One Mile Home Run

A couple of short distance races on a Saturday afternoon!

One Mile Home Run

Today I continued the Super Sunday Virtual Race Series with The 1K To Nowhere and One Mile Home Run.

From home I ran 1K to a random street corner. I stopped my watch, saved my 1K run and then tried to start my watch.

Super Sunday Race Series, 1K RunI hit the start button and got a beep. After a few attempts I thought I was going to have to guess how far a mile was.

It was in the mid 20’s and I was wearing shorts, so it got cold right away!

Much like a pilot trying to restart a flamed-out engine, I was determined to get my watch to start.

It seemed like five minutes before my watch beeped and the timer started. I could feel my sweat turning to ice water!

The 1K To Nowhere was in the books!

The Super Sunday Virtual Race Series consists of seven race distances:

1K, 1 mile, 5K, 5 Mile, 10K, 10 Mile and Half Marathon.

You can run these race anywhere and any time you want through March 17th.

Last Sunday I kicked off the series with the 5 Miler before the storm rolled in.

Running One Mile Home Run

The only time I run 1K or 1 mile is at a track.

Running from home I usually end up running a couple of miles.

No matter how fatigued or unmotivated I am, once I get out there I always feel like a 5K. Maybe more!

Running can be exhilarating.

The only exception is when I have an injury. I’ve gone out a few times and felt a twinge or even a cramp and had to cut it short. That’s been my year so far.

I have figured out how to run many distances from home accurately. The key is, from home.

Starting a one mile run from somewhere in the neighborhood makes it difficult to estimate how many streets I need to run up and down.

With only a mile to run it’s easy to run a street too far.

One Mile Home Run, Super Sunday Virtual SeriesOn any other day I’d be happy to run an extra half mile or more. All those kibbles and bits add up to lots of miles over the course of the year.

But when accuracy counts, it’s easy to fall short. Or long as the case might be!

When I hit one mile I knew I was a third of a mile from home. Normally I would stretch this out to 0.6 miles.

But, since my goal was one mile I decided to walk the last 1/3 mile home.

I walked at a good clip and I was surprised that I didn’t feel cold.

One Mile Home Run, Super Sunday Virtual Race SeriesWhen I got to my house I took out my phone and tried to take a selfie.

With dark, fogged-up glasses, this was a challenge. But I managed.

So in one day I managed to run two, albeit, short races.

Not a major accomplishment but it was more miles than I ran in a week.

The Super Sunday 5 Miler 2020 was the last race I ran in 2020 before the pandemic. We had a great time and had no idea.

How is your winter running going?

Andy

I Like to Run

Some conditions are better than others, but I can find a reason that I like to run in most any condition.

I Like to run in the cold

While I’m not a big fan of being cold, there are some things I really like about running in the cold.

There are a lot fewer people around

With the COVID-19 lockdown there are a few rules we have to follow.

If you are within six feet of another person both of you are supposed to wear a mask. Even if you are outside.

During the summer our parks were very busy when they weren’t closed.

And neighborhood sidewalks were busy with dog walkers and people out with their kids.

Everyone was tired of being cooped up and wanted to get outside.

Wicked Half 2020, running 2020For most of the Summer and into Fall I had to wear a mask almost the entire time I was out for a run.

People seemed to be everywhere!

As the temperatures cooled I saw fewer people in the parks and on the sidewalks.

With fewer people out and about I didn’t have to wear my mask for the entire run.

Now that it is winter I like to run in the cold because I have the streets to myself for the most part.

I like to run in a mask

Most runners who run year-round have used a mask at one time or another.

It’s how we persevere in tough conditions.

Here in New England it’s hard to avoid running at least a few sub-zero days.

Before COVID, most of us only wore a mask when it was really cold. And most of us never really figured it out. Especially those of us who wear glasses.

I Like to Run, mask, J23Now that I have been running in a mask for almost a year, I know how to make them work. For the most part.

And once you figure out how to deal with your glasses fogging up it’s not so bad.

