Onward to the Jenny Kuzma Bergen Road Race USATF-Niagara 5k Road Championships

Tomorrow will be my 5th Bergen Road Race. Some of the last 4 have gone well and some have gone very poorly.

This year I’ve managed to come down with a cold after spending 10 days at the beach. Which, I suppose is better than coming down with a cold before spending 10 days at the beach. Luckily this year Roadkill Racing has a ton of runners, both men and women, to pick up any slack I might lay down.

Women’s Team

Ashlie Roberts
Lindsay Rynder
Erin Mahoney
Lisa Perks
Molly Romano
Monique Golossi
Lauryn Recchia
Heather Ostrander
Lynn Gottfried

Men’s Team

Joshua Perks
Dan Snitzer
Matthew Roberts
Joe Williams
Andrew Caffrey
Peter Gratien
Brett Smith
Adam Staveski

Good luck to all my fellow Roadkill Racers. Run Tough!

Johnny’s Runnin’ of the Green (AKA Freezeroo #7)

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While not quite as cold as some of this year’s Freezeroos, the dampness and 15-25 mph winds certainly made it feel wintery enough at what is the unofficial Spring kick-off race in Rochester, NY.  Johnny’s Runnin’ of the Green 5 miler, which annually draws about 2000 runners, is the first race of the year when all the fast guys come out of hibernation and remind us that dominating the Freezeroo series isn’t the same as being a dominant racing team.

Despite being out gunned at the very top of the race we still managed to put 3 runners in the top 10 going 6-7-8.  Personally it was my first time cracking the top 10 and amazingly it was Dave’s first time running Johnny’s!

Kenny in full on beast mode once again finished 6th in 26:47.
Kenny, in full on beast mode once again, finished 6th in 26:47.
Dave finished 7th in his Johnny
Dave finished 7th in his Johnny’s debut and is ready to start doing some speedwork.
8th place and a 5:15 last mile, I can
8th place and a 5:15 last mile, I can’t wait for nice racing weather.

 

We may run for Beer & Glory but wine isn
We may run for Beer & Glory but wine isn’t too bad either.

It was tough race for Derrick in his Roadkill Racing debut, but he was smart to shut it down and protect those legs for the rest of the season.  Dave and Derrick are both targeting the Buffalo Marathon in late May as their Spring goal races.

Johnny’s 2014 Results

In other Roadkill news Matt and Ashlie were down in North Carolina running in the Tobacco Road Marathon along with some of the ladies from Brockport Distance Project.  Both finished the race and still have legs, as far as I’m concerned that is a win where marathons are concerned.

Freezeroo #5 a return to racing.

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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.

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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.

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There is no one near you Kenny, watch you footing!
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My first time wearing tights in a race.

 

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It’s gotta be the shoes.

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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.