I can’t tell you just how much it personally meant to me to see so many of you make the trek out to Free Union on Saturday to support BBBS by running over one of those tough but beautiful courses. And, despite the challenging terrain and footing, many of you ran so well. I was so impressed with your excellent performances over what may have been the toughest course of the entire RaceFest!
Here’s just a small sample of those who turned in great races over the grass and gravel of stunningly beautiful Chapel Spring Farm:
Linda, Steve L. Emily, Will M., Peter T., Harry, Dan M., George, Mary F., Melissa B., Jeffrey, Larry, Pat B., Bob J., Mark F., Karen T.,Vicki, Kiyoko, Lauren, Andrea and Henry.
And how about Craig T., who raced the 10K, crossed the finish line, changed numbers and then went back out and raced the 5K!
And, for me, one of the thrills of the RaceFest series has been watching how close the finishing times have been with our “Women’s 60 Crew”. Jerri, Peggy, Bonnie, Cynthia and Anne have competed at every single one of the races and are always closely bunched up in the results but this time around was even close than ever before, as a mere 35 seconds separated the “fearsome five”, with Jerri Emm coming out on top this week. As the race director and as their coach, I love it!
And a big round of applause to my stalwart race day volunteer crew, who were once again a huge help at yet another RaceFest event! Megan, Michelle, Marti’, Rick, Tim, Jacqui, Kristen H. and Jaime. And a huge thanks also goes out to Dan Meador and Bill Pritchard, who helped wheel and mark the courses ahead of time with me.
And I’d like to publicly thank Dr. Bob Wilder and his wonderful UVa Runners Clinic staff for all the great medical coverage they’ve provided on a volunteer basis at every single RaceFest event!
Last up in the series will be a much different experience, terrain and footing wise, as the all paved and ALL downhill Bruce Barnes Mile will most certainly feel like you’ve been shot out of a cannon, compared to what you faced and conquered this past weekend! Come see for yourself on June 12th!
And I forgot to give our Katie Pugh a big shout out, as her Western Albemarle Girls XC team, who she coaches, WON (a week ago) the State Cross Country 3A Championship! Congrats, Katie!
Please call on me with any questions. I’m always happy to help.
WEEK of MAY 3
*SPEEDSTERS: We’re taking a break until the later this month, when I hope, if all continues to go well with everyone getting vaccinated, that we can start back up our Wednesday morning (on 5/26), dare I say, “group” workouts. I can’t wait!
So, try to keep your weekly mileage in at least the 15-20 mile range and your long run around 7-9 miles over the next few weeks. And all of it should be at AHR (totally comfortable conversational pace….heart rate of 135-140), although it wouldn’t hurt to run 4-5 x 12 second form surges on Monday and Wednesdays during this time.
As always, please call on me with any questions or issues.
**Planning on running a Half marathon this fall instead of a marathon? Then follow the Speedsters workouts this summer.
2021 Annual Message