Here, in the ATX, our competitive season stretches all the way from September through April when racing finally starts to settle down. It’s a very long season and right now is a great time to take a bit of break.
Most of us need one. I certainly do.
After many months of racing, long runs and hills, we all need a few weeks of rest and recovery to get our legs back underneath us before starting another buildup for such fall marathons as Twin Cities, New York, Chicago, St. George and Philly.
You’ve earned a break. Even the pros take one.
Taking a break doesn’t necessarily mean a complete breather from running. Most of us would be lost without our daily run. But taking a break just means throttling back for a few short weeks.
I call it May.
What May means to me is R&R. It’s a one-month holiday of sleeping in a little later, adding a complete rest day every week and bailing on any long, hard runs. Even my short, easy morning runs are shorter and easier. Races? No thank you. Not right now.
May also means a chance to do other things such as ramping up my swimming and cycling a notch because I’m not as concerned about being tired before a run. If I am, so be it. Maybe instead of pushing myself to complete a run, I’ll walk the last part of it. Or, just give myself the freedom to do whatever feels good.
As we all know, running takes a ton of discipline. It’s what we’re good at. But a periodic rest also take a lot of will power. Resting and allowing the body and mind to recharge is just as important.
Maybe more so.
O Parker Stinson, the former Cedar Park HS stud, finished 10th in 10,000 at the Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford last weekend. That might not sound like reason to celebrate, but Stinson, who turned pro after completing his eligibility at Oregon, ran a negative split and hung onto the tough pace for nearly the entire race to PR by 40 seconds in 27:54.93. Don’t look for Stinson to run the USATF Champs (June 25-28) even though it’ll be held on his home track in Eugene. Stinson doesn’t have a world qualifying standard for the World Champs so even if he made the team, he wouldn’t qualify to go. Said Stinson, “My goal is to be a sub-27:40 guy during the Olympic year and I need to get better and stronger.”
O More Stinson. He’s going to mix in roads (such as Bolder Boulder and Boston AA 10-K) with a few track races. He’ll rabbit at the Oregon Twilight Meet and then take a shot at breaking four minutes for the mile in Kodiak, Alaska with former UO teammate Trevor Dunbar (who’s from Kodiak). Stinson’s big fall race is going to be his first half since high school when he jumped into the Houston Half. Stinson wants to hang with the big dogs at the Philly Rock ‘n’ Roll Half on October 31st and maybe dip under 1:02.
O The Oregon Twilight Meet is tomorrow night and it’s televised on the PAC-12 network but it’s a delayed broadcast. Stinson’s rabbiting the 3000 meters and his girlfriend Ashley Maton, the former Westlake HS star, will be running the 800. But Ashley’s younger brother Matthew Maton, a senior in high school who grew up in Austin, is running the mile and gunning to become the sixth high-school runner to ever run a sub-4 minute mile. Two weeks ago, Maton ran 3:42.54 for 1500 meters which roughly equates to a sub-4. Stinson, who has trained many times with Maton, thinks he’s capable of running 3:58 this year. “Whatever Matthew runs,” says Stinson, “he will have a great race plan. I can’t say enough how hard Matthew works.”
O Last add Oregon Twlight: Becca Friday of Rogue is running the mile.
O Meanwhile, the Texas Invitational is Saturday with the running events scheduled to start at 4 at Mike Myers Stadium. Admission to the meet is free. UT’s Sandie Raines is scheduled to run the 1500 and Mark Pinales and Craig Lutz will do the same for the guys. Drew Soucy (coached by former UT coach John Hayes) is also running a 1500 heat as is Austin Bussing of Rogue.
O At the Payton Jordan Meet last weekend, Allison Mendez of Rogue didn’t have a great race, finishing 28th in the 10,000 in 33:43. But her teammate Mary Goldkamp had a good one, placing second in the steeple in 9:53.66. (Think that’s a PR.) Former Texas Tech star Sally Kipyego won the 5000 in 14:57.44. Former Longhorn Marielle Hall was sixth in the 5000 in 15:09. In another 5000 heat, former UT runner Mia Behm placed 12th in 15:52. Matt Cleaver of Rogue was 11th in the steeple in 8:44.49.
