Monday, June 30, 2008
Hey, maybe we should have something like that in New York that looks at all the clubs and races ...
Saturday, June 28, 2008
July 1: Fort Hamilton Speed Series (5K),
July 2: Al Goldstein Speed Series (5K),
July 3: VCTC Summer 5K Cross-Country, Van Cortlandt Park
July 4: Pepper Martin Memorial Run (5 Miles),
July 4: Firecracker 4 (5 Miles),
July 4: Shoreham Wading River Race, Shoreham, LI
July 4: Bellmore Striders Ind’ence Day Race (4M),
July 4; 9/11 Tribute 5K Run, Glen Rock, NJ
July 6: Southhampton Firecracker 8K, Southhampton, LI
July 6: Massapequa Firecracker 5K,
July 7: State Parks Summer Series Run,
July 8: Fort Hamilton Speed Series (5K),
July 10: Lawyers for Kids 5K,
July 12: New York Park to Park (10K),
July 12: Ladder 5 5K Trail Run,
July 12: 5K Run for the Animals, Kings Park, LI,
July 13: Amber Pizzo Memorial 5K,
July 13: Heart & Sole 5K,
July 13: Bellport Clipper Classic, Bellport, LI
July 14: State Parks Summer Series Run,
July 15: Fort Hamilton Speed Series (5K),
July 15: Party With Purpose (5K),
July 16: Al Goldstein Speed Series (5K),
July 17: VCTC Summer 5K Cross-Country, Van Cortlandt Park
July 19: Run for Central Park (4 Miles),
July 19: Teterboro Airport 5K,
July 19: Packanack Day 5K,
July 19: Arrow Exterminating LI Women’s 5K, Farmingdale, LI
July 20: Thunder Run 5K, Hauppage, LI
July 20: Twi-Light Trot, Patchogue, LI
July 21: State Parks Summer Series Run,
July 22: Fort Hamilton Speed Series (5K),
July 23: Downtown Westfield 5K,
July 27: NYC Half Marathon (13.1 Miles), Central Park/Manhattan
July 27: At Your Service Run for Cystic Fibrosis,
July 28: State Parks Summer Series Run,
July 29: Fort Hamilton Speed Series (5K),
July 30: Al Goldstein Speed Series (5K),
"Long Distance Running Routes in Prospect Park, Brooklyn" by Robert Matson, a.k.a. "The Little Book" is a series of maps for distances of 3 miles, 4 miles, 5 miles, 6 miles...through 20 miles.
And, the great thing about it - it's not just an outer loop over, and over, and over, and over ...
According to an e-mail I got from Matson, he created the book to help train for the marathon and get accurate measurements depending on the distance needed. It also includes elevations, so you can get a sense of the amount of hills you've climbed (or descended).
"The snakey routes kept things interesting -- there was always another challenging hill or
pleasant change of scenery,'' Matson wrote. "And the routes gave me the chance to appreciate Prospect Park in a new way. It is truly a beautiful park and these routes take you through all of it, giving you the park's exquisite site lines from every direction and angle.''
The booklet is available at JackRabbit Sports (in Park Slope, Brooklyn, at 151 7th Avenue (between Carroll St. and Garfield Pl.) and in Manhattan at 42 West 14th St (between 5th and 6th Aves).
As mentioned earlier, I was with a group that went over the Brooklyn Bridge today, in part because we wanted to work in a run that allowed us to see the NYC Waterfalls. We took Remsen Street to approach the southern end of the Promenade - a photo of the back of the waterfall (admittedly not that impressive) and a glimpse of the waterfall on Governor's Island (look hard at the left hand side), is here. I'm told, though haven't yet seen, that's it's a lot more impressive at night.
Folk, it's hot out there. Make sure you're using plenty of sunscreen and are carrying or have access to plenty of water. During the first part of my run today, I was with a group that at one point went over the Brooklyn Bridge, where sadly there was no wind today. You could just feel the group wilting as the humidity started to take hold (and we left at 7 a.m.). If you're doing something long, run smart. Don't try to get that 13 mile run in if you're body is telling you otherwise (and if you're going long, make sure you've got some way of getting those electrolytes - I use Clif Shot Bloks, which have the texture of, well, not something pleasant, but they work well and you should be able to get them at your favorite running store.)
-- What are you capable of, if an Olympic berth is on the line? Can you find some extra gear, something that can add the necessary speed to get across the line in time? Amy Begley did, as seen here in this morning's NYT article (not in the paper). For Begley, it wasn't enough to finish third - she had to finish with a time below 31:45 to meet the qualifying standards. What's just as gratifying as the race results is the crowd at Hayward Field knew exactly what was at stake and knew what she needed to do. Here's another angle.
-- I need to figure out some way to stay up and watch the Trials (yes I know, I could Tivo, but I hate doing that for sporting events - I'm such a news hound that I'll look for the results beforehand.) At least they are on at 8 p.m. tonight. The headline event is the women's 100 meters.
-- Remember, the Cosme 5K is tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. on Coney Island. (Oooh, it's going to be hot.) For those who want more info, the Richmond Rockets provided a link to the application (scroll down a bit).
Friday, June 27, 2008
So, incorporate a run that includes the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and goes along the water in Dumbo.
