Friday, November 1, 2013
november kicks off with the nyc marathon! after the cancellation last year, it almost seems like something new - instead of the annual fixture it had been on my calendar for the 10 previous years! it will also be my first marathon in almost a year. the last one i ran was the roxbury marathon last december, which was more of training run given my battle with chronic compartment syndrome at the time!
the other highlight for november is the jfk 50 miler. i was registered for it last year, but had to miss it because i couldn't properly train for a 50 miler as a result of the chronic compartment syndrome. now, even with a string of six 200+ mile months behind me, i'm still worried about this one. i haven't run an ultra (much less a 50 miler) in well over a year. finishing jfk will be a challenge - but hopefully i'm up for it :D
given those two races, except for volunteering at the greenwich alliance for education turkey trot at the end of the month, i haven't really settled on the remaining races. the week after nyc, i'd probably run the beachfront bushwack. but, the date for "after the leave have fallen" 20k was pushed back this year (it typically conflicts w/the nyc marathon). so i'm very, very tempted to drive up for that one - especially w/the 11 am start!
the following week (leading up to jfk) i'll probably run the fred lebow xc 5k at van cortlandt park. it will also be a rest week leading up to the 50 miler. after jfk, is a thanksgiving day race. that will probably be the gateway gobbler, as much for its distance (6m) in the wake of jfk, as for it's proximity (so i can get back in time to put the turkey in the oven). if i wasn't cooking turkey day dinner, would drive up to the mid-hudson road runners 25k :D
here's how it looks so far:
11/3 - nyc marathon
11/10 - after the leaves have fallen 20k
or, beachfront bushwack 5m
11/17 - nyrr fred lebow xc 5k
11/23 - jfk 50 miler
11/28 - gateway gobbler 6m
11/30 - alliance for education turkey trot 5k (volunteer)
as always, if you're at any of these - say hello!