Monday, July 30, 2012

New Yorker article on Marathon Hoax

New Yorker this week has a fascinating article on a man who fabricated dozens of marathon finishes, many of them sub-3 hours.  I'm not doing the piece justice with this description, but worth picking up a copy (or reading the copy that's already languishing in your "to be read" pile. Not sure if this link will work, but it may take you to the abstract on the site

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Battery Park Loop

I've talked about this loop plenty of times before, and it remains one of my favorite runs, so wanted to also reintroduce some of the "Favorite 10-Mile (Plus) Runs" with this one.

I started today in Brooklyn Heights, tho the map I'll post is running from Grand Army Plaza at Prospect Park. And, as always, there are a lot of ways to do this -  a common way, however, is to run down Union to Court, take a right and head toward the Brooklyn Bridge.  Court turns into Cadman Plaza and there's water at the southern end of the park before you head onto the bridge.

Once over the bridge, cut across the mini-plaza and there's a water fountain at about mile 4, right near the subway entrance. From there, just cut straight down Warren Street over to the West Side Highway, and cross. Head over to the pedestrian paths, and hang a left - from there, it's a nice loop over the lower tip of Manhattan before coming back up the East Side.  There's ongoing construction as you near and pass Fulton landing, so just be careful. From there, cut back up to the Brooklyn Bridge, cross over again, and head back.

There are a few bathrooms available on the route, including Cadman Plaza (mile 3), an amazing public bathroom at the corner of Murray Street and River Terrace (about mile 4.5) and at Battery Park near the Statue of Liberty terminal (mile 6).  And plenty of water all the way around

If you do this run on the weekends in the summer, go early - we were running into tourist problems even crossing the bridge at 8:30am.

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Brooklyn Running Is Back

Wow, I just realized that I've been on hiatus for two months, and incredibly spotty blogging before that.  


That's changing, in part because of a run I had this morning with a guy running his first marathon this fall (not coincidentally New York.)  This guy, K I shall call him, very fast, just started running a year and a half ago.  He's never run a full marathon, though has begun to map out his schedule over the next few months. We had a good talk, as he peppered me with questions about my experiences and we talked about training. Stuff that had been appearing on the blog.

So ... time to resurrect this thing, and see if I can help out folk in the coming months. As a way of reintroducing this, I'm going to focus on the following:

*Local Brooklyn runners and clubs
*New York-area races (tho for a pure calendar, please see NYC Runs) and results
*Running articles of interest
*Training ideas/running routes, etc.

There's going to be a fair amount of New York Marathon discussion going on - I will say, however, that my focus this fall will be on X/C races, so expect a fair amount of that as well (my next marathon hopefully will be Boston in 2013.)

So, welcome back. Hope I'm able to help :-)