We have a lot of stuff: Flags, vests, tents, cones, mile marks, tables, chairs, signs, water jugs, water bottles, shirts, awards, frisbees, a banner, buckets of rocks, and so on. We keep our stuff in a 10’x20′ storage unit, and yesterday we moved our stuff from such a unit in Wakefield to one in Narragansett. Thanks to Fred for taking the lead on securing a new storage unit and terminating our contract on the old, thanks to Peter, Mike, and Dan for building storage shelves in the new unit, and thanks to Pat, Brian, Dan, Fred, and Mike for helping with the move. Pictures of the move are below.
The Rhode Island Desert is a complex of sand dunes located just off of Division road in West Greenwich. In running lore, The Desert was the training ground for more than a few legendary Providence College runners. It’s no surprise, then, that Brian regularly takes his teams to train in the desert. The Desert looks innocent enough from the roads, but after a few miles of up and down the steep dunes, you get it.
Not content with simply running in The Desert, Brian designed a 5K course, which was then professionally measured. Due to a slight change in the course, a new measurement was required, and the pictures below show elements of the measurement.
A counter is attached to the front wheel of the bike, which must be calibrated before (and sometimes after) a measurement. For this measurement, the bike was walked the whole way. Rolling the wheel up some of the steep dunes required both Mike and Brian to hold onto the bike. The likelihood of slipping was so great that it was important that a second hand was on the bike to keep it in place.
The men who learn endurance, are they who call the world, brother.
Running in groups engenders camaraderie; more so when we train for the same race; still more so when that race is a marathon; and even more so when that race requires several nights away. Indeed, as we speckled Burlington—one, two, three, and four at a time—our anxiety was soothed by the knowledge that we would soon see our friends. Thus, Dave, Jess, Kyle, Rich, Diane, Kaela, Brian, and Mike competed together in the 2015 Vermont City Marathon. Great race, great course, great town, unforgettable experience. It’s a beautiful thing when you can fall short of your goal (as most of us did), yet reminisce over it with a sparkle in your eye. Let this not be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Just a quick picture from the long run in Coventry. Three runners attended, two of whom are shown here running down Narrow Ln, about 5 miles into the run.
“A good long run requires more time to plan than to execute.” –Anonymous
Long runs can be boring, but they don’t have to be. To combat boredom, the runner has two primary weapons in his arsenal: company and variety. It is a bitter irony, though, that the implementation of the latter diminishes the former. It is a simple mathematical fact, then, that THE MOST INTERESTING RUN EVER will have zero attendance.
Flying in the face mathematics, however, Brian organized THE MOST INTERESTING RUN EVER, and three people attended: Brian, Mike, and Mark. (Mark deserves special recognition for making THE MOST INTERESTING RUN EVER his first run with the club.) These three runners boarded the 11-a.m. ferry in Pt. Judith, bound for Block Island, and enjoyed a not-so-bumpy ride to the island. What follows is a short picture-narrative of the run.
Click HERE to see the route.
One logistical concern dealt with the question of where to stash bags. (Mark boldly embarked on this 8-hour adventure in running singlet, shorts, and shoes, with no luggage.) The Visitor’s Center was open, but was to close at 3:00 p.m., so the runners made use of the nice rack behind the building.
The run began in Old Harbor and ran toward the north end of the island.
At about three miles into the run, the route turned right onto the Clay Head Nature Trail. It was a beautiful day and the views from the high bluffs were spectacular. (Mike and Brian were, at this point, ahead of Mark. The two groups didn’t meet again until after the run.)
Exiting the trails, the runners turned again north and followed the road to its end, at which there is a good view of the North Light in the distance.
Mile 6 through 11 took the runners back south and through the middle of the island, past the airport, taking a right onto Cherry Hill Rd. at Rodman’s Hollow. The left onto Lewis Farm Rd. began a fascinating and breathtaking three-mile journey through Ireland-like fields and stone walls, then onto and along the rugged south beach that is towered over by high bluffs.
The beach run was about two miles of slow going to the Mohegan Bluffs at Southeast Light. To get off the beach and back onto the roads, the runners scrambled up to the steep stairs, and (in a quad-burning burst of adrenaline) ran every step to the top.
Once on the roads, the quads eventually recovered enough for Brian to push the pace for the last three miles (all of which were close to six-minute miles). The Visitor’s Center and bag rack were a welcome sight after the 18-mile run, and the runners enjoyed hearty refreshment at the Mohegan Cafe.
With 30 minutes to kill and $8 of change, the runners found an open candy store. The sign in front advertised free fudge, but it was not free, so an $8 bag of random chocolates (including a piece of chocolate-covered bacon) served as dessert.
The warm ferry ride home was smooth and uneventful, and thus ended THE MOST INTERESTING RUN EVER.
Registration for the second annual Gansett Half is now open. The race will be held on Sunday, October 25 at 11am.
