Saturday, July 15, 2017

2017 Norwalk Summer Series 7 Miler: Race Photos & Results

Soupy, humid (but surprisingly cooler) conditions for the Norwalk Summer Series 7 Miler this morning.  After the first mile or so, felt like running underwater for the rest of the race! I was just able to squeak in under 54 minutes with a 53:59, 7:43 pace :D

Next up is the 9 Miler on July 29th.  That one is a bit tricky for me because the next day is the Escarpment Trail Run!  I've only done that back to back duo once - and really on the fence about trying it again :O

Here are the official results from Lightfoot Runners.

Thanks again to Tony for the great photo of the start!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

2017 Taconic Road Runners Putnam County Classic: Race Photos & Results


Fantastic weather for the Putnam County Classic this morning.  The classic, now more than 40 years strong, is an 8 mile loop of Lake Mahopac.  Instead of the wet, sticky, humid conditions that normally hang over this 4th of July race, it was unseasonably cool and dry!  There were just under 350 finishers!

I didn't run it this year, instead volunteered :D

Here are the official results from Taconic Road Runners.

and, better still, here are the TRRC race photos!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

July 2017 Race Schedule

July kicked off yesterday - with the second race in the Norwalk Summer Series, the 5 Miler!  It was a soupy morning to run any distance - but typical July weather :O

The 4th of July is the Putnam County Classic 8 Miler.  It's a Taconic RR race, which like most years, I will be volunteering at (especially food prep) - instead of running :D

The other races on this month's schedule that I'm registered for include two more Summer Series races in Norwalk.  The 7 Miler on 7/15 and the 9 Miler on 7/29.  I'm a bit concerned about doing the 9 Miler because it's the day before the Escarpment Trail Run!  I've done that combo once before (maybe a decade ago) - and it made running the Escarpment a wee bit tougher than it needed to be!  So I'm, reluctantly, on the fence about the 9 Miler this year.

A pair of Central Park races are on deck this month as well.  For fun is the silly Underwear Run, a 1.7 mile loop of the lower park, on Friday night 7/14.  It's actually part of the kickoff for the 2017 edition of the NYC Tri (which I'm not doing).  The second Central Park race is also at night, the NYRR R-U-N 5K (also an unusual distance for NYRR/Central Park).

Aside from those races, I'm also hoping to run (finally) the B.U.S. PJ Run on Saturday night 7/22.  I've wanted to participate in this one for years - but I wasn't able to swing it.  This year it looks doable! 

Here's how it looks so far:

7/1 - Norwalk 5 Miler
7/4 - Putnam County Classic [volunteer]
7/14 - Underwear Run, 1.7M
7/15 - Norwalk 7 Miler
7/22 - B.U.S. PJ Run (6 Hour)
7/29 - Norwalk 9 Miler
7/30 - Escarpment Trail Run, 30K

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

Saturday, July 1, 2017

2017 Norwalk Summer Series 5 Miler: Race Photos & Results

Hot, humid morning for the second race in the 2017 Norwalk Summer Series.  The 5 miler is also the 2nd and last full loop course of the series.  The remaining courses all include double loop variations. 
This was my 3rd 5 Miler in a month - and came close (but no cigar), in being the fastest.  But the perfect weather conditions and Central Park gave me a 38:08 at the Retro 5 Miler that kicked off the month of June.  But my 38:25 this morning was a solid 2 minutes faster than the 40:29 at the rain soaked Front Runners LBGT Pride Run last week :D
I'm happy with all of them!
Here are the official results from Lightfoot Runners.  Next race in the Summer Series, the 7 Miler, is on July 15.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

2017 NYRR Front Runners LGBT Pride Run 5 Miler - Race Photos & Results

Wow, today's Front Runner's Pride Run could easily have been renamed a swim!  It rained (sometimes poured) on and off until minutes into the race!  I was wet from the minute I walked out of my house, drove to MetroNorth station, walked (1 block) from MetroNorth to subway, and continued to be soaked from the 102nd street station to the start!  I went straight to the corral (not checking a bag) and ran the race with my mini knapsack, squeaking all the way :D

At 40:29, it was one of my slowest non-trail 5 milers (2+ minutes slower than the "dry"  Retro 5 Miler that kicked off June)!  But getting it done under those wet conditions was fun, if a bit exasperating - and I was more than happy with my time.  It was NYRR race #5 of 2017.

Here are the official race results from NYRR.

