Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Weekend Recap & Wednesday Workout

From Coach Jerry:

Let's give it up for Joe Wiggy who finished what was unquestionably the best season of his life with the half in Seattle. Joe ran big PRs at 5k, 10k, and 10 miles, and won a competitive 1500 at the Maryland Twilight meet in a near PR. Joe was understandably disappointed to end the season on a less than stellar note in Seattle, but he will be back in the fall ready to build off his considerable success this spring. And continued props to Lindsey for another great performance--well done! LJ proved at the Fathers Day 8k that she has a career in sports journalism ahead of her, but she's got a few more years left of competition left before she makes the move behind the microphone.

We're planning the first annual All American Time Trial on Saturday at BCC. For those of you who haven't been following the onslaguht of press coverage this event has received, we're going to have a number of the B groupers attempt to run 5k on the track at 5 minute pace. We haven't set a start time yet, but we'll go as early in the am as is practicable so we can beat the heat. I'm still looking for pacers, so if you're in town and not running the time trial, and are willing and able to pace a few (or more than a few) laps at 75s, let me know.

It looks like we'll have a nice night tomorrow, so we'll be fine to roll at 7:15 as normal (get to the track at 6:30pm to warm-up). The workout this week will be light on A groupers again. Karl will do 4 x mile at 5:00, with a 2:30 jog, and if anyone wants to join him, they're welcome to do so. The B group workout will be 1 x mile @ 5:00, 2 x 800 @ 2:25, all with a 400 jog, and 6 x 400, 2 @ 70, 2 @ 68, 2 @ 66, all with a 200 jog.

See you tomorrow at BCC.

Friday, June 24, 2011



GRC's Joey Wiegner (right) is set to compete in the Dodge Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Half Marathon tomorrow morning. Wiegner, from Twinbrook, Md, was initially scheduled to run with teammates Luff, and Dusen last week at Grandma's Marathon, but a wedding forced the Lock Haven grad to change his plans. This morning Wiegner flew solo to the Pacific Northwest and hopes for a "big" personal best.

According to Coach Jerry Alexander, "Joe is in the best shape of his life and he's hoping to cap off a spring season that saw him run big PRs at 5k, 10k, and 10 miles." Alexander added, "Joe is going into this race with no expectations other than to run hard and compete, but there's every reason to think he has a shot at turning in a GRC seasonal best. This will be a good test for Joe as he contemplates moving up to the marathon this fall."

The gun goes off at 7:00am local time (10:00am EST).

UPDATE: Wiggy has self described "off day" and runs 1:09:52 (un). Starts aggressive (10:00 for two) but splits are up and down on roller coaster race.



Weekend Runs

I am running from the Store tomorrow at 9am.

I was thinking of 15-16 on Sunday, but need a spot...maybe Old Angler's Inn at 9am? Any other suggestions?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Mercer: Wardian will run Badwater

Dickson Mercer reports that Arlington's Michael Wardian will run the baddest of all ultras: BADWATER. Read the article HERE to get a glimpse of Wardian's training leading up to his recent PR in Duluth.

Mission Accomplished!

The Father's Day 8k was a MAJOR SUCCESS. More on this later, but I wanted to thank everyone who helped make this event so special. We will be holding the NEXT Father's Day 8k on Sunday, June 17.


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Weekend Wrap & Wednesday Workout

From Coach Jerry:

I can’t say enough good things about the Father’s Day 8k. First and foremost, I want to give special thanks to Race Director Jake, and his able assistants Murph and Charlie. I know that those guys put a tremendous amount of work into the race, and they deserve to be celebrated for their great work. I was also extremely impressed by the fact that so many GRCers volunteered, including many folks who do not come to the workouts very often, if ever. That Jake and his team were able to motivate so many people to work on a Sunday night is a testament to their powers of persuasion, and to the loyalty so many folks feel to the team. That kind of loyalty does not happen by accident, and clearly Jake, Murph, and Charlie are doing something right. It was a great night all the way around, and you should all be extremely proud that you were able to stage such a great event.

As for the race itself, Kate, Susan, and Dave Burnham deserve a lot of credit for running hard under less than ideal circumstances. Kate loves to race and was glad to be out there, but I have a strong suspicion that Dave and Susan would have been just as happy to hand out water than to run a race in the heat of the day on a slow course, and I appreciate their willingness to take one for the team. I instructed young Jacob to tell Dave that we don’t tolerate losers at GRC and that he’s off the team as a result of his second place finish, but apparently Jacob was too busy giving media interviews and entertaining his legion of fans to deliver the message, so I expect Dave will be with us well into the future.

