Hartshorne Masters Mile Results 2017
50th Hartshorne Memorial Masters Mile
10:00am Saturday January 21
Barton Hall, Cornell University | FLRC | 1 mile

Download a PDF of the 2017 results and meet records.

Scroll down below the results for videos and race reports from participants.

ALL MEN

PlaceFirst nameLast nameAgeCity/StateTimeAge Grad %
1PeterBrady45Jersey City, NJ04:30.0990.58%
2MarkWilliams44Columbia, NJ04:31.6889.36%
3ScottWeeks44Groton, NY04:33.5688.74%
4KentLemme50Pittsfield, MA04:42.1890.19%
5JayBrecher42Toronto, ON, Canada04:43.6684.29%
6BillWells42Toronto, ON, Canada04:45.6083.72%
7MikeNier52Rochester, NY04:55.0087.68%
8StuartGalloway55Fonthill, ON, Canada04:57.7189.07%
9JeffConston48Hopewell Jct, NY04:59.0883.74%
10AdamEngst49Ithaca, NY05:00.2484.09%
11MattGuild53Bellows Falls, VT05:03.4285.95%
12DarinBrown49Madison, NH05:04.4382.93%
13JosephMora55Fayetteville, NY05:04.5787.06%
14TimRieth41Rochester, NY05:05.6477.64%
15CaseyCarlstrom57Ithaca, NY05:11.4286.60%
16AlexanderColvin49Ithaca, NY05:12.1580.88%
17FrancisBurdett51Worcester, MA05:14.2081.66%
18NealCoffey55Cazenovia, NY05:15.4184.07%
19NolanShaheed67Pasadena, CA05:15.9193.33%
20RobertLiebers59Lakewood, NY05:20.3685.64%
21GaryRadford60Cicero, NY05:23.1285.65%
22StephenChantry62Williamsburg, VA05:23.6687.04%
23ChuckShields57Abington, PA05:23.7783.30%
24LeoKolshorn43Hawley, PA05:24.5874.22%
25TimothyRiccardi58Syracuse, NY05:24.9583.70%
26ScottArmstrong54Pottstown, PA05:30.4279.59%
27KeithEggleston57Groton, NY05:31.3381.40%
28RobertMozo54Clay, NY05:32.0579.20%
29JohnMatthews60Canton, CT05:39.9481.41%
30MarkNorth53Lancaster, PA05:46.2875.31%
31JavierMartinez46Baldwinsville, NY05:46.6771.13%
32Jean-LucJannink50Ithaca, NY05:47.4173.25%
33RobertSwizdor51Ithaca, NY05:47.6073.81%
34JimVandish46Oswego, NY05:50.8870.27%
35GregoryGreen44Ithaca, NY05:51.9868.97%
36DaveLaris54Clay, NY05:56.5073.76%
37SpiderRossiter65Washington DC05:59.4780.52%
38MarkRybinski61Manlius, NY06:00.2477.51%
39OliverHabicht49Ithaca, NY06:09.1968.38%
40DavidBowen64Rochester, NY06:15.4276.40%
41RickCleary60Wellesley, MA06:18.2273.17%
42WalterFaion56Oakville, ON, Canada06:21.1070.17%
43KevinNelson52Owego, NY06:23.6967.41%
44RicBond59Liverpool, NY06:28.0170.71%
45BrendanO'Brien57Ithaca, NY06:28.8669.35%
46KenHodges63Ithaca, NY06:32.8072.36%
47DavidKeifer70Dryden, NY06:39.6976.09%
48AnthonyBoyadjis58Maplewood, NJ06:41.4467.75%
49TimPayne66Oro-Medonte, ON, Canada06:53.8170.60%
50HeribertoMedina60Brooklyn, NY06:54.9866.69%
51JamesMiner68Dryden, NY07:00.0470.86%
52TitoAntonetty59Rochester, NY07:03.7664.75%
53HalLieberman73Brooklyn, NY07:04.6174.56%
54KevinKelly65Fayetteville, NY07:08.1167.61%
55JosephReynolds72Newfield, NY07:54.0965.82%
56JohnSaylor69Brooktondale, NY07:59.6662.70%
57FredRobbins62Stouffville, ON, Canada08:29.2355.32%
58HarlandBigelow70Lisle, New York09:05.4955.76%
59TomRishel75Ithaca, NY10:11.2153.50%
60TedSullivan84Williamsville, NY13:24.6350.41%
61RichardSullivan88Buffalo, NY16:20.6447.94%
62DixonHemphill92Fairfax Station,VA17:03.8656.02%

