Saturday, December 31, 2011
"You must have met the appropriate qualifying time between January 1, 2011 and January 31, 2012 (2012 NYC Half, Boston Marathon, and NYRR Brooklyn Half-Marathon times will also be accepted). Include the race name and date with your application."
Something to keep in mind if you don't get in via lottery.
Given the demand to get into the race, this is definitely a sustainable price (think about the prices for Broadway productions), so don't expect a reduction.
One request for NYRR: Disclose how much you are paying for appearance fees, and how that has changed over the years. To keep the elite athletes coming here is a deliberate (and defensible) decision. However, if that's the reason why the fees are being boosted, then tell the running community that.
I'm pretty sure there are more expensive marathons in the U.S. (My readers will confirm - and I will research!) But this certainly is one of the highest.
On that note: Happy New Year! My apologies for the scarcity of posts over the past few months - ironically, an increased focus on running contributed. 2012, I'm hoping to get back to a regular posting, including race results and a renewed focus on local runners.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
*$100 entry fee
*Non-elite runners put in a lottery
*Entry field limited to 600 participants (roughly)
Saturday, December 3, 2011
The great thing about this: one guy in the group pointed out this absolutely wonderful public restroom on River Terrace (before you go into the waterfront) between Warren and Vecsey Street. It's clean, it has water fountains, it's warm. Huge fan, especially since it's getting hard to find good places for water.
Friday, December 2, 2011
The good thing: There will be a ton of PRs!
No course map is available, though the race starts and finishes on Center Drive.
Entry fees are $50 thru Dec. 9. Proceeds benefit NYRR's Youth Programs.
This easily could be the most expensive road half-marathon in the continental U.S. Maybe the world. (If you've seen anything, more costly - not including some of the trail runs - holler).
I appreciate that the costs to run through Times Square on an early Sunday morning are huge. But ...
NYRR comments on why the costs are so high:
"Operating costs that significantly affect the race -- like gas, insurance, and bridge tolls -- continue to rise, which increases the cost of doing business in the world's greatest city for running. Our race fee has gone up due to these increased race operation costs and city agency fees, which are required to maintain our world-class standards in safety and quality."
It's a legitimate concern (though the last time I checked the NYC Half route didn't actually go past any tollbooths - but maybe that's next!). It's unclear here how much the elite appearance fees, or lack of a title sponsor, also affect the cost. (Personally, I'd rather this be a great half marathon to showcase the best local talent, rather than one of the many elite events NYRR puts on, though that's just me.)
Here's an alternative suggestion. Run any one of the NYRR half marathons (the Manhattan Half right now costs $25) and donate the rest to any one of the deserving local charities (City Harvest is my current choice) or the NYRR Foundation to support youth running in the city.
I've got a qualification slot to run this March, but I'm pretty sure I'll be racing elsewhere that day.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
And the NYC Half lottery opens on Dec. 5 and is open for two weeks. It'll be interesting to see how this year's version goes - and how many people are able to get in because they ran in 4 of the 5 borough half marathons (including the canceled Bronx Half.) No idea yet on the price.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Last-minute details will be posted on the website and the Facebook page.
One of my staple runs is to start at the Brooklyn Promenade near Remsen, head over the Brooklyn Bridge, and then head back. It's just shy of 4 miles, and I'll do it usually when I have just a half hour to run.
With a bit more time this morning (and not meeting up with any of my usual Saturday cohorts), I decided to mix together this run with a Brooklyn waterfront run. So after getting into Manhattan, I headed into Chinatown and came back to Brooklyn via the Manhattan Bridge. From there, it was straight into Dumbo, where I hugged the water (and farted around in Brooklyn Bridge Park near Pier 1 for a bit) all the way to Atlantic, then headed back up to the Promenade.
The route is about 6.4 miles, give or take, and is nice in are really only a few places where the cars may interrupt your running. You also get two long "bridge" hills and a short, but steeper, approach from the water up Jouralemon (or, if you choose to modify it, up Atlantic).
Of course, the underlying news is that we could actually have measurable snow here in Brooklyn in October for the first time since 1952, according to this article. Right now, it's a mixture of snow & rain in Baltimore! Bet those who are running the Marine Corps Marathon tomorrow weren't expecting this weather (heat is usually the big issue for that race.)
Forecast is for 2-4 inches for the New York City area, and I'm sure it's going to be slushy and fun out there. If you want to enjoy just the rain ... well, the light drizzles have just started on what's going to be a wet one today. Get the running tights and rain gear out! And just be thankful this isn't happening *next* weekend.
*CORRECTS an earlier post with the right date - it's before Thanksgiving!
Ironically, the only MRI I've had for a running related injury (I had twisted my knee) helped rule out surgery by doctor who was eager to put me under the knife.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
*Spent an hour at the tail end of the Rock 'N Roll 10K in Prospect Park. Purely judging on the music -- *THERE WERE NO LIVE BANDS*. I know the DJs tried, but cmon. My group passed four DJ stations, and no bands (3 on the loop, one on the upper transverse). If I missed any, apologies and I'll correct. But for the price of the race (I hope they got a great goodie bag), let's have some great music.
Searchable results should be here: The winning time: a blazing 29:01 (wow)
Saturday, October 1, 2011
What about local races? Should runners be paced? Should men pace women? Should men pace men? Should marathons have pace groups?
Jury's still out, obviously, though let me offer two recent examples from my own personal running experience, just to ground the discussion a bit:
*In making a bid for a qualifying time for Boston Marathon 2012, I was offered by a couple of faster friends to help me through my qualifying race. (I'd wrestled this issue before, ultimately said that I wanted the race to be as pristine as possible).
*Earlier this year, I helped a friend (female) run the second part of a half marathon, part of training as she aimed for a full marathon.
The world marathon "record" set at Berlin involved Patrick Makau surrounded by pacers. Thousands of runners in New York this year will be part of organized pace groups. Obviously, even if you're paced, you still have to run the race, and I don't think that undermines the legitimacy of the time.
