Weekly Run Down for 12.25.22-1.1.23: Welcome 2023!!

Many people in my office took this past week off. I did not. I save my time off for vacations.

IOW, work was busy but I tried to get my runs in.

Today I even am running the usual New Year’s Day (informal) race.

Last Week:

  • Sunday – Started the day off with a Christmas run (even though we didn’t celebrate the holiday). It was chilly but at least no negative wind chill temps.

ran in town parallel to the icy rail trail.. in my holiday garb

For dinner, we hit our favorite Chinese restaurant and then visited my MIL.

  • Monday – #Nevermissamonday…. Long Run re-scheduled!

I had planned to run with a friend at the Crossings but he wasn’t feeling well so plan B was one loop solo at UAlbany and the 2nd loop with a running friend.

sunnier on my first loop but it was nice to have company on the 2nd.

  • Tuesday – Rest Day (after 4 days in a row of running). Back to work and then a mall walk after work.

after reading Lisa’s blog, I had to try the peppermint Frosty – it didn’t disappoint

  • Wednesday – Another busy work day so I could only run after work at UAlbany. I was thrilled again to have some company on this boring route.

gorgeous sunset and no wind… perfect evening for a run

  • Thursday – I had to squeeze in my run during lunch.  At least I had time to drive somewhere…..

parked at park n ride and ran around an apt complex for a change of scenery on this sunny day

and then after work, I took my younger stepson out to dinner as a Xmas gift. It was nice to catch up…

  • Friday – Rest Day and I hosted mah jongg at my home (so I had to work and then clean = not so restful.)
  • Saturday – Long Run Day.

It was balmy compared to last Saturday and I even had company on the run. Still our normal running paths were covered with residual ice and snow. So we ran at the Crossings and in the nearby roads… It was one of my faster long runs… Running with others can make you push the pace.

ran the first 2.5 miles with Stan and then joined Barbara, Sherry & Judy for the rest… We even got very sweaty!!! Then met Chris, Denise & Deb for brunch

  • Sunday – Winter Series #2 Race.

The choice was a half marathon or 5.5K.  The shorter distance for me! And since I ran 7 miles the day before, this will again just be a “fun” run.

And it doesn’t start until noon…

Perfect since although the hubby & I didn’t go out, we did stay up until midnight watching TV and drinking champagne.

last year!! I expect this year’s race to be MUCH SLOWER and maskless!

This Coming Week on the Run– 

  • Monday – run 
  • Tuesday – rest day, hair appt
  • Wednesday – run
  • Thursday – run
  • Friday –  rest day, mah jongg
  • Saturday Long Run,
  • Sunday –   rest day, hike?

This Coming Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday –2022 Recap and Look Ahead to 2023
  • Friday – Ultimate Coffee Date

Happy Running! How is your running going? Any races to start off the year? How did you celebrate New Year’s Eve? Please share.

 

 

 

 

 


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FFF: The Last Runfessions of 2022

It’s that time again. Time to get things off my chest with Marcia’s Runfessions at Marcia’s Healthy Slice

And the last one for this year!!

1.  I runfess…

I flunked Planksgiving.

I had good intentions and I started out strong. In fact, I planked for the first 12 days.

On November 13, there was the Stockadeathon 15k race…

And you what happens once you stop, it’s hard to start again.

And so I didn’t.

2.  I runfess…

Last month I admitted that I had a weakness for cute running shirts.

Actually I have a bigger obsession for calf sleeves.

I like to wear ones that match my outfit, and for each season or holiday…

St. Patrick’s Day and Thanksgiving covered.

Now I have three new pair:

3.  I runfess… 

I signed up for ALL FIVE races offered in Dec-Feb through a local racing club.

They are FREE, have age group awards and delicious food after… so why not??

Well, the races are on Sunday.  My running friends run on Saturday… the course is quite boring but there are usually three distances to choose from (the longer the distance, you more you loop).

First world problems…

I may walk on Saturday and then race on Sunday or run long on Saturday and fun run on Sunday… TBD

Winter Series #1 = “fun” run

4.  I runfess…

So with no half marathons scheduled for December and January, I’m losing my weekend long run mojo.

It’s hard to want to run double digits in the freezing cold, right?

brrrrr

I even considered signing up for the Fred LeBow Half Marathon again in NYC..

No, I didn’t sign up!!

At least I have one in February and March to train for.

