Three weeks ago, Adam Mulia had to settle for second place to Nadeem Ahmad at the fifth race of the Westport Road Runners Summer Series, finishing seven seconds back at the 4.75 miler on July 31. Saturday, Mulia was clearly the boss, besting Ahmad by almost a minute over a hillier 8.4-mile route from Burying Hill Beach. I havent been doing any speed work, so the shorter race Nadeem had the advantage, said Mulia, who attended Staples High School back in the early 90s and now lives in Brooklyn. But the longer distance played to my strength.
Mulia also felt the need to defend his title from this event a year ago. While last years race was run under rainy conditions that quickly turned tropical as the sun came out, Mulia and the rest of the 115 finishers enjoyed almost perfect conditions Saturday, with negligible humidity and temperatures in the low 60s. As a result, he lowered his 2009 time by 28 seconds to finish in 48:39, but the real improvement came from his wife, who went from 69:57 last year to 60:43 Saturday. That brought her a one place improvement, to second woman, as Westports Catherine Galin also repeated as champion, running 59:41, 13 seconds faster than last year.
Mulia and Ahmad are both training for the Chicago Marathon in October, and the two planned to do a long training run together on Sunday. Last time I was so sore from the race and the weather was so hot we barely jogged, said Mulia. Hopefully we can do a little better this time."
The pair will probably meet again next Saturday at the penultimate event of the series, a 9.3-mile run from Compo Beach that covers many of the same roads, but in the opposite direction.
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