Fascinating debate over at Letsrun.com on the topic, btw.
I do think, however, that pacers interfere with the tactics of the actual race itself (though of course, if there are pacers, you build that into your strategy). It's one of the reasons why I love X/C and trail racing - time goes out the window, and it's all about what you can do against others on the race course.
My own personal decision about not wanting help was essentially selfish: Boston was one of my lifetime goals, and I wanted to do it on my own. There are several good reasons to have pacing, of course - that's why the options exist.
Something to wrestle with, I think. Appreciate any thoughts folk have. Happy trails, and stay dry this weekend.
P.S. Three posts today so far - at this rate, I'll surpass the September output momentarily! (Sarcasm on my writing failures duly noted).
P.P.S. Absolutely no idea what the women's 10K record is in Central Park. Will that be reset? (I'm guessing no, given the response of a lot of national running leaders.)
Tops among Brooklyn runners:
*Michael Maag (6th overall): 1:10:42
*Caitlin Phillips (3rd overall): 1:22:05
In the 1.7 mile Norway Run
*Garland Days (4th overall): 9:04
*Anna Fyodorova (4th overall): 10:25
Welcome to autumn temps!
Searchable results here (for the half) and here (for the Norway Run)
*Oct. 9: Staten Island Half, Staten Island (registration closed)
*Oct. 9: Get to the Point 5K, Greenpoint
*Oct. 9: Run for the Wild 5K, Coney Island
*Oct. 9: Westchester Half/Quarter Marathon, White Plains
*Oct. 15: Roosevelt Island 5K, Roosevelt Island
*Oct. 15: Rockaway Marathon, Rockaways
*Oct 16: Kurt Steiner X/C 5K, Van Cortlandt
*Oct. 22: Rock 'N Roll 10K, Prospect Park
*Oct. 22: Sleepy Hollow 10K, Sleepy Hollow, NY
*Oct. 22: Run the River 5K, Randall's Island
*Oct. 23: Race Against Violence 5K, Bay Ridge
*Oct. 30: Poland Spring 5M, Central Park
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Results here. And results here for the various races.
I'd post a video and/or story from NYRR, though unclear why there's nothing available at this point (too bad that this wasn't shown live for those of us who couldn't make it downtown). Highlights should be available later.
Monday, September 19, 2011
The database isn't really set up to search by city, but a quick look at the results indicate some top times here:
Daniel Renahan, 1:11:06
Ted Towle, 1:13:33
Giancarlos Zambrano, 1:23:11
*Boston Marathon entries continue this week, with the first round of entries already locked in. Now it gets interesting, as the remaining qualifiers seeking entry will continue be seeded based on how fast they beat their qualifying time. Entrants should know by Sept. 28. As of tonight, 88 people from Brooklyn were listed in the entrant database.
*Looking for some Northeast cross-country races this fall? Check out Chuck's X/C Calendar.
*Still looking to blast that final 5K of the year? Check out the Music That Heals 5K in Prospect Park this Sunday, Sept. 25. A look at upcoming races is here, courtesy of NYCRuns.
*Finally got down to Brooklyn Bridge Park (in Dumbo) the other day, where I haven't been for weeks. Checked out Jane's Carousel (it looks a little out of place, though is certainly beautiful), though even more importantly - you can now run in that area again and make a nice half-mile plus loop near the Manhattan Bridge.
*My DVD movie pick of the week (and maybe it'll inspire you to run in Red Hook): The Adjustment Bureau. Yeah, it's a cheesy sci-fi film (all the better), some great shots of the area, however.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Congratulations Jenny (Barringer) Simpson!
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Water is covering some places in lower Manhattan along the water's edge (i.e. the prime running paths) - CNN has some shots of anchors with water lapping at their ankles - though hasn't really advanced much further. In Brooklyn between Piers 1 and 6, a few places have water on them, as the East River is right up near the top of the land.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
(Thanks to Running Times for providing the link).
Great stuff both early and late in day (watched the women's 10K final earlier this morning), and also tons of other sports as well.
Category 1 or no, Irene will leave a lasting impact on the area - make sure you're not part of the story.
If you've been living under a rock the past couple of days, all three NYRR races are canceled this weekend. The next NYRR/Marathon qualifying run is Sept. 17 - the Fitness 4-miler, though entries are limited.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
As of now, both Sunday's Henry Isola X/C race in Van Cortlandt and the Bronx Half will be run as scheduled ... NYRR urging people to watch their website for updates. (My guess is that if there are any potential issues, the Bronx Half will be held as a "fun" run so that everyone who entered will get it as a qualifying race, though we'll see).
I do have to say, running the Bronx in rain is *much* more appealing than 90-degree temps.
Do keep a wary eye out if you're running something else on Sunday, and please, be careful.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
You have to be an Active Advantage member *and* you have to be one of the first 20 to sign up at 1 p.m. *today* (Tuesday, Aug. 23)
Otherwise? Steep, steep entry fee of $60 if you're planning to run. The race is Oct. 22.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Three loops, 10 miles - it's similar to the Cherry Tree that's run in the winter.
There's still time to register online ($25) or pay $30 tomorrow at the door. And yes, there's a relay!
And, of course, a gimmick:
This year we're adding a new element: "Time your Climb" sponsored by Garmin. Each runner will not only receive their splits for the three loops, you'll also receive your splits for climbing Prospect Park's big hill. In each age/gender category, there will be a "Time your Climb" winner for the fastest combined time up the hill, *and* for the most consistent times up the hill.
Saturday, July 30, 2011
One thing I'd note - I was running in the same direction as the runners doing a long run today - lot of traffic on the Prospect Park pathways. That's both good (love it when tons of runners are out there), and obviously bad (when you're racing, the last thing you want to do is be having to worry about runners - and cyclists).
