Tuesday, February 13, 2018

World Radio Day - 2018

Today is World Radio Day!

A brief description/history:

The date of 13 February, the day the United Nations radio was established in 1946, was proposed by the Director-General of UNESCO. The objectives of the Day will be to raise greater awareness among the public and the media of the importance of radio; to encourage decision makers to establish and provide access to information through radio; as well as to enhance networking and international cooperation among broadcasters.

The consulted stakeholders also proposed ideas for the programme of celebration: extensive use of social media, annual themes, a dedicated website enabling virtual participation, special radio programmes, radio programmes exchange, a festival involving key partners, and so forth.

On 14 January 2013, the United Nations General Assembly formally endorsed UNESCO’s proclamation of  World Radio Day. During its 67th Session, the UN General Assembly endorsed the resolution adopted during the 36th session of the UNESCO General Conference, proclaiming 13 February, the day United Nations Radio was established in 1946, as World Radio Day.

So find some time to go old school today - and listen to a radio broadcast :D

Friday, February 2, 2018

Happy Groundhog Day - 2018!

Happy Groundhog Day!

Unfortunately, as I write this post, comes news that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow - another 6 more weeks of winter (as the prognostication goes) :(

Lucky for us, Phil isn't the only game (rodent) in town.  According to Staten Island Chuck - our local authority on the matter - no shadow this morning.  Early Spring it is :D

In any event, early Spring or not, find some time to watch Bill Murry's "Groundhog Day!"

Thursday, February 1, 2018

February 2018 Race Schedule

February has seems to have snuck up on me.  My race schedule for this month is still something of a work in progress.  The only definite item so far is the running the 3rd Boston Buildup race (20K) next weekend.  There are a couple probable ones as well - including the "Looper" bowl (a/k/a Leatherman's loop) this weekend - instead of the NYRR's Gridiron 4 Miler and the Stratford's "Last Chance for Romance" 3 Miler (a/k/a the "Sweetheart").  The Stratford race is a bit late in the month, hence the "Last Chance" :D

That one also conflicts with the Colchester Half - one of my favorite events!  But I'll go with the shorter distance because I seriously thinking of running the Hyannis Marathon the next day.  That one is all about the logistics.  If the travel to and from gets worked out, count me in!

Another race that's in the probable category is the VCTC "Tough Love" 2 x 2M Relay in Van Cortland Park next weekend.  It's the day before the Buildup 20K, but if I can line up a partner to run it with me - again, count me in!

Finally, the major question mark for this month is what to do the weekend of 17/18?  There are a couple of options I'm looking at right now, but nothing definite at this point. 

Caveats as above, here's how it looks so far:

2/4 - Looper Bowl 10K
2/10 - VCTC Tough Love 2x2M Relay
2/11 - Boston Buildup 20K
2/17-18 - ???
2/24 - Stratford "Last Chance for Romance" 3M
2/25 - Hyannis Marathon?

Sunday, January 28, 2018

2018 Taconic RR Freezer 5K: Race Photos & Results

 Warm - if incredibly foggy and humid - weather for the Taconic's Freezer 5K this morning!  But that's a lot better than rain!  When I woke up this morning it was pouring outside.  That was the prime reason I skipped heading down to Long Island for a Marathon (very wimpy, I know).

Despite the damp conditions, there was a pretty great turnout for the race (basically a loop of the park + a dog leg).  I managed to run a solid 22:38, 7:15 pace.  That was enough for second place in my age group!

Here are the official results from Taconic RR.

Here are more race photos from Taconic RR!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

2018 Boston Buildup 15K: Race Photos & Results

We had great weather this morning to run the Barlow Mountain 15k (a/k/a Boston Buildup race #2).  Somehow adding the word "Mountain" gives a better sense of the "hills" on the course.  Although it was the snowy/icy roads that started in mile 4 of the out and back course that were the real surprise out there (enough of a curve ball that I would have liked my trail shoes)!  The first (and last) 3 miles were dry and very runnable.

As for the race itself, I was very happy with my 1:14:29, 8:00 pace, because I hit my target pace (8 minutes) completely by happenstance!  For some reason my MapMyRun/Strava apps decided to go silent and not give me any feedback during the race.  So I ran mile mark to mile mark without any timing.  And, given the self-imposed "slowdown" over the ice patches, I suspect that my time could have been marginally better.

Next week is a toss-up between the Run Around Manhattan and a new Marathon on Long Island.  Tossed into the mix is the forecast for rain - ugh.  If it's really pouring, may wimp out on the long ones and opt for the Taconic Freezer 5k instead - an appropriate (e.g. sane) distance to run in the rain. haha

Here are the official results from ClubCt.

                                          Great shot of start - thanks Tony!

Friday, January 19, 2018

2018 NYRR Virtual Resolution Run 5K

Participated in my very first virtual run to kick off the new year - but it didn't actually "materialize" until the "results" were posted today!  The NYRR and Strava teamed up to put on the "virtual" Resolution Run 5K - the first of a half dozen+ (8, I think) to be held throughout the year.

During the first two weeks of the year runners complete the 5k distance while recording it on Strava (as a "race").  I uploaded a snow-filled training run (guilty of not actual "racing" it) - but I will make amends with a future one, where I will try to run the distance "fast" :D

Here is the NYRR news release - with links to posted photos as well.

Here are the "official" results at NYRR.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

2018 Boston Buildup 10K: Race Photos & Results

Hard to reconcile running in shorts on Friday afternoon and the return of Arctic conditions this morning!  I'm thankful for the 10:00 AM start for this race (the other Boston Buildup races go off at 9 AM) because I was on the fence till the last minute.  Finally I dragged myself into the car and drove over to Rowayton.  I'd run at least 6 miles today one way or another so, I reasoned, might at well socialize a little while doing the mileage :D

As for the race itself, my 48:26, 7:48 pace, was a bit off my 48:00 minute target.  But I had no leg speed to speak of (and spent most of mile 1 getting warm) - so all in all, was pretty happy.  And, as and added bonus, I got to run fast (relatively speaking) - a nice break from training mileage!

Since the 10K was postponed from last Sunday, the second Boston Buildup race (15K) in Ridgefield is on deck for next weekend.  The 15k is typically the coldest one of the series, but after this morning it may need to settle for second coldest of 2018 :O

Here are the official results from ClubCt.