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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

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

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

TBD May 5K at 9:00 AM – Saturday

Mystic Herring Run 2020, Virtual Race, Somerville 5K race2020 was the 24th year for this 5K and paddling event and it’s most unique year.

In addition to the 5k, the event normally features three paddle races of 3, 9 and 12 mile distances.

For 2020 they went virtual with four 5K courses or you could make up your own. You had the option of running all four 5Ks “Olympic Herring” or just one.

You also had the option of paddling the 9 mile course from Blessing of The Bay boathouse up to the Lower Mystic Lakes and back.

A 3rd option was the “Iron Herring” where you can all four 5ks and paddled the 9-mile Mystic course.

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

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

Registration was $10 for as many 5Ks as you wanted to run or to paddle 9 miles on The Mystic.

While I miss in person events, virtual events provide the opportunity for race directors to get creative and keep events fun and interesting.

$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.

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

Malden 5K Race Directory 2021

Malden 5K races have a storied history going back 40 years.

Let’s hope that COVID-19 doesn’t put an end to that.

When Dave McGillivray ran from Medford Oregon to Medford, MA in 1978, he finished at the Malden Irish American Club. The club is right across the town line from Medford and was probably the best location for Dave to finish his epic run.

The official story is that he finished at Fenway Park, but I got this story directly from Dave. Maybe he continued to Fenway after stopping in Malden? Dave?

At the time the Mystic Running Club met at the Malden Irish American and Dave became an honorary club member the day he arrived. The Mystics have moved, but their roots are in Malden.

Malden used to have as many as 9 5Ks including one of the longest running 5Ks in the area. Some races never grew large enough to be sustainable and their sponsoring organizations cancelled them.

Sustainability for a 5K seems to be between 200 and 300 runners. It takes a lot of work, time and money to organize a race. For small non-profits this makes breaking even or actually raising funds a challenge.

Please support local non-profits in your area by running these races. They may not be as flashy as bigger races, but your registration fee helps your friends and neighbors in need.

Malden 5K Races

All Malden 5K race events are, or were, in the fall. So far none of the races listed below have updated their websites for 2021.

The Malden Irish American Road Race 5K and 10K

TBD September | 10:00 AM | Monday

This running event is a 5K and a 10K. The Irish American Club has been hosting this race for 38 years and 2020 will be their 42nd annual road race.

This is one of the longest running local races in the Greater Malden Area. Many of my older friends have fond memories of races they ran here many years ago.

I’ve run the 10K three times and had a great time. The course is mostly flat with one good hill after the Fellsway crosses Salem Street near the Immaculate Conception Church. In 2018 I ran the 10K on a blazing hot day and many runners struggled. Here is a mapmyrun mapwith elevation.

The turnout is usually around 250 runners with a great party, live music afterwards and raffles afterwards.

Proceeds benefit the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Registration was $25 for the 5K or 10K.

2019 5K and 10K Results

Mystic Valley Fly Like an Eagle 5K

TBD October | 9:30 AM

The 2020 Fly Like an Eagle 5K was cancelled. Information for the 2021 race has not been posted yet.

This race benefits students at the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in Malden. In addition to the 5K there will be kids races and children’s activity stations.

I ran this race a few years ago and it is a nice run through Malden.

Registration was open until September 29, and was $25.00. The field is limited to 500.

FOOGI 5k Haunt Jaunt

TBD October | 10AM

malden 5k racesFOOGI, or Friends of Oak Grove, is a community group that supports the Malden neighborhood of Oak Grove.

Appropriate for a 5K Haunt Jaunt this 5K goes around two cemeteries.

2020 would have been the 15th year for the community, family event. Costumes are encouraged for this child friendly event.

The race is based out of the Malden YMCA.

Registration details for 2021 have not been posted yet.

Malden Road Race 10K

TBD October | 9:30 AM | Sunday

2020 would have been the second running of this race. I’ve included the race in this 5K directory because we don’t have a lot of races in Malden.

The race was moved to October so the weather will be nicer (cooler) than it was for the inaugural running.

