Sometimes a race catches me by surprise. The Ed Erichson was straight up shocking. I’ve had a lot of success racing the E.E. 5 miler, winning it twice and finishing second twice, but I hadn’t run the 10 mile until last Sunday. I was expecting a tough course with the two 200′ hills you can see in the image below, but I was not expecting tough competition. Occasionally some young burners show up for the 5 mile, and the two times I finished second I got smoked by over a minute, the 10 mile however, tends to be less competitive and I thought I would be in for an hour long grind against the clock.
Scott Downing (23-year-old former NJCAA 1500M National Champion) was expecting the same thing. It wasn’t until we were a few miles into the race running shoulder to shoulder that either of us realized we were in for a serious battle. After the race Scott confessed he was looking to run 6:10-6:20 pace as a training run and grab an easy win. Once the race started he assumed I was just going out too fast and would drop off the pace after a mile or two. By mile 3 he was trying to figure out if he would be able to out kick me if he could stick with me until the end. It turns out we were thinking basically the same things both before and during the race.
I spent the whole race trying to break away from Scott. I figured his youth would give him an advantage if it came to a sprint, but my “experience”, would give me an advantage in a long grind. Each lap I managed to pull away by 8-10 seconds, and each time we hit Croft Hill he closed the gap. You might think living in New Hampshire would give me an advantage when it came to hills, but it takes more than proximity to hills to get good at running them. I’m going to have to stop avoiding them on my training runs.
Scott came up on my shoulder as we flew down the Bushwick hill and I couldn’t shake him over the last mile. We made the turn onto Stringham with me on the inside stride for stride. We stayed stride for stride for about 3 strides and then he was gone. In the final 500 meters Scott put 6 seconds on me to win in 58:34. Despite being beat after leading nearly the entire race, I am very happy with my race. Without someone pushing me, I doubt I could have broken 60 minutes. He helped me run my fastest 10 mile race since I split 58:09 at the Flower City Half Marathon way back in 2011.
So thank you Scott. I hope you are still out there racing in 21 years, when some young punk crushes your dreams of glory with 1 minute to go in a race!
When you have run 100’s of races you tend to have a few repeat efforts. I’ve run the Ed Erichson 5 miler in LaGrange 4 times, 2015, 2013 , 2011, and 2003. It was one of the first races I did when i began running again 16 years ago. The Ed Erichson was one of the first races ever put on by the Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club back in 1979, and is named after one of the clubs founding members who died in a car accident in the 1980’s.
Race day consists of a 5 miler and a 10 miler. The 10 miler is basically a two loop version of the 5 miler, but with a nasty little hill at around mile 4 and mile 9. In my 4 years of racing the Ed Erichson I’ve never done the 10 miler, and have decided to take a shot at it this year. I’m not sure what kind of time I’ll be able to run, but I’m in the area this coming weekend and I have to do a long run anyway. I hope you’ll join me at the race. http://www.mhrrc.org/News/View.aspx?Articleid=1040
I spent a busy weekend running and moving websites around the internet.
On Sunday morning I joined some of the guys from the Derry Track Club for a cold and wet 14 miles. That put me over 50 miles for the week for the first time since last June. I spent much of the rest of the weekend transferring Runtuff.com and Roadkillracing.com to Matt Roberts. I’m sure Matt will do a great job nurturing those two sites.
I imported all my old Roadkill Racing posts into this site, and have saved my Dad’s Run Tuff posts at Runtuff.RunJosh.com. I’m not sure he’ll be posting any new stuff, but I couldn’t just let it disappear.
It’s been about 3 weeks since I first hobbled back home from a easy 4 mile run with an aching knee. Yesterday I was able to run 8 miles with no discomfort (and no patella strap), and today I followed that run up with a 7 mile run with a bit of a fast finish. I plodded along for the first 4 miles before picking up the pace for a 7:14, 7:05, 6:57 last 3 miles. I wasn’t trying to get any type of a workout in, but I did want to see how my knee would respond to asking a bit more of it than shuffling along at 8:30 pace. So far so good, but the real tests will come first with my easy run tomorrow, and an actual workout later in the week.
Assuming both those runs go well, it will be time to start half marathon training. I haven’t raced a half marathon since my disastrous 1:18:27 at the Dutchess County Classic in 2015. I have 2 planned this year, the first is the Gate City Half Marathon in May, the second will be the CHaD Half Marathon in October, both are part of the New Hampshire Grand Prix Series. I’ll be running in the series with the Greater Derry Track Club. I have not abandoned my USATF team, so I’ll also running in the New England Grand Prix with the Central Mass Striders as well. It is shaping up to be a busy year of racing.
Aside from all that series racing, I will be attempting to continue my 10 year streak of winning at least one race a year. The streak started back in February 2009 with the Polar CAT 5k at Mendon Ponds. It is a bit of a dubious streak to worry about, because it has less to do with the kind of shape I’m in, and more to do with who happens to show up at the races I do. Still, I’ll feel better once I get the first win of the year out of the way.