Monday, April 24, 2017

Weekly Log: April 17 to 23

Interesting runs with week off from April vacation and short NY/MA trip.

Monday: 5 Miles, Buttermilk Falls. Out hotel was near some ugly looking roads and only had sidewalks to run with a view of cars, so it was very relieving to find that there was a state park less than a half a mile away. Not only a state park, but one with great scenery and an amazing stair climb. It's part of the Cayuga Trails 50-Miler (which looks like an awesome race, but I'm not a huge fan of two loops). This run was one the best of the year, at least so far. I hate just doing 5, but the initial stairs ascent was at a brutal 13% and climbed up a mile. My legs didn't have much after that. While it became much easier and less scenic after, the rest of the trails were still very enjoyable. Back problems from Saturday were present, but I had discomfort instead of pain and most of the run I felt fine.

Tuesday: 10 Miles, More NY Running

Ithaca seems like a great place to run trails. I really wanted to check out Robert H. Treman State Park, but we had to run early in the dark so brutal climbs without much vision wasn't a great option (I'll definitely go back sometime in the future).

The first run was early morning, mostly in the dark on the Cayuga waterfront trail. A nice, about 7 mile paved biking running path. Unfortunately, it was not actually on massive Cayuga lake, but on a much smaller inlet. However, it was a fine route and one of my favorite terrains. I wasn't feeling great on this one and was actually okay with just 5.

Run #2 was much better. This run was mid-day at Green Lakes, a State Park east of Syracuse. There seemed to be a variety of terrain and places to run, but this was a quick run so we stuck to the main flat dirt path around the scenic lakes and added in a rolling hills grass path to get 5. Felt great on this run and could've kept going easily. There was an additional 5-10 miles of trails on the west of the park and 37-mile long Erie Canal trail was just across the street. I definitely would like to return to this general area of New York for more running.

Wednesday: 6 Miles, MA.

The Mount Holyoke Range always seemed like an amazing run, and I always hear about how brutal the Seven Sisters Race is. It was pretty cool to actually run in the range, but unfortunately I didn't like it as much as expected. The trail itself wasn't usually scenic and the difficulty of the Metacomet-Monadock trail was just a bit too high, at least for my tastes (maybe more fun in a race). The view on the top was rewarding, but the flat trails after that didn't seem any better than something I would find locally. There were a few highlights and great spots, but for the most part it wasn't what I expected. I later learned the seven sisters is on the other side. This was a pretty solid run and I was glad to try out a new location, but it simply didn't compare to the NY runs.

Thursday: 7 Miles, Back in RI.

Hillview repeats, 7x. Felt pretty horrible as I somewhat expected. First two went well (and I set the CR) but after that they got gradually slower and most of times were bad. My coach thought I did well, but I didn't really have much on this one. On the bright side, first time with no back pain doing something fast.

Friday: 7 in Mystic, easy paced road run with Dad.

Explored some new roads but wasn't anything outstanding. Felt good enough at the end to run my final mile in 5:52. One of those last-minute runs. Would have liked to run river road, but distance and time didn't really work out. Next time.

Saturday: 3 Miles.

Started a track workout. Didn't finish it. Despite feeling fine all week, on the hills, and during the warm-up my back started to hurt badly again and I only got through two 600s of 4 (and there were 5x400 after). My coach had me run an easy road run, but that wasn't going well either and I only got a mile in before coming back. I think this is the first workout I've ever not finished in any on my seasons.

Sunday: 0. Day off to try to rest.

Weekly Total: 38 Miles
YTD Total: 602 Miles

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Starting to Return with a Couple More Meets- April 10 to 16

Usually, I'm in great shape coming into the season, but this season is different. Indoor went pretty well, and I was hoping to come in just a little slower than I left off. With new PRs of 2:02, 4:07 and 8:44 (1500/3000) set in the indoor season, I was hoping to achieve 2:05, 4:10 and 9:05  in the first few weeks/dual meet season to have the confidence and ability to match those PRs when the first big meets after that. And after that, PR season.

This season has not gone as I hoped. I've felt less in shape than ever and have had the most difficulty starting up in any season ever. My first meet felt short of expectations and I really wasn't where I wanted to be. This week changed my outlook, at least a little bit.

