2010 Colchester Half Marathon

Debbie and I ran the 19th Annual Colchester Half Marathon this morning. It was the second time that we have run this race. We first did it three years ago when our son was an infant. In 2007, I pushed our Chariot CX-1 the whole way. Today wouldn’t have been a good day for the jog stroller. We had several inches of wet snow overnight. The pavement was wet and sandy, but the dirt roads were a sloppy combination of snow, mud, and ice. We had a blast!

The Colchester Half is part of the Hartford Track Club Winter Series, and has never been as popular as this year. 370 people crossed the finish line. There isn’t much competition on the race calendar and this race is popular for early season training and just having fun. This morning, the Bacon Academy hallways and gymnasium were full of chaotic activity as runners prepared in the warmth of the school. We were fortunate that my parents were happy to come along and watch our children.

That gave both of us the opportunity to put in a hard effort. I pushed it a bit, but didn’t overextend myself. I followed my race plan. I went out relatively easy, picked it up after a few miles, and reached the halfway point on target. Then, I successfully ran a negative split (like at Martha’s Vineyard two weeks ago) and was able to finish strong. For those that know me, this is a real departure from my past. This new strategy of easing into a race is so much better for the brain. I’ve been known to go out hard (like a hare) and blow up spectacularly. It feels so much better to call for more power from the engine room and get it!

The last mile was a bit more of a struggle than I would have hoped, but it was mostly uphill and my calves were giving me some trouble. After my planned slow start, I picked up places the entire race and finished 8th. I was closing in on 7th, but ran out of road and he held me off. Of course, 9th was hot on my heels, so there was no letting off the gas once we had decided to race each other to the line. I finished in 1:25:19 and my GPS results show another good heart rate distribution. Not bad for an undulating course on rough roads in 35 degree Fahrenheit weather.

Debbie also had a solid run, finishing in 1:39:41. She stayed on pace the whole race and was the 12th female across the line. She says that she is getting stronger but that she needs more hill work. Her first A race isn’t until June, so she has more time to get back into race fitness. The overall winner was David McKay, who finished in 1:19:12. Second place was Shaun Berardi and third place was Michael Mosca. Maureen Terwilliger was the first woman in a quick 1:28:58. Maureen was in front of me for seven miles before I finally went by her. She wore a bright yellow jacket, which was easy to see and pace off of. She was followed by Beth Parker and Cathy Merra.

We aren’t huge fans of running on roads, but this race was only 25 minutes from our house and the two sections on dirt roads make it unique. There are some very nice views and some lovely farms to see…and smell. We saw many of our friends at the event and the post-race festivities were fabulous. The meal was catered by the people who run the Rolling Meadows Golf Club restaurant. The volunteers, particularly those at the road crossings and aid stations, were a huge help since the course was open to traffic. We got a little muddy, and loved it.

Race Results

2 Responses to “2010 Colchester Half Marathon”

  1. 1 chelmsfordtaxis 12 October 2010 at 4:38 am

    I also took place in the Cochester half marathon this year, which feels like ages ago.!
    like you said the large amounts of snow down those muddy and uniquely smelling country tracks made it worth while.

    I personally managed to complete the run in 1:42, which i thought was great for me, until someone said “you must have really enjoyed all the views when walking round.” slight confidence knock but i think i will return and try to out do myself.

    However being a Chelmsford taxis driver, my main source of exercise is reaching out my window to grab my McDonalds happiness….

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