I’ve become a little road racer over the last couple of years. 5 time John Carson runner and soon to be 2 time Thanks 4 Giving 10k runner. I did a little test run yesterday in hoped of seeing if I was able to hold a sub 7:00 minute a mile pace. I succeeded. Let’s hope I can repeat this on Thursday. I wish New Ro wasn’t so hilly but it seems both my home routes and New Ro trails have ridiculous hills in them.
|Try this loop if you’re in New Ro. If you finish at my house I’ll give you a nutri grain bar and a pat on the back!|
Maybe this year I can run the course correctly. I remember studying the course last year and I could have sworn that you had to go through the woods behind the Lowell Elks in order to continue past the 5k finish and on to complete the 10k. I was dead wrong. I ended up crossing the finish line and deactivating my timing chip. As I ran through the finish I noticed everyone was standing around in front of me looking tired and such. I quickly turned around and asked an official if this was the way for the 10k and he looked at me like I was an idiot and pointed towards the road I just turned off of. Hastily, I sprinted back onto the 10k course and beasted my way to a solid finish. According to race results I finished 57th out of 691 but that was only my 5k. I had another 5k to go after that. It also didn’t help that there were ZERO signs instructing 10k runners to continue straight or the fact that a crowd had built up and was overflowing onto the race course.
|Glory is won or lost on Pawtucket Blvd!|
I love the course too! It’s a little uphill at the start and halfway points but it’s a true hometown course. I grew up near the area and have run along the river since freshman year of high school when we used to do dreaded “Bridge-to-Bridge” runs for crew.
If I keep the pace I want to hold I’ll finish in the top 20, Maybe somewhere around 16 or 17. Unless a bus from Kenya or local high school track team shows up unexpectedly. Gotta watch out for those 10k crashers with their natural African/Crazy white boy speed. Fingers crossed. Wish me luck!