Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Wednesday workout, April 9--at AMERICAN UNIVERSITY


It was quite a weekend for GRC, with many outstanding performances at Cherry Blossom and on the track, led by national-caliber efforts from Luke and Cecilia.  

Luke ran 48:46 at Cherry Blossom, which was a club record by 21 seconds.  Luke's 10th place finish in the USATF Championship is almost surely the highest placing by a GRC athlete in a national championship, and his race is unquestionably one of the finest ever in a GRC singlet.  And there's more to come, as Luke is now officially back to full fitness, which bodes extremely well for this spring and beyond. 

Not to be outdone, Cecilia ran an 800 PR of 2:06.2 on her home turf at Princeton.  To put this performance into context for the distance types in the crowd, Cecilia achieved the B standard for the USATF outdoor championships. That accomplishment is all the more impressive because Cecilia has run the 800 less than ten times in her career. 

There were many other highlights, including PRs at Cherry Blossom from Kieran (50:30), Evan (52:09), Dave Wertz (52:46), and Kerry (60:44).  I was particularly pleased with Kerry's run as she prepares for a major breakthrough at Boston, as well as Dave's relentless progress towards true elite status, despite his advanced age.  There were also impressive performances at Cherry Blossom from, among others, Lindsay as she works her way back to race fitness, Outlaw who is returning to his pre-injury form, Paul Balmer who continues his successful transition to longer distances on the roads, and Jake who ran very well despite curtailed training due to injury.

On the track at Princeton, Susan bounced back in a big way from her disappointing race in Raleigh by running 10:08 for 3000 and challenging for the win.  Hilary continued to race her way into shape with a solid 10:20.  We're going to see much more from them in the weeks to come.
In international news, Nina made a victorious half marathon debut, winning a race in Jordan in the very impressive time of 1:21:45.  Well done to all!

Practice this week is at American University.  There are no lights at AU, so we need to get rolling at 7:00. If you're driving to the track, meet for the warmup at 6:15.  For those of you who are metroing, meet at Sam's house at 6:15 for the run over to AU.  If anyone needs information on logistics at AU, let me know.

We will continue to run into conflicts at BCC for the next few weeks, so be sure to check the workout emails carefully for times and locations.

I'll see you at AU on Wednesday for a 7:00 start.

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