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Double booked – again

Have you ever registered for two races on the same day?

I don’t mean sitting at your computer registering for a bunch of races during lunch. I mean signing up to run two races on the same date. I did this once last year. I was signed up for the Smuttynose 6K and got an email about the AIDS Walk Boston and 5K Run. The AIDS run raises a lot of money for much-needed research and my employer is a significant sponsor. So I signed up for the 5K while at my desk at work and when I got home I realized I had already signed up for Smuttynose on the same date!

I ended up giving my bib to someone else to run the AIDS run, and I went to New Hampshire to run the 6K and get my Will Run for Beer jacket. I made a donation to a good cause, and hopefully made someone happy to be able to participate in the AIDS run. Double good karma.

Well, I’ve done it again. In January I decided to run the 2014 Will Run for Beers Series and go for the jacket again. Two years ago I ran enough races but did not sign up for the jacket. Since I knew I was going to run the races this year, I decided to get the jacket for the extra $5.00. As a result, I signed up for the Will Run for Beer Smuttynose 5K on June 22nd. It turns out, that is the same day as the BAA 10K.

I’m a streaker for the BAA 10K. This will be my fourth BAA 10K and it is the 4th year the BAA has produced this race. It is hard to be a streaker because life gets in the way, you forget to sign up etc. There were “only” 8,000 bibs available on May 1st at 10AM, so I made sure I was ready.

I was so nervous while filling out my entry that my hands were shaking. This is an important race to me and one that I enjoy. My hands were shaking because I knew the race would sell out in hours or less. If I had some sort of error or if something timed out, I may not get a second chance to register.

But I digress.

I am now signed up for the Smuttynose 5K in Hampton, NH and the BAA 10K in Boston. *&%#! The 10K starts at 8AM. My 10K PR is 46:29 on a hilly course. The BAA 10K is in the Back Bay and out Comm. Ave to BU’s Agannis Arena. There is about a mile of hill out to the turn around at BU, then down hill back to Kenmore. If I am un-injured I should be able to run this race in 46 minutes or less. That will leave me with 45 minutes to get to my car in Cambridge and drive to Hampton, NH.

The distance is 47.64 miles and should take an hour. I’m thinking that on a Sunday morning travelling at just over the speed limit I should be able to get to Hampton in 45 minutes. If all goes well I can get there just as the race starts. Part of all going well is finding a parking spot as the last guy to show up, getting my bib with minimal fuss and getting to the starting line.

road trip, runner, shoes

It’s only a 5K and I’m not worried about my finish time. I just want to run the race and collect my jacket. Do you think I can make it? Is this just totally nuts? Even if I start 10 minutes after everyone else, it doesn’t matter to me. It won’t be the first time I was the last person to cross a starting line.

I’ve all ready run 5 races in the series, which qualifies me for the jacket. Even if I miss the race I can still enjoy the party, hang with my friends and pick up my jacket. No sense getting a speeding ticket or worse.

It’s a logistical challenge. I know I can get there in time for the post race party. The question is, can I get there in time to run the race?

Run well my friends.


© 2014 anagelin

Smuttynose Palooza 5K – 2014

The Smuttynose Palooza 5K

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Smuttynose Palooza 5k road race, LOCO running races

The weather was a crisp mid 20’s according to Accuweather and the breeze was barely noticeable. There were a few patches of ice on the roads but unlike last year, we did not have to jump torrents of ocean water washing down Beach Road or run through mounds of sand washed onto the road by the last high tide.

I managed to place 108th overall out of 903 runners and 18 out of 90 men, 40 to 49 years of age. I ran the race pretty much as hard as I could and ended up in the top 20% of men my age and bested last year’s time by 17 seconds. Not bad.

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Smuttynose Palooza 2014 is on!

I received an email last night from LOCO Mike regarding the Smuttynose Palooza 2014.

Weather forecast for Saturday is 45F with a 7mph breeze. There are still bibs available if you are looking for a fun 5K this weekend. The race is on a Saturday, so you can still get in your Sunday Long Run!

Smuttynose Palooza 2013, race, runner
Ocean over takes runners

This is a tough winter, but last year had its moments. In February 2013 The Half at The Hamptons was cancelled. A big storm was coming up the coast and authorities shut things down. I don’t think the storm ended up being as bad as forecast, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

This photo is at the finish line at the Smuttynose Palooza 2013. The Atlantic was rolling down the streets!

Within a quarter-mile after the start, we had to jump over or run through a section of street that was flooded out. I seem to recall that there was a ton of sand in said street as well. What an adventure: winter running in New England.