In fact, wearing a mask all the time helps eliminate the “It’s too cold to run” excuse.

My nose and face don’t freeze and the air going into my lungs doesn’t seem as cold either.

So running in a mask actually makes winter running more comfortable.

I like to run with pockets

Most runners need to carry a few things with them.

This usually includes a house or car key and usually a phone.

Many runners use their phone to track their run and for music or podcasts.

For longer runs, most runners will carry a gel and something to drink.

I always run with a key and usually my phone and some cash. You never know when you might need a bottle of water or even a bite to eat.

Just the basicsIn the summer time I often use a running belt since most running shorts have only one tiny pocket.

But when it’s cold out I often wear a running vest or a jacket.

In addition to keeping me warm all those pockets are a great place to stash a phone, keys and anything else I want!

I like to run in the dark

It’s cool to run in the dark

In the summer when you run after dark you avoid the intense summer sun and the heat.

Even when it’s cloudy, UV rays can still damage your skin. Runners spend a lot of time outside, so it’s important that we pay attention to our exposure.

If it’s really hot or you are on a long run you could also experience heat stroke. Heat stroke is nothing to fool with and it can kill you.

In July and August I often wait until after dinner to go for a run. In the middle of the summer sometimes even the setting sun cannot break the heat.

Of course, people need to be aware of their surroundings and possibly not run in the same areas they might during the day.

I like to run in the dark to avoid the summer heat and experience the peace and quiet of the evening.

There is something about the warm summer air in the evening.

I like to avoid the crowds

Philadelphia Marathon 2019Avoiding crowds seems to be the best way to avoid contracting COVID. Mask or not.

All businesses are required to keep the number of people in the office or dining room to 25% of capacity.

All mass gathering events such as concerts and ball games have been cancelled or played without anyone in the stands.

I like to run after dark to avoid close encounters.

Only in a park in the summer time would I see a crowd. But I have close encounters on the sidewalk all the time.

Some people are good with their mask but some people don’t even have one.

So to avoid the all to frequent encounters, I like to run at night and avoid the crowds.

I like to run in the morning

MRC Relay, let the sun shine, I like to run in the morningRunning at night is great, especially in the summer.

But running in the morning has it’s own advantages.

Just like evening running, morning running let’s you avoid the mid-day summer heat.

And the crisp air lets you know you’re alive.

Run towards the light

One advantage of morning versus evening running is light.

It seems that it’s easier for cars to see you in the light than it is in the dark with flashing lights and reflectors.

I’ve had more close encounters at night even when I’m lit up like a Christmas tree.

Maybe drivers don’t expect to see people out at night?

Down for the count

I’ve seen plenty of people fall during a run. I’ve done it a few times my self.

Most of these falls have been in the evening or at night.

And many of these falls have been on familiar roads or sidewalks.

As the shadows get longer, dips and heaves in the pavement become harder to see.

Also, the light from approaching cars can turn a sidewalk into a black abyss. In these situations you have to be very careful.

It’s very easy to step into a hole and wrench your back or twist your knee. And the sidewalk just has a way of reaching up out of the dark and taking you down.

When you go out for a morning run the light continues to improve. And this improving light makes it less likely that you will go down for the count.

We get more done before 9AM

Years ago The Marines used to run an add. The tag line was “We get more done before 9AM than most people get done all day”. I may not have the quote exact and it may have been The Army.

But when you go for a run in the morning all day you have the feeling that you got something really big done. It’s just this nice feeling of accomplishment that lingers and sometimes I forget why I feel so accomplished.

It’s easy to forget that you ran when you do it all the time. But that nice feeling can last all day.

When I don’t like to run

I guess I can find a good reason to run just about any time of day and in any conditions.

The only conditions I don’t like are in the cold and wet.

Boston Marathon 2018, marathon runningI can run in the snow and manage to stay comfortable. I can run in the heat and avoid dehydration.

When it’s cold and raining eventually you become miserable.

