Tuesday, April 18, 2017

2017 World Amateur Radio Day


This year, as time flies(!), my license is up for renewal (in about 2 months, actually).  While I haven't broadcasted in a long while, I've still keep my hand in the radio world with some SW Dxing (especially pirate radio)!

Hopefully the Hams out there can celebrate World Amateur Radio Day today by getting on the air!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

2017 Urban Environmental Challenge 10K: Race Photos & Results


It was a great day to run on trails (even if there was a bit of pesky wind that wouldn't leave) this morning.  This was my 4th VCTC Urban Environmental Challenge - and probably my favorite course layout at Van Cortlandt Park.  The double loop course takes runners on two separate, rarely run trails, along the main path on the back woods of the park.  It was definitely hilly than I remembered (but I pretty much say that about every trail race, near and far).

As for my result, the 55:17 was 3 seconds faster than my first (2011) run at this course, but a solid 3 minutes than my last (2015) UEC.  Either way, it was good enough for 3rd place in my age group - and an awesome carrot cake muffin to go along with the great race patch (instead of tee shirt) given out this year!

I'll add a link to the results once they're posted.




Saturday, April 1, 2017

April 2017 Race Schedule



April has arrived, but winter doesn't seem like it wants to give up the ghost!  Today was the tail end of what was 24 hours of rain, rain, and more rain (with a good bit of wind tossed in).  Hopefully, things will dry out and get a little warmer (say like the 40's)!  And on a positive note, sun and warmer conditions forecast to return tomorrow - just in time for the VCTC Urban Environmental Challenge 10k.  It kicks off my races for April.

Later in the month will return to the trails for the Leatherman's Loop 10k.  In between those races will be the second training run for the Great NY Running Exposition 100 Miler.  This one will mostly cover the course in Queens.  And a much shorter Bunny Boogie (3 mile) the following weekend!

Here's how it looks so far:

4/2 - VCTC Urban Environmental Challenge 10K
4/9 - GNY 100M Training Run #2
4/15 - Bunny Boogie 3M
4/23 - Leatherman's Loop 10K

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

Monday, March 20, 2017

Happy Spring Equinox - 2017


Happy Spring!  Official the Spring Equinox arrived at 6:28 here on the east coast.  Although it was definitely ignored by Winter, which refuses to give up the ghost this year!  I was marginally warmer this morning (and I'm being charitable because there wasn't much of a wind chill) than it was yesterday, heading into the city for the NYC Half Marathon!

Thankfully, however, the forecast is for temperatures to rise into the 40's (and may even hit 50) this afternoon.  Not a heat wave, but certainly more spring like than the frigid (+snow +ice) conditions that we had to weather last week :O

Anyway - HAPPY SPRING!  Get outside and enjoy some of it!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

2017 NYC Half Marathon: Race Photos & Results


The 2017 NYC Half Marathon is in the books!  It was my 7th NYC Half (and 3rd NYRR race for 2017).  While this one was cold, mainly because of the wind chill, it was no way near as frigid as the 2014 edition!  I was cold enough, however, to have my IPhone freeze up minutes after I crossed the finish line.  I literally closed my Strava App, took the above selfie... and it died an ignoble death!  Amazingly, it came back to life roughly an hour later, as I rode home on the Metronorth.

As for the race itself, I ran a 1:52:44 (my splits, thanks to the NYC App  are posted below).  It was a solid 8 minutes slower than my 2015 finish (didn't run it last year).  I was somewhat disappointed not having squeezed in under 1:50, but given my low mileage this winter, entirely understandable.  No speed to speak of, but I could have kept running (so endurance still hanging in there).

Here are the race results from NYRR.




Thursday, March 16, 2017

2017 NYC Half Marathon - Packet Pickup at Metropolitan Pavillon


This afternoon went over to the Metropolitan Pavillon to pick up my bib and shirt for the NYC Half Marathon.  This will be my 7th NYC Half Marathon!  I last ran this race back in 2015, when the packet pickup/Expo was at a different location (Skylight at Moynihan Station across from Madison Square Garden).

Not sure what to expect, weather-wise, this weekend.  After the snow on Tuesday - which quickly morphed into ice - the best hope is for a nice warm-up.  By that I mean any temps near the freezing mark - haha.  But as I write this, some strange forecasts are predicting a bit more snowfall this weekend?!  Could that be true?

In any event, this will be my NYRR race #3 for 2017.  If you're at this one - say hello!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Happy Birthday Jack Kerouac - 95 Years Young in Heaven


Happy Birthday Jack Kerouac!

He was born March 12, 1922 and died tragically on October 21, 1969 - from the ravages of alcoholism. He was only 47 years old - and this year marks the somewhat grim fact that he has now been dead (48 years) longer than he lived. 

For most people he needs no introduction but, sadly, there are increasing numbers of people who haven't heard of him, his spontaneous prose, or the beat generation (for that matter).  We're all getting older...

Anyway, to keep this upbeat (ha) - pull out your beaten up (ha) copy of "On the Road" and read a few pages - or the entire book!