Friday, June 4, 2010

Running This Weekend

Going to be another muggy scorcher on Saturday, though possibly decent weather on Sunday for the Kenny Dolan 5K Run (of course, it could pour). Some highlights:

*Saturday has got several New York-area races if you haven't already made plans. The Prospect Park Track Club calendar has them listed, so not going to repeat them all here. The weather ain't going to be great, but I've talked to a number of folk who are starting up their marathon training this weekend for a fall event: go early, plan your route around a lot of water fountains.

A special shoutout for those of you traveling to Albany for the Freihofer's Run for Women (not a race I'm able to run, but one of those races about which are spoken highly).

*Sunday, as I mentioned, the Kenny Dolan 5K Run takes place in PP. Start time is 10 a.m., and you can register until 9:45 a.m. at Bishop Ford. The race starts on the downhill in the park (which means you have to contend with Zoo Hill near the end of mile 2.) Which is faster? Getting the uphill out of the way first? Or not? My current PR is at one of the PPTC Speed Series (uphill first), though I broke 20 for the first time at the Dolan Run some years ago. Of course, if it pours, then it might be a moot point.

The NYRR Japan Run in Central Park has closed out - I'd guess about 5,000 runners will be there. (According the Web site, 289 people like this on Facebook - no idea if that's good or bad, though I note none of my friends have taken the plunge). If you're not racing, that may be the day to get in the long run, given a high of 80 projected.

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