Thursday, February 9, 2012

Random Updates – Superbowl 10K, Boston Training Report January 2012

Last Sunday was the Superbowl 10K.  This the 11th running of the race and it was my third year directing the event which sold out at 550 entrants on December 13.  As I’ve mentioned before, this race has been its share of inclement weather the past two years.  As race day approached, my eyes were glued to local weather predictions which noted the potential for a large storm event.  Luck was finally on my side and the storm stayed to our South.  After a great long run on Saturday AM, I was able to ride the course on my bike and measure it out.

Sunday AM we were treated to an overcast sky and temps in the low 30’s.  The volunteers never cease to amaze me and I can’t thank them enough.  I also want to thank my wife Lauren and my cohort Carly.  From parking to registration to timing to food prep, everything went seamlessly.  With the exception of a false start (how embarrassing!) due to technical difficulties, the race went off without a hitch and before you know it we were treated to bright sunshine!!

All total, a record number of finishers cross the line that day, 489 in all.  As an extra perk, the top 50 male and top 50 female finishers are recognized with custom Sockguy wool socks and Autumn and Joshua love to hand them out as the runners cross the line.  It’s really cool to see that this has become a staple of the race, many people thanked us as we handed them out saying that their goal was to get the socks!  
And they're off!
We did some neat things this year to set our race apart and add value to the event.  Long sleeve Brooks Running technical shirts were given to all participants, the socks were given out, there was cash and Brooks Running shoes given out to the top 3 overall, top masters and the most spirited Superbowl costume (seen above on the far left at the start), post race goodies included hot soup, pizza, soft pretzels, soda, water and Gatorade.  We had a fire going to keep the runners warm and we provided all of our 45+ volunteers with custom hooded sweatshirts.  On top of all that, we LOWERED the price to $27.50! 

The event donated ten spots to the HCMFoundation, a charity that provides services to individuals and families battling the effects of cancer.  Those ten spots raised MORE THAN $3000 for the Foundation.  On top of that the remainder of the proceeds go to the Lehigh ValleyRoad Runners and their mission of supporting youth running!

There are some things that can be improved on, but judging from the overwhelming positive feedback I think we’ve made some great changes.   I’m honored to be a part of such a great event.
My helpers, waiting for the first finishers.
As far as my training goes, well I’ve been enjoying the milder temps this winter and I feel like I’m starting to come to form….itching for that first “test”.  Through the first 5 weeks of the year I’ve run 300 miles, topping out at nearly 70 miles last week.  My tempo and speed workouts are right where I want them, my heart rate is gradually coming down for any given pace and my long runs have gone very well (four runs of 20 miles or more since January 1, 2011).  This week will be a down week of mileage and effort to try and recover from the 65-70 miles per week over the last three weeks. 
My first test will be the Frostbite 5 miler on 2/18, followed by a long run the day after.  The next weekend I’ll race the Ugly Mudder which will be my first trail race, probably a smart move considering my first 50k (also a trail race) is about 5 weeks away!

Next post I'd like to explore some of the great group/package event coaching/racing packages out there in triathlon and running, namely the Runnersworld Challenge and REV3's new event VIP coaching packages.

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