And lest we forget the other race this weekend, congratulations to Sam, Karl, and Paul for an outstanding effort at Grandmas. Sam finished a fantastic spring with another excellent performance, going through 10 miles only about 10 seconds slower than he did at Cherry Blossom, but this time he had another 5k to go. Sam has raised the bar of expectations for the future, and he is on his way to breaking through to the national class level. Karl proved once again that he has the toughness and desire to make it back to the Trials, and with a couple of months of good health and solid training, I wouldn’t bet against him going sub 1:05 in September in Philadelphia, even as he trains through the half in preparation for running a full a few weeks later in Chicago. Paul proved that he is back to race fitness with a very solid run, and he is also a real threat to break 1:05 in the fall if he chooses to run another half. Well done to all!

As for the workout, let’s plan to roll at 7:15 on Wednesday. It looks like we won’t have an A group workout again this week, but we should have a large B group ready to get after it. Let’s shoot for 8 x 800 with a 400 jog, 2 @ 2:32, 2 @ 2:30, 2 @ 2:28, 2 @ 2:26. I’ll send the women’s workout separately.


Monday, June 20, 2011

Rockville Twilighter 8K Team Competition

The Rockville Rotary Twilight Runfest, one of the region's premier summer road races, will be held on Saturday, July 16. The team competition in this festive 8K road race is spirited, with the likes of Falls Road and PRR fielding teams at last year's event. Teams racing in the open co-ed team competition must include five or more runners with at least two men and two women scoring. Given the depth and talent of the GRC Race Team, we have no excuse but to make a strong showing at this competition. The city holds a street festival on Rockville Town Square at the finish (which is but a stone's throw from the marvelous yet affordable White Flint Mall Food Court) and rumors abound that there will be a social of some sort after the race. We need to put together a roster so please post up or SEND ME an email if you're interested in running this race.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day 8K Results

UPDATE: 8:30 a.m.: WRR race report.

GRC women took the top two spots in tonight's Father's Day 8K, held on the C&O Canal Towpath. More than 250 runners participated.

Kate Dart won the women's race in 30:26. Susan Hendrick was second in 30:51.

Dave Burnham led GRC men, finishing second in 25:50.

Andrew Dumm won the men's race in 24:58. A day after qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials at Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, Minn., Michael Wardian took third in 26:04.

Stay tuned for a full report.

Overall results are posted here. Age group results are here.

Photos are now posted here.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Luff leads GRC at Garry Bjorklund Half

UPDATE: This corrects an earlier version in which race times were reported incorrectly and includes splits and commentary.

Sam Luff's 1:07:08 debut in the half marathon lead all GRC harriers at the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon this morning in Duluth, Minn.

Karl Dusen was close behind, running 1:07:58. Having survived a nasty virus the last few weeks, Dusen admittedly no longer thought of the race as a qualifier attempt, but rather as a test to see how fast he could run, as I guess most races are in the end.

Paul Guevara's 1:08:47 is a remarkable time given that he was splashing around in a pool a few months ago and has raced twice since then.

They reportedly, have "gotta be happy with that."

Tex and Karl plan to make attempts at the qualifier later this year, Tex at the former Philly Distance Run, now-overpriced Rock and Roll Philly Half in September. Speculation is that Dusen, who grew up with Filthydelphia, will join him. No word on Diddy, because I never asked him what his plans were, but I imagine he will try again in the fall.

MORE: "The day was good, we just weren't ready to run 65 minutes".

A cold rain and tail wind saw runners huddling for warmth in the elite athlete tent. Here is how the race developed from Shady Grove's own Sam Luff during a phone call from the GRC RACE TEAM Hotel Room in Duluth:

Luff, Dusen and Tex were 4:57 at the mile, behind a pack of Kenyans and elite Americans. Dusen realizes pace is too quick today and slows down.

9:55 for two.

15:05 at 3. Luff is running alongside Will Christian

20:10 at 4 for Luff. Tex drops back some.

25:17 at 5, 31:17 at 10k for Luff.

Shortly thereafter, Luff is running alone, but has a tailwind, keying off of other runners.

50:56 for 10 miles. Luff's legs then settled into 5:10s.

ANALYSIS: GRC Racers claim the trip was (is) good and the race was run "hard", but that neither of the 3 were ready to run 4:57s for 13.1. Still, a fine way to end the season for some and start it for others.

From Coach Jerry:

Karl once again had the misfortune of getting sick just as he was reaching true race fitness, and considering that he has not been able to finish a workout in a month because of his health problems, this was a remarkably positive performance. At the end of April Karl was at a point where 1:05 was a real possibility, but with his illness, there was no way it was going to happen today. That being said, he's got the whole summer to get back to the level he needs to make the Trials. I'm confident he will get on the starting line in the fall with a great shot to qualify.

