Saturday, January 7, 2017
A chilly start to the new year in races! In fact, this was a last minute addition because I only signed up for the Joe Kleinerman 10k yesterday afternoon (and surprised to learn it finally closed out when I checked the webpage before heading into the city this morning)!
In another rarity, I picked up my bib and shirt on race day. That meant I didn't get to see the new space at Columbus Circle. That will have to wait for NYRR race #2 this year (probably early next month).
As for the race itself, was very happy to squeeze in under 48 minutes - especially for the first race of the year. I haven't done much mileage in the past month, so need to do some base rebuilding over the next month or so. I didn't mind the cold (23 at the start), but the occasional wind gusts were tough. Just after the start a few flakes came down and but the time I was coming back up the East Drive, it was snowing!
The only negative of the morning was having my phone freeze up just after the finish - argh. It had 55% charge, but the cold was too much - and it turned into a dead weight until I got it back home and plugged it in for a charge.
Here is a link to the official results at NYRR
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Hard to believe it's time to start writing 2017! Did the all of 2016 just fly by in a blur?
As for racing, I've only committed to a pair of races for this month - the January races of the 2017 Boston Build-up Series. The 10k is this weekend in Norwalk and the 15k is in Ridgefield, two weeks later. I had wanted to run the Fred Lebow Half Marathon, but it conflicted with the 15k. I'm hoping to run all 4 of the Build-up races this year (and the Blow-out too).
I may get in a couple of other races this month, but for now - here's the pair:
1/8 - Boston Build-up 10k
1/22 - Boston Build-up 15k
As always, if you're at one of them - say hello!
Sunday, December 25, 2016
Merry Christmas Everyone!
No white Christmas this year (a week ago, a different story). Can't believe how quickly 2016 has flown by. Not just the year itself, but seems like Thanksgiving was only a couple of weeks ago! As for today, after a few miles this morning, will opens presents, cook, have Christmas dinner when my brother and his family arrive, open a few more presents, and enjoy the holiday spirit! I hope your Christmas will be just as enjoyable!
All the best :D
Friday, December 23, 2016
Festivus is undoubtedly my favorite make believe holiday. While I don't air grievances, or perform any particular feats of strength... I love giving a shout out to yet another amazing bit from Seinfeld (still ever so relevant after long since leaving the air)! It's an especially well placed one at that - in between the winter solstice and Christmas :D
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Happy Solstice! It's that time of year again :D
Winter officially arrived here in NYC a couple of hours ago (5:44 AM EST, to be precise). But, unofficially, some snow swept in on Saturday - and the temperatures dropped even lower or the next few day (in the teens when I woke up yesterday). Ironically, this first day of winter will be a lot warmer than yesterday - heading, as some forecasts predict, into the 40's this afternoon!
Temperatures aside, what I'm very happy about is the return of ever increasing daylight hours!
Happy Winter Solstice Everyone!
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Yesterday was a bit chilly - cold enough to finally put on running tights for the Ted Corbitt 15k in Central Park! The 15k was the last club points race of the year. It was also my 10th NYRR race of the year (having completed my 9+1 with at the NYCM last month).
At the start, Gary Corbitt, Ted Corbitt's son said a few words before we set off on the 15k named in honor of his dad! I didn't run it last year - the last time I lined up for this race was in 2014. As for my performance, I ran a 1:12:31 (exactly 10 seconds slower than my 2014 finish).
Afterwards, we headed up to the Bronx and met at the Rambling House for our annual Taconic get together. Instead of beer - my go to drink was an Irish Coffee (or two)! Given the cold, and that I was still pretty much frozen from the race, it was the perfect rehydration :D
Here are the official results from NYRR.
Friday, December 9, 2016
Picked up my shirt and race bib for the Ted Corbitt 15k at the NYRR this afternoon. I also got a preview of some of the course as I walked over to the east side via Central Park to catch the train home! This will be NYRR race number 10 for me (and the final club points race of the year). Doubt that I'll score for the team tomorrow - but looking forward to seeing my fellow Taconics!
As always, if you're at this one, say hello!