2021 Publix Fort Lauderdale A1A VIRTUAL Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K, & Kids Race

2023 United Airlines NYC Half

5. I runfess…

Instead I signed up for half marathons in April, May (this one should be a Runfession but I’ll explain next Friday) and September:

Helderberg to Hudson Half Marathon

April 15, 2023

2023 RBC Brooklyn Half Apply

May 20, 2023

September 23, 2023

Happy Running! Anything to runfess this month?  Please share.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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TT: 2022 in Photos

Last week’s topic was: Your Year in Photos 

Definitely one of my favorites topics because I LOVE to take pictures. The challenge was limiting each month to ONE or TWO pictures.

Here you go:

January

My first half marathon of the year and it took place in Central Park, NYC.

February

I took my annual vacation to Florida’s east coast to visit friends

and ran a half marathon (in the rain)

At the of of the month, I returned to NYC to run another half marathon.

March

I ran a 5 mile race in the worst weather conditions ever.

April

Couldn’t resist signing up for a new race in Central Park at peak cherry blossom time

My favorite local half marathon returned to its original course and I had my best half marathon finish time of the year.

May (my favorite month).

I ran a 5k in a costume (a first for me)

I ran to the top of Prospect Mountain again

I had a blast with my tennis peeps in Naples, Florida 

and celebrated my birthday while I was there with a dinner at sunset

The tulips were in full bloom in Washington Park, Albany

June

I ran the Freihofer Run for Women for the 15th time…

and won a baseball bat at a 5k.

and viewed the Interactive Van Gogh exhibit (for the 3rd time)

July

Celebrating the Fourth in (running) style…

For the first time since the Pandemic I worked in NYC (and ran a 5k in Brooklyn one evening.)

Sundays in the summer were reserved for boat time on Lake George

August

A new furry addition to the family

and on my Mondays off, I did some scenic hikes in MA.

September

I talked my friends in joining me for a Labor Day weekend half marathon

I also discovered a new place to view and pick sunflowers

October

Another successful race-cation.. this year’s took place in Maine.

In addition to a race and other shenanigans, it included multiple beach sunrises

I got into the holiday spirit for a 5K

Reunited with some college friends in NYC and enjoyed peak fall foliage during a run in Central Park

November

A busy month with three races: 15k, half marathon and a 10k

December

Back to NYC to race and spectate the holiday displays.

Happy Running! What was your favorite photo or event from 2022? Please share.

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Since today is Tuesday, I’m linking up with Zenaida and Kim (Kooky Runner).

Weekly Run Down for 12.18.22-12.25.22: Holidays and 1000 miles!!

Chanukah or Christmas….Hope it was a good one!!

my house

And on Monday, I reached my yearly mileage goal. Woo Hoo!

Not everyone cares but to me, it’s important because it means that I had a healthy year (zero injuries). It also means that I didn’t use excuses (like too hot, too cold, too busy, too tired, etc.) to skip runs.

Last Week:

  • Sunday – Work has been crazy busy so although I did run 6 miles on Saturday, I felt the need to add in another short run today.

My plan was to run early and then join my running friends for brunch (postponed from Saturday).  Yes, we brunch even if we don’t run. LOL.

Well, I procrastinated and so I had to run AFTER brunch.

ran through town (on the cleared roads)

  • Monday – #Nevermissamonday…. I had plans after work so I squeezed in a run at lunch.

And guess what?

2022 mileage goal met!!

Then I took my BFF out to dinner to celebrate her birthday.

sorry this is last year’s pic but the special dessert was Cannolis.

  • Tuesday – Rest day!  No time to run during the work day and had errands to run after work.
  • Wednesday – Back at it for a lunch run in the neighborhood.

sunny but COLD!!!

  • Thursday -Definitely difficult with work and the weather to get my run in… So I had to skip it.

In the evening I attended our annual tennis holiday party… Food, drink, music, gifts… always a fun evening.

  • Friday – This is my usual rest day since I don’t like to run before a long run day… but with crazy weather predicted (rain, wind, freezing temps) I decided to squeeze in a run before work.

it felt like spring – notice no beanie, gloves or jacket and I SWEAT!

But as predicted, the wind got insane as the day progressed and the temps dropped. I made the right decision.

Even mah jongg got cancelled. But I did get together with a friend for a holiday drink (it was COLD and WINDY but the roads were ok.)

  • Saturday – Long Run Day.

Again a challenge to choose a location where there was no ice or snow. And with the wind and cold temps (neg degrees with the wind chill), I had no takers on a run companion.

I went solo and then joined them for brunch. Unfortunately I procrastinated too long and only had time for a short one… Long run is postponed until Monday!

