Saturday, July 15, 2017
Soupy, humid (but surprisingly cooler) conditions for the Norwalk Summer Series 7 Miler this morning. After the first mile or so, felt like running underwater for the rest of the race! I was just able to squeak in under 54 minutes with a 53:59, 7:43 pace :D
Next up is the 9 Miler on July 29th. That one is a bit tricky for me because the next day is the Escarpment Trail Run! I've only done that back to back duo once - and really on the fence about trying it again :O
Here are the official results from Lightfoot Runners.
Thanks again to Tony for the great photo of the start!
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Fantastic weather for the Putnam County Classic this morning. The classic, now more than 40 years strong, is an 8 mile loop of Lake Mahopac. Instead of the wet, sticky, humid conditions that normally hang over this 4th of July race, it was unseasonably cool and dry! There were just under 350 finishers!
I didn't run it this year, instead volunteered :D
Here are the official results from Taconic Road Runners.
and, better still, here are the TRRC race photos!
Sunday, July 2, 2017
July kicked off yesterday - with the second race in the Norwalk Summer Series, the 5 Miler! It was a soupy morning to run any distance - but typical July weather :O
The 4th of July is the Putnam County Classic 8 Miler. It's a Taconic RR race, which like most years, I will be volunteering at (especially food prep) - instead of running :D
The other races on this month's schedule that I'm registered for include two more Summer Series races in Norwalk. The 7 Miler on 7/15 and the 9 Miler on 7/29. I'm a bit concerned about doing the 9 Miler because it's the day before the Escarpment Trail Run! I've done that combo once before (maybe a decade ago) - and it made running the Escarpment a wee bit tougher than it needed to be! So I'm, reluctantly, on the fence about the 9 Miler this year.
A pair of Central Park races are on deck this month as well. For fun is the silly Underwear Run, a 1.7 mile loop of the lower park, on Friday night 7/14. It's actually part of the kickoff for the 2017 edition of the NYC Tri (which I'm not doing). The second Central Park race is also at night, the NYRR R-U-N 5K (also an unusual distance for NYRR/Central Park).
Aside from those races, I'm also hoping to run (finally) the B.U.S. PJ Run on Saturday night 7/22. I've wanted to participate in this one for years - but I wasn't able to swing it. This year it looks doable!
Here's how it looks so far:
7/1 - Norwalk 5 Miler
7/4 - Putnam County Classic [volunteer]
7/14 - Underwear Run, 1.7M
7/15 - Norwalk 7 Miler
7/22 - B.U.S. PJ Run (6 Hour)
7/29 - Norwalk 9 Miler
7/30 - Escarpment Trail Run, 30K
As always, if you're at any of them - say hello!
Saturday, July 1, 2017
Hot, humid morning for the second race in the 2017 Norwalk Summer Series. The 5 miler is also the 2nd and last full loop course of the series. The remaining courses all include double loop variations.
This was my 3rd 5 Miler in a month - and came close (but no cigar), in being the fastest. But the perfect weather conditions and Central Park gave me a 38:08 at the Retro 5 Miler that kicked off the month of June. But my 38:25 this morning was a solid 2 minutes faster than the 40:29 at the rain soaked Front Runners LBGT Pride Run last week :D
I'm happy with all of them!
Here are the official results from Lightfoot Runners. Next race in the Summer Series, the 7 Miler, is on July 15.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Wow, today's Front Runner's Pride Run could easily have been renamed a swim! It rained (sometimes poured) on and off until minutes into the race! I was wet from the minute I walked out of my house, drove to MetroNorth station, walked (1 block) from MetroNorth to subway, and continued to be soaked from the 102nd street station to the start! I went straight to the corral (not checking a bag) and ran the race with my mini knapsack, squeaking all the way :D
At 40:29, it was one of my slowest non-trail 5 milers (2+ minutes slower than the "dry" Retro 5 Miler that kicked off June)! But getting it done under those wet conditions was fun, if a bit exasperating - and I was more than happy with my time. It was NYRR race #5 of 2017.
Here are the official race results from NYRR.
Friday, June 23, 2017
Yesterday I picked up my bib and (excellent) singlet for the 2017 Edition of the Front Runner's LGBT Pride Run. The 5 Miler will be my NYRR race #5 on the road to the 9+1 needed for the 2018 NYC Marathon guaranteed entry.
I last ran this race back in 2011(?), when instead of a shirt, they gave out hats (and drawstring bags). Hopefully the weather Gods will keep it modestly dry out there tomorrow (and we won't need hats) - because the forecast is for rain!
As always, if you're at this one - say hello!
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Summer 2017 arrived here on the east coast just after midnight (12:24 AM to be precise). After the last few weeks of so-so weather (bouncing between heat wave and rainy gray days), hopefully the sun will stick around for a while!
In any event - get out there and enjoy it because, here in New York, chance of showers late in the afternoon :O