Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Weekend Recap - May 13 - 16

The folks over at Capital Weather Gang may have declared May the year's worst ever for DC weather after two weeks of constant rain and clouds, but if GRC's weekend results are any indicator of what is to come, it's going to be a HOT summer. IT was another weekend with a Reich PR!

At the Capital Hill Classic 10k, Luke got the win in his first real race since Clubs, running a solo 32:17. Luke is rehabbing his balky Achilles, and this was certainly a promising result on limited training. Chris was 4th in 33:45, and he was not feeling 100% after a week of a late nights during his whirlwind media tour to celebrate his huge 5000 PR at Maryland. Outlaw got the win in the Harpers Ferry half in 1:16:43 on what he described as the hardest course he's ever run. Talk about running solo--he was a full 10 minutes ahead of second place. And Zak got the win in the National Police Week 5k in 15:56, more than a minute ahead of his nearest pursuer. Well done, men.

The men had a big night in the 5000 at Swarthmore, with Stewart leading the way in 14:39.5, a 10 second PR. Stew has knocked 25 seconds off his PR this outdoor season, which is even more impressive given that his winter training was minimal due to injury. If he improves another 25 seconds next year, we'll have something! Kyle ran a season best 15:03, and while he was disappointed to end his season without breaking 15, he ran his best race of the year by far, fighting hard the whole way and closing strong. And GRC superstar-to-be Steve Soprano ran a very solid 15:22.3 in his first race in over 6 months. Steve will be focusing on longer road distances, but he showed some wheels in the final mile last night. On the women's side, Frances L ran a strong 16:52.1. Frances is lacking base work after a nagging injury disrupted her spring training, and she was very pleased to be able to run another solid 5000 off of very low mileage. In the 1500, Steph ran 4:31.87 in an extremely competitive field. As was the case at Maryland, Steph got out faster than she wanted to, and ran another 800 PR on route, and that hard early pace caught up to her in the last 400. Considering that Steph ran a sub 1:16 half 8 days ago, it was an outstanding performance. And not being one to rest on her laurels, Steph paced Frances for 4k before calling it a night. Finally, Liz made a triumphant return to her alma mater, running 4:45.07 in the 1500, which is her fastest time of the season.

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