Ah, March, when the racing circuit heats up but apparently not the actual temperatures. We’ve got some big-name results this week, including the USATF 15k championships and a couple of our own Salty speedsters in the mix!
The Gate River Run in Jacksonville, Fla., served as this year’s USATF 15k championships. Molly Huddle, queen of national championship races, picked up her 25th national title, winning in 47:50. Jordan Hasay was second in 48:40 and Molly Seidel third in 49:20. Molly and Jordan are both heading to the Boston Marathon in April. Molly took down Deena Kastor’s American record in the half marathon back in January, and to put this in perspective — Jordan’s 48:40 this year is 50 seconds faster than she ran when she won this race last year. Boston is going to be, as the kids say, lit. Our own Spearmint finished ninth! Go Spearmint!
Side note: great story about Jordan by Outside Online this week. Find it here.
A bit farther north, Rock ’n’ Roll D.C. saw some fast times in cold weather, with local runner Keira D’Amato winning the half in 1:16:31, a 6-minute PR and awfully close to the half-marathon OTQ standard that opens up this fall. Becki Spellman was second in 1:17:05 as she preps for the Eugene Marathon. Honestly, we might not have paid much attention to the results for this one EXCEPT our own Pesto WON the marathon! Originally signed up for the half, she pulled an Allie Kieffer and changed to the full at packet pickup. Pesto ran 2:54:58, winning by about 3 minutes.
Speaking of Allie … Looks like she’s out not only for the upcoming United NYC Half but the London Marathon as well with an injury to her right foot. I assume it’s a stress fracture, but honestly she just posted a pic of her X-Ray and I can’t see it. She’s had tendonitis issues in her feet previously.
So, let’s talk about injuries this week. Have you had a running injury that caused you miss a big race? Did you struggle with deciding not to race and try to push through? How did you handle it mentally?