minutes or so faster through 20 than I was at Boston, but my legs were feeling much worse. My breathing was completely fine and under control. In fact, I almost couldn't help but laugh, thinking over the last 6 miles, that I wasn't even close to being in oxygen debt and I actually felt like I was on a nice easy run (cardio-wise), but my legs, hips, and back were NOT happy with me and were holding me back from any sort of respectable pace. My hips got so tight and my lower back was stiff as a board. My hamstrings and calves were hanging on by a thread and I was pretty sure over the last 6 miles, I'd be cramping for sure. It would be a horrible end to a really great first part of the day. I just kept waiting.
Photo above and below, courtesy of Krissy K. Me, Andy, and Scott moments after we all finished (below):
Top 20 Plus CMS Men in Blue:
|Place||Name||Age||Club/Team||City/State||Gun Time||Net Time||Pace|
|1||PATRICK MOULTON||28||BAA||PROVIDENCE RI||2:24:41||2:24:38.2||5:32|
|2||TERRY SHEA JR||36||BAA||CAMBRIDGE MA||2:24:44||2:24:42.6||5:32|
|3||BRANDON NEWBOULD||29||WRT||DOVER NH||2:25:05||2:25:03.1||5:33|
|4||MATT HELM||24||GSH||LONGMEADOW MA||2:26:17||2:26:13.9||5:35|
|5||RYAN CARRARA||34||NBB||HUDSON MA||2:27:11||2:27:07.7||5:37|
|6||ANDY MCCARRON||27||CMS||KEENE NH||2:27:26||2:27:22.9||5:38|
|7||JIM JOHNSON||33||CMS||SALEM NH||2:27:36||2:27:33.7||5:38|
|8||JEFF SCOVILL||36||MINNEAPOLIS MN||2:28:02||2:27:58.1||5:39|
|9||SCOTT LESLIE||29||CMS||RUTLAND MA||2:28:16||2:28:13.4||5:40|
|10||DANIEL MCCUE||33||CAMBRIDGE MA||2:28:34||2:28:30.6||5:41|
|11||DAVID NASH||29||JERSEY CITY NJ||2:29:50||2:29:46.4||5:43|
|12||TOM DEEG||29||WRT||EASTHAM MA||2:30:10||2:30:08.2||5:44|
|13||TIMOTHY CATOGGIO||25||RUN||SOUTH_BOSTON MA||2:32:54||2:32:51.6||5:51|
|14||JASON PORTER||40||WRT||BEDFORD NH||2:33:44||2:33:41.5||5:52|
|15||TITUS MUTINDA||45||RUN||LOWELL MA||2:34:07||2:34:05.6||5:53|
|16||MARK HUDSON||33||WRT||READING MA||2:34:19||2:34:17.3||5:54|
|17||GREG HAMMETT||33||CMS||CHESTERFIELD NH||2:34:34||2:34:31.4||5:54|
|18||JEFF EDMONDS||33||NASHVILLE TN||2:35:58||2:35:54.2||5:58|
|19||MARK GIBSON||43||WRT||DURHAM NH||2:36:19||2:36:16.6||5:58|
|20||GEORGE ADAMS||40||CMS||GILSUM NH||2:37:24||2:37:20.2||6:01|
|26||JIM PAWLICKI||36||CMS||BEVERLY MA||2:40:04||2:40:01.1||6:07|
|30||KEN TRIPP||40||CMS||AMESBURY MA||2:40:28||2:40:25.0||6:08|
|35||DAN VERRINGTON||48||CMS||BRADFORD MA||2:43:06||2:43:03.3||6:14|
|79||DAVE DUNHAM||46||CMS||BRADFORD MA||2:58:06||2:58:02.4||6:48|
|131||ERNIE BRAKE||49||CMS||ACTON MA||3:07:18||3:07:05.5||7:09|
|298||DAVID HARPER||43||CMS||LEOMINISTER MA||3:20:47||3:20:25.7||7:39|
|331||KEVIN FALLON||42||CMS||W.BOYLSTON MA||3:22:46||3:22:32.3||7:44|
|372||JOSEPH ALFANO||44||CMS||HOLDEN MA||3:25:44||3:24:00.1||7:48|
|424||EDWARD COLEMAN||48||CMS||AUBURN MA||3:28:54||3:28:39.2||7:58|
|1098||BOB TOMCZYK||46||CMS||STERLING MA||4:10:41||4:09:27.8||9:32|
|1141||PHILIP DINSKY||62||CMS||FRAMINGHAM MA||4:15:23||4:14:46.1||9:44|
|1339||MATTHEW GRIGAS||51||CMS||MILBURY MA||4:37:27||4:36:23.4||10:33|
1564 Total Finishers.
******** MENS OPEN TEAM RESULTS
1. CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS
2:27:23 2:27:34 2:28:14 (2:34:32) (2:37:21) = 7:23:11
ANDY MCCARRON, JIM JOHNSON, SCOTT LESLIE, GREG HAMMETT, GEORGE ADAMS
2. BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOC
2:24:39 2:24:43 2:37:55 (2:41:41) (2:47:04) = 7:27:17
