Boston and Beyond

RA Running Blog

As a coach, it is inherently part of the process to focus on the end result of an athlete's performance. All the training, with hard sessions balanced by easy workouts, the attention to detail in rest, nutrition, and mental preparation are grounded by the goal that the training is based upon. For 6 of my athletes the end result was a strong finishing time at the Boston Marathon. The focus for these athletes ranged from 10 months to 4 months, all training to accomplish another Life's goal.. They were ready to compete, despite some nagging taper-itis and 1 real cold. And perform they did.

Morgan Scoville        2:46:55       5:56 second PR

John Critchley           3:04:34       2:00 PR

Michelle Ziegler         3:05:47       1:05 PR

Dave McKenna         3:24:48      6 Boston in 7 years Ran even splits entire race

Laura Jortberg           3:32:51       2:00 Boston PR, fought through a real cold to tough out the race

Mary Koppenheffer   Escorted off the course at the 25.5MM. Mary ran strongly up to this point and has vowed to be back at Boston next year.

So a week later it feels right to publicly congratulate the runners that I coach that were at the 2013 Boston Marathon. And as proud of them as I am of their courage to fight for a strong performance, I am even more thankful that they are safe and were enough out of harm's way.

In other RA Running news, Celeste Marx set a PR and won the Chardonnay 5K in Santa Barbara on Saturday April 20th. Celeste ran 20:41 to take home the victory and a bottle of wine or 2. Celeste wrote: "1st woman overall - 20:41 and PR for the Chardonnay 5K - Thanks to Randy Ashley coach and Brizzle, the pacer. Yahoo!"

Also, Asheville School runner Ben Fiedler won the 50th Annual Volunteer Classic 2 Mile run in Knoxville, TN on Friday night April 19th. Ben led most of the race and ran 9:26.11 for the win.