It was frigid but not really as bad as I expected (only my face was cold). Brunch was yummy with great conversation and got a surprise gift (a small bag) from my friend Denise.

  • Sunday – Normally we’d be celebrating with the family but my stepson went to his in-laws and my MIL was not feeling well so the celebration got postponed until New Year’s Day.

I am planning another short run and then the hubby and I want to go out for Chinese.

This Coming Week on the Run– 

  • Monday – DAY OFF, Long Run
  • Tuesday – rest day, dinner with stepson
  • Wednesday – run after work
  • Thursday – run during lunch
  • Friday –  rest day, mah jongg chez moi
  • Saturday Long Run (7 miles)
  • Sunday –   Winter Series #2 race (5.5K)

This Coming Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday – 2022 in Photos
  • Friday – Runfessions

Happy Running! How is your running going? Any races run or planned for the end of the year? Getting ready for the holidays?  Any parties planned or attended? Do you have a yearly mileage goal? If so, how are you doing? Please share.

 

 

 

 

 


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FFF: Compression Socks – Yay or Nay?

When I first started running, I didn’t know what compression socks were.

Before the big race

I bought my first pair of compression socks (from runningskirts.com) for my first half marathon because I heard that they would help.

I don’t know if they helped but I finished and felt good after.  So who knows?

After that, I wore that same pair on long runs and for half marathons.

I am thankful for being able to cross the finish line!!!

In 2012 after coming back from ankle surgery, I bought more pairs of compression socks and started to wear them for most of my races. I bought different brands but mostly Pro Compression.

I became addicted and wore them almost all of the time.

However, I did switch several years ago to Compression Calf Sleeves.  For the simple reason that I like to choose my own socks and still have the benefit of compression on my legs.

Also my preferred brands are Legend or Zensah.

So why should you wear them?

1.Protection:  They protect your legs from small scratches, abrasions and nasty things like poison ivy on a trail.

2.Swelling:  Compression technology has been proven to limit swelling.

3.Dirt:  Collects on your socks and not on your legs.

4.Warmth:  Allows you to wear skirts on those iffy days when you’d reluctantly wear tights.

5.Coolness:  No, they don’t keep you cool, but they look good when you color coordinate them with your outfit. 

Happy Running! Do you wear compression socks or calf sleeves?  If so, which brand? Please share.

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TT: Bling in 2022

Last week’s topic was: Show us your year in bling!

Believe it or not, I did run 34 races this year (and only one was virtual).

Many more than during the pandemic years and I am very proud of each medal/bling that I received/earned.

Half Marathons:

  1. Fred Lebow Half Marathon (in NYC)
  2. Publix Florida Half Marathon
  3. Central Park Half Marathon (in NYC)
  4.  Virtual NYC Half Marathon
  5. Helderberg to Hudson Half Marathon
  6.  Steel Rail Half Marathon 
  7.  Run 4 the River Half Marathon 
  8.  Maine Half Marathon
  9. Upstate Classic Half Marathon

Other distances: (5k, 3.5m, 3.75m, 4m. 5.7m, 5.8m,10k, 15K, 10M)

  1. Winter Series #2 (3.75m)
  2. Electric City 5 Miler
  3. Shamrock Shuffle (5m)
  4. Shape 5.8M Loop (NYC)
  5. Delmar Dash (5m)
  6. Sasha’s Super Hero 5k
  7. Prospect Mountain Road Race
  8. Tropicool 5k (Naples, FL)
  9. CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge (3.5m)
  10. Miles on the Mohawk 10 miler
  11. Freihofer Run for Women 5k
  12. Valley Cats Father’s Day 5k
  13. Race to the Lakes 15k
  14. Firecracker 4
  15. Al Goldstein 5k (Brooklyn)
  16. Run for the Roses 5k
  17. Run 4 the River Half Marathon 
  18. Malta 5k
  19. Barn to Bridge Fall Fest 5K
  20. Great Pumpkin Challenge 5k
  21.  Summer Smith Memorial 5k
  22. Stockade-athon 15K
  23. Troy Turkey Trot 10k
  24. Ted Corbitt 15k (NYC)
  25. Winter Series #1

Most races around here if they are not half marathons do not give out medals.

