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 My Running History: From the start in 1972 to present (but mainly the old days)

    See also:  Recent, running-related blog posts
  
   One problem with the Web is that the history it captures grows more incomplete for times before the Web was first adopted (1990+) results go back to 2001, with only summaries available for the other 100+ years. (the complete results would provide an invaluable dataset for comparing results from year to year, correlating with weather, the economy, world events, etc.).  A rare gem, the Mt. Washington Road Race Website has results going back to 1936.

   I'll try to use this page to build a record of high/low-lights of my more ancient running history ... before I forget.  Most of the more recent race results can be found on Athlinks, my blog posts since early 2012, Boston Marathon results site and individual race sites.

Personal OKs (POs) by Era

   Most of my fair racing times came between 1980 and 1983, when I was 23 to 26 years old.  Here are some scans of pages from my logs from that era:
- Races from April 1980 to October 1981 (29 races)
- Races from November 1981 to September 1983 (36 races)
- Log from week with most miles logged ever (123 miles)

Era 10 K 10 Mile Half Marathon Marathon Other
High School and
Undergraduate
1972 - 1979
34+? 56+? ? 2:52:43
State College PA 1978


(1st marathon: 
Harrisburg Nat'l 1975 3:00:02 )

Westhill High (lost 30 lbs before 1st XC season. 1st running shoe: Adidas SL'72.  XC/track Capt 1974-75) (Syracuse, NY)
Penn State (freshman year on XC Team (pic))

Infamous Phi Psi 500 - 1.1 miles 7 bars, 7 beers: 2nd fastest times in 1978 and 1979 (course, tee shirt)

Grad School
1980 - 1984
31:43
Northport NY 1983
52:17
Williamstown MA 1983
1:10:00
San Diego1981
2:27:28
Newport RI 1981
MIT, Cambridge Sport Union (MA)
Early Working/Family Guy
1985 - 1996
35:20
Reston VA 1989
56:25
DC 1989
1:18:05
LaJolla 1986
2:41:50
San Diego 1986
SAIC, San Diego TC (CA)
SAIC/DARPA, DC Road Runners (VA)

 
Masters/Family Guy
1997 - 2006
38:18
Vienna 1998
1:04:14
Newburyport MA 2004
1:25:06
Boston 2006
3:14:27
Boston 2006
CTBTO, VIC Running Club (Vienna, Austria)
W3C, Winchester Highlanders, Cambridge Sports Union (MA)
Seniors
2007 - 2016
37:17
Groton MA 2007
1:23:09
New Bedford MA 2007
3:09:07
Boston 2007
W3C, Web Foundation, Winchester Highlanders (MA), GS1 (NJ), MITRE (MA)
Veterans
2017 - 2027

Memorable Races from the Early 1980s

Date Race Distance
(miles)
Time Location Place Age Group Notes
1980 Apr 21 Boston Marathon 26.2 2:40:40 Hopkinton - Boston 395/5500 1st Boston
1980 Jun 15 Mt. Washington Road Race 14 1:11:10 NH 14/550 Only 1 hill. Results.
1980 Sep 1 Cape Ann / New England Championships 15.5 1:26:41 Gloucester, MA 4/560 Hot
1980 Nov 2 Ocean State Marathon 26.2 2:27:33 Newport, RI 5/2500 Pic.
1981 Apr 20 Boston Marathon 26.2 2:28:04 Hopkinton - Boston 229/6845 Slowed last 8 mi.
1981 Jul 4 Coronado Half Marathon 13.1 1:10:10 San Diego, CA 20/4500 Very hot. Even pace.
1981 Nov 2 Ocean State Marathon 26.2 2:27:28 Newport, RI 12/2700 Slowed last 4 mi.
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1982 May 16 Mt. Equinox Hill Climb 5.2 46:47 S. VT 7/120
1982 Jul 25 Escarpment Trail Run 20 3:09:17 Catskills, NY 4/140 Toughest course. Results.
1983 Apr 10 Purple Valley Classic 10 52:17 Williamstown, MA 1/160 Smartest, tactical race
1983 Apr 18 Boston Marathon 26.2 2:28:55 Hopkinton - Boston 276/6664 Started back. 13:50 1st 2 mi.
1983 Jun 19 Mt. Washington Road Race 8 1:08:42 NH 5/800 One of best races. Results.
1983 Sep 10 Cow Harbor 6.2 31:43 Northport, NY 47/3000 PR on hilly course