Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Bob Nabs Second....the Hard Way

Congrats to Bobble Head Bob who took second in his age group at the recent Stone Cat Trail Marathon...the hard way. Here's his report:

"Well, I managed to come in second in my age group as I completed another Stone Cat trail marathon up in Ipswich. It was the last race in the 9-race North Shore Trail Series. I was well ahead in points for the series and didn't need this race in that respect but I still wanted to at least do better than last year time-wise, which I did by a few minutes. So, that's the good news.


The "bad" news is that after the first loop I was on a PR pace to finish a good 40 minutes faster, until the following occurred during the second loop:
  • Fell twice, tripping on leaf-covered roots
  • Sprained my left big toe
  • Ran an extra 5-10 minutes off course when I missed a turn (course was well marked, but sometimes you zone out and get tunnel vision when you are by yourself)
  • Developed a severe cramp in my right calf that wouldn't quit. (I switched from heavier gloves to lighter running gloves at the halfway point but the weather actually got colder and windier instead of warmer such that I could barely use my fingers to open zippers, protein bars, etc.during the second half of the race. As a result, I didn't take in enough electrolyte capsules as I should have, which probably led to the cramps.)
I also learned again that despite all my successes this season on the track, roads, and trails, if you don't dedicate your training specifically for the marathon distance for at least 2-3 months, you may struggle during the latter stages of the marathon, as I have done two years in a row now. How do I know this? Because my first Stone Cat was my best---because I trained specifically for the Nipmuck and Stone Cat marathons (which were a month apart) that year. Training and running  1, 5, and 10-mile intervals and races all season and then throwing in a few longer runs the last month before a marathon won't get it done.  

But perhaps I'm being too hard on myself. It was a good season me overall and for many of my NETT comrades, so let's just celebrate that!"

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Veteran Mini Ponies Look Ageless at Busa Bushwhack

A couple of the more seasoned NETT runners took to the trails at the Busa Bushwhack with great results.

Here's Bobblehead Bob's report from the 10 miler:

Weather was dicey but ended up not being too bad --- all things considered --- for my first Busa Bushwhack ever. It's a 10-mile (or can choose 5 mile) trail race in Callahan State Park in Framingham. Was around 38 degress, damp, and windy with a bit of snow spitting intermittently, but the woods blocked most of the wind and the trails had only a few muddy spots.

I guess the course has changed here and there over the years but, regardless, except for the beginning and ending miles, the middle of that race was pretty technical, so it was a good workout and prep for Stone Cat Marathon this Saturday.

Had a good run and came in third in my age group and in the top third of all finishers. My age group winner was Bob Sharkey, an almost legendary trail runner I had never seen or met until that race. He ran 7:45 miles. I ran 8:50 miles.

Anyway, it was lots of fun. Richard Busa was there handing out pint glasses and celebrating his 80-something birthday. Greater Framingham Running Club did a good job and the course was well marked."

Congrats Bob. In the five-miler, Steve Yankum finished 14th overall. Here's his report:

"I got bushwacked by a guy from NH.   When I signed up for the race I saw that they had special "valuable" prizes for under and over 60
in addition to the age group trophy's.   I checked all the past results and nobody over 60 could touch my times.  I was going for the prize!

Before the race I saw this older guy with long runners legs and thought "not good".  So I get out there and shadow this guy for the first 3 miles.  So here I am knowing who I have to beat and I can keep up with him.  But I lost by 40 seconds and shook his hand afterwards.  New Hampshire!  But I had a good time and a good run.  Bob S. did good in the 10 miler.  Nice trails for a race.  Next year after Frank trains me more on the hills I am going to kick ass.

Full results here:
http://www.coolrunning.com/results/14/ma/Nov2_11thAn_1_set2.shtml


Saturday, October 25, 2014

NETT Around the World: France

A couple Mini Ponies recently made their way to the sunny shores of the French Riviera and true to form, there was more running than beach lounging.