Monday: 8 Miles. Felt terrible at school all day (tired) and was prepared for a brutal run. Surprisingly felt great and ran much faster than I expected. Somewhat enjoyable East Ave, Cemetery and Babcock (minus the sand and sidewalks).

Tuesday: 6 Miles, Track Meet. This was our second dual meet. I expected to run the 1500 and 3000. Against EG and WW. I knew EG had some good distance runners, and certainly expected some competition. I didn't know if I'd get any in the 3K as only Jackson would be a strong competitor and I had no idea whether he'd do it or not.

Jackson ended up not running due to Injury, so I was running 1500, 800, and 4x400. The 1500 was going to be a solo effort, while the 800 was stacked with nearly the whole EG squad- including 3 or 4 sub 2 runners. I doubted the race would go sub 2, but I was hoping to get a top position and run around 2:04. I knew the competition would greatly help. As for the 1500, I was hoping to keep it controlled and consistent and never settling too much. I didn't think my original goal of 4:10 would happen given last week's time and the lack of competition but I still hoped for a sub-4:15 effort and improvement over last week.

Again, like last week, I was very nervous. The dual meets used to be fun. Perhaps it's my lack of confidence and fast times this seasons that's making me nervous. I also think outdoor is the most intense and serious season of the three. I didn't want to blast out and wanted to make sure I kept going laps 2 and 3, but that plan went out the window immediately. I hit the 300 in a ridiculous 46 and the rest of the race was pretty much a disaster. I never felt terrible but got tight early. I was trying to push through as best I could but instead of hitting 67s and 68s I was hitting 70s and 71s. When I finished, I was hoping for a good time but didn't feel that I had run fast. It felt slow and I just wanted to it to better than last week's. It wasn't. 4:18.8. Super disappointing.

Fortunately, the 1500 didn't take too much out of me and I was able to recover pretty well. I couldn't have asked for a better field in the 800, at least in a dual meet. Immediately, it was a tight race. I already cut someone off and was pushing/kicking others. I found myself second in fifty meters but felt too comfortable and decided to make a move into the lead. I passed Kyle Martinez and took the lead, but didn't hold it for long. Quentin Viera took the lead after a just a couple seconds and was moving. I knew he had more leg speed than me, but wasn't willing to let a gap form so early and followed his lead. It felt good for another 100, where Hank Perretta passed me. The pace was starting to feel really fast but it wasn't too hard yet. I pushed to stay up there. Coming down the homestretch I noticed that Quentin was pulling away from Hank and I made a move to pass Hank, which took a good deal of strength from me. The second lap was brutal. 500 meters into the race, I was really feeling it. My entire body tightened up and I slowed significantly. Quentin pulled away with ease, and the passing began. First, Colin Ciancolo passed at about 500 meters, then Dante Prosseda at 600, and finally I was passed by Kyle at 650 meters. I had gone from 2nd and possible contender to 5th and fading badly in just 150 meters. Hank nearly got me in the last 30 meters and I felt him coming, but I ended up having enough to take 5th.

I wasn't feeling very good about my race at first. I felt that the first lap went well, but since I felt so slow, been passed many times and faded, I thought I had a run a terrible time. It was very pleasant surprise to hear 2:04, which was just about the time I was looking and a far better result than any of my previous times this season. That race will go down in my memory as the best dual meet race I've ever been in. I later found out that I went out in 58, which explains things. I want to break 2:00 as soon possible, and certainly felt that this was a step in the right direction.

In the 4x400, I was run down by a West Warwick runner (54s) to place our team 3rd instead of 2nd (57.3s for my leg). I was okay with the time but didn't feel great about losing a place.

Wednesday: 7 Miles. Had a horrible night after the meet, and this run was even worse. Felt like I was dying the whole time. Warm day, and I felt like I was baking. Couldn't go any faster than 7:20 pace and took a long break at the library to attempt to recover.

Thursday: 6 Miles, Hill Workout. Despite feeling awful on Wednesday and feeling tired the whole week, I felt amazing on these two sets of fingers. I felt strong the whole way, despite getting tired and heavy in the second set. Last time, the entire team was right on me. This time, they were a good hill's length away. Felt great about this one. Difficulty: 3/5.

Friday: 8 Miles. Really didn't feel like running, but fortunately got to run with Sam. Enjoyable loop through Winnapaug and Misquamicut. Went by quickly, felt comfortable and weather was pretty great too.

