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Race Recap: Jim Kane Sugar Bowl 5K

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When you race after a full day of work you never really know what to expect. 7PM races can always be an interesting challenge to ensure you have properly hydrated throughout the day, ate the right amount of fuel but not too much and still have enough energy in the tank to tackle the race well even after putting in a full day of work.

On Thursday, it was out to South Boston for the 31st Annual Jim Kane Sugar Bowl 5K. This is an exceptionally good race put on by the L Street Running Club and takes runners along a relatively flat and typically hot 5K course alongside Carson Beach in Southie. The road is shut down to traffic for the quick time the race takes place and runners have the road to themselves as they make their way out onto the course.

The race is known to have featured some tough warm temperatures in prior years and given you are in the sun the entire way this 5K course can certainly take a toll when the weather is hot. Fortunately, this Thursday night was an absolutely gorgeous night with temperatures still warm but not scorching, absolutely no humidity in the air and a gentle breeze from time to time coming off the water. When compared to the brutally warm conditions from last year’s race, this year was a simply perfect night to run a 5K.

In this year’s Jim Kane Sugar Bowl 5K, I felt strong making my way out onto the course and it seemed as though it was going to be one of those running days where you just sort of know you have it. The out-and-back 5K course allows you to hit the water stop twice which certainly came in handy and through more than 3/4 of the race I kept up a nice pace. I could feel myself fading a little bit as I hit the 3 mile marker but knowing there was just a tenth of a mile left to go I dug deep and finished with a time of 23:07, good for 7:27/miles.

A great result and proving just how nice of a night it was for a run in last year’s scorcher I ran an 8:44/pace so shaving more than a minute per mile off I couldn’t be more pleased with that result!

Be sure to “Like” the Jim Kane Sugar Bowl’s Facebook page by clicking here and I will see you at next year’s race!

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Colonial Summer Series – Dewpie’s Dash

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It was a busy weekend of running complete with the Ragnar Cape Cod Relay and the Scituate Firefighters 5K but Monday night made for a back-to-back-to-back racing circuit on some tired legs. I had another good showing at the weekly Colonial Summer Series 3.25 mile run in Raynham, Massachusetts as I finished with a time of 24:30, good for 7:32/miles.

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Weekly Run: Dewpie’s Dash

This week’s Dewpie’s Dash results are in and it was a little slower going this week than last. I felt really good in the first two miles but in the third mile had a tougher time getting up the hill and coasting back down the major hill leading into the 3 mile marker. This week I finished the race with a time of 24:51 or 7:39/miles for the 3.25 mile course.

Colonial Summer Series Raynham – Dewpie’s Dash

Monday night it was off to the neighboring town of Raynham, Massachusetts for the Colonial Summer Series Monday night fun run, more commonly known as Dewpie’s Dash. This race takes place each and every Monday and is a 3.25 mile course through residential roads of Raynham. The course is a moderately tough stretch with a little bit of uphill climbing throughout the run and a spectacular downhill stretch leading into the 3rd mile marker.

The race is sponsored by the Colonial Road Runners and each week costs you just $2. The race is timed and post-race there is water, Gatorade, watermelon and from time to time an adult beverage might even casually be available. It is a great routine to get into during the summer to race yourself each week and to catch up with the runners who make the race each week.

This week I ran Dewpie’s Dash in 24:33 or 7:33/miles. Look forward to many more this summer!

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2013 MAD Scramble Road Race

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Thursday evening after work it was race time! Heading from the office onto the train and to the car it was then off to Milton, Massachusetts for the 2013 MAD Scramble Road Race. This race is annually held on a weeknight at 6:30 PM and brings runners through a rather challenging 5.1 mile course throughout the town of Milton, Massachusetts. Milton is just outside the city limits of Boston and the race brings runners across Milton’s streets as well as some trails and paths mixed in for good measure.

Evening running can always be trick y as you need to watch your consumption during the day (aka, don’t drink my usual 5 cups of coffee) and the weather, particularly in the summer, could be subject to change. Race time temperatures were just shy of 70 degrees but the humidity was certainly noticeable.

The MAD Scramble supports the Detective Michael A Devin Memorial Fund. Proceeds from the race fund scholarships, support juvenile athletic programs, and provide assistance to families in need.

The race starts out quite flat as for the first mile runners quickly make their way off the pavement and head into a park completing a loop along packed dirt along a pond reminiscent of some cross-country trails from back in my high school running days. After completing the loop through this park it is back out onto the pavement for a while. The course is a deceivingly hilly terrain with just enough gradual risers to make your legs really take notice quite quickly. One of the larger hills is just outside of the Milton Libary where runners start heading toward the three mile marker.

Just about the entire fourth mile is within another trail section of Milton and although the summer rains have been hitting us pretty hard lately the terrain for the most part was not too badly impacted. As runners make their way out of this trail system, the final three-tenths of a mile or so is back out onto the pavement racing through a couple quick residential turns and heading into the finish line. As I crossed the finish line, the moisture from the humidity and sweat was pouring off of me and the water at the finish tasted just a bit better than normal. I finished the 2013 MAD Scramble with a time of 41:11, good for 8:05/miles.

Post-race the organizers put on a great cookout complete with burgers, hot dogs, fruit, cookies and more. A local radio station was handing out ice cream and a couple of vendors sampled their products. I also learned I won a raffle prize from Charles River Running which was one of the vendors at the race!

CRR Summer Fun Run Series

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Thanks to Joe Gillis and his team of volunteers from the Colonial Road Runners for putting on last night’s CRR Summer Fun Run Series in Raynham. The weekly Monday night run is a 3.25 mile course that each week allows runners to race against themselves to see the improvements that can be made over the course of the summer. About 90 runners showed up for last night’s run which is hands down the best bargain around costing only $2 per week which includes the timed race, water, Gatorade and even a beer post-race.

Last night certainly felt like summer was upon us with the temperature in the 70’s and humidity at 90%.

I finished last night’s CRR Summer Fun Run Series with a time of 24:43 or 7:36/mile.

(Photo Credit: Bud Morton, Colonial Road Runners)