Tuesday, October 21, 2014
jack kerouac died 45 years ago today, at the tragically young age of 47. five years ago, on the 40th anniversary of his death from the ravages of alcoholism, i posted a short piece that included a clip of kerouac reading from "october in the railroad earth" - an intensly appropriate work to remember him by. looking at that post now, the youtube clip has been deleted. so i'll take this opportunity to repost a similar clip:
i won't repeat the comments i posted 5 years ago (easy enough to read, if you're interested). but i will repeat that kerouac is easily my favorite writer - across any genre.
here's remembering my favorite fellaheen writer... still safe in heaven, 45 years and counting :D
Friday, October 17, 2014
staten island wrapped up the 2014 five borough series for me. it was the first time i've completed all five events in consecutive years (and my 3rd complete series). this year's results were the opposite of my 2013 finishes - then i started slow and got stronger. this time around i started stronger and got slower! still, i was more than happy to get in all 5 events. also, this year was the first year that the nyc half marathon replaced the manhattan half marathon as the borough standard bearer.
here are my 2014 results:
nyc half marathon 1:43:24
brooklyn half marathon 1:43:23
queens 10k 47:07
bronx 10 miler 1:22:14
staten island half marathon 1:48:48
here are my 2013 results
manhattan half marathon 1:45:31
brooklyn half marathon 1:45:01
queens 10k 45:54
bronx 10 miler 1:15:29
staten island half marathon 1:44:28
as always, the brooklyn half marathon is my favorite race of the series :D
Monday, October 13, 2014
it's done! the staten island half was race number five in the 5 boro grand prix series! it's also race number 8 in my 9+1 for the 2015 nyc marathon - and, fittingly, the 2014 nyc marathon close the circle and complete my requirements!
as for the race itself, it was a chilly morning (not breaking 50 degrees at the start). one of my favorite part of this event is the ferry ride over to staten island. except for the wind chill outside the cabin, this ride was no exception (but the ride back was strictly an inside affair given the construction of the that ferry).
before the start, i was interviewed by ny1 about using the half as part of training for the nyc marathon. i was surprised that some of that interview actually made it into the broadcast coverage!
as for my training for the nyc marathon, it's been a mixed bag this season. still i was pleased with my 1:48:48 finish (well under my 1:50 target). it was basically a training run, but i doubt i could have gone under 1:45 even if i had tried to push it (although with the bathroom pit stop and having to retie my laces - twice - i wasted almost 2 minutes).
the biggest shock of the day was seeing a runner down less than a mile from the turnaround! the police were performing cpr on him as the ems truck race over to his location. that was one of the scariest moments i've every seen during a race. i hope that runner is okay!
here are the race results from nyrr.
here are the rest of my photos up on facebook.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
i picked up my shirt and bib for the staten island half marathon this afternoon. in a twist from last year, the shirt is short-sleeved - instead of a long-sleeved one like 2013.
logistically, getting to this race will involve quite a commute for me - car to the metronorth, metronorth to grand central, train down to south ferry, and the ferry over to staten island. then run the race and repeat the commute home. it's one of those events where the travel time easily eclipses the actual running (or walking) time for the event!
but, it is the fifth and final race in the 5 boro grand pre series! and, for me, it's point number 8 on the road to 9+1 for the 2015 nyc marathon. in fact, this year the 2014 nyc marathon will be - hopefully - my ninth and final point to qualify for the 2015 race!
as always, if you're at this one - say hello!
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
october kicks off with a big question mark because i still haven't decided what race to run this weekend! it's between greta's gallop and the ridgefield half (and a third, the harvest half up in red hook). right now the slight nod goes to greta's because it's a team race. but i'd rather head up to ridgefield - a decent drive - or the harvest half - and even further drive. regardless of the choice, i run a half this weekend :D
the only definite for the month is the staten island half - the 5th and final race in the 2014 5 boro series. if i run greta's the week before, it will become my 9th qualifying race for the 2015 nycm (otherwise that would wait until the 2014 nycm next month). the day before i'd love to do the "run for the rings" half in brooklyn - but will have to settle for "virtual" participation instead.
the following weekend is a toss-up between the harry chapin 10k here in westchester and the great pumkin run in trumbull. it the old days (like a couple of years ago), this wouldn't have been a conflict because the harry chapin 10k was one of only a handful of afternoon races. now it moved to a morning start... so need to choose!
last, but not least, is a return to the ghosts & goblins 5k in westport (sherwood island, actually) for the last weekend. i would love to run the wilton Halloween hustle 5k - probably me favorite Halloween themed race - but flying out to barcelona the night before. i'll be back in time to head over to the nyc marathon expo later that week :D
here's how it looks so far:
10/5 - tbd - half marathon (edge to greta's gallop)
10/11 - "virtual" run for the rings
10/12 - staten island half marathon
10/19 - great pumpkin 4m or harry chapin 10k
10/25 - ghosts & goblins 5k
as always, if you're at any of these events - say hello :D
Sunday, September 28, 2014
it's hard to believe this was my 3rd straight bronx 10 miler! but in terms of time, it was a slow day - my 1:22:14 was almost 7 minutes slower than my 1:15:27 finish in 2013 (and 4 minutes slower than the westport 10 miler over the labor day weekend)! but i was more than happy with the result given the sharp drop in mileage during September, in the wake of scalding my hand.
this was race number 4 of the 5 boro series - with the last one, the staten island half, on deck next month. it was also qualifying race number 8 (nyrr race number 9) on the road to my 9+1 for the 2015 nycm. the 9+1 should be done, at the latest, with the 2014 nyc marathon :D
here are the race result from nyrr
the rest of my photos are up on facebook.
Friday, September 26, 2014
i picked-up my race bib and shirt for the bronx 10 miler yesterday afternoon. it was a grey, drizzly walk from the 86th street train station. the 10 miler will be my 7th scored race on the road to 9+1 for the 2015 nycm. it is also race number 4 of the 5 boro series! along w/the staten island half next month, it would be the first time I've knocked of all races of the 5 boro series two years in a row!
but sunday is also my first race back since my right hand was scalded 2+ weeks ago. i missed the norwalk half that first weekend and sat out the fall distance frolic 30k last weekend. while i didn't race last weekend, i did get in some decent runs (with a bandaged finger in tow). even so, my overall mileage for september is significantly off - what will be the lowest for the year.
still, it's great to bandage free... and line up for another race!