It was another big weekend for GRC in Philadelphia, as we had several athletes in action at various distances. Frances K got the weekend started with a bang, placing 3rd in the Rothman 8k in the excellent time of 26:26, which is yet another new club record. That Frances was able to run so well after only a handful of workouts since her return from injury is a great sign of things to come for her in 2016. In the half on Sunday, Teal made a promising return to competition, running 1:21:49 as a hard tempo. Teal has also just begun workouts after a serious injury, and she is well on her way to being ready to make some noise at the Trials. Also in the half, Keely ran a nice PR of 1:25:45, and former (and possibly future) GRC superstar Catherine Campbell ran a PR of 1:22:30. I was quite pleased with Keely's performance, and I'm looking forward to her continued development in the future. In the full marathon, Charlie ran 2:39:52, and Fridge ran 2:41:31. They both struggled with extremely windy conditions, and while neither of them was particularly pleased with the result, they were both in excellent shape, and will run much faster the next time out. In non-Philly results, Balmer tempoed a controlled 1:14:43 for second place at the Annapolis half on a hilly course.
There is no practice on Wednesday, but I will be at BCC on Tuesday night for those of you who are looking to get in a workout this week. We're getting an early start, so meet for the warmup at 5:45, and we'll roll at about 6:15. If you want to come out and need to start later, that works too, so let me know.
The practice schedule leading up to Clubs is that we will be at BCC on Wednesday 12-2 for our final hard workout, and that's one you won't want to miss. We'll get on the grass for a moderate workout on Saturday 12-5, and we'll do a final light workout on Tuesday 12-8 at BCC.
Good luck with the turkey trotting, and enjoy your holiday.