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Harvey Looks Back at Jones

Level Legion: Boston Marathon Edition

February Race Recaps: The Level Legion has been hard at work training through one of the toughest and coldest winters of late. Fitting then that the Legion be equally tough and ice cold on the start line of their February Boston tune-up races. Whether one is trekking through the New Hampshire snow, winning a debut 20-miler, representing the hometeam at a local race, pushing along a 5 month old companion or simply putting in the steady work, this past month has brought along some great races. You have already heard from Scott, who decided that if you can’t beat this winter, might has well don the snowshoes and have at it. Now we bring you some more perspective on just how racing has been fitting in to the training plan as Boston inches ever closer.

Brian Harvey

40th Annual Jones Group Realtors 10 Miler (2/23/14) - 4th place, 51:41.8

A couple weeks ago I ran the 40th Annual Jones Group 10 Miler out in Amherst, the first stop on the USATF-NE Grand Prix. From past training cycles, I have learned that I should not race too much as I end up becoming tired or flat by the time of the goal race. Therefore, I decided to use this race as a hard workout and a good way to get an extended effort at goal marathon pace. The plan was to do an extended warmup (8 miles) and go right into the race with minimal rest.

For the race, the plan was to do 8 miles at 5:15 effort and then hammer the last 2 miles if I felt good. The Amherst course is hilly so it was difficult to find a rhythm but the average pace came out pretty close to goal for the first 8 miles (5:09, 5:08, 5:46, 5:22, 5:21, 4:56, 5:07, 4:44 — 5:12 avg). I was in a good pack for much of these first 8 miles including Eric Blake, Neel Tarneja, and Brian McNamara. At the 8 miles mark, I could see Dan Vassallo less than 100m or so up ahead. I closed the gap on him some over those last 2 miles (5:18, 4:49) but ended up finishing about 12s back. After the race, I went directly into a 4+ mile cooldown to get to 22 mile total for the day.

Overall, I was pleased with this effort and it provided me with a good confidence booster in my preparation. Up next for me is the Gate River Run 15K national championship in Jacksonville, FL on March 15th. I’m excited to be traveling and competing in the team competition with fellow BAA Unicorns Tim Ritchie and Sam Alexander against many of the best runners in the country!

Jones 10 Miler Raw Footage

You know the story by now: Eric Ashe and Megan Hogan both were victorious at the Jones 10 Miler, which was the 2014 series opener for the USATF-NE Grand Prix. Here is our raw footage from the finish line that day.

Magill & Stirrat on the Level after Jones

Masters runners (and former Iona standouts) Chris Magill & Reno Stirrat talk about their day at the Jones 10 Miler. Chris ran a 55:05 and finished as the second masters runner and 26th overall. Mike Galoob was the masters champion and ran a 53:58, good for 15th overall. Impressive performances in the stacked field!

This was Reno’s return to action after a long layoff. The senior extraordinaire ran a 1:03:39 and felt no worse for the wear. That’s a good sign for things to come.

apologies for the sound

Ashe Wins a Close One at Jones

Eric Ashe narrowly edged out Ruben Sança at the Jones 10 Miler, which is the first stop in the 2014 USATF-NE Grand Prix series. Ashe ran a 50:43 in conditions that weren’t exactly favorable the whole time. Ruben Sança was only seven seconds behind him. Eric, who is gearing up for the Boston Marathon, will celebrate the win by…going skiing? It’s all here:

Hogan Smashes Jones 10 Mile Record

Perhaps the only thing more surprising than Steve Dowsett’s spectacular beard on Sunday was Megan Hogan’s race. Hogan, a 26 yr old who made the long trek from Saratoga Springs, NY, crushed the old course record of 57:05 from ’86 (Nancy Conz). Although the course was altered slightly, but still, it’s an impressive time. Not only did she win, but Megan’s 55:28 was over four minutes ahead of second place (Erica Jesseman, 59:33) and good enough to put her in 32nd place overall. That is just an absolutely incredible performance in a Grand Prix event. Here’s our interview with the winner:

Apologies on the audio quality and the abruptness of the start. In the editing room I noticed that the main mic cable popped out just after the interview started. Had to cut the beginning completely, and then when the built in mic started to pick up the rest of the audio, the quality was garbage.

Amherst #Jones10Miler

What a difference a year makes. Last year, the Jones 10 Miler was delayed two hours and run in frigid conditions. It snowed during the race and the conditions were brutal. This year things were a little better, especially with the temperature getting up well above the thirties. Let’s get right to the results.

WInner Eric Ashe. Photo by Luke Maher.

WInner Eric Ashe. Photo by Luke Maher.