Sam continued his breakthrough season with another excellent performance. He was in uncharted territory at this distance but took his shot and ran very, very well. Sam and I have talked about continuing his momentum from the spring into the future, and while we haven't made any decisions about what to focus on for the fall, there's no question that Sam is ready to move to the next level in the coming year.

Paul had a great run considering that this was his first competitive race in over 6 months, and I'm very encouraged about his progress. Paul will continue to get stronger and there's every reason to think he will have a big fall.


Thursday, June 16, 2011

1:05 to stay alive

LATE BREAKING: 50 degrees, light rain and NE wind to greet runners in Twin Harbors, MN at dawn. This weather could be ideal for fast times.


The GRC race team may prowl the track at Bethesda-Chevy Chase, the trails of Rock Creek Park and the C&O Canal Towpath, but it is making a name for itself in Duluth, Minn. this weekend.

Members of the team are making yet another trip to Grandma's Marathon. Previous races have included a victory in 2009's race for Chris Raabe and Jake Klim's marathon debut. Saturday morning, Sam Luff, Karl Dusen and Paul Guevara will take their shots at the Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier in the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon. Raabe is apparently going after the marathon again, though he has already qualified for the trials.

Our intrepid trio must run under 1:05:00 to qualify- 4:57 pace.

Karl Dusen was close to that pace at the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 mile run in early April, a remarkable improvement over the previous few months. In December he could barely finish a 10k almost 20 seconds per mile slower than he ran at Cherry Blossom. Now he's on the doorstep of making a repeat trip to the marathon trials.

Sam Luff was close behind Dusen at Cherry Blossom, and has shown outstanding range this spring, running 14:15 a few weeks later, then 30:13 the next week. After a short racing break, he has been absolutely demolishing workouts and his debut in the half is going to be memorable.

Paul Guevara has made a name for himself in the midwest, particularly in Minnesota, and aims to follow up on his 2:21 debut at the Twin Cities Marathon last October with another fast race, a few months after being sidelined with a stress fracture. Minnesota Paul has a VO2 max higher than the U.S. trade deficit and he is an honest-to-God baller.

Any or all of these men can come back with a ticket to Houston. Check out their Twitter feed on the right side of the blog for updates. Finish times and splits will naturally be up on the blog as soon as possible because face it, we're running nerds.

GRC Race Team on Twitter!

Hey Team,

We have created a Twitter account for the team (@Grc_race_team) and will start off the tweets by detailing our trip to MN. In the future, other traveling GRCers can use this to update the team on their adventures. If you have another account, please follow this handle. Check out our updates for this trip too!

-Karl,Sam,and Paul


Help needed on SATURDAY

I need one volunteer on SATURDAY to help me retrieve tables from the rental shop in Arlington and load them into my truck. The rental store is not open on Sunday. We can head right over after the run/meeting at the store in the morning. Drop me a note if you can help - david.j.burnham@gmail.com.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Father's Day 8K Elite Field Announced

Photo by Jimmy Daly

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Most members of Georgetown Running Company’s racing team will be on the sidelines, not the starting line, during Sunday’s Father’s Day 8K. Their duties for the GRC-sponsored evening race - which raises funds for the racing team - will mostly include handing out water, organizing, timing, instructing and cheering on the race’s hoped-for field of 300 runners.

A few lucky members of GRC’s racing team – Dave Burnham, Susan Hendrick and Kate Dart - will do their teammates the honor of racing.

GRC’s Joe Wiegner won last year’s Father’s Day 8K, held on a hot night, in 24:52. He was followed by Michael Wardian - an Arlington, Va., resident and the world’s fast mega-marathoner – who picked up his youngest son Pierce near the finish and carried him across the line in 26:01.

Wiegner will not be back to defend his title, as he is tapering for a half marathon in Seattle the following Saturday. Wardian, however, will take another shot at victory on Sunday - just a day after he goes after an Olympic Trials qualifying time at Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minn.

Burnham, a former All-Ivy League runner for Dartmouth College, took fifth at last Saturday’s Lawyers Have Heart 5K in 15:35. In the spring he posted 31:13 at the Pike’s Peek 10K and 51:46 at the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run. He has personal track bests of 14:14 for 5K and 29:41 for 10K.

Another recently-announced member of the men’s elite field is Andrew Dumm. The 2008 Marine Corps Marathon champion clocked 2:20:46 at the 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, and has run under 30 minutes for 10K on the roads.

