2019 Spring Street Mile

Talk about a rude awakening! Debbie and I did the Spring Street Mile for the first time. This was a last minute decision, a bit of an experiment, and just for fun.

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We had already planned a Saturday morning training run at Case Mountain in Manchester. We intended to do uphill repeats from the Spring Street side of the “mountain.” On Thursday, Debbie sent me a link for the race registration, as the race was due to happen right after our workout.

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The start line is 1/4 mile from Case lot, our daughter was with my parents and our son was at a Boy Scouts camporee, so we had no excuse. This morning, we drove to Globe Hollow Park (finish) for 7:30 A.M., picked up our race bibs, and then drove up to the Case lot. We Β spent an hour running up and down the hill, getting in four repeats. Debbie did the Women’s race at 9:00 A.M. I followed with the Men’s race at 9:15 A.M.

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This is one fast mile. It is a point to point course from Tam Rd. to Globe Hollow with a net drop of 135 feet. The field was stacked with fast runners! The first man was 4:02 and the first woman was 4:22. I started in the 4th row with 50 guys in front of me, and that is pretty much where I finished with a net time of 4:56. Everyone runs this fast–about 15 seconds quicker than they could do on a track. The point to point layout and downhill make a big difference. The pack also helps, though I was “off the back” pretty quick. Debbie ran her fastest ever mile, but for someone who specializes in 50 mile and 100 mile trail races on rugged terrain, she was the proverbial fish out of water and wasn’t happy with her pacing. Sometimes she doesn’t warm up until the four hour mark, so I’m not sure what she was expecting! Regardless, I’m happy for her and she will want another crack at this race in the future.

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This is a certified course and it was the USATF Connecticut One Mile Road Championship. There was solid prize money on the line, but Debbie and I didn’t even sniff it! We were surprised how many of our trail running friends showed up. I thought we would be the only ones stupid enough to try something like this. I know a lot of the roadies who specialize in these races and it was fun to see them too, but it is clearly not my scene.

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We knew we needed a good warmup, so the Case repeats did the job. Truthfully, the uphills session was the main course and the fast mile was dessert. We didn’t stick around long. We jogged back to the car and were home by 10:00 A.M. I definitely want to do this again, and mainly because I messed up my self-timing, which makes my Strava time look like 5:52. Rather than saving my time on my Garmin GPS, I mistakenly hit start again a minute after finishing. As they say, “if it isn’t on Strava, it didn’t happen.”

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Race Results (Women)

Race Results (Men)Β 

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