It’s that time of year! The fall brings some of my favorite running conditions but the mornings are definitely darker and night runs start earlier and earlier into the afternoon as we inch closer to wintertime. With the roads that much darker, it’s important to ensure we are staying safe out on our runs and our friends at Knuckle Lights have released the new “One” model of their light which is a must have accessory to keep safe while running in the dark.
One is light and compact and fits nicely into the palm of your hand and shines the path ahead and alerts oncoming motorists to you being out on a run. The light has a few different options with a high and low option available along with a blinking option, as well. One comes complete with a USB charger making it easy to charge right after your run so you are ready to go the next time you head out for a run. The unit is waterproof and comes with a five year warranty, as well.
Having used other products from Knuckle Lights, I have come to appreciate the quality that they bring to running accessories and One is no exception to that rule. The light stays bright for about three hours on the high setting, about 8 hours on the lower or blinking setting. Perfect option for both a short or long run!
It was another double race weekend as I am trying to make up for the pandemic-induced hiatus from live road races. Yes, virtual runs were a good way to keep active and keep relatively motivated during the pandemic but nothing beats actually being at a live race and running with friends and the running community once again.
On Saturday morning I tackled Liam Maguire’s Almost Five Miler in Falmouth, Massachusetts. This was one of the Grand Prix races for my running club Thirsty Irish Runners and this course is an absolute gem and seeing so many TIRs out running was great. The course is 4.9167 miles long and the race directors and volunteers love every minute of the “Almost Five Miler” and take every advantage of cracking a joke here and there. Volunteers at a couple of the early turns on the course note, “You’re almost there” and there is even a mile marker at pi (3.14) miles into the course.
One of the best stretches of the race is heading toward the mile 4 marker when after running through a couple residential neighborhoods you then take a quick left and are running right alongside the ocean. A volunteer at that turn noted, “Enjoy the view” and it was impossible not to. A beautiful stretch of oceanfront running on an absolutely gorgeous morning for running.
I finished Liam Maguire’s Almost Five Miler with a time of 39:42, good for 8:05/miles. Not too shabby! Sadly, this is year’s race will be the final Liam Maguire’s Almost Five Miler but kudos to all involved who have helped put on a great run for so many years.
On Sunday morning it was off to Plymouth, Massachusetts for the Mayflower Brewing Oktoberfest 5K. Mayflower Brewing is a great craft brewer and traces it’s lineage to John Alden, one of the pilgrims that landed in Plymouth and the brewer on the actual Mayflower. Mayflower Brewing hosts four seasonal 5K courses over the course of the year and over the summer I ran the Suns Out Runs Out 5K, as well.
This 5K course is a real test with a major hill in need of being tackled but a good, general sense that you are climbing uphill for most of the run. It is a tough course to tackle but knowing there is a fresh beer from Mayflower Brewing awaiting you at the finish line makes plodding up the hills just a touch easier.
During the summer race, I ran the course with an 8:02/mile pace and for the Oktoberfest 5K I picked up the pace nicely and finished with a time of 24:38, good for 7:55/miles. Particularly after running “Almost 5 Miles” the day before, that’s a result I can be happy with!
Hope you had a great weekend of running, too. See you out on the roads soon!
On Saturday it was just down the road to the Bridgewater Police Department for the Bridgewater Police 5K. This is the same course I have used throughout the pandemic to race virtual races and have run the Bridgewater Police 5K before so is a very friendly and familiar course.
It was a pretty nice morning for a run and I definitely headed out onto the course with a fast first mile pace of 7:00/mile. Knowing the course would lead to a bit of an uphill later in the race I knew I had to pace myself some so planned accordingly along the way. Unlike my virtual runs, water was available on the course right around the halfway point which came in handy as the sun started to break through along the route. The course is generally flat until the last mile where a quick uphill on Cottage Street leads to another gradual incline on Fremont Street before turning to head back toward the finish line at the police station.
Ran pretty well overall on the course except for on the Fremont Street incline where the legs certainly started to burn a bit more. That said, turned in a pretty decent time of 23:58 good for 7:42/miles.
The COVID hiatus from live racing spurred me to then sign up for another race on Sunday so headed off to nearby Whitman, Massachusetts for the McGuiggan’s Pub 5K race. The race is hosted by a local Irish pub and features a nice post-race celebration complete with some brews, food and live music outdoors. A very nice local race with a good atmosphere we have all been missing out on thanks to COVID.
The McGuiggan’s 5K course is a much more challenging, hilly course than the previous day’s run but overall felt nice and strong out on the course and kept tackling each hill along the way. The course sort of has the feel that you are climbing most of the way and takes runners out of downtown Whitman and through some surrounding residential neighborhoods before returning back to finishing just in front of McGuiggan’s Pub.
Apparently consistency is key and despite the increased climbing I finished just about on the nose with the previous day’s run with a time of 23:56.
Not a bad weekend of racing! Feels so good to be back out at live road races and looking forward to upcoming races more and more!
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