The Season’s over. Taking stock and look ahead.

I had intended to use this blog as a place to chronicle my monthly races. That didn’t happen so here’s a quick recap of my late summer and fall races. I had some hits, a couple home runs and a big strike out. In all it was a success, I had fun and grew as a runner.

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With phone in hand.
(Photo: Maine Running
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Beach to Beacon 10K – Cape Elizabeth, Maine
I maintain a “to do” list of races that I hope to pick off, hopefully a new one each year. This was on that list.

  • Logistics! This race requires plenty of logistics for a 10K (Travel, day before packet pickup, hotel, bike to satellite parking, bus, the actual race, another bus ride, and finally a bike ride back to the hotel.
  • The race itself went well running 19:01/19:02 5K splits despite struggling on the 6th mile.
  • I buried myself and ran the last .2 in 63 second finishing so exhausted I walked right by Joan Benoit Samuelson without noticing (I realized in the post race photos.)
  • Result 38:03 & 186th out of 6245. Meb Keflezighi won my age group.

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(Photo: Maine Running
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Labor Day Classic 5K – Biddeford, Maine
This race is hosted by Brian Denger, a fellow Duchenne Dad & runner; the race is a fundraiser for PPMD. I’ve wanted to do it for a while and am happy we could work it into our schedule this year.

  • The course had a couple honest hills and the weather was sunny and humid so running hard was a challenge for all.
  • I ended up dropping off pace during the third mile despite spending much of it running down hill.
  • It was nice to see so many from the Duchenne community come out for the race and William got a ride from Patrick Denger in his new van, which made him very happy.
  • Result 18:38 & 2nd place.

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Apparently I ran the women’s race.
(Photo: Krissy Kozlosky)

Lone Gull 10K – Gloucester, Mass
I ran this race as part of the USATF New England Grand Prix with the Greater Lowell Road Runners. This was the second of three Grand Prix races for me this year.

  • I Ran hard from the gun and none of it was easy but I kept the splits steady running 18:50/18:47 5K splits and all within 7 seconds per mile.
  • The weather was fantastic. Sunny and 65 along the Atlantic coast with a very fast field of runners.
  • Result 37:37 & 123rd place.

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That’s the Atlantic Ocean behind me. You can’t see it? Neither could I.
(Photo: Krissy Kozlosky)

Nahant 30K – Nahant, Mass
Another Grand Prix race with GLRR.

  • The race was billed as “hilly” and flat it wasn’t. Fortunately, the hills were short and that suits me well as I can just power over and down them.
  • I started conservatively, running the first few miles in the 6:40s, hit the half marathon at around 1:28 low, then hammered the rest of the way, full of energy, to an almost 2 minute negative split.
  • This race indicated better fitness than I expected and got me thinking about running a fall marathon. No good ever comes from these kind of thoughts.
  • I was able to score for both the team and individually in my age group, which is an accomplishment for anyone running a Grand Prix race.
  • Result 2:04:55 (PR) and 73rd place.

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Jogging past LeLacheur Park (Photo: Jeff Strobel)

Baystate Half Marathon – Lowell, MA
Since the spring, this was my goal race for the Fall and I’ve wanted to run this half since running the Baystate Marathon in 2010.

  • I feel the Half Marathon is my best distance and this was my best execution so far.
  • The best way to describe my run was systematic, cold, analytic, and emotionless and I executed my race plan with the steadiness of an assassin.
  • The last three miles were my fastest and I negative split the race by three seconds.
  • Result 1:22:30 (PR), 21st overall, and 2nd in my age group.

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I set up my own aid station.

New Jersey Trail Series “One Day” Marathon – Augusta, NJ
I’ve wanted to run one of the New Jersey Trail Series races for a while so when Nader Abadir extended the invitation I gladly accepted. This race was 28 miles from Anne’s parents house in Middletown, NY so we coordinated it with a visit and I just slipped out Saturday morning for the run.

  • I initially signed up for the 50K but dropped down to the Marathon distance (my third this year) to take yet another shot at running a sub 3 hour marathon–always risky business.
  • The race was run on a one mile loop upon a county fairground with nine 90 degree turns and one 180 degree turn per lap. That’s over 265 turns in total, including twenty-seven 180 degree turns. How crazy is that? Very crazy!
  • I took manual splits rather than auto GPS splits and discovered the time difference per mile between my GPS pace and the race clock was greater than 10 seconds per mile and NOT in my favor. Regardless I ran strong averaging mid 6:40 miles while my watch was showing mid 6:30s pace.
  • Everything worked out fine until about mile 23 when I bonked and my race collapsed completely. After a 6:50 per mile average through 22 miles this happened: 7:27, 7:48, 10:09, 14:23, 17:45, Finish. That’s an incredible collapse but when I realized I would finish slower than 3:10, I decided not to kill myself and walked much of the last lap with Anne, William, and little Jake (Anne’s cousin Jennifer’s son).
  • Result 3:22:42 and 2nd place.
  • Interestingly, recovery was almost instant and I’m back at it, fired up more than ever to run strong at Disney.

Next up is some turkey gobbling 5K in Indianapolis on Thanksgiving day and the Assault on Mount Hood XC race here in Melrose, MA in December. Despite not running the marathon I wanted to in NJ, I’m feeling healthy, strong and light on my feet. This is all encouraging as I’m less than 2 months away from running the Disney Marathon.

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