Sunday, March 16, 2008

Shamrock 5k

"I run this city and I don't dance around like Diddy" - Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson

We certainly ran the city today, and looked sexy doing it. So many from our squad toed the line (on the front line, no less) to put together some amazing races, including at least 5 PRs. In fact, we need a little more time to determine this week's PDAW. There are a number in the running for the award, so I just need to review a few more things (like largest PR, etc).

From the gun, Barf took it out. Hard. He was still not in the lead, however, as that honor went to Dave Berdan, who basically led wire to wire. In the end, he was the owner of first place overall for the second consecutive year, in a time 20 seconds faster than last year (14:44). Not bad for only running the last four weeks after surgery. Newcomer Chris Nowakowski pulled off a top 5 finish, going 15:39, while Mike Prada, on the comeback trail, ran a strong 16:22 for 12th. Arjun, Alex, Kris and I were separated by 5 spots and only 11 seconds (16:37, :44, :47 and :48). For Alex and Kris, these represented PRs. For me, it was a 28 second improvement from my time last year.

Our (me and Mike Prada) old roommate, Doug Allen, ran a surprising 17:11, while Tom Stott was doin' big things, sprinting to a 17:39 finish. LT was right behind him, finishing in a "not late" time of 17:46. Eric and Zero (18:04 PR) were a second apart, and Tall Matt snuck in under 19, along with MELISSA who rolled 6th in the women's race. Claire Bear wasn't far behind in 8th, running an amazing 19:38. Barf, who started hard, finished slow (just under 20). Jen Koshy ran a PR (21:43) as did Cynthia (23:32) who also won the 50-59 age group. Great job!

Our girls Sara Spears and Eve, fresh off a night of hard drinking, ran better than they did last year, which is always positive.

All in all it was one of the best days of team racing I've ever seen. Rarely do you have this many people from the team all perform that well on the same day. It says something about the training you are doing, as well as the atmosphere that we've created. It's an exciting time to be part of Baltimore Running, that's for sure.

You can check results here. Now it's time for a little break for me, and speaking of which, I need to go to bed.

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