Another cross country season came and went

Another cross country season came and went

Cross country isn’t the same without Josh Perks. Don’t get me wrong; it was still a lot of fun and Josh even came out for two of the races, but Josh founded Roadkill Racing with the intent of competing for beer and glory in the Pete Glavin Cross Country series, and to run those races without him tinged everything with a bit of nostalgia. We did our best without him though, and I earned a new respect for all the work he did trying to put together teams for the races in the past.

Despite lacking our fearless leader, the teams did well this year! Some highlights of the series are:

I want to personally extend a huge thank you to everyone who ran in these races, as well as everyone who helped me organize, wrangle, coerce, threaten and otherwise motivate and organize the teams. I know life gets in the way sometimes, and team goals don’t always align with personal goals, so I truly appreciate everyone’s willingness to help the team out.

There aren’t a lot of team races over the winter, but Roadkill Racing will be seen at the Freezeroo series. Keep an eye out for us as we pound the pavement in preparation for next year!

As always, thanks to the photography crew at runnerpics.shutterfly.com for camping out in the cold to take pictures of our sweaty mugs!! A sample of their work can be found below.

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Pulled a writing muscle.

Pulled a writing muscle.

Somehow I managed to pull and possibly tear my writing muscle when I moved to Boston. I hear the best way to repair it is to do a little bit of writing at a time until you feel strong enough to write a few pages in one go.

Today I’ll start my rehab by posting a link to this year’s Upstate XC results. We had a great showing at all the races and even managed to win a bit of beer along the way. Derrick Jones was our standout star winning the overall masters title for the series and winning his division in 4 out of 5 races.

Enjoy some pictures from the 4th race in the series while I go ice my brain.

 

There and back again (a runner’s tale)

There and back again (a runner’s tale)

I’m sure a great many of you have been holding your breath in eager anticipation. Desperate for news about your departed leader. Your long wait is finally over.

I’ve been watching the kids, running and occasionally racing since I left Rochester back in July. This is shocking news I know. Who would have guessed that is how I would spend my retirement. The kid watching is going great but the running and racing have been… uneven.

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The children have grown a bit wild in my care.

Since I last updated the blog I’ve raced three xc 5k’s, one road 5k and one road half marathon. In order they went: ok, good, terrible, worse, good. I won the 5k road race by about a minute but didn’t break 17 minutes. The first xc 5k I won and felt good doing it. The half marathon was the worst race I’ve run in 10 years. The second xc race wasn’t much better, although, I did get to race with the Roadkill masters team and we won beer & glory which made it worth the 7 hour drive. Finally I raced the USATF National 5k XC Championships with my new team the Central Mass Striders.

Here is me winning the Greater Boston Track Club XC Festival masters race in my new gear.

Racing with a new team is strange. I’m not used to just being another cog in the wheel. I’m the 3rd or 4th fastest masters runner on the team. In many ways it is nice to just show up and race without the pressures of being in charge. After years of stressing over rosters and recruiting, worrying only about myself should be freeing, but in many ways I miss rallying the troops and leading them into battle.

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CMS Masters Team

The CMS team is 2 for 2 this fall winning the GBTC Masters Championship and the USATF Masters National Championship. Next up for us is the New England Masters Championship.

Next up for Roadkill Racing is the 4th race in the Upstate XC Series and a chance for the masters men to pull ahead in the series scoring. Run Tuff you crusty sea dogs.