Tuesday, May 14, 2013

GRC weekly report, May 14


It was a banner night for the GRC men at the Swarthmore Final Qualifier, with several huge PRs in the 5000.  Witty led the charge in 14:31, in a perfectly executed race. The plan going in was to run 70s for 12 laps and close in 30 for the last 200, and Witty did precisely that.  After a rough start to his season, Witty hung tough, and his perseverance paid off in a big way, as he ran the best race of his life.   Witty was not the only star of the night.   Matt ran a 15:06, for a 19 second PR.  Matt ran fearlessly from the gun, setting a 2 mile PR on route, and held on for a major breakthrough.  Sebi unleashed a huge kick in the last 400 to win his heat in 15:10, for a 20 second PR.  In the last two weeks, Sebi has dropped his 5k PR by 33 seconds. The ageless Dave Wertz ran 15:16, for a 13 second PR.  This was unquestionably the best race of Dave's life, and to run a huge PR in a track event at age 37 is truly outstanding.  Outlaw ran an impressive 15:18, in his first track race in four years, only a week after his wedding.   In the 1500, Tom ran a very solid 4:10, as he continues to work his way back to race fitness.  It's impossible for me to describe how special the night was for our athletes who made those breakthroughs.  To see months of hard work and planning pay off for them was something I'm going to remember for a long time. 

On the women's side, Meghan ran 4:42 for 1500, which was just off of her PR.  Meghan's season is only getting started, and wer'e going to see some big performances from her in the coming weeks.  Finally, Catherine finished her track career with a very determined effort at the end of an outstanding season in which she PR'ed at 1500, 3k, and 5k.  Catherine will be leaving GRC for dental school in a few weeks, and she will be missed!


The team meeting/goodbye party for Drea will be Saturday at 7 pm at the humble abode of Charlie, Witty, and Sam.   We will be discussing important team businees, including how each of you can help make the Fathers Day 8k a success, and plans for the fall racing season.  We will also celebrate Drea's fabulous GRC career, so please make every effort to attend.

Please remember to send me your weekly training updates.  Since I'm not seeing most of you for workouts right now, it's even more important that you keep me in the loop on your training.


We are at the point in the season where we have only a handful of athletes who are still racing, so practices will be lightly attended for the next couple of weeks.  I'm planning a workout for Saturday morning at BCC, and if you're interested in coming out, please let me know.

If you have any questions about what you should be doing, and when you should be getting back to workouts, give me a holler.

I'll see you on Saturday at 7 pm for the meeting.


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