Results are here - click on the .pdf to see age-group rankings.
Brooklyn's Miriam Beyer (racing for Athena New York) was top female with a 1:29:14, edging out Brooklyn's Sarah Foster. In fact, five of the top finishers in Queens were from Brooklyn.
Brooklyn's Armando Ramirez (WSX) finished third overall among the men with a 1:17:33.
Friday, July 29, 2011
Founders 5K, to honor the founders of the city's running clubs, starts at 9 a.m. just outside of Bartel Pritchard Square.
Friday, July 15, 2011
3 loops (like the Cherry Tree 10-miler). How about ... 8 loops.
You get the opportunity for the inaugural Brooklyn Marathon, to be held in November. Details are here
Sunday, July 3, 2011
As of now, all the summer qualifiers are closed until Aug. 27 (except for the Club Championships ... and you have to be a club member to race that)
The way things have been going, qualifying races have been closing out 2 weeks to 2 months ahead of time, so be alert.
Based on the NYRR event calendar, here's the number of remaining qualifiers that are still open (and remember, you need a volunteer entry as well):
*October: 3 (details on Grete's aren't up yet - both races that day may be qualifiers)
Saturday, July 2, 2011
The article quotes schoolteacher Robert Burstein, who runs on the boardwalk daily:
Robert Burstein, 56, a schoolteacher who daily takes five-mile runs on the Boardwalk, said people flocked to it because they “want respite from concrete; we have concrete all around us.”
Friday, July 1, 2011
Or, you can run long on Saturday and race Monday.
Or ... and you knew this was coming, you can do both (see option two).
Two races I want to highlight this weekend, though there are plenty in the region:
*Pepper Martin 5 Mile out in Staten Island. Absolutely wonderful local race, with a killer hill and great post-race party.
*The July 4th Marathon up at Van Cortlandt Park. I've never done one of these trail holiday races, which range from 6.5 mile parts and up, though I might make my way up this weekend. It consists of one or more loops on the gradual Van Cortlandt trails (as opposed to the undulating X/C course and the punishing Cemetery Hill). As the motto for this free community race states: Just show up and run.
And the great thing? On this one, you can go long ... and race.
Happy holidays everyone.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
I've done my best to dodge the humidity, running in the early mornings, late evenings where the temperature has been great. Not really all that successful, I've found, with sweat dripping off my brow within a mile, and regularly coming back from runs having dropped 3-4 pounds despite efforts to stay hydrated.
But if you're training for a late summer/early fall race, you've got to do it. Need I remind the Boston Marathon wannabes (me! me!) who are looking for a last-minute qualifying time for 2012, the entries open on Sept. 12, which pretty much rules out most of the great fall marathons in the area.
Today's run: Prospect Park, over the Brooklyn Bridge, a loop around the southern tip of Manhattan, back up to the Williamsburg Bridge, over and then along Kent and Flushing before finally collapsing near the Brooklyn Bridge Park. 4 miles short of the planned 20.
So, you pick yourself up, and do it again. :-) Maybe tomorrow will be better.
For those who ran the Kenny Dolan 5K a few weeks ago, it's also the second leg in the Brooklyn Triple Crown race series.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
*Actually, the best time, paint smell not withstanding, I've found is the early morning. With the summer solstice upon us, you can actually capture the rising sun as part of your run - one of the prettiest sights here in NYC.
*Interesting article in the NYTimes on the 10% cap rule (i.e. you should only increase your mileage by 10 percent each week). I'm firmly of the belief that a) you train as to how your body lets you and b) rules are made to be broken. I have a colleague who jumps up mileage on one week, and then holds it for 3-4 weeks, breaks it down a week to recover, and then does it again.
*With the summer heat and humidity upon us, it's time to get creative. Rather than pounding out 15 miles, think about a two-a-day (breaking it up 7 in the AM, 8 in the PM) or run in the evening and then in the morning.
Some race updates:
*The NYRR Front Runners 5m on June 25 is now closed. The Achilles Hope & Possibility 5m on June 26 still has slots open.
*NYCRuns has links to both a Bad Ass Bay Ridge 5K and a Bad Ass Bay Ridge Challenge (with an an obstacle course) on June 25
*This is the on week for both the PPTC 5K in Prospect Park (on Wednesday) and the VCTC X-C race on Thursday.
*The Governor's Island 10K, however, is also closed at this point.
Get out there and run. And plan your summer vacations around some great running experiences, whether it be races or simply running in places you wouldn't normally.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Friday, June 3, 2011
Well, at the time, I was leaning over gasping for air, heading for one of the working water fountains in the park, so I didn't really appreciate the comment. But it was nice to get an acknowledgment of one of the quirkiest workouts the park has to offer.
It's very simply, a fartlek ... a "fun" workout where you alternate running fast and slow over a wide variety of distances. Put another way: It's speedplay.
It gets you running fast over a wide variety of distances - in the southern half of the park, the hydrants can be spread out over 100-200 meters, in the northern half of the park (between GAP and 15th Street), you get some 800 meter distances. It's equally fun if you do it at dusk or at night (hey, is that a hydrant? Or a stump?).
You decide how fast you run. And especially during the first loop of the park, if you don't remember where the hydrants are, or can't see them ... it's a different workout every time. Do it with friends - and it doesn't matter if you end up doing the fast parts at different paces - just have the faster runners circle back and pick the slower runners up.
*The Major Eugene McCarthy 5K, held in Marine Park, takes place Saturday.
*The Dashing Whippets are hosting a track!! meet at the East River Park (FDR Drive, East 6th) on Saturday. Events include a 2-mile run and a distance medley relay. Festivities start at 9 a.m.
*The always popular, always hilly Riverdale Ramble 10K, held Sunday at 9 a.m. I'm a huge fan of good-sized local races (no offense NYRR), and is this one of the top ones.