Eric Ashe, coming off a stellar performance at the USA Half Marathon Championships won the race in 50:43. That’s 5:04 pace for those of you who refrain from mathematics. Ruben Sanca (2nd in 50:51) and Dan Vassallo (3rd in 51:31) rounded out the podium finishers. Here are the top thirty males (for complete results go to Cool Running):

amherst results 2.23.14 men

Ruben Sanca. Photo by Luke Maher.

Ruben Sanca. Photo by Luke Maher.

In the women’s competition, Megan Hogan dominated an elite field that included Erica Jesseman, Kath Hardcastle, Nicole Casey, Meagan Nedlo, Sheri Piers, Kristin Barry, and Cheryl Cleary. Hogan ran away from the title with a blazing 55:29 (that’s good for 5:33 pace). She placed 32nd overall. Impressive for a USATF-NE GPS event. Also making it to the podium were the aforementioned Jesseman (2nd in 59:36) and Hardcastle (3rd in 60:01). Check out our Instagram video to see how the top three looked as they finished the race:

In masters competition, Dirigo ruled the top two spots. Teammates Sheri Piers and Kristin Barry took the top two spots finishing in 61:23 and 62:58, respectively. Cheryl Cleary of CMS took third in 63:58. As for the men, Mike Galoob continues his hot streak. Galoob, who won the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix master’s mile, showed his range by winning his division in a time of 53:58 (5:24 pace). He was followed by Chris Magill (2nd in 55:05) and Greg Putman (3rd in 56:50).

Here’s a breakdown of how all the top teams fared in the USATF standings:
amherst team results 2.23.14

Stay tuned as we have videos and interviews coming soon!

The Gambler

As far as we understand, once a year during indoors, the GBTC does a casino themed workout. The variables of the workout are determined by chance. According to Matt Haringa, it’s the “best workout of the year.” This year, Tom Derderian was rolling a ten sided die (pictured below, courtesy of Tom).

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Those hoping for something garish, like a big riverboat roulette wheel didn’t quite have their expectations met but it looks like fun was had anyway.

Of the workout, Tom said: “the complete racer needs to be prepared for unpredictable moves by an adversary so we run a workout where the next interval is not on a schedule but is determined by chance. It is very Ecclesiastical.  It is life. It is racing.”

Before we move on from the Jones 10 Miler completely, we have two more thoughts on this.

A.) Joe Navas submitted this pic to illustrate just how ridiculously over-sized the race bibs were. It’s his bib on an oak floor with one of those big, soft pretzels (like you’d get at a mall food court) right next to it.

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B.) God I hope the Jones people have a sense of humor.

In other news, indoor nationals tonight (right now)!

Well, Jones, at least you haven’t forgotten how to show a lady a good time.

Guest blog by James DeLuca

Where to start? The storm that came through New England this weekend pushed back the start of the race but the course for the Jones 10 Miler was in pretty decent condition. Of course the bibs were the talk of the day.

To what should I compare the bibs? It would be an exaggeration to say that they were the size of Texas. They were more like Rhode Island. Rhode Island is tiny as far as states go. The next smallest state (Delaware) has ~1000 more square miles of land area than Rhode Island but at ~1500 square miles Rhode Island is enormous as far as race bibs usually go.

Last year Kevin Johnson (WMDP, then running for GBTC) won in 51:12 and this year he repeated his victory in 51:48. There have been some rumors that Kevin just had a “crappy” race this year but I’m going to assume that everyone’s finish was just delayed 36 seconds by the massive bibs.

Enough about the bibs: now for the race.

Sarah and I got delayed on the way out to Amherst by some snow plows so I didn’t get to warm up with the rest of GLRR but there was a real flock of Angry Chickens all ready to go when I got to the start.

I couldn’t make out a word from the announcer before the race but eventually it started and for the stretch from the start out to the first turn it was the normal confusion as everyone got themselves sorted to their proper paces. I went out with the plan of just doing a tempo run; I was thinking a 1:02:30-1:03:00 finish time which was all I thought I needed to be on track for my 2:55:00 May marathon goal.

James DeLuca (L) in action at Amherst. Courtesy of Krissy Kozlosky.

James DeLuca (L) in action at Amherst. Courtesy of Krissy Kozlosky.

I was standing just a bit behind Mike at the start so I basically followed him through the first mile in 6:11. We were running on the left side of the road; EJ was over to the right and ended up getting caught up in traffic and falling back a bit. Mike caught Bui first and I thought I was going to fall back and let them go but mile 2 was downhill and thanks to relatively long legs I can cruise downhill at a pretty competitive pace without having to work and the three of us went through mile 2 together in about 11:54.

Then we hit the first real hill of the course. I took the lead for a few moments but Bui ended up moving to the front and pushing the pace up the hill. Somewhere up the hill there was a water stop; Bui said he was going for water so I went wide to give him room and tried to push the pace a little but Jason’s a bit stronger on the hills so he was back to leading the way by the time we got to the mud.

