New Hampshire 10-Miler – USATF/NE 10 Mile Championship. This was one hilly course: the 1st and 3rd miles were flat; the 7th mile seemed flat; miles 4, 5, 6, and 8 were mostly uphill; mile 9 was the steepest ascent to the highest point in the course at mile 9; mile 10 was downhill to the flat finish.
August 27, 2016 – By Michael Pelletier
|Annajean McMahon||10th F60-64||1:38:05 Gun||1:37:52.4 Net|
|Rosie Kyes||42/199 F4049||1:38:05 Gun||1:37:52.4 Net|
|Denise Young||38/115 F5059||1:43:17 Gun||1:43:03.6 Net|
|Michael Pelletier||10th/12 M70+||1:46:28 Gun||1:46:14.1 Net|
Annajean, Rosie, and Denise were just running to finish and stay in contention for an Ironrunner jacket. Annajean also picked up at least one point in the W6064 Division of the USATF/NE Grand Prix.
I wanted to see if I could score in the M70+ Division of thr USATF/NE Grand Prix and I did, barely hanging on to 10th place and earning 1 point in the M70+ Division.
They say that with age comes wisdom, but it’s also often the case that you are never too old to do something stupid. A principle of smart running is that you take 1 day of recovery for each mile you race. Accordingly, after I raced 2.5 miles on Wednesday night at the Lynn Woods Relay, I allowed 2.5 days to recover which brought me to noon on Saturday. Unfortunately, the New Hampshire 10-Miler began at 9 am which meant I was finishing this hilly 10-mile race 1.2 hours before I was fully recovered. This was not a good plan. I think I hit the wall about one mile into the race. After that I walked the uphills and ran the flats and downhills until I came to the last mile where I managed a final 8:55 mile downhill.