Saturday: 4 Miles, Track Meet. This was an odd track meet between Westerly, Stonington, East Lyme and Windham. The original plan was for me to run 4x800, 1500, 800 and 3000 with the 1500 and 3000 somewhat easy. We learned that Windham a couple of fast runners, including a 4:19 1600 meter runner so I would run his events- 1500, 800, and 3000 hard. I was a little disappointed not to run the 4x800 and wasn't looking forward to three events not too far from each other.

I didn't take it out as hard this time and let Windham's Alexander Korczynski take the lead. I ran right behind. We went out in 48, much better than Tuesday's 46. Despite a more relaxed pace and not leading, it got uncomfortable quick. After 600 meters, the lead pack was alexander, me and then an East Lyme runner. I felt bad about not doing any of the work up front and tried to make a move into the lead, but Alexander responded and I didn't have enough to push more and try and get around. I went back to second. I tried to stay with him as long as possible, and it was about 300 meters to go where he began to pull away. I didn't have much of a kick and he beat me easily by 3 whole seconds. I wanted to know my time. I heard him say his time was 4:09, so I was thinking I ran 4:13-4:14, which I would be satisfied with. I was hoping the gap wasn't any bigger than that. My time was 4:11.8 (he ran 4:08.8), which I was really happy with. 7 seconds faster than Tuesday and a sign that I'm not totally out of shape right now.

I had some back pain walking over to get my stuff, but it didn't seem too bad. When I started to do strides before the 800, it really hurt and I couldn't really finish the stride either. My coach told me to stretch it and after it did improve I was done competing for the day. Alexander ended up running about 2:03 and 9:30 (1st in 800, 2nd in 3000 to the same East Lyme runner from before). I was happy with my 1500, but definitely disappointing I couldn't do either of my next planned events as I would have liked to run 2:03 and 9:15.

Sunday: 0. Back pain still present. Hopefully will improve. Stretching it is awkward and doesn't seem to help much.

Weekly Total: 39 Miles
YTD Total: 564 Miles
Much happier with this week's races. Not everyone went well, but I feel that I'm starting to get back towards where I need to be. Not thrilled with this new back issue.

Friday, April 14, 2017

First Meet- Weekly Log: April 3 to 9

Kicking off the first meet home on April 3rd against NK and EWG. As usual, ran the 1500 and 3000.

Monday: 6 Miles, Dual #1.

Was looking for about times of 4:10 and 9:05. I feel like both, while not PRs, would be really good starting points for me and give me a good amount of confidence heading into to this season. I also felt that both weren't overly aggressive and doable.

After having a tough start and not feeling great or fast my first week of training and experiencing an a good headwind on the backstretch even though it was calm all day, I set B goals of 4:15 and 9:15, but secretly hoped for much better.

I was surprised to race both Sam Toolin and Ethan Wyllie, both of whom agreed they weren't feeling in top form either. I knew Toolin would beat me, but not sure how Wyllie would play into the race. I wanted to play it safe at the beginning and go out conservatively in around 66 seconds for the first quarter (on pace, just not really fast). Everyone took it right out and I had to go much faster than expected to take the lead without being challenged. Toolin got right on me and stayed there. There were other guys there at first, but they dropped off at 300. Going through 300 felt too fast and I slowed up a notch. I didn't receive any splits during the race but felt that the pace was just right. Ended up going through 400 in about 65. I felt really comfortable and felt the pace was perfect for the next two laps. At 200 to go, I still felt pretty good and tried to give it my all at the end. For a second, I thought I might have a chance but Toolin took off that last 200. I was feeling really good about the race and I thought I had run around 4:12. It was very disappointing to hear 4:16.

At first, I was pretty upset, being a whole 6 seconds off my goal. The more I thought about it, I think I could've run much faster. I just didn't push it enough and stayed comfortable instead. The 1500 took a lot out of me and I never really felt prepared to run the 3K. I had different degrees of tiredness, but even minutes before the race I wasn't feeling ready.

