Sunday, October 15, 2017
This morning was a tough day to run (90+ humidity with on again off again drizzle) but weather aside, I had a great time at the Long Island 6 Hour Run (officially, "Fred von der Heydt Memorial 6 Hour 60th Birthday Run")! It was my first ultra of the year, and after the Sri Chinmoy Marathon in August, longest distance of the year as well :O
I'll write up a short race report tomorrow, but it seemed like old times because I ran a 5K in Central Park yesterday, and followed up with a 50K (32.6 miles, officially) today! I can't remember the last time I ran a pair of back to back races in recent memory - haha!
Not only was the event first rate - but the post-race party was incredible (subs, pasta, and beer - to mention a few of the things available). Also, lest I forget, the aid station selection of food and drink was pretty awesome on its own (I have NEVER seen a PB and M&Ms sandwich before today - haha (PBJ and raisons - yes indeed, but not M&Ms).
Here are the race results from GLIRC.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
For runners of certain age, the name Terry Fox is an inspiration. If you're not familiar with Terry's story, please take the time to read about him (at Wikipedia, for instance). After his leg had been amputated, Terry Fox started on a cross-Canada run to raise awareness/funs for cancer research. He covered 5,373 km (3,339 miles) over 143 days before he succumbed to the deadly effects of his cancer. It's hard to believe that he died 36 years ago.
This was the 24th edition of the Terry Fox Run. I was finally able to take part in one. They are basically fun runs (unscored) to raise funds for cancer research. I wore the race shirt this morning (I rarely wear the given race shirt at the actual event) to express my solidarity with the cause - and Terry Fox's legacy.
As for the run itself it was a double loop of lower Central Park. Billed as a 5k, it was more like 3.3 miles (according to Strava). The entire event was underwritten by the Canadian Embassy, which let all the funds raised go directly to cancer research organizations!
Sunday, October 8, 2017
My third consecutive Paine to Pain Trail Half is in the books (5th, counting the 2 earlier course checks)! I love this race - and the fact it's practically run in my backyard only adds to its attraction. The wet (e.g. on again off again rain) conditions only added to the trail running atmosphere (though we could certainly have done without the 100% humidity).
This one was my slowest, by 2 minutes, of the trio I've run. One amazingly cool thing - an email notification from NYCRuns within minutes of crossing the finish line of my time (1:54:45). That was a incredibly surprise, and only wish more races/timers could incorporate that technology. While the official results haven't been posted yet, the personalized email was one of those "above and beyond" extras for runners.
As for my performance, this was my 3rd fail at going under 1:50 for the course - arrgh! While today the weather (especially the humidity) played a role, it was still somewhat of a downer (finishing 2+ minutes slower than my earlier finishes, aside from being miles away from a sub 1:50 (I know, hyperbole... but I contain multitudes). In my defense (albeit weak), my first 2-3 miles were slow - and I bounced back with a significant overall negative split :D
And, the post-race amenities were first class (I write this with a fond memory of having inhaled 3 pork sliders and drunk multiple shots of chocolate milk within minutes of crossing the finish line - yum)! There was plenty of other food as well :D
Because of the rain, I really didn't have the opportunity to take many pictures. I'll add a link to the official race photo galleries once they're up.
Here are the (preliminary) race results from NYCRUNS.
Friday, October 6, 2017
Just got back from packet pickup for the 2017 Paine to Pain Trail Half Marathon. The Westchester Road Runner Store in White Plains is a 10 minute drive from my house (and the race start/finish lines are just over 3 miles from home)!
This will be my 3rd P2P race (5th if I add in the two earlier course checks). It's one of my favorite events (and the fact it's run in my backyard - figuratively, in lawyerspeak - only adds to its attraction in my book).
If you're at Paine to Pain on Sunday - say hello!
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Tom Petty died of cardiac arrest yesterday - a few weeks shy of his 67th birthday (October 20). Petty was way too young to go. I've written about Tom Petty numerous times on this blog - "Live Anthology," "Mojo," and "Running Down a Dream" to name just a few. I was a huge fan of his music with the Heartbreakers, with the Traveling Wilburys, and his solo stuff. It's hard to overstate how much his sound was a part of my 70's and 80's world (as can be said of millions of similar souls of my age).
Here is his obituary from the NY Times.
Will be listening to a lot of his music today, and in the coming week. We will miss Tom Petty!
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Hard to believe October is here already! Seems like I write a variation of that sentence as the intro to almost every month, but time just flies by these days. It's flown by so quickly that I haven't really been able to decide on any races for the second half of the month. The only two on the schedule so far are Pain to Paine Half Marathon next week and the Long Island 6-Hour Run the following week.
