Saturday, July 14, 2018

2018 NYRR Retro Run 4 Miler: Race Photos & Results

Hot and humid morning to run 4 miles in Central Park.  But the Retro Run was still fun - and afterwards, a bona fide Good Humor truck handing out ice pops!  There was also a band taking us down memory lane (mostly 70's stuff) - and that was fun too!

As for the actual race, I was well off my target of 30 minutes.  Maybe it was the easy five miler yesterday, but my legs had only one gear this morning - and it wasn't a fast one.  My 30:56, 7:44 pace, was okay - and I'm happy with it.  But it was the third race of the week(!) - and I may have left some of my speed may back at the Waveny XC Relay and Taconic Beer Mile :D

Here are the official results from NYRR.


Friday, July 13, 2018

2018 NYRR Retro Run 4 Miler Packet Pickup

Picked up my shirt and bib for the Retro Run 4 Miler this afternoon - one of those rare times I couldn't get to the NYRR until the day before the race!  For some reason the shirt comes out as grey in the photo, it's actually blue!  Not sure what sort of gremlins got into my camera to pull that off?!

More interestingly, however, was the NYRR summer book "library" that offered runners FREE copies from an eclectic stockpile of used running books!  I didn't know about this (and it's available till 7/22 I believe).  I picked up a book on the 1908 Olympic marathon and a short bio on Jock  Semple!  Wow - what a really COOL THING (that certainly deserves ALL CAP treatment)!

As for the race itself, 4 miles in Central Park tomorrow morning.  I may wear a bandana, going "retro" to the way I ran in the 70s and 80s - haha :D

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

2018 Taconic Road Runners' Beer Mile

I love one mile races - and I lover beer.  My fellow mile/beer lovers lined up for the always awesome Taconic Road Runner's Beer Mile (which tonight also included what appeared to be wine coolers and/or hard ciders)! 

Last year I couldn't run it because the date conflicted with my summer session class.  But back in 2016 I managed to run a solid 8:35 - something not to be repeated this time around.  Four beers, high humidity, and slightly older runner... I eked out a 9:30 finish :O

Addendum:  According to Strava, my moving time was exactly 6:59 - which meant that 2:30+ was "drinking" time.  Well, of that drinking time, practically an entire minute was devoted to beer #4 - haha!

Another highlight of this event is that it's held in conjunction with our Club's monthly meeting.  So after the running/drinking we climbed up the hill to the Gazebo for the results/meeting/food - and, it should go w/out saying, a bit more drinking :D

Here are the official results from the Taconic RR.

Here's the link to the Taconic Race Photos!

An impressive array of fluids nicely lined up at the start!


A bucolic venue for the meeting :D

2018 Waveny Summer XC Series - 2 Person Relay: Race Photos & Results

I love the Waveney XC Series - but getting there after work can be chore.  The drive to New Cannan normally takes me less than 30 minutes - but on a Tuesday night (like tonight), it's more like 40/40+ minutes in rush hour traffic.  But then, on the way home, usually no traffic (again, like tonight) and I make it back in the door in less than 30 minutes.  Okay, my traffic rant is over :O

As for the relay (one of my all-time favorite events), Rob and I teamed up to run the 3x 1 Mile repeats.  I got to be the anchor (which gave Rob great opportunity to have beer waiting at the finish line!) leg of our team.  We finished the 6 miles in 43:53, for a combined 7:19 pace.  I didn't wear a watch/carry my phone, so didn't have my splits.  Luckily, Rob was able to breakout out times from his GPS - 22:08/21:45.  But, interestingly, his GPS measured the course at 1.04 miles (a bit long)!

That was a reversal from the short (very) 5K at Westport on Saturday.  Still, a 21:45 worked out to a 7:15 pace, slightly slower than my 5K pace Saturday - but right in line w/the cross country terrain.

Only a couple of pictures this time around - some of which I "borrowed" (such as Francoise modeling this Summer's hot pink tee shirt for AG winners!)

Next up - the Taconic Beer Mile tomorrow night!

Here are the official results from ClubCt.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

2018 Westport Summer Series 5K: Race Photos & Results

What a great morning to run a 5K or 5 Miler?  That was my dilemma when I woke up because which race, the Norwalk Summer Series 5 Miler or Westport Summer Series 5K, was still an open question.  Ultimately it was the shorter distance - haha -that led to Westport and Longshore Country Club and lining up for the 5K.  Truth be told, my legs were still a bit sore from the "speed work" at Van Cortlandt Park Thursday night!

As for the race itself, I managed to squeak out a 21:37, 6:59 pace, unofficially.  When then the results were posted, it became 21:39 (losing 2 seconds, officially) and the pace being adjusted upward to 7:06 - because the officially measured distance worked out to 3.04 miles!  Yikes, so much for my sub-7 on a short 5K course - haha :D

Time aside, running at Longshore and along Compo Beach on a gorgeous Saturday morning is wonderful!

Here are the official race results from the Westport Road Runners.

Friday, July 6, 2018

2018 VCTC Summer XC Series Relay: Race Photos & Results

Last night was a bit of speed work - 2 miles with a hill (Cemetery Hill, to be specific) tossed in - at Van Cortland Park.  It was the VCTC Summer XC Series Relay - and even with a strong breeze across the flats, it was Hot and Humid!

The relay was 2x2, with each person running the 2 mile loop.  I teamed up with Emmy (I believe we last teamed up for this one back in 2013?) and we managed to take second in our age group!  That was good enough to score those fabled Lloyd carrot cake muffins as prizes :D

Here are the overall results from Van Cortland Track Club.
and the age group results, as well.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Defending Champion Joey Chestnut Wins his 11th Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

Joey Chestnut set another world record yesterday when he ate 74 hot dogs in 10 minutes to win his 11th Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest - a 4th of July staple event!  It wasn't without drama, though.  Even though he beat his nearest competitor by 10 hot dogs, the scorekeepers got it wrong - big time.  The actual count was underreported as 64 hot dogs instead of the correct, record-breaking, total of 74 dogs (and the runner up's total was also incorrectly underreported).

Thankfully, post-contest review corrected the totals!  But, for those of us watching it live on ESPN, we'd have to wait for the taped replay later that afternoon.  ESPN cut away immediately after the event and went to its next scheduled program - without waiting for the correction.  That was pretty lame - and a real disservice to the viewers.  Fortunately, the 4 PM rebroadcast (and subsequent ones) included the extra footage covering the mini-tempest.

Let's see if the scoring system is changed/modernized for the 2019 edition?!