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Monday, May 30, 2011

Woodstock Memorial 10k Race Report

At 6:00 am this morning, I woke up. This particular race has a special meaning because it's dedicated to the memory of a number of people, including a running friend of mine, Doug Zimmerman, that died last year. I normally run local races that are within 20 minutes or so of my house. This race was about 50 minutes away, but I really wanted to take part. So after rolling out of bed, I took a quick shower and got my stuff ready to go. I then fed my dog and cats. I ate a little something, which precipitated a bathroom stop.  Then I jumped in my car and headed out. 
Woodstock is located in Eastern Connecticut and there isn't any major highways near it so the route is primarily on country roads. One good thing about my trip was that everyone was headed in the opposite direction I was going, which made for easier traveling. As I head into the woods, it's as if I was entering into a real back-road type of area with a lot country charm. I characterize it as going back in time when life was simpler.

Race central was at Woodstock Academy, a nice little private high school. It actually reminded me of a small college campus, with a number of separate buildings. Race day registration sign-up and preregistered runners were able to park in an adjacent parking lot and walk a short distance to the registration desk located in the alumni center. As I entered the building, I was greeted by Doug's wife. She actually helped sponsor the race so the race shirt has Doug's name on it, which I was happy about. The race organizers had said that only the first 150 people to register would get shirts  so I was glad I was able to get there a little early to register.

After getting my race number and shirt, I headed back to my car and put my number on. Then I stretched for a while and went out for a short run around the school. The race course start and finish were about 100 yards apart. I was able to see the last mile from the school, which goes up about  420 feet. The last 200 yards of the race are downhill to the finish. A few minutes later, it started to rain and thunder, which caused the race committee to delay the race for 15-20 minutes. It's very unusual for a road race to be delayed, but it didn't bother me. The race started at 9:18 am and it was raining lightly at the time. It actually made for great race conditions because the temperature remained cooler.

I covered the first 3 miles in 22:06. I was holding back to conserve energy for the hilly end. Then the rolling hills started and I struggled a little.  By the time I hit the 5 mile mark, I felt better and I was closing in on a number of people ahead of me. The big hill started shortly thereafter and I steadily climbed, passing about  6 people. As I crested the hill, I picked up the pace and looked at my watch. It was about 47:30. I finished
as best as I could at 49:07, a 7:55 pace. This was my first race of the year. Hopefully, this gives me something I can build on.  After all, not all courses feature a hill as big as this one.   


  1. That's a great time, especially for a hilly course

  2. What a special race! I'm glad you got to participate in this one. Congrats on the time, that's a speedy pace!

  3. Thanks Michelle and Vanessa.

    Looks like you had a good Memorial day run and even got some hardware, Vanessa. Congrats!

    Michelle, sounds like marathon training time. Go for it.


  4. Wow, great time! Especially with all those hills!

  5. I'd love to go at 7:55. I'm not completely sure I could get that yet, even if I just went a single mile at full bore.

  6. Congrats on a speedy race Ken! Where do you go from here?

  7. Thanks everyone. I appreciate it!

    Hey RTM, how's that "pain" lately? Hopefully it's better.

    Brent,someday just for kicks head over to the local track. I suggest you find a quarter mile one. Then loosen up and run some laps. Then give it a shot-try to run a mile in under 8 minutes. Just do one mile. You might surprise yourself.

    Lily,how's your training going?

    LG, that's a good question. Perhaps, I should sign up for a nice flat 5K and see what I can do. I prefer to do 5 mile races though.



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