Saturday, April 5, 2014

2014 nyrr scotland run 10k: race photos & results

the scotland run 10k was really two races for me this morning - a unpleasant first mile in 10:16 that included a decidedly unplanned bathroom stop and the remaining 5.2 miles in a 7:44.  overall, the 50:29, 8:07 pace, was one of my slowest road 10k's in recent memory.  it was well off my target of a sub-48 and even further off my last nyrr 10k (queens, last summer, in 45:54).

still, except for that lousy first mile, it was a great day to be outside and run!  it was also my second nyrr race of the year - only 7 more and a volunteer requirement for the 2015 nycm :D

here are the race result from the nyrr.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

2014 nyrr scotland run 10k: packet pick-up

it was a bit strange picking up my shirt and bib for the scotland run 10k this afternoon because for the last couple of years i've been on the volunteering side of the this race.  in fact, for the last 2 years i was on tee shirt duty for the race.  today i was just picking up a shirt, not handing them out.  which means i still need to sign up for a volunteet slot for my 2015 nycm 9+1 requirements....

this will be only my second nyrr race in 2014 - a slow start for me (but the brooklyn half is on deck for next month).  as i'm about to write this sentence - but my nyrr races will increase now that the weather has made a turn for the better (read winter has finally decided to go away) - the forecast for saturday morning includes the possibility of rain!  go figure.

in any event, this was a last minute addition to the schedule - because it's a team race.  ironically, given that i ran the wurtsboro mountain 30k last weekend, don't think i'm in any shape to score for the team.  but ever body counts - so i'm in :D

i'll also head over to the scarsdale 15k on sunday morning - my hometown race (which also means i can jog there).  not sure i'll actually run it, but count on me to be cheering on those who do run it :D

if you're at either one - say hello!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

april 2014 race schedule

with any degree of luck, this month will be a return to ultras.  actually, it will be my first ultra in almost 2 years - and, fittingly, it'll be the sybil ludington 50k (my very first ultra, oh so many years ago)!  i'm really looking forward to it :D

in the short run, however - pun definitely intended - the scotland run 10k is on deck for this weekend.  it's a nyrr team race, so i opted to run it (and nab a nycm point in the process) instead of running my local 15k the next morning.

the next weekend is another 10k - over different terrain (and park).  it's over t to van cortlandt park for the urban environmental challenge!  this is a great xc/trail run put on by the vctc - and includes a couple of water crossings!

easter weekend will include a trip up to darien for the bunny boogie 3 miler - with chocolate bunnies as the age group prizes ;O

last, but not least, is sybil the following weekend (the only downside here is missing the leatherman's loop the following morning at ward pound ridge reservation).

here's how it looks so far:

4/5 - scotland run 10k
4/13 - urban environmental challenge 10k
4/19 - bunny boogie, 3m
4/26 - sybil ludington 50k

as always, if you're at any of them - say hello!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

2014 wurtsboro mountain 30k: race photos & results

another wurtsboro mountain 30k is in the books!  this is one of my all-time favorite races - at any distance.  and, as recently as yesterday, i was on the fence about running it because of a nasty chest cold that i couldn't seem to shake for the last week. in fact, if wasn't for the forecast of rain on sunday, i would have skipped it and run the boston blowout instead.

as luck had it the rain held off for the race!  given my less than 100% condition, i was very pleased with my 2:37:04, 8:26 pace, finish. there were a couple of moments out there when i questioned my decision-making process - but all's well that ends well ;O 

i'll write up a short race report in the next couple of days.

here are the race results from coolrunning.

here are the rest of my photos up on facebook.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

happy spring - 2014 vernal equinox has arrived :D

spring officially arrives here on the east coast at 12:57 pm!  given the brutal winter we've slogged through over the last few months, it may actually take the weather gods a bit longer to get the message.  but for the moment, the temperature should crawl into the 50s - and, hopefully, stay above freezing for the next few days or so :D

i'm going to celebrate the arrival of spring by running in shorts this afternoon.  i ran in shorts last saturday - a quick glimpse of spring - only to see it drop 20 degrees the next morning (just in time for the nyc half).  but a few days of warm weather - plus a little sunshine - and winter will start to seem like an unpleasant memory.  that said, weather forecasts say temps are headed back into the 30's on monday... so carpe diem!