PATRICK MOULTON, TERRY SHEA JR, RICK BRANDT, BEN SCHERSTEN, RYAN
2:25:04 2:30:09 2:33:42 (2:34:18) (2:36:17) = 7:28:55
BRANDON NEWBOULD, TOM DEEG, JASON PORTER, MARK HUDSON, MARK GIBSON
4. GREATER SPRINGFIELD HARRIERS
2:26:14 2:40:20 2:52:08 (2:56:28) (3:10:04) = 7:58:42
MATT HELM, ROBERT LANDRY, CHARLIE MUSE, CARLOS RIVERA, MIKE LESCARBEAU
5. TEAM RUN
2:32:52 2:34:06 2:53:09 = 8:00:07
TIMOTHY CATOGGIO, TITUS MUTINDA, ERIC BEAUCHESNE
6. GCS - TRIAD RACING TEAM
2:37:57 2:40:15 2:44:37 (2:58:45) (3:05:30) = 8:02:49
JOE DONNELLY, BRIAN RUHM, MARK ENGERMAN, ROBERT BOTTOMLEY, JUSTIN
This solidifies us as 2nd place overall in the 2010 USATF-NE Grand Prix. The top 4 teams play out like this:
10M 13.1M 12K 5K 8M 10K 26.2M PTS MEN'S OPEN BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION 15 18 15 15 13 14 13 103 CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS 14 16 16 13 12 13 12 96 WHIRLAWAY RACING TEAM 12 15 13 12 11 12 11 86 GREATER BOSTON TRACK CLUB 13 14 12 14 10 11 74
Greater Boston was lucky that they had enough ground on the next few teams that they could get away with not fielding a complete team at Baystate and still not lose any ground in the standings...
Splits in case you are interested in how it all went down....
** botched my watch for the first 2-3 seconds (almost false-started) so the cumulate times were a couple seconds off from the beginning...my overall time was a couple seconds faster each split.
Mile 1) 5:31
Mile 2) 5:23 (10:57)
Mile 3) 5:30 (16:27)
Mile 4) 5:30 (21:58)
Mile 5) 5:28 (27:26)
Mile 6) 5:37 (33:03)
Mile 7) 5:22 (38:26)
Mile 8) 5:36 (44:02)
Mile 9) 5:31 (49:34)
Mile 10) 5:33 (55:08)
Mile 11) 5:26 (1:00:34)
Mile 12) 5:27 (1:06:02)
Mile 13) 5:30 (1:11:32)
Mile 14) 5:29 (1:17:01)
Mile 15) 5:30 (1:22:32)
Mile 16) 5:33 (1:28:05)
Mile 17) 5:36 (1:33:42)
Mile 18) 5:40 (1:39:23)
Mile 19) 5:45 (1:45:08)
Mile 20) 5:48 (1:50:57)
Mile 21) 5:51 (1:56:48)
Mile 22) 5:57 (2:02:46)
Mile 23) 5:51 (2:08:37)
Mile 24) 5:54 (2:14:32)
Mile 25) 5:52 (2:20:24)
Mile 26) - missed last mile split but last 1.2 was 7:13 (which evens out to near 6 min + a 1:13 last .2...
Finish: 2:27:36 on my watch... 2:27:33 Net.
Full sets can be found here:
Photos: Krissy K
Photos: Scott Mason
I know MQ took some video and there were a lot of photos taken from the lead truck (as I was right behind it for miles)...I'll link those up as I find them being posted online...
To add to my exciting day, my sister Kristin shocked not only me, but herself and everyone else on the planet, as she qualified for the 2011 Boston Marathon with a 3:49:18!!! She was (ahem) thinking she'd run around 4:10 or so. She not only had a bad cold, but also a wrenched neck...and she still pulled off a BQ time and cruised to a 29 minute marahon PR!!! You can see by our faces, we are shocked at the news!...Needless to say, we both registered for Boston today...we'll see how it goes....
How about this from last week's New Hampshire running scene? On Oct. 9, Salem's Jim Johnson won the UNH Homecoming 5K while Heidi Nadeau of Portsmouth won the Celebrate Pink 5K. Also, Dover's Dan Poliquin was an award winner at the UNH race. On Saturday Johnson got married while Nadeau and Poliquin got married on Sunday.
The full article is here: http://fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20101017/GJSPORTS_01/710179871/-1/FOSSPORTS13