I love the Paine to Paine Trail Half - which pretty much covers a good chunk of my weekend running routes. The 6-Hour is a different story: more of a way for me to confront getting a final (decent) long run before the NYC Marathon next month! While I will be happy w/at least 20+ miles (26.2 for that matter), my goal for it will to reach 50K and get in 31 miles.
As mentioned, not sure what's on deck for second half of the month. But I do hope to run some of my favorite Halloween races during the last weekend :D
Here's how it looks so far:
10/8 - Pain to Paine Trail Half Marathon
10/15 - Long Island 6 Hour Run
10/22 - short distance Halloween Race?
10/29 - short distance Halloween Race?
As always, if you're at any of these - say Hello!
Sunday, September 24, 2017
It was my first time running the Putnam County Half Marathon. I had thought it would be a chance to run a half marathon in Fall weather, as opposed to the heat and humidity we had last week at the Norwalk Half. So much for wishful thinking - it was hotter and even more humid for this race (summer clearly not wanting to give way to fall, it seems).
As for the race itself, it was an out and back course - with one major glitch, the turnaround point kept getting relocated! In amazement, I watched it get moved back - far back - literally, as I approached it to turn around! I'm not sure where it actually belonged (my final mileage according to Strava, was 13.6 miles - according to MapMyRun, it was 13.7+ miles) but the confusion led to a lot of post-race gripes about who ran what distance - and may have impacted the awards as a result.
The course itself was fantastic. But because of the weather it was tough, especially the basically unshaded nature of a good chunk of it. I managed to finish in 1:53:42 (roughly 8:22 pace). It was good enough for 2nd Place in my AG. Even so, I was a bit disappointed with my performance - 8+ minutes slower than my already heat-slowed result at Norwalk last weekend. Still, given that at least one runner was taken to hospital for heat related issues, more than pleased to have finished!
Don, Emmy, and Ronnie also took AG group awards as well (1st, 1st, and 2nd, respectively)! But, in what took away from all the good vibrations was having not 1, but 2 tickets waiting for him when Don got back to his car! That was really disturbing - and, honestly, inexcusable. We all traveled to Brewster for that specific event. Neither he, nor any of us, would have been in town, this morning - but for the half marathon. Argh!
Here are the official results via Putnam Half Marathon FB page.
More great photos from Putnam Half Marathon's official photographer!
Friday, September 22, 2017
Here on the east coast, Fall officially arrives at 4:02 PM. Even so, Summer doesn't seem in any rush to fade away - especially with temperatures forecast in the 80's this weekend! Hurray for that because I don't want cooler days - just yet. We've already had an early taste of Fall over the Labor Day weekend (I can't remember a pre-race Westport 10 Miler where my teeth chattered in the chill as we waited for the race to start!).
Still, Happy Autumnal Equinox to all!
Saturday, September 16, 2017
What a difference a year can make. I ran the Norwalk Half Marathon this morning (and it's probably the first time in 10 years that I managed to run all 6 of races in an entire season). We had 100% humidity (without rain) at the start. Half way through the first mile it already seemed more like a swim than a race :O
I finished the double loop course in just over 1:45 (1:45:06, 8:02 pace). That was a bit disappointing since I had hoped to run a 1:42 or 1:43 for the Half. Given the tough weather conditions, I'll take it! Still, in significantly less humid conditions, I ran it almost 4 minutes faster last year (1:41:13) :D
Last year I finished third in my age group for the Half. Amazingly, despite the slower time, I again finished third in my age group! But the highlight of the morning was a 3rd place finish in my age group in the overall summer series standing! It's been a few years since I took home an age group award for the summer series :D
Here are the Half Marathon Race Results from Lightfoot Runners.
Here are the Final 2017 Summer Series Standing from Lightfoot Runners.
Great photo of the start - thanks to Tony!
Monday, September 11, 2017
It's been 16 years now - and it could have happened yesterday. As I write this, I'm sitting in my office, pretty much the same place I sat when the first plane crashed into the north tower.
Here is my post from last year (which, in essence, mirrored my earlier ones on the subject):
It's hard believe that 15 years have gone by since the cowardly terrorists destroyed so much on September 11, 2001. Despite the physical destruction - and the loss of so many innocent souls - our collective spirit survived intact and emerged from the ashes.
Today the Freedom Tower rises in the former Twin Towers site. We have rebuilt and our lives have go on - despite the horror and sadness of that day. And for those reason, we must never forget what happened.
Never forget the evil.
Never forget the survival.
Never forget the souls that didn't survive.
