It was another great weekend for GRC! With so many stellar performances, it's hard to pick a headline, but we certainly can't go wrong starting with Sean's race at the World Military Cross Country Championships in Serbia. Sean was 40th overall, and 3rd American, in the long course race, which was just over 11k, and the US team finished 6th. Sean reports that the course was "an absolute mess" due to rain and snow prior to the race, and the sloppy going slowed the times but suited him well, and he was pleased with his performance. It's not every day that one of our athletes has the honor of running for the United States in international competition, and Sean represented his club and country with distinction. Well done, young man!
Closer to home, we had absolutely stellar runs in the Rock and Roll USA Half Marathon from Teal and Julie. Teal ran a huge PR of 1:21:57, and Julie crushed her prior PR by running 1:22:04. I can't overstate how happy I am with both of those performances. Kerry, the third member of our esteemed Boston group, ran a very controlled 1:23:47, and the three of them are going to do some serious damage on April 15.
The fine performances in the half did not stop there. Beth ran a super relaxed 1:24:06, and she is setting herself up for a huge spring, which will culminate with her inevitable gigantic PR in the Eugene Marathon in late April. Our men prepping for Boston ran well, led by Stefan with a comfortable 1:13:15. Ken ran a nice PR of 1:14:36, and Lavar ran a solid 1:17:04. The performance of the day among the men was from Murph, who ran an excellent 1:14:18 off of limited training.
Finally, Hilary got a jump on the outdoor track season with a 5k PR of 17:39 at the Occidental Distance Carnival. Now that she's got her first outdoor 5k under her belt, Hilary will run much, much faster later in the season.
For those who are not racing this weekend, we will have practice on Saturday at BCC at 4:30. The late start is necessitated by track conflicts for most of the day.
If you are running Van Meter, register TODAY because the price goes up tomorrow.
Please be sure to list your race schedule on the GRC spreadsheet. This is especially important for track meets. Once I hit the send button on the entries for a particular meet, it can be very difficult, if not impossible, to make changes, and if I don't know you want to run, you will be out of luck.
We'll be at BCC on Wednesday for our normal 7:15 start.
The men will do 3 x 1200, 4 x 600, 4 x 300.
I'll send the women's workout separately.
See you Wednesday.