Friday, June 23, 2017

2017 NYRR Front Runners LGBT Pride Run 5 Miler - Packet Pickup

Yesterday I picked up my bib and (excellent) singlet for the 2017 Edition of the Front Runner's LGBT Pride Run.  The 5 Miler will be my NYRR race #5 on the road to the 9+1 needed for the 2018 NYC Marathon guaranteed entry.

I last ran this race back in 2011(?), when instead of a shirt, they gave out hats (and drawstring bags).  Hopefully the weather Gods will keep it modestly dry out there tomorrow (and we won't need hats) - because the forecast is for rain!

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

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Happy Summer Solstice 2017

Happy Summer Solstice!

Summer 2017 arrived here on the east coast just after midnight (12:24 AM to be precise).  After the last few weeks of so-so weather (bouncing between heat wave and rainy gray days), hopefully the sun will stick around for a while!

In any event - get out there and enjoy it because, here in New York, chance of showers late in the afternoon :O

Saturday, June 17, 2017

2017 Norwalk Summer Series 3 Miler: Race Photos & Results

Soggy morning for a run - even if only a hilly 3 mile loop! The kick-off to the 2017 Summer Series was a bit on the soupy side, but still fun. This race starts alongside the high school track, so took the opportunity to run 4 loops as a warm-up before the start.

 I've run this course many times and yet always seem to forget how hilly it is. I ran a too fast first mile (6:58) before slowing down to finish with a 21:49, 7:17 pace. Given the humidity, I was very happy :D

Here are the official results from Lightfoot Runners.  The next Series race (5 Miler) is July 1.

Thanks to Tony for the photo of the Start!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

2017 NYRR Retro 5 Miler: Race Photos & Results

What a great morning to run in Central Park!  The Retro Run 5 Miler was my 4th NYRR race of 2017 (5 more to go and the +1).  I was very happy with my 38:08, 7:38 pace, given that I had done a longish (10 mile) run yesterday. 

But it was probably the post-run rehydration sampling some fantastic cocktails at Zachy's the contributed to my inability to squeeze in under 38 minutes at the finish line ;D

Here are the race results from NYRR.

Friday, June 2, 2017

June 2017 Race Schedule

Hard to believe it's already June!  That means the 2017 edition of the Great New York Running Exposition 100 Miler is on deck.  I'm looking forward to it (and last weekend we ran the last leg as a training run).  Given my low mileage over the winter, I may have drop down from the 100 Miler to the 100K :(

Also this month is a pair of NYRR races (that will be numbers 4 and 5 of 2107).  This weekend is the Retro 5 Miler (in prior years a 4 Miler) and the Front Runners 5 Miler the last weekend of the month.

A new race, being put together by Van Cortandt TC, is a one miler on the flats of Van Cortlandt Park.  That should be fun!

Here's how it looks so far:

6/4 - NYRR Retro 5 Miler
6/11 - VCTC 1 Miler
6/17 - TGNY 100M (maybe 100K)
6/24 - NYRR Front Runners 5M

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

Thursday, June 1, 2017

2017 NYRR Retro 5 Miler: Packet Pick-up

Yesterday I picked up my bib and tee shirt for the 2017 edition of the Retro 5-Miler.  In something of a flashback (of the innocent variety) I vaguely recall the prior two times that I ran this one it was only 4 miles!  Did I lose track of that last mile in 2016 and 2015 - haha :D

In any event, the 5 miles on Sunday will be NYRR #4 for me this year.  As always, if you're at this one - say hello!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Happy Memorial Day 2017

Happy Memorial Day

Sunday, May 28, 2017

2017 TGNY 100 Mile Training Run #4


Last night was the 4th and final training run for the Great New York Running Exposition 100 Miler on deck for next month.  It covers the last stretch of the course, from Coney Island (the Parachute Drop to be precise) to the finish in Times Square.  It includes spectacular views of the Verrazano Bridge, the Manhattan skyline, and crossing over the (seemingly always crowded) Brooklyn Bridge :O

This year's edition was a solid 20 degrees cooler than the heat wave we had last year!  Either way, this is a fantastic run to do, just over 18 miles (and the shortest of the 4 training runs).  This year I only ran as far as City Hall (14+ miles) instead of the full distance up to Times Square.

In any event, will (hopefully) revisit this stretch next month :D

Group photo, albeit taken well before our group filled out by the start, taken from Tiger Ellen!


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!

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.