TOP 3 MEN AGE-GRADED

First nameLast nameAgeCity/StateTimeAge Grad %
NolanShaheed67Pasadena, CA05:15.9193.33%
PeterBrady45Jersey City, NJ04:30.0990.58%
KentLemme50Pittsfield, MA04:42.1890.19%

ALL WOMEN

PlaceFirst nameLast nameAgeCity/StateTimeAge Grad %
1SaschaScott41Syracuse, NY04:58.4789.92%
2ReneeTolan42Clifton Park, NY05:14.3186.33%
3ChristyPeterson42North Wales, PA05:16.1785.82%
4AlisaHarvey51Manassas, VA05:16.2795.74%
5HeatherWebster43Honeoye Falls, NY05:21.2985.44%
6MarisaSutera Strange53Pleasant Valley, NY05:25.3595.53%
7DianneDeoliveira46Brick, NJ05:38.5584.03%
8LorraineJasper55Birchrunville, PA05:41.0393.61%
9KathleenHayden51Rochester, NY05:55.3785.21%
10KarylSargent53Lafayette, NY06:01.9585.87%
11MarySwan55Penn Valley, PA06:06.9787.00%
12CoreenSteinbach65Pompey, NY06:28.1795.16%
13SandraGregorich54Madison, WI06:30.3280.70%
14TonyaEngst49Ithaca, NY06:48.8172.21%
15ColleenMagnussen56Geneseo, NY06:50.9778.75%
16PattiFord61Pompey, NY06:52.9784.17%
17LorrieTily55Locke, NY07:02.9075.49%
18ShiobbeanLemme49Pittsfield, MA07:21.2266.91%
19ChristineKlein52Churchville, NY07:33.2167.68%
20SharonKelly46Fayetteville, NY07:43.1761.42%
21DeborahBliss69Spencer, NY07:57.0682.62%
22NancyMorrison64East Amherst, NY08:05.4774.92%
23NancyKonyu61Oro-Medonte, ON, Canada08:40.3766.79%
24DeborahMorrison57East Amherst, NY08:52.9161.58%
25SandyBalling70Tonawanda, NY10:07.7865.96%
26ChristaMaier76Williamsville, NY10:59.8867.67%
27EdnaHyer82South Wales, NY13:44.9161.43%

TOP 3 WOMEN AGE-GRADED

First nameLast nameAgeCity/StateTimeAge Grad %
AlisaHarvey51Manassas, VA05:16.2795.74%
MarisaSutera Strange53Pleasant Valley, NY05:25.3595.53%
CoreenSteinbach65Pompey, NY06:28.1795.16%

MEN 40s ELITE

PlaceFirst nameLast nameAgeCity/StateTimeAge Grad %
1PeterBrady45Jersey City, NJ04:30.0990.58%
2MarkWilliams44Columbia, NJ04:31.6889.36%
3ScottWeeks44Groton, NY04:33.5688.74%
4JayBrecher42Toronto, ON, Canada04:43.6684.29%
5BillWells42Toronto, ON, Canada04:45.6083.72%
6JeffConston48Hopewell Jct, NY04:59.0883.74%
7AdamEngst49Ithaca, NY05:00.2484.09%
8DarinBrown49Madison, NH05:04.4382.93%

WOMEN 40s ELITE

PlaceFirst nameLast nameAgeCity/StateTimeAge Grad %
1SaschaScott41Syracuse, NY04:58.4789.92%
2ReneeTolan42Clifton Park, NY05:14.3186.33%
3ChristyPeterson42North Wales, PA05:16.1785.82%
4HeatherWebster43Honeoye Falls, NY05:21.2985.44%
5DianneDeoliveira46Brick, NJ05:38.5584.03%

MEN 50s ELITE

PlaceFirst nameLast nameAgeCity/StateTimeAge Grad %
1KentLemme50Pittsfield, MA04:42.1890.19%
2MikeNier52Rochester, NY04:55.0087.68%
3StuartGalloway55Fonthill, ON, Canada04:57.7189.07%
4MattGuild53Bellows Falls, VT05:03.4285.95%
5JosephMora55Fayetteville, NY05:04.5787.06%
6CaseyCarlstrom57Ithaca, NY05:11.4286.60%
7FrancisBurdett51Worcester, MA05:14.2081.66%
8NolanShaheed67Pasadena, CA05:15.9193.33%
9StephenChantry62Williamsburg, VA05:23.6687.04%

