Friday, January 11, 2019

 
Done!  I "ran" the NYRR 2019 Virtual Resolution Run 5K last night.  This was my 4th NYRR Virtual Race (and the second New Year's Resolution Run).   Never the same as actually participating in a race, but good enough excuse to run faster than training pace :D
 
Missing from this run was the virtual bib, which I did like from last year's race.  Regardless, this Resolution Run, at 26:32,8:33 pace, it was a solid 2 minutes faster than the 2018 edition!  The 8:33 pace was a solid minute plus faster than my average training run pace over the last couple of months.  So while it's not a race substitute, it's great training.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

It was 20 Years Ago Today... The Sopranos Debuted on HBO


Twenty years is a long time - back to the last millennium, actually.  On January 10, 1999 the first episode of The Sopranos was aired on HBO (during what would be the year of Y2K fears).  Who would have imagined it would become one of the greatest TV series of all-time (seriously)!

I must admit, I didn't become a fan until the season 5!  In what was something of an tradition back then, I would buy the complete (previous year) season box CD set for my brother as Christmas presents.  When I finally watched the show it was pretty funny asking him for those previous season boxed sets so I could binge watch them to catch up!  Long before the days of streaming - haha.

Anyway, as a lead-up to the anniversary, HBO has been airing a complete season, day by day, since the weekend.  They are up to season 6, part 2 (or, season 7, if you will) - the final year.

I'm decidedly in the camp that hates the fade to black finale.  But it doesn't detract from my overall love of the show. 

So celebrate the anniversary by watching a few episode today :D

Monday, December 31, 2018

2018 Running Year in Review!


It's hard to believe that 2018 is ending in a few hours.  As fast as it's flown by, it's been one for my record books.  In terms of miles, I logged just under 2,800 running/racing miles (2,794.7) for the year - with at least 200 miles per month!  I haven't logged that volume of miles in over a decade.  In fact, have to look back to 2009/10 for the last time I ran 2,500+ miles in back to back years.  Over the last few years it's been a struggle to reach just 2000 miles for the year.

Even more surprising, I ran every single day of the year.  That I did not intend to accomplish - but more than pleased that I kept at it - and the streak, if you will.  It's actually a couple of days more than 365 straight since I can add in the last few days of 2017.  Not sure if this streak will continue into 2019.  It was more of a curiosity (to see if I could stick with it) than a true obsession.

In terms of data, the first six months of the year were by far the most productive.  As is my custom, the second half of the year is always the more challenging (primarily because of the tougher Fall semester teaching schedules).  I ran 1,500+ miles (1,507.1) through the first six months - followed by just under 1,300 miles (1,287.6) for the second half.  My highest mileage month (March) was a sliver over 300 miles (300.2.) and my lowest (November), I barely eked out 200 miles (201.2).

As for high and low racing points during the year - they were separated by just one week in July!  The low point was my 4th DNF at the Vermont 100 (which now gives me a negative 3-4 finish/DNF ratio).  After the NYRR Team Championships in Central Park the following weekend, I somehow notched a 15+ minute PR at the Escarpment Trail Run.  It was all the more surprising (shocking, actually) since I had run that earlier PR way back in 2006 (as a 44 year old).

In terms of numbers, I ran 34 races + that one DNF.  Seven of those were marathons (3) and ultras (4).  I also ran a couple of 30k's and half marathons.  The longest distance of the year was the Greater NY 100K back in June.  The shortest was a trio of mile races over the summer (one cross county, one beer mile, and one road mile).  In addition to the beer mile, the other "odd" race (event) of the year worth noting was the Underwear Run in Central Park (just under 2 miles).

Well, that's the 2018 story in a nutshell.  Goals for 2019 - finish NYCM #17, Escarpment Trail Run #9, and my 4th Vermont 100 Miler.  Not to mention, most importantly, stay healthy and keep on running :D

Happy New Year to everyone!



Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas - 2018


Merry Christmas everyone!


After a few days of above-average temperatures... Christmas morning is back to the chilly starts we've had for the better part of December.  As always, hopefully a few pre-gift opening miles... then the presents, then the cooking, then the family and feasting!

Hope everyone has a great holiday too!



Sunday, December 23, 2018

Happy Festivus - 2018



A holiday for the rest of us :D

Saturday, December 22, 2018

2018 New Canaan Santa Run


It was a windy morning to run - but the 6th annual Santa Run went off without a hitch... except for a slight left (instead of a slight right) that lead to most of the field running the course backwards!  It made for an interesting experience, since I remembered that layout from last year!  Instead of a loop around the school - and heading down the right side of Waveny Park, with a return up the left side of Waveny ... we ran the other way (and encountered most of the course signage facing the "wrong" way)! 

But all's well that ends well - it was FUN and we were no worse for the wear!

Here are the result from ClubCt,


Merry Christmas!

not only race shirt - but Santa hats too!


Friday, December 21, 2018

Happy Winter Solstice - 2018!


The shortest day of the year has arrived!  But instead of Winter, today is full of rain - and the possibility of temperatures getting to 60 degrees!  Even for one day, will take wet and warm over dry and chilly.