*Closer to home is the Kenny Dolan 5K (yep, it's a loop in Prospect Park with several hundred of your closest friends). It starts on the (down)hill near Bartel Pritchard (15th/Prospect Park West). It's also part of the Brooklyn Triple Crown series, which continues June 26 with the Cosme 5K (and is missing the third leg at this point.)
Saturday, May 21, 2011
*The volunteers at this race rock. Seriously. Mary Wittenberg said they were on hand at 1 a.m., and the effort showed. From the directions and the organization to the water stops (more on these in a sec) - they did a great job.
*The weather was ... well, as predicted, those who love heat and humidity had a great day. Took me a mile before I was dripping (and that was even before I started dumping cups of water on me). Thankfully, Ocean Parkway was mostly in the shade as I was running down (I'm wondering if the sun had gotten higher though as the race progressed?)
*The past several days of rain had a minimal impact in Prospect Park, though I wouldn't be surprised to hear of some slips and falls - in a few cases, parts of the inside lane really weren't suitable for running, and the puddle at the southern end of the park, while smaller than usual, was very present and made for interesting navigation during the first loop
*I'd be interested to hear people's thoughts on the second loop of the course, when the faster runners and slower intermingled. During the long downhill on mile 6, when people separated, I think it was fine. But mile 5, from GAP to 15th Street? A bit messy.
*No way to back this up, but was mile 6 a tad long? (and I would think that mile 5 possibly a tad short as a result). Until losing it in the final mile of the race, it was my slowest mile by a good 10 seconds (and yes, I realize that part of the run was on Zoo Hill).
*Water stops at every mile (almost) on Ocean Parkway were incredibly helpful. The one quibble I'd have is the very first water stop (at mile 1), which may have been set up there because of the park construction, was a little too soon for most runners (of course it was welcome at mile 4).
*I think I've expressed some doubt about the change to the course a few years back, but I think I'm now a total convert - it's a hassle to finish in Coney Island and get back, but I like getting the hills out of the way early and being able to pound it out (or in today's case hang on) during the flat part for the second half of the race. (For the first time in three years, I wasn't fixated on the alphabet streets, which certainly helped.)
*One wonders whether the MTA and NYRR talked about the date before the race. I completely understand that work has to be done on the tracks, but having the F out of commission (shuttle buses aside) isn't a very smart move. (And, this probably could have been avoided by the people who got burnt by this, but the Brooklyn Bridge was also closed to Brooklyn bound traffic early in the day, which didn't help some folk.) It's never a good thing to see a couple of hundred people sprinting to the start during the national anthem (very beautiful today, btw).
*Part of that may also have to do with the bathrooms. The lines looked really long today. Longer race commute means more bathroom needs, me thinks.
*Is there a way to avoid closing baggage claim at 6:30? I'm sure there are reasons, but it gets messy, especially when folk are getting to the race late.
*Set the Brooklyn Half date now. Saturday, May 19, 2012. Get the speculation out of the way. Just do it.
*The water at Coney Island: a bit chilly, but was definitely worth walking into the surf to soothe some sore muscles.
*Runners are good people. After suffering brain freeze when I checked my bag with my Gu (so much for my perfect pre-race preparation), a friend's friend gave me a strawberry-banana Powergel as I was getting a bit desperate. Without that, my final mile almost-collapse would have happened a) a lot earlier and b) would have been a collapse. So thanks.
*I've got ties with/friends on both clubs, but I'd love to see a North Brooklyn Runners (95 finishers)/Prospect Park Club (89 finishers) showdown (and throw in Brooklyn Road Runners (17 finishers) to boot).
Friday, May 20, 2011
*The F-train - well, it's a bit fff-d up if you get my drift. No F-train between Jay Street and Church Street, which means you might need to rely on the shuttle bus the MTA will have running. It's also going to make it a bit of a hassle to get out to Coney Island (or back), especially for spectators, if that's the line you're relying on. Details are here. Obviously other ways to get to the park; Grand Army Plaza is about 1 mile from the start, however.
*Remember you need to use the clear plastic bag for your baggage.
*Do not wear your ugly orange Brooklyn Half shirt during the race. You haven't earned it yet :-)
*Do, however, soak your legs/body in the surf.
*Above all, have fun. No, it's not likely that you'll convince many people to join you in Coney Island at 9 a.m. So kick back, have a Gatorade/beer or two, and get them out there for later in the day.
Good luck everyone.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
It's too late for tonight's race, though there are dates on May 31, June 14 and June 28, with events ranging from 400m to 5000m as well as relays. Different events are held on different dates, and you can run more than once for $10 for each meet.
(Of course now it seems all the water fountains are on!)
High of 71, low of 59, possible thundershowers.
For the heat-misers among us, rejoice. I'm suspecting it's going to be a sweaty, humid mess (like it was this AM ugh). It may be dry, which is a good thing. And keep in mind, if you know the shoes that you're going to race in, keep them dry - the last thing you want is to head to the starting line with shoes still damp from Thursday's run.
Friday, May 13, 2011
*5Ks every other Wednesday in the park.
*Low-key, yet intense competition.
*Great opportunity to get medals in your age group.
*Wonderful chance to work in some tempo runs into your long-distance training.
Here are the dates:
Aug. 17 ****(site says Aug. 18, but because it's supposedly on a Wednesday ...)
Each race starts/finishes by the Oriental Pavilion (on the zoo side of the park) around 7 p.m. (a bit later usually because PPTC waits for the cars to clear the park.)
Healthy Kidney (tomorrow) has closed, so don't plan on getting in on race-day entries. Race start at 8 a.m. for those who did get entries. Expect it to be packed - last year's race had 7,839 finishers.
Buckley's to Kennedy's 5K on Sunday always get's a large local contingent up in Queens.
Obviously, since the Armory seats 4,000, you're going to see a lot of demand for those seats (last year's games had 7,000, making MSG look barren). And that kind of atmosphere - completely sold out track meet - will be intense.
