So with the impending "Empty Nest" on the horizon, I stated wondering what I could do to make my own running more exciting. I decided that I wanted to race on a team that participated in the USATF Grand Prix series. This was a big decision for me, as I knew I would not be able to do this with my current club the Tuesday Night Turtles. I had never raced in anything other than a TNT singlet for the past 14 years and was the President for a 7 year stretch as well. I did not want to look like I was abandoning them, but I also knew that if I wanted to compete as a member of a team in the Grand Prix series I would have to do it for another team. Once I was comfortable with that decision, it was time to actually find that team. Back in the Fall, I started nonchalantly poking around with different friends in the running community and on different teams. I also had many a discussion with my training partner Bob Jackman on runs and with him and Scott Mason on Tuesday nights at the bar after our Tuesday group runs. I respect both their opinions greatly and they both said point blank "CMS is the place for you!!". I knew a few of the CMS guys from the local racing circuit and from the snowshoe circuit and I always got along well with them. I knew they were very competitive and had a great group of guys, so I decided to see if they needed another 50 year old in the fold. That was when I talk to my friend Martin Tighe. Martin is a CMS guy who was a Turtle as well. Martin basically did exactly what I was looking to do when he turned 50 a few years back. After talking with Martin, I was sure that CMS was the place for me and started to put the plan in motion. After a few email with Dave Dunham and Jim Pawlicki, I was on the team!
I started this new chapter of my running life by running in the BU Mini Meet on New Years Eve in a CMS singlet. I ran the mile that day and broke 5 min (4:59) so it was a good start to my CMS career by breaking 5 at 50!! I also ran in the USATF Masters Indoor Championship on 1/29 in my CMS singlet. More details on that to follow in the next blog update. Thanks for reading!!