Saturday, May 7, 2016

Radio Spaceshuttle International Finland Shortwave Pirate Radio 6305 khz (via SDR) eQSL

What an incredible surprise arrived in my email yesterday - not one, but two separate eQSL's from Radio Spaceshuttle International!  The surprise wasn't the confirmation itself because I've listened to Radio Spaceshuttle broadcasts numerous times - and have had email correspondence (verifications) back and forth with Dick Spaceshuttle - but an actual eQSL! 

Not only was this was totally unexpected... but that particular broadcast had relayed a Hobart Radio International Program - and it was separately confirmed by Hobart Radio (thanks for that one Rob!) with their eQSL!

Many thanks Dick Spacewalker!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

May 2016 Race Schedule

Interestingly, my May race schedule began yesterday!  The Ted Corbitt Run Around Manhattan Memorial 50K was originally planned for today.  But forecast for rain had it moved up a day - and we ran it yesterday instead (and had the benefit fantastic weather, as opposed to the rainy day today)!

As for the rest of the month, I'll miss two weekends of running because of travel (which is typically in August, but this year is moved up to May).  So I can run next weekend - the Norwalk Mothers Day 10K and the Memorial Day weekend.  Plus, VCTC Summer Series kicks off that Thursday night - so maybe that can be my first race back :D

I'll definitely run the Jim Fixx 5 Miler in Greenwich on Memorial Day proper.  The more interesting question is what race(s) to run that Saturday and Sunday?  I'm leaning toward the Weston 5K on Saturday because I haven't done that one in a very long time!  Then there is a neighboring 5K on Sunday - in Wilton - which I haven't run.  But my preference for Sunday is the Long Branch 10 Miler (which is a hassle get to, but incredibly fun to run)!

Here's how it looks so far:

5/8 - Norwalk Mother's Day 10K
5/26 - VCTC Summer Series 5K
5/28 - Wilton Memorial Day 5K
5/30 - Jim Fixx Memorial Day 5 Miler

As always, if you're at any of these races - say hello!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

2016 Ted Corbitt Run Around Manhattan Memorial 50K

What a great day to run around Manhattan - and honor Ted Corbitt in the process!  Thankfully, Dave called an audible on Friday and moved up the run to Saturday, from Sunday, because of the forecast for rain!  It may have cut our numbers by a bit, but the fantastic weather more than made up for it.

This was my 3rd official Run Around Manhattan 50k - my last one was back in 2011 (it didn't come off in 2012, when that nasty chronic compartment syndrome snuck up on me mid-year - and derailed my ultrarunning for a while!).  I've also run this course a few times - unofficially :D

With our three planned stops - and a couple of other smaller digressions - it took just under 8 hours to do the entire loop of Manhattan.  What an excellent Saturday!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

2016 Leatherman's Loop: Race Photos & Results

What an excellent day to run trails - and the Leatherman's Loop!  This was my 3rd loop (spaced across 2011, 13 and today - - need to shorten those intervals).   My 1:03:38 finish time was two minutes faster than 2013 and a minute slower than 2011.  I was more than happy with it and makes me all the more determined to finish the loop in under an hour :D

Here are the official results from the Leatherman's Loop site - and links to plenty of pictures (some of which I posted here)!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

2016 Poem in Your Pocket Day!

For the first time in all the "Poem in Your Pocket" Days that I've carried around a poem - this time it was my very own!  Last year my poem "Beat Tavern" was published in Aphros magazine (and my 2015 Poem in Your Pocket Day selection was from Jack Kerouac).

So here is a Beat inspired poem for 2016 :D

I'll add a transcription as well....

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Greenwich Cup Half Marathon: Race Photos & Results

The Greenwich Cup Half Marathon started off on the sand - that was an interesting twist!  Except for a chilly start (mostly a pesky wind chill), it was a great morning to be outside and run.  The half included a loop of Todd's point at the start and finish - with the middle portion on the streets of mostly Old Greenwich and Riverside.  It was a great course.

As for my race, I surprised myself with a 1:42:06 - my fastest half in a while!  It was even more surprising since it was my first race in almost 2 months - and coming off a winter of relatively low weekly mileage.  Overall, it's a good benchmark for me as I start building my mileage base back up for the Spring :D

Here are the official race results from Hi-Tek.

Friday, April 1, 2016

April 2016 Race Schedule

After a lull in my running and racing over the winter, last month the mileage finally began to creep up again. The 137.5 miles for March was my highest mileage month since last November! Hopefully the low mileage months are now behind me :D

This weekend kicks off with Mudders & Grunters on Sunday.  It conflicts with my hometown 15k, but opted for the trails (and water crossings) over the roads.  The following weekend also has another conflict, with the NYRR 4 miler on the same day as the VCTC Urban Environmental Challenge 10k.  I'll stick with the 10k and trails that weekend :D

I haven't planned a race for the Boston Marathon weekend, but may find one to run.  The week after will be the Leatherman's Loop - one of my all time favorites (and another weekend on trails)!  The only question for me is whether to run the Sybil Ludington 50k the day before :D

Here's how it looks so far:

4/3 - Mudders & Grunters, 10k
4/10 - Urban Environmental Challenge 10k
4/24 - Leatherman's Loop 10k

As wlways, if you're at any of them - say hello!