Sunday, May 31, 2009

Race #2 in the USATF-NE Mountain/Trail Circuit  ("Mountain Goat" Series)

Here are photos I took while running the 2009 Pack Monadnock 10-Miler in Wilton, NH.



"Pack" is the 2nd race in the USATF-NE Mountain/Trail Circuit (the “Mountain Goat” Series.) If you run all six races in the series, you get to bypass the Mt. Washington Lottery next year.

The 10-mile course is really two races. The first 8.5 miles are a pleasant, rolling tour of scenic Southern New Hampshire. But the final 1.5 miles is very steep. A spiral staircase. You climb and turn and climb and turn...and with every turn, you think This time it's the summit. Has to be! This time for sure...

But it's never the summit. Every turn just takes you to another stretch of road that seems intent on spiralling you right up to the sky.

I am probably giving the wrong impression here. The course is beautiful, and the final 1.5-mile climb to the summit of Pack is no big deal. (Certainly nothing like Mt. Washington or Loon.) But that road to the summit comes after 8.5 miles of rolling country roads...so it is TOUGH when you finally reach the mountain and have to dig.

My advice? Take it Easy. Treat the first 8.5 miles as a warmup. Don't get carried away. If you wear yourself out before reaching Pack itself, you will regret it.

I ran with a camera, and took pictures as I ran. (Yes, I took photos as I ran. I didn't stop or slow down. After all, I was in a race!) If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of the Pack Monadnock 10-miler:



Saturday, May 23, 2009

Race #1 in the USATF-NE Mountain/Trail Circuit  ("Mountain Goat" Series)



Wachusett is the first race in the USATF-NE Mountain/Trail Circuit (the “Mountain Goat” Series.) If you run all six races in the series, you get to bypass the Mt. Washington Lottery next year.

In past years, this was a road race.  You ran up a very steep road (aptly named "Mile Hill Road"), and then up the winding Auto Road to the summit of Mt. Wachusett.  Steep...challenging...but pretty straightforward.  Nothing technical.  Just asphalt.

This year, however, the auto road to the summit was closed for construction.  So the race organizers came up with something new.  We ran up Mile Hill Road, and then turned into the woods for several miles of trails.  We never reached the summit...but we had a great run around the shoulder of the mountain.

I ran with a camera, and took pictures as I ran. (Yes, I took photos as I ran. I didn't stop or slow down. After all, I was in a race!) If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of the 2009 Wachusett Mountain Race in Princeton, MA:




Friday, May 8, 2009

Here are photos I took while running the 2009 Backshore Road Race in Gloucester, MA.



The 5 mile course is flat and scenic, going out and back along the ocean.

I ran with a camera, and took pictures as I ran. (Yes, I took photos as I ran. I didn't stop or slow down. After all, I was in a race!) If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of the 2009 Cape Ann Backshore Road Race in Gloucester, MA:



Sunday, May 3, 2009

Race #6 in the Locorunning “Will Run For Beer” Series)




The 5K course is gently rolling and fast. Not especially scenic..but the real appeal of this race is what happens after you cross the finish line...



That's right.  Excellent Mexican food at Margaritas!  And excellent Mexican beer!  (They don't call it the "Will Run For Beer" series for nothing! :-)

I ran with a camera, and took pictures as I ran. (Yes, I took photos as I ran. I didn't stop or slow down. After all, I was in a race!) If you click on the “Play” button in the center of the photo below, you can view my slideshow, and get a first-person experience of the



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