Monday, October 25, 2010

Never too Early: Mayor's Cup Franklin Park 5K (10/24/10)

Race - Franklin Park 5K
Location - Franklin Park, MA
Goal Time - 21:30
Actual Time - 21:33 (5K PR!!!!)

Is it already time to start training for next year and trail races? It's never too early.

With my legs finally not in pain from the marathon it was time to build toward the Winter 2011 season. So, its Cross Country Time.

The Mayor's Cup is a great set-up. Cross Country Races all morning literally for all ages and abilities.

It starts with 3 kids' races that are 1.1 miles. (U10, 11-12, 13-14); then two 5ks (the Women's Championship and the Open race); and, finally, the Men's 8K Championship.

I took part in the Franklin Park 5K (the non-Championship open race.) Clubs from all over New England (and even NYC and upstate) were lined up for the race.

While I, of course, ran the first mile too fast, the second and third were comfortable. At the Bear Cage, organizers had blocked off the right hand turn so you KNEW to go left. (If only they had done that 19 years ago, I might have been Boston City Cross Country Champion).

While I didn't reach my goal time - I did get a PR for the 5K, beating my Playworks 5K time by 11 seconds!

Additionally, it was my first time scoring FOR the Somerville Road Runners - results!

Jon Phillips of the New York Athletic Club won the Men's Championship 8k.
Kate Dicammilo of New Balance Boston won the Women's Championship 5K.

Remainder of Pre-Winter Training Schedule

Nov 7, 2010 - New England XC Championships 10K (Franklin Park)
Nov 25, 2010 - Gobble Gobble Gobble 4 Miler (Somerville)
December 11, 2010 - Assault on Mt. Hood 3.5 Mile XC (Melrose)
December 19, 2010 - Jingle Bell Run 5K (Somerville)
January 1, 2011 - First Run 10K (Lowell)

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