WOMEN 50s ELITE

PlaceFirst nameLast nameAgeCity/StateTimeAge Grad %
1AlisaHarvey51Manassas, VA05:16.2795.74%
2MarisaSutera Strange53Pleasant Valley, NY05:25.3595.53%
3LorraineJasper55Birchrunville, PA05:41.0393.61%
4KathleenHayden51Rochester, NY05:55.3785.21%
5KarylSargent53Lafayette, NY06:01.9585.87%
6MarySwan55Penn Valley, PA06:06.9787.00%
7CoreenSteinbach65Pompey, NY06:28.1795.16%
8SandraGregorich54Madison, WI06:30.3280.70%
9PattiFord61Pompey, NY06:52.9784.17%

MEN SECTION 1

PlaceFirst nameLast nameAgeCity/StateTimeAge Grad %
1TimRieth41Rochester, NY05:05.6477.64%
2AlexanderColvin49Ithaca, NY05:12.1580.88%
3NealCoffey55Cazenovia, NY05:15.4184.07%
4RobertLiebers59Lakewood, NY05:20.3685.64%
5GaryRadford60Cicero, NY05:23.1285.65%
6ChuckShields57Abington, PA05:23.7783.30%
7LeoKolshorn43Hawley, PA05:24.5874.22%
8TimothyRiccardi58Syracuse, NY05:24.9583.70%
9RobertMozo54Clay, NY05:32.0579.20%
10JavierMartinez46Baldwinsville, NY05:46.6771.13%
11MarkRybinski61Manlius, NY06:00.2477.51%

MEN SECTION 2

PlaceFirst nameLast nameAgeCity/StateTimeAge Grad %
1ScottArmstrong54Pottstown, PA05:30.4279.59%
2KeithEggleston57Groton, NY05:31.3381.40%
3JohnMatthews60Canton, CT05:39.9481.41%
4MarkNorth53Lancaster, PA05:46.2875.31%
5Jean-LucJannink50Ithaca, NY05:47.4173.25%
6RobertSwizdor51Ithaca, NY05:47.6073.81%
7JimVandish46Oswego, NY05:50.8870.27%
8GregoryGreen44Ithaca, NY05:51.9868.97%
9DaveLaris54Clay, NY05:56.5073.76%
10SpiderRossiter65Washington DC05:59.4780.52%
11WalterFaion56Oakville, ON, Canada06:21.1070.17%

MEN SECTION 3

PlaceFirst nameLast nameAgeCity/StateTimeAge Grad %
1OliverHabicht49Ithaca, NY06:09.1968.38%
2DavidBowen64Rochester, NY06:15.4276.40%
3RickCleary60Wellesley, MA06:18.2273.17%
4KevinNelson52Owego, NY06:23.6967.41%
5RicBond59Liverpool, NY06:28.0170.71%
6BrendanO'Brien57Ithaca, NY06:28.8669.35%
7KenHodges63Ithaca, NY06:32.8072.36%
8DavidKeifer70Dryden, NY06:39.6976.09%
9AnthonyBoyadjis58Maplewood, NJ06:41.4467.75%
10TimPayne66Oro-Medonte, ON, Canada06:53.8170.60%
11HeribertoMedina60Brooklyn, NY06:54.9866.69%
12JamesMiner68Dryden, NY07:00.0470.86%
13TitoAntonetty59Rochester, NY07:03.7664.75%
14HalLieberman73Brooklyn, NY07:04.6174.56%
15KevinKelly65Fayetteville, NY07:08.1167.61%

MEN SECTION 4

PlaceFirst nameLast nameAgeCity/StateTimeAge Grad %
1JosephReynolds72Newfield, NY07:54.0965.82%
2JohnSaylor69Brooktondale, NY07:59.6662.70%
3FredRobbins62Stouffville, ON, Canada08:29.2355.32%
4HarlandBigelow70Lisle, New York09:05.4955.76%
5TomRishel75Ithaca, NY10:11.2153.50%
6TedSullivan84Williamsville, NY13:24.6350.41%
7RichardSullivan88Buffalo, NY16:20.6447.94%
8DixonHemphill92Fairfax Station,VA17:03.8656.02%

WOMEN SECTION 1

PlaceFirst nameLast nameAgeCity/StateTimeAge Grad %
1TonyaEngst49Ithaca, NY06:48.8172.21%
2ColleenMagnussen56Geneseo, NY06:50.9778.75%
3LorrieTily55Locke, NY07:02.9075.49%
4ShiobbeanLemme49Pittsfield, MA07:21.2266.91%
5ChristineKlein52Churchville, NY07:33.2167.68%
6SharonKelly46Fayetteville, NY07:43.1761.42%
7DeborahBliss69Spencer, NY07:57.0682.62%
8NancyMorrison64East Amherst, NY08:05.4774.92%