There is a great after party with plenty of food from Piantedosi Baking Co, Dom’s Sausage & Hoff’s Bakery. And cold beverages from Idle Hands!

I ran the 10K in 2018 and it was a well organized and fun race. My Malden Road Race 10K Review

2018 RESULTS

This race have turned into the Malden Half and 5 Miler – stay tuned for updates.

Malden 5K Races

Is your group looking to start a 5K in Malden? The summer schedule is wide open. Pine Banks Park makes a great place to host a race and a good portion of your race could be run in the park.

Time to get planning for the next great Malden 5K road race!

If your organization has a Malden 5K that I missed, please let me know.

Run well my Friends!

Andy

Running 2020

2020 was a challenging year for everyone. As if COVID-19 wasn’t enough, my mother died. So I’m really looking forward to 2021!

It’s hard to believe it’s already December.

It seems like it’s still March 50th, and now that it’s cold again it feels like summer never happened.

I start every year optimistically with the goal of running 1,000 miles. The closest I got was 977.82 miles in 2014.

In 2015 I “only” ran 562.91 miles. After running three marathons, three halfs, The Eastern States 20 miler and many 5Ks and 10Ks in 2014, I think I was a little burned out in 2015.

But each year since 2015 I have steadily built up my annual miles.

In 2019 I ran 929.6 miles and thought I was on track to hit 1,000 miles in 2020. Just a little more effort each month would get me there.

So far, for 2020, I’ve only reached 671.83 miles.

Running 2020 YTD

2020 got off to a good start with 69.51 miles and 86.08 miles in January and February respectively.

Those are the coldest months to run so I felt I was off to a good start.

Melrose Running Club at 2020 Super Sunday Race

 

 

 

 

This our running club at the last in person race I ran, The Super Sunday 5 Miler.

Ah the goo ole days. No masks and everyone was huddled up to keep warm.

At the beginning of March I was optimistic that improving weather would lead to increasing mileage. Then things went off the rails.

My mother went into the hospital just as the COVID-19 lock downs began. If she had been sick a week later none of us would have been able to visit her in the hospital.

So that really sucked but at least we could be there for her.

She recovered enough to be discharged to a rehab facility and we were into a new normal with her.

With the new rules on social distancing, our club had to cancel our Sunday Long Runs and Tuesday Night Club Runs. And I didn’t run a single race in March, everything was cancelled.

I still managed to run 83.58 miles. With all the shit I had going on, I’ll call that a solid month.

2020 YTD Running Miles, COVID Running

Spring Running 2020

In April, without any club runs, I was on my own.

To get my butt in gear I started doing short runs from my house several times a week. Running from my house was easy and there were no excuses not to do so a few times a week.

On April 19th I ran my first virtual race, The MRC Virtually Insane Half. The race was organized by the Melrose Running Club and a lot of us signed up.

It was my first attempt at a virtual race and I hadn’t figured out a good half marathon course yet. I ended up running 14.52 miles.

While I didn’t even run 60 miles in April, I felt like I was settling into the new normal. I managed 10 runs including the 14.52 mile half and a 10.7 mile long run.

In May I only ran eight times. Most runs were under five miles and one was 11.75 miles. I also ran my second virtual race, The Cinco de Mayo QuaranTeam 5K. With just eight runs I only managed 41.15 miles. 10 miles per week! Yikes!

This was about the time I started picking up my daughter after she got out of work around 8:30. I also started calling my mother every night after supper. With three siblings I had to pick my time to call and stick with it.

After my mother got out of the hospital and went to a long-term care facility we were hopeful that she could go back to assisted living, but that didn’t happen.

She became a long-term resident at what we colloquially refer to as a nursing home.

Between eating supper, waiting for my time slot to call my mother and then picking up my daughter, I didn’t have an hour to go run and get cleaned up most nights.

And with my mother’s turn I wasn’t exactly filled with enthusiasm for anything.

