Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Shocking News This Morning

Woke up this morning to an absolute shock.  Once I hopped onto the web to see what was going on in the world I was absolutely shocked to see that even though losing last night, Edmonton was atop the Pacific division and tied for the 4th best record in the league.  No words.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Seacoast Series Wrap Up for 2016 and Personal Series Numbers

I FINALLY got my Seacoast Series trophy from Darin this week (and the cash!).  He picked up my award at the Great Bay 5k, as they always do the overall series awards at that race (being the last race in the series).  It's the first time I've not been there to get it in person.  I felt bad but I know they'll be another chance next year for top 3!

This year, I finally got things right again on the SRRS and was able to make the first 6 of 8 races (enough to qualify for the series and enough to win).  I didn't do the last 2 races due to VT 50 again, derailing me...but this time due to injury.  I am not doing any more ultras anytime soon.  The minute I know I can't run fast (or as fast as I think I can) at the shorter distances, I'll look at them again.  For me, they are just too risky and it's not worth that risk if it means I'm going to miss out on races I enjoy going to.  I got one win, one 2nd place, two 3rd place finishes, a strangely played out 5th place, and an abysmal 9th place in one of my worst races of my life... but 'series-wise' it was 6 'first' places which is a perfect score for the series (you have to do 6 of 8 races).

Even though it's my favorite series of races all calendar year, I've only finished the series a surprising 5 times since I first did the entire series (or enough races to score in at least) for the first time in 2008.

My Overall Series Finishes:

2008 - 1st
2009 - 2nd (John Mentzer 1st)
2010 - 2nd (John Mentzer 1st)
2012 - 1st
2016 - 1st

Seems like every 4 years I end up winning the series...think that will be the case in 2020?  I'll ONLY be 43....still got a shot right?

I had to go back and look at why I didn't compete in the entire series the other years.  In 2011 I was on a tear, having arguably the best season of racing I've ever had.  I had qualified for the World Championship 50k that year and did that race in August which forced me out of a couple of the races. I then got hurt and started the downward spiral that became the last 4-5 years. In 2013, I had the worst year of racing ever. I had just started a family and running took a backseat.  I barely did any real training and only raced a lot of local stuff here in the valley...and trail races.  2014 started out halfway decent but I got derailed by missing Redhook again due to getting banged up at Wachusett the day before and then I signed up for VT 50 and spent a good deal of the summer focusing on that and didn't compete in the series.   In 2015 I had every intention of doing the series but got a stress fracture after the first race (the day after actually).  I only came back to run one other race that year.

In all I've done 45 Seacoast Series races total since 'accidentally' doing 3 of them in 2007 (I wasn't trying to do the series then).  I first discovered the series back in the winter of 2006/2007 when I was studying the layout of the land with regards to the New England road racing scene. I was just getting back into running again and had been trying to figure out what races to go to in the upcoming season.  I got ahold of the 2007 New England Runner Road Race Calendar and saw an awesome photo of a race start that immediately made me want to go out and race whatever race that was. I remember putting one copy up at work and the other one at home in my office.  I made it a point to figure out what race it was and to sign up for the next one.  Since my college teammate BJ was on the cover, I asked him what race it was. When he told me it was from the 2006 Redhook Brewery 5k, I immediately looked it up and signed up the first day it opened and started keeping an eye on the series it was a part of...  From that point on, I have never missed signing up for Redhook...although I have failed to reach the line a few years due to injuries.  I always plan to run that race.  From there, I learned about the Children's Museum race and Market Square Day and from there it was just ingrained into my running schedule.

Awesome photo of the cover of the race that got me hooked on road racing.  It's a picture of the hardcopy I still have.

The photo has a bunch of mid-2000s regulars on the scene including winner Mark Coogan, Dave Hinga, Nate Huppe, Scott Rowe, Scott Clark, Rod Viens, Tim Rider, Mike Slinskey, etc. I've gotten the calendar every year since this and I still think this was the best one (so far).

Here's a complete breakdown of my Seacoast races in total since I first did them in 2007 (and related stats):

All Time Series Wins: 9 
  • Children's Museum = 4
  • York Days = 2
  • Fox Point = 2
  • Redhook = 1
Runner Up: 12
Worst placement (other than the one DNF): 10th
Years I did all 8 races: 2 (2008, 2009)