WOMEN SECTION 2

PlaceFirst nameLast nameAgeCity/StateTimeAge Grad %
1NancyKonyu61Oro-Medonte, ON, Canada08:40.3766.79%
2DeborahMorrison57East Amherst, NY08:52.9161.58%
3SandyBalling70Tonawanda, NY10:07.7865.96%
4ChristaMaier76Williamsville, NY10:59.8867.67%
5EdnaHyer82South Wales, NY13:44.9161.43%

Videos

If you couldn’t be at the Hartshorne Masters Mile this year, you can now relive the excitement by watching the videos of each heat, a number of which feature thrilling finishes.

Hartshorne Masters Mile Men Elite 40s 2017

Hartshorne Masters Mile Men Elite 50s 2017

Hartshorne Masters Mile Men Section I 2017

Hartshorne Masters Mile Men Section II 2017

Hartshorne Masters Mile Men Section III 2017

Hartshorne Masters Mile Men Section IV 2017

Hartshorne Masters Mile Women Elite 40s 2017

Hartshorne Masters Mile Women Elite 50s 2017

Hartshorne Masters Mile Women Section I 2017

Hartshorne Masters Mile Women Section II 2017


Race Reports

Rick Cleary

I feel a little bit of pressure being first to report from a fabulously successful 50th annual Hartshorne Master’s Mile.  First, it’s imperative to thank Tom Hartshorne and Charlie Fay and all the volunteers for a great effort.  It really is unlike anything else I do running.  The elite athletes come away feeling special and us sub-sub-sub elites do to; it’s a hard combination to pull off.

I trust others will add some reflections, and the elite races were outstanding and will be chronicled all kinds of ways so I’ll just add a few fun observations before my step by step account:

-Cornell is always changing.  Every time I come back, and I come back pretty often, there’s a new building, a new traffic pattern, new people in High Noon.  But one thing that hasn’t change since the first time I was in every in Barton Hall to run a high school track meet in 1973 is the water fountain behind the bleachers, a classic upright utilitarian block of metal that manages to push out a little stream not quite as high as I’d like and not quite as cold as I’d like.  It’s a thing of non-beauty but it always makes me feel at home.

-I put on my old Adidas spikes for the race today; first time I’d worn them since Hartshorne two years ago.  After the race I noticed that my right shoe’s sole was only connected to the upper on the front 1/3 of the show.  I’m very fortunate I didn’t have a mid-race blowout/wipe-out/face plant.

-A highlight of this event is seeing so many old pals.  This year was no exception!  And so many still running so well!

-My own race: When I wrote a couple of weeks ago with goals for 2017, I said that I’d be happy to run around 6:20 … and I made it with a 6:18.  It was actually quite a bit of fun and now I think I could have gone a little faster but I don’t think I’ll sign up for another mile this month!

-The way the seeding sorted out this year, my predicted time of 6:15 made me the top seed in section three.  There were 15 of us, many of whom I knew or recognized and I was relieved that at the gun a couple of other runners took out the pace so I didn’t need to lead.  After a little bit of sorting out, by the middle of the second of eight laps I was in fifth.  Two runners were quite far out in front and two more including Brendan O. were just ahead of me.   This was great as they were running just about the pace I wanted or a hair slower as we went through the quarter mile in 1:36.

Through the middle of the race I just kept looking at their backs and we gently accelerated … second quarter 1:35, third in 1:34.  It was fun that Ann, Ed and Tommy and many friends were all around the track.  As we were half way around the seventh lap I had the sense that maybe I should start a kick; and it was then that I noticed that the two leaders had come back to us and were only a few yards ahead!  So at 6 and ¾ lap I pulled out and started to kick, taking the lead as they rang the bell for the last lap.  This was really fun, though I was pretty tired!

Well, that didn’t last long.  One of the top two guys, Oliver Habicht, was a youngster of 49 and he’d just been biding his time.  After I’d led for about 75 meters he flew, and I mean flew past me.  With dreams of winning the heat dashed, I tried to rally and stayed fairly loose though I was also passed by the GVH guy I’d been following most of the race.  I did hold on for 1:33 for the last two laps so I hit negative splits each quarter.  The winner ran 6:08, second was about 6:15 then my 6:18 and the rest strung along behind.

The post-meet banquet is always a highlight of our social calendar.  I enjoy still competing in events like this and I like the way it matches my preferred balance:  My non-running friends think it’s sort of nuts to race a mile at my age; and not many of my running friends would follow my pre-race dining regimen: Dinner last night was the chicken’n’ribs combo at Brooks House of Bar-b-q in Oneonta; and my pre race breakfast today was a cheese omelet, sausage and home fries about three hours before the event.  I just hate to pass up a good hotel breakfast.