My plan was to try and run 72-74 second 400s the whole time to get a time of 9:15 or faster. I went out a tad fast in 35, but only because people were right on me. They dropped off quickly, and it went downhill from there. The only splits I hit in my target range were the first few, and they gradually got slower and slower. 74 seconds per lap already seems pretty slow for me for a 3000, but here those were my best laps and I was hitting 77s and 78s. It was only a few laps in where my legs started to feel really tired. I didn't feel super weak, but I could never overcome that leg fatigue. As one of the coaches from another gave me splits, I knew I was slowing. I heard 8:48 with 200 to go, and I figured 9:23 was possible. I picked it up a little, and was told I ran 9:22. The weird thing was, I was barely even tired after I finished yet my legs were dead during the race. If 9:22 wasn't bad enough, I later found I actually ran 9:28, slower than my freshman indoor PR.

After having a week to reflect on this, the 1500 wasn't too bad of a race. I wasn't used to racing outdoors, and still turned in a decent time in what was probably only a moderate effort. The 3K, on the other hand, was very disappointing. My PR is 8:44 and I want to run 8:33-8:35 this spring, so to be nearly a whole minute off that starting up is really discouraging. I'm sure things will only get faster, but I feel that a 9:28 would be slow even if I was told to jog it.

Next week, I should be doing the same events with good competition from East Greenwich. Hoping for times of 4:12 and 9:15 to get back on track. No more 3Ks over 9:20.

Tuesday: 7 Miles. Expected to have dead/sore body parts, but was surprised to actually feel pretty fresh. Just a few miles into the run, which wasn't even that fast, I got super weak and it only got worse. Took a break at my turnaround point, where a lady asked me if I was okay which was somewhat humiliating (guess I should starting taking my breaks in isolated woods) before bringing it back (unpleasantly).

Wednesday: 5 Miles, Hill Workout. Was feeling really crappy going in, but was happy to hear we had fingers, which are quick and interesting. I didn't feel like I had much, so my plan was to pull away/hammer in the first two hills then coast. It didn't work. Everyone was pretty close and I never really opened up the gap. My pace indicated that I did fine, but my lead and my coach did not. Didn't have a lot in the second set. Difficulty: 4/5.

Thursday: 5 Miles. Practice was cancelled as it was pouring all day. I didn't really know what to do. An off day certainly wasn't an option, but I had almost no interest in going for a cold rain run. I just wanted to get it over with, so I took a option somewhere in the middle of normal training and off day, a short and easy 5-Miler starting and ending in Avondale. It wasn't awful, but it wasn't fun either.

Friday: 6 Miles, Track Workout. Planned for Saturday, but I was taking ACT's on Saturday so I had to do it Friday. Conveniently, about 4 others couldn't make it Saturday. 22x200 @32-33s w/30s recovery, 5 min break (although it was more like 7) after 12. My legs didn't feel too bad, but with the super short distances it wasn't a brutal one, although far from easy. Difficulty: 3/5.

Saturday: 7 Miles. Ran in the afternoon after a stressful test-taking morning. Didn't feel like running, but enjoyed this one- felt great and enjoyed an awesome route in fantastic conditions. Ran somewhat fast for the first time in a while.

Sunday: 8 Miles. Waited a long time before starting (3:30PM start on a Sunday) and ran a mix of roads and trails, starting from Stonington Borough. It was kinda lame and kinda hot.

Weekly Total: 44 Miles
YTD Total: 525 Miles

Monday, April 3, 2017

Starting Up Again- Weekly Log: March 27 to April 2

First real week of outdoor track for me. It had a few highlights, but mostly just convinced that I had lost some fitness between indoor and now.

Monday: 6 Miles. First distance run for me. Chose a simple beach street/cemetery route and was surprised to get extremely weak just a few miles into the run. Stopped to catch my breath and recover, but didn't feel any better during a break. Ran in while very uncomfortable.

Tuesday: 6 Miles. 5xNarragansett in the cold rain. Wasn't feel great during the warm-up, and didn't feel too awesome on the first couple. Felt very comfortable after a few more and was able to maintain and then pick it up at the end. Difficulty: 3/5. Big confidence booster. Fastest average pace on hills ever.

Wednesday: 8 Miles. CT Asher loop. Felt heavy and couldn't really get the pace below 6:50. Overall, didn't feel too great on this one, but not quite as bad as Monday.

Thursday: 6 Miles, track workout. I thought Saturday was just a nasty one and then we'd have a break, but Thursday was nearly as difficult. 6x400 @68 w/60s recovery sounded tough, but I figured I could get through that and I'd be able to coast through everything after that. There was a nasty wind on the backstretch that played a factor in the workout. The 6x400 was all right. They were challenging and I felt decent but not great. I had some trouble catching my breath in the later ones. We had a 5-minute break 800/600/400/200 at 69s pace. I was hoping not to go long, and wasn't looking forward to this. The multiple lap distance were really tough for me, I was feeling it and I missed my splits, especially in the 600 where I wanted to quit badly. Difficulty: 5/5.

