Team Runablaze Iowa - Chan returns to the Marathon Print
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Written by Cal Murdock   
Thursday, 30 May 2013 07:06
Woo and Frank recover from injuries and a look back

Des Moines - May 29, 2013

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Red Flannel, Loop the Lake, Market to Market, Hy Vee road races, Dam to Dam, Marathon to Marathon, Clive Running Festival, Sturgis Falls, Fifth Season, Midnight Madness, Park to Park, Capital Pursuit, IMT Des Moines Marathon and Living History Farms.

And now for the "News" . . . 

Chan Y Woo finished 4h at the Bayshore Marathon (Traverse City, MI - May 25) in 2:32:47.  Chan reports, "I was on crutches a few months ago. After my second knee surgery in October, I feel like I was almost completely losing my strength to run fast. In order to protect my knee, I didn’t start marathon specific training until the last week of March. I slowly increase the intensity of the workout as my knee condition is getting better each day. My weekly training mileage hasn’t exceeded 65 miles."

Mason Frank reports, "I'm finally getting back into racing shape.  The removal of my cast and fully healed achilles has helped me get back into the groove!"  Mason finished 19th at the highly competitive Brian Kraft Memorial 5K (Minneapolis, May27)

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Pete Riegel, a leader of course measurement in the US looks back . . . 

I miss the old days too, back when I was running in the early 1970’s to 1990's. I didn’t know it at the time, but it was a Golden Age for those who wanted to race. Accurate courses were few, but the fields were small. The smallness of the fields allowed the racer to focus on who was ahead. The typical marathon in Ohio had 100 to 300 people and was usually out on country roads. In those days we mid-packers recognized all the familiar faces and knew who we would be racing against in our age group.

As time went by, certification became more common, and as timing became more mechanized the fields began to grow. My later experiences in racing were in races with bigger fields, and there was more difficulty trying to focus on any individual competitor. I remember the Athens (OH) marathon in the late 70's. I was coming around a corner at mile 17 or so, and I spotted a runner way ahead of me. I had not seen him before, so I figured he was slowing. It was a great motivator to try to catch him. I finally did pass him, but it took me four more miles to do it. This sort of motivation is absent when a vast herd of 10000 runners is the field.

Lots more people are running in races today, but I sense that racing is not the principal motivation for many of the runners.


About Runablaze Iowa
Runablaze Iowa athletes are based throughout Iowa.  Formed in 2006, the purpose of the team is to improve post-collegiate Iowa distance running. Major Iowa running specialty stores, Iowa races and Iowa runners at those races support Runablaze Iowa.

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