Saturday, August 12, 2017

2017 Norwalk Summer Series 11 Miler: Race Photos & Results

Great morning to run a race - especially since there was no rain, which had been in the forecast as recently as last night!   The Summer Series 11 Miler is the last of the 5 races for 2017.  But the Half Marathon next month is the unofficial end of the Summer Series.

As for the race itself, when Christine gave me my bib (178) I felt a twinge of sadness at losing my previous race (17) double digit number - haha.  I had a time goal of 1:28 - run the double loop course at an 8 minute pace.  It was a tough order since it was humid enough to see the evaporating wetness from last night's rain come off in occasional eerie patches of wispy steam on random stretches of asphalt!  Give those conditions (and a couple of hills) I was very happy to squeeze under my target with a 1:27:43, 7:59 pace!  It was good enough for 3rd in my age group :D

Next up - the Half Marathon on Saturday, September 16.

Here are the official results from Lightfoot Runners.


Thanks to Tony for great photo of the start!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

2017 Taconic Road Runners Predicted Time Race & Monthly Meeting

Last night, in addition to the regular monthly meeting of the Taconic Road Runners, the second annual Predicted Time Race was run.  No technology, digital or analog, was allowed - which meant I couldn't use Strava to map the 2.5 mile "lower" loop of FDR Park!  That alone made this run fun because most races at FDR don't include this stretch of the park.

The event was also billed for new club members to come out and meet some of the old timers - which, upon reflection, may not have been an actual selling point - haha.  But the great food (+ beer and wine) and socializing afterwards, at the regular meeting - is the best selling point!

I swiped most of these photos from the Taconic website (here are the all of the pictures posted from last night).

And here are the official race results.  I was a whopping 1:20+ off my "predicted" time :O

If you are not already a member of a running club - consider joining us at Taconic!

Monday, August 7, 2017

2017 5th Annual RVRR NYC Bridge Run

Another great event put together by Bob Tona and the Raritan Valley Road Runners - the 5th Annual NYC Bridges Run.  Yesterday, the Bridges Run moved downtown (last year it began in Midtown and concluded with a tram ride back to the City!) and covered roughly a half marathon+ distance (ending at Jeremy's Ale House, under the Brooklyn Bridge).  For me, it was essentially a 10K+ (instead of the Half) because I had to cut it short after the Manhattan Bridge. 

Still, it was a fantastic day to run (any distance) - after the wet, soupy conditions on Saturday.  The course was a bit close to home since it started down the block from my office - and ran past where I also teach!  In fact, given the Team races in Central Park the day before, coming back into the City on Sunday made for a rare 7 straight days commuting into Manhattan - and, then there's this week's commute to look forward to as well!

The Federal Hall shot was from Bob - and the Brooklyn Bridge selfie was from Elaine :D

Saturday, August 5, 2017

2017 NYRR Team Championships: Race Photos & Results

It didn't seem as if the weather Gods wanted the Team Races to go off this morning!  I woke up to a pretty violent sounding thunderstorm!  NYRR email advising runners to wait outside the park arrived just as I was leaving the house.  Second NYRR email arrived while I was on MetroNorth heading in that said Men's race was pushed back half hour (till 8) and Women's race 15 minutes (8:15).  But by time I had gotten off the train at 125th Street, it was a light drizzle - and when I got to 103rd Street station it had stopped altogether!  In it's place was just soupy humid conditions.

I headed over to the Taconic meet-up location (right next door to our good friends on the Van Cortlandt Track Club). They had just set up our table (and we'd use it as baggage check as well).  In addition to my team mates, ran into some old friends - Michael, and then Grant and Sal as well. The best part of this event is always the socializing :D

As for the race itself (can this be the 3rd 5 Miler I've run in Central Park this summer?) - it was tough out there.  Despite the rain having finished, it was replaced with grey skies and 90+ humidity.  It was more of a swim than a race.  I was pretty happy to squeeze in under 39 minutes (38:55, 7:47 pace) considering I felt like walking the rest of the way a couple of times!

But a finish is always a finish!  And, better yet, we had some cold beer waiting while we lined up to cheer on the women as they took their turn on that soupy loop of the park :D

Here are the official results from NYRR.

And, very big surprise - made it into the NYRR Team Spirit photo album!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

2017 NYRR Team Championships: Packet Pick-up

I picked up my bib for the club team championships on the way home from work - and was surprised to get a hat as well!  It's the first time I can remember NYRR giving out something in addition to the bib for these races!  Very cool.

As for the races - 7:30 start time for the mens race :O

This will be 2017 qualified/scored race number 7 for me.  As always, if you're running this one - say hello :D

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August 2017 Race Schedule

It's a bit sad that August has arrived, now that 2/3's of Summer is behind us.  But still one more month of sun before the Fall semester!

This weekend kicks off with the NYRR Club Team Races - with a 7:30 AM start for the men.  This is one of my favorite NYRR races because of the purely social component - hanging out with team mates is always fun!  And the very next day is the Fifth Annual NYC Bridges Run sponsored by the RVRR (Raritan Valley Road Runners).  The half marathon distance kicks off on the City Hall side of the Brooklyn Bridge and finishes just below the Bridge, at Jeremy's Ale House.  I'll post about this one on Sunday, but suffice to mention that I spent many hours at Jeremy's during my college days :O

The following weekend is the 5th (and, nominally final) race in the Norwalk Summer Series - the 11 Miler.  While not official, the half marathon in September is the typical end of the Norwalk Summer season.  As always, I'm looking forward to both races.  The next day, Sunday, I may head back to Central Park for the second long training run (and make up the extra distance cut off by the high heat/humidity during the first one).

The remaining two weekends will probably be Westport Summer Series races.  I haven't run in Westport yet this summer, so looking forward to at least one (if not both).  The last weekend is still up in air because we need to drive Katie back to Ann Arbor at some point.

Here's how it looks so far:

8/5 - NYRR Team Championships, 5M
8/6 - Fifth Annual NYC Bridge Run, 13.1M
8/12 - Norwalk Summer Series 11 Miler
8/13 - NYRR Long Training Run #2
8/19 - Westport Summer Series, 8.4 Miles
8/26 - Westport Summer Series, 9.3 Miles

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

Saturday, July 29, 2017

2017 Norwalk Summer Series 9 Miler: Race Photos & Results

What a difference a threatened rainstorm - thankfully averted - can make!  Arriving at Calf Pasture Beach for the Norwalk Summer Series 9 Miler (with a few drops of drizzle as I drove there via I-95, to remind that the rain gods were still in the neighborhood) - it was windy and cool! Not shivering cool, but enough to remind us that Fall was just around the corner :O

As for the race itself, this is another tough double loop.  I'm not a fan of double loop courses - and hilly loops done twice can be daunting!  At the start Don even mentioned a graceful exit for runners too beat up after the first one (skip the second one) - but the weather was too good for that this year.  I managed a 1:10:11, 7:48 pace - that 11 seconds kept me from a sub 1:10 finish (and I kiddingly blame the 5k in Central Park Thursday night for the missing finishing kick).

Still, any finish on that course (in any weather) is a solid run!  As is the Mother's Day 10k which also starts and finishes here - but tours the other side of Norwalk (in one loop) :D

Next up - the 11 Miler at Silvermine on Saturday, August 12th.

Here are the official results from Lightfoot Runners.

Once again, thanks to Tony for the great photo of the start!