July 17, USATF Women's 6k Championship - Canton, OH
July 18, Hopkins Raspberry Run Mile
Dhru Patel, Kevin Lewis
July 23, Liberty Mile - Pittsburgh, PA
Coach's Corner: Peachtree 10k Recap
Last Sunday morning, bright and early, Annie Frisbie and Dhru Patel raced the USATF 10k Road Championships at the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta. The race featured a number of athletes coming off the Olympic Trials Track & Field Meet, as well as others, like Annie and Dhru, gearing up for summer and fall road racing.
Peachtree is known as the world's largest 10k, and also for its hilly course and typically hot and humid weather. This year, the race was smaller due to COVID restrictions, and also cooler than typical, with temps in the mid-60s with 90% humidity. It was also the US championships at the distance, for both men and women.
Annie and Dhru have both dealt with some challenges over the last year, and were looking to Peachtree as an opportunity to test themselves against national-class fields in preparation for some other road races later in the year. After a solid winter of training, Dhru sustained an injury from a fall on the ice that forced him to take most of March off from running. He has now put in a good block of consistent training, with workouts looking better each week. He ran a strong first 5k, but his 17th place 30:04 finish was not quite what he was aiming for. However, things are definitely trending in the right direction, so look for good things from him later in the year.
After a great summer and fall of training in 2020, Annie experienced a full fracture of a metatarsal in her foot, which necessitated a period of several months without running. Her patience and diligence in returning from this injury were rewarded Sunday with a breakout performance. Sticking with the lead pack from the gun, Annie tucked in and cruised through 5k in 15:46. While the first half of the course is a net downhill, it is worth noting that her 5k split was faster than her official PR for the distance. Eventual winner Sara Hall and runner-up Emily Durgin pulled away after the 4th mile, but Annie stayed very strong, holding onto 3rd place and crossing the line in a personal best of 32:06.
As a coach, it's always exciting to see these "payoff" moments. Annie has been doing most of her training at 5:30 a.m., due to work requirements, so she has literally been plugging away in the dark several mornings per week. I mention this only because I think it's important to remember that, despite how they may appear, these types of races are built on hours and hours of effort put in when no one is watching, and oftentimes in the aftermath of other challenges and disappointments. So it's great to celebrate the big accomplishments, but just as important to appreciate the efforts involved in getting there, which often involve toiling away in the dark, either figuratively, or in Annie's case, literally.
Spotlight: Twin Cities 10 Mile Lottery is Open
The Medtronic Twin Cities 10 Mile is one of the most popular running events in the state of Minnesota. Especially after a year of virtual racing, entry to this year's in-person event is sure to be a hot ticket. Entries are selected through a lottery process, though a limited number of entries can be secured through charitable contributions to organizations including Minnesota Distance Elite.
As of now, entry into the lottery is open, and closes at 11:59 p.m. next Thursday, July 15. Lottery selections will be announced on July 20. This year's race will have a reduced field size, but will feature the usual perks such as a participant shirt, medal, and a free beer from Summit Brewing Company at the finish line.
One alternative to the lottery system is entering the "Loony Challenge" which involves - hang on to your hats - running the 5k and 10k on Saturday, followed by the 10 mile on Sunday. For others looking to bypass the lottery system, consider a charitable contribution to our organization. Details are available by emailing Dave Smisek at email@example.com.
In My Own Words: Joel Reichow
Outside of running things have been pretty quiet so I'll talk a little about my track season and my race plans for summer and fall this year.
Due to the pandemic the track season looked a little bit different. Most years you have a good idea of the races you are going to do well before the start of the track season. This year you had to be flexible, play things by ear and keep an eye out for what races were going to happen and where the competition was planning to go. I had one road race and three track races this spring. My first race of the season was Gate River 15k. This was pretty early in my fitness, but it felt good to run 45:09.
Next up was Drake Relays 5k. I ran 13:54 which is about a second off my PR. I had mixed feelings about this race. I knew if I had been more confident and not let a gap form between me and the group I could have gone a lot faster. However, to have a bad race and be a second off you PR is a good sign that you are getting stronger.
Sound Running's Track Meet was next. We had a good group of guys that were willing to trade off the lead with the goal of hitting the 10k Olympic Trials standard. I was excited to run a 19 second PR and finish in a time of 28:23. Two weeks later I planned race Portland Track Festival to take another shot at the trials 10k standard of 28:00. The week of the race I began to have nagging Calf and Achilles pain. The day of the race my Achilles was in a lot of pain, but I decide I would just get myself into the position and trust that things would loosen up a bit. I went through 5k in around 14:05 but I could tell it was getting worse, so I dropped out of the race a couple laps later. It was the right call, but it was definitely heart breaking to end the season that way.
I am about a month into the training cycle and feeling eager get back to racing again. I have two big races on the calendar for this build up. The first race is the Cherry Blossom 10 miler which takes place in Washington D.C. on September 12th. It is regarded as a fast course and is the USATF 10 Mile Championship this year. It should be very competitive and a lot of fun. For my second race I am excited to announce that I plan to run the Medtronic TC Marathon. It will be a blast having the local crowd support and hopefully I can take home the win! Also, I am bringing back weekly training updates on Instagram and Facebook through TC Marathon for anybody that would like to follow along.
Thanks for the support.
July 4, Peachtree Road Race 10k - Atlanta, GA
Annie Frisbie, 3rd, 32:06
Dhru Patel, 17th, 30:04
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