Thursday, June 21, 2018
Happy Summer Solstice!
Summer officially arrived here on the East Coast at 6:07 AM. Unfortunately, it was a rainy kick-off to the longest day of the year. Be that as it may (an it's down to a light drizzle right now), the sun should make its appearance by lunchtime!
Celebrate the Solstice by doing something fun outside today :D
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Celebrated Global Running Day with a trip to Van Cortlandt Park to run the Flats Mile! It was a fun time, running and socializing. But as for racing, after a long day at the office, all I could eke out for a mile run on the cinder track encircling the parade grounds was a 6:50 finish. It was certainly one of my slower miles, but I'll take it :D
In addition to the great patch we received for signing up for the race itself, the NYRR were set up with their "finish line" for the Global Running Day runners - and I received a great buff as some nice bonus swag!
The official results have been posted on the VCTC results page.
Sunday, June 3, 2018
What a great morning to run in Central Park - especially given that it was 20 degrees cooler than the heat and humidity we had yesterday! Today was the inaugural of the Italy Run (and I think it was at least the 4th country specific NYRR race that I've run: after, France, Portugal, Israel, and UAE). And what better place to line up for this one than next to the statue of Giuseppe Mazzini on West Drive (Mazzini was a leader in the effort to reunify Italy in the mid-19th century)! It also coincided with the Italian holiday "Festa della Repubblica" (2 June, actually) - which celebrates the birth of modern Italy (ala our own Forth of July) :D
As for the race itself, I managed a 38:33, 7:43 pace. I was more than pleased with that result since I haven't done much speed work lately. I was solidly under my 39:00 minute target, but well off my reach for a sub 38 finish. I probably could have shaved a few seconds off that time but I watched in shock as a runner collapsed about a 100 feet from the finish - and began to CRAWL to the finish line! He kept refusing all attempts at aid (from spectators, runners, and medical personal alike) in an effort to complete the 5 miles under his own power! A remarkable sight to say the least.
Afterwards, there was a festival set up in front of the band shell - and tons of goodies! Nutella and Lavazza coffee among the booths set up. I included some of the goodies that I brought home in the picture of my race bib :D
Here are the official race results from NYRR.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Picked up my bib and shirt for the Italy Run this afternoon! I'm really looking forward to this 5 miler on Sunday - because of the Italy connection :D
It's a bit hard to believe that this will be my first NYRR of 2018 - can't remember ever waiting this long to do a Central Park race. Be that as it may, have a few more NYRR races lined up for this summer (the Retro Run, Team Championships, & France Run are 3 that come to mind).
If you're at this one - say hello!
Friday, May 4, 2018
Put in a few volunteer hours at the North Face store in the Westchester Mall today. The NF Endurance Run 50 Miler at Bear Mountain has been on my "to do" list for years! Alas, I'm not running it this year - but enjoyed meeting some of the runners lining up for it tomorrow morning (at 5 AM). The 50K and marathon are also run tomorrow. The Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K races are run on Sunday.
Most of the events had sold out. NF had close to 500 runners signed up for the 50 Miler - and about 650 runners in the 50K! That's well over a 1000 ultra runners taking over Bear Mountain. Those numbers are on the scale of the turnout for JFK 50 Miler!
Good luck to all the runners - at any distance - lining up at Bear Mountain this weekend :D
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
May has arrived - and hopefully, with it, Winter impersonating Spring will finally give way to an actual Spring season! Rumor has it that the 40+ degree start to the day will give way to temperatures in the 70's this afternoon -- let's see!
As for the race schedule, it kicks off on Friday with a packet pick-up for the North Face Endurance runs this weekend. I'm volunteering at the White Plains Mall location. But, instead of the Bear Mountain event, this weekend has the 3rd GNY 100 Miler training run penciled in for Sunday. It starts at the Unisphere and finishes at the Parachute Jump in Coney Island (roughly 24 miles). Since I missed the first 2 training runs, making every effort to do this one!
The following weekend is the Long Island Greenbelt 50K - the third race in the B.U.S Grand Prix series. I haven't run this one in a few years, so looking forward to revisiting the tough double out and back course. In the past, I've always managed to accumulate a few bonus miles over those trails - keeping my fingers crossed that my boy scout navigation skills haven't atrophied :D
As for the rest of the month, haven't really settled on a plan. I had wanted to run the 24 hour race at 3 Days at the Fair. But since Richie has just added the Ted Corbitt 24 Hour Run to the B.U.S. calendar - a mere two weeks later (6/1-2) - this may be pushing things. Will see how I feel in a few days (when the soreness from Sybil wears off - haha).
Last but not least, the only thing penciled in for Memorial Day weekend - so far - is the Jim Fixx 5 Miler. Have run it many times, and it's one of my favorite 5 Milers. Haven't decided about any other races that weekend.
Here's how it looks so far:
5/6 - GNY 100 Training Run #3
5/12 - Long Island Greenbelt 50K
5/19 - 3 Days at the Fair/24 Hour Run - tentative
5/28 - Jim Fixx 5 Miler
As always, if you're at any of these events - say hello!