Heres a summary of my 2008 Spring Running Season. It was without a doubt my best ever single season of running and I accomplished my two main goals: running well at the Frederick Marathon and winning the Frederick Steeplechasers Grand Prix Series title. I also received sponsorships from Brooks, nuun, and If The Shoe Fits (my local running store in Frederick, MD)!
I began March still recovering from knee tendonitis and a bit run down. I did a lot of cross-training on the elliptical and gradually worked in runs as I began to recover. The first race of the GP was a 5 miler in mid-March. I was able to win with a time of 28:59 on a rolling course with some strong winds. The month included long runs of 18, 20, and 22 miles.
April was a very solid month that had a strong start, a solid 5K in the middle, and ended with the beginning of my taper period. The 5K was my second GP race and I cruised to an easy win. I had won the race last year so this victory marked my first repeat title. The course is long (about 3.23 miles) and hilly so my time wasnt all that good, but I feel like I could have set a 5K PR on that day had I been on a fast course. Heres the report: http://community.active.com/blogs/jaysilvio/2008/04/19/my-first-ever-repeat
May began with the Frederick Marathon on the 4th. My second place overall finish was well beyond my expectations and you can read about it at: http://community.active.com/blogs/jaysilvio/2008/05/09/frederick-marathon-race-report
After the marathon I tried to return to my normal training too quickly. I did not allow my muscles to fully heal and am still dealing with nagging soreness in my calves, hamstrings, and knees. I spent a lot of time on the elliptical trying to reduce the pounding to my legs. I ended the month with my final GP race and even though I was flat I was able to grit out a second place finish. The race report is here: http://community.active.com/blogs/jaysilvio/2008/06/03/race-report-deer-dash-5k
Two firsts and a second earned me enough points to capture the GP title! I received my award (a cool beach towel with the Steeplechasers logo and Grand Prix Champion) at a club picnic yesterday. Certainly one of the more useful prizes I have won and it will be a source of continued motivation as I dry off from post workout showers.