1983 Races

 

Hodge, Gregorek, Gabriel Kamau, Paul Cummings, Sosthenes Bitok.  Falmouth 1983.


"Know Thyself"

1982 had been a very successful year and had ended on a high note with a 9th place finish in the National Cross Country and a 5th place finish, six days later at Fukuoka. I had planned a week of R&R in Hawaii after the marathon but had trouble changing my airline ticket without being severely penalized. I decided to skip that and head back to New York. I arrived in NYC exhausted and decided to spend the night in a hotel by the airport, before heading on to Boston. I slept for 16 hours hardly awakening at all. My body was trying to tell me something unfortunately I was not listening attentively.

I jumped back into training & racing running a poor 3k at the Boston College Christmas Relays , in 8:41! after going through the mile in 4:25. I continued to train hard in January 83 and ran a 4:17 mile leg on a relay feeling sluggish and tired. On Jan. 30 I attempted a 10k road race in Phoenix which was a disaster. I hit the mile in 4:47 and felt overcome with fatigue and dropped out. The next day I had a blood test but the results showed nothing abnormal. Maybe a virus? The next day I ran 10 & 6 pushing on. I needed a break but was not willing to take one. The thing that makes a successful athlete is also the thing that breaks the successful athlete. You have to know "when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em."

In March I spent two weeks in Florida preparing for Boston. I had some good runs but I was not quite building the momentum I would like to. I felt flat and I was having assorted aches and pains. At Boston my calves began to cramp in the first downhill mile and I struggled the entire way finishing 95th just ahead of Joan Benoit.

I was hoping that after a summer of base building and preliminary races, including Falmouth where I ran well and finished 10th, that I would be ready for the Chicago marathon in mid October. My confidence was shaken throughout the year by fatigue and a lower back injury which could severely hamper my stride. My preparations went fairly well but I bombed in Chi running 2:25 after hitting the half right on my target pace of 1:05:30. My back tightened and my stride shortened and that was all she wrote. I was now faced with the task of running another marathon in order to qualify for the 84 Marathon Trial. I had been ranked among the top ten Americans in three of the last four years, but that did not matter. Everyone must qualify in the qualifying period, even world record holders. How stupid.

I was working part time for an athletic shoe company which was putting a massive promotions effort into the 84 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. I was one of the companies top athletes and I had not yet qualified for the trials, my confidence was a bit shaken. It was not qualifying that I was worried about, it was the fact that I wanted to contend for the Olympic Team. Running the trial meant nothing to me if I could not be competitive. So, 83 was a mixed bag, maybe I was "washed up" only time would tell.

1983 RACES

 

JANUARY 8th 
Dartmouth Relays
Mile relay leg: 4:17

JANUARY 30th 
Phoenix 10k
DNF 1m 4:47

FEBRUARY 27th
Nagoya Japan 30k
T. Nakamura JAP. 1:31:28
A. Boileau CAN. 1:31:45
T. Takamichi JAP 1:31:50
D. Cannon GBR 1:31:58
R. Thomas USA 1:32:44
S. Koushiro JAP 1:33:52
T. Hiroki JAP 1:34:28
B. Hodge USA 1:34:58 5k 15:42,10k 30:28 (14:46) 15k 45:55 (15:27) 20k 1:01:14 (15:19)25k 1:17:42
(16:28)
S. Takazu JAP 1:35:59
K. Koichi JAP 1:36:00
J. Anderson USA 1:36:16
 

MARCH 20th
New Jersey Cherry Hill 10m RR
     5th 49:20

APRIL 18th
Boston Marathon  95th 2:21:00

MAY
No Races

JUNE 8th
BC Relays 5k 2nd 14:03

JUNE 18th
National T&F Meet Indianapolis
10k 29:36

JULY 3
Providence to Boston Road Relay
8.4 mile leg 44:24

JULY 24
Chicago 12k RR 3rd 36:04

JULY 30th
Carver, Ma. 5m RR 1st 23:52

AUGUST 7th
Agawam Riverside 5m RR 5th 23:11

AUGUST 21st
Falmouth 7m RR
1. Joseph Nzau Kenya 32:20
2. Simon Kigen Kenya 32:27
3. Marc Curp Missouri 32:29
4. Paul Cummings Utah 32:42
5. John Gregorek NY 32:48
6. Bruce Bickford Maine 32:51
7. Gabriel Kamau Kenya 32:54
8. Matt Centrowitz Brooklyn 32:56
9. Geoff Smith England 33:10
10. Bob Hodge Lowell 33:12

SEPTEMBER 5th
New Haven 20k
   6th 61:46

SEPTEMBER 18th
Warwick, RI. 10k 4th 30:59

OCTOBER 1st
El Paso, TX 15k 47:05

OCTOBER 9th
Natick, Ma. 10k 1st 29:52

OCTOBER 16th
Chicago Marathon
2:25:27 10m 50:27 20k 62:19   ½ 1:05:34  30k 1:34:51 25k 1:18:20

NOVEMBER 6th
Heartbreak Hill 10k
3rd 29:57

NOVEMBER 12th
Lowell ½ Marathon
1st 1:08:41

NOVEMBER 20th
Fitchburg 5m RR   3rd 23:52

DECEMBER
No Races
 

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