It was another big weekend of racing, with strong performances at Paul Short and the Navy Mile. Our intrepid cross country crew was led by Frances Loeb, who was 7th in 21:54. On the men's side, Phil was 11th in 25:18, followed by our new twin superstars Luk and Greg in 26:31 and 26:58. The times were slow due to sloppy conditions, but I was quite pleased with all of these performances. The times were also slow at the Navy Mile due to a strong headwind for the out section of the out and back course, and sit and kick tactics from the pro milers that assembled for the huge prize purse, but our gang competed very well. Katie was 7th in 5:17 and Susan was 9th in 5:27. For the men, Stewart was 8th in 4:23, Cabell was 10th in 4:27, and Ryan was 14th in 4:31. I was particularly happy with Stewart's performance, as he was not intimidated by the very strong field, and he executed his race plan with the patience that has at times eluded him in the past. As Stewart learns to race at the highest levels, we are going to see great things from him in the future.
Several of our athletes planned to run the Wilson Bridge Half, but the weatherman had other ideas, and the race was cancelled. Zak made the best of it by winning the Boo Run for Life 10k in a very nice PR of 33:28. Considering that Zak was gearing up to run a half, and he won by 30 seconds, that is an excellent performance. In addition to those who planned to compete, Phil, Mike, and Tex Paul were going to serve as guides for elite visually impaired runners, which is a service I'm proud to say that GRC provides at Wilson Bridge every year. It's a shame that the guys missed out on the chance to serve, as it's always a great experience, and one I hope many of you will have the opportunity to enjoy in the future.
We're at BCC TONIGHT for our normal 7:15 start, so meet for the warmup at 6:30. Next week, we're on the mall on Wednesday, and with any luck, after that we'll be back to Wednesday nights at BCC.
I'll send the women's workout separately.
See you TONIGHT at BCC.
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