Keep those feet moving…

Rick


Adam Engst

Rick is spot on – the Hartshorne Masters Mile came off swimmingly again, thanks to the hard work of Tom, Charlie, and a host of familiar volunteers. I wasn’t among them this year, thankfully, since for only the third time in my 40s, I was able to run. And I was in pretty good, if not top shape, so I was hoping to better my 5:04 from Messenger Masters Mile in Rochester on Dec 31st with a sub-5:00 time at Hartshorne.

I’ll cut to the chase – I didn’t do it. My time was 5:00.24, also known as 5-flat or in ClearNote notation, 4:59.123. But I’m not complaining, since although I’m already working through all the reasons why in my head, the simple fact is that I didn’t have the training I needed. Time off after cross country in late November, then minor injuries* and no Barton access in December meant that I only had a few workouts on the track, and when I tried to run longer stuff (800+) at my race pace, I usually missed the times by a few seconds. That’s a hint.

Add to that the fact that last night I succumbed to the cold I’d been fighting/ignoring for two days (writing this on the laptop in bed after napping much of the afternoon) and I’m actually really happy that I managed to hit 5:00 flat.

The other variable that’s impossible to evaluate is that Charlie decided to seed me in the Elite 40s heat. He made the pretense of “asking,” but it was pretty clearly one of those race director questions that didn’t really have two answers. I’ve only run Section I before, winning it in 2011 with a 4:51 and taking second to Alex Colvin in 2015 with a 5:01 after pacing him to a 5:00 flat as I’d promised. And I like running from the front, and I like winning heats, and I like being in the video, and… OK, Charlie, I’ll run in the Elite 40s heat. At 49, it was my last chance anyway. Even though I’m the last seed, by a lot (5:04 to 4:59, after the 5:00 guy scratched, and next was a 4:51.

Before the race, I was joking that I needed to get Ben Rainero, our estimable rabbit, to collude with me on a Centrowitz strategy, whereby I’d take the lead and the slow the race down to comfortable 37 second laps for 7 laps. Then I’d unleash my kick… and watch the entire field blow me away because who am I kidding, I don’t have much of a kick at all, much less a sub-25-second lap kick. It’s good to have an active fantasy life, I’m told.

(BTW, Ben paced the elite heat with 1200m at 33 second pace at 12:30 PM, then rested until 5 PM, when he raced and won an invitational 3000m in 8:06 – which works out to just about the same 4:25 mile pace or a bit faster. A fabulous effort!)

In the actual event, the race went down almost exactly as I could have predicted. At the gun, I sprinted out from the outside, but still ended up in the middle of the pack, and everyone behind me but one guy passed me by the back turn. I went through the first lap in about 36-37, and the second one a hair fast as well. After that, every 5:00 split I had memorized reverberated in my head as I passed Steve Shaum yelling them from the inside of the track. A perfect 2:30 half, and then the 3:07, and the 3:45, and the 4:23. Last lap, and while I hadn’t been lapped, I could hear the announcer talking about the race behind me, so I knew they weren’t far back.

That was my cue to unleash my kick, so I did, gathering every bit of strength to increase speed and catch the guy ahead of me, who’d been sitting there the entire race. 175 meters, 150 meters, 100 meters, and he was coming back. 50 meters and I could feel that I was catching him, but there just wasn’t enough track, and he crossed a second or two in front of me.

My time, well, you know that. The problem was that I wasn’t really kicking. Or rather, my kick wasn’t any faster than my race pace. The guy ahead had been fading so hard, I think, that catching him deceived me into thinking I had speeded up, when in fact, he’d just slowed down.

In the end, I didn’t finish DFL, I didn’t get lapped, I ran 4 seconds faster than three weeks before, I ran even splits, I beat my GVH buddy Joe Mora’s 5:04 in the elite 50s heat, and nothing hurt afterward. It was good for an 84% age-graded performance, which was nice, since I often have trouble breaking into the 80% range, and I didn’t embarrass myself (or if I did, please tell me quietly at noon :-)).