Sunday, September 10, 2017
The Fifth Avenue Mile is one of my favorite races. This morning we had great, if slightly windy, weather for a run down a carless 5th Avenue straightaway. It was the second year in a row (I think) that the 50's men and women ran together in what was the 12th heat of the morning.
As I suspected, my finish was in between last year's 6:13 and last month's 6:44. The 6:19 was a solid 25 seconds faster than the Peekskill Brewery Mile. I don't know how I ran that fast without the prospect of a cold beer waiting at the finish - haha!
My quarter mile splits were relatively even: 1:30; 1:40; 1:35; and, 1:34. The 1:40 reflected the only "climb" of the course. The remaining two quarters were relatively "downhill" after that one. All in all, I was very pleased with my finish. It was race #8 of my 9+1 (and the NYC Marathon itself will complete the (9+1 for 2017).
Here are the official results from NYRR.
Monday, September 4, 2017
Yesterday was the first time I ever picked up a bib and shirt (other than a race day, itself) on a Sunday (not to mention a Labor Day weekend)! Since I had to put in a few hours at the office - Fall semester kicks off with a convocation on Tuesday and classes begin on Wednesday - why not stop off at the NYRR on the way home?! In fact, the email notification from the NYRR had, itself, only arrived the day before (Saturday).
As for the race itself, it will be #8 on my road to 9+1 for 2017. And as for a time goal, there's a 30 second window between the 6:13 I ran last year and the 6:44 I ran last month (at the Peekskill Brewery Mile) that I will probably finish in. My 6:44 is a pretty soft target, while the 6:13 is looking pretty tough to beat right now :O
Time will tell (actually, in less than a week now we will - in fact - know the result) :D
Saturday, September 2, 2017
Fall weather came to the Westport Summer Series 10 Miler this morning. The chilly start was probably the coolest weather I can remember for this race! When I left the house it was 50 degrees outside (and I immediately went back inside to grab my windbreaker)! The temperature was much warmer when I arrived at Staples -- but it was great running weather :D
As for the race itself, while my time goal was a sub-1:20, I came pretty close to sneaking in under 1:18! Maybe the weather was a plus after all. When I saw the clock at the straightaway to the finish line, it had just turned 1:17:50 - and despite the old college try, I couldn't sprint fast enough to cover the remaining distance in 9 seconds - it took a whopping 16 seconds! Nevertheless I was very happy with the 1:18:06 , 7:49 pace (with my sub 1:10 glory days long gone - haha)!
Here are the race results from HiTek Racing.
As usual, thank to Tony for great photo of the start!
Friday, September 1, 2017
Hard to believe Summer is ending and Fall begins just 3 weeks! Given the "cold" spell (if 50s and 60s fit that bill) of the last few days, it seems as if Fall has gotten a jump on its official return (9/22). But this weather would be ideal for the Westport 10 Miler tomorrow :D
Aside from Westport to kick off the Labor Day weekend, I'm still on the fence about heading up to New Haven for the 20K on Labor Day proper. I've done that double many times, but won't really decide until after the 10 Miler.
The following week is the NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile (race #8 of my 9+1). Looking forward to it, as running down a car-less 5th Avenue is always fun! But I gave serious thought to the South Nyack 10 Miler before signing up for the 1 Miler.
The Norwalk Half is on the 16th. While not the official end to the Summer Series, it does bring it to a close for the 2017 season. Looking forward to it (but can't say the same for the double loop course - haha). The open question for me, again, is the next day. Should I run the NYRR 18 Mile training run, or the Fall Frolic 30K. Will definitely do one, just not sure which at this point.
As of now, haven't penciled in a race for the last weekend. The Bronx 10 Miler is on the front burner. It would be a nice bookend to the month (starting and ending with a 10 miler) :D
Here's how it looks so far:
9/2 - Westport 10 Miler
9/10 - Fifth Avenue Mile
9/16 - Norwalk Half Marathon
9/17 - NYRR Marathon Tune-up 18M, or
- Fall Frolic 30K
As always, if you're at any of them - say Hello!
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Last year I ran the Percy Sutton 5k (an initially hilly course, with a flat finish). This year I was a volunteer and it took care of my +1 for 2017. I had planned to run the race because it was a team points event. But with the Sri Chinmoy Marathon on Thursday, it volunteering at the Start/Finish seemed like a much better choice :D
The absolute highlight of the morning was watching a guy get down on his knee and propose to (his totally stunned) girlfriend at the finish! I've been at a lot of races over the years (and have heard of proposals every now and then) - but this was the first time I witnessed such a happy moment up close and personal (I was just a few feet away when it happened)!
Now I just need two more races to wrap up my 9+1 (and one will be the NYCM). I'll probably run #8 next month (either 5th Avenue Mile or the Bronx 10 Miler).