This morning it was about an hour north to Lynn, Massachusetts for the 42nd Annual Great Stew Chase 15K race. The Great Stew Chase is billed as the third oldest 15K in the United States and with a winter race you never know what to expect. Today, though, the weather was excellent with a winter chill in the air but sunny conditions out on the course. Only a couple of spots had to be pranced around due to ice or snow and for a winter run you couldn’t have asked for a better day.
The Stew Chase course is a rather challenging route with some real rolling hills mixed into the out and back course. Running through Lynn and Peabody, the race takes place in residential neighborhoods and a section of road in a business park so there is not a ton of traffic to avoid on this open road course. There is a rather remarkable uphill right after the fourth mile that takes quite a toll on the legs.
In running, some days you have it and some days you don’t. Today was definitely not a great running day for me. I’m not sure if it has anything to do with it or not but I gave blood yesterday and felt like I had absolutely no energy in the tank today. I was running okay but just couldn’t build up speed and couldn’t break into my normal cadence. I didn’t feel terrible running, just couldn’t get to a non-marathon pace and couldn’t push it along at all.
The race gets its name thanks to the hot cup of beef stew each runner can get at the finish line. With a low registration cost of just $20 for day-of registration this is a great race to check out next year!
I finished the 9.3 mile Great Stew Chase with a time of 1:28:37 or 9:32/miles. Certainly not my best showing but I’m still glad I logged a 15K today and got some miles on the legs. Hopefully the slower pace is just a fluke and I will be back out there speeding along in no time.