Another winter racing season in Rochester, NY has come and gone. And once again Roadkill Racing dominated the Freezeroo races. With the unfortunate ending of the Polar Cats races the Freezeroo is pretty much the only game in town from December through February. I’ve done pretty well in the series over the years, and so have other members of Roadkill Racing. Here is break down of the last 4 Freezeroo Roadkill series finishes (out of about 200 male runners).
1st Matt Roberts
13th Joe Williams
1st Jeff Bigham
2nd Chanse Hungerford
3rd Joshua Perks
5th Matt Roberts
18th Joe Williams
1st Kenny Goodfellow
2nd Joshua Perks
3rd Jeff Bigham
5th Matt Roberts
14th Joe Williams
1st Kenny Goodfellow
2nd Dave Rappleyea
4th Matt Roberts
5th Joshua Perks
11th Joe Williams
This years final series results here.
As you can see we have done really well. Next year when our women’s team is fully up and running I expect them to dominate the leader board as well.
I’m not going to give you a blow by blow description of the final race. Kenny ran like an absolute beast despite the howling wind and Matt finally raced one of these Freezeroos blazing past several runners during a sub 5:30 final mile. I think the rest of us were just happy to get out of the wind and have a beer.
You can see the 10k results HERE.
Heart felt thanks to the many Greater Rochester Track Club members who put on the races, YellowJacket Racing for keeping accurate time, the various town police for keeping us safe while on the sometimes very busy roads, the Rochester Photo Crew who take nearly all the pictures on this blog, and Running4morefun who does the video. With out all of you we would just be running around in the cold.
You can hear how cold it is in this video. Thanks to all the race volunteers, police, photographers and videographers who stood out in that freezing cold for well over an hour. You’re all the best.
Way to excited to be racing in 10 degree temps.
Ever since I PR’d in the 5k back in early November I’ve had a tough of it on the roads. My turkey trot race was terrible which I blamed on the 10k xc race in the snow a few days before, December was a total no go because of the snipping and my 2 January Freezeroo races were both subpar which I blamed on walking pneumonia/tuberculosis. Aside from the weather which was less than idea (10 degrees and 10+ mph winds), there was no reason I could run a good race at Freezeroo #5.
That stupid t-shirt scarf was not helpful.
Freezeroo #5 an 8 miler in Greece in memory of Tom Brannon. Because I had been racing so poorly the last few months, and doing pretty much no speedwork either I didn’t know how fast to race. I decided I would go out with Kenny for the first mile and worry about the other 7 miles later. This actually worked out pretty well. The first mile was mostly downhill and with the wind so I had a very easy time going through the mile in 5:18, just a few steps behind Kenny. Once we turned and lost our downhill and tailwind I quickly dropped off to around 5:30 pace and Kenny pulled away. A runner named Brian Barker from UofR was running with me and we came through the 5k together in 17:05.
I made a move away from Brian just past the 5k mark and open up a bit of gap during miles 4 and 5. As we turned onto Long Pond Road for the long stretch back into the wind my pace fell of dramatically. I’ve always felt a bit like a big sail running into the wind, and I went from running a fairly comfortable 5:35 pace at mile 5 to 6-6:10 pace the last 3 miles. It was just about mile 6 when Brian passed me and opened up a 10 second gap which he held onto for the rest of the race. I tried many times in those last 2 miles to surge and catch him but I only managed to close the gap by a few seconds each time before fading again.
Overall I’m very happy with my 46:15 finish, and I’m looking forward to the final Freezeroo which is a 10k out in Ontario on February 22nd.
There is no one near you Kenny, watch you footing!
My first time wearing tights in a race.
- It’s gotta be the shoes.
- Sorry you are blurry Joe, I blame the cold.
The last Freezeroo is setting up to be a great competition. Kenny and Dave are only few seconds apart in the stands, and if I can put together a good race I have a shot (all be it a long one) of catching Brian for 3rd.
Can you smell it? Spring is in the air! Or at the very least the temperature no longer starts with a -. That means it is time to lay out the Roadkill Racing schedule for the year. The following are the races we are targeting as team events. Some are USATF team events which required USATF-Niagara membership, while others are races Roadkill simply wishes to have a strong presence at even if there is no team scoring.
March 15th- Johnny’s Runnin’ of the Green (War Memorial Rochester, NY)
April 12th- Roc City Classic Track Meet (Nazareth College Rochester, NY)
May 18th- Lilac 10k USATF-Niagara 10k road championship (Highland Park Rochester, NY)
June 5th- McMullen Mile Rochester Runner of the Year (Nazareth College Rochester, NY)
July 4th- Firecracker 5 Mile Rochester Runner of the Year (Fairport, NY)
August 2nd- Roadkill Scream at the Moon Beer Mile Invitational (Superduper Secert Location)
August 9th- Bergen Road Race USATF-Niagara 5k road championship (Hickory Park Bergen, NY)
September 28th- XC Series USATF-Niagara 5k xc masters championship (TBD)
November 2nd- XC Series USATF-Niagara 8k xc open championship (TBD)
November 23rd- XC Series 10k series championship race and post race party (TBD)
December 13th- XC 10k USATF National Club Championship (Bethlehem, PA)
December 27th- Holiday Classic Track Meet (RIT, Rochester, NY)
Just in case you don’t follow all the Roadkill Racer’s blogs here is what 3 of our runners have been up to lately.
Freezeroo’s of yesteryear.
Your body knows more than you do (Kenny)
I’ve learned more and more over the years that training plans should be written in pencil (or at least a spreadsheet on a computer with a working “delete” key). The body knows how it feels better than any words written on paper do. This week was one of those weeks that solidified this a little more for me. Read more….
A slight change of plans (Matt)
I have decided to make a slight alteration to my spring plans. Originally, I wanted to break 16:00 in the 5K this spring, and then enjoy a semi-retirement from logging all sorts of miles and crushing workouts. Ashlie and I planned on ticking a few states off in our quest to run a marathon in each of the 50 states
, notably North Carolina with the Tobacco Road Marathon
, and Colorado with theColfax Denver Marathon
. I planned to run these like I ran New Orleans; as a long run, and not try to race them. Read more…
2013 ended up being quite a roller coaster year for me as far as my running goes. Plagued by three injuries and sickness during my focus races I was left pretty disappointed at times. In the end everything kind of came together rather unexpectedly. I now have more appetite and motivation for fast times than ever. Read more…
I don’t have a lot to say about the latest Freezeroo. This is usually the case when I have a bad race. Give me a good race and I’ll talk about it to incessantly, give me a bad one and I just want to forget it ever happened. Roadkill Racing as a team did rather well with Dave, Kenny and Matt finishing 1 2 3, but I did rather less well finishing in 6th place over 2 minutes slower than my time last year.
It wasn’t the most pleasant of days, but bad weather doesn’t normally bother me much, it was the persistent cough and the fact that I couldn’t take anything but the shallowest of breaths that was the real problem. One might ask why I would run a race if I was so sick, and one might mind their damn business.
Anyway, here are the results.
And here are some pictures.
Next up the Hearnish 10kish on January 25th, hopefully I can breath by then.