Now with video…

Now with video…

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.

Freezeroo #5 a return to racing.

Freezeroo #5 a return to racing.

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.

Results Here.

Runners, take your mark

Runners, take your mark

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.

Spring 2014

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)

Summer 2014

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)

Fall 2014

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)

Winter 2014

December 13th- XC 10k USATF National Club Championship (Bethlehem, PA)

December 27th- Holiday Classic Track Meet (RIT, Rochester, NY)