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2018 PGXC Summary (by Lindsay Rynders)

2018 PGXC Summary (by Lindsay Rynders)

Like many, if not all cross country runners, Fall is my favorite season. Cross country is the main reason for that. I’ve been running cross country since I was in 7th grade. Now, at 26, past seasons seem to all blend together with only major accomplishments or life changes to set them apart. This season was different. This season I was able to run with my Dad on the team. Although he was worried about not being “fast enough,” he quickly found a spot on the team.

The Notorious D.A.D.

The Pete Glavin Cross Country series started off in Newark at Stuart Park, an “iconic course” known for its large hills. It was great to be back with the team and to celebrate afterwards with our traditional Genesee beers. The team collectively put down great times to start the season.

Next, we traveled to Akron Falls for a rainy and muddy 6k. Because the looped nature of the course, it got torn up very quickly. Martha Doody even lost her shoe mid-finishing kick. The Roadkill men’s team finished 2nd place overall.

Mendon Ponds Park came next. it was cold but a beautiful day to race. Mendon Ponds Park is a great place to run, with countless trails. It plays host to many races throughout the year. This year it was also the Masters Championships. The Roadkill master’s women finished in 5th place.

Next, the team traveled to Taughannock Falls for another 6k course. It was a picturesque day to run along the shore of Cayuga Lake and up the gorge of Taughannock Falls. It was difficult not to slow down and enjoy the views. The Roadkill men finished 5th place once again.

Our final race of the season was at the Drumlins Golf Course in Syracuse. It was cold, snowy, icy, and wet. The course was tough because of the lack of footing, but fun in a weird sort of don’t want to do that again sort of way. The number of racers that showed up that morning despite the racing conditions was a true testament to how tough cross country runners are. The men finished the season on a high note, placing in 4th.

While the season has ended, the team looks forward to the upcoming racing year. With Seneca7, the Mighty Mosquito 99, Steve’s Run Down Cancer, and other road and trail races throughout the summer, Roadkillers will be busy until next fall’s Pete Glavin Cross Country series starts again.

The author with her father. The original dynamic duo!
Super Seneca 7 Synopsis (by Ben Young)

Super Seneca 7 Synopsis (by Ben Young)

On Sunday April 29th, seven members of Roadkill Racing (Matthew Roberts, Ashlie Roberts, Kraig Connor, Lindsay Rynders, Marie Davis, Joel Nowatchik, and Benjamin Young) braved near freezing temperatures, sleet, brutal wind, and 77 miles of running in the Seneca 7 Relay Race. Placed in the fast heat of the Relay, Roadkill got off to a strong start with Matt Roberts. Although the team car lost its “fast heat flag” within five minutes of the race, Roadkill remained determined to stay in the lead pack. The team also overcame Benjamin Young’s fashion faux pas and allowed him to race on the team despite wearing sweatpants (an obvious running no-no) in the first leg.

Ashlie Roberts conquered some massive hills during the relay while Joel Nowatchik, off of his recent Boston Marathon race, ran the most miles out of anyone on the team and did so at a blistering pace. Despite having a cold, Lindsay Rynders passed many other racers on her legs while Marie Davis powered up some long winding roads for Roadkill. Kraig Connor also ran mightily despite the wind resistance of his beard. After taking off his sweatpants, Benjamin Young’s pace greatly sped up and proudly represented Roadkill Racing in his singlet and tights. The team averaged a little over 7 minutes/mile for the entire relay and came in 13th place out of more than 300 teams. Great job team! Splat!

– Ben

Feel the (freezer) burn

Feel the (freezer) burn

When I lived in Rochester, NY I ran  in the Freezeroo Race Series every year. Seeing as they were run in Western New York during the winter they were often, as the name implies freezing cold. Nothing however, prepared me for the weather on January 1, 2018 in Londonderry, NH for the Millennium Mile Road Race. It was 9 degrees and sunny, which is doable, but the sustained winds of 15 mph gusting up to 35 mph made it feel like the flesh was burning off your skin. It is the only time I’ve ever finished a warm up colder than when I started. The only positive about the weather was the wind was kinda sorta at our backs, when it wasn’t trying to push us off the left side of the road. I ran this race last year when it was a balmy 35 degrees. It’s a silly race. 1000+ people line up at the top of a hill and race down it for 1 mile. The total elevation drop is 84 feet.

Last year I had no idea what to expect or what to make of my 4:33 finish. I knew it was faster than I could run on the track, but I came away thinking I didn’t not run it nearly hard enough and I left a lot on the hill. The second half of the race is basically an exercise in keeping your legs spinning under you as fast as you can. If you can avoid the urge to lean back and break, it is sort of hard to be tired by the end. My goal for this year was to be tired at the end, be the first masters runner (last year I was second by 2 seconds Casey Carroll ) and to break 4:30.

I only managed 1 out of my three goals. I was the first masters runner, and 13th overall, but I didn’t break 4:30 and I wasn’t tired at the end of the race. I finished in a lung searing 4:30.4, but even that wasn’t enough to make me feel truly tired like a mile race should. I must need to work on my downhill running technique, I’m not pushing off enough or something going down the hills.

This Sunday I’ll have a chance to see how a 4:30.4 down hill road mile in Arctic temperatures coverts to 65 degrees on an indoor track when I race at the GBTC Invitational. Anyone want to take a guess?

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