Let’s say we have two 40 year old men. One spends a year training for the 100 meters so he can compete at the USATF Masters Track Championship. The other spends a year training for the NYC Marathon.
The sprinter goes to the track 5 days a week, and hits the gym another 2 days a week. He does form drills, core work, tons of speed work plyos everything he can to race his best. He spends 10 hours a week training.
The marathoner runs 4 days a week. 3 easy runs of 40-50 minutes and one long run starting at 50 minutes and working up to 2.5 hours. He spends 5 hours a week training.
The sprinter goes to the masters championship and runs 12 seconds flat. An 85% age grade time putting him in the national class.
The marathoner goes to NYC marathon and runs 3 hours 52 minutes. A 55% age grade time putting him in lower than local class.
Who do you think is getting all the love, all the kudos all the likes on Facebook? Who is being celebrated and talked about around the office? Who gets a big medal for finishing? The guy who worked less hard and had the lesser performance that’s who.
A little more than 5 years ago Mike Insler and I had the crazy idea of starting a new racing team in Rochester. Then he up and moved to Maryland 3 years ago, leaving me short a training partner and a chief rival. This past weekend Mike returned for a visit and I knew we had to find a race to do together. Roadkill Racing came out in force and showed Mike how much the team has grown over the years. We had some great performance by our open runners, and also from our new masters women runners. We have come a long way from that first meet in 2010 and our iron-on singlets.
Once again it was Kenny Goodfellow leading the way. This time at the Scare Brain Cancer Away 5k in East Rochester. We had 11 runners compete in the race with lots of overall and age group awards won and even a few PR’s.
Kenny (16:13) finished 2nd overall with Matt Roberts just 3 seconds behind in 16:16. I took top masters honors in 4th overall with a 16:20. Derrick Jones (16:38) and Mike Insler (16:43) gave us 5 runners inside the top 10 both winning their age group.
Rounding out the men’s team were Andy Penner (17:13) Josh Williams (17:14) and Joe Williams (18:20). The race was Josh’s fastest 5k by over 20 seconds and just a few seconds off Joe’s best. Andy’s 11th place overall was good for 1st in his age group.
Not to be outdone by the men, the women’s team turned in some impressive performances as well. All 3 ladies ran PR’s (1 lifetime and 2 post pregnancy). Ashlie Roberts who is gearing up for the Indy Monumental Marathon next weekend lead the way in 21:18 ( LTPR) followed closely by Lisa Perks in 21:20 (PPPR). The picture above shows Ashlie and Lisa separated a healthy margin with 100 meters to go, Lisa threw down a serious kick to close within 2 seconds! Lynn Gottfried, who managed the awesome feat of running her final mile of this race faster than her McMullen Mile time in June, finished in 23:15 (PPPR).
While Mike was up here Adam was down in DC racing in the 28th Annual Walk to End HIV 5k. He finished in 3rd place with shiny new 23 second PR of 16:09! That made for 3 20+ second PR’s in one weekend… I think there is something to this team racing thing.
One final note on the Scare Brain Cancer Away race. Take a look at the picture below taken right before the start. This is after Derrick told the starter something should be said.
The starter (director?) at Derricks urging said “If you aren’t planning on running a 5 minute mile you shouldn’t be on the front line.” This caused a bit of laughing from the 1000 runners but no change. He went ahead and started the race anyway. I didn’t think this was funny in the least. It is dangerous. I’m sure that many of the people a few rows back had no idea there were a bunch of young kids, some literally coming up only to my waist, on the line. I would strongly encourage race directors to take a more active role in managing runners at the start, especially in a race with this many people. I would also strongly encourage whoever was responsible for these kids (they appeared to be a boys hockey team and a girls soccer team) to understanding racing protocol before taking kids to a race.
A huge thanks to everyone who contributed photos to this post including the Rochester Photo Crew and Roadkiller Lauryn.
This past weekend was a busy one for RkR and I’ll start by apologizing for anyone or race that I will surely miss.
Kicking the weekend off right on Friday at the Geneseo Track and Field Friday Knight 5k, Mark Streb won in a time of 16:23. Teammate Josh Williams finished in a new PR of 17:32 to finish 4th overall. Full Results
Next up was the Finish Strong 5k / 15k on Saturday. Matthew Roberts won the 5k handily with time of 16:52. His winning margin was 1 minute and 3 seconds! In the 15k, Kenny Goodfellow cruised to a 51:02 second place finish, also beating the next racer by more than 1 minute!