Now through August 15 = $55
August 15 through Sept 15 = $65
Sept 15 through Oct 25 = $75
Happy Spring! The weather cooperated for our Super 5K, but no such luck for the annual MV 20 Miler, which was canceled due to snow. Looks like we are turning a corner. Time to get out and enjoy the roads!
RI – Feb 1: Super 5k
11 Brian McNeiece 2 40-49 17:52 5:46
15 Kaela O’Neil 1 30-39 18:08 5:51
21 Jessica Kutcher 2 30-39 18:45 6:03
23 Aaron Rome 4 40-49 19:07 6:10
24 Diane Senecal 1 40-49 19:23 6:15
26 AJ Fournier 2 19-29 19:25 6:16
28 Ben Folsom 13 30-39 19:26 6:16
41 David Tetreault 8 50-59 20:52 6:44
43 Pete Rumsey 7 40-49 20:56 6:45
45 Ken Abrams 9 50-59 21:03 6:47
46 Claire Gadrow 2 40-49 21:09 6:49
47 Laurie Feit-Melnick 3 40-49 21:14 6:51
49 Peter Barbera 10 50-59 21:22 6:54
52 Joyce Lin 3 30-39 21:48 7:02
57 Elizabeth Marchetti 4 30-39 21:58 7:05
58 Mary Camire 1 60-69 22:02 7:06
67 Amy Rice 1 50-59 22:36 7:17
70 Steve Wright 16 50-59 22:42 7:19
71 Rebecca Allen 4 40-49 22:43 7:20
76 Flynn Sullivan 6 14-18 23:01 7:25
77 Jim Sullivan 18 50-59 23:03 7:26
79 Pat Ferrigno 2 60-69 23:25 7:33
81 John Peabody 3 60-69 23:33 7:36
84 Nicole Rattay 5 30-39 23:37 7:37
102 Rich Falvo 17 40-49 24:22 7:52
114 Stephen Schonning 25 50-59 25:39 8:16
115 Joe Behl 3 70-98 25:40 8:17
135 Jennifer McCaffrey 16 40-49 27:40 8:55
RI – Feb 7: Belleville Pond 10k Trail Race (updated 2/8/2015)
14 Aaron Rome 52:09:00 8:25
20 Jess Kutcher 54:56:00 8:52
28 AJ Fournier 57:37:00 9:18
37 Pete Rumsey 1:03:33 10:15
46 John Peabody 1:06:56 10:48
65 George Ross 1:16:43 12:22
This brutal winter hasn’t stopped NRA members from getting out and running, and every weekend there are at least two or three different group runs planned.
Some of the group is training for Boston, some for the Vermont City Marathon in May, and others are just getting out there because it’s what they love to do.
Thanks to Murray Norcross for this photo (and accompanying caption) of one of the Newport contingent’s recent winter outings.
Many happy miles to you all, and here’s hoping that we can post some snow-free pictures soon!
“Some of the Newport Gang ran from the Ferry Landing out to the Beaver Tail Light this morning, Saturday, 28 February 2015. Air Temp at 0730 was 14F. Windchill was 5F. Terri Martland is running toward the Beaver Tail Light House on Jamestown. In the distance, large ice floes can be seen being moved by the current. Why we run? So we see beautiful scenes like this and friendships.”
Congratulations to all the runners who raced in January!
RI – Jan 1: Hangover Classic 5 Miler
39 Ken Abrams 7/45 36:18 7:16
68 Michael Scott 17/45 39:26 7:54
120 Jim Cotter 9/19 43:42 8:45
160 Linda Hurteau 7/22 47:11 9:27
RI – Jan 11: Resolution 5k Beach & Trail Race (updated 1/12/2015)
22 Jess Kutcher 20:24 6:35
24 Aaron Rome 20:33 6:38
28 Diane Senecal 20:44 6:41
45 David Tetreault 21:44 7:01
50 Shira Fuller 21:55 7:04
66 George Ross 23:27 7:34
73 John Peabody 24:16:00 7:50
95 Stephen Schonning 25:58:00 8:23
110 Jim Cotter 26:53:00 8:40
163 Elise Hedglen 37:14:00 12:01
RI – Jan 17: 4th Annual East Coast Championship – Saturday Running
6 McNeiece, Brian 5:04.05
1 O’Neil, Kaela 5:15.21
NH – Jan 25: 20th Annual Boston Prep 16 Miler
13 Michael Tammaro 1:40:59 6:19
29 Warren Angell 1:48:33 6:48
31 Diane Senecal 1:48:56 6:49
71 Claire Gadrow 1:59:47 7:30
80 David Tetreault 2:00:48 7:33
241 Kim Raymond 2:28:06 9:16
A request was made to post a picture of the winter party cooking crew to the website, so here we go. The first image shows the masterminds of the operation, John and Paul.
The next image shows Michelle and Diane.
Finally, the whole crew:
The dinner setup and meal required careful planning and preparation, and the execution on party day was hectic, nerve-wracking business. Thanks to Joyce for taking this last picture!