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Hey there NBR,
Is everyone recovering from the race and the after party this weekend? Not that I want to dredge up memories and bring on a bought of PTSD, but here’s the race report that I’ve cobbled together from numerous contributors. Everyone who wrote in expressed overwhelming thanks to the cheer squads and to their fellow runners who provided support to them throughout the race.
Just to set the scene, the weather was ridiculous. 80 degrees and 87% humidity sets the Dew Point at 76 degrees! Running Times says: For Dew Points of 75 or greater Runner’s Perception = Extremely Oppressive, How to Handle = Skip It or Dramatically Alter Goal. Last year team champs was 73 degrees and 81% humidity setting the Dew Point 67 degrees.
Under these crazy conditions NBR had the most runners of any team! Our women and men took 3rd and 5th respectively while our Masters Men and Women took 9th and 20th. Perhaps most telling is that only NBR and West Side (semi-pro sponsored athletes) improved on the times from last year!!!!
From Luke Kavenagh:
First off, anybody that PRed is superhuman… From what I gleaned afterwards from others, I wasn’t the only one that thought it was the hardest race I’ve run so far in my short running life.
The girls cheering at the end were amazing, and special shout-out to Cherie – when I saw her running alongside the route screaming “GO NBR!!” at me, it really gave me that kick in the ass to finish strongly.
Apparently we have several super humans in NBR because the following people set PRs on the day:
Here’s what Mia had to say about her experience.
It was so much fun cheering on the boys, but looking on all the faces in such utter agony did not make me look forward for our run, when the sun would be even hotter. Then I managed to tweak my calf during my warm up, and I was praying it wouldn’t cramp. The first mile I felt like I might pass out, and I wondered whether I should just take it easy and give up on a PR. Instead, I decided to maintain my pace and just try to loosen up and run relaxed. This worked for the next two miles; mile 4 was brutal, though. I felt like I was working harder than before, and my split for the mile was 7:40, 20 seconds slower than my overall pace! I thought that a PR was definitely out of the picture at this point, but I could see Katie Winther 30m ahead of me looking strong, and I thought how awesome it would be if I could just keep her in sight. And then came the NBR boys (and injured/spectating girls)! It was such a rush hearing them and using the energy to accelerate past one or two ladies, and I thought, the finish is just around the corner, no? Well, that corner came, and no end in sight, then another corner, and another, and another… I was feeling like passing out again, but managed to make it to the end, covering the fifth mile in 6:59, by far my fastest.
Thank you to NBR for inspiring and challenging me to run my guts out, and I’m so proud of our team’s amazing placement!
To bring this race report full circle, here’s what James Ford had to say about the disorienting effects of the heat.
Well, I had a pretty awful race. Not in that it was terribly hard, but that it was very embarrassing. I went out looking to break 5:30 miles, or at least what has become the curse of the recent 5:35 minute miles in recent races, and decided I’d latch on to some people who I normally see a little in front of me during races for some pacing guidance. One of the people I’ve seen at a few races has been the 17yr old WSX runner Luis Porto, who ran around 5:40 pace at the Portugal day 5M. When I went out with him for the first mile or so I thought we were doing ok. I could see James Chu out a little ahead, but he seemed to be going slower than normal. Either that or I was going faster than normal. When we past the first mile and I saw I was right on 5:35 pace, which was slower than I wanted, but not too bad to get average under 5:30. I would just have to pick it up a little and the course was still down hill. I had passed Porto (I usually recognize him since it says that on the back of his singlet) and he ended up finishing in 6:28 pace. Now I was on my own and had no idea who I should be pacing with. I went through the second mile in 5:32 so I thought I was doing a little better, but there were some NBR guys near me that I didn’t really recognize and didn’t know if the pace was right. Something happened and I somehow missed my split at mile 3 (maybe my watch was slippery at this point since I was running through the sprayers and pouring water on my head at each station), but I remember thinking I would conserve a little for cat hill. I’d been doing a lot of hill training and felt confident I could kill it, but either I was out of it with the heat or just stupid, but I didn’t notice cat hill when I went up it and kept waiting for it to be around the next bend. I looked at my watch at mile 4 and I was at 11:56 for the 2 miles. This somehow seemed like it must be around 5:30 pace to my brain, that wasn’t functioning right anymore and couldn’t do math, but it was really freaking slow. Figuring out somewhere in the 5th mile that the race was going to end and there wasn’t any hill except the little rise at the finish, I picked it up a little and then ended up putting some speed on at the end and finish a 5:37 mile, but the race was over and I obviously hadn’t worked hard enough since even with the heat I was able to pull out a second 5 mile loop in sub 7:30s to go watch the women at mile 2 and then at the finish. I think I’ll rack this one up to paying more attention to my own race and the watch in the future and less to those around me. I’m guessing people who ran Boston in the heat could have told me that much.
Too long, didn’t read version: On a hot day you can’t trust how other people will run. Trust your legs, lungs and watch and run your own race.
See you out there soon,
Teams – Women:
3 North Brooklyn Runners 05:35:14 Iman Wilkerson 32:21 Angela Ortiz 32:37 Sayo Yamagata 32:43 Beth Androski 33:05 Elodie Pinot 33:24 Delia Springstubb 33:34 Emma Raub 33:51 Anna McCusker 33:51 Taeya Konishi 34:22 Meghan Duffy 35:26 Teams - 40+ Women 20 North Brooklyn Runners 02:16:18 Stephanie Lawkins 41:54 Sherry M Rosenkrantz 46:58 Shawn Young 47:26
Teams – Men:
5 North Brooklyn Runners 04:40:15 Christopher Wong 26:54 Frank Macreery 27:12 Robert Fritz 27:33 James Chu 27:37 Alexander Walsh 27:50 Tyler Lonsdale 28:09 Diego Vanegas 28:31 Alexander Woolverton 28:40 James Ford 28:40 John Montes 29:09 Teams - 40+ Men 9 North Brooklyn Runners 02:42:41 Michael Essig 30:57 Markus Randler 30:58 Brad Skillman 33:15 Michael Hill 33:38 Rodrigo Toscano 33:53
Individual Full Results:
|Last Name||First Name||Bib||Overall
|Roe||Lars W||1094||107||107||22||0:29:12||05:51||0:28:52||167||73.94 %|
|Miles||Paul E||3077||308||308||77||0:33:18||06:40||0:33:16||476||64.15 %|
|De Kler||Glenn||3030||620||620||120||0:38:41||07:45||0:38:36||764||55.29 %|
|Last Name||First Name||Bib||Overall
|Rosenkrantz||Sherry M||10023||455||455||55||0:46:58||09:24||0:45:28||505||53.24 %|
|Watermann||Antje Kristin||10119||592||592||112||0:51:53||10:23||0:51:53||672||46.66 %|
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