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Event Logo 2019 USATF Masters 15 km Championships
Saturday, October 26, 2019 - Saturday, October 26, 2019
Tulsa Run
Tulsa, OK



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NEW YORK RESULTS                              complete championship results

Place

Name

Age

Affiliation / City

Time

Age-Graded Score

(A-G gender place)

WOMEN

50-54

1

Fiona Bayly

52

Urban Athletics / New York, NY

57:58

92.30% (3)



IN FIONA'S WORDS....

I am purely self-coached at this point but I'll never say never. A coach might be in the future. I was coached in high school (Phillips Exeter Academy - full scholarship, baby!...  and a year at Dartmouth before a hip injury sidelined me for several months). Although I'm on a team, Urban Athletics NYC, I cannot participate in the team workouts as they are in the evenings and by that time I'm ready for bed. "Old-people" hours, you know. ;)
 
I've been a runner since age 7 so I'm pretty experienced and am good at  figuring out my body's tendencies-- and have tons of mileage in my legs, which is something that I wonder about as I get older (is this longevity helpful? Or is it going to break me down soon?.. etc)  But I learn something every single time I race, too! What I try to do is have a huge range of ability. As you've noticed, I run everything from the mile to the marathon and what I take great pride in is that I can do quite well at several different distances, not just the short, and not just the long. Its difficult, and I have thought about specializing and I might, in the future.  (I'm toying with the idea of a December marathon, but my next race is actually this weekend on Saturday 11/2, here in Manhattan: the Dash to the Finish Line 5k, serving as the USATF championships for the professional runners!)
 
Melissa [Gacek, the eventual masters female second-placer] is a very companionable runner, and she and I ran together for the first couple of miles... but I didn't say much; she tends to chat a little, and I just can't do that when I'm racing, hahaha! I wasn't sure when I could try to make my move, but I figured I'd try and do it a little earlier this year, just to put some distance between us. It's always risky but I did it at around 2 miles as opposed to around 5k last year.
 
And yes, the weather was miraculous. Not only did the rain stop just minutes before we began running, but the wind was not as ferocious as it has been in past years. I remember two years ago it was hard to stand upright the last couple of miles coming that huge, exposed highway back into the city center!  
 
My preparation this year again included a half-marathon two weeks prior to Tulsa, and this time I raced in Albany, NY, on Sunday 10/13 (My childhood home is Troy, across the Hudson River from Albany.)  I had  hurt my tailbone the week prior when my heavy, commuter bicycle hit one gargantuan pothole in the pre-dawn darkness... so I was in a lot of pain, and that was a tentative half marathon for me and I treated it as a test-run, if nothing else. I ran1:22:30, placed1st masters female, and 4th overall. It's insane how much a tailbone injury can linger. It still hurts to sit, but thank goodness I prefer running to sitting. I work full time at the American Museum of Natural History which is another aspect that forces great vigilance regarding time management and recovery.