Summer Run Time

Great Bay Half Marathon 2020, Dunkin Donuts, Iced CoffeeIn June the weather began to improve, the days were getting longer and I was adjusting to my own “new normal”.

I ran eleven times including two virtual races. The Stepping Stones For Stella Virtual 10K and the Great Bay Half 2020 Virtual on June 27th.

Total miles for June were 61.83. Not great but 50% better than May. On top of that my second virtual half marathon came in at 13.12 miles.

I felt pretty good about my ability to run this distance accurately and was enthusiastic about running more halfs.

In July it began to get hot and sticky like it always does in Boston.

I was doing more yard work and this often lead to aches and pains that kept me from running the next day.

Old enough to know better, dumb enough to still over due it!

I only managed eight runs, but two of them were virtual half marathons. I was getting the hang of running from home on courses I made up as I went.

On July 3rd I ran the Jennifer Tinney 5 Mile virtual and the next week I ran the Margarita Virtual Half.

Margarita Half 2020, Kendall Square, running 2020This half was a really hot run into Kendal Square in Cambridge. I had never run this entire route before but I know the area fairly well.

Of course, things look different from the car. I had to stop at many intersections and go up about 30 steps to get over The McGrath Highway.

Margarita Half Marathon, virtual half, running 2020I had a pretty good idea of where I wanted to turn around which was near the Starbucks on Main Street. That’s at mile six on the map. I just had to stop in for an iced coffee.

I’ve never been so happy to have my cell phone and the Starbucks app locked and loaded.

Kendal Square was a ghost town even for a Saturday afternoon.

On July 17th I ran The Yankee Homecoming 10 Miler. This is a Gloucester race which is too far for me to get to after work, so I’ve never run it.

It’s not quite the same thing, but running virtual I was finally able to participate.

I managed a 9:13 pace and 434 ft of elevation climb. Going out I knew my selected course was hilly but I’ve run marathons with less elevation!

Then on July 21st we had our first Tuesday night club run! We had to check with the Public Health Departments in Melrose and each surrounding town for their particular rules.

We wanted to run together but be safe and respectful of the rules that each town established.

We also tried to avoid as much of the al fresco street-side dinning in Melrose as we could. Who wants a sweaty runner breathing on their calamari?

I only ran 3.22 miles that night, but it felt great to see some fellow club members.

Juneau Half Marathon 2020 Virtual, AlaskaOn July 25th I ran the Virtual Juneau Half Marathon. It was one of the Melrose Running Club’s Racing Series events. A few of us signed up for $20! And they sent us a shirt and a nice medal!

On some previous runs I discovered a rail trail that went from Everett through Malden to Saugus and ended in Lynn.

It took some effort to find the trail headed north from where I previously saw it in Malden, but I ended up finding it as I was looking for it.

A new course that I wasn’t sure about and I ended up running 14.01 miles. No biggie.

Something must have been going on with Garmin that day. Garmin had me gaining and loosing 141 feet in the first mile which began in front of my house. That first mile is pancake flat.

Every mile had me gain and loose 90 to 259 feet. No flippin way! Most of the run was on an old rail road bed. They don’t do hills.

I wish it were true, my total elevation gain for this run was 2,339 feet. Almost a half mile of elevation! That’s serious hill climbing!

I reality I probably gained 50 feet total and I was happy to find another nice course to run.

I ran another Tuesday night club run and the Cambridge Summer Classic 5K, Medford style to finish the month.

The Summer Classic was another home run on flat streets so I decided to push it and averaged 8:09 miles. I hadn’t run that pace since April.

That felt pretty good also. July totaled 57.46 miles.

Running 2020 Goals

With the year more than halfway over and pathetic miles in July, I began to see my 1,000 mile goal slipping away.

If you fall behind in January, you have eleven months to make up the short fall.

When you are more than 300 miles behind at the end of July, things begin to look stark. I’d have to run around 150 miles each month for the rest of the year, and I still hadn’t reached 100 miles in a single month.

So 1,000 miles wasn’t going to happen.

