|1st mile (I think everyone in this photo finished ahead of me)|
I've still been racing (trails) but nothing real fast. In fact I've only had one weekend off since Boston, and that was because I was sick. I really wanted a weekend off from racing. Oh well.
With all the traveling I do for races it would be hard to miss the one that's 9 miles from my house so on Saturday I headed over to Bedford, NH for the 36th Bedford Rotary 12k (results). It turns out it was a great decision. The weather was near perfect, I felt rested. I had no excuses.Today would be a good indication of my current speed. Just what I needed.
I lined up several rows back, looking for teammate Denis Tranchemontagne. I sensed we were pretty close in fitness and was looking for someone to pace off of. I couldn't find Denis so I settled in behind Justin Soucy (Pelham singlet in above pic). Justin was looking to run sub 6 pace so I figured I'd try to hang on. That lasted about 2 miles. Although I felt ok in the first 2 miles (11:48), I could tell I wasn't going to hold it for 7.5 miles. That was the last time I looked at my watch and the last time I was even remotely close to Justin.
Just after the 2 mile mark I found Denis. Actually he found me. As he went by I told him I probably went out too fast. I stayed with Denis for the next 4 miles or so, occasionally trading places, mostly running shoulder to shoulder. It was good racing. The climb in mile 4-5 wasn't too bad and the pace only slowed a bit. We weren't setting any speed records but we were working. Somewhere during this section we got passed by the lead women (3 total I think)
|Entering the track for the finish|
I think it was a fair assessment of my current speed so I finally have the baseline I was looking for. Now I need to work on getting faster....again.
Photo Credit - Ted Tyler from Coolrunning
The rest of the photos can be found here.