Thursday, January 07, 2016

Running Quote of NYC and Boston Marathoner

"Somewhere, someone in the world is training when you are not. When you race him, he will win."

-Tom Fleming's Boston Marathon training sign on his wall

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Not Often

Posting more often could renew life to this blog. . . let's start with this brutally hot loop course marathon.

Sweltering Summer Marathon (BURCS) - Aug 9 - Pittsfield, MA
Mark Bell, 48 of Sudbury MA, earned a close victory at the 2014 Sweltering Summer Marathon. Bell finished in 3:14:12, just ahead of Gregory McCullough, 51 of Springvale ME, who finished in 3:14:31. Taking third was Andy Richardt, 43 of Acton MA, in 3:19:09.
Jennifer Bell, 48 of Dalton MA, ran away with the women's title. Bell finished in 4:12:31, nearly 20 minutes ahead of the field. Cami Breen, 51 of Hull MA, was the runner-up in 4:21:48. Caroline Posiadlo, 35 of Pointe Claire QC Canada, took third in 4:26:11.
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

National Veterans Day Run

National Veterans Day Run 11K - ARNWR 47:00:52, 6:51/mile Nice to have sun shine high 40 degrees F and very little wind. Felt fine throughout with several hills slowing the pace. The downhill from the fire tower is steep causing over braking.

Monday, November 04, 2013

sub-7:00for20 then avgd 9:00last10K

very cold and windy, flurries during number pickup, hilly, GI issues mile 23, will not run this race again, uuggh

Sunday, October 13, 2013

9,5M Groton Trail Race

Exciting race with a group of four pressing the pace, banking turns, and scrambling hills. The weather held out being in the 50s with gray skies.

Finish was in 1:08:19 good for 4th in the age group and 10th overall.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

30K Masters PR: Nahant 30K

The Nahant 30K hills are relentless! Runners experience a vast number of turns, up, down, out and back until a final two mile reprieve to the, oh so flat, causeway. The last two miles are without an easy stride as a pummeling battle had erupted on the legs and body.

Wondering why I stopped running on the course? I wish it was to admire the beautiful views! Both shoes tied too tight, especially the left. After 10+ miles of racing hills it became unbearable. Too bad as this was after several real good miles of smooth pacing with a stalwart BAA masters, oh well.

The road to continuing endurance lives as this race served a survival testament without glaring residual damage. Thank goodness!

B.A.A. race report:

Classic Look: Really had enough of this race!
 Race Video (I'll need to run faster):

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

10K Masters PR: Lone Gull

 Good times y'all competing with some of New England's fastest in a USATF-NE Grand Prix tradition on an early September Sunday morning. Based in Gloucester’s Good Harbor’s Beach parking lot, the Lone Gull race proves earning its place in the series.

 I really like how the keyhole course, whose small rolling hills and balance of turns, help keep your focus on this challenging race distance. Not one for being a fast 10K runner, plan was to break 40 minutes and check on overall conditioning. Placement would land where it will pending who shows, weather, etc.

 Result is a 39:30 net time, lost 7 seconds on gun time, average pace of 6:20/mile, 35/126 of Masters. McMillan’s calculator projects this out to a 3:05 marathon. I can accept that considering no recent race experience.  Credit may best be conditioning on a steady improvement via speed-strength circuits and keeping mileage low to prevent over training injuries.

Can this be the year of actually completing a fall marathon?
photo courtesy of KrissyK

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Saturday, August 03, 2013

LM Preview a Bust

Early wake up biking and navigating got interrupted by a flat tire. After determining location and closest metro station I was fortunate for a fellow biker to loan me a repair kit. Bought Lewis a tea and croissant and I was on the road again. A couple more underground stations, train travel, short walk with more Google Maps to get to the start line in Greenwich Park. A cloudy start led to the Thames, recommended first skipping six miles, a bit of touring and the famous bridge was in sight. To cut this short the run was also cutoff at two hours due to congestion, sun and heat resorting to a walking tour and return bike.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Miles Grow Longer

It seems a better choice to go for a 4 mile run around here as it'll end up being longer than a targeted 5-miler. Street signs would help a great deal! Stay tuned for how tomorrow's marathon course run turns out. Plenty of pre-planning has gone into creating a map, logistics to arrive, along with backup options.

This morning's easy 5 miler time of 74 mins includes stops and walkabout golf club (discovered members only) that also has tennis and swimming. Best establishment I have seen in the area.