I know that 1,000 miles is a stretch goal and I’m not getting any younger. On top of that I had some unique family obligations requiring my prime running hours.

August was another tough month. I only ran 39.58 miles.

I managed nine runs, five of them under five miles.

On August 1st I started with a 2.86 mile run that I managed to squeeze in before super. I thought I was off to a good start but I didn’t run again until the next week!

But I got to two more Tuesday Night Club Runs and ran the Black Excellence Virtual 5K on August 22nd.

August was just a matter of time slipping away from me. I had things to do around the house, family obligations and working over time.

I’d sit down in the morning and look up in time for dinner. Some days I even forgot to have lunch!

September started out well with a Tuesday Night Club Run on September 1st. What a great way to start the month!

I got in a short home run and ran the TNCR the next week. These weren’t long runs but I was building some momentum.

Virtual Boston Marathon and a close call

Boston Marathon 2020, Water Stop OneOn September 12th I ran with our running club’s Virtual Boston Marathon team.

They had water stops and a nice flat course mapped out. It was great to run with a small group of people.

We all wore masks and tried to keep our distance. I ran 16.05 miles which was a few more than I should have. It was still fun!

The next day one of our runners told us that their spouse had tested positive for COVID! She went for a test and it came back negative.

My company was trying one day a week in the office, which we thought was one step towards normal.

The day I went into the office I got a message that my friend’s test had been mis-read and she was actually positive!

I sent a text to my manager and before I could stand up he had opened his office door and was pointing towards the door.

I collected my things and was out of there in minutes. That was the last time I’ve been into the office.

I went to a drive in test site that my healthcare provider had in Boston. It was on the top floor of their parking garage.

They checked me in and told me where to park. And within five minutes I was getting a deep brain probe just like you see on TV.

The Governor described it like they were tickling the bottom of his foot. And the look on his face as he said that made me a little squeamish as the nurse un-sheathed the swab to stick up my nose.

It ended up not being that bad and kind of made me feel like I needed to sneeze. And sneezing is the last thing you want to do at a COVID test site!

That was Friday and Saturday afternoon the owner of my company called to see how I was doing and if I had my results yet.

I told her I wouldn’t get them until Monday. She didn’t say it but she needed to know my results before she could decide what to do about Monday.

I felt bad that it would take so long but this was when the testing companies were getting buried. There wasn’t a thing I could do to speed things up.

From the tone of her voice I could tell she was genuinely concerned. But the call was as much about business as it was about me.

She told me about an urgent care office in Cambridge that did the rapid test with results in an hour.

Sunday morning I went and got the rapid test and thankfully it came back negative.

It made me think how much one person can effect other people’s lives.

A few more September Races

Wicked Half 2020, running 2020In September I also ran the Rett’s Roost 10K, Cambridge Fall Classic 5K and The Wicked Half Marathon.

The Wicked Half was pretty hilly, 488 feet elevation gain.

I ran the Fellsway Hills into Melrose and wrapped around Spot Pond.

This was a new half marathon course for me and after I turned around I realized I was too close to home to get in a full half.

So I started literally going up side streets to add some distance.

Some of the side roads off of the Fellsway have some wicked hills. I think I found them all.

This run kind of knocked the snot out of me and I averaged 9:47 per mile. While a lot of the course is relatively flat, where there was hill, there was hill!

I bought the mask I’m wearing in this photo at a running shop. It turned out to be the worse mask type I’ve run with.

I finished off the month with a 4 mile home run on the 29th.

For September I ran 13 runs for 67.50 miles. This wasn’t going to get me to 1,000 miles but it was better than August.

Oh October

October was a month that changed my life forever.

On the first I got a call from my sister in Maine.

My mother had been experiencing declining health all summer but seemed to rally now and then.

The nursing home had called to say that she was declining quickly and they had started palliative care.

We were lucky in that they never asked what state I lived in. Maine was in lock down like the rest of the country. Nursing homes had even tighter requirements. If they knew that I was from out of state, I’m not sure they would have let me in.

