Monday, November 16, 2009

Tik Tok

Before I leave brush my teeth with a bottle of Jack

Hey Hey Hey WHAT is going on here? {Mr. Belding, SBTB}

Lots of races this weekend, as evidenced by the email digest.

Richmond Marathon: Patrick O'Rourke, who is new to the area, husband and father to 3.5 kids, told me his goal was to be inside of 2:45. Not knowing his background I thought that was a lofty goal with a 1:19 Baltimore Half in the bag from a month ago. Well he sure proved he was right, running a 2:42:03 and finishing 14th overall. Nina Kristina Hartman was looking to improve on her 3:05 from earlier this year, and was close to on pace to do so through the half - but the day took its toll and even some company from Julia Rudd couldn't make up the difference. She finished at the impressive time of 3:12:01 for 24th F. Matt Castille was trying to capitalize on his fitness from Baltimore marathon and attempt another shot at BQ. He was on pace through 18, then hit a wall. But he finished at a PR of 3:24:28 so that's awesome!

Ironman 70.3 World Championships: Down in Clearwater, our athletes put down amazingly (suspect?) performances. I think we need to test them for drugs as they each rode like 8-10 minutes faster than they've ever ridden before. David Lee used a 29:37 swim and a 2:09:31 (what?>!) bike split to help him go 4:23:14 for 333rd. Alyssa "media queen" Godesky lopped 8 minutes off her Eagleman time, with a normal swim and run for her, but a 2:38 bike split. Spider did the swim, 29:37.

Richmond Half: Make sure you call Brennan the D-Tag D-Bag for his little mistake. In his haste he did not put the correct piece of the timing tag on his shoe. This may have helped him as he was way more relaxed going into this race than many others this year. He negative split like a banshee with some other dude, picking off dudes the whole race. He ultimately finished 10th in a new PR (2min) 1:15:35. Tim Parker had been eyeing this race for a while, looking to improve his half marathon PR. He recently began working with Jeff Gaudette and has been following his instructions carefully, and they paid off with a new PR of 1:20:43!

OhioOutside 5mi XC: T Baptiste ran 28:37 at this trail series which probably placed him in the top couple.

Veteran's Day 10k: DC race, quick place to run if it's nice, which it was. Jake took 19th in 34:12, and Kristen Till had an amazing race, finishing 4th in 36:47. Eileen improved on her 10k season best, dropping to 37:53 and 9th place.

Damon Runyon 5k: Interesting race at Yankees Stadium, held entirely within the stadium. 2500 runners started at staggered intervals, running around the field, the concourse, and up and down steps. I'd call the results entirely suspect though, as 41 year old won and an 11 year old was 2nd. I'm sure people didn't do the entire course, but Kevin McGrath did. He finished in 130th in 24:31.

Silver Strand Half Marathon: LATE ADDITION! Andy neglected to let me know yesterday how this race went, and I had to search to remember the name of the race. So I found it. For being what he called "out of shape" I think a 1:34:05 is pretty darn good for his first race in a while. Way to go Andrew S. Gell. Oh, the 'S' is for 'Stephen'. That's what a 'ph'

NCAA D-1 Regionals: Our Falls Road employees Greg Jubb (102nd, 34:41) and Ryan Stasiowski (116th, 35:02) led their teams at this collegiate post-season event.

Our Purple Drink Athlete of the Week honors go to the person for whom this PR has been a long time coming, and I'm glad to see he was successful in the last race of the season: Tim Parker!

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