My training and racing schedule has still been very busy over the past two months, so I’ve had no time to update the blog. However I’ve had some successful training weeks, a few great workouts, and some strong races. Here we go!
Loon Mountain Race – 30th in 1:07:10
I went out feeling quite good throughout the nordic section, but my quads and calves started to feel it about halfway through, and I started to get passed. To make matters worse, Upper Walking Boss was mowed straight up, instead of with switchbacks, so it was worse than ever! I did finish 4-minutes faster than last year, so that’s a plus!
I also did a photoshoot with Matt Baldelli of Matt Baldelli Photography. This was a cool experience, and definitely something very new for me!
Bear Brook Half Marathon – 1st overall, 1:43
This race was my first ever race win, and has a full writeup here.
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure: Vermont – 1st overall, 38:10
The week after my first win at the Bear Brook Half Marathon, I recovered rather slowly. I think it was a combination of being my longest run since January, my longest race since last summer and a very technical final few miles. The sides of the my lower legs were incredibly sore. I could run, but not a lot. However my legs did recover by Saturday to race the Vermont Race for the Cure 10k as a tempo run, taking the win in 38:10.
USATF-NE Track Championships: 5000 – 17:16
The Friday after the 10k, I raced the USATF-NE Track 5000 Championship. This race didn’t go according to plan as I had a mild injury flare-up and couldn’t race all-out. However I was 1-second over my road 5k PR (17:15) and I kept myself in the same standing for the All-Terrain Runner series.
Kingman Farm Trail Race – 1st overall.
The next week, I drove to the seacoast area and raced the Kingman Farm Trail Race for the second year. Last year I came in second, so I was pumped to race hard enough to take the win this year. I turned on the afterburners for the first half and built myself enough lead that I was able to relax a bit on the harder second half.
Double 5k! One with a win and CR, the other probably my strongest 5k ever, effort-wise.
After two weeks off from racing, I made up for it by racing two 5k’s on the same day.
In the morning, I won and broke the course record at Tristin’s Run in Lebanon NH with a moderate/tempo run. This was a bit hilly (all down, then all up for the most part) but it a nice atmosphere. Newspaper article here. I also won a TomTom GPS watch. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of trying new shoes, and they rubbed both my achilles completely raw.
So with raw and blistered achilles, I drove home, ate, napped for an hour, then drove to Manchester for the NH XC Festival at Derryfield Park. Upon arriving, I realized I’d forgotten my inhaler and my socks. So I was going to have to wear my shoes with no socks to cover my blistered achilles. It hurt from the very first step of the warmup, but overall I was feeling good. I warmed up for about a mile before the pain was too much, and waited for the gun. When the gun went off, I went up the hill. Everything seemed in slow motion, like the leaders weren’t running as fast as they should… perhaps they knew something I didn’t. Yes. Yes they did. This course was a beast! Hills everywhere, almost constantly steep ups and downs. I raced as hard as I’ve ever done, though I’m sure that was partly due to not having my inhaler. I kept up with Todd Callaghan for awhile, but eventually he put a gap on me. I was about to give out over the last quarter mile, but I was able to hold on and finish ahead of Kasie Enman (and Laura Hagley, who just edged her out for the win) for the first time in awhile! I think this was a really strong race for me, despite the setbacks, and I felt pretty satisfied afterward.
So there it is! I have one weekend off, then my fall season starts in earnest!
5/2 – R.W.Emerson Trail Race 9 mile – 3rd in 1:13:34
5/9 – Merrimack River 10 mile – 15th in 1:06:12
5/17 – Sleepy Hollow Mt. Race 10k – 13th in 45:07
5/23 – Wachusett Mountain 10k – 13th in 21:11 (Climb)
5/30- Margaritas 5k – 3rd in 17:15 (New PR)
6/7 – Pack Monadnock 10mile – 8th in 1:10:59
6/14 – Ascutney Mt. Challenge 3.7mile – 5th in 33:46
6/21 – Mt Washington Road Race – 84th in 1:24:56
6/28 – WCM Traverse (non-race) – 17mi, 8000ft, 9 hours of fun running!
7/5 – Loon Mountain Race (New England Mountain Champs) – 30th in 1:07:10
7/12 – Bear Brook Trail Half Marathon – 1st in 1:43
7/18 – Race for the Cure 10k – 1st in 38:10
7/24 – USATF-NE Track Championship 5000 – 9th in 17:16
8/1 – Kingman Farm Trail Race – 1st in 24:09
8/22 – Tristin’s Run – 1st in 18:13 (course record)
8/22 – NH XC Festival 5k – 27th in 17:37
9/6 – Mt. Greylock Hill Climb
9/12 – Windmill 5k
10/4 – New England Half Marathon
10/11 – Harpoon Octoberfest Road Race
10/17 – Vulcan’s Fury Trail Race
10/18 – CHAD Hero Half Marathon
10/24 – Runaway Pumpkin 10k