Yet there's going to be something lost there. It's sad also that USATF may pull funding if the move occurs.
I'm from a generation that would watch Millrose on PBS TV growing up, and I've managed to catch it live once while here in NYC. It's a great meet, yet I understand when change has to happen. Hope it works out.
Friday, May 6, 2011
*Japan Day race is now 8:30 a.m.
*Health Kidney race May 14 is almost closed
*Wall Street run May 17 is closed, as is the NYRR Mini 10K in June
*There's a new 10K, Boomer's Cystic Fibrosis, on July 9
*July, August, September races are open for registration. Shockingly enuf, the Queens and Bronx halfs aren't filling up as quickly as Brooklyn (I'd like to think has to do with borough pride, though the heat might have something to do with it.
Phew. The comment earlier and the lack of a course map had me a tiny bit worried. (After all, how many race dates has this race had, and different tweaks of the courses?)
Bring on the great weather, btw: 70 degree days will be the norm for a while, which indicates that we're probably on for a slightly warmer day when the race comes around, even with the 7 a.m. start.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
*If you did get one of the coveted slots (there's an offer for a number on Craig's List to buy one for $25 - not endorsing, just saying), make sure you're taking the time to go over the two parts of the course. Running Zoo Hill twice isn't a picnic.
*One of the highlights of the run today was being able to do it with two complete strangers (brought together by organized happenstance). The conversation flowed well, and it's always great to meet people who have the potential to be running friends.
*Gotta say, after watching the NYC 5-boro bike tour, I'm plotting how to run on the BQE.
*What's up with the water fountains in Prospect Park? Finally the ones on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade got turned on, but some of the oldies but goodies at PP (including the one in the woods by the GAP pathway) are nowhere in site. Even the ones by the lake are sporadic - some on, some off.
*We're hip-deep into spring racing season, and there's a ton of stuff out there. One race coming up next weekend is a hidden gem - the Newport 10K in Jersey City. Fast, flat course, easy to get to, and it doesn't consist of a loop in Central Park.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
*Runners from overseas spend $2,647 per person and stay 5.7 days on average
*Runners from elsewhere in the United States but outside New York — an additional 20 percent of the participants — spend $1,585 on average and bring 3.8 guests with them.
Looking at those stats: If you live in NYC, don't bet on the lottery to get in the marathon. Run the 9+1 program. Unless you're willing to fund-raise, run really fast, or pay megabucks, odds are you won't get in otherwise.
This weekend, the Brooklyn PTA 5K takes centerstage to raise money for Brooklyn schools. Details are at NYCRuns.
Lots of other races, this weekend, including the Bronx Zoo 5K and the High Rock Challenge out on Staten Island. Check out the list here. And good luck everyone running marathons and halfs in New Jersey and Long Island - hope the heat holds off.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
The additional challenge, however, is running the planned workout *on that planned day.* And this discipline, I admit, is problematic. Because what happens it that an easy day turns into a hard day (or vice versa).
Group runs (which are great, and if you don't have a group you're running with, I urge you to find one), are great at setting this discipline ... most of the time. I had to laugh when I got an invite to run with a friend at a much slower pace than he usually goes out on.
As for single runs: if I'm not training for anything specific, I tend to run at the pace I feel like. Some days fast, some days slow. My legs let me know what's going to happen.
(Bear with me, there is a point coming)
And then there's today - a planned easy run up to Prospect Park and then an easy loop, prepping for a longer run tomorrow (even with the expected rain). My run up to the park was bit more brisk than I wanted, but no worries - it felt fine. It was in the park that it got a bit dicey. I was passing another runner, when she suddenly sped up and surged past me. She slowed down a bit, I passed her again, and then she surged forward again.
This happened for 1 1/2 miles before I finally passed her for good. But the problem here was less to do with the "competition" that can occur when doing a loop in the Park and you pass someone/are passed by someone is that my pace suddenly accelerated by 30-40 seconds a mile. To be sure, there are times when it's fun to do this. Today wasn't supposed to be one of them. And while I'm pleased with the overall results (it gives me a better sense of my fitness 4 weeks into the Brooklyn Half), I've also muddled my planned training for the weekend.
In the larger scheme of things, there are worse things that can happen. My long day tomorrow will be a short/easy day and I'll find time on Easter Sunday somewhere for the long run. If you're running only 4 or 5 times a week, make sure you're doing the workouts that you should be doing. Making an easy day a hard day can be problematic.
One way to avoid (something I referred to a few weeks back): Take a time check at known measured distances to see how you're doing. Prospect Park, with the 1/4 mile marks for the PPTC 5K race is great at doing this. It's also how I knew that I was running a lot faster than I should be (yeah, I should have slowed).
Some unsolicited advice as you get prepped for your spring races. A bunch of Brooklyn folk are running either New Jersey or Long Island (half or full marathons) next weekend; make sure you're not running hard this week, even though it will feel relatively easy as you complete your taper.
Several local clubs will have a presence there, including Brooklyn Triathlon, North Brooklyn Runners and Prospect Park Track Club.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
*One does not run on the Brooklyn Bridge on a gorgeous weekday evening on a holiday week. Never. ever.
*When one runs past someone with a dog, always keep the owner in between you and the not-always-so-friendly-likely-to-bark/lunge-at you-canine.
Cardinal rules. Violated both tonight. I'll remember this. On the plus side, got in an ~8 mile run at a respectable pace (except for the Brooklyn Bridge). So life isn't too bad.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
WOW. Awesome times.
The searchable database is here. Some top Brooklyn results:
NBR's Danny Mazzuchin was the boro's top finisher, crushing the race with a 2:48:45. Top female honors go to Kir Selert, who blazed to a 3:01:55.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
From Bridges Runner:
"Heading for home there’s tar or something to that effect that’s sticking to my shoes! Great, needed that for the final portion..."