[Update] So this is interesting. Leone does lap splits for everyone, so I could compare my beliefs about splits with what really happened.

http://www.leonetiming.com/2017/Indoor/Hartshorne/

7  Adam Engst                49 Ithaca, NY             5:00.24    4:24.73 84.09%
38.459 (38.459)
1:15.732 (37.273)
1:53.504 (37.773)
2:31.022 (37.518)
3:08.402 (37.380)
3:46.353 (37.952)
4:24.458 (38.105)
5:00.236 (35.779)                                      

It turns out that I ran rock solid splits. Where I’d thought the first lap or two were a bit fast, they turned out to be right on given that the first lap has an extra 9 meters. And while I wavered slightly above 37 in lap 7 to 38.105, my final lap was a kick, dammit, even if I only dropped 2 seconds.

I’m actually happier about two other races. There was the Section II race Rick described, since Oliver Habicht roomed with me and Tonya during college and is one of our very best friends. He had asked me for some workouts beforehand, but there was time only for two, which isn’t enough time for them to make any physical difference at all. His kick was ferocious (although Jean-Luc Jannink gets the award for most impressive kick of the day!) and it was great to see Oliver turn it on like that, even if it came at the expense of Rick and Kevin Nelson (who ran XC with us and led most of the race).

But the best race of the day for me was Tonya’s Section I women’s heat, which she won in a masterfully run race with a strong kick, resulting in a 14-second PR. She ran 7:23 in a MITHACAL MILERS time trial in December, dropped that to 7:08 at the Messenger Masters Mile, and then to 7:02 last weekend at the FLRC meet. But yesterday she settled into second place with great 50-51 second splits for the first half. The fourth lap was slow, though, at 54, so she took the lead and extended it to about 10 meters, getting back on her proper split pace. The woman in second battled back, though, without Tonya slowing down, but despite getting within a few feet, once Tonya took the bell, she ran a blistering 47 to win the race in fine fashion with a 6:48. Amusingly, the woman in second, Colleen Magnusson of GVH, is the mother of Evan Magnusson, who works down at Ian’s running store. We still need to get him to race with High Noon for XC next year.

Of course, now I want to race again when I’m fully healthy and with some of Casey’s patented 1200 and 1400 workouts in my legs. Just have to get over this stupid cold and find the right meet…

* So let’s talk injuries, since I’ve learned two things in the last two months that are worth sharing. First is that in mid-December I had a calf spasm after a tempo workout with Jay. At the time I was just jogging, but it really hurt. I took a day off, but the next day it still hurt on an easy run. Luckily, it was almost Christmas, so I took another four or five days off, and it recovered. But at a party, I was chatting with Brian Lazzaro about it and he told me a story about a calf spasm he’d had in the summer while playing soccer and being dehydrated from not drinking enough.

That rang a bell, since I don’t get as thirsty in the cold of winter, and hadn’t been drinking much. Plus, back in 2011, I almost destroyed my Hartshorne race with the exact same calf spasm on an easy run with Tom Meyer, who had to go home and get the car to drive me back. I’m betting it was the same problem. Since then I’ve been focusing on getting a lot more water, and I’ve continued taking the calcium-magnesium-zinc supplements I started in the summer when I was getting night cramps in my feet and legs. No more muscle spasms! And one of the medical folks I’ve mentioned this too said that dehydration is reasons 1, 2, and 3 for muscle spasms, with electrolyte imbalances after that. So hey, drink up.

Second, after my treadmill stress test in early December for Dave Diggin’s study, I started having some nagging hip pain. Rolling and massage and Gerrit’s ART all helped a little, but not completely. It went away over Christmas when I took off for a while, but after another hard workout in January, it came back. Kept rolling it every night and saw Gerrit again, but no luck. On a hunch that it was more bone-related than soft-tissue-related, I made an appointment to see Dr. Maria Gentry, who’s an osteopath at Community Corners. Alex had really good luck with her helping after his knee surgery, and she solved my hamstring problem of two years by adjusting my sacrum and bones in my pelvis that were out of alignment due to falls. That removed the constant tension on the hamstring and let the PT that hadn’t worked thus far finally take effect.

I was thinking that maybe my hip was similarly out of whack, pulling constantly on the soft tissue in the area such that no amount of PT or massage or stretching could help. It turned out I was right, since she adjusted my hip, told me that some muscles might be sore afterwards as they got to relax from being too tight, and sent me home. My adductor on the inner thigh was a bit painful that night, but I ran anyway since she’d said I could, and again the next day, and all the days after that. Nothing super fast in prep for the race on Saturday, but the hip pain simply disappeared. It was there before the appointment and gone later in the day. I don’t think osteopathy is a cure-all, since there has to be a skeletal component that can be fixed, but I’ll be continuing to try it for injuries that linger despite other treatment.

cheers… -Adam


Alex Colvin

Great report Adam! It was fun watching you mix it up with the Elites and you held up the High Noon honor admirably. I’m not sure what your time was on the final 200, but it certainly looked like a full-out kick effort and I think clearly qualifies for the 5-flat club!