Rounding out the weekend was Andy Penner and myself out in Buffalo for the Lou Reuter Memorial Scholarship Run 5k. I was able to finally knock out a good solo effort by winning in my fastest time since not running due to injury from May 9 – August 9. Starting at a 17:01 on September 7th, down to 16:55 on October 4th, way down to a 16:15 win on October 19th. Needless to say I am quite pleased with my progress and feel that there is a lot more gas in the tank. Andy finished second in a time of 17:29, not a bad result as he has been fighting some serious respiratory illness since McQuaid. Full Results
All-in-all, not a bad weekend of racing for Roadkill Racing!
I’ve raced lots of doubles and even triples at track meets, but somehow in all my years of racing I’ve never raced back to back days. Going into this weekend I had no plans on changing that.
Sunday was the 3rd meet in the PGXC series and Lisa was supposed to take some time to herself (well herself and some of the other lady racers) while I stayed home with the kids. Even though we have had some very generous babysitting help from people connected to the team, it is nice to go to race without having your attention pulled in many directions. Having no cross country racing responsibilities I figured I would jump into the Safe Journey Scarecrow 5k on Saturday morning. It is a mile away from my house and they had $100 prize money for 1st masters runner.
I shuffled down to the race and put in a pretty solid effort finishing 2nd overall and 1st masters running in 16:26. As an interesting aside I ran 16:28 in 2012 and 16:27 in 2013, if I keep this up I’ll break 16 on the Scarecrow course when I am 67 years old. I got my butt kicked by Kenny Goodfellow who ran a 16:02 only 6 days removed from his 2:33 marathon performance (seriously wtf Kenny). Also in the race were Joe Williams and Joe Haungs (dressed as a Scarecrow). Joe Williams was hoping for a PR but came up just a bit short. He said he wasn’t looking forward to Sunday but thought he could drag himself out to Akron Falls… better him than me.
Later that evening as I was about to sit down for dinner I get an email alert on my phone. Normally I would have waited until after dinner, but I get a little paranoid the day before xc races so I checked it. And as the song goes, just because you’re paranoid don’t mean they’re not after you (Yes I am aware Joseph Heller put that in a book first). The toll of working several overnight shifts in a row had finally caught up to Joe W and he wasn’t going to be able to race. We only had 5 masters runners including Joe scheduled to run. I’d already scramble to pull in 2 new masters runners for this race Rick Ostrander (pictured below) and Daniel Sackett (who also ran the Wineglass Marathon last weekend). If the Masters team was to have any chance of winning the series we couldn’t take a 0 for this race, which meant back to back races it would have to be for me.
We had a 6 man open team and a 7 woman open team also racing, but sorry kids this particular post is all about the masters team. I will give a quick tip of the cap to Dave Rappleyea who seems to be very close to his old racing form and to Lauryn Recchia who ran a 5k PR at Scarecrow and came back to race this meet as well. You can see the results for all the teams at the end of the post.
Now for a quick history lesson. The Pete Glavin XC series is in its 25th season. In 14 of the last 16 seasons and for the past 9 seasons in a row the Genesee Valley Harriers have won the Male Masters Division. GVH has had a stranglehold on the Masters competition in Western NY for a generation, and nothing would make me happier than to break that grip.
Going into the race my hope for the team was to place no worse than 3rd. I had no idea what I had left in my legs, Derrick was fighting a cold, Dan had just race a marathon and Rick was a totally unknown commodity. The only person I knew was going to run well was Josh Williams and he didn’t disappoint, blasting past a GVH master runner in the final meters. No one else disappointed either. Derrick dragged me through the first 5k of the 6k course and held on as the 2nd masters finisher after I moved past him on the final uphill. Daniel edged out GVH’s 5th runner by 4 seconds, and Rick finished with what can only be called a ferocious kick. After finishing 2nd by 3 points to GVH at the McQuaid race, we were revenged in Akron Falls beating them by 1 point!
We have put ourselves in a good position for the last 2 races. We have a 4 point lead and should have our full complement of masters runners for those final 2 races. I hear GVH is putting out an all points bulletin for wayward masters members for the USATF-Niagara Masters 8K Championship on November 2nd which is also the 4th race in the series. I would be shocked if that race doesn’t come down to a point here or there. Despite what the GVH coach may be telling people, all we do is not sit around and drink beer.