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!