Wow! What a wonderful 10 Miler celebration so many of us had yesterday, either virtually running over the original course in town or out along the beautiful grass paths of Foxfield. I’ve received some reports from our crew in town and all sounded wonderful. Folks like Larry, Mark, Vicky, Jay, Jake, Peter, Jen, Gaby, Elizabeth, Ashley and so many others said they all had a great time cruising the 10 Miler course.
And then a whole other crew joined close to 350 fellow racers out at Foxfield. The course was very challenging due to the soft grass but our crew did really well. The overall winners, who both were collegiate varsity cross country racers, commented to me afterwards that they had never raced 10 miles on grass and, although they found it to be very tough, they also loved it! And by all accounts, from those leaders all the way through the field, the consensus was that the grass slowed folks by about 30-45 seconds/mile versus our normal paved city course. Here’ just small sampling of our folks who had impressive performances over this historic one-time course:
*Sara N. - 1st Masters (71:11)
*Andrea, Linda, Harry, Russ, Jonathan, Kiyoko, Janice D., Bridget and Peggy all finished 1st in their age groups!
*George R. and Laura B. (2nd) plus, Maureen’s brother-in-law Tom, who scored a 2nd place in 70 minutes!
*Kristen K. and Dan M. (3rd)
And so many others, who also had a “good time”, like Jerri, Bonnie, Anne, Cynthia, Katie P., Bill P. , Andrew Z., Tammy W., Hannah G., Tim W., Craig, Karen D-J, Heidi G. and Katie and Jim.
And a huge thanks to our army of volunteers, who were a huge help over this labyrinth of a course. Folks like Janice R., Rick W., Megan M., Philip, Marti, Lee, Michelle, Monique, Bill, Betty, Ken B. and Audrey were instrumental in helping the race be such a smashing success.
On a more serious and sad note, we want to send our collective love to Tim W. and Jacqui S., who lost their fathers on separate days during one tough week a few weeks ago. Our hearts are with you both during this time of loss…
So, life after the 10 Miler keeps on moving. We’re going to take a group break week this week and then fire things back up the following.
I’ll be writing workouts for the following options for the next several weeks:
I end this week’s message once again feeling so doggone lucky to continue having the opportunity of coaching you. You make me so very proud and each of you, in your own personal way, makes me a better coach and a better person and I thank you for that.
Let’s keep it going!
WEEK of MARCH 29
Everyone should take this as a recovery week...
3-5 mile AHR runs with no speed. We will start back up next week.
Please, please stay on top of your foam rolling and stretching, as recovery weeks are when we tighten up the most!
2021 Annual Message