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Race report from Jones 10 Miler, Amherst MA 24 Feb 2013


Monday, February 25, 2013

Overall I was pleased with my race yesterday. I was shooting for under 80 minutes. According to my Garmin, I did that. By the time I hit the finish, my Garmin said 10.16 miles and the time was 1:20:53. (I don't think I have ever run a 10 mile race before, so I think this is now my PR)

I have wanted to run this race since I learned about it two years ago. It starts at the high school near my house, runs past my house on the way out and the way back, and goes along one of my favorite routes through a rural and wooded area and past a reservoir northeast of twon. There was still a lot of snow on the ground and trees, but the roads were mostly clear (from about mile 3.5 to mile 5 was on a dirt road that got sloppy in the snow and rain).

It was cold (in the low 30’s) and damp. Right as the race started, it began to snow. By mile 5, it had switched to a light rain and by the finish, it stopped but it was still raw and cold. The course was a bit hilly, with a short hill at 1 mile, a long hill on mile 4 and another long hill from mile 8.5 to mile 9.5. I was doing great through mile 9, but the second half of the last hill took a lot out of me and I didn’t have much left to kick it in through the finish.

There were a lot of fast runners at the race: a lot of New England running clubs were represented and a lot of runners were using it as a tune up race for Boston in April. USATF-New England used it as the first event in their 7 event Grand Prix race series. The men’s winner came in at 51:48 (5:11 pace) and the women’s winner came in at 58:40 (5:52 pace). I ended up placing 314 out of 510 overall and 59 out of 75 in men’s 40-49. (Like I said, it was a fast, competitive race! The top 11 in the 40-49 bracket were under 60 min)

The race was organized by the Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club (SMAC) and was well organized and supported. They run a lot of races in the Connecticut River Valley in western MA and do a nice job with them.

Part of the reason I ran out of gas at the end was that I probably went out a bit too fast (it’s hard not to when you are psyched up by the crowd of other runners). My splits from my Garmin:
Mile - split - total time
1 – 7:50 – 7:50
2 – 7:09 – 14:59
3 – 8:12 – 23:11
4 – 8:31 – 31:42
5 – 8:07 – 39:49
6 – 7:51 – 47:39
7 – 7:15 – 54:55
8 – 7:58 – 1:02:53
9 – 8:04 – 1:10:57
10 – 8:44 – 1:19:41
Finish (10.16): 7:26 – 1:20:53

Given the raw weather, there were not that many fans along the route. The route passed my house just before mile 2 and at mile 9, so my wife and kids were out with signs and cheering. Here are two pictures of my cheering section:



It was a good race, I am glad I did it. I wanted a faster time, but given the weather and the hills, I am very happy with how it went.
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MERRY_XMAS 3/2/2013 11:46AM

    OMG! Your children are so cute!!!! Best motivators ever!
Well done with your race!
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WILLNOTSETTLE 3/1/2013 11:52AM

    Your cheering section is so cute! Knowing your family would be there probably helped push you but maybe also helped you tear up a bit while passing them? haha I know I would!

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CINERICIA 2/27/2013 7:25PM

    It's great that your family was there cheering you on and watching you realize a goal.

Congrats on you're time. You're definitely speedy, especially given rainy, slushy, muddy conditions. And to run with such a fast crowd...personally, I'm intimidated by a large number of fast runners, but you held your own. Good on you.

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COMPUCATHY 2/26/2013 7:54PM

    Wow! That sounds like quite a race! You did great! I loved your cheering section! I think between the cold and hills, you did an amazing job! Sounds like a really tough/good turn-out of runners. Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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BLITZEN40 2/26/2013 7:49PM

    Great time on your first 10 miler! Also, I'd say you've got the best cheering section around...they're darling! emoticon

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RUN-GIRL71 2/26/2013 12:42PM

    I really enjoyed reading your race report. I especially like the picture of your cheerleaders; they stood out in the cold just for you! What little troopers

Congratulations on your accomplishment. It sounds like you wanted it to be faster but given the weather I wonder how it could have been?

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CHEMCHIC2006 2/26/2013 8:09AM

    That's a great time! Congrats :)

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BOILHAM 2/26/2013 7:29AM

    Great race time, and your cheering section was there for you. Cool to run by your own house during the race. You had a fast time, and a PR!

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SEABREEZE65 2/26/2013 7:23AM

    Great run and what a fantastic cheering section. You are definitely #1!

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WILSONWR 2/26/2013 7:12AM

    You did great. It's nice to have the kids cheering as you go!

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STRIVERONE 2/25/2013 10:39PM

    Both a PB and baseline for 10 miles. What a satisfying sport.

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ROXYZMOM 2/25/2013 10:16PM

    You did great! And especially with that weather! The snow didn't sound too bad - but rain! You are awesome!

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MIRAGE727 2/25/2013 9:30PM

    Way cool report and way cool children! What a role model! I love it! Cool runnings!
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FITFOODIE806 2/25/2013 8:58PM

    Wow that's a sat crowd! I'm impressed with your time, especially considering the slush ad snow and cold. Congrats!!! 10 miles is such a great distance.

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MOBYCARP 2/25/2013 8:51PM

    I have yet to run 10 miles nonstop, but I don't think I could pass up a 10 miler that went past my own driveway twice! That would be a "must run" event for me.

Well done surviving the fast start and variable weather to finish still running! I'll bear your experience in mind when I attempt my first half marathon; there will be faster runners than me on the course, and I'll need to manage my pace to finish running.

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BIGPAWSUP 2/25/2013 8:37PM

    Sounds like an awesome race. You did terrific and should be proud.

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WINDSURFNERD 2/25/2013 8:16PM

    emoticon You are super-speedy, it sounds like a well-run race indeed! Congratulations on your PR and great time, and for having the best-looking cheering section! :)

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NATPLUMMER 2/25/2013 7:57PM

    Nice!!!

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SLENDERELLA61 2/25/2013 7:16PM

    Well, I'm very, very impressed!! Thanks for the race report. Love the cheering squad. You really did well in a field filled with fast and elite runners. Good for you!!

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GETSTRONGRRR 2/25/2013 6:26PM

    Great run, great run times, and great cheering section!

Congrats!

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NINJALINDA 2/25/2013 6:10PM

    WOW, what a run! Hearing your weather description and looking at the pictures...yeah, I'm a wimp-LOL! Must be great having a race that passes your house twice. Congrats on such a good race!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/25/2013 5:50PM

    That was a fast field! You have a beautiful cheering section. How nice to have them there supporting Daddy.

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ONMYMEDS 2/25/2013 5:40PM

    Your very own cheering section. Very cool!! And all they needed to do was step outside.

Well done!!

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JESSIKA_56 2/25/2013 5:02PM

    Wow, you did awesome! Great job!

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POOKASLUAGH 2/25/2013 4:46PM

    Wow, that is one crazy fast race!! I'm sure I would have placed up near last, haha! :D I think 80 mins is fantastic!! And I adore those pics of your kids. How awesome that they got to cheer for you from their own driveway!

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CHANGINGHORSES 2/25/2013 4:34PM

    So cool! The weather might have been cold but the love of family must have warmed your heart! (It did mine) emoticon

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DAPHNE_RUNS 2/25/2013 4:18PM

    Congrats on your awesome finish, speedy.Wow, there were some serious runners out that day. Snow, hills and all....you still did really well. And how it must have felt running past your home seeing your family cheer you on!

Congrats on your PR!

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