The 2018 Boston Marathon comes to mind!

Over time, the rain always seeps through whatever you are wearing. And when that cold gets to your skin it always sucks the heat out of your body and makes you miserable.

If you are in these conditions long enough you will suffer hypothermia. I’ve seen it happen.

I don’t know anyone who likes to be cold and wet.

I can deal with one or the other, but not both.

What is your favorite and least favorite condition to run in? Are you a morning or evening runner?

Run well my Friends,

Andy

New England Valentines Races 2021

The directory of New England Valentine’s Day races has always been brief. This year we have races in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Valentines Day Races are a great excuse to get out for a 5K in New England!

We were all hoping that 2021 would break up with COVID-19 since COVID is such a drama queen.

But they seem to be pretty tight for the time being.

All joking aside, your best bet is to run with the love of your life or run alone. And since you can run a virtual race anywhere you like, you can have all the privacy you need for your after party.

Massachusetts Valentines Races

Cupid’s Chase 5K

12 to 21 February – Yourtown, USA

Cupids Chase 5k, wakefield valentines 5k, february 5kThe 8th Annual Cupid’s Chase Valentines Race has gone virtual.

Registration is: $25 for individual runners and $40 for couples.

100% of proceeds from the virtual race will be donated to the National MS Society and Neurofibromatosis Northeast.

Race ear warmer headbands are guaranteed to all entrants registered by February 1, 2021.

2020 results

Bradford Valentine Road Race

6 to 14 February – Yourtown, USA

Valentines Day 5K road race, Bradford

The 30th Annual Bradford Valentines Road Races have gone virtual for 2021!

Run your own course of 5 Miles or 6K (3.7 miles) at the time of your choosing. You can even run on a treadmill!

Very convenient, but unfortunately, not USATF certified.

2021 registration is $35 through February 12th for either race.

Registration includes:

Customized race bib for download
30th anniversary commemorative long sleeve shirt
Custom participant medal and ribbon
Sampler box of chocolates
Valentine flower
Personal online photo album
Virtual online leaderboard results
Access to members only Facebook group
Personalized digital finisher’s certificate for download

Paddy Kelly 5 Mile Road Race

N/A February – Sunday – 11:00 AM – Brockton

This race has been officially cancelled for 2021. What a heart breaker!

The race is based out of Harry’s Westgate Pub and Grill in Brockton. Race start is at D.W. Field Park about a quarter miles away at 11:00 AM.

This race is produced by the Colonial Road Runners and registration was $25, all in. $30 February 8th through race day. First 200 to register get a pair of runner’s gloves. All runners will enjoy hot chili/pasta and one complementary beer or soft drink.

Age group and top finishers receive awards. This race does not provide a finisher’s medal to all runners.

2020 Results

Valentines Race in Vermont

Cupid 5K

N/A February – Saturday – 9:00 AM – Shelburne, VT

This race has been officially cancelled for 2021. What a heart breaker!

Registration was $30 if registered by February 12. Add $5 to race day registration. Price includes finisher’s medal for all finishers.

T-shirts were available for $15.00.

Racevermont.com will be donating a percentage of the net income from this race to Healing Winds and the Cancer Patient Support Foundation.

2020 Results

Valentines Races in Connecticut

Bob and Peg Andrulis Memorial Sweetheart Run

13 February – Saturday 11:00 AM – Litchfield, CT

Registration is OPEN and this is an In Real Life race!

This USATF certified 5 mile course (#CT13035JHP) starts at the Litchfield Community Center at 11AM.

They are so sweet, their Schwag bag was voted “Best Schwag” by Runner’s World in 2008!

Registration is $30, Kids 10 and under are $10.00, folks 80+ are FREE!

There is no race day registration and they may have to virtual if things change.

Proceeds benefit the Litchfield Community Center. Long sleeve shirts guaranteed for the first 150 registrants.

Cupid Made Me Do It! 2 Miler

13 February – Saturday – 10:00 AM – Willimantic, CT

This race has been cancelled.

