Sunday, January 27, 2008
Today's Everything But the Kitchen Sink X/C race started just north of the Picnic House on the western edge of the park. One full loop of the meadow, sticking the edges, and doing those short, but very steep hills, and then a run down to the ballfields before heading off into the woods and doing a mix of trail, pavement, grass to create a second loop, both of them roughly 2 miles. Doesn't that sound more fun that doing two loops of Central Park as part of the Manhattan Half?
The challenging part of today's race was the terrain. Unlike the grassy section of Van Cortlandt, which seemed comparatively pancake flat, the loop of the long meadow was complete with undulating hills, tree roots and branches, sandy ballfield, and beat-up fields that have shoe prints from countless soccer games frozen in place.
No results yet (probably in the next day), but that ultimately wasn't the point for most of us today.
I'll pull together a list of local trail races, with links, in the next day or two, for those who are interested. Noting the Urban Environmental Challenge in early April, a North Face sponsored Endurance run in mid-April, the Leatherman's Loop later that month, and the Long Island Greenbelt 25K and 50K in early May - a link to most of them is here.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
The pessimistic view here stands in contrast to a post on The Gowanus Lounge blog on Jan. 10, which indicates the armory may open in September.
-- $10 off of purchases over $100
-- $40 off of purchases over $200
-- $50 off of purchases over $250
-- a whopping $100 off of purchases over $400
And plenty of other discounts, enabling folk to stock up on stuff ... with our luck, for next winter. (The pair of snowshoes I got last Christmas to do some winter workouts in Prospect Park still has the plastic wrap on).
Thursday, January 24, 2008
UPDATE: 1/26. Yep, the poster is right. There's an encore showing on Feb. 21. From the people who've seen it, reviews are generally positive.
Anyway, this isn't about me.
The second annual Everything But the Kitchen Sink will take place on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 10 a.m.. It's a four-mile race that includes one loop of the Long Meadow, then a big loop into the hills, trails, marked paths and stuff that makes Prospect Park ... a park.
Registration can be made online (there's a link) or through JackRabbit (did they mention it in their newsletter? I'm not paying enough attention) Cost is $17 through tomorrow, Jan. 25, and then $22 afterward. Note that no headphones are allowed. The race is chip timed.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
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Sounds like some great stuff. Was just thinking my Asics running jacket was getting a little lonely ...
Monday, January 21, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Of course, I'm watching the Packers-Giants game right now (-1 degree Fahrenheit). Not sure I'd head outside if I had a gym membership (which I do) in that weather ... Thankfully, the chilly weather we've had this weekend seems to get a bit warmer as the week goes on.
Friday, January 18, 2008
On Sunday, while I avoid running outside to watch the Patriots (inside), you may see a few choice quotes from the book by John Parker. It's out of print, and selling for hundreds of dollars on EBay, and not listed as available at any of the Brooklyn libraries, so it's a treat to be able to savor.
"Again to Carthage," the sequel, was excerpted by Runner's World, though I wasn't able to convince my family to give it to me for Christmas.
Speaking of running books, anyone have some thoughts as the best reads? I have some ideas, which I'll post later ...
Thursday, January 17, 2008
The Van Cortlandt Track Club has a list of its 2008 events now posted on its Web site, key for those of you (and me) who love the cross-country and trail events they put on. All of those listed below, with the exception of the Riverdale Ramble, are on the trails of Van Cortlandt.
Yes, it can be a long haul by subway (more than an hour) to get there from Brooklyn, but it's well worth it. The X/C races generally have about 100 people, the trail challenge about 50. Last year's was held Boston Marathon weekend - you might remember, when the storm was pummelling the East Coast.