Here's a map (I need to figure out how to add icons), but at least here's the run.
Same goes for Prospect Park, by the way. When was the last time you ran somewhere other than the park loop or on the transverses?
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Sounds like a great idea - the more people we have talking about running the better, especially as we try to identify the best places and races to run. Not a lot of posts now, but worth bookmarking as it gains some critical mass.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
June 28 FRNY Lesbian and Gay Pride Run (5 Miles)
July 12 NY Park to Park (10K)
July 19 Run for
July 27 NYC Half Marathon/Nike (13.1 Miles)
Aug. 16 NYRR Team Championships (5 Miles)
Sept. 6 Fitness Mind, Body, Spirit (TBA)
Sept. 14 Queen’s Half
Sept. 21 Fifth Avenue Mile (1 Mile)
Sept. 28 Marathon Tune-Up (TBA)
Oct. 4 Norwegian
Oct. 12 Staten Island Half
Oct. 26 Poland Spring
Nov. 2 NYC Marathon (26.2 Miles)
Nov. 16 Race to Deliver (TBA)
Dec. 7 Joe Kleinerman 10K (10K)
Dec. 13 Holiday 4 Miler (4 Miles)
Dec. 20 Hot Chocolate 15K (15K)
Friday, June 20, 2008
A reminder: US Olympic Trials start later this month and continue into July. Worth making time to watch.
A bit of a breather coming up - I'll get some notes about upcoming July races and other goings on in the next couple of days.
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Brandishing my single water bottle, I ask, "Is there enough water?" (Key point one: Bring enough water). "Sure." I'm told.
Seven miles into the run ... ehh, maybe not. (But then we hit the park, and all was good. Except the temperature, which was now into the mid-80s).
Anyway, the run out toward the Verrazano Bridge was a pleasure for the most part, and took me out a long a route that I hadn't taken. The key here -- rather than just slogging down 4th Ave, we hugged the permiters of the Greenwood Cemetery and stayed on 5th Ave (which had Sunset Hill, which I wasn't as thrilled by) before heading down Bay Ridge Ave to the pier.
Then it was along the water before we turned around and headed back through Shore Road and Owl's Head Park (and found this wonderful three-sprinkler park, perfect on this scorching day).
To be fair, there are plenty of places to buy water along the run (though I'd recommend porting your own). And the parks do have water fountains and even a bathroom.
It's also good prep work for the inevitable Shore Road/Coney Island loop, which will be part of my marathon training this year.
A map (roughly drawn) is below:
Thursday, June 5, 2008
So, how many people from Brooklyn got in the race? Many of those are probably running, given that many likely qualified using the nine local races. (And I'm sure some folk did the lottery). Well, of the 72 entrants from the Prospect Park Track Club, 54, or 25 percent, got in. Not all of them live in Brooklyn, and obviously there's a fair amount of possible error.
So let's say ... 2,000 people from Brooklyn are eligible to run this year's NYC Marathon. And of that total, figure attrition of about 25 percent (i.e. people who defer to next year, just don't run, etc.) Again, give or take a couple of hundred, that leaves about 1,500 who will be running. That's a lot of people to be cheering for in November!
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
"The lottery for the ING New York City Marathon will be run on Wednesday, June 4. The drawing will be conducted throughout the day with final results available by 11:59 p.m. Please note that runners will be charged their race fees immediately upon acceptance. In some cases, this charge may show up on your credit card statement before the results are updated in the Entrant Database."
Me, I go for the bottle of Nesquik low-fat chocolate milk - tastes good and much more enticing than climbing into a tub filled with ice cubes. But I know people who swear by the latter.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Lo and behold, the date has been moved and, rather than the weekend of Sept. 14, it's now the weekend of Oct. 12 (where it has usually been run). The Queens Half, which was tentatively on the schedule for August, isn't on the schedule right now.
Right now, that means it's the same weekend as the Westchester Half and Marathon, the Hartford Marathon and the Albany Marathon, giving runners plenty of options.
-- Hope folk are able to get out to the Kenny Dolan 5K today -picture perfect day for a race in Prospect Park. The race starts on the downhill (near 15th and Prospect Park West), which raises the question - if you want to set a 5K PR, is it better to get the hill out of the way in the first 800 meters (a la the Al Goldstein Speed Series), or near mile 2 (as in today's race). My post high school/college PR was set at Kenny Dolan last year, but I'm not sold that it's the fastest way to do it.
-- Results from the first Al Goldstein 5K race from May 21 are posted here. There's another one coming up on Wednesday.
-- Note this comment at the tail-end of this article on the Marin Memorial Day 5K in California. Fifteen runners were disqualified for wearing headphones, per USATF rules.
-- 9.72. FASTEST 100 METERS EVER. I believe Usain Bolt's race, at last night's Reebok Grand Prix over at Icahn Stadium, will be shown on CBS this afternoon.
-- REMINDER. If you want to apply for the NYC Marathon lottery for this year's race, TODAY IS THE LAST DAY. Results out by Friday, June 6.
-- The NYRR Celebration Run, being held in the wee hours of the morning on June 4, is sold out. Great historical photo of founding member Ted Corbitt on the site.