Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Va Va Voom

There was a flash of summer over the weekend as temperatures soared into the upper 60s, even low 70s. This made for some great outside time, and, a number of excellent race performances.

Brennan Feldhausen kicked things off in southern MD, running the Rosaryville 50k. It was Brennan's first attempt at the "marathon +" distance, and he nailed it! Consistent splits the whole way led him to a 3rd place finish in 3:36:33 - 6:59/mi average. Shout to Ed Aramayo who ran the first 12 miles and set up an ideal pace on the trails.

A number of people marched south to Richmond, for the Redemption Marathon. Phil Turner was one of the runners displaced by the NYC Marathon's cancellation last weekend, and he had a banner day, running a 5 minute PR (2:42:37) and finishing 28th. Phil said he went out a little aggressively and paid for it at the end, because he felt he was capable of breaking 2:40. Phil is running Boston so I'd expect we can count on him being in pretty good shape this winter. Megan DiGregorio was also slated to run New York, but a nagging Achilles injury has hampered her running since Baltimore. The extra week of recovery helped her out, and she cruised to a 3:01:50 9th place finish, just 2 minutes off what she ran on the flat-as-a-pancake NJ Marathon course earlier this year!

The day didn't turn out as well for some. Dan Miranda and Meg McNew weren't on their best form, but got through another day at the office and have had great seasons - don't let this one day define you! Sara Damiano ran a 5 minute PR, at 3:36:50. She said she realized Boston qualifying was out around mile 18, but soldiered on. Kelly Meier was going to run New York, was also injured, and, like Meg D, crushed, running a 3:47:26.

In the half marathon, Tim Parker blazed to a 1:18:59 major PR. Tim loves Richmond, and loves the half marathon distance. This is 45+ seconds faster than he ran there in 2010 (his PR) and a minute faster than last year. Tim is always very consistent, but this is a remarkable result for him. It was also good enough to earn him a Purple Drink Athlete of the Week.

Also on Saturday, Terry Decker (Turtle Trek 5k) and Collin Anderson (Spectrum Academy Turkey Trot) snagged wins. For Terry, it was his first ever win, and that's got to feel good. For Collin, the race wasn't quite 5k so he was bummed to not get a complete idea of his fitness, but he felt good shattering the dreams of some special needs kids.

Sunday was the Harrisburg Marathon, which normally checks in around 700 or 800 runners. After the cancellation of THE marathon, the quiet race blew up, and saw nearly 1800 finishers. Patrick O'Rourke didn't mind, it meant he had some more people to run with. Patrick dropped a 2:45:27 to finish 13th. And Pacer Pete Mulligan brought his gang home in 4:29:06.

Lillian Pinault ran the Lehigh Valley Road Runners' South Mountain 10 Miler - a race that apparently goes up for 5 miles and then down. She finished 7th in 1:15:50, and was mostly pleased to not hurt herself running down the hill.

An entire race I missed was the Cardinal 5k in Kensington. I've heard of this race before, it's one of those "I hope nobody knows about it because it's low-key but there's money on the line" events. Allison Letourneau took the win (and 5th overall) in an impressive 18:09, narrowly edging out Matt Franco who was 6th in the same time. Fiana Kumm, our terrific Chrissie-replacement relay runner, was 4th in 19:52.

Jim Adams ran the Trout Unlimited Restoration Run 5k (results on the right side), finishing 32nd in 25:34. 

Finally down in DC, Liz Laseter blitzed the flat Veteran's Day 10k to the tune of 38:33 (15th) and PJ Anderer went big, running 5 minutes faster than last year, and 3 minutes faster than his MCVETs time from earlier in the year. He was disappointed he couldn't have gone 17 seconds faster though - he ran 40:16.

Great job everyone, surprisingly big race weekend for November! We'll have about a dozen or so Philly performances to report on this coming Monday. We also held our last official Tuesday Night Track workout of the year last night, thanks for coming out. It was pretty cold. 

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