Saturday, December 9, 2017

2017 NYRR Ted Corbitt 15K Race Photos & Results

I should really strike photo from the post title since my phone died/froze right after I crossed the finish line of the Ted Corbitt 15K this morning!  But I'll add a link to the NYRR Photo Gallery to make up for it.  There seemed to be a slight chance the race would have been switched to a fun run when the NYRR sent out an advisory that they were monitoring the weather conditions and would let runners know by 6 AM what to expect.  Luckily (as this was the last Club race of the year) the race went off as planned :D

As for the weather it was chilly (but not really cold) - hovering just above freezing at the start.  The real concern was snow - which actually held off until the race got underway (with slight flurries as we left the chutes).  But it did pick up - and by the second loop it was bona fide snowfall accompanying us to the finish!

I didn't have any expectations, time-wise, for my performance.  There was an outside hope I'd run a 1:15 (8 minute pace or so).  But given how beat up I felt after last weekend's BUS Trail Mix-Up 50K there wasn't any speed left in my legs.  Still, my 1:16:51, 8:15 pace, finish made me very happy!  As a bonus, got to say hello to Gary Corbitt (Ted's son) as on the 102nd Street transverse during the first mile!

Here are the official results from NYRR.

Here is the link to the NYRR photo galleries.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

2017 NYRR Ted Corbitt 15K Packet Pick-Up

I picked up my bib and race shirt for the 2017 Ted Corbitt 15K this Saturday, after work this afternoon.  But given how beat up my legs felt after the B.U.S. Trail Mix-Up 50K on Sunday, I doubt that there'll be anything approaching "speed" covering the 9.3 miles around the Park.  Still - I will certainly work up an appetite for our traditional year-end Taconic post-run breakfast at the Rambling House after the race :D

This will be my 10th NYRR race of 2017.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

2017 B.U.S. Trail Mix-Up 50K: Race Photos & Results

Today's Broadway Ultra Society's Trail Mix-Up 50K in Alley Pond Park was challenging - and probably my last "long" run of the year (it is December, after all)!  What made this one especially tough is the 30K option - which is the siren song of cutting it short if ever there was one!  In fact, a few years ago, I exercised that option and bailed out of the 50K in favor of the 30K (and nice warm park house).

But this time around I managed to do all 10 of the 5K loops (the loop was roughly evenly split between trail and pavement sections).  Mile for mile, this was probably tougher than running the Knickerbocker 60K two weeks ago (if only because we could stop after 6 loops/30K).  However, given that we share a portion of the course with a dog run (and some decidedly unfriendly dog owners and their equally snarling pets) - this was hands down the most dangerous course I've run all year.  This is no creative exaggeration because I was right behind Grant when some obnoxious dog (thankfully on a leash) leapt at him during the 2 loop - forcing him off the path!

Aside from that adrenaline moment, the rest of the day was like any other ultra.  As for my race, I got thru the first 6 loops in under a 10 minute pace.  After that point I mostly ran, jogged, walked the remaining 4 loops.  Given how tough - mentally - the last 4 loops were I was more than happy with my 5:51:33 finish (11:19 pace)!  The best part of the day was the post-race food - which, just from memory, included, ravioli, eggplant parm., lasagna, veggie pasta, chicken marsala!, and, no ultra would be complete without - pizza! Not a bad way to recoup the 3,700+ calories burned getting the 50k done :D

As always, thanks Richie (and all the volunteers) for putting on another great B.U.S. event!

Here are the official results from New York Ultrarunning.

Friday, December 1, 2017

December 2017 Race Scheddule

Year end has arrived!  Still hard to believe the entire year has flown by so quickly.  In arddition to holiday related stuff, this month will be tough because I have finals exams and grades to deal with before bring the Fall semester to an official close.