Here’s a list of dates:
April 6: Urban Trail Challenge (a 10K this year)
May 22: X/C Speed Series
June 1: Riverdale Ramble (road race)
June 5: X/C Speed Series
June 19: X/C Speed Series
July 3: X/C Speed Series
July 17: X/C Speed Series
July 31: X/C Speed Series
Aug. 14: X/C Speed Series
At first glance, the most interesting changes from last year: Queens Half is in August, and Staten Island Half is in September. The latter change pulls it away from right up against the NYRR marathon, where's it's been in previous years.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
If it does take place then, it's both good and bad news for Brooklynites who are running Boston this year. It's not the same weekend (which has happened in the past), though it's still too close to this year's race to count on a great run.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Check it out! Key Food is having a semi-regular special: 10 bottles of Gatorade (32 oz) for $10. Needless to say, if you drink as much Gatorade as I do (in looking at my spending on running last year, I've got to say Gatorade purchases were in the top three - I don't include beer, of course :-)), and like the smaller bottles, it's a great deal. The sale runs through Jan. 17, and it looks like it's at Key Food locations throughout Brooklyn. The 32 oz. bottle usually goes for $1.89, so it's a savings of $8.90 for each group of 10.
Saturday, January 5, 2008
"Fairfield Half marathon in June, New Haven 20K in September, Manchester Road race on Thanksgiving for a couple of good local races."
All great ideas - the New Haven 20K is on my short list this year, if I'm around that weekend. Once I find the time, I'll create a Web site with a list of local races (and results) that people can refer to.
So, that said: If you have a question or thought that you don't want on the blog, for whatever reason, just e-mail me at brooklynruns(at)gmail.com. I don't have all the answers, to be sure, but I'll do what I can to point you in the right direction. If your question is relevant to the general running population, I'll also try to respond on the blog (no identifying information, of course).
"I'm fairly new to the Slope area, and I wanted to find a partner/team to train for the upcoming NJ marathon in May. I would be interested most in finding a long-run partner for Saturdays, but open to working out together during the week too. Any ideas besides Craigslist to find people?"
Ahh, one of the many dilemmas of running in the city, especially when you're new. I do three separate ways: On my own, through my club, or simply just e-mailing the other runners I know and trying to set something up (I'm not sure agreeing to meet someone Friday morning at 6:30 in Prospect Park in 17-degree temperatures was the brightest of ideas, but we did see a beautiful sunrise).
Thankfully, there are a number of resources, some listed here:
-- Prospect Park Track Club and Slope Sports have a weekly run on Saturday that meets at Grand Army Plaza at 8 a.m. on Saturdays - a number of folk there are training for a spring marathon, and the runs there will be getting longer. No need to sign up or contact anyone - just show up. The group usually congregates at sidewalk in front of the entrance to the park. Some runners just do a loop in the park - others do a longer run.
-- Other clubs also organize runs. For example, Brooklyn Road Runners also has weekly runs on Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m., meeting at 15th St. and Prospect Park West. They also do evening workouts on Tuesday and Thursday.
-- JackRabbit Sports has group training programs, a link is here. A lot of people do them (it's pretty awe inspiring to see 40 or more people come toward you in the park - the catch here is that there's a fee.
-- New York Road Runners has an option for runners seeking partners. I can't attest to whether this works or not, but it's definitely an option out there.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
"Spirit of the Marathon" tells the story of six different runners as they run the 2005 Chicago Marathon (good thing they weren't trying to film the heat-stricken 2oo7 race.)
Ticket information is located here (nothing in Brooklyn, apparently - the closest place is Union Square). Undoubtedly, it will make it out to DVD in short order, one would think.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Live to Run, Run to Live: http://xlbrooklyn.blogspot.com/
Some local area highlights from the list (not all the Central Park races are listed):
January: Fred Lebow 5K (Central Park)
February: Al Gordon Snowflake 4 Miler (Central Park)
March: Brooklyn Half (Brooklyn: If it happens this month.)
April: Nationwide Insurance 10K (Plainview, Long Island)
May: Shelter Island 10K (Shelter Island)
September: Great Cow Harbor 10K (Northport, Long Island)
November: NYC Marathon
One thing I'd note is that a lot of the races on the list are well known (Utica's Boilermaker 15K, Saratoga's X/C Classic in October), there aren't really any hidden gems that scream out: I've got to try this. (The New England races have a few).
Anyone got suggestions for your favorite races in and around the area? Think Greater New York (outside the city as well and into New Jersey). As this blog develops (and maybe a companion Web site), hopefully it can be a steady resource for you.
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
A good way to start off 2008. Long run on Saturday anyone?