Lilac 10K

10K’s are an odd beast.  They require you to run at a pace not normally practiced.  Common training paces include 1 mile race pace, 3k-5k race pace, and tempo pace which is about what you would run for an hour long race.  Most preformance calculators indicate I should be able to run a 10K in in about 34:30 or 5:34 pace.  That just isn’t a pace I ever run.  So when the Lilac 10K rolled around I found myself running either 5:22 pace (my 5k race pace) or 5:55 pace a little over my tempo pace. According to my ancient running lore, back in the 80’s almost all races were 10K’s or marathons.  5K’s were for the track and half marathons were unheard of.  It is telling that in all the years I have been running (most of which are post 1980’s) I have only run 2 10K’s, but I have run more than 100 5k’s and 6 half marathons.  Not only do I not practice running at 10K pace, I just never race that distance.  But all of this is really besides the point.  The point is, I ran a terrible race. I just flat out ran like crap.  Yes it was hot and humid, yes I am not practiced at running the distance, yes I am still sleep deprived.  But really there is no excuse for running a 6.2 mile race slower than I ran the first 6.2 miles of my last 13.1 mile race. 


 My 10K PR still sits above 36 minutes 36:14 to be exact.  As I see it I am left with 2 choices.  I can wait another 6 years before I run another 10K or I can find the first available 10K race and put down a respectable effort.  I think I’ll wait the 6 years.

RKR Hosts first race and a Member takes 1st place.

#83 Mike Insler takes first place and would have PR’d if he paid attention to the map.
Wally Waddle was a Wonderful Success

The 1st Annual Wa Wa Wally Waddle 5K was a wonderful success. Runners were greeted by a beautiful sunny spring day, and 28 of them got to go home with pie! Before getting into details about the race, and the pies, I have to thank all the members of the MHRRC who came out and volunteered on race day.

The Waddle was my first attempt at directing a race, and without the guidance and support of the club it would have been a disaster. In particular I want to thank MHRRC members Deborah Schwartz and Tom Storey for scoring the race, Pete Sanfilippo and Steve Perks for managing the finish line and club president Keith Axelrod for all his help and advice. I would like to extend a general thanks to the club for helping buy the t-shirts for the race and for the generous use of supplies and race equipment. Thank you James McCowan, the Vassar College Track/XC coach, and Vassar College for allowing us to use the property, and for donating your time to support our race.

Of course I can’t forget all the people who came out to run. It is you after all who really make these events possible. We had 74 finishers in the 5K and 8 finishers in the kid’s mile. Mike Insler, who I dragged down from Rochester with me, was the overall winner of the 5K. He finished the gently rolling course along the dirt roads of Vassar Farms in 16:34. Marisa Hanson was the first female finisher with a time of 18:42. Both times are course records which will never be broken as we are changing the course next year to both start and finish on the rugby field (this year the race started by Hooker Ave. and finished on the rugby field.)

Evan West followed up his win last week at the Miles of Hope half mile, with a win in the kid’s mile. He led the field of 8 finishers with a time of 7:29. 7 year old Raven Stanet took top honors for female finishers with a mile time of 10:05. For complete results and pictures of both the 5K and the 1 mile kids run you can visit or the Wally Waddle site,

Now onto the pies! Because this race was a fund raiser for YMCA Camp Wa Wa Segowea, I thought it would be fun to involve as many camp alumni as possible. Many alumni were nervous about running a 5K so we decided to put together a 10 person relay team. Each member of the alumni relay team ran a 500M leg, any runner completing the race before the relay team won a freshly baked pie. The alumni surprised themselves by completing the race in 20:30 resulting in 10 runners winning pies. We awarded pies to the next 8 female runners, in the name of gender equity and raffled off the remaining 10 pies.

We hope to see you back at Vassar Farms again next year for the 2nd annual Wa Wa Wally Waddle. Next years race will feature a new and improved route (no pot holes) and of course more PIES!

I would like to thank our current Wally Waddle Sponsors.

Gold Sponsor:

Silver Partners

Nick Stoner Inn
Soul Dog
Tubby’s Bath Refinishing
Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club
Vassar College

Sign Partners

Hooker Avenue Travel
Mike Arteaga’s Health + Fitness Centers
Mid-Hudson Oral Surgeons
BMW of Hudson Valley


Other Contributors

Hudson Valley Renegades
Stop & Shop
Marianne’s Floral Garden
Hopewell Bagels
Panera Bread

Walk (run) on Water

I think us Road Kill Racers could totally take these guys in an across the water race!