Age Group Awards:

  1. Electric City 5 miler – 2nd
  2. Delmar Dash – 1st
  3. Sasha’s Super Hero 5k – 1st
  4. Prospect Mountain Road Race – 2nd
  5. Tropicool 5k – 2nd
  6.  Valley Cats Father’s Day 5k – 2nd
  7. Race to the Lakes 15k – 2nd
  8. Firecracker 4 – 2nd
  9. Al Goldstein 5k – 1st
  10. Steel Rail Half Marathon – 1st
  11. Run for the Roses 5k – 1st
  12. Run 4 the River Half Marathon – 3rd
  13. Malta 5k – 3rd
  14. Great Pumpkin Challenge 5k – 2nd
  15.  Summer Smith Memorial 5k – 1st
  16. Upstate Classic Half Marathon – 1st
  17. Troy Turkey Trot 10k – 3rd

My favorite awards, however, were not medals but usable items such as glasses, hat, gloves.

And remember, the older you are, the better your chance of winning in your age group. You don’t have to be fast to win. Sometimes, you just have to show up!

Happy Running! Did you run many races this year? What is your favorite bling from 2022? Please share.

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Since today is Tuesday, I’m linking up with Zenaida and Kim (Kooky Runner).

with co-hosts Coach Debbie RunsConfessions of a Mother RunnerMile by MileRuns with Pugs, and Laura Norris Running.

Weekly Run Down for 12.11.22-12.18.22: Let the work travel begin…

I must say that it was way easier to schedule runs when you work from home.

But my job is now starting to require us to travel.

Last Week:

  • Sunday – Upset stomach (from too much partying the night before) and snow falling did not stop me from running my last race of the year.

I did decide to run most of it slowly with a running friend who was recovering from an injury.

We both stayed upright, had fun so I’m glad I didn’t wimp out and stay home.

  • Monday – #Nevermissamonday….

With a busy week ahead, I wanted to make sure I ran today especially since it was my day off.

Coincidentally, two of my running friends were available to run with me… the challenge was to find a path that was not snow-covered.

6″ of snow on the paths so we ran in the roads

We decided it was too cold, windy and icy to hike so instead I went to TJs.

  • Tuesday –  With travelling for work, you never know if you will be able to run at all…

I hate to skip runs but I was just too pooped to get up early.

So I rented a car, drove to LI (3.5 hrs), checked into my hotel, and set up for the next day.

It was still light enough to squeeze in a run..

a short one cuz I was hungry and running out of daylight.

  • Wednesday – Long work day and my only running option would be the hotel treadmill….

or so I thought…

amazing holiday displays in the park where I ran the day before… of course I did run a little (until it got too crowded).

I did grow up in this neighborhood but unfortunately my high school friends were both on vacation (in warmer climates) so I had eat dinner solo.

  • Thursday – After work, I had to drive back home so no running today.

A rainy, snowy grueling 5.5 hour drive…..UGH!!!

  • Friday – Another rest day because I never like to run a day before a long run.

But I had to go into the office in the morning for a holiday breakfast/meeting.

Mah jongg cancelled due to an impending snowstorm so I met a friend for wine instead.

  • Saturday – Long Run!  But where? And with whom?

No one was available so I had to run alone.  I decided to drive to UAlbany hoping the paths would be cleared.

Nope.  Still snow-covered so I ran 2 loops in the road (I could have stayed home and run in my neighborhood.)

sunny but oh so windy!!

Instead of exchanging gifts, we had a really nice dinner out with my stepson and his wife.

  • Sunday – A few miles planned in the neighborhood and then meeting my running friends for our postponed brunch.

Pet Hanukkah Greeting Cards:Cat Kitten - Picture 1 of 1

This Coming Week on the Run– 

  • Monday – run, BFF b-day dinner
  • Tuesday – rest day
  • Wednesday – run
  • Thursday – run, tennis holiday party
  • Friday –  rest day, mah jongg
  • Saturday Long Run
  • Sunday –   hike? family dinner postponed until New Year’s.

This Coming Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday – Bling 2022
  • Friday – Compression Socks – Yay or Nay?

Happy Running! How is your running going? Any races run or planned for the end of the year? Getting ready for the holidays?  Any parties planned or attended? Do you have to travel for work? If so, how do you fit in your runs? Please share.

 

 

 

 

 


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FFF: The Benefit of Shoe Insoles

When I first started running, I went to Fleet Feet and bought shoes that they recommended. They also told me that I needed to buy insoles.  As a new runner, I did what I was told.  I didn’t want to ruin my feet.

As I proceeded to order shoes though the years, I moved my pink Super Feet insoles to the new shoes. I even replaced the insoles.

Once I switched to Topos because they have a wider toe box, my insoles didn’t fit right so I just used the existing insoles. And I have continued to buy Topos and not replace the insoles with more expensive ones.

Until recently.

One of my running friends was suffering from PF and bought insoles which she said helped greatly.