The Cupid Made Me Do It is a 2 mile run or walk to be held in downtown Willimantic. This “urban scramble” will be held as a part of the Romantic Willimantic Chocolate Festival and will benefit the Windham Area Interfaith Ministry.

Valentine’s Day fancy dress is appreciated and applauded.

The first 250 registered runners receive a free Cupid Made Me Do It Gloves.

Everyone registered by February 7th receives a shirt.

Registration is $25 and $10 for 12 and under.

Run well my Friends!

Andy

A More Perfect Union?

As I often say, no one is normal. We all have our quirks and idiosyncrasies, it’s just that some of us are sociopaths.

Over the past year I’ve learned that it’s not enough just to not be a racist, bigot or close minded fool.

Even if you are none of that you need to call out others who are.
By standing by or even encouraging these things, we are part of the problem.

This week we saw what happens when certain ideas are encouraged. Five people are dead, our democracy has been damaged and we have lost the moral high ground around the world.

Many people may not realize what they are saying until someone points it out. As they say in business if you can’t measure it you can’t manage it.

If people are carrying forward the racism or negative thinking that they may have inherited from their family, they may see it as normal and not negative at all. If they grew up with certain ideas or words, it seems normal.

I cringe when I recall what my mother used to call Brazil nuts. She eventually called them Brazil nuts, but not when I was a child.

If people don’t realize that their words or behaviors are negative, they cannot reflect and hopefully change.

As unbelievable as it may seem, words that most of us find offensive others see as normal language.

Most of us have subtle ways of discriminating and demeaning others.

It might be as simple as talking over certain people or dismissing their ideas. It may be a tone of voice.

It is up to those of us who have reflected to let people know that certain ideas and words are not acceptable.

We may loose a few friends or acquaintances, but that is a small price to pay to move our society towards a more perfect union.

And if you are the five people you most closely associate with, do you really want to be a close-minded bigot?

There are plenty of people in this world full of hate who will never change. Most of us are not equipped to change them anyway.

But there are plenty of people who just need someone close to them to let them know that their normal is not normal.

Hate is not normal. It is taught. It is learned.

We are better than this. We can be better than this.

We can become a more perfect union.

Everett 5K Race Directory 2021

I’m hoping some of these races will be revived and possibly go virtual in 2021.

Everett 5K Race Directory

It looks like none of the Everett 5K race events survived COVID-19. Many were not run in 2019 and none of them even went virtual in 2020.

I’ll give this directory a few more months. If I can’t find any races by March/April I’ll just close this listing out.

If you have information on new races please email me at info@omnirunning.com

Perhaps the casino will sponsor a community 5K to help support the many worthy causes in Everett?

Virtual races seem to be pretty easy to organize and you can attract runners from all over the country who are interested in supporting your cause.

FSI Foundation for Autism 5K Run/Walk and Fun Fest

TBD April, 2021

Everett 5K race

2018 was the 4th and possibly the last year for this Everett 5K race. In 2016 this race drew 300 runners from the Greater Boston Area (GBA).

This is a small locally organized race that raises funds to help families who have family members with autism.

May have been discontinued.

Solidarity for All 5k

TBD May 2021 – 9:30 AM – Saturday

Everett Recreation Center, 47 Elm Street

Registration was $25 and teams are part of the fun. Kids 13 and under pay $10.00!

Race day registration was $30 and $15 respectively. T-shirts to the first 200 to register.

FREE kids race begins at 9:30 AM.

5K Begins at 10:00 AM.

USATF certified 5k route number MA18003BK.

Proceeds from our event were donated to Strongbacks Inc. The Strongbacks scholarship program is designed to support training in the trades, crafts, and other specialized skills for children raised in single parent households. For more information, please visit strongbacks.org

Jared’s Run 5K

Cancelled?

Everett Recreation Center at 47 Elm Street

The Connor family invites you to join them at the starting line for the seventh annual running of Jared’s Run to raise money for their son, Jared and his fight against Sanfilippo Syndrome.