We planned our runs bright and early as a chance to site see around Nice.
On one of our runs, we came across a triathlon being set up.
It was apparently a pretty big deal!
Not to outdone, Dave planned his own one-man triathlon. (You have to actually get in the water, knucklehead!)
Dave got to know the Parc du Chateau quite well during the trip. It had everything a Mini Pony wants in a travel run: hills, trails, fabulous views and just in case he overdid things, a cemetery.
We were sad to say goodbye, but we'll definitely come back to Nice. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NETT Takes to the Trails

Autumn is a great time for trail racing and several NETT runners took full advantage of fine fall weather to race some trails. 

Several Mini Ponies raced at the Groton Trail Race. Adrienne took 1st in her age group for the second week in a row, in 1:15:50 -- which earned her a bottle of Merlot. Also over in Groton Youngstah cranked out a 1:07 while Marshall continues his comeback finishing second in his age group (second to the race's founder, I might note).

At the Ravenswood Trail Race in Gloucester, Kristin, Alison and Bob won their age groups while Fluffy Chris was sixth overall on the technical course.

Meanwhile over in Lincoln, Katy and Paddler Steve raced the Scarecrow Classic 5k. Steve, who memorized every inch of those Lincoln trails this summer, took first in his age group in 20:45; with Katy taking 2nd in hers, in a speedy 23:02.


Congrats to all!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

NETT Runners Charging Through North Shore Trail Series

Just a quick update from the NETT news room on the North Shore Trail Series scoring, as we head into the end of the fall.

NETT's Bob Segal has a firm grasp on the 60+ age category, while Chris is in second in the 40-49 category and his better half Alison is in third in her category.

In September, these three ran the the ECTA 10 miler Run for the Hills (Hamilton, MA), and Bob won his age group, saying "I ran a PR on the course this time."

Chris was 4th in masters and 6th overall while his better half Allison was 5th open female and 33rd overall, just a few seconds behind Bob, as you will see in the photo.

Earlier in the summer, things didn't go quite as smoothly at the Watuppa 5 Miler. Here's Bob's report: "I, along with about a dozen others, was one of the ones who made the wrong turn at the 4-mile mark and ran an extra 2.75 miles.I never used to be superstitious, but on the way to the race, a black cat crossed the road in front of me. I remember chuckling to myself wondering if anything bad would happen ... "

To track their progress, check out the series scoring here.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NETT Goes 1,3 at Wayland XC

Big congrats to the NETT men's and women's teams who grabbed first place (women) and third place (men) at this weekend's Wayland XC Festival.

NETT also crushed the age groups with the following people grabbing top three honors in theirs: Adrienne Cyrulik, Mary Pizarro (both first in their age group), Steve Yankum, Kristin Hall, Katy Appleby (second in theirs), Bob Segal, Patrick McVeigh, and Julie McVeigh (third in theirs). In fact, NETT women swept the 40-49 age group!

Top finisher for the NETT men was Simon -- while his dad Ilya ran strong for the men's team as well. so great to see a father and son running races together, especially at this event.

NETT has been a longtime supporter of this event from its earliest days. HFC Striders have done a great job in keeping the event alive and vibrant, with good prizes and organization. Grassroots XC is a dying breed in today's era of mega road races, so kudos to founder Eric Bucher and current RD TJ Unger for putting on a fun event that is open to all runners and breeds the next generation of XC runners.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Walden Pond Swim/Run Season Recap

As most NETT members know, Frank KJ has done a great job of hosting early (and we mean early) swim/runs at Walden Pond all year. Here's his recap of the early morning activities this year.

"While some of you were sleeping (slackers), getting to work (we pity you), riding or running elseswhere (we stand with you) or getting kids ready for school (we thank you), some of us got up early through the summer and fall to swim Walden Pond and run the trails. We would get in the water around 5:45am and finish our run around 7:15am for a perfect start to the day.


Everyone is now fully familiar with NETT favorites like Fairhaven Hill, Pine Hill, Mount Misery and be(a)st of all Emerson Cliff. And Stephen now outruns the deer. I have created a mashup of the water and trails we covered. I hope more of you will join us next year."

Great work Frank! We're lucky to have a guy like you in our ranks!