Records updates 4/13 to 4/15
We have some thrilling new records board updates from the weekend. After winning the NYCRuns Brooklyn Marathon in the fall, Ben Collier decided to avail himself of complimentary entry to the Queens Half on Saturday. For the past year his own training has taken a bit of a back seat to his wife Joelle Reeves training while they’ve been balancing childcare responsibilities but evidently he’s been able to maintain his fitness with fast run commuting. He went into Queens with relatively modest goals but he’s a fierce competitor and hung onto second place throughout the race. Ben finished in 1:16:03 to strengthen his position on the records by a little over a minute for 14th place.
Mariela Quintana has been out of action for a couple years with injuries but this winter she came back with a very solid block of training for the Paris Marathon. On Sunday she showed that she’s in top form again by taking nearly a minute off her PR and getting tantalizingly close to that round number that everyone is shooting for. Remarkably she ran 3:00:11 for 6th on the board with a one second negative split of 1:30:06/1:30:05.
Lastly we have Mary Johnston just barely dipping under that round number in Boston on Monday in the most nail biting way possible. We could see from her training that she was ready to go under 3 hours but we wrongly assumed she would need perfect weather and even pacing to get there. Conventional wisdom says that running a 10k PR at the beginning of a marathon is a recipe for disaster but she managed to bank so much time that she was still able to gut it out in 2:59:51 for 5th on the board, even after slowing down dramatically in the later miles of the race.