November started off with some great and tough performances from Sami Riegel and Elyssa Rosenbaum. Sami raced in her third trail race of the season at the Hidden Valley 15k, which is part of a three race series in Washington, CT that goes from September to November. Sami rolled her ankle in the first half of this race but found a way to tough it out the second half and cross the finish line with her head held high. It wasn’t the day Sami wanted, but it showed her grit and determination along with her willingness to not let an injury ruin all the hours of hard work she had put in preparing for this event. Well done Sami!
Elyssa ran very well at the Burn Run 5k in Syracuse, NY taking home an age-group win. While this was a fantastic result for Elyssa, it was even more impressive to think that she ran this at the end of a 13 mile long run and had no plans of doing the race until that morning. Elyssa’s time of 23:29 was also good enough for 6th overall female. Awesome job Elyssa!
The second weekend of the month saw some more great racing. Annie Ball and Brandi Brown raced at the incredibly competitive Syracuse ½ Marathon in downtown Syracuse. Annie had a great race running a new 13.1 mile distance PR in a time of 1:36:28 which was good enough for 4th in her very tough age-group. Brandi, who is just coming back from an injury that kept her out of her fall marathon, ran smart and steady and clocked a solid 1:53:36 time. Well done to both of you!
Matt Ryan also raced this weekend. He ran at the Stockade-athon 15k road race in Albany. The 33 degree temps and light snow didn’t stop Matt from having a very good day, especially since he had only run a handful of times since his marathon in early October. His time of 1:17:33 was nearly a minute per mile faster than his marathon pace just four weeks before. Awesome job Matty!
Elyssa was at it again the weekend of the 17-18th. This time she was running the Philadelphia ½ marathon and rather than race an all-out effort she instead ran the whole 13.1 miles with her two sisters. They ran a smart, efficient race and crossed the line in a time of 1:51:51. Good enough for an 8 minute PR for one of the sisters. Great job Elyssa!
The next day Ryan Meek ran the Philadelphia Marathon. Ryan was shooting for a Boston Qualifying time and was well on his way to doing just that until an old knee injury reared its ugly head at the 19 mile mark forcing Ryan to back off the pace. He still fought his way to a strong time of 3:27:34. Well done Ryan and congratulations on a great 2018 season!
Sami Riegel finished off her busy Fall of trail racing this weekend in easily the hardest of the four races she started and finished in 2018. 13.1 miles through snow, mud, water and just crazy conditions. Even with a sore ankle and a tough course, Sami fought her way to another great day which showed in her great post-race smile. Times don’t mean much in races like this, just effort and Sami put forth a huge effort once again. Great job Sami!
Thanksgiving usual sees Turkey Trot races that range from 1 mile to 10. This year two MM athletes, Matt Ryan and Annie Ball each ran 5 mile, ultra-competitive Turkey Trot races and Chris Ogden ran the 5k at the most popular Turkey Trot in Central New York. Matt’s race was in Glen Ridge, NJ. The Ashenfelter 8k Classic sees one of the biggest and fastest fields for a Turkey Trot in the North East. Matt ran very well and actually ran some negative splits crossing the line in a great time of 39:30. Not a PR for the race, but a very well run 8k and a very good result for just a few weeks into the new season. Annie’s race, the 123rd Annual Delaware YMCA Buffalo Turkey Trot, was just as big and as fast as the Ashenfelter race. Like Matt, Annie ran very well scoring a very strong result averaging under 7 minute pace for the 5 mile race (34:33). Not her fastest time for this race, but close. Chris also ran well and was just off his PR for the Baldwinsville Turkey Day 5k. His time of 24:10 was an amazing performance, especially since he hadn’t been running much of anything the weeks leading-up the race. It really shows his toughness to pull out a great race like this. Well done Matt, Annie and Chris!!!