get out there and enjoy some spring weather today :D

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

2014 nyc half marathon: race report

even thought this was my 5th nyc half marathon, it seemed new because the last time i ran this race was way back in 2010!  both the new course and that i hadn't run in central park (excluding the last couple of miles of the nyc marathon), since last september, may have added to that feeling.  normally, i'd be on my 3rd or 4th nyrr central park race by march (i had signed up for the kleinerman 10k in January, but skipped it b/c of the foul weather).

weather-wise, the cold and wind chill, didn't make for an auspicious start.  it was a solid 20 degrees colder than the day before - when i got to run a few miles in shorts.  but when i got up sunday morning, it was back on with the tights - and two long-sleeved shirts.  as it turned out, i added a third layer, my windbreaker, at the last minute.  it was strange bouncing between feeling overdressed - most of the race - and thankful for the extra layer - running into the wind.

it was the wind blowing across 59th street as i walked over the park from the subway that made me put on the windbreaker.  as i walked up to the corrals, i realized that i had left my power gels in the bag.  i seriously toyed with idea of walking back to the baggage truck, but since i had already go thru the police checkpoint and the corrals were right in front of me, i decided to skip it.  then, as i was trying to remember which mile the gu station was located on the course - someone offered me a gu!  a total random act of kindness (or maybe karma)?

aside from that brief interaction with the runner who offered me a gu, the rest of the time waiting in the corral was uneventful - and very cold.  luckily, as the corral filled, the collective body heat of my fellow runners warmed the place up a little (as did the sunrise, a little after 7).  when the gun went off, it took a solid 2+ minutes to reach the timing mat at the starting line.  on the way there, we ambled past the starting corrals for the second wave!

between getting to the start and running in the heavy crowd, mile one, at 8:18, was my slowest of the race. i would have 2 more 8 minute miles during the race, but the rest were mostly 7:40's and 7:50's.  the pace was noticeably slower than my performance at the boston buildup 25k the week before, which means i didn't get in enough recovery.  then again, it could also have been from the irish whiskey tasting at zachy's the prior afternoon, or the st. patrick's day party that night (where i limited myself to a pair of killian irish reds).

here are my race splits:

5k  25:03
5m  39:51
10k  49:21
15k  1:14:11
10m  1:19:26
20k  1:38:13
13m  1:42:39
13.1  1:43:24

7:54 pace

by way of comparison, my five mile split at the 25k was 37:59 - roughly 2 minutes faster.  at mile 10 of the 25k i had run 1:16:34 - i had fallen 3 minutes off that pace.  i had run 13 miles 1:39:19 at the 25k, still a solid 3+ minutes faster than my 1:42:39 split at the half marathon.  even so, i was more than pleased with the outcome - and i managed to shave a full minute off my fastest nyrr half marathon from 2013 (1:44:28 at the staten island half) :D

my half marathon goal for 2014 is to get my times back under 1:40 (which i probably would have swung if the 25k and half dates had been reversed) :D

one final thought on the the course - well may two - was the thrill of coming out of the battery tunnel underpass and seeing the brooklyn bridge looming ahead, as we ran to the finish.  that moment slightly inched ahead of running down seventh avenue, as times square loomed straight ahead.  either way, those were the two main touristy highlights on the coursed for me.  and, in something of a surprise, it seemed to be colder and windier at the finish, down in the financial district, than it was in the park (or maybe that was just exhaustion?)!

here is the link to my race photos & results.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

2014 nyc half marathon: race photos & results

in one word, the 2014 nyc half marathon was - freezing! but the frigid cold and wind didn't take away from what a fantastic race it is.  the temperature was easily 20 degrees colder than the day before (i ran in shorts on saturday) - and spent most of my time in the corral with my teeth chattering!

as for the race itself, i ran a 1:43:26, 7:54 pace - well off my target of 1:40 (but a minute faster than the nyrr half marathons i ran last year).  all in all, i was more than happy with the result.

here is my race report.

here are the race result from the nyrr.