Tuesday, October 23, 2012

But You Ain't Got No Legs

The week after the Baltimore Marathon is typically pretty quiet on the racing front. The Army Ten Miler is one of the Texas-sized races hosted in the District, and not a race that we've historically had a big presence at. This year was no different, but in a twist of fate, Joel Brusewitz - who has a storied love/hate relationship with this event - was called up from the bench at the last minute to fill in for injured Luke Belford. Joel was still recovering from his Baltimore Half effort the week prior, and after a solid first 5 miles (29:35) he slowed a bit on the back half. But, he still finished at 1:00:27. Nick Gehlsen, running for AAI, ran 1:03:50. And of course our buddy Andy Sovonick ran 57:12.

There were quite a few events in Pennsylvania this weekend, with the Runner's World Half Marathon taking place in Scranton. Bryn Burkholder had a great race, running 1:36:38 for 37th place. Lillian Pinault was just behind in 1:37:18. Lillian has been noticeably absent from track lately, and did in fact confirm that the time was not a PR - but it was the fastest she's run in a few years.

At the Blue Gray Half Marathon in historic Gettysburg, Mike Mashner lowered his PR by a lil bit to 1:19:25 on the heels of a high volume week. He finished 6th.

On the ultra-side, Joel Gladfelter took on the Tussey Mountainback (or mOUnTaiNBACK) 50 miler. It features a lot of up and a lot of down, but it's a road course and as such can see some fast times. It also served as the 2012 USA 50 Mile Road Championship. Joel went into the race admittedly not quite as prepared as he'd have liked, but gave it a good run. He didn't walk, and finished strong, and said he could have taken some time out of his slow aid station transitions. Joel was 22nd in 7:33:09 and among those eligible for the USA Championships, he was 13th. Britt Kern also ran, and was coming off his excellent 2:50 marathon last weekend and apparently an 8k the day before. That doesn't sound very wise, it sounds like something Ploskonka would do! But Britt finished up at 10:05:56.

For the 4th consecutive year Dave Berdan won the Race for the Cure 5k in Hunt Valley, this year running 15:59. Bryan Borowski was 9th in 18:14 and Allison Letourneau was 4th among women in 18:22.

At the Ready Set Sniff 5k, Bobby Van Allen and his dog ran a 21:52 5k around Patterson Park to finish 2nd in the human + dog division. Amy Horst and her pup Sherman mostly walked, but finished in 43:15.

And in her final race of her first collegiate cross country season, Becky Parks finished 82nd at her conference meet.

Our Purple Drink Athlete of the Week went to Joel Gladfelter. Great effort Joel!

As mentioned in the email, I was not at the track tonight, but tomorrow (or today, depending on when you're reading this) we are holding the 4th annual RM Classic 5000m on the track at Gilman. 6:30pm for the warmup, 7:00pm start time. Some will treat it as a workout, others as a race, and some may do more afterward. But it looks like decent weather as the high tomorrow is supposed to reach 80 degrees. Hope to see many of you there.

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