Despite (or maybe because) the chilling cold over 350 runners finished the New Year’s Resolution Run around Mendon Pond, being the 2nd race in the 2014 freezeroo series. This race is a 7.5 mile loop on the roads around and inside the park. While it is hilly, there aren’t really any monster climbs and personally like a course that rolls a bit like this one does.
Having been a bit under the weather lately (a persistent body wracking nonproductive cough for the last week) I didn’t have big expectations for this race. My main goal was to win my age group, this turned out to be much more work than I would have liked. I was accompanied at the start by 3 very good 35-39 year old runners, Roadkill’s own Drew Caffrey and a double GVH threat of Josh Harter and Thomas Regan.
Unlike most Freezeroo’s Roadkill did not have a big showing at this race, it was just Drew and I, although we might be able to claim David Rappleyea as well as long as no one checks the timeline of events too closely. As I didn’t have a great race I won’t bore you with the details (I only like to pontificate on my races when they go really well). The race went well enough for me. Josh Harter dogged my every step and it was only in the last mile or two that I was able to open up any gap on him, and it was only a 10 second gap by the time we reached the finish. I ran mostly even splits starting with a 5:39 first mostly downhill mile and ending with a 5:49 overall pace to finished in 5th place with time of 43:38. My previous best at this race was 42:49, I’ll take a 50 second drop off considering the cough and cold (it was 45 degrees the day I ran 42:49).
Drew was happy with his 6:17 pace, and ran it mostly as a tempo workout. He seems to be hammering home pretty good in this picture though!
Newest Roadkill Racing member Dave Rappleyea ran a solid 5:29 pace for 3rd place, that is much slower than even his normal half marathon pace so I suspect he was just out for a brisk jog more than a race. We are very excited to have Dave on the team, and look forward to him suiting up with us for some of the USATF Niagara championships.
Full Results Here
I began putting together my 2013 Roadkill Racing year in review, when it occurred to me, nobody needs that. If you want to know what happened to Roadkill Racing in 2013 it’s all here on the blog, read the old posts to your hearts content.
If you are interested in the future of Roadkill Racing read this post.I’m expecting big things out of the team this year. While we had some setbacks in 2013 we also had some really stand out performances by several of our racers. I’m confident each of us will build on those successes in the coming months, and as a team we will be stronger than ever. Here are my 2014 predictions for both individual runners and the team.
2014 Roadkill Team Predictions
- We will have a real RKR team at the PGUNYXC series
- We will field an open team at the USATF Niagara 10k, 5k and XC championships
- We will field a masters team at the USATF Niagara 5k and XC Championships and win one of them
- We will host an amazing beer mile and much fun will be had by all
- We will return to our winning xc ways and win beer at least once this xc season
2014 Roadkill Individual Predictions*
- Kenny will win the Rochester Runner of the Year Series
- Matt will break 4:40 in the mile
- Brett will PR in the 5k and the half marathon
- Drew will PR in every distance he races
- Joe will run more races than anyone else on the team
- Pete will get his leg fixed and join Kenny and Brett at the front of the pack
- Rob will find a few minute between teaching and coaching to run
- Jeff will drive up from Pittsburgh and win the beer mile
- Mike will become the 4 time Wally Waddle 5k champion
- I will spend way too much time and energy thinking about Roadkill Racing
I hope everyone has a great 2014. Here’s to many happy healthy miles.
*I have no idea if any of these people have any interest in actually achieving these goals… I just made them up.
I’m working on a year end wrap-up post, but in the meantime you can catch up on what Matt and Kenny have been up to.
Winter racing (Matt George Roberts)
For those of you that live in western or upstate New York, you know what the weather has been like lately. Last year we were spoiled by an exceptionally mild winter (except, of course, on the days that a Freezeroo race occurred). This year we seem to be enjoying a more typical winter, as evidenced by the several feet of snow and slush on the roads.
The first Freezeroo, the Bill Curran Memorial 5K, took place on Saturday, December 14th. A good amount of snow had fallen in the day or two prior, and the roads that morning looked like they hadn’t been plowed in some time. On top of that, the course we ran went on a bike path through a park and various parking lots, which made footing very treacherous. As a result, the race was decidedly not a fast race. I finished 3rd overall behind fellow Roadkill Racer Kenny Goodfellow and Dave Rappleyea. Kenny and Dave are sub-16:00 runners, and the three of us all ran from 17:25 to 17:37. Not a fast race at all.
Limits (Kenny Michael Goodfellow)
Everyone has limits. There is only so much physical and mental stress that one can take before breakdown occurs. Sometimes, those limits are hard to find. For some, injury usually strikes before the “true” limit is reached, when bodily processes start to break down beyond the point of recovery, and time off is forced. For others, the symptoms of overtraining (which vary widely from person to person) set in, and if that person has common sense, he or she will force time off, or else injury soon follows (I’ve been in both groups at some point, but those are stories for another day).
It’s a good time for me to look back at the past year and look to goals in the year ahead. Frankly, though, I’ve never really done that at the end of the year. I started recording mileage in the summer of 2008, but what good is data that is recorded and never used? Here are my mileage totals from 2009 to this year. Although I don’t use a GPS, these totals are probably fairly close. I always assume 7:00 pace for easy runs, despite the actual pace, and it seems to average itself out in the long haul.