We passed mile 3 in about 18:22 and pushed into the off road bit. Last year it was all frozen ruts and this year it was mud. Fortunately the ground was solid below a thin layer of mud so it wasn’t as bad of a slog as it could have been. Bui and I traded off leading a few times until I pushed ahead around the 5 mile marker.

I missed my split at mile 4; mile 5 was a few seconds on the slow side of 31 minutes. 1:02:30, I thought, that’s okay: it will be a PR. At mile 6 I had worked my way to a few seconds faster than 37 minutes and soon we hit the end of the mud.

Hitting the tarmac on the far side of the mud felt like I hit one of those boost strips in Mario Kart. I worked my way down to 42:44 for mile 7 and then 48:29 for mile 8. I felt as strong as I ever have in a race and was passing people left and right…actually mostly on the left because we were running on the right side of the road at this point but the colloquialism remains. Somewhere in there Mike Smith and I traded places a few times and I reeled in Matt Theodoros and wished him best of luck with the rest of the course. When I went through mile 9 in 54:16 I thought I might have a legitimate shot at breaking 60.

Then there was the last hill. I kept passing people up the hill, but it felt like a death march. The clock will show I ran a 6:14 for that mile but no 6:14 mile has ever felt that hard to me. I managed to pass Titus Mutinda toward the middle of that last mile making this the first time I’ve ever finished ahead of him.

I crossed the finish line in 1:00:30 for a 0:06:09 PR and wrapped my race bib around my shoulders to keep warm. I found Sarah and we found out that Sully crushed the course to the tune of 56:22 and we watched Mike Smith, Mike Girouard and Jason Bui all come in within 5 seconds of each other (1:01:08, 1:01:09, 1:01:13) and Matt Theodoros finish not far behind in 1:01:52.

We gathered by the finish and I found out that Cody Freihofer had dominated in 58:46. I met Justin Patronick (59:11) and Andrew Downey (1:00:17) and congratulated EJ Hrynowski when he came in at 1:03:26 a bit ahead of Jim Garcia (1:04:00) and Kevin Carnabucci at 1:06:06. Despite the massive bibs it was getting really cold so when Fil Faria finished in 1:08:29 I abandoned the finish line to get back to the school for coffee, food and heat. Back at the school I ran into Jim Pawlicki (CMS) and found out he had run a solid 58:26.

In team results GLRR took 8th place in Men’s Open. Top 3 were WMDP, GBTC and CMS. GLRR Women in 10th. GLRR Masters Men and Women both in 5th. EJ led the GLRR Senior team to 2nd place! GLRR Veteran Men took 3rd!

In all despite the weather and the hills it was a day of inspiring performances. SMAC definitely made the right call by keeping the race on.

May your training miles be ever hilly and may all your races have free beer!

LEVEL NOTE: I have to give credit to E-J Hrynowski for bringing this (and all its great bib references) to our attention. Be sure to check out Jim’s blog, which is part of our blog network. Is your blog part of it yet? Get started here.

Amherst 10 Miler: Reilly RUNs Away With It

See what I did there? If not, don’t worry. It’ll make sense soon enough. Steph Reilly (Bryant University coach and 2012 Olympian) led her Team RUN teammates to victory in the first grand prix race of the season this past Sunday in Amherst. Steph won the Jones 10 miler in 58:40, almost four minutes ahead of runner-up (and defending series co-champ) Helen Dinan of Whirlaway (results here).

Steph in control in Amherst. Courtesy of Scott Mason Photography.

The Whirlaway women were second, followed by NBB (Steph’s old team). With a quick analysis you can see that Steph’s move to a new team really impacted the standings in this first meet of the series. Score her for NBB and that team takes the title while Team RUN slides down the list. It’s a move that didn’t get as much attention as, say, Ruben Sança going from GBTC to Whirlaway, but it’ll have just as much of an impact on the standings (if not more).

Here’s a quick Q&A with the USATF-NE 2013 10 Mile Champion:

How did it go and what did you think of the conditions?

This was my first time running the race. It is a very difficult and challenging course. The hill around three miles didn’t bother me as much as the dirt road. I struggled on that portion quite a lot. With the weather it became very muddy and I couldn’t get going on it. So that was frustrating. I finally was able to run steady once we hit pavement again, and was starting to pick up momentum until the last mile, which was uphill and difficult. This set me back a little again. Overall it was a good hard effort, and although I would have liked to run a lot quicker I was happy enough with the win and result considering the conditions. The race was very well organized and I am sure they were pleased that the race went off at all with the predicted weather.

More domination, this time captured by Krissy Kozlosky.

More domination, this time captured by Krissy Kozlosky.

Last year you raced for New Balance Boston (NBB) and now RUN. You mentioned something about a new team (in a Facebook post), but could you elaborate on that? Is it the first women’s team for RUN or is this separate from the men’s team that has been competing on the circuit?

