Sunday, May 31, 2015

Club records fall up north

We had another hot weekend of racing here at the GRC, one week after summer's unofficial start. Even when DC's heat and humidity make workouts slow, legs sluggish, and temperaments cranky, training and racing do not take a hiatus for this adaptable team. Despite the dramatic return of summer, two club records came tumbling down, in addition to several other good performances both near and far.

After calling an audible on her race choice for the day when only one other person showed up to run the 1500, Susan Hendrick defied expectations to run a 2:16.01 in the 800 meters at the adidas Garden State Twilight Open Meet in New Jersey. Although such short distances are not typically in the GRC women's team's collective wheelhouse, Susan demonstrated true resolve in running an excellent time and setting a high bar as the new club record. Flexibility and versatility and are paramount here at the GRC!

At the same meet, Cabell Willis narrowly missed another 1500 meter PR with a first place effort of 3:53.94.

Frances Koons raced to a solid finish of 4:30.91 for the win at the New Balance Boston Twilight series meet #2, which is far from her PR, but also a new club record.

Closer to home, at the We've Got Your Back Race for Spinal Health 5k in Reston, Shauneen didn't back down in turning in a performance of 17:58, a win by well over a minute. She'll look to back up that solid race in a few weeks at the Father's Day 8k (register here!). Sean O'Leary also didn't hold back with a fifth place run of 16:37.

Although races over the next few weeks will be more sparsely attended than usual, the GRC will look to take every opportunity to heat things up and run some fast times. Stay tuned on the blog, because you won't want to miss a thing!

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