From To Badwater: (includes comments about the top female)
"The driver thought it was a little funny that we were asking to be dropped off at "Building 14" and not at the terminal, but we explained that it was for a race. He just shook his head at that. I can imagine him thinking, Crazy runners. He might be right."
I should note, there's plenty close to home if you want to get out on the roads and crank out a few fast miles. (Since I'm typing this on Saturday AM, I'm going to skip to the Sunday races, but if you're reading this right now, click thru and scroll down to see what you can do at the last minute.)
Close to home, there's a biathlon in Prospect Park on Sunday called the Brooklyn Bun. Ride 20K, race 5K (and they've got a pretty cool logo, that I've hopefully embedded correctly above.). There's also the Bronx Biathlon in Orchard Park.
*Head up to Queens and run the Alley Pond 5-Mile on Sunday
*City Park Foundation 4 Mile Race in Central Park (NYRR) still has spots open on Sunday, and there are kids races there as well.
Let's focus on the positive parts though -and it's apropos, considering it's marathon weekends in Boston and London. More than 100 Brooklyn runners in Boston, and I expect to see a fair NYC turnout in the UK.
*When I travel, I run. Mapmyrun or Gmaps Pedometer is a great way of figuring out routes from where you are staying. And on Mapmyrun, you can see what other folk have done in the past.
*Take the unexpected path, even if you don't expect to. When I run in new routes for the first time, I invariably get temporarily lost. Or I have no idea where I'm going. That's the fun of it. Don't be afraid to ask. Again, that's part of the fun. And tacking on an additional 5-15 minutes to your run isn't going to ruin your training - just run slower, or even take walking breaks.
*Find a destination race, and plan a trip around it. MarathonGuide.com is a great place to start.
*Plan a trip, and find a run to fit your needs. For example, I'm up in the Boston area a lot, so use New England Runner and Cool Running to plot out some ideas (these are both great for the Northeast, I might add.)
*Look up a running group online from the area, and send a quick e-mail to see if you can join them on one of their weekly runs. I did this up in the Boston area a few years back since I wanted to go long and I wanted company, and enjoyed a wonderful 16-mile loop on Heartbreak Hill into Wellesley (and back).
Good luck everyone racing this weekend.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Helen Dole of PPTC was top finisher in the JFK Runway Run - that's about it, since I can't find a link to the results and the main website isn't connecting. So I'll try to update that as soon as I'm back. If anyone has a link, please forward so I can post.
Marathon fever, with London and Boston this weekend (among a slew of local and regional races).
Monday, April 4, 2011
*13.1 over in Queens
*More Half Marathon
*Urban Environmental Challenge
Some beautiful temperatures out there - I was lucky enough to be out in Van Cortlandt Park on Sunday for the 10K trail race, and it was a blast.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
For those looking for other like-minded trail runners, check out the New York Trail & Ultrarunning Meetup page.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
There's definitely some running excitement in the air.
I love this time of year, where we're on the cusp of shedding the cooler temperatures (I think I'm done with the tights, finally), and the prospect of singlets and shorts weather beckons.
I love going out for an early morning run and passing people of all shapes and sizes and speeds, some gearing up for their Boston Marathon blast, others just looking to shed some pounds (or give their dog a workout). On those runs, I don't *know* anyone, but I know them, such as the solitary runner on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade at 5:30 a.m., or the woman who runs in the Heights or on the Brooklyn Bridge in a long skirt.
I love the fact that running gives you a concrete goal. For some, it's simply to finish a race and a distance they've never done. For others, it's finishing a 8 x 400 with each one in 70 seconds or better. (Next stop, 16 x 400).
I was at Red Hook Track earlier this evening, desperately trying to reteach my legs how to run fast (it's always worse after I'm coming off an injury. I had a chance to watch some runners from Clara Barton High churning out some 400s, 200s, sprints - and it was pretty awesome.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
"Xavier will also replace the field’s surrounding track — paving the way for the school’s runners to work out there, too."
The lights and bleachers may be upgraded as well. No idea on timing, or whether this is a done deal, though something to keep an eye on. While it's a far cry from Icahn Stadium, it'd be great if there were some widespread community meets that attracted the best in Brooklyn.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
That was my thinking this AM as I did a very flat 6-miler, starting from the Promenade and heading north, then reversing direction and running out to Red Hook via Henry Street. Then back along Columbia (dodging the Battery Tunnel entrance), along the pathways that make up Brooklyn Bridge Park.
A few nice things about this run:
*It's flat (did I mention that?)
*You can cut it short in numerous ways (or go longer, obviously)
*There are also places you can do "time checks" and figure out your pace: For example: It goes right past the Red Hook Track (I did two laps there just to get my pace under control), there's a section between Pier 6 and Pier 1 that looks to be about 1/2 mile, and then there's the Promenade, which is about 1/3 mile.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
If you didn't get stoked from watching any of today's NYC Half, whether it's from screaming at the front runners or cheering on comrades from your local group runs ... well, check this out and get in the mood.
Some strongly worded suggestions:
*Get those loops of Prospect Park in, and own those hills
*Make sure your training plan is up to date and you're on track: The weather now is delightful, so no more of those "it's cold and wet and wintry outside." C'mon, it was in the 70s on Friday.
*Get signed up for those target races (note the Scotland Run 10K is almost full, so move quickly).
*Address those nagging injuries. If you have to be derailed and take some time off to heal, do it now, not in early May
So, it was pretty awesome being able to scope out some of the world's top distance talent (at least, those who weren't running in Spain today). Watching Galen Rupp battle it out with Mo Farah near the 13 mile point was cool, and watching Meb, Ryan and Kara come in after was also special (even if they weren't in the front). Be interesting to see the take on how people thought they performed.
The thing that bowled me over: Some guy started screaming "Go Eddie, go Eddie" with about 0.1K to go, and I saw this guy who kind of looked like Eddie Owens sprinting past. Sure enough, it was. He finished 37th.