My own Hartshorne race experience had echoes of Adam’s, just slower. I’d come in even more undercooked with my training after a hit and miss Fall cross-country season when I just couldn’t seem to put together the weekly mileage I needed due to a combination of work pressures and a flare-up of my chronically fragile left knee. It took me most of the Fall to realize that part of what was causing it was too much monkeying around with my shoe choices. I’d moved away from the NB 775’s that had served me well the last couple of years and gotten hooked on some more minimal shoes that I thought were giving me more comfortable running. But by the championship race they clearly weren’t working – I ended up having sharp kneed pain during the warm-up to that race and ended up making a last minute switch to my 5 year old cross-country spikes which allowed me to run that race pain free.

Over the rest of November and December I reverted back to my old strategy of the NB 775s, switched my regular walking shoes (to Sketchers “relaxed fit” shoes that I felt a bit ridiculous buying, but love wearing) and went in for a session with the osteopath Maria Gentry to get my knee, foot, and hip gently realigned. I signed up for Hartshorne feeling it was less than 50/50 that I could actually run it.

But after New Year’s I was able to run reasonably steadily without injury trouble. At this point it was too late for serious training, so I only managed three pre-Hartshorne workouts, two in the last 8 days before the race. Definitely not ideal, but I felt comfortable enough running some 78 pace 400s to feel like the 5:15 seed pace I’d put down wasn’t going to be embarrassing.

Getting ready for the Section I race, I had good pre-race strategy chat with Casey – keep it steady early on and hopefully use my speed for a long kick, maybe 3-400 out. There was only one guy who put down a faster seed time, 5:09, so I figured if I could tag on with him, he’d pull me close to 5:10, which was the goal if things went well. When the gun went off, I was fortunately able to figure out that he was going out too fast, 35-36 for the first lap, versus 38 or so for me in second. I stayed steady about 5m behind him for the first half of the race. He’d gradually slowed down and I went through the half at about 2:38, a bit slower than where I wanted to be. At that point, I should have started picking it up, but stagnated for another lap until two guys suddenly went by me, I think picking up faster than I did that the leaders pace was falling off. I followed them though until we got to two laps to go. At that point I decided I needed to make a move as they were picking it up. I was able to pass the guy in front of me quickly and move into second. At that point I decided to just keep kicking hard and try to move up on the leader. I felt like I was kicking pretty hard from a long way out, but it soon became apparent that the leader was doing the same and had a strong finish. So although I tried to charge around the final lap, I couldn’t make any progress catching him. But I did manage to come through in second at about 5:12.5. So, a nice solid result given the limited training and I’d managed the negative split strategy that I’d been hoping to do. Hopefully next year, I’ll be able to get in some more mileage and workouts pre-Hartshorne as like Adam I’ll be moving up to the 50’s!

Oh, and one additional parallel to Adam’s experience, I’ve also become a convert to the value of magnesium supplements. I’d also been told the hydrate-hydrate-electrolyte mantra, but had been given the magnesium advice too after an illness last summer. Then I read about Mo Farah having gone onto magnesium and iron supplements after he’d had distress at the end of a race, right before he began his winning every major race streak. I have to say, I’m convinced and take daily magnesium supplements now, which seems to be helping with recovery after runs.

Lastly, thanks to all the Hartshorne volunteers and especially Tom and Charlie. Awesome meet as always!

Alex


John Saylor

It so much fun to read this race reports! AND so much fun to  at least participate again and revel in the fantastic job that Tom and Charlie and their able assistants (Joe, John W., Jim M., Steve G. and others) put on for all to enjoy.  The whole event is run so smoothly and expertly and makes it a real joy for participants and supporters. Thank you all!

My experience was totally enjoyable. I had no idea what I could run but decided to anyway because I just wanted to participate. I’d not run  at all for a solid year and only last week came in to Barton with Sue to see if I could finish a mile at all.  I managed to run (limp) 1 mile in 11:45. So when I toed the line with Joe R.  and Harlan B.  and the boys I really had no expectations. AS I’ve experienced in the past though adrenaline always helps and I managed to hang on the leader’s tail (Joe R.) for as long as I could. The first 6 laps went by at ~60 second each and I didn’t feel too bad. As we approached the 7th lap I remembered my last Hartshorne in which I waited until the last lap to pass Joe R.- this time I felt I should  pass him on the 7th lap, to share the lead for at least one and see  what we each had in the last lap.  Joe had the juice this year and blazed by me somewhere in the last lap- I think. I was pretty well spent and stumbled across the finish line in around 8 minutes. The whole experience was so much fun for me and I really enjoyed feeling and seeing Joe chug by me as the race ended.  IT just brought back so many memories (including being out “kicked” in the last lap_ and I felt really lucky to have at least one more opportunity to experience the joy of racing. It reinforced my belief that in running and racing the time doesn’t really matter it is the effort and the friendly competition that pushes us all to our limits – whatever they are at any given time. Thanks to all who made this possible.

