|2014 BAA Distance Medley medals - 5k, 10k, Half and Medley|
Race: BAA Half Marathon
Location: Boston, MA
Goal Time: 1:27:20
Actual Time: 1:28:59
The last time I ran a "distance medley" was in same place White Stadium. Of course that was 22 years ago, a relay and the distance were track distances. Mark ran the 1200m; I think Donavin ran the 400 and Benjamin ran the 800. (I could be wrong; it's entirely possible I forgot the salient details of a minor race at the Boston City Championships back when George Bush Sr was still President.) I finished the race with a 1600m. It was one of the best runs of my life. I managed to get us into second place. I remember trying futilely to close that last 100m on South Boston High School. (In retrospect, with some knowledge of game theory, it would have been better to run easy for that last few and accept 2nd place to save myself since I had to run the 2 mile the next day and the mile the day after that. Maybe I would not have been so tired at the end of the mile and dropped to third?)
Well, the BAA distance medley was not a relay and the distances were longer. They were also over a longer period of time. April was the BAA 5k and June held the BAA 10k. Columbus Day weekend finished with the Half Marathon. The half marathon starts right next to where I practiced high school football. It runs along the golf course and out of the park and onto the 203 bridge that goes over Forest Hills. At the base of the bridge is the mile one marker. I hit it at 6:30. While this is a little quick, I figured it was okay since it was downhill, but then I heard Mark Duggan - and his Irish accent - behind me: "Well, that was too f---ing fast." indeed. For me, the next five miles continued at that too fast pace. But - once again- they were downhill. So while my plan had been to speed up each mile, I just kind of kept the even too fast pace. So that by mile 5, I plan had caught up with my speed...
The Medley was a big target for me this year. It was the first year with age group prizes and I really felt that I could get into the top 3. After the 5k in April, this was confirmed. My 18:59 had put me into second place in my age group.
|Around mile 3|
Photo by Thomas Cole
I had been less prepared for the 10k than I had the 5k. It showed. My 40:40 dropped me from 2nd in my age group to fourth. That meant I had to beat one of two names on a page Jamie Hull or Zach Mills in the half, if I planned to crawl back into the top three.
|Mile 11.5, the last time I saw Megan (212)|
Photo by Tom Cole
Looking at the results later, I had beat both Hull and Mills. AND I beat Mills by enough that should have put me into third in my age-group for the medley. Alas. Two elite masters runners who didn't sign up for the medley per se did run all three events. So those two took first and second - I took 5th. bummer.
Liz and John Hadcock both won their age groups.
John won his age group in the Medley!
SRR Teams -
Mens' Open (of which I was the lead scorer) - 3rd
Mens' Masters (of which I was also the lead scorer) - 3rd
Womens' Open - 3rd
Also on the Weekend
Saturday - New Bedford Whaling Museum
For my mom's birthday we headed South to New Bedford -
|There be Whales, Captain|
|I think the North Star is that away|
|Urvi aboard the Lagoda|
|Even Urvi has to watch her head aboard|
Sunday - Canucksgiving!
Thanks to the awesome spread from Amy and Maple Leaf Joe Lauer
|Joe carving the Turkey|
Monday - Tufts 10K and MiT Museum
|Polaroids, Polaroids everywhere and not a drop to drink|
|Urvi in the Kinetic Sculpture|
|Cheers to a great weekend...|