Hard Shell Race #4 Preview – Doyle’s Emerald Necklace

The 4th race in the 2015 Hard Shell Race Series is the Doyle’s Emerald Necklace 5 Miler on 4/12/15. This is one of my favorite races of the year. I am pretty sure this will be my 5th year in a row running there…and I will continue to go back year after year!

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The race is part of the NE Runner Pub Series every year, it has a pretty competitive field and an amazing after party. You will have beer in your hand within seconds of finishing! The whole block is shut-down and the parking lot behind Doyle’s Cafe is after party headquarters! TNT is planning on having a tent back there this year. Make sure you arrive EARLY (over an hour before race time) to ensure a good parking spot across the street from Doyle’s. You can bring your bag right over to the back lot, where we should have a base camp set-up. Most importantly, plan on hanging out a while after the race and bring your drinking shoes.

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Course Preview:
The course at Doyle’s can be pretty fast. It is basically an out and back, although you come back a slightly different way (on a path next to the road you went out on) The first half of the course is slightly up…so that means you are slightly down on the way back. Beware of the mile markers, as they tend to be a bit off, especially the 3 and 4 mile markers if I remember correctly. The starting line is about 1/2 mile away from the bar, so make sure you plan accordingly to get out there in time for the start.

Bob’s Course Tips: Start out conservative and look for a negative split! Last year, my fastest mile was my last mile. Also, don’t plan on running a cool down, this race is all about the party afterwards!

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