The third race in the GP Series was the “sprint” edition or better known as the 5k. Pawlicki and I drove over to Cambridge and grabbed a spot in a parking garage to help us stay dry a bit since the rain was coming down pretty hard. The meager tent for registration was already water logged so CMS huddled under an overhang near the start. The plan for this race was to try and run as close to even as possible and try and stay around 5:20 pace for as long as possible. After we hit the mile and listen to the girl call out 5:01 for the first mile we all kind of figured pretty quickly she had no idea what she was doing. I tried to really focus on mile two and it seemed to work. I moved up a bit from my early position and just tried to run people down. I got by Levy early on so I was now focused on keeping him behind me. Before I knew it we were on top of mile 3. It came so fast I kind of missed my chance to kick a bit early. In at 16:50 and change. It’s time to get some more miles under my legs and get some speed work in.
Traveled down to the Carver 5 miler with Pawlicki and Putnam not really knowing what this would feel like. One of the advantages of being race fit is having the mental capacity to know what your body can handle. I had non of that going in so my plan was to just try and get comfortable and be consistent. I ran a very even race and I am encouraged that the achilles really didn’t act up until real late in the race. The real good news is I was able to get out nice and early on Sunday for a very comfortable 10 miles.
18 years ago my little girl was born. Back then we were renting our first and only condo in Beverly. I starting running that year and joined my first club, the North Shore Striders. The oldest results I can find are the Beverly homecoming 5 miler. It was a 5 mile race for at least 2 years. I was 27 that year and ran a Stellar 30:03. Boooo! Anyway, Happy Birthday Savannah Raven!
1 Josh Hanna 23M Manchester 26.10
2 Fernando Braz 34M Peabody 26.13
3 David Gagnon 21M Danvers 26.16
4 Brian Reinhold 41M Lee 26.21
5 Paul McGovern 35M Lynn 27.03
6 James Pawlicki 20M Beverly 27.18
7 Richard Seltenrich 19M Ipswich 27.45
8 Jason Euzukonis 21M Lynn 27.49
9 Laurie Stephens 11F Wenham 28.10
10 Bob Gillon 43M Lynnfield 28.19
11 Michael Roberts 20M Springfiel 28.27
12 Michael Woods 40M Hamilton 28.40
13 Kevin Guinee 99M Salem 28.55
14 Paul Ducey 47M Salem 29.01
15 Jeffrey Ouimette 28M Danvers 29.07
16 Kevin Gannon 31M Beverly 29.38
17 Joseph Shairs 27M Beverly 30.03
I can’t beat my Grandmother in her walker right now but I finally got up nice and early and joined Verrington, Pawlicki, and Ayers for a nice flat run on the rail trail in Topsfield. I felt surprisingly ok until just over an hour. The first few steps tomorrow should be special.
I’ve been racing the Stew Chase for years, partly because it’s the only thing going on. I did next to nothing this past week so I couldn’t wrap my head around a 15k race this. I went out today for a 12 mile run rocking out to the Pixies. This was more of a mental test than a physical one. I wanted to test how my fitness was after a crap week. I was out in 40:50 and back in 37:30. The second part is much hillier so I’ll take it and try to build on this. Hopefully I can find some motivation real soon.
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Met up with Martin and Jim in Swampscott for a snowy, icy, and WINDY run into Nahant. Heading out was a piece of cake but coming back was a bitch. Jim tried to break the wind with his hulking biceps but we all struggled to stay upright. 13.1 exactly