Sanfilippo Syndrome is a terminal genetic disorder affecting children. These children are born healthy but over time lose their ability to walk, talk and even eat.

Money raised from this event will help the Connor family give their son access to the best vitamin and dietary supports as well as participation in experimental treatments that are not covered by insurance. Additional funds will be donated to Team Sanfilippo to support research into Sanfilippo treatments and eventually a cure.

This is a small, family friendly race for you and your kids to enjoy.

The race is based out of the Everett Recreation Center at 47 Elm Street.

2021 race information is not available yet.

Run Well my Friends,

Andy

Somerville 5K Race Directory 2021

Looking for a 5K in Somerville, MA? Look no further.

2021 Somerville 5K Race Directory

Davis Square is probably the most popular location for Somerville 5K race events. Over the past few years, Assembly Row and the DCR Blessing of the Bay boat house on The Mystic River have also become popular

Somerville 5K races range in size from a few hundred to a few thousand runners. Some are party events geared towards a younger crowd, and some are family oriented and great to bring your kids to.

The list of Somerville 5K races changes yearly. 2020 saw many races cancelled due to COVID-19. Hopefully with the vaccines you will be able to run Somerville 5K race in person in 2021.

None of these races have updated their information for 2021 yet, so be sure to check back for updates.

If you are managing a race that is not on this list, send your information to – info@omnirunning.com.

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M.O.M.’s Run 5K

TBD May 10:00 AM – Sunday

This race was postponed and then cancelled in 2020. Currently the race web site has not been updated.

The Mary O’Brien Memorial Run 5K will take place at Baxter Park at Assembly Row Somerville.

Proceeds from this Somerville 5K benefit the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Over 16 years they have raised over $220,000.

Due to construction of the Green Line Extension the race moved to Assembly Row and will be run along the pathways of the Mystic River Reservation.

The first 300 runners to register get a commemorative tank top. The post race party features Redbone’s BBQ and Harpoon!

Registration was $30 for the 5K and $5 for the kids 0.1 mile run.

Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle

9-16 May at Anytime

Mystic Herring Run 2020, Virtual Race, Somerville 5K raceRegistration is OPEN!

2021 will be the 25th year for this 5K and paddling event and it will be a virtual event this year as well.

For 2021 you can run the 5k course and/or paddle a 9 mile distance.

Complete both races and you are eligible for the “Iron Herring Award”.

They provide course maps for the run and paddle, but since it is virtual I imagine that you can run the 5K anywhere.

2021 registration is only $10 and that is good for both the 5K and 9-mile paddle.

The Mystic is a great river to paddle on as there is very little powerboat traffic.

The race is a fundraiser for the Mystic River Watershed Association.

The paddle event takes place at the DCR Blessing of the Bay Boathouse in Somerville.

$10 for that much fun and racing is hard to beat!

2020 Results

Fast and Furriest 5K

TBD May 10:00 AM

dog 5k race, somerville 5k racesThis 5K race is a fundraiser for the MSPCA and Angell Memorial. 2020 was the fifth year for this Somerville 5K and their first virtual race.

Even with the challenges of 2020, they raised over $110,000.

For 2021 they hope to be back at the DCR Baxter Park at Assembly Row, 100 Foley Street.

Just One Run 5k

TBD June 10:00 AM

This race was not held in 2020 and the Foundation’s web page has not been updated for 2021 yet.

This race starts at the Blessing of the Bay Boat House, Shore Drive, Somerville, MA. There is a kid’s Fun Run at 9:30 and then the 5K starts at 10:00 AM.

Registration was $30 for 13+ and $15 for 12 and under. The half mile Kid’s Fun Run is FREE!

‘Just One Run’ race day t-shirts are guaranteed to the first 200 registered and all kids registered under 12 years of age. The event also includes a free ½ mile Kids Fun Run, post-race refreshments, music, family activities and informational stations provided by local resources.

