Misquamicut, Sunday, November 14, 2014
I've run Surftown every year since inception in 2011, and will probably run this race in my "backyard" as long as I'm able to. Let's take a look at my results to date:
Yes, every year, including this year, has been faster than the previous. Am I actually getting faster in my old age? Or, as Mike B would suggest, am I just finding more places to play "Rosie Ruiz" and cut the course short? :)
My PR going into this race was actually from earlier this year: 1:21:16 at Ocean's Run. That was the goal I was going after. No "B" goal or "C" goal this time; just get out there and do it.
Miles 1 - 5: Knowing that the middle miles are always the place where I slow the most, my strategy here was to run very close to 6 flat. Within a mile, the dust had settled and the eventual winner (a very fast woman - yes, I got chicked, I'll just throw that out there now as several have already commented) was way out front and three guys were ahead of me. After the Weekapaug bridge, I lost sight of the lead woman and lead man, and kept the next two guys ahead of me in my sight. Being cheered on by Bousquet family oceanside at Mile 3 was inspiring. On the downhill on Chapman (coming into Mile 4), I reeled in and passed one of the guys and was just ahead of him as I heard Steve cheering me on! Unfortunately, back on Atlantic Avenue, he passed me back.
Splits: 6:04, 6:02, 6:03, 6:08, 6:03
|A few strides with Matthew|
just before the start
(Mike B, note we're proudly displaying our club colors)
|Seconds into the race|
(Matthew just behind me; some guy ahead of me in cargo shorts and a black cotton shirt
sprinting about to pass the race leaders! - Yeah, he lasted for about 1/4 mile)
Photo by Jana
|Mile 3 - Weekapaug|
(photo courtesy of Tom)
Miles 6 - 10: Heading back through Misquamicut now, there was a lot of crowd support and I heard my name called frequently. It was hugely motivating, and I believe a factor in me catching and passing the runner ahead of me, again. Was able to hold a fast pace for more two more miles before hitting the long slow miles leading into Watch Hill.
Splits: 6:03, 6:03, 6:21 (ugh!), 6:11, 6:12
|Mile 6 - Misquamicut, opening the distance on the guy I passed for the 2nd time|
(photo by Jana)
|Mile 8 - Fisherman Ave|
(photo courtesy of Beth)
Miles 11 - 13: Up and over the "Ocean House Bump" (50' hill) as I heard a Westerly Sun photographer call my name. Then started the return to finish via Ocean View Highway, into a slight but manageable breeze. I was feeling pretty good and able to return the pace to low 6s. Twice along the return, I asked spectators I knew to let me know how far the next runner was behind me, as I was fearful he'd try to pass me again. The first answer was about 200 yards; ok - pick up the pace, and the final answer with a mile to go was "not in sight". Yes! Finished the race with a big smile on my face: 4th overall, 3rd overall male, and another PR!
Splits: 6:07, 6:05, 6-flat.
|Mile 11 - Climbing the hill to the Ocean House,|
with Watch Hill Harbor in background
(photo by Westerly Sun, Christine Corrigan)
|Finishing with a PR and a smile!|
(Photo by Jana, always there to catch great race moments)
Shortly after finishing, watched many more WTAC finishers: Matthew - 1:26:14 (division winner and PR!), Mike B - 1:28:47, Shara - 1:30:21 (4th overall female), Crutch, Lynne R-P, Paul G, Denise, and a number of others. A really fun day with great running conditions right here in my hometown.
|The gang is mostly all here (where did Shara go?)|
Denise, we have to get you a WTAC singlet.
Anybody know that guy in the red shirt or what club he is running for?
|Matthew and I with our hard-earned loot for the day.|
Is Matthew getting taller, or am I shrinking, or both?