Saturday, August 19, 2017
It was a tough, soupy morning to run a hilly course! Burying Hill Beach was the start/finish of the eighth race of the Westport Summer Series. When I got out of my car and walked over to sign up, the humidity was 98% - and it didn't go much lower during the race! It's probably not an exaggeration to say this was probably the most humid race day of the summer (and we've quite a few humid races)!
As for the race itself - it was my first Westport Summer Series race of the Summer. I've been doing the Norwalk Summer Series Races this year. Will do the 10 Miler on Labor Day weekend, which will edge my total up to two of the ten races :O
I finished in just over 1:10 (1:10:02!) - an 8:18 pace. Given that I finished (and resisted urge to walk some of the hills - especially in Mile 6), what seemed like a swim at some points - I am very happy :D
Here are the race results from the Westport Road Runners.
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Great morning to run a race - especially since there was no rain, which had been in the forecast as recently as last night! The Summer Series 11 Miler is the last of the 5 races for 2017. But the Half Marathon next month is the unofficial end of the Summer Series.
As for the race itself, when Christine gave me my bib (178) I felt a twinge of sadness at losing my previous race (17) double digit number - haha. I had a time goal of 1:28 - run the double loop course at an 8 minute pace. It was a tough order since it was humid enough to see the evaporating wetness from last night's rain come off in occasional eerie patches of wispy steam on random stretches of asphalt! Give those conditions (and a couple of hills) I was very happy to squeeze under my target with a 1:27:43, 7:59 pace! It was good enough for 3rd in my age group :D
Next up - the Half Marathon on Saturday, September 16.
Here are the official results from Lightfoot Runners.
Thanks to Tony for great photo of the start!
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Last night, in addition to the regular monthly meeting of the Taconic Road Runners, the second annual Predicted Time Race was run. No technology, digital or analog, was allowed - which meant I couldn't use Strava to map the 2.5 mile "lower" loop of FDR Park! That alone made this run fun because most races at FDR don't include this stretch of the park.
The event was also billed for new club members to come out and meet some of the old timers - which, upon reflection, may not have been an actual selling point - haha. But the great food (+ beer and wine) and socializing afterwards, at the regular meeting - is the best selling point!
I swiped most of these photos from the Taconic website (here are the all of the pictures posted from last night).
And here are the official race results. I was a whopping 1:20+ off my "predicted" time :O
If you are not already a member of a running club - consider joining us at Taconic!
Monday, August 7, 2017
Another great event put together by Bob Tona and the Raritan Valley Road Runners - the 5th Annual NYC Bridges Run. Yesterday, the Bridges Run moved downtown (last year it began in Midtown and concluded with a tram ride back to the City!) and covered roughly a half marathon+ distance (ending at Jeremy's Ale House, under the Brooklyn Bridge). For me, it was essentially a 10K+ (instead of the Half) because I had to cut it short after the Manhattan Bridge.
Still, it was a fantastic day to run (any distance) - after the wet, soupy conditions on Saturday. The course was a bit close to home since it started down the block from my office - and ran past where I also teach! In fact, given the Team races in Central Park the day before, coming back into the City on Sunday made for a rare 7 straight days commuting into Manhattan - and, then there's this week's commute to look forward to as well!
The Federal Hall shot was from Bob - and the Brooklyn Bridge selfie was from Elaine :D
Saturday, August 5, 2017
It didn't seem as if the weather Gods wanted the Team Races to go off this morning! I woke up to a pretty violent sounding thunderstorm! NYRR email advising runners to wait outside the park arrived just as I was leaving the house. Second NYRR email arrived while I was on MetroNorth heading in that said Men's race was pushed back half hour (till 8) and Women's race 15 minutes (8:15). But by time I had gotten off the train at 125th Street, it was a light drizzle - and when I got to 103rd Street station it had stopped altogether! In it's place was just soupy humid conditions.
I headed over to the Taconic meet-up location (right next door to our good friends on the Van Cortlandt Track Club). They had just set up our table (and we'd use it as baggage check as well). In addition to my team mates, ran into some old friends - Michael, and then Grant and Sal as well. The best part of this event is always the socializing :D
As for the race itself (can this be the 3rd 5 Miler I've run in Central Park this summer?) - it was tough out there. Despite the rain having finished, it was replaced with grey skies and 90+ humidity. It was more of a swim than a race. I was pretty happy to squeeze in under 39 minutes (38:55, 7:47 pace) considering I felt like walking the rest of the way a couple of times!
But a finish is always a finish! And, better yet, we had some cold beer waiting while we lined up to cheer on the women as they took their turn on that soupy loop of the park :D
Here are the official results from NYRR.
And, very big surprise - made it into the NYRR Team Spirit photo album!
Thursday, August 3, 2017
I picked up my bib for the club team championships on the way home from work - and was surprised to get a hat as well! It's the first time I can remember NYRR giving out something in addition to the bib for these races! Very cool.
As for the races - 7:30 start time for the mens race :O
This will be 2017 qualified/scored race number 7 for me. As always, if you're running this one - say hello :D
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
It's a bit sad that August has arrived, now that 2/3's of Summer is behind us. But still one more month of sun before the Fall semester!