Wow. (Actually, what I said isn't printable, since I was completely bowled over).
(Eddie was the first Brooklyn finisher, BTW, nudging out Jorge E. Real, who's a common borough winner.).
On the women's side, Kelly Chin finished in a whopping 1:19:17, good enough for 27th overall.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Meanwhile, there's this thing called the WORLD Cross Country Championships that's being run tomorrow as well. (Cross country continues to get no love, sigh).
Thankfully, Shalene, Lewy Boulet and Huddle are out there to represent the women (and it should be noted that Kara Goucher, one of the headliners for the NYC Half, ran the U.S. championships earlier as part of her comeback from the birth of her first child last year).
For those interested, Letsrun.com has a ton of stuff on tomorrow's race.
You don't have to give up your Sunday run to watch either - head over one of the bridges and aim to get to the finish at West Street (just north of Chambers Street.) by 8:15. The weather should be awesome.
Meanwhile, don't forget to track your favorite runners, info is here on how to do it.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
That said, will get some posts out over the next few days, especially important given that the all-important Brooklyn Half is a bit more than 2 months away.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Entries are limited to 5,000 - I suspect that you won't see a lot of local entries, but a ton of national entries as "running tourists" (I'm one this year) converge.
It won't close out as fast as the marathon, but will probably get filled quickly. Entries start at 10 a.m. The course is relatively flat (there's one short, steep hill).
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Take a look! One of the teams they formed in last week's Cherry Tree finished third (if not faster).
Saturday, February 26, 2011
This isn't a team points race, though worth noting that Prospect Park Track Club's men's team finished first (73 overall finishers), women's team finished third. North Brooklyn Runners women finished third (33 overall finishers).
For those who pay attention, we'll get a better sense of overall strength when the first team points race of the season takes place at Coogan's next weekend.
"Among the first things I noticed when I started running was how few other runners I saw. That’s probably because of how cold it is, how dark it is (I often run at night) and how much ice and snow mar the route. But it may also have something to do with Williamsburg being the ZIP code of choice for hipsters these days. Whatever else running may be, hip it is not.
Which ultimately could be one reason I like it so much. Of course it’s also possible that I’m simply hooked, or maybe even addicted to suffering (see: 12-degree days), no matter where running falls on the axis of cool."
Friday, February 25, 2011
Sign up info is here: http://www.nyrr.org/races/2011/r0226x00.asp
Registration is on race day is at P.S. 154, on Windsor Place and 11th Ave. until 7:30 a.m.; race starts at 8 a.m.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Ahh, last week's flirtation with spring was dashed as a new cold front moved in, complete with a frigid, slashing wind that seemed to blow in random directions (usually as you moved up Zoo Hill). Still, around 1300 people were out in Prospect Park - maybe 1000 doing the 10-mile race and the others doing the relay. (Numbers approximate until the results are posted).
People generally seemed in good spirits, and there was plenty of cheering as the relays went off and circled back to the starting point. Will follow with more details, links to other coverage and results as they become available.
Hats off (or should I say, headwarmers off - that was the goody) to the PPTC and the volunteers who braved the cold for their usual fine jobs!
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
*Rolling entries for 2012 based on fastest qualifiers. First entries on Sept. 12.
*Five minutes cut for all qualifying times for 2013 for both ages, all genders.
http://www.baa.org - is the main site
Boston Globe article is here: http://www.boston.com/sports/marathon/blog/2011/02/baa_announces_new_procedures_f.html?p1=Well_MostPop_Emailed2
Monday, February 14, 2011
One highlight: the race is sponsoring a used clothing drive, with T-shirts and shoes going to the youth in Belize, so bring your stuff (and get rid of all those NYRR cotton T-shirts you never wear!)
I haven't seen results from Sunday's 5K in the park - if anyone has a link to results, please forward and I'll post.
Friday, February 11, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Somewhat embedded in the article is the sense that we won't see the fees increase tremendously in 2011 - but 2012 could be brutal.
Contrast this with the commentary on Let's Run about Meb and the Boston Marathon (he didn't get offered a slot in Boston, with the obvious speculation that it's about the race fee that he might command.). If Boston paid him $100,000 appearance fee (I should say, I have no idea if this is close), where would it come from? Higher race fees? His blog is linked here.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Be ready for the Brooklyn Half signup at noon tomorrow (Monday).
Why will it fill up faster than any other race on the NYRR calendar that's open to first-come, first-serve entries?
*It's been deemed a club points race, and NYRR specifically sent a note out to clubs alerting them to the need to sign up early.
*It's part of the "run 4 of 5 halfs, get an entry to 2012 NYC Half"
*Too many Brooklyn residents got hosed last year because they waited too long; those who remember, won't forget this year
*It's a great half.
I'm assuming the NYRR servers can handle the influx of entries that will hit at noon; if not, expect to see a ton of angry Facebook messages (the messages will most certainly come later after the Brooklyn Half closes out.)
Last year's race had 7015 finishers; expect a cap somewhere around there this year as well (though we won't know until much later).
I don't think it's outside the realm of possibilities for Brooklyn to be filled tomorrow. I'd be shocked if it doesn't close this week.
Sign up *tomorrow* or get a friend to do it for you.
Friday, February 4, 2011
While it's not directly linkable, and you can't apply online yet, it looks like the application is close to ready.
I should stress - you can't apply online yet - those links don't seem to be working. But it gives you an idea of what's coming.
Of note: The course looks more or less the same. It also looks like the race registration is first-come, first-serve. And the race starts at 7 a.m.
Note the link above was working at around noon, so if it's been taken down or modified, apologies.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
"Came across your blog while researching training for the upcoming Leatherman's Loop. I'm running it this year and am trying to find local trails to train on. I know there are some on Staten Island but do you know of any place to train in Brooklyn?"
