Running down the mountain

Hazel and I spent the first day of 2019 sprinting down Mammoth Road in Londonderry, NH. It was my 3rd time running the Millennium Mile, and Hazel’s first. It is a silly race, a point to point 1 mile race with 80 feet of drop.

Thanks to unusually warm (50 degrees) weather, and a 20 mph tailwind, this year was extra silly.

I felt good about breaking 4:30 this year, as I’d come close the past 2 years running first 4:33 in 2017 and then 4:30.4 in 2018, and neither of those years had a 20 mph tailwind. I got off to a good start hitting the 1/4 mile in 62 seconds followed by a 2 minute 8 second 1/2 mile before really dropping off in he second half running 69 second 3rd quarter then another 69 to finish up with a 4:25.5. It is a meaningless accomplishment and not one that is going on my PR list, but still fun to do all the same.

Kicking with a 13 year old.

Hazel was nervous, but excited to run in her first grownup road race. She had to start in the middle of 1500 runners, most of whom towered over her, but with a lot of ducking and weaving she found her way down the hill in 7 minutes 50 seconds. This would be 1 minute 25 second PR for her, but I think we will hold off on putting it in the record books. She is looking forward to training for her first 5K which might be the Wally Waddle in May.

Hazel finishing strong
Josh’s Finisher Video
Hazel’s Finisher Video

Results Here

Jingle all the way

Laughing all the the way.

I’m finding I have little to say about my races lately. I don’t know how I found so much to say about races in the past. Maybe because it was all so new, I found the process interesting, and now that I’ve been at it for 15+ years I just have nothing left to say.

I ran the Jingle Bell 5K in Concord, NH a few weeks ago. The only thing notable about the race, was that I won, and that 2 runners drafted off me for the first 2 miles before I pulled away to win by a comfortable 15 seconds.

Results Here.

Wait, there’s no food?

Assault on Mount Hood is a 3.5 mile xc race that is team scored. The CMS masters team won. I was promised free food and free beer. This year the race had neither so it is dead to me.

Results Here.

2018 PGXC Summary (by Lindsay Rynders)

Like many, if not all cross country runners, Fall is my favorite season. Cross country is the main reason for that. I’ve been running cross country since I was in 7th grade. Now, at 26, past seasons seem to all blend together with only major accomplishments or life changes to set them apart. This season was different. This season I was able to run with my Dad on the team. Although he was worried about not being “fast enough,” he quickly found a spot on the team.

The Notorious D.A.D.

The Pete Glavin Cross Country series started off in Newark at Stuart Park, an “iconic course” known for its large hills. It was great to be back with the team and to celebrate afterwards with our traditional Genesee beers. The team collectively put down great times to start the season.

Next, we traveled to Akron Falls for a rainy and muddy 6k. Because the looped nature of the course, it got torn up very quickly. Martha Doody even lost her shoe mid-finishing kick. The Roadkill men’s team finished 2nd place overall.

Mendon Ponds Park came next. it was cold but a beautiful day to race. Mendon Ponds Park is a great place to run, with countless trails. It plays host to many races throughout the year. This year it was also the Masters Championships. The Roadkill master’s women finished in 5th place.

Next, the team traveled to Taughannock Falls for another 6k course. It was a picturesque day to run along the shore of Cayuga Lake and up the gorge of Taughannock Falls. It was difficult not to slow down and enjoy the views. The Roadkill men finished 5th place once again.

Our final race of the season was at the Drumlins Golf Course in Syracuse. It was cold, snowy, icy, and wet. The course was tough because of the lack of footing, but fun in a weird sort of don’t want to do that again sort of way. The number of racers that showed up that morning despite the racing conditions was a true testament to how tough cross country runners are. The men finished the season on a high note, placing in 4th.

While the season has ended, the team looks forward to the upcoming racing year. With Seneca7, the Mighty Mosquito 99, Steve’s Run Down Cancer, and other road and trail races throughout the summer, Roadkillers will be busy until next fall’s Pete Glavin Cross Country series starts again.

The author with her father. The original dynamic duo!

Many Perkses

It was the Thanksgiving of many running Perkses, 7 of them. We had a 5 year old up to a 71 year old running distances of 1, 2 and 5 miles. The freezing temps (17 degrees at race time) kept some of the cousins home in bed, but more than 400 brave runners participated in the annual Hudson Valley tradition.

You can see how we all fared in the results below.

Kids 1 mile results

2 mile results

5 mile results