Monday, October 6, 2014

Wednesday workout, October 8--ON THE MALL


We had some strong performances on the roads and on the grass this weekend, in several time zones. On the roads, Paul Balmer made a successful marathon debut, running 2:35:53 in his native Portland. Paul lacks experience at the longer distances, but he is not lacking in talent and youthful enthusiasm, and you can expect to see continued progress from him in the months and years to come. Closer to home, Luke and Kyle were in action at the Wilson Bridge Half Marathon. Luke ran 1:07:29, and although he was the second American, this qualifies as a poor race by Luke's lofty standards. But not to worry, Luke has been training extremely well, and he will be at his best at the USATF 12k and Clubs. Kyle ran 1:16:28, which is not indicative of his fitness. Kyle was running well through 9 miles, but he suffered from hamstring problems at that point and slowed appreciably. Kyle will bounce back, and be ready to show what he can do in the coming weeks.

Karl also ran Wilson Bridge, but he was not racing.  Rather, Karl served as a guide for visually impaired runner Matthew Rodjam, and he led Matt to the visually impaired national championship and a big PR of 1:20:54.  In our continuing effort to give back to the running community, GRC has furnished guides to elite visually impaired athletes at Wilson Bridge each year of the race's existence, and every one of our athletes who has volunteered for this service have raved about the experience.  It's something that I'm proud to be a part of, and which I know we will continue to do in the future.  As for Karl, we will see him back racing in the near future as he continues his comeback.

On the grass, we had a crew at the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh.  Sam, running on his home course, led the way in a very strong 25:07.  Sam has been limited by nagging injuries for the better part of the last 18 months, but his performance on Saturday proves that he is well on his way to full fitness.  Stewart made a successful Lehigh debut in 26:10, and bolstered his dark horse candidacy for a shot at the A team at Clubs.  James ran a solid 26:40, and after a very slow first mile, Dickson ran a strong second half of the race to finish in 27:07.  Finally, Phil ran 25:29 at the Chile Pepper Invitational at University of Arkansas on a challenging course.  Phil has rebounded from some injury issues, and in his words is "getting his legs back under" him, which bodes extremely well for the future. 


We'll be on the mall on Wednesday for a 7 pm start, so meet for the warmup at 6:15.  I'll be out there to watch your stuff during the warmup.  We'll meet at the same spot as normal, which is the 7th street side of the loop.  If you have any questions about logistics, let me know.

I'll send the women's workout separately.

I'll see you Wednesday on the mall.


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