10 Years 1 Week 6 Days

When you have been running and racing for as long as I have you don’t often get to celebrate a new personal record.  That goes double for the distance your race most often, in my case the 5k.  On October 26th 2003 I ran the Ghostly Gallop 5k in 16:06, here are a list of things I’ve done since that date.

  • Lived in Poughkeepsie
  • Lived in Austin
  • Lived in Pittsford
  • Lived in Fairport
  • Got engaged
  • Got married
  • Had a daughter
  • Had another daughter
  • Got my BA
  • Got my M.Ed
  • Worked at a summer camp
  • Worked at Dell
  • Worked at Best Buy
  • Worked at Pizza Hut
  • Worked at BOCES
  • Bought a house
  • Got a cat
  • lost a cat
  • Got another cat
  • Got another
  • Lost a cat
  • Got another cat
  • Ran 20,000 miles (give or take a few miles)
  • Ran 50+ 5k’s

In short, it has been awhile.  For years I’ve been telling myself I was on the verge of not only running a new 5k PR but of finally breaking 16 minutes.  So many times I was sure one or both of those things was going to happen.  In the last few years I’ve run under 16:30 a dozen times but I’ve never gotten under 16:15.  Staring 40 in the face, I was beginning to think 16:06 was as good as it would ever get for me.

That is until Sunday when Lisa and I ran the Fairport Foundation 5k, a small first year 5k in the village less than a mile from our house.

1a

 Going into this race I hadn’t done a speed workout in almost a month, and my most recent race was 3 weeks earlier at the Finish Strong 5k where I ran a very average 16:27.  Like all the 5k’s I’ve run in the last few years I crashed and burned in the last mile of the Finish Strong after feeling great the first 8 or 9 minutes.  No matter how well my training has been going I can’t seem to find that finishing gear when it counts.  I decided a few weeks ago to stop wearing a watch during my training runs, and I carried that over into this race.  Knowing my pace doesn’t really seem to do me any good, I just spend my mental energy during the latter half a race thinking about time instead of thinking about running.  My goal for the Fairport 5k was to stay relaxed the whole way and not obsess over my time.  I figured with my lack of workouts I would either be very rested or very flat.

2a

 My plan to not obsess about time was thrown off a bit by someone giving out mile splits.  5:05, which is what I usually run the first mile of a 5k and normally I feel pretty good running that pace, this race was no exception.  I tried my best not to dwell on my split and just focused on keeping a quick cadence and tried to think light and fast thoughts during the long out and back stretch along the canal.  The way the course setup the 1 mile and 2 mile markers were only 30 meters apart, so not only did I get my 1 mile split but I heard the 2 mile split as well- 10:20.  My normal reaction to hearing my 2 mile split is “shit now I’ve got to run a 5:xx to break 16:00 minutes” but on this occasion I thought “wow, that is the easiest 10:20 I’ve ever run.”

The last mile, a minute in the lead and closing in on a PR.  This is when not having a watch really paid off.  For some stupid reason during the last mile of a race I’ll start looking at my watch.  I say stupid, because I never race with a GPS watch so what do I expect my watch to tell me?  If I look down and the watch says 14:26, who cares, it isn’t like I know exactly how much distance I have left to the finish, but for some reason I can’t stop looking and worrying about the time.  On Sunday I had no such issues, I just hammered home as hard as I could.

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As I turned into the park and ran the final dash across the grass to the finish I could see the clock and knew I was going to run a PR, and I thought just maybe I would break 16 minutes as well.  As I hit the line the clock showed 16:01 but the official time had me at 16:03.  I know what some of you may be thinking… I must be so pissed that I didn’t break 16 minutes.  Well, the truth is I’m really not.  After 10 years 1 week and 6 days I was thrilled to have broken through with a new 5k PR.  Sub 16 might come someday, but for today I am happy to know that I still have some gas left in the tank and on the right day can still run as fast as ever.

As I mentioned earlier Lisa also ran this race.  Trying to squeeze in training with her busy work/life schedule isn’t easy but she has been getting a few runs in a week fairly consistently since early summer and ran a great time on Sunday.  You can see her hammering past the 3rd place woman to seal her top 3 finish.

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Full Results Here.

All Photos taken by Mary White

2012 Year in Review

Most websites, news programs, magazines ect. do their year-end reviews and top 10 type lists a few days before the end of the year.  Here at Roadkill Racing we think that is very foolish.  What if something amazing happens on December 31st but you already did your year-end review?  You can’t put it on the following years year-end review because it didn’t happen in that year and you missed it for the year that just happened so it goes into the ether and it’s like it never happened.  That’s why I’m doing my 2012 wrap up now.  I even waiting a few extra days into 2013 just incase something great happened at the end of 2012 and I didn’t know about it right away.

So now I am excited to present the Roadkill Racing 2012

TOP TEN MOST AWESOME THINGS THAT HAPPENED IN MY NARROW WORLD VIEW OF RUNNING THIS PAST YEAR

  1. Roadkill Racing Finished 3rd at the USATF-Niagara 10k Championships
  2. Roadkill Racing Finished 3rd at the USATF-Niagara 8k Championships
  3. Roadkill Racers took 4 out of the top 5 spots in the Freezeroo Series
  4. I finished 3rd overall in the Rochester Runner of the Year Series
  5. Monroe 2 BOCES (where I work) finished 3rd in the mixed division of the Chase Corporate Challenge
  6. Roadkill Racing added 4 great new runners (Brett, Kenny, Joe, Evan)
  7. I set Person Records in 6 distances
  8. I successfully taunted Runner’s World Editor Mark Remy into posting on this site.
  9. I ran over 2500 miles in one year for the first time in
  10. My wife hasn’t left me because of my running