Saturday, May 31, 2008

thoughts on the nipmuck trail marathon


the unique nipmuck finishers award.
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tomorrow is the nipmuck trail marathon. i'm looking forward to revisiting this race, but can't say the same thing about the drive to get there in time for the 8 a.m. start. i need to set get up at 4:30, leave here just after 5 and meet emmy at 5:35, then we'll pick up rob at 5:50, and make the the hour and forty minute drive to ashford together.

the somewhat ambitious post-race plan i had to drive over to fdr state park for the north country news 5k, has been officially shelved. i was outvoted by emmy and rob, 2-1, thursday night when we went to the dso concert in westbury. no second race, just plenty of old-fashion socializing. it will be a long day, regardless, when the combined travel and race times are considered.

last year race conditions were wet and muddy - here is my 2007 race report. despite the possibility of a thundershower late this afternoon, the course should be relatively dry for the race. my time goal is to finish in less than 5 hours.


2007 post-race shot of the back of our legs (taken with emmy's water-logged camera): joe, bekkie, emmy, and me

check out emmy's blog for photos of us facing forward : D
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to wrap up my training week, in addition to the pair of six milers i ran on wednesday and thursday, i added an additional 6 miles yesterday and 4 more today.

here are friday's splits:

8:16
7:52 16:08
7:17 23:25
7:15 30:40
7:56 38:36
7:33 46:09

7:41 pace

and saturday's splits:

8:01
7:52 15:53
8:02 23:55
7:41 31:36

7:54 pace

which is a total of 22 miles over the 4 days leading up to the race.

5 comments:

AnthonyP said...

Good luck !

Laura said...

I think there are a bunch of ARE members going to that. Good luck!

peter said...

That looks like a cool medal. I love the paint slashmark, nice touch. Good luck. (You're probably finishing or finished already.)

DawnB said...

Good luck and have fun today

rundangerously said...

thanks anthony! i still wish i was in canada doing some fishing w/you guys!!

thanks laura! i think my friend barbara, who also ran nipmuck, may be a member of "are?" i didn't see any "are" singlets yesterday.

thanks peter!

thanks dawn!