Tag Archives: Road Race

Mount Washington Road Race – Food Network Fiasco

For the last twelve months my training has been focused on one goal; doing well at the Mount Washington Road Race. This year, the 7.6 mile race, climbing Mt. Washington’s Auto Road to the 6,288 foot summit, was serving as the National Mtn. Running Championships. Continue reading

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Whiteface Mtn. Foot Race

June 1st was a busy day for racing in the Northeast. Among the numerous events being contested were the New England 5k Road Championships in Rhode Island, the Pack Monadnock 10 miler (the 2nd race in the LaSportiva Mtn. Cup Series) in New Hampshire and the Whiteface Mtn. Uphill Foot Race in New York Continue reading

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A Birthday PR at The Bennington Road Race

Although I cannot remember the bulk of my life (a result of years of depression perhaps) there are a few conversations that have stayed in my memory as clearly as the day they occurred. One such dialog took place at a high school track meet in 1984. My coach Steve Zemianek took me aside after a race and in a stern tone uttered the question; “VanOrden, when are you going to get serious?”. Continue reading

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Kids for Kids 5k – A new PR!

Although the 62 storey Aon Center race was a grueling affair, it only lasted a little over 8 minutes. Since I don’t have a coach, I find it hard to push myself to the limit on my own, so I do a race as my hard workout for the week. Continue reading

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Snowstorm Classic 10K

Thrashing through the snow in the Snowstorm Classic 5k was so much fun, that I decided to make the hour and forty minute drive south again to compete in the Snowstorm Classic 10k. Where the 5k offered bone chilling temps and snow covered roads, the 10k presented a gauntlet of new challenges… Continue reading

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Snowstorm Classic 5k

It’s been a month since my last race in Milwaukee. A month of rough and tumble Vermont winter. I’ve been doubting whether my isolated training has been long enough on my easy days and hard enough on my hard days. In Los Angeles I would do a race every weekend as my hard tempo workout. It’s not such much about the competition as it is about the intense workout that a race provides. I just can’t push myself as hard on my own. Continue reading

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Palm Springs Tram Road Challenge

In a race that has been dominated by elite marathoners and road racers from around the world, I managed to best the field by over 30 seconds. But more importantly, I became the only runner in the past 5 years to break the 30 minute barrier on this steep 3.7 mile uphill course up the base of mighty Mt. San Jacinto. Continue reading

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Lake Gregory Run Through the Pines 10k

My high altitude training continues, with a 10k race at 4700′ at Lake Gregory in Crestline, CA, on the outskirts of LA. This was my first 10k since March, and I wasn’t sure if i’d have the legs to maintain my speed for the entire distance – especially at altitude. The race really put the hurt on me, but I had a great time and place none-the-less. Continue reading

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Derby Days 5K

As part of my ‘5k every weekend’ training plan I decided to enter into the very competitive quite unique Derby Days 5k in Arcadia, CA. This race includes a flattish PR friendly course, incredible talent and some of the most scenic views in all of California. The race starts off by running through the fabled Santa Anita Race Track (the home of Seasbiscuit)… Continue reading

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My First 10K – Rhythm of Life 10K – Los Angeles

Well, after 45 days of recovery from my knee injury in the Catalina Half Marathon, I decided to see how fast I was on flat pavement. I haven’t run on a flat surface nor done speed work since early February, so this was going to be an interesting test. I viewed the race as more of a hard workout than a race and i didn’t expect much… Continue reading

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