This was my 17th time running this race and my 2nd slowest time, but one of my most successful races.
After a long road back to returning to some normal running, including 5 mile week the week after Dublin, I was able to string together weeks of 41.6, 31.6, 42.7, 37.7 and I had my biggest week, the week of the race with a 51.1.
This is not much training, but it was consistent, getting out the door almost every day running on the same borrrrrinnnng roads over and over again. I am still a fat bastard, but at least I am under 190 almost every day now.
I knew going into the race that this would possibly be my slowest run ever in Newport. I have not run a mile under 6 mins since June, but thought I would be able to run somewhere around 6:10 pace.
As usual we had a solid group of Turtles and we headed out for a warm up, again on boring roads and then headed down to the start. It was a beautiful day with minimal wind, so a singlet and gloves it was.
Although, I was thinking I could run somewhere in the 6:10 range, I didn't really have a time goal, I just wanted to run an even pace and I really wanted to be 3rd Turtle. I knew what the other guys have been running in races lately and thought I would be able to probably pull that goal off, depending on how the race shook out.
A quick broken up recap of the race itself. One of the slowest years in race history, no one went out very quickly. I was just under 6 at the mile and only a bit back from the chase pack.
I went back and forth with Turtles, Nick Fox and Bob Corsi early, but then they faded and I ran most of the race yo-yoing with Fred Campagna; this ended up helping my race tremendously.
At 2 mile I thought I was in over my head, as my legs were screaming and I was hacking up a lung from being sick all week, but I was able to basically hold on to that pace/effort the whole race.
Fred and I kept passing people that start out too fast and at 4 we were able to catch the 3rd place Turtle, Steve Croft. From that point on I was running scared and got a little gap on Fred.
After the left onto Carroll I was surging telephone polls to keep me engaged and it seem to work. I saw Jeff Walker ahead and with a cop just standing there doing nothing it looked like Jeff almost took a right at the last turn instead of the left. The cop just stood there for me as well...
And down the hill to the 6 and up the hill to the finish and it was over. 37:09 right around 6s for my 17th finish. Full Results
I couldn't have been happier and I am excited to get in shape!
We have a group of 8 or so do a cool-down.....then we grabbed our prizes and headed over to Pour Judgment where we hung out for the next 5 or 6 hours.
All and all it was another good day in Newport.
|Bronson in the background, monitoring my finish|
2018 - 9th Place - 37:09
2017 - 5th Place - 35:17
2016 - 4th place - 34:24
2015 - 2nd place - 34:05
2014 - 4th place - 34:55
2013 - 3rd place - 34:13
2012 - 4th place - 33:49
2011 - 2nd place - 35:02
2010 - 3rd place - 35:29
2009 - 3rd place - 34:04
2008 - 4th place - 33:56
2007 - 5th place - 33:36
2006 - 7th place - 35:11
2005 - 5th place - 34:09
2004 - 7th place - 33:50
2003 - Didn't Run
2002 - Didn't Run
2001 - 18th place - 38:17
2000 - 8th place - 36:24