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.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

2017 NYC Half Marathon - Packet Pickup at Metropolitan Pavillon

This afternoon went over to the Metropolitan Pavillon to pick up my bib and shirt for the NYC Half Marathon.  This will be my 7th NYC Half Marathon!  I last ran this race back in 2015, when the packet pickup/Expo was at a different location (Skylight at Moynihan Station across from Madison Square Garden).

Not sure what to expect, weather-wise, this weekend.  After the snow on Tuesday - which quickly morphed into ice - the best hope is for a nice warm-up.  By that I mean any temps near the freezing mark - haha.  But as I write this, some strange forecasts are predicting a bit more snowfall this weekend?!  Could that be true?

In any event, this will be my NYRR race #3 for 2017.  If you're at this one - say hello!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Happy Birthday Jack Kerouac - 95 Years Young in Heaven

Happy Birthday Jack Kerouac!

He was born March 12, 1922 and died tragically on October 21, 1969 - from the ravages of alcoholism. He was only 47 years old - and this year marks the somewhat grim fact that he has now been dead (48 years) longer than he lived. 

For most people he needs no introduction but, sadly, there are increasing numbers of people who haven't heard of him, his spontaneous prose, or the beat generation (for that matter).  We're all getting older...

Anyway, to keep this upbeat (ha) - pull out your beaten up (ha) copy of "On the Road" and read a few pages - or the entire book!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

March 2017 Race Schedule

This month will, hopefully, include a return to some long distance races!  It kicks off this weekend with the final Boston Buildup Race, the 25K, on Sunday.  Somehow I managed to miss the first 3 races of the Series this year - argh! 

The following weekend is the first of the 4 training runs that lead up to the Great New York Running Exposition 100 miler in June!  Last year I only ran the last training run (which is also my favorite part of the course). This year I hope to run 3 of the 4 training runs!

Mid-month is one of my favorite events - the NYC Half Marathon!  Looking forward to that one - and maybe some warm weather to go along with it :D

The last weekend of the month is still up in the air - but as of now I'm planning to do the Boston Blowout 30K. 

Here's how it looks so far:

3/5 - Boston Buildup 25K
3/12 - TGNY 100 Training Run #1
3/19 - NYC Half Marathon
3/26 - Boston Blowout 30K

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

Monday, February 13, 2017

2017 World Radio Day

Today is World Radio Day!  While I associate this with Shortwave Radio (and Ham Radio) - celebrate with any radio - including AM/FM!

Here's the link to the official World Radio Day page - that includes a map with links to local events.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

2017 NYRR Gridiron 4 Miler: Race Photos & Results

What a difference a month makes.  The year kicked off with the Joe Kleinerman 10k - in the low 20s.  A month later the Gridiron 4 Miler greeted us with low 30s.  But the wind chill, and waiting around for more than 30 minutes until the start, had me frozen solid at the start!  It was a slow first mile, not so much because it was crowded (and it was - with over 5,100 runners ultimately finishing the race) but rather my frozen self had to warm up!

As for the race itself, I ran a 29:44, 7:26 pace.  It was well under my 30 minute objective (which was something of a soft target).  I "voted" for New England on the 72nd Street transverse - not so much because I was rooting for the Patriots -- just didn't want to run the extra few feet to the right :O

NYRR race #2 is in the books!

Here are the official results from NYRR.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

2017 NYRR Gridiron 4 Miler Packet Pickup

I finally had a chance to visit the new NYRR location on 57th Street yesterday when I went to pick up my bib/shirt for the Gridiron 4 Miler.  I would have gone last month, for the Joe Kleinerman 10k, but I registered so late for that one (the day before) that I had to pick up my bib on race day, in Central Park.

The Gridiron 4 Miler will be race #2 on the road to 9+1 for the 2018 NYC Marathon. 

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

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February 2017 Race Calendar

Hard to believe we're a month into the New Year!  I don't know how January flew by so quickly, but on the running front, I didn't get in many races (only the Kleinerman 10k) to kick off the month/new year.  Hopefully, I will get in more races (and mileage) this month.

This weekend is NYRR race #2 - the Gridiron 4 miler (and will miss the TRRC Freezer 5K because of the conflict).  I plan to run another NYRR race this month as well, the Al Gordon 4 Miler (and get in a trip to Brooklyn as well)!

Next weekend is the Boston Buildup 20k.  It'll be my first BB race of 2017 because I missed both the 10k and 15k last month.  Weather permitting, I will also run the second Freezer 5 race the following weekend (having missed the first because of the conflict).

Here's how it looks so far:

2/5 - NYRR Gridiron 4M
2/12 - Boston Buildup 20K
2/19 - Freezer 5 Miler
2/25 - NYRR Al Gordon 4M

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

Saturday, January 7, 2017

2017 NYRR Joe Kleinerman 10k: Race Photos & Results

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

January 2017 Race Schedule

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!