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.


1 comment:

Big City said...

I might actually need to warm up this week for this. Looking forward to W.O.W. #2