I’m looking forward to a comfortable race. 45F with a light breeze is going to be awesome!

Run well my friends.


And the Ocean Roared…

Smuttynose Palooza 5K Race

This weekend my buddy Jeff and I ran two 5Ks. The first 5K was the Smuttynose Palooza in Salisbury, MA on Saturday. The race was run out of “The Pavilion” on 4 Ocean Front North. This very nice and large club is built right on the beach with great views of The Atlantic. The tables to pick up our numbers were up against the large windows overlooking the ocean. What a sight.

And the Ocean Roared…

The waves must have been 30 feet high and they looked more like an avalanche rolling in than surf. I’d never seen waves like that before. As we stood there waiting to pick up our numbers the waves crashed into the beach and up against the building. Not only could we hear them, we could feel them hit the building! With homes tumbling into the ocean just up the coast on Plum Island it made me think each time I felt the building move. But, no one looked excited so I relaxed and enjoyed the thrill of the experience.

Earlier, as we pulled into town, we saw water streaming down the side of the road. I knew there had been some rough weather the night before and thought it was just some left over flooding. As we walked up Driftway Street to go pick up our numbers the stream of water grew larger. When we tried to cross the street we had to navigate both a snow bank and flowing water at least two feet across. No one wanted to get wet shoes before the race even began.

As we walked into the parking lot for The Pavilion we could hear the roar of the ocean. As we got closer to the building we could see water flowing through openings in the sea wall and into the parking lot. For a few moments I wondered if this race was actually going to The Ocean Roars

happen. It looked like the sea was going to cover our roads. There were many looks of amusement, delight and joy on people’s faces as we watched the water move through the parking lot. It looked like this race might have an exciting twist to it.

Smuttynoze Palooza 5K 2013

The start had us running towards the ocean which had taken over even more of the road and was running against us. I was told later that they had to take the timing sensors out of the mats because the ocean water would short them out.

Almost immediately we took a quick right onto Ocean Front South. At this corner the street was piled high with beach sand on the right and rest was covered by the ocean. There were lots of whoops and excited yelling. I think everyone just loved it.

From there we ran down Broadway and turned left onto State Beach Road which runs through Salisbury Beach Reservation. This road cuts through the marsh and we were totally exposed to the wind whipping off of The Atlantic. I could hear bibs straining against safety pins and rippling in the wind like a hundred little flags taught on their poles in the brisk Atlantic breeze.

After a mile it became more difficult for me to keep up with Jeff. Neither one of us felt great or particularly prepared to throw it all in for this race. But we were running full throttle all the way. At about a mile and a half we turned around on State Beach Road and headed towards the finish. Jeff kept moving further ahead and I kept fighting the urge to stop or let up. I was all in and my body felt like it. I could not get any more oxygen into my lungs and I wondered if I had fueled up properly.

As mile 2 came up I knew I could keep pushing 100% and give my best effort. It was cold and windy, my mouth was dry and I had doubt. But I crushed that little fucker and kept pushing harder. It seemed to take forever to turn back onto Broadway towards the ocean. I kept pushing and passed a few people.

Broadway has a bit of an incline but I knew the maximum elevation on this course was only 7 feet above sea level. That’s not a real hill. Get a grip and pump those tired legs lazy ass, I told myself.

At this point in the race the runners were all sorted. Those of us who could run this pace and could run this little hill were all together. No one was going to mow anyone down here. We all dug deep for the last half-mile or so. As we approached the sea wall and turned left off of Broadway onto Ocean Front Street we had to get over the torrent of ocean flowing down the street. All of us went a little outside of the cones that marked the turn so that we could get to the pile of sand that would give us a footing to jump over the water.

I finished at 23:55 net time for a pace of 7:43. It wasn’t a PR but I felt I gave it my all and was happy to be under the 8:00 mile pace. Out of 101 guys in my age group I finished 20th and 90 out of 848 finishers, including walkers. Jeff finished 70th overall, 16 out of 101 guys with a 7:30 pace.

Dan Vassallo and his fiancée Katrina Gravel were the top male and female finishers with a time of 16:14 and 18:36 respectively. The oldest woman to finish was Wendy Burbank (70) at 29:15. Don Clukies (70) was the oldest man to finish with a time of 30:14.

Smuttynose Palooza 5K Race

Smuttynose served up several kegs of their finest and some people got up and sang Karaoke. We hung out for a while and enjoyed the atmosphere and the cold beer. It was a great day.

Smuttynose Palooza 5K
Enjoying a cold Smuttynose and some good company

Run well my friends,