Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Never let it be said there isn't room for bonus mileage (even in 10ths) at a 2.5 mile race! Somehow I managed to miss a CLEARLY marked turn on the trail at the Waveny Summer Series - and ran 2.6 instead of the 2.5 mile course! It pays to pay attention - haha! That little bit extra distance kept me from breaking 20 minutes (20:35, 8:14 pace) :O
This was my first Waveny Summer Series race of the summer. My twice a week Summer Session class ended last week and freed up a bunch of time (albeit far to close to the end of Summer).
Here are the official results from ClubCt.
Thanks Jim, for the great photo of me in action :D
Sunday, August 20, 2017
What a great night (late afternoon) to run a mile! The Peekskill Brewery Mile went off just after 5 PM and the best part of it (aside from the net downhill) was getting to run it with Katie. We haven't run an official race together in years - since she was in middle school. Instead of road races, she spent her middle and high school years playing field hockey and lacrosse :D
And what better way to finish a mile (or any race/run for that matter) than to rehydrate with some excellent beer! In fact, I'd venture to say it was the prospect of a cold beer that got me to the finish in 6:44 - haha. I was a little dubious of running fast after the Westport Summer Series 8.4 Miler yesterday, the post-run miles after that race, and the trail miles I ran this morning. But where there is cold beer, there is always a way :D
Here are the official results from the Taconic Road Runners.
and here are more race photos from the Taconic Road Runners.
Thanks Bette for the great photos of me in action (during the race and post-race with Hiroshi)!
Jerry Lewis, a Comedic Force of Nature, died this morning in Las Vegas. He was 91 years old. I've written about Jerry a few times on this blog - about the Academy finally recognizing him with a Special Oscar (way, way overdue!) and a brief review of his "Dean & Me (A Love Story)" when it was released almost a decade ago.
Needless to add, his death is a sad moment. For those interested, here is a link to Vanity Fair's Obituary.
Who knows, now maybe he can spend some time w/his old partner Dean - as they kick back in Heaven :D
Easy way to celebrate National Radio Day - listen to some radio programing today :D
It doesn't matter what kind - AM/FM/SW/Pirate Radio/Scanners/CB/Hams rag chewing...
In fact, if you're a ham - no reason not to get on the air and broadcast a little :D
Anyway you do - celebrate radio!
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!