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2015 Millrose Games

The News

The Millrose Games was held on Saturday. If you missed it, you can watch a replay of it here. Personally, I thought the most exciting race of the day was Eric Sowinski edging out Robby Andrews in the 1000m (pic above). Shannon Rowbury took the women’s mile and Matt Centrowitz won the men’s mile. Interestingly, last year’s winners Mary Cain and Will Leer finished second-to-last and last, respectively.

Bernard Lagat set a Master’s World Record in the mile (3:54.91).

Other notables:

Catherine Pagano won the girls’ high school mile and James Burke won the boys’ high school mile.

Brycen Spratling set a world record in the 500m – his time of 1:00.06 broke a 28-year-old record. And because this is track and field in the United States, Brycen is unattached. In other words, the current world-record holder does not have a sponsor.

Brycen Spratling wasn’t the only standout from Central New York (Brycen is from Webster, New York). Lopez Lomong showed he has something left, winning the 5000m in 13:27.60. The pride of Tully, New York, is still chasing the “A” standard for World Championships.

Full results from the Millrose Games are available here.

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In other news, the third race in the Montrail Ultra Cup was this weekend. At the Black Canyon 100k, the top two men’s spots went to Ford Smith and Dave Mackey, respectively. On the women’s side, Caroline Boller and Angela Shartel went one-two. Those four all snag a spot in Western States.

Full results of the Black Canyon 100k are available here.

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The Austin Marathon was held over the weekend. In a story making the rounds, Hyvon Ngetich of Kenya led for most of the race. However, she collapsed with less than a quarter mile to go. She tried to get up to finish but was unsuccessful in getting back on her feet… so she started crawling. According to the race director:

Ngetich crawled more than 400 meters to cross the finish line, leaving her knees and elbows bloodied and her hands stained from the pavement.

Ngetich ended up finishing 3rd – she was passed by the second place finisher as she crawled the final two meters. She was immediately taken to the medical tent and treated for dangerously low blood sugar.

Watch the amazing finish here:

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Back in July, I had a post about two boys that were excluded from a race due to “safety issues” (ultimately, they were allowed to participate in the race).

Fast forward to now – local athlete, coach and business owner Tim O’Shea decided to cycle 207 miles from Manlius, New York, to Mount Marcy – the highest point in New York State (5,343 feet). Upon reaching Mount Marcy, Tim will snowshoe up and down the mountain. He is doing all of it to raise money for Two Smiles One Hope, the tax-exempt charity created by the Willis Family after their sons were diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

The temperature has been below zero for nearly the entire journey. The trip is a total of 222 miles and Tim expected to complete it in about 24 hours.

You can donate by clicking here. $2. $5. $10. Whatever. Any and all amounts are welcome!

For more on the story, click here.

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My Results

I raced an indoor 3000m on Sunday. I ran 9:41 (5:11/mile), which was eight seconds better than my time last month. I split 3:09, 3:13 and 3:19. I think that leaves me with a nice opportunity for improvement.

The last indoor meet of the winter is March 14th. I plan on going back to knock a few more seconds off. With that being said, the Manley track is tough! It’s a circle instead of an oval and it puts a lot of stress on the right hip since you are constantly moving left. We’ll see what happens!

My Training

Training is going okay. I’m managing lots of speed workouts, but it’s been tough to get in long runs. The weather is bordering on absurd at this point. Over the weekend, the temperature was -17F (Sunday morning) and the wind chills have been 40 below zero. The forecast going forward is providing little or no relief – not exactly long run weather!

With that being said, I’m going to go over 400 miles for the year today – that means my volume is up about 4% compared to 2014. At this point, I’ll take it!

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Keep running!!

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