Dart took second at last Saturday’s Beat the Deadline National Press Club 5K in 18:22. She has a personal 10K best of 37:34.

Hendrick, who competed for Georgetown University during graduate school and was a two-time Ivy League champ for Columbia University, took third at the National Press Club 5K in 18:30. She also placed fourth at the recent Capitol Hill Classic 10K in 38:45. Her personal best for 5K is 16:50.

Kayley Byrne, a former runner for the College of William & Mary, took the women’s title at last year’s Father’s Day 8K in 30:38. As of press time, she was not registered to defend it.

Contested during National Men's Health Week on the C&O Canal Towpath Trail, the out-and-back, flat-and-fast race will start and finish in historic Georgetown.

Updates regarding the Father Day 8K’s elite field will be issued in coming days.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Saturday: All Hands Run

All - Saturday we'll be having an All Hands Run at the Georgetown Store. We'll run the Father's Day 8k course and provide information you'll need to know about the upcoming race during and after the run.

PMurph will be sending everyone an email this week with their respective race day duties.

Please try and be at the Store by 9am.

Wednesday Workout

From Coach Jerry:

Congratulations to Matias for his superb performance at the Eagleman Triathlon.  Andy, my triathlon consultant, assures me that he has "never heard/seen a more impressive performance at a triathlon than what Matias accomplished," and who am I to argue with a man who is so closely associated with a deep-fried happy-hour appetizer?  We also had some very nice performances at the National Press Club 5k, which was more like a 5.1 k, from Laura, Kate, Susan, and Wiggy.  Kate ran a PR for 5k, and considering that the course was at least 70 meters long, that is impressive indeed.  We'll undoubtedly have more excellent performances this weekend at Grandmas as Sam completes the third leg of the Luff Triple Crown, and Karl and Paul get down to business, and from our designated winners in the Fathers Day 8k, Dave Burnham, Kate, and Susan.

The weather looks very favorable this week, so we can roll on Wednesday at our usual time of 7:15.  The A group is going on Tuesday, and if anyone wants in on that, give me a holler.  The B group will take advantage of the favorable temperatures by going 2 x mile, 2 x 800, 4 x 400.  We'll shoot for 5:10, 5:05 on the miles, 2:30, 2:28 on the 8s, and 70s on the 4s, and we'll take a 400 recovery on the miles and 8s, and 200 on the 4s.  I'll send the women's workout separately.  See you Wednesday.

FLASH: Mighty Matias 8th overall at Eagleman

EPIC EPIC day for Matias, who finished 8th overall in the Eagleman half-iron triathlon, beating half of a very strong PRO field (not to mention top amateur by far), including 2010 champ Terenzo Bozzone, with a very strong bike and a 1:18 half-marathon run. 4:05 time in pretty miserably hot/humid conditions. Crushed it.



Sunday, June 12, 2011


Jake or whoever, what is the approximate distance of the run we did today including trails vs. running on Beach drive? In other words, if we ran on Beach Drive rather than the trails when the two pieces of terrain are more or less parallel, does this make the run shorter, longer, etc.

I am writing a list of runs and ranking them according to level difficulty, distance, # of hills, etc.

I would say a run like today in the heat would be considered moderate to difficult vs say, doing the same distance on the Canal, etc.

Also, little subtle variables such as number of water fountains, soft vs hard terrain factor in.

If anyone has any ideas, thoughts, etc they would like to share, speak your mind.

thanks Max

Saturday, June 11, 2011

SUNDAY: The Line at 9am

Who is in?

FLASH: Saturday Results

Michelle scooped me by one minute, so I am combining posts...

With a dominating women's contingent, the GRC won the team competition with ease this morning at the Beat the Deadline National Press Club 5k in Washington, DC.

REPORT: Kate Dart, seen half-kneeling in photo, finished in second place behind training partner and quasi-GRCer Laura O'Hara.

Unofficial Results:

1st Laura O'Hara 18:14
2nd Kate Dart 18:22
3rd Susan Hendrick 18:30
5th Courtney Chapman 18:45

Men's results are forthcoming...

WITNESS: "In the last mile, Wiggy was battling it out with an unknown Ethiopian 100 yards ahead of a chase pack, which included Patrick Murphy"

UPDATE: Wiggy wins "5k" after Ethiopian makes wrong turn. Reports indicate the race was 3.18 miles. Murphy runs 16:24.

MEANWHILE, Dave Burnham runs 15:35, finishes 5th, at LAWYERS HAVE HEART 5K...