While I probably won't get in that many races, I will put in some decent race mileage.  December kicks off this weekend with the BUS Trail Mix-up 50K in Alley Pond Park.  While I plan on doing the full 50K, this event lets you drop down to the 30K without penalty (to which I availed myself to one yea

The following weekend is the Ted Corbitt 15K - my final NYRR race of the year.  As has become a tradition, following the race we'll have our annual Taconic post-race get together at the Rambling House!  And, in keeping with the Club themed weekend, will join the Van Cortandt Track Club for their annual Santa Run the next morning!

I'll try out a new (for me) holiday race on the 23rd, the New Canaan Santa Run - to work up a Christmas appetite :D

Here's how it looks so far:

12/3 - BUS Trail Mix-up 50K
12/9 - NYRR Ted Corbitt 15K
12/10 - VCTC Santa Run
12/23 - New Canaan Santa Run 5K

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


Sunday, November 26, 2017

2017 Van Cortlandt Track Club Run for Puerto Rico

This morning I drove down to Van Cortlandt Park for the VCTC Run for Puerto Rico - a fund raiser for hurricane victims.  Most of the runners were VCTC members, but there where a good number of friends participating as well.  The highlight, pre-run, was the singing of the Puerto Rican national anthem ("La Borinquena") before we set off across the flats to the start line!

The run itself was 2.5 loops of the parade grounds.  It worked out (according to my GPS) to slightly less than 3.7 miles.  But the more interesting aspect was the widely disparate running conditions on either side of the flats - wind tunnel like on the east side, calm with breaks of sun on the west side! 

Thanks to Hiroshi, I wound up running a much faster pace (couple of second over an 8 minute pace) than the easy run I had planned (e.g. 9+ minute miles).  All in all it was a great morning, and it was great that VCTC organized it.  I think Bobby said it raised over $1600 for the relief effort - which is outstanding!

I only took a handful of photos - but the event was covered by local cable news (channel 12, I believe) and a clip was posted on FB.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

2017 GAE Turkey Trot: Race Photos & Results

Could not possibly have asked for better weather this morning for the 7th annual Greenwich Alliance for Education Turkey Trot 5k (and 1 mile kids fun run)!  For such a young race, they had 800 pre-registered runners + and lots more race day entrants thanks to the mini heat wave.

I volunteered, mostly course marshaling (-- managed to get a short video clip of the 5k start) and ran an easy loop of the 5k course afterwards. 

Will add a link to the results once they've been posted.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

2017 NYRR NYC/Knickerbocker 60K: Race Photos & Results


I finished the NYRR NYC/Knickerbocker 60K - and am more than a little surprised to be writing that sentence!  As I pointed out early, when I picked up my shirt and bib earlier in the week, making it to the start line didn't seem like a realistic possibility given how much time I've spent "sick" during the last couple of weeks!  But things looked up on Thursday, and I managed an easy 4.5 mile run on Friday - so at a minimum, would go in, line up, and run as many laps as I could eke out!

Five laps (21 miles) was my initial goal.  Even that seemed like a stretch considering I only ran twice since the NYC Marathon (the Raven Rocks 10K, on trails, and the 4.5 miles, on roads, Friday).  Somehow 10.7 miles, broken up by Bronchitis and a chest cold, didn't seem like a realistic lead in to an ultra!  But in a counterintuitive miracle, maybe all that "rest" that came along with feeling sick worked some magic!

After the 5 loops I stopped for hot soup!  The perfect thing, actually, and I also took a couple of minutes to switch my phone over to a mofi because the charge was dying.  At that point I was on a solid 9:40 pace (roughly 3:23 in).  The next loop I stopped for a cup of coffee (mainly for the caffeine).  But I had started slowing down (10+ minute miles).  The last two loops were the toughest - I had slowed to 11/12 minute miles by this point.  But, amazingly, the only cramping I had the entire day was in the last 2 miles of the entire distance!  The only walk breaks I took were during the last (9th) loop.

I was incredibly happy with my 6:46:07, 10:54 pace, finish.  While it was way slower than my PB for this course (5:23), it was a solid - and gratifying - finish!  Given the trepidation I had at the start, I count this as one of my happiest race finishes :D

Here are the official results from NYRR.


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.