Friday: 5 Miles. Hill workout. Didn't want a workout the day after, but the condition was that we wouldn't have practice Saturday if we did this now so I was onboard. Dogged it somewhat, once again raining. Had the plan of at least taking it out easier than usual and seeing how I felt. Felt good on the first few, but got really heavy after that and struggled quite a bit. Difficulty: 4/5. 7xPark.

Saturday: 7 Miles in Green Hill, SK with Dad. Got to finally explore trustom pond and while small, it didn't not disappoint. Fantastic views and awesome trails. Definitely will return. The roads were actually very pleasant as well. Some heaviness.

Sunday: 6 Miles. Shakeout on Mason's Island. Fantastic weather. Took it easy at 7:05 pace. Was super consistent, although not really on purpose. Good run overall. Flatness and scenery were especially nice.

Weekly Total: 44 Miles
YTD Total: 481 Miles

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Time Off, Then Outdoor Start- Weekly Log: March 20-26

Had a nice time taking two weeks from running, March 11-March 23. 0 for last week.

Monday-Thursday: 0. Enjoying the final days off.

Friday: 8 Miles. Was supposed to start practice Saturday, but wanted to get something in before a potential workout. Stupidly forgot my trail shoes and did the Rhody loop after school. Felt long and was a little heavy, but felt mostly good. Didn't have great grip.

Saturday: 5 Miles. Was hoping to have an easy workout because I hadn't done anything fast in two weeks and was feeling pretty sore from the previous day. It was track and the plan was 10x400 @70s w/60s recovery. That sounded like a moderate workout back in indoor and now with soreness and two weeks it sounded like it was going to be tough. It was pretty brutal. Felt good on the first couple, but got really tired after four and had trouble getting through it. Hit all my splits just fine (except for the first one) but was pretty exhausted. Completely out of breath as I soon as I finished each one, as it was humid out. Wind on the homestretch made me feel pretty weak. 5 minute break then some jumping exercises and another 400 in 74 (supposed to be 80, but coach said to pick it up midway). Difficulty: 5/5. Perhaps harder than anything in indoor. Felt really out of shape and not my usual self. Extremely heavy and sore on the cool-down.

Sunday: 6 Miles. Light burlinggame. Kinda fun but was tiring out on the technical sections. Felt really sore coming in, but only a little sore when finished.

Weekly Total: 19 Miles
YTD Total: 437 Miles

Really excited for this outdoor season as I feel I can make big improvements in all three of my events- 800, 1500, and 3K. There's also many fun meets mixed in there as well. The dual meets are really fun. I'm hoping Saturday was just a result of the two weeks off/humidity+wind and I can get back to where I was in indoor. I'm hoping I'm capable of times of 2:04, 4:10, and 9:05 in the first two weeks.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

First Look: Outdoor Schedule

A few weeks I just saw the outdoor dual meet schedule for the first, and slowly have been the dates and locations of major meets. Today I saw the full Westerly schedule. I put in on the 11th grade page, but it's here as well.

West Warwick and Narragansett will be new additions to tracks I've running, and a possibility of also running at some out of state tracks. There's also a number of meets I've have been to before like the Stonington dual meet, Loucks Games, Moretti Invite, Retro Relays and NBNO. I'm certainly not locked in for any of them, but am really hoping to go to loucks as I know there's great competition and I want to go to NBNO as well. It'll be fun to crush some Stonington distance runners at the home track, and the relays meets are always fun as well (no idea what retro relays is). They changed the schedule a bit, moving up Classical Classic to weeks and changing from boys only to co-ed, while giving Moretti invitational, a meet that was co-ed that slot (moving it one week back, it served as a meet for those who did not qualify for schomp). I'm also happy to go to Narragansett a couple of times and Portsmouth with their fantastic 8-lane track.

