I was not set on running this race until the day before. I signed up early in the day, after getting back from running 13 miles in and around Big River. I didn’t want to race, I would have been happier to get in a long run, but the people I usually run long with were either doing this race, or not available to run. Soooo….I knew the only way I would make sure to get in a decent day of running was to go to the damn race.
After my 13 miles on Saturday morning, I spent 6 hours at the bowling alley, bowling in a tournament and drinking beer. It felt like a repeat of the Run 4 Kerri the week before. Fortunately that was not the case. I woke up a little tired, but not feeling like the previous week.
My original plan was to get down to Narragansett early and get in 5 miles before doing another 3 warm up before the race. That was the only thing that I sabotaged. I slept a little later and only got in 5 miles before the race.
It was overcast and muggy as fuck. It was not like last year’s horrible weather and it certainly was not like last week’s awesome weather…but it was not weather for fast times.
Although the race was not in the USATF-NE GP Series this year, the race organizers decided to keep the team prizes for USATF teams only. Jim Pawlicki organized a team over the last month or so and we were able to field both Open and Masters Teams. We were one runner short of a 50+ team.
Anyway…that was added incentive to run….so here is the race recap.
The first mile is fast and with the millions of High School kids in the race it was fast…I am usually good at not getting caught up in such craziness and did a good job not sprinting out in the first ¼ mile. I fell in behind Dave and could see Josh and Joe from CMS just ahead. Teammate Kevin Gorman of Level Renner fame went by me around 0.5 miles. After the mile, 5:31, I went by Dave and Kevin and shortly after Joe. Josh would stay ahead throughout the race, I came up on him a few times, but he kept gaping me again. From 2 on the race was just a grind. It was humid as hell and nothing felt easy, but we got though mile after mile and final made it past the 4 mile marker. Before this point I had no clue where the others were behind me, but just after 4 Joe went by me and pulled up along side Josh. I was waiting for the whole slew of them to come by at this point. We made the turn onto South Pier Road and headed towards the finish. This road sucks, it is slightly up hill….VERY slight…but it is straight and just seems to go forever. Finally I could see the sign where the ¼ to go mark was. I was keeping Josh and Joe within kicking distance and all of a sudden Joe waves me by…I thought he was letting me go to just out kick me later! Turns out he said after that he was just spent and feeling like shit. Right around the same time that Joe waved me bye, I heard someone say, “Go David” Oh shit! Dave is right there too!! This cheering was added incentive to keep at it. We turned the final corner and through the 8k mark to the finish.
Turns out the 5 scorers on the CMS team were all damn close. We all finished within 20 seconds!
40th-Josh Perks 28:40.0
42nd-Robert Jackman 28:46.0
43rd-Joe Shairs 28:51.0
44th-David Principe 28:52.0
47th-Kevin Gorman 29:00.0
So a better race then the last, but over a minute slower than 2015 at the same race. Training over the last few weeks has been good and this week is going similar. Consistency is the key and I am finally getting to that point at least!