I’ll have much more to say about the PGXC Series in a day or two, but I couldn’t wait to say thank you to all my teammates. To field a men’s, women’s and masters team for all 5 races was really incredible and it speaks to the dedication of all of you.
Before the 4th race in the PGXC series I was complaining about the courses being boring. For the most part they had all just circled around grassy fields. None really had significant hills or anything resembling a trail. Then came race #4 at the Robert Treman State Park in Ithaca. This 6k for women 8k for men course featured the usual laps around flat fields but mixed in some nice and not so nice changes.
This was the first race where it actually felt like cross country weather. The ground was littered with crunch leaves and it was a blustery 37 degrees with a few snow flurries. The cold weather arrived just in time for us to have our first water crossing of the year. This wasn’t just a little stream we had to hope over, it was a 40 yard stretch of 6″+ deep water.
We got to cross this creek not once but twice! The first time was about 1.5 miles into the race the second time was with about a half mile to go. Sandwiched between the two crossing was a nice 300 foot mile long hill that started out as a single track with lots of switchbacks (and fallen trees to hurdle) that reduced many runners to a near walk and finished as a very steep gravel road that was less fun running down than it was running up.
Despite the difficulty of the course (maybe because of it) the Roadkill men and women had a great time. There is something unexplainably wonderful about running around in the cold and the wind and through water, up and down rocky roads with a bunch of friends in an attempt to win beer.
Things stayed pretty consistent with the scoring. Then men finished 3rd for the 4th time in a row and then women finishing 4th for the 4th time in a row. Roadkill had never fielded a team for all the races in a season before and this year we have fielded a full men and women’s team for each race. I see this as a huge win for the team, even if we don’t get any beer for it.
The men’s masters team finished 2nd to GVH setting up a winner take all scenario for championship day. We have gone back in forth with GVH all season each winning 2 meets. Although we hold a 2 point advantage in the standings if GVH were to win the final race the would own the head to head tiebreaker. I like that things worked out nice and simple. We win we win, they win they win.
2013 17:12 (on antibiotics for a 5 week bout of bronchitis)
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.
Good luck to all my fellow Roadkill Racers. Run Tough!
Every competitive runner eventually learns that winning a race isn’t as much about them, as it is about who shows up. Unless you are the world record holder someone faster than you can always toe the line. Some might see this as fatalistic, or dis-empowering but I see it as freeing. Instead of worrying about things you can’t control you get to focus on the things you can, namely running your own race.
But it is still nice to win a race and it is better still when your team sweeps the top 3 spots. Even better than that? What if your men’s and women’s team sweep the top 3 spots of their respective races on the same weekend? That is pretty damn sweet no matter who else toed the line.
Friday was the debut of the Roadkill Racing women’s team. Ashlie Roberts, Erin Mahoney and Lisa Perks were the first women to line up wearing their new Roadkill singlets at the Emergency Nurses 5k at Monroe Community College (Drew Caffrey was there too but I’ll get to that later.)
It was a small first year event, but it was well organized and the weather could not have been better. I have a feeling the other runners were a bit intimated by the Roadkill ladies in their blood red singlets. Ashlie, Erin and Lisa wasted no time separating themselves from the rest of the women in the field.
Drew Caffrey was at the race representing the Roadkill men, and while he stated before the race his only goal was no to get hurt (he’s running Boston in a week) I had a feeling he wasn’t going to be able to resist going for the win.
Sure enough when the leaders came into view he was right behind the leader, and as they rounded the corner with 100 meters to go he sprinted past Kevin Scheehan to take first place in 18:01.
It wasn’t long before the ladies arrived, all of them finishing in the top 10 overall.
Taking a break from her own running to cheer on the team
Saturday it was the time for some of the Roadkill men to take to the track. Dave, Kenny and I raced the 10000 meters at the Naz Roc City Classic. For reasons I do not fully understand in road races we say 5k or 10k but on the track it’s 5000 meters or 10000 meters. Whether you call it a 10k or 10000 meters when you do it on the track you have to run 25 laps. This is not nearly as fun as it might sound.
Yes those are 4 women next to me at the start. The meet has 76 men doing the 1500 and 26 in the 5000, but only 8 in the 10000 so they put the 4 Naz women in with us.
Running 25 laps can get a bit confusing. At some point in the race I lost track of who I was passing and who I was lapping. This caused me to move into 3rd place without even realizing it sometime during the last mile.
I’m really glad I decided to run this race, but I don’t think I’ll be jumping into any track races longer than 5000 meters again. It is a mental grind as much as it is a physical one. One that Kenny fully embraced. He broke from the small lead pack early and challenged the track record of 32:25 missing it by a mere 3 seconds! Dave, who was suffering from some lower leg issues in the middle part of the race took second place, closing with an impressive last mile.
I finished in 3rd place completing the Roadkill sweep with a 43 second PR 33:49. All in all it was a hell of weekend for Roadkill Racing.
I’m so proud of all my teammates and I’m thankful for Ashlie taking charge and putting our women’s team together. There is something oddly sexy about seeing my wife in Roadkill singlet, even if she hates the fact is says Beer & Gloryon the front.