This weekend kicks off with the NYRR Club Team Races - with a 7:30 AM start for the men. This is one of my favorite NYRR races because of the purely social component - hanging out with team mates is always fun! And the very next day is the Fifth Annual NYC Bridges Run sponsored by the RVRR (Raritan Valley Road Runners). The half marathon distance kicks off on the City Hall side of the Brooklyn Bridge and finishes just below the Bridge, at Jeremy's Ale House. I'll post about this one on Sunday, but suffice to mention that I spent many hours at Jeremy's during my college days :O
The following weekend is the 5th (and, nominally final) race in the Norwalk Summer Series - the 11 Miler. While not official, the half marathon in September is the typical end of the Norwalk Summer season. As always, I'm looking forward to both races. The next day, Sunday, I may head back to Central Park for the second long training run (and make up the extra distance cut off by the high heat/humidity during the first one).
The remaining two weekends will probably be Westport Summer Series races. I haven't run in Westport yet this summer, so looking forward to at least one (if not both). The last weekend is still up in air because we need to drive Katie back to Ann Arbor at some point.
Here's how it looks so far:
8/5 - NYRR Team Championships, 5M
8/6 - Fifth Annual NYC Bridge Run, 13.1M
8/12 - Norwalk Summer Series 11 Miler
8/13 - NYRR Long Training Run #2
8/19 - Westport Summer Series, 8.4 Miles
8/26 - Westport Summer Series, 9.3 Miles
As always, if you're at any of these - say hello!
Saturday, July 29, 2017
What a difference a threatened rainstorm - thankfully averted - can make! Arriving at Calf Pasture Beach for the Norwalk Summer Series 9 Miler (with a few drops of drizzle as I drove there via I-95, to remind that the rain gods were still in the neighborhood) - it was windy and cool! Not shivering cool, but enough to remind us that Fall was just around the corner :O
As for the race itself, this is another tough double loop. I'm not a fan of double loop courses - and hilly loops done twice can be daunting! At the start Don even mentioned a graceful exit for runners too beat up after the first one (skip the second one) - but the weather was too good for that this year. I managed a 1:10:11, 7:48 pace - that 11 seconds kept me from a sub 1:10 finish (and I kiddingly blame the 5k in Central Park Thursday night for the missing finishing kick).
Still, any finish on that course (in any weather) is a solid run! As is the Mother's Day 10k which also starts and finishes here - but tours the other side of Norwalk (in one loop) :D
Next up - the 11 Miler at Silvermine on Saturday, August 12th.
Here are the official results from Lightfoot Runners.
Once again, thanks to Tony for the great photo of the start!
Thursday, July 27, 2017
The 2017 edition of the R-U-N 5k in Central Park (as distinguished from its Prospect Park cousin) was hot and humid - even at the 7 PM start. The heat/humidity was 78/78 on the walk over to the start on West Drive, from race central (which at roughly 10 blocks, was almost a quarter of the race distance)!
Despite the heat/humidity it was fun running in the park at night! And Peter Caiccia, during his pre-race announcements let slip a "good morning" runners - just to see if we were actually paying attention :D
As for the race itself, it was a crowded first mile (I was at the end of the first wave, corrals A-C, and it took me a solid minute to cross the start line. I ran just under 7 minutes for that first mile, and that was all the speed there was before the humidity took its toll. My 23:17, 7:30 pace finish, was a huge relief! The last mile turned into a real slog for me :(
Still, it was great fun to be out there! This was scored race #6 for me, leaving just 3 more to go and the +1 to qualify for 2018 :D
Here are the official race results from NYRR.
Next NYRR race Club Team 5 Miler to kick off August!
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
I picked up my race shirt and bib for the R-U-N 5K after work yesterday. Not only is a 5K a not often seen distance for NYRR races, but it's an evening race as well (another rarity, so to speak). Last year the R-U-N 5K was held in August - and, instead of a shirt, plastic race pint glasses were given out!
This will be my 6th scored NYRR of the year (7th race, coming off last weekend's unscored and untimed Long Training Run).
As always, if you're at this one - say hello!
Saturday, July 22, 2017
This morning I ran the NYRR Long Training Run #1 - coincidentally, I volunteered at this race last summer. It was my was my 6th NYRR race of the year, albeit a non-qualifying (and non-scored) one. So I still need 4 more races +1 to qualify for the 2017 NYC Marathon.
This run was originally planned as a 20 miler - but yesterday it was announced that the oppressive weather conditions had it shortened to a 15 miler. I had mixed feelings about that since I wanted to run the full 20 - but this morning I was more than satisfied with the 15 miles. It was pretty tough out there. In the 3/4 miles from train to baggage to corral - I was already drenched in sweat!
So the 2:12:24, 8:39 pace, on my Strava was pretty surprising! Even more so was the total distance clocked in at 15.3 miles! Interestingly, the run was set to be called at 9:30 (again because of the heat and humidity). But, as I was approaching the finish, the announcer was already alerting runners that the race was officially called (20 minutes early). Be that as it may (and probably the right call) - this event didn't close out - and from the look at the start, a few participates may have opted to skip it entirely :O