The Wicked Running crew spent the last weekend in September getting in some PRs in fast road races on tired legs. Ann Wehener, Katrina Burns & Jen Duncan raced in a technical, tough trail race the weekend before taking on the Akron Marathon and Half Marathon. The results? Ann PR’d her marathon by 31 minutes; Katrina PR’d her Akron Half by 18 minutes; and Jen is quickly headed toward a BQ marathon with her 1:46 Akron Half Marathon performance.
And then there’s “Nothing-Phases-Me” Adrienna Frazier, who ran a strong relay leg in the Akron Marathon on Saturday then turned around and raced a fine pace at The Great Race 10k in hilly Pittsburgh the next day. After a quick visit to Wigle Whiskey in the Burgh, Connie and Emily joined her at the Great Race to try for fast turnover on tired legs, a tried and true method that leads to successful results in ultras. Just a week after her fast 100 and 2nd place 24-hour at Northcoast 24-Hour, Emily managed a decent 43:18 10k on trashed legs.
We take on short road races to test our fitness and toughness. Running roads after pounding it out on a different surface or distance the week before is hellishly difficult. The Wicked Running team proved as tough as nails through a no-rest-for-the-weary kind of weekend. Next up: a third level of hell as the team takes on soft surface marathons, half marathons, and 50 milers this coming weekend. Congrats on the inferno navigation, team!