Mayflower Brewing Summer 5K


It was a back-to-back race weekend this past weekend with the HussDog Jog 5K on Saturday followed by the Mayflower Brewing Summer 5K on Sunday morning.

The Mayflower Brewing Summer 5K is hosted by Mayflower Brewing in Plymouth, Massachusetts and takes place on the roads of an office/industrial park making it for a rather traffic-free 5K course. The race starts and finishes on the road in front of Mayflower Brewing and kicked off at 9:30 AM.

I have run the 5K course for other races and there is a humdinger of a hill on the course that makes for some intense climbing. In addition to this hill, the overall course seems to have a rather uphill feel to it which makes it a quite challenging 5K route. The major hill comes around the one mile mark and is out in the open without any shade so the warm temperatures coupled with the climbing certainly made for a good challenge.

The course had volunteers manning two water stops along the route, one of which could be hit twice on the out-and-back course. The Plymouth Police Department did an excellent job patrolling the course and directing the limited amount of traffic on the roads of the course. Race organizers could have had water available at the finish line, particularly given the heat, as runners had to walk about 100 yards or so to the brewery to get a bottle of water.

After finishing the race, runners were invited to a free offering from Mayflower Brewing and their beer was quite well received by runners looking to cool off with a solid craft offering! Additional beers were available for purchase and a food truck was available if runners wanted to purchase food.

I finished the Mayflower Brewing Summer 5K with a time of 25:39, good for 8:15/miles. This has been my first back-to-back race weekend in a little while and it felt good to push the legs a bit more, particularly on a hilly and hot course.

Grab Some Friends and Register for the 26.2 Challenge!

11111968_813054148741875_5522776081209872578_oGrab five your your running buddies and don’t hesitate to register for the 26.2 Challenge to be held in Plymouth, Massachusetts on Saturday, April 25th.

The 26.2 Challenge is a team marathon relay featuring an out and back style course where each leg of the race is the same distance. A team of six, you and five of your friends, will conquer 26.2 miles. While your team member is out running, you’re at the transition area with 1000+ like minded people listening to a DJ play the latest tunes and cheering on your friends as they come and go. After the race, you get your beer stein filled with craft beer from Mayflower Brewing and get to chow down on food from Zagat rated RooBar right at the finish line!

The beauty of this marathon relay is that it is a great race for runners of all calibers and more importantly is the ideal way to mix running with fun; isn’t that what it is all about? The 26.2 Challenge brings together all different types of teams. The distance for each leg is manageable at just over 4mi so you don’t have to be an ultra runner to take part. The divisions include; All Male, All Female, Mixed Gender, Running/Tri Club, Corporation & Crossfit. It’s great to see that this race also supports local charities doing great work right in the Plymouth area!

For more information about the 26.2 Challenge, be sure to check out their website by clicking here and “Like” the Facebook page by clicking here. The race has a RaceMenu page for registration that can be accessed here.

2nd Annual Frozen Pilgrim 10K


I am a New Englander, born and raised. But enough is enough with the winter weather already. This winter has been cold, snowy, icy, windy, cold, colder and cold.

Sunday morning we woke up to about 10 inches of snow dumped on the South Shore of Massachusetts and a 9AM start time for the 2nd Annual Frozen Pilgrim 10k meant the driveway needed to be shoveled bright and early to make the trip down to Plymouth, Massachusetts to line up at the starting line. The roads weren’t too bad getting down to Plymouth and race time temperatures were in the mid 20’s with the sun shining on the freshly fallen snow. Once the parking lot to the Plymouth Boys & Girls Club was fully plowed runners were allowed to enter the club for registration.

Runners lined up at the starting line and were warned of the road conditions. The race took place in an industrial/office park so the roads were rather free of traffic however the freshly fallen snow left several stretches of the race with a good couple of inches of packed snow underfoot. Couple that with some icy corners, significant puddles and overall less than ideal running conditions, it was abundantly clear that any PR for runners was quickly out of the question. Several runners had Yaktrax on, but for me the normal running sneakers with a healthy helping of caution was my strategy for the day.

Having not run this course before, I was warned prior to the race of the significant hill along the way that for this race needed to be conquered twice. Making the right hand turn and having the hill in front of me just shy of the 1 mile and 3.5 mile mark it was soon realized that the hill was more along the lines of a small mountain rather than a hill.

I finished the 2nd Annual Frozen Pilgrim 10k with a time of 56:03 which equates to a 9:02/mile. Though this is off pace for a normal run, given the treacherous conditions yesterday’s run was not about time, it was just about getting to the finish line in one piece.

Myles Standard Marathon Relay

ImageThis morning it was an early ride down to Plymouth, Massachusetts for the Myles Standish Marathon Relay. As part of Team A from the Thirsty Irish Runners three teams Rosie, Fitzy, Jimmy, Jamie and I packed into a car and made our way to Myles Standish State Forest for the starting line. We had already planned our legs and I was up fourth for a 6.0 mile leg that some noted was “probably the most hilly, difficult leg of the course.” Awesome.

My leg started in the Myles Standish State Forest and the first two miles had me climbing up and then running back down rolling hills that just did not quit. As I made my way out of the forest it was then onto another hilly road that led me back toward Route 3 before making a right hand turn into a residential neighborhood that was full of, yes you guessed it, some more hills. After crossing over a main road, I ran toward the mile 19 marker which was outside of the Pine Hills section of Plymouth. A left hand turn then had the last mile of running take me through a dirt road through the woods into the transition point on the back side of Rye Tavern, which is located within Pine Hills.

The last stretch of running within the woods was hands down the best part of my run, and not just because it was the only flat part. Something about running on dirt through the woods really gave an autumn feel to this section of the run.

The course was certainly not for the faint of heart and every single runner had a good chunk of hill work mixed into their leg of the run.

Proud to say that Team A from the Thirsty Irish Runners lived up to the hype and took first place amongst the three TIR teams. I felt really strong on the course today even while climbing all the hills I was tasked with and was proud to pick off some other teams along the way!

Image(Photo Credit: Random person using Anne’s phone)