O Not sure I could even drive an Ultraman (323 miles of multi-sports racing/survival). But, a new one—the Ultra 520K Texas—is coming to Marble Falls, September 25-27. Chew on this: Day One, a 10-K swim in Lake Marble Falls, followed by a 90-mile bike. Day Two, 172-miler on the bike, culminating on Day Three with a hilly double marathon. Sound like your idea of fun? The field is limited to 35 and the entry fee is a resounding $1800. For more info, go to ultra520ktexas.com.
O More Marble Falls. Saturday morning at 9 the Leo Manzano Hike, Bike and Run Trail up in Leo’s hometown of Marble Falls will be dedicated and then opened for use The trail actually starts in Quarry Shoals where the event will be held at Quarry Park (2221 N. Phillips Ranch Rd). Hoka Shoes (Leo’s sponsor) will have plenty of shoes to try on and use. BTW: Leo the Lion’s next race is on May 14th at the Hoka One Distance Classic in Eagle Rock, California. After that, is the Pre Classic (mile) on May 29-30.
O Allison Macsas, who heads Rogue Expedition, is on a serious roll. Three weeks ago, she PR’ed in a road 10-K and then last Sunday in the BMO Vancouver Marathon, Macsas finished third in the half marathon in a two-minute course PR of 1:13:28. (Her all-time PR is 1:13:02, set at 3M in January.) Macsas, 30, has already qualified for the ’16 Olympic Marathon Trials.
O Erik Stanley, who also has been on a roll, tried to qualify for the ’16 Marathon Trials in the Vancouver Half, but fell short. The former UT runner finished fifth in 66:47 (he needed a sub-65), but was pleased with his race. Next up for Stanley is the Leadville (Colorado) Marathon (not the 100-miler) on June 21st which he’ll do with his Trail Roots peeps. In the fall, Stanley will give another shot at a Trials qualifier.
O BTW: Chris Curson of Austin ran 3:07:06 in the Vancouver Marathon and was paced by Walter Smith who finished in 3:07:19 which was good for fifth in his 50-54 age group. This is Smith’s second marathon as a pacer since Boston and fifth since Austin Marathon. Smith is aiming for a sub-2:40 at the Berlin Marathon in the fall.
O Paul Terranova‘s big goal is the Western States 100 in June, but that hasn’t kept him from running an ultra every other week (or so it seems). Another ultra, another win. Ho hum. Gosh this guy is good. Terrnanova was the overall winner of the Grand Ridge 50-K Trail in Issaquah, Washington last weekend in 4:41:34. Amazing.
O Sanya Richards-Ross won two gold medals last weekend at the IAAF World Relays Champs in the Bahamas. The former UT star who lives in Pflugerville was on winning squads of the Distance Medley team (which set a world record) and the 4 x 400 (her 400-meter split of 48.97 was the fastest of the night). Kyle Merber, a former UT runner, was on the winning men’s Distance Medley team which also set a world record. Merber ran the opening 1200-meter relay leg. Both DMR teams earned a $50,000 world-record bonus.
O My buddy up in Georgetown—Bill Schroeder—did the Flying Pig 3-Way Challenge last weekend in Cincinnati and finished sixth overall (cumulative time). On Saturday, the 52-year-old ran a 10-K (39:35) and two hours later, ran the 5-K (19:30). Then, on Sunday, Bill ran the hilly half in 1:28:40. Bill’s originally from Cincinnati and graduated from the University of Cincinnati way back in the Dark Ages.
O Bill will be directing the 8th annual Dam Mile Race on Wednesday night (at 6:30) in Georgetown (500 Overlook Drive). There will be all sorts of timed one-mile races on a mostly downhill course. Medals for everyone. For more info or to register (before Wednesday at noon) go to www.edsregistration.com/events/118. There’s raceday registration at the site, beginning about 5:30.
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O What I’m listening to this morning: “Tupelo Honey” by Van (The Man) Morrison. I never get tired of listening to this great recording—or any of his.
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