Tuesday, May 29, 2018

2018 NYRR Italy Run Packet Pickup

Picked up my bib and shirt for the Italy Run this afternoon!  I'm really looking forward to this 5 miler on Sunday - because of the Italy connection :D 

It's a bit hard to believe that this will be my first NYRR of 2018 - can't remember ever waiting this long to do a Central Park race.  Be that as it may, have a few more NYRR races lined up for this summer (the Retro Run, Team Championships, & France Run are 3 that come to mind).

If you're at this one - say hello!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Volunteering: North Face Endurance Runs - Bear Mountain

Put in a few volunteer hours at the North Face store in the Westchester Mall today.  The NF Endurance Run 50 Miler at Bear Mountain has been on my "to do" list for years!  Alas, I'm not running it this year - but enjoyed meeting some of the runners lining up for it tomorrow morning (at 5 AM). The 50K and marathon are also run tomorrow.  The Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K races are run on Sunday.

Most of the events had sold out.  NF had close to 500 runners signed up for the 50 Miler - and about 650 runners in the 50K!  That's well over a 1000 ultra runners taking over Bear Mountain.  Those numbers are on the scale of the turnout for JFK 50 Miler!

Good luck to all the runners - at any distance - lining up at Bear Mountain this weekend :D

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May 2018 Race Schedule

May has arrived - and hopefully, with it, Winter impersonating Spring will finally give way to an actual Spring season!  Rumor has it that the 40+ degree start to the day will give way to temperatures in the 70's this afternoon -- let's see!
As for the race schedule, it kicks off on Friday with a packet pick-up for the North Face Endurance runs this weekend. I'm volunteering at the White Plains Mall location.  But, instead of the Bear Mountain event, this weekend has the 3rd GNY 100 Miler training run penciled in for Sunday.  It starts at the Unisphere and finishes at the Parachute Jump in Coney Island (roughly 24 miles).  Since I missed the first 2 training runs, making every effort to do this one!
The following weekend is the Long Island Greenbelt 50K - the third race in the B.U.S Grand Prix series.  I haven't run this one in a few years, so looking forward to revisiting the tough double out and back course.  In the past, I've always managed to accumulate a few bonus miles over those trails - keeping my fingers crossed that my boy scout navigation skills haven't atrophied :D
As for the rest of the month, haven't really settled on a plan.  I had wanted to run the 24 hour race at 3 Days at the Fair.  But since Richie has just added the Ted Corbitt 24 Hour Run to the B.U.S. calendar - a mere two weeks later (6/1-2) - this may be pushing things.  Will see how I feel in a few days (when the soreness from Sybil wears off - haha).
Last but not least, the only thing penciled in for Memorial Day weekend - so far - is the Jim Fixx 5 Miler.  Have run it many times, and it's one of my favorite 5 Milers.  Haven't decided about any other races that weekend.
Here's how it looks so far:
5/6 - GNY 100 Training Run #3
5/12 - Long Island Greenbelt 50K
5/19 - 3 Days at the Fair/24 Hour Run - tentative
5/28 - Jim Fixx 5 Miler
As always, if you're at any of these events - say hello!