Friday, June 10, 2011


I am writing yet another article. this one is on heart rate monitors and whether they are actually useful. Since you use one can you please elaborate as to its effectiveness in making you a smart/thoughtful and overall genius of an athlete?

peace out from Nirvana

Thursday, June 9, 2011

FD8K Press

Evening races grow in popularity as runners embrace the night

Entire article is found HERE


Does anyone know this or have an idea as to the approximate amount of electrolytes is necessary for heat running. Basically there must be more fluid with particular nutrients thrown in to keep the muscles from seizing up, etc. Towpath? Anyway, I am writing something on urban heat running and am curious what opinions are out there.

Saturday store run

So, most people are racing at the Press Club 5k, eh? Well, I'm not. And I'm sure some others aren't either. I'll be looking to run 10mi from the store and I know Michelle will be there too.

Weather should be OK at 9 AM, so I guess there's no need to start earlier. Comment if anyone else is joining...

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Weekend Recap & Wednesday Workout

A hearty GRC mazel tov to Michelle for a strong performance at the Race for the Cure. While the field was not ultra-competitive, it's still notable to beat a field of over 4,000 women. And Michelle's time may have been deceptively slow, as it appears that the course was long by 70 meters or so. Either way, it was a very nice way for Michelle to end her season, and she will now take a well-earned break before gearing up for her assault on the Trials qualification standard in the fall. On a more immediate note, anyone looking for a race this weekend should strongly consider the National Press Club 5k on Saturday. It's normally a pedestrian field, but we're bringing our own competition, and the more the merrier.

It's going to be a hot one again on Wednesday so I'd like to start at 7:30. And to be clear, that means the gun goes off at 7:30, so be warmed up and ready to roll at 7:29. For the workout, the A group will attempt to do 4 x mile. I say attempt because if the heat is too bad, we'll cut that back to 3, as quality is more important than quantity at this stage. Ideally, we'll go 4:50, 4:45, 4:40, 4:35, with a 3 minute rest, but we'll adjust as necessary. The B group will do 12 x 400, divided into 3 sets of 4. We'll take a 200 rest within the set, and 400 between sets. Set 1 will be 72s, set 2 will be 70s, and set 3 will be 68s.


I am writing an article about the general use of hills, running on flat terrain such as the Canal, track workouts and Trail Running and how runners training for competition, factor this different type of terrain/elevation, etc when running their mileage throughout the week. I know there are many theories and lots of opinions on this but I am sure some of the runners on the team choose their running routes due to the fact that they do not have hills, are hilly, are soft surface, are trails only, etc.

I am simply trying to collect some sample answers/comments from people who take these factors strongly into consideration.
If you have an opinion that can be supported with some sound reasoning and you think others might benefit or it has helped you with your training please feel free to comment.

thank you


Sunday, June 5, 2011

Flash: LJ in Escape Alcatraz

LJ finished 40th overall, 4th Pro female.

40 Jerdonek, Lindsey WASHINGTON DC F PRO 26:16 56:07 53:38 02:22:20

Saturday, June 4, 2011


Yo even though I am not working for the runco anymore there is still fire in the belly. a buddy of mine works for newton and wants to do the run tomorrow. He has some tester shoes if you are interested.

this guy is a good runner. He beat mike wardian in the JFK 50 mile race and his grandad is John J. Kelly(famous runner from years past)

Peace and love from the land of PC, ObamaCare, RomneyCare, Newt and freedom and the list goes on.

GRC Races to Cure

The GRC took top honors at the Race for the Cure in both the men's and women's races led by Wilson Komen and Michelle Miller (17:35), with CTR finishing 3rd in 16:12.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Weekend Runs

On Saturday, Karl, Texas Paul and I will be meeting to do a combined long run/workout at BCC. I believe Patrick Murphy will be there as well, doing a separate workout. To simulate the earliness of Grandmas, we will be meeting to warm-up at 7:30am, with the workout commencing somewhere around 8:00. Coach Jerry will be supervising, so anyone looking to get in some quality would be advised to greet the sun and meet us there.

There will be a Sunday run from Riley's Lock. I haven't heard otherwise, so I'm assuming this will commence at the more reasonable 9:00am.

P.S. To those not getting up at the crack of dawn for running, just a reminder that the American Men's 10,000 record may fall tonight in Eugene, OR. Coverage can probably be found somewhere on the inter-tubes, sometime around 11pm.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

"Men, today we die a little."

- Emil Zatopek, at the start of the 1956 Olympic Marathon where temperatures reached 85 near the end of the race.

RELATED: practice starts at 7pm at B-CC.

National Running Day

In honor of this great holiday, everyone please head over to the Father's Day 8k website and click the Facebook "Like" button.  It's a great way to spread the word to your friends!