Yes I am now running for Team RUN again. I ran for them before I switched to NBB a few years ago, and decided to go back. It isn’t really a new team. There has always been a women’s team version but we have never really been able to get teams out for all the series races in the past. After I decided to go back to Mark and RUN we decided to get a team together and make it good. We had a nice opener. It is very early stages though, but we are excited and looking forward to the rest of the grand prix series races.

Is your focus still on the track? So far you’ve won a 16 and a 10 miler on the roads this year.

My focus this winter is more about putting in the best base I have ever been able to do, and get really strong, and see where it gets me. I hope it translates into fast times and PRs on the roads and track this spring and summer. I am planning on doing a lot of the grand prix series this year provided all goes well. I like having a good goal and challenge, and this is something different for me. The last few years have been really focused on track championships.

In the masters race, Christin Doneski won with a 65:32 and led her fellow Whirlaway teammates to victory as well.

Christin in action later in the race, courtesy of Krissy Kozlosky.

Christin in action later in the race, courtesy of Krissy Kozlosky.

Be sure to also check out the amazing race photography from both Scott Mason Photography and Krissy Kozlosky.

Amherst 10 Miler: Johnson Repeats

Different singlet, craptastic weather, same results. Kevin Johnson of the Western Mass Distance Project (aka WMDP, the Wolfpack) repeated in Amherst. This time he was wearing the powder blue WMDP singlet whereas last year he was rockin’ the GBTC red. In fact, Kevin was our very first post-race athlete interview. Check it out here. It’s only a year old, but it looks so much older just because he’s sporting that red jersey.

Johnson (L) and Duncan, leading the field in Amherst. Courtesy of Scott Mason Photo.

That was a pretty fast time for those conditions, how’s training been going?

It was an interesting day for sure. Training has been going well and I have been fortunate that this winter weather has been gentle for this young fella living at the foothills of the White Mountains. Our Coach, Mike Gauvin, drew up a plan that was focused on getting some strength in our legs for these hilly races (Amherst and New Bedford) before getting ready for the shorter faster stuff later in the spring. . . so I have just been following that. Basically, a good number of hilly tempos with some more volume.

Rumor has it you had to stop twice during the race and you still won. Is that true? How much time do you think you lost?

I did unfortunately stop twice during the race due to intestinal distress likely caused by some Moroccan food the night before. I am not sure how much time I lost, but it was probably on the order of 30 seconds or so. Not my finest hour (or 51:40 for that matter), but it was life experience gained and lessons learned.

What are you gearing up for now?

I am currently gearing up for a healthy season where I try to race often in March/April/May/June. No race in particular, but I want to throw down some faster races as I have gotten away from those over the past year. Injuries seem to be apart of the sport and those lucky enough to string together months of consistent training tend to PR. So I guess right now the goal is just the process of training.

Wolfpack came out howling on their home course. is this a sign of things to come for the rest of the year?

WMDP is gearing up for a competitive 2013 campaign and we hope that the performances Sunday will help draw the best runners from the other squads so that we can really put our team to the test. Obviously, a team like BAA is incredibly talented and it would be nice to see if we could compete with a semi-loaded BAA squad out on the GPS or in a road/track 5k/10k (clearly a full BAA squad trumps any team in the region).

As you might have surmised from that last response, the Wolfpack emerged from the fray victorious on Sunday. There’s a great write up on the WMDP team site about the race, here’s a funny excerpt from it:

“Johnson’s win was under attack by some stomach issues as he was inspired by a LetsRun thread about Hicham El Guerrouj to eat copious amounts of Moroccan food the night before the race, causing The People’s Champion to take a pit stop at 5.5 miles and again at 7 miles.  His 7th mile conference call with nature was observed by all harriers within 3 minutes, which was initially perceived as taunting.”

Check out the rest, it’s worth the read. The 2012 USATF-NE C0-Club of the Year drew first blood in 2013. We’ll have to wait a few weeks to see who’s going to respond to it. Be sure to also check out the amazing race photography from both Scott Mason Photography and Krissy Kozlosky.

Courtesy of Krissy Kozlosky.

Courtesy of Krissy Kozlosky.

In the masters race, Joe Navas led the way. While he was injured and relegated to only interviewing the winners last year, this year he came out swinging. Said Joe:

“What a great day at the DH Jones 10 Miler in Amherst. Last year, I was watching this race from the sidelines with much of our Masters team. This year was a different story and a total, snowy, slushy blast! Great to see everyone out there today. Tough runners, these New Englanders.”

Okay, he doesn’t really talk like that. It was something he posted on Facebook but seemed appropriate to add to this piece.

(L-R) Anthony Walsh, Titus Mutinda, and Joe Navas battle it out in Amherst. Courtesy of Krissy Kozlosky.

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