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, 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.