I must say I was really sore (hamstrings, hips, feet, left knee) Saturday night and Sunday but feel better today – I’m pretty sure I didn’t do any serious damage 🙂

It was great to see Rick Hoebeke, Rick Cleary and Family, Sandy Gregorich, the Rossiter boys, MArk North, and others. I was sorry I couldn’t stick around longer. Hopefully something will happen to bring us all together again next year.  My only regret was not gathering all the High Noon buddies around for a group photo.  Maybe next year!

Cheers- john


Sandy Gregorich

So mostly I just quietly haunt the list from cyberspace.  But the Hartshorne always deserves a report.  And the first thing I want to say is that my FAVORITE part of the whole day was watching all of those other heats of mile races.  So many great performances, I loved it.  My second favorite part of the day was the Banquet at night.  ok, now my story begins, not very exciting, I don’t have Rick Cleary’s gift.

The last four years every December I have managed to keep myself together with spit and chewing gum and I have run at the XC Club Nationals with Lorrie, Suzy, Deb, Nancy, and a few other masters and vet women.  But this year, no one but myself was able to commit to that race and I wasn’t in the mood to go alone, it really is a team event.  I was ripe for being convinced to do something else in its place when Lorrie contacted me in November and  said “you have to come back for Hartshorne, it’s the 50th”.  I didn’t make her twist my arm but I did hedge a little, I mean I have not run a track workout in a decade probably.  The last couple of times I tried I hurt myself running a couple of 400’s.  It might even be that the last track race I have run was Hartshorne 2004ish due to the persistent back/hip problem that no one could figure out.  But I do love this race and I have been somewhat mended over the last 4 years by a fabulous woman who does magic with ART.   so I very cautiously told Lorrie… maybe… if I can do track work without pain….. 

Its a little scary to step back out there, indoor track can feel pretty exposed.  And 10 weeks to train is not much time after 10 years of trails only, especially when weather doesn’t always cooperate for the outdoor running.  I didn’t even know if I could still run under 7 minutes for a mile.  Plus, there are no masters or open track meets of any sort here where I can test anything. I have lost a lot of speed and more after struggling with my injury for 16 years, but I keep telling myself it is about participating.  And at the bottom of my email is a quote that I truly believe in

Winning is important to me, but what brings me real joy is the experience of being fully engaged in whatever I’m doing. – Phil Jackson

I got one of the young women in the student track club here to pace a mile with me over the New Year for a seed time.  She managed to pull me along to a 6:28.  Charlie put me in the elite women’s 50’s heat based on that.  I must have asked him and Lorrie both about 10 times “are you sure? Because I am pretty sure 6:30 is all I’ve got”.  I don’t feel very elite and I suspected I would run way behind the quality group that Tom recruits. 

In the race, I ended up running alone, pacing myself to exactly the time I was expected to run…. 6:30.  We were spaced out in such a way that I had no one to work with or against.  I took it out in the first half exactly at the pace I had planned, I knew going out any faster would mean imploding.  But it also meant running alone so trying to speed up against the clock wasn’t happening.  My conclusion after all of this, it still hurts the same to race a mile as it did when I was younger and faster, even though the time is slower.  AND I came away with the same damned feeling I always used to “I know I can run faster than that.  AAAUGGH!  Now I have to do it again!”

I am very honored to have been placed in a heat with the likes of Alisa Harvey, Lorraine Jasper, Coreen Steinbach, Patti Ford and other elite vet runners.  Truly this sport is for life.  It was fabulous to see so many old friends from High Noon that I ran with in the past, Jim, John, John, Rick, Tom, Rick, Casey, Jim, Bruce, Joe, Joe,Tom, Charlie, (who thinks up guys names??  You all have the same 10 names!)…..  John Saylor is right, we needed a picture.  I am too old to remember all the names without a picture.  I guess I have to come back next year and run faster and get a picture with all the guys.

Thanks Tom and Charlie and Rick (and everyone who helped behind the scenes) for a fabulous race experience.  Thank you Lorrie for thinking to ask me to do it again.  

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