Personal Bests

  • 04/07 Boston Marathon3:33:22
  • 10/08 Hartford Half Marathon 1:46:23
  • 09/06 New Haven Road Race 20K 1:36:47
  • 08/04 Deary 5-M Road Race - my 1st race ever 39:37
  • 11/06 VMG 5K 21:05
  • 07/06 Boombox Mile 6:12

Breaking The Tape

Upcoming Races 2010

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The Race I Love To Hate

Runner-friends who know me well have heard me rant, rave, whine, complain and cry about how much I hate, despise, and loathe running in the heat. I find absolutely no joy in sweat-soaked slogs through humidity laden air whilst baking under a blazing sun. I try my hardest not to race during the summer months, especially since most races start at 8:00-9:00 a.m. which is when I try to be DONE running, not just STARTING. You get the picture.

Back in 2006, I ran the John J Kelley 11.6 mile race for the first time, but the race has been around for 47 years. It attracts all sorts of big names and running legends, yet it’s a smaller race with absolutely no entrance fee. Plus, it starts and ends at the beach which is always an added bonus, especially for the spectators that get dragged along to these events. Sounds perfect, right?

I had a great race that day, but it was unbelievably hot and uncomfortable, as it usually is in August in New England. Looking back at my race report, it seems that I was willing to overlook the heat and intended to add that race to my list of ‘favorites.’ I missed the race in 2007, but a fellow blogger coaxed me back in 2008. My race did not go quite as well last year, between the heat and the Swim With the Car Key Fob incident. I truly suffered on the course, falling apart for miles 8, 9 and 10 and barely redeeming myself in the last mile.

Interestingly, I seem to have selective amnesia about the true pain that the race causes me because I find myself with plans to head down there again on Saturday for this year’s installment. Of course, after a summer of cooler temperatures, low humidity and rain, it seems that summer has decided to finally arrive, just in time to deliver another smack down to me, most likely at the same mile 8 marker. I’m not ready for the heat but I have a different strategy this year: I don’t care about my finishing time.

I’m going to use the race as part of my planned 19-mile training run, and will be running it with my marathon-partner. I don’t usually use races as ‘training’ fodder but it fit perfectly into the schedule, and it’s a great meeting place for me and my partner. As an added bonus, there may be another blogger there. So we’ll run it in at a relaxed pace and enjoy the summer day. I won’t embrace the heat, but maybe I can at least be cordial with it for one day.

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