Thursday, November 16, 2017

Beaujolais Nouveau - 2017!


I love the third Thursday in November, when the Beaujolais Nouveau arrives!  This is the second year in a row that I teach an evening class, so I purchased two bottles in the afternoon from a local wine merchant in the financial district (as opposed to when I would get home from work and stop in at Zachy's).  After class, I carried them home in my knapsack.

But, give the late hour, sampling the brand new vintage will need to wait until tomorrow!

2017 NYRR NYC ("Knickerbocker") 60K Packet Pickup


Yesterday I picked up my bid and shirt for the NYRR NYC 60K (f/k/a Knickerbocker 60K). It's been a long time since I did this race - going back to 2009, if memory serves me correctly! Back then it was called the Knickerbocker 60K and was put on by the Broadway Ultra Society.

Given the forecast for rain, I have serious qualms about lining up for it. But a more practical matter may sidetrack me because I've been trying to recover from a sore throat that morphed into a head cold, then blossomed into a chest cold - argh! While the physical grief is behind me at this point, I've missed a few running days (to put it mildly).

Be that as it may, I'll line up and see how many loops of the park I can get in :D

As always, if you're at this one - say hello!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

2017 Raven Rocks Run 10K: Race Photos & Results


What a great (but cold) morning to run the trails a Ward Pound Ridge Reservation!  I drove up to the Raven Rocks Run 10k wearing shorts, but since the temperature was stubbornly stuck at 29 degrees, I switched into tights in my car.  In fact, by the time we lined up at for the start, the sun had broken through the cloud cover - and could have stuck with shorts!

As for the race itself, it was fantastic.  One way to describe it would be it's like the Leatherman's Loop - without the water crossing and a few more (steep) climbs!  In fact, before the start Rob (the RD) said if you ranked the loop at 6-7, this one is probably 7-8 (on scale of difficulty).  Hearing that, I mentally crossed out my target of one hour and dialed my expectations back to 1:05 (which, in hindsight, was still too optimistic)!

I was actually very happy with my 1:07 finish since this was my first run since the NYC Marathon last weekend.  That running hiatus wasn't for a lack of running desire but a direct consequence of the nasty sore throat I developed in the days after NYC.  So I wasn't go to tempt the relapse Gods by going all out (even if I could).  As it was, I did walk up a few of the hills :O

Aside from Rob, also saw Jim (who was timing it), and Chris (who was running it)!  I'm actually looking forward to running this one again!

Here are the official results from Raven Rocks Run.





 

Monday, November 6, 2017

2017 NYC Marathon: Race Photos & Results

 
 

Yesterday was a gray, dreary day to run a race - much less a marathon!  But the weather didn't take away an iota of happiness at finishing the NYC Marathon!  Especially since it was my 15th consecutive NYC Marathon finish (and, also completed my 9+1 for the 2018 edition)!  While the 4:17 finish was easily the slowest of the bunch, it was probably the happiest one!

There were many highlights: seeing my mom on the course (my #1 fan, who has been to most of my 15), seeing Michael Ring on the course (in Brooklyn, quite fittingly), and a few others as well.  I'll write up race report with all the gory details in a few days!

Here are the official results from NYRR.







 



Thursday, November 2, 2017

2017 NYC Marathon Expo at the Javits Center


Went to the NYC Marathon Expo to pick up my bib and shirt this morning - between classes!  After a quick walk around the place - and a pair of pictures at the PowerBar booth (rewarded with a tee shirt) - I had to grab the train back downtown for my 1:50 class.

This will be my 15th consecutive NYC Marathon!  It will also be my 9th scored race of the year and complete my 9+1 for guaranteed entry for the 2018 edition :D

As always, if you're running this one - say hello!


November 2017 Race Schedule


If it's November, then the NYC Marathon kicks off the month!  This weekend will be my 15th consecutive NYC Marathon (and my ninth race for the 9+1 guaranteed entry for 2018).  I've said it many times over the years, but this is my all time favorite running event :D

While it may tend to overshadow the rest of the month, there are plenty of other good races out there.  In fact, I plan to revisit the Knickerbocker 60K (now called the NYC 60K) later this month.  Then, on Thanksgiving Day, another blast from the past - the Beachfront Bushwack!  This 5 Mile cross county race at Tods Point in Greenwich disappeared from the running scene a few year ago.  Now it's back as a Thanksgiving Day race.  Two days later, on Saturday, it's back to Greenwich for the annual Turkey Trot 5k (on behalf of the Alliance for Education). 

I may try to squeeze in another race or two this month, but nothing definite yet.

Here's how it looks so far:

11/5 - NYC Marathon
11/18 - NYRR NYC 60K
11/23 - Beachfront Bushwack 5 Miler
11/25 - Greenwich Turkey Trot 5K

As always, if you're at any of these events - say hello!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!


Happy Halloween!

It's that time of year again - end of October, streets filled with swirling leaves, houses made over to scare... and costumed kids will soon be out collecting goodies (for the most part)!

And it's also NYC Marathon week!  Expo kicks off on Thursday, and the race is on Sunday.  As a bonus, we get an extra hour of sleep after setting the clocks back!

As for today, I need to get home on the early side so I can answer the door when the "trick or treaters" start ringing the doorbell :O