Indoor Recap (16-17)

Indoor's finally over and while it went by quickly, the season was long spanning from late November all the way to mid-march. I can easily say that it was both one of the most enjoyable and one of the best seasons I've ever had. While not the giant improvements in PRs of the 15-16 indoor season, I mostly had consistent success and improvement which is probably my number one goal in running (something I lacked/didn't not do as well in the 15-16 season). Not everything went to plan, but overall I was happy with the results I produced and I remember this season more than others. Things are looking pretty good for outdoor.

I wasn't hitting big times in December, but the PRs came back in January in abundance and continued throughout March. Here's my progression in each event with final PRs in bold (click to enlarge any photos).

As well as PRing in events, I improved or maintained placement at many high meets.

I won a couple races as well, but none of them were that big or meaningful:
-RI Classic 3000
-URI Classic 1600
-URI Classic 1000
-Division Championship 3000

Coming into the season, I had some big goals. Here's how I did on them:

-Run under 4:30 in the Mile PASS: 4:29 at the East Coast Invitational
-Run 8:50 in the 3K at the Yale Track Classic (Jan 21) PASS: 8:44
-Get my 3K down to 8:40 FAIL: But not far off with 8:44
-Run a 600 under 1:30 PASS: 1:29 in a dual meet
-PR in the 800 (2:04) PASS: 2:03 at East Coast, then 2:02 in a 4x800 at Class
-Run 2:36 in the 1000 FAIL: 2:38, really just needed another opportunity
-Run close to 4:05 in the 1500 FAIL: 4:07, but only ran it twice all season
-Win a Class and Division Title FAIL: Got the division as expected, but just missed a class title in the 1000
-Place Top Three in the 3K at the State Meet PASS: 3rd in the 3K
-Place Top Six in the 1500 and 1000 at the State Meet PASS: Didn't run 1500 and 5th in the 1000
-Place Top Six at New Englands in the Two Mile FAIL: Way off, placing 16th
-Qualify for New Balance Nationals and run a 5K sub-15:20 FAIL: Made it, but ran 15:35

Kind of a mix of pass and fails, but most of them were close were enough to actually pass.

  • Yale Track Classic- Easily the best race of the season, smashed the time I was going and ended up being a #2 RI and a US #32
  • Consistent success in the mid-distance events: lowered many of time to what I wanted, and easily could've brought every one of them at least 2 seconds faster if I had more races
  • Qualifying for Nationals and running a track 5K: It was a great experience going to nationals for the first time and running the 25 laps, a much more enjoyable experience than expected.
  • Placing Well at States: Really happy to get third place at the states and follow it up with a 5th place in an event I'm only decent at
Low Points
  • 3K Struggles: Pretty much every meet except Yale I felt good in the 3000 for a good portion but faded badly in the last 1K to run a mediocre or even bad time
  • Needing Competition to run well: In nearly every 3K, I had to do the majority of pacing and typically fading after 8 to 9 laps. I was unable to run well without competition, something I used to excel at.
  • New Englands- Really ruined a perfect season with a horrible placement and time. Was about 25 seconds and nowhere near top 6.
Time-wise, I was really close to hitting all my goals but just off. I think all three would have been do-able in the right kind of race, I just ran out of races.

The season's over and there's nothing I can do about it, but there's plenty coming in outdoor. Right now, here are my goals:

Dual/Minor Meets

-Break 9 in the 3K
-Break 4:10 in the 1500
-Break 2:05 in the 800
-Win every 3000 I run
-Anchor a DMR at Injury Fund Relays


-Win something
-Run 8:40 in the 3000
-Run close to 4:00 in the 1500
-Break 2:00 in the 800
-Run a fast 400 (relay/practice)
-Run a distance event in an out of state invitational (Penn Relays/Loucks Games) not sure about this one


-Run a 8:34 3000
-Get second at states in the 3K (at least third)
-Place top six in the 1500 at states
-Help qualify a 4x800 for States
-Get all class/all division in every event I run there (top 3)
-Win the class B 3000 (or another event) 
-Win an event at division
-Don't have a bad race
-Place top 6 at New Englands with a 9:10 3200
-Qualify for the championship 5K and 2-Mile at NBNO
-Run 15:10 and 9:10 at NBNO and place top 10 


-Beat Mars Bishop
-Beat Sam Toolin
(hopefully they won't see this)

Ranking every track, worst to best (that I ran):
4. URI
3. Yale
2. Reggie
1. Armory

Big change from last year (randomly liked Yale this year but got really tired of PCTA. Excited for outdoor.