Race #7 took place over the Becket-Chimney Corners Alumni Weekend in nearby Lee, MA. Perfect running weather for the small event put on by the local cross-country team on the reasonably-hilly streets of Lee.
I was joined by a few troopers repping some serious BCC pride. Jessie, Marisa, Stevo and Cody woke up early for the run. Special props to Marisa for finding and flaunting some camp apparel.
Stevo’s uncanny resemblance to New Zealand running legend, Nick Willis, went largely unnoticed by the Lee High School running community. Surprising.
I had been slightly under the weather all week and had low expectations for the race.
1) Don’t get injured. (✓)
2) Use the race as a hard workout. (✓)
The result? I thrive (only?) under low expectations.
The race was (barely) my fastest 5K to date, with a time of 21:56 (7:04/mile) that was good for 7th overall and first in my age group. I was very surprised and pleased given my health and that my only running for the past week had been long, slow miles at over 9:30/mile pace. The course had a few hills but nothing devastating.
Despite making a last-minute decision to run while recovering from injury, Jess was the first overall female finisher (8th overall)! Cody ran terrifically and finished 3rd overall while Marisa and Stevo each took second in their age group. Really cool that they all woke up so early to come out and race.
Next weekend is a neat race on the tarmac at Dulles Airport.
If you’re in Boston or New York, be sure to check the schedule as there will be an October 5K in each city!