They had us wear gowns and protective eye wear even though I have glasses.

The first day my brother and I spent the whole day with mom. She got out of bed for a while and spoke with us.

She didn’t eat a thing but she drank two cups of ice water. We had hoped that she would eat something but everyone was thrilled that she drank anything.

She grew tired after about an hour and the nurses got her back into bed. She talked a little more but was exhausted and went back to sleep.

The next day my younger sister arrived from Germany. She was lucky in that her region of Germany was a green zone at the time.

Mom never regained consciousness but the four of us were with her every day. We took shifts visiting and when all four of us were there, two had to sit out side of her window.

The window opened and we could talk, but no one could reach in and hold her hand.

Being a resourceful group, we realized that we could remove the screen! My sister was able to hold mom’s hand for a while which I’m sure made both of them happy.

The next day we got a call from the nursing home around 5AM that she was fading quickly.

We all quickly dressed and headed to the nursing home.

I’m not sure how they did it but they let all of us in to see her and moved her bed into their library.

We spent the whole day with her until she passed at 8:16 PM on October 7th.

All of those calls each night after dinner were worth it. At times I worried she thought I was calling every day because I was afraid that she’d die in the night.

We were so grateful to everyone at the nursing home. They went out of their way to accommodate us and give us time with our mother.

So many people die alone in ICU or in a nursing home because no one can come in to see them. That just has to suck for everyone.

On October 9th I went for a 4.76 mile run on the roads near my sister’s house. I’ve run there before and I really needed a run.

Nothing clears your head like a good run.

The next day I went out again for a 7.77 mile run.

The next weekend I ran Saturday and Sunday. 8.41 and 3.77 respectively.

I did my Tuesday night run from home as I wasn’t in the mood to be social.

I did another home run Wednesday night and that Friday I ran the Smuttynose Rockfest Half from home.

This was another run through The Fells and around Spot Pond. Instead of running up all of those steep side streets to get to 13.1 miles, I took some side streets in Medford.

My total elevation gain was 583 feet but I avoided steep hills so it seemed easier. My pace was 9:32 and my time was 2:05. With more hills than The Wicked Half I managed to cut three minutes off of my time.

A rounded the month off with another Tuesday Night Club Run and ran 48.95 miles for October.

Running November

I started November by running The Melrose Y’s Spooky Sprint. This is a Halloween run, but I didn’t get to it until Sunday the first.

That’s one of the problems with virtual races.

Since you don’t have to drive anywhere or make any plans it’s easy to forget about them.

Once I got a package in the mail and realized I had a 5K to run that weekend!

Some races were live events earlier in the year, were postponed and eventually went virtual.

Many races allowed you to run a race on a weekend, or gave you a week or month to run the race!

One race that I was sure I had registered for, I couldn’t find any of the usual email traffic for a registration.

It got confusing at times.

On the 5th I did a four mile home run and then on the 6th I ran the DAV 5K from home.

I had figured out some good half marathon courses and ran the 100% Pure Kona Coffee Half on November 8th, the Rock n Roll Half on November 14th and The Livestrong at The Y Half on November November 21st.

I ran the Livestrong Half during the Melrose Running Club’s No Contact Relay.

We started at sunrise and ran until sunset.

Andy Nagelin at Straw Point on 3rd lapI ran three 4.76 mile laps for a total of 14.28 miles. When I got to the 13.1 mark my watch said 2:00:23. With more than 450 feet of elevation gain I finally got my half to the two-hour mark.

Unfortunately during the last two miles of that run my ankle started bothering me. Nothing new. Things often start or stop hurting during a run.

That afternoon I could barely walk up or down steps and the next day was worse.

It’s been over three weeks and I haven’t run since. My ankle is getting better but I may not run at all in December.

I don’t want to run on it too soon and aggravate my Achilles again and prolong the healing time. It’s taking long enough as it is!

Essentially my running year is over. If I’m careful and lucky I might run a neighborhood 5K before the end of the year, but I’m not counting on it.

Here’s looking to a brighter future!

Andy