My response in part: I've jury-rigged stuff in Prospect Park, though ultimately it's not close to the kind of training you need to do for trail races. So, head to Westchester County/Bear Mountain. Van Cortlandt is great as well. Also consider parts of the Greenbelt Trail in Long Island. Other places?
Monday, January 31, 2011
*No, despite some confusion caused by NYRR, which initially posted the race with the double red asterisk, the race is *not* closed. Hasn't even opened yet.
*Soon, is when NYRR has said the application for the race will be posted (several other April and May races also don't have race applications yet, so this isn't a huge surprise.)
*Hours? Days? A couple of weeks? Not sure what the over/under is for how quickly Brooklyn will close out once the application is posted. It will close out for sure, and probably will close out quickly. Not only do you have the rabid Brooklyn running community (many of whom were closed out last year), you also have the new motivation (run 4 of 5 halfs to gain entry to the NYC Half in 2012).
And of course, it's always cool to be out on the boardwalk in late May, especially if you get a wonderful day.
*16 weeks (minus a couple of days) is the training plan you want to start looking at if you're serious about running Brooklyn. Start gradually increasing both the weekly miles as well as the long runs. Especially with the snow and ice, training in Prospect Park isn't a bad plan, given that the first half of the race is there. And if you're already able to run 13 now, think about ways you can get faster - mix in tempo runs, fartleks and some training on Zoo Hill (or your hill of choice).
No details, or application (and it helpfully indicates that the race is closed already, which it obviously isn't). It actually looks like a cut-and-paste job from last year - Continental isn't still a sponsor, is it?
Anyway, here's the date: May 21.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Thankfully, we can put three (and there may be more) races on the calendar for February. The one downside is that they are all in Prospect Park, where many of us are finding solace after the storms.
*Valentine's Day 5K, Feb. 13 (Brooklyn Road Runners)
*Cherry Tree 10-Mile/Relay, Feb. 20 (Prospect Park Track Club)
*Al Gordon 4 Mile Race, Feb. 26 (NYRR)
And if you don't run - I guarantee all three are looking for volunteers!
No prize for running all three, but I bet you see a lot of the same people out there.
Friday, January 28, 2011
Reminder: If you're seeking to do the 9+1 route in 2012, you *must* be a NYRR member as of Jan. 31. Otherwise, won't happen.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Sidewalks seem more or less runnable (though the street corners and slush puddles are lurking). If you can get there, Prospect Park is clear (though it will probably ice up tonight). Small path on the Promenade, suitable for running if you're the only one out there. Haven't been up to the bridges, so don't know whether skiing or running is the way to go.
Now where are my snowshoes ...
P.S. Still no word on the Brooklyn Half
Sunday, January 23, 2011
What is surprising: It lists the Brooklyn Half on May 21.
Please note, this is totally unconfirmed - this may be a placeholder date, though it's the same weekend as it was last year (and makes sense based on the calendar). Was anyone at the Club Council that can confirm this and put this in perspective?
Take it with a grain of salt for a few reasons:
a) Even if the list is genuine, until NYRR posts the race (and even after the fact), that date's not set in stone. We've seen it move before, we'll see it move again.
b) Perhaps more interesting: If the Brooklyn Half is a club points race, then there's got to be some plan in place to handle the entries when the race opens. Too many people got closed out last year by surprise, which means there will be an initial upsurge when the race opens. Brooklyn won't close out as fast as Boston, but look for it to close out relatively quickly unless handled correctly.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
This weekend marks the 12 week countdown to Boston, 14 weeks to New Jersey/Long Island, 15 weeks for the North Face/Long Island endurance trail races (fill in the blank for your own target race).
There's a lot of training still to be done, though one thing that can be done is running "target" races that help to determine where you're at.
Here's a list of local races that may help. Use them for training and/or racing, or simply make them your own target race. Especially with the halfs, you can use them as a base for a 20-22 mile run. The Brooklyn Half remains a possibility before May 1, though the longer there's no confirmed date, the more it seems likely to be after prime spring-marathon season.
One key to this: Set your goals for these races beforehand, and stick to that goal. If you're planning to make it a targeted training run, don't race it. I've also tried to pick some races that are outside of the city: Don't get hung up running loops in Central or Prospect parks - there's a whole world out there!
Plenty of other shorter races in the area exist for those who want to run a 5K/4 miler; check out a calendar here and here (scroll down). BTW, a tip of the hat to the PPTC calendar guru, who compiled these on his much more extensive list.
*Prospect Park Cherry Tree, Feb. 20: This can either be a 10-mile race, or join as part of a relay team (and run two legs hard).
*Caumsett Park 25K/50K, March 6: I'm thinking the shorter race is more appropriate here. Run 5K loops in the park for 15.5 miles. Or run an additional couple of loops to make it almost 22.
*NJRR Half Marathon/Relay, March 13: Take a stroll over to Asbury Park, and run on the four-loop course.
*Celebrate Life Half Marathon, March 13: Should you fancy a ride upstate, this race on the rolling hills of Sullivan County might be more your cup of tea (especially for those of you who are running Boston, and would get some elevation into your race).
*Sleepy Hollow Half Marathon, March 26: How can you pass up an opportunity to run in the land of the Headless Horseman (or perhaps more apt, run from)? One note of caution: This is the first running, so don't be surprised if there are some glitches.
*13.1 Marathon New York (in Queens), April 2: A rare non-NYRR half marathon within the city's boundaries (look, they can be done!). Quick quiz: Click through to the course map, and try to figure out if it has more or less turns than the NYRR version later this year.
*VCTC Urban Environmental Trail Challenge (10K), April 3: Not your typical 10K, this is run on the grass and trails of Van Cortlandt. As an added bonus: the conditions can make this one of the most challenging races of the year (try it in a driving rainstorm!)
*Hudson Valley 15K, April 9: This course has hills! The race is a little late for Boston for anything more than a training run, though this marks a nice challenge for those running a later spring race.
Other suggestions welcome. Good luck training, and stay warm!