Parking is limited.

Race to the Row

TBD August 9:00 AM

race to the row 5K, somerville 5K race

This race was cancelled in 2020 and no information is available for the 2021 race.

This is a Somerville Road Runners production at Assembly Square. In addition to the 5K, there is a “Fast Mile” race that requires all runners to finish the race in 10 minutes or less.

For kids 9 and under there is a Kid’s 1/8th mile Fun Run and all participants will receive a medal.

The wheelchair 5K begins at 9:25 and the 5K begins at 9:30.

Registration was: $32 through July 31 then $37 and $40 day of. Fast Mile is $20 or $25 day of.

Add the Fast Mile to your 5K registration for just $5.00! Day-of registration for the combo is $50.00.

This event, which began in 2013, has raised more than $27,500 for the East Somerville Main Streets organization, Somerville TrackPAC and Somerville Auxiliary Police.

2019 5K Results

Rás na hÉireann

TBD March 11:00 AM – Sunday

Ras Na Heirnann 5K, Somerville 5K race The race was cancelled in 2019 due to construction and cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19.

No information is available for the 2021 event.

In 2018 this race had 1,340 finishers. Based in Davis Square the Rás na hÉireann in one of Somerville’s largest 5K races.

This race draws some of the best 5K runners in New England. In 2018 the top four runners ran a 5:00 or less pace! 37 runners ran a 6:00 or less pace.

Many hundreds more ran your pace. So don’t be intimidated.

Mark Kenneally of Dublin, Ireland, set the course record of 14:19 in 2006. Molly Huddle, of Providence, Rhode Island, set the women’s course record of 15:59 in 2010.

So if you want to compete with some of the best 5K runners around or just go for a fun run with your friends, this mid-September race is for you.

With a strong St. Patty’s and Irish theme, this race attracts a young crowd and is always a great time. I do see a few kids in strollers, but this is generally not a family focused event.

Somerville Homeless Coalition Road Race

TBD October 9:00 AM Sunday

2019 was the 24th year for this 5K! The race starts behind Arlington High School.

For 2020 this race was cancelled due to COVID-19 and no information is available for 2021 yet.

Registration was $30. Raise $150 and your registration is FREE. Raise $300, get FREE registration and a runner’s cap! They will even help you set up a fundraising page.

There will be plenty of parking at the high school. There is a fantastic brunch served after this race, which alone is worth the price of admission!

I ran this race three or four years ago and recall that it was around 1,000 runners and certainly not 3,000. I would recommend this race for the kids.

Team Chase 5k for Autism Speaks & Somerville Special Education

It looks like they have discontinued this race. I will keep an eye out for updates.

Supporting the Team Chase 5k run/walk for Autism supports research, awareness and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism. All proceeds will be donated to Autism Speaks & Somerville Special Ed.

Registration wa $35

Somerville Jingle Bell Run

TBD December 11:00 AM

Somerville 5K race, Somerville jingle bell runThis race was cancelled in 2020 and details for 2021 have not been posted yet.

But we have a few months to go and hopefully things will change.

I’ve run this Davis Square 5K several times. It’s always brisk but not bone crushing cold. If you like big races, this one is for you!

In 2018 over 2300 runners finished this race, many in costume!

In 2019 we hung out with Bill Rodgers and several other marathon champions at The Burren. One of my last race events before COVID-19 changed our world.

2018 RESULTS

2019 results were posted to Coolrunning.com. Cool Running was taken over by Active.com which in my opinion is useless.

Active.com’s lack of usability makes local race directories like this that much more important.

My 2017 Race RECAP

Jack’s Abbey sponsors the post race party at 18 Somerville bars. This is definitely a party race, so leave the kids and keys at home! The Red Line station is right around the corner, so why risk it.

Enjoy a fun race with friends, get into the holiday spirit and let someone else do the driving.

Shwag for this race includes a t-shirt and jingle bells.

Run Well my Friends and support your local races!

Andy