Year Race Place Time Notes / Excuses
2007 Redhook 7th 16:33 My first 'big race'.
2007 Market Square 10th 34:07 My second 'big race'.
2007 Harbour Trail DNF - Dropped out at a mile. Huppe for the win! Last year of this race in the series. Race is no more but I did go back in 2009 and got 2nd to Ethan Hemphill.
2008 Children's Museum 2nd 15:56 Last time this race was in Portsmouth. Sam Wood for the win! Race is now in Dover.
2008 Redhook 1st 15:32 Duel with Dan Princic over the last mile. My first Seacoast series win!
2008 Market Square 4th 33:01 1 Kenyan and 2 Keenyans in front of me.
2008 York Days 1st 15:46 Another good Seacoast series win!
2008 Saunders 4th 32:58 Alliette for the win! I was still recovering from almost dying at Savoy.
2008 Fox Point 1st 27:42 DOUBLE. Ran Ollie 5-Miler earlier that morning.
2008 Great Island 4th 15:55 Again, 1 Kenyan and 2 Keenyans in front of me.
2008 Great Bay 2nd 15:53 Miller for the win!
2009 Children's Museum 3rd 16:13 Mahoney for the win!
2009 Redhook 2nd 15:38 DOUBLED up with Wachusett day before. Mentzer for the win!
2009 Market Square 3rd 32:45 Moulton and Mentzer 1-2.
2009 York Days 2nd 15:46 Mentzer for the win!
2009 Saunders 3rd 32:20 Mentzer for the win! Alliette sub 32!
2009 Fox Point 3rd 28:23 Got directed the wrong way! DOUBLED and ran Ollie 5-Miler earlier that morning!
2009 Great Island 5th 15:48 3 Kenyans and Mark Miller up ahead!
2009 Great Bay 2nd 15:38 Scotty McGrath for the win!
2010 Children's Museum 3rd 15:53 Wiles for the win!
2010 Redhook 3rd 15:34 DOUBLED up with Wachusett day before. Wiles for the win!
2010 Market Square 7th 32:47 Had a terrible race but the time wasn't too bad looking back (and compared to what I run now!)
2010 York Days 2nd 15:27 Mentzer for the win! 15:05!
2010 Saunders 2nd 31:53 Sub 32! Mentzer for the win! 10K PR.
2010 Great Bay 3rd 15:31 Crowell for the win. Mahoney outkicks and humiliates me in a 5k!
2011 Children's Museum 1st 15:46 Pulled away from Crowell after 2 miles.
2011 Redhook 2nd 15:28 DOUBLED up with a WIN at Wachusett day before. Wiles for the win at Redhook!
2011 Market Square 3rd 31:56 Wiles for the win. P.Moulton 2nd. One of my best races ever. Close to a PR.
2012 Children's Museum 3rd 16:13 Was injured. Newbould for the win!
2012 Redhook 2nd 15:37 DOUBLED up with Wachusett day before. Huebner for the win!
2012 Market Square 2nd 32:33 Gomez for the win! My best placement at MSD.
2012 York Days 1st 15:40 DOUBLED up and ran Carver 5M the day before in 25:35.
2012 Saunders 2nd 32:32 Huebner for the win!
2012 Great Bay 4th 16:23 Was injured. Only race I ran in 2012 after August. Just ran to place in the series.
2013 Market Square 5th 33:10 Awful. Worst year for my racing/running.
2014 Children's Museum 1st 16:25 Slow but a win! Nobody close.
2014 Market Square 5th 34:06 Awful. 3 dudes went the wrong way.
2015 Children's Museum 1st 15:49 Great race. Day before I got a stress fracture.
2015 Fox Point 1st 26:50 Good race back from missing all summer with a stress fracture.
2016 Children's Museum 1st 16:10 I ran well enough for a rare Seacoast win in my old age!
2016 Redhook 3rd 15:58 Alex McGrath outkicks Leuchanka!
2016 Market Square 9th 33:57 May have been my worst race ever.
2016 York Days 5th 16:15 DOUBLED UP and Won Stratham the day before. Hottest two race days of the entire year.
2016 Saunders 2nd 34:05 Hot but still just ran like crap. Garfield for the strong win and PR!
2016 Fox Point 3rd 26:39 Not a bad race. Millennium's cutest couple for the handholding win!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

November 6 - Sunday - Weekly Recap

I've been slacking a bit with the last few days and updates...But here's the recap of the week...

October 31 (Monday) - 8 miles
November 01 (Tuesday) - 9 miles (60:00)
November 02 (Wednesday) - 8 miles easy.
November 03 (Wednesday) - 9.35 miles (60:00)
November 04 (Wednesday) - 6 miles easy.
November 05 (Wednesday) - off. Daddy duty all day. Built a shelf.
November 06 (Wednesday) - 10 miles (69:40).

Total: 50.35 miles on 6 runs. Unfortunately 1 day off again but hopefully I fix that sh*t.

I'm trending in the right direction.  35.2, 45.6, and now 50.35...those are my last 3 weeks since I retired from ultras.  Back to work this coming week.

Looking at the race results, it was great to see my mates on CMS run so well today and get yet another team win at the GP marathon.  Vassallo and Mindel ran their asses off (no surprises there).  E-Narc ran tough and fast enough to help the team wrap up another GP team win at the marathon distance.  CMS will finish 2nd to BAA by 5 or so points in the overall GP team competition.  Nothing I could have done would have helped the team finish any higher today so I'm not as bummed that I missed it after seeing how well they ran through the rolling streets of Manchester.  I hope to help with some GPs next year in BOTH the open and masters categories.  I'm looking forward to seeing what the GP schedule is going to look like for 2017, now that 2016 is finally in the books.

After watching the NYC marathon this morning, I had grand aspirations to go hit a new permission or a few different sites possibly down south a bit, but ended up just walking up into the backyard again and detecting for about 2.5 hours.  Mostly just covering spots I couldn't quite get access to in the summer when everything was grown in.  I landed 5 buttons, an 1863 'fat' Indian Head, a small musket ball, a buckle, an old pocket knife, another axe head (#20), and some other junk... all in all it was a good day swingin'.  Not too many of these left unfortunately... Winter. Is. Comin'.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

November 3 - Thursday

More mill action tonight with a 9.35 mile effort in 60 minutes.  Started out easy and got progressively quicker with the last couple miles in the 5:4x range.  Got a late start and it was pretty busy in there tonight but I snuck it in.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

November 2 - Wednesday

An easy 8 miles on the mill at The Mill.  It was a beautiful day out... should have run outside when it was light out... didn't. Then almost took a zero....Forced myself to get down there late.  Thought about doing just 5 or 6....but then did 8 like I planned and got outta there... It's gonna be a long winter.

The 'new' view at the weight-machine-thingy.

Poison Ivy Update... starting to dry out...

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

November 1 - Tuesday

9 miles in 60:00 at the mill.  That is all.