More College Championship Season Results

NYSCTC at St. Lawerence University: Julie McCloskey (Oswego) had a busy meet, running on three relays. The DMR took 6th in 13:06.99, the 4 x 200 took 10th in 1:51.09 and the 4 x 400 also finished 10th in 4:14.55. James Kennedy (Brockport) had an even busier meet. He competed in the pentathlon (55HH, long jump, high jump, shot put, 1000m run) and the individual pole vault and long jump. James finished 4th in the pentathlon with 3107 points, 9th in the long jump at 20′ 7″ and 12th in the pole vault with a vault of 12′ 11.75″. Ryan Joyce (Geneseo) took 10th in the triple jump with a performance of 42′ 6″. In looking through the results I spotted a couple of other local athletes (Arlington High School) who had good meets. Julia Hopson (Fredonia) took 1st in the weight throw with a toss of 53′ 6.25″ and second in the shot put with a throw of 40′ .75″. Ashley Wirges (Cortland) was 6th in the 400 meter dash in a time of 60.98. Full results.

Day 2 MPFS Championships, University of Washington: Hakon came back on day two and took second place in the mile in a time of 4:07.83. He also ran the 3K later that day in a time of 8:17.63. Hakon has had a nasty cold for over a week and I think it finally caught up with him in the 3K after two excellent races in the DMR and mile. Full results.

John Jay Alumni Update

MPSF Conference Championships: The Stanford Cardinal DRM took 1st in an NCAA Championship automatic qualifying time of 9:31.52. Hakon DeVries ran the 1200 meter lead-off leg for Stanford in a time of 2:58.0. Other splits were 400 meters in 46.5, 800 meters in 1:50.3 and 1600 meters in 3:56.2.

Other news: I finally found out why Laura McCloskey is not running this season for Northeastern. She is doing a co-op in Hawaii from January to July. Life is tough. Her younger sister, Julie is running very well for SUNY Oswego. She will be running in the ECAC Championhips on the 4 x 200 meter and Distance Medley Relays. Could two sisters be spending the winter in more different climates?

Alumni Updates

John Jay alumni that are competing in college are into their championship season. Tom Hyatt helped Sacred Heart University to its first ever NEC Championship by scoring in two events. Tom took 6th in the pole vault at 13′ 1.5″ and 6th in the high jump with a leap of 6′ 1.25″

Three JJ alumni scored at the SUNYAC Championships. Kevin O’Connell (Geneseo) took second in the pole vault with an outstanding performance of 14′ 5″. JC Kennedy (Brockport) took 5th with a vault of 13′ 11.75′. In the triple jump, Ryan Joyce (Geneseo) was 6th with a jump of 43′ 8″. All three qualified for the ECAC Championships which will be held at Harvard on Mar. 7th and 8th.

Harbinger of Spring

Last fall I splurged and bought myself a present – a new carbon road bike. Because it was a 2008 it didn’t arrive until mid-October, leaving only time for a few rides before the winter weather set in.

Where it sits in the garage I walk by it every time I go in and out. Most of the winter I gave it hardly a glance. Lately however, it’s been calling me pretty much every time I go by. With the longer days and the approach of March the bike has begun to take on a lifelike quality. It’s got cabin fever and wants to be let out to explore the open road.

It’s hard to tell it that the time has not yet come – it must wait a little longer. When the red-winged blackbirds return to the marshes it will be time to ride.

Hydration on the Long Run

Probably the most fundamental part of marathon training is the “long run.” Those that don’t put time on their feet getting ready to run 26.2 miles almost always pay for it on race day. One of the biggest challenges of the long run is staying hydrated, which also gets your body used to taking in fluids and using them while running.

In a well organized marathon you can expect “hydration stations” at regular intervals along the course. Such is not the case on your long training runs. What to do? Personally I hate carrying water. I have two water belts, one of which is over 25 years old. I use them only as a last resort. Speaking of water belts, there is a phenomenon associated with them that I don’t understand. When I’m carrying bottles of water in my belt they are heavy, I can feel the weight of each one. When I drink a bottle, the water or Gatorade is now still on my body, just in my stomach, yet somehow the weight of the liquid is gone. Has anyone else noticed this physics defying phenomenon?

So if you’re like me and hate to carry fluids, what else is there to do? Option #2 – leave stashes of drinks at intervals along the route. This saves carrying the drinks, but requires time before the run to make the stashes and time afterwards to retrieve the empties. Depending on the route, that could mean lots of time in your car.

My favorite is Option #3 – find a central location with a variety of loop options of around 30 – 40 minutes each. That way you can park the car, leave all your drinks inside and return to the car every 3 – 5 miles for refreshment before heading out for another loop. I employ this option quite often at Taconic-Hereford State Forest, aka “909”.

A couple of other options you might try: find a friend to carry a backpack full of drinks while he or she accompanies you on a bike; plan a route that passes some friends’ houses and have them put drinks out for you. Many years ago there was a regular Sunday morning long run from AHS and we could always count on a cooler full of drinks in front of Charlie Sprauer’s house at the top of the hill on Rossway Road.

At this year’s Turkey Trot I overheard one runner espousing the idea of doing long runs with no fluids as a way to stress the body to get it ready for a marathon. He claimed he never drank anything on his 20 mile runs. My advice – don’t even THINK about trying that.

I Miss The Trails

I don’t mind training when it’s cold, snowy or even windy as long as it’s not too insane. The biggest negative by far of winter running is not being able to get on the trails.

Except for the occasional race or run from a friend’s house, it’s been a number of years since I’ve run on the roads. Physically the pavement is just too hard at this stage in my running career. Mentally I much prefer the serenity of the woods to the tension of running only a few feet from tons of speeding steel.

There are many places to run trails in the local area, making it easy to run days at a time in different sylvan settings. With the trails covered in snow and ice it leaves few options to get off the pavement and away from traffic. Fortunately there are some secluded dirt (sometimes muddy and /or icy) roads that provide a haven when the trails are inaccessible. Still, they are roads so there is some traffic. Also, there aren’t many of them so it’s many days of running the same route over and over. I miss the variety of all my trail options. We’re passed the middle of February and I’m keeping my eye out out for bare spots of ground in the woods.

Alumni Update – UW Invitational

John Jay alumni Hakon DeVries, who is currently running for Stanford, is getting closer to breaking 4 minutes for the mile. At the University of Washington Husky Invite he ran a personal best time of 4:03.91. This time is a D1 NCAA provisional qualifier for the NCAA Championships. Hakon now has provisional qualifying times in the 3K, the mile and as part of the Distance Medley Relay.

My Baby’s Having a Baby

My youngest child, Sarah is expecting her first baby early in March. Last weekend we had a really nice baby shower at her sister Heidi’s house. Heidi is the oldest of my four kids. There is an interesting combination of genes that were passed on to my children. The first and third are on the short side and the second and fourth are on the tall side. It’s pretty apparent when you look at the picture of Sarah and Heidi.