Friday, May 19, 2017

2017 Brooklyn Half Marathon: Packet Pick-up at Brooklyn Bridge Park


Yesterday afternoon I took a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge to the Pre-Party/Packet Pick-up for the Brooklyn Half Marathon.  The sun and 90+ degrees did not deter any of the foot traffic over the bridge, or at the Fulton Landing, for that matter.  It was hot - and crowded! We can only hope that the temperature drops 20-30 degrees in time for tomorrow's race :O

I've lost count of how many Brooklyn Half Marathons I've run - maybe a dozen by now?  It was actually the very first half marathon I ever ran (way back in 2001)!  It was a winter race back then - and started on the Boardwalk in Coney Island... finishing in Prospect Park.  Back then we only had a fraction of the 20,000+ runners expected to line up tomorrow!

It was, and still is, one of my all-time favorite races :D

As always, if you're at this one - say hello!


Monday, May 1, 2017

May 2017 Race Schedule


With final exams to give/grade and travel to kick off this month, the earliest I'll be able to line up for a race is Mother's Day!  So hopefully I'll be over in Norwalk to run the Lightfoot Runners 10K :D

Otherwise, the only definite race on the calendar this month is the Brooklyn Half Marathon - and the 4th and last training run for the Great NY Running Exposition 100 Miler at the end of the month (an evening run at that).

So here's how the slimmed down schedule looks:

5/14 - Norwalk Mother's Day 10k
5/20 - NYRR Brooklyn Half Marathon
5/27 - TGNY Training Run #4

If you're at any of these events - say hello!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

2017 Leatherman's Loop: Race Photos & Results


Great day, great weather for running the Leatherman's Loop at Wards Pound Ridge Reservation this morning!  Apologies in advance for only these few photos - but didn't take my IPhone with me on the course, so only have these few before and after.

As for the race itself - easily the muddiest one I've run!  And, as always, it was a blast from start to finish.  At 1:04:32 (10:15 pace) it wasn't my slowest one - but certainly well off my (somewhat unrealistic) target of a sub 1 hour finish.  With #4 in the books - already looking forward to next year :D

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




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!