That got me thinking about my neuroma.  It doesn’t hurt most of the time but by the end of a long race I can still feel it.

And I so I put insoles in my shoes…

The verdict is still out but my foot did not hurt during my last half marathon (but it could have been numb from the cold. LOL)

5 Benefits of wearing Insoles:

1. Reduce strain on and stabilize your feet (and ankle).

2. Experience relief from foot, heel and arch pain, including pain from plantar fasciitis and neuromas.

3. Energize your runs by providing comfort and support to your feet.

4. Improve overall gait and pronation.

5. Help prevent common running related issues.

5 Insoles recommended for runners:

1.Super Feet

“Clinically proven to increase comfort, minimize repetitive stress and prevent injuries, the proprietary Superfeet shape cradles your heels and hugs your arches to deliver just the right amount of targeted support…”

They come in different colors depending your arch type and if you use them for comfort or pain relief. (cost~$50)

2. CURREX RunPRO Insole

“These insoles use a deep heel cup, dynamic arch support and high-rebound cushioning to keep your feet feeling fresh, mile after mile…”

There are three different arch profiles to choose from (Low, Medium, and High) (Cost~$50)

3.Powerstep PULSE Maxx Insoles

Powerstep Insoles, PULSE Maxx, Over-Pronation Corrective Insole, Running Shoe Insert, Sports Orthotic For Women and Men

“These insoles have a firm but flexible shell with built-in arch support and a heel cradle to keep your feet secure and supported while you take an evening stroll or train for your next 5k…” (cost=$50)

4. Sole Active Insoles

Unlike other insoles that have a relatively quick break-in period, the SOLE Active insoles have a roughly 3 day break-in period (per their published data).  Cost ~ $55

SOLE Active Insoles

5. Cadence Insoles

Cadence Insoles

These Insoles are designed by a Physical Therapist, with the goal of providing semi-rigid orthotic support while also providing shock absorption. (cost~$45)

5 more things to consider re: insoles:

1.Google Insoles for runners and you will find so many options. There are cheaper ones than the ones listed above but you get what you pay for, right?

‘2.Talk to your podiatrist for recommendations. You may need custom orthotics and your insurance may cover the cost.

3.You should break in new running shoes before adding insoles.

4.Insoles are not a miracle cure for a an injury. See a doctor first…

5.Lastly, while your foot mechanics are important in running so are posture, cadence, and stride length, etc.

 Happy Running! Do you use insoles in your running shoes?  If so, which ones? Please share.

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Ted Corbitt 15k Race Recap

Ted Corbitt 15k Classic - New York City, NY - 12/3/2022 - My BEST Runs - Worlds Best Road Races

I signed up for the Ted Corbitt 15K for several reasons:

  • I love NYC.
  • I love running in Central Park.
  • I hadn’t run a race there since April 2022.
  • I had enough pts for a free hotel room.
  • I had thought my NYC BRFs Cari and Elizabeth may be running it too or at least we could meet up during the weekend.
  • It kept me doing weekend long runs during the cold temps of upstate NY.
  • A chance to see NYC decorated for the holidays.
  • I had run a half marathon several weeks before (so I was sorta trained.)
  • 15k is one of my favorite distances (I usually die at this point in a half.)
  • No Harlem Hill for this race (just Cat 2x and 3 sisters).

Training:

As I mentioned above, I had run a half marathon two weeks earlier. I love to sign up for winter races because it motivates me to keep doing those long runs in the cold weather. (And this year, the temps were COLD!!)

If you follow my posts, you also know that I am not strict about following a training plan. But I do try to do those weekday short runs (Tues, Wed, Thurs this week).

and get in some longer runs on the weekend..

I knew about the HILLS that would taunt me during the race. I have run in this park and I ran the Shape Half Marathon, Fred LeBow Half twice, Central Park Half and many other shorter races.

In case you have never heard of Ted Corbitt.  He was the first president of New York Road Runners, the first African American to compete in the Olympic marathon, and an ultramarathon pioneer who ran more than 200,000 miles in his lifetime.

I’ve always wanted to run this race.

Pre-Race Activities and Preparations:

I took the train to NYC on Saturday morning. I arrived at 11am and my hotel check-in time was 3 pm  but luckily my room was ready.  So I checked into my hotel on 39th St. and grabbed some lunch.

bagels and lox is a must in NYC!!

Then I headed to Run Center to pick up my bib and race shirt.

not an exciting design but it is comfy

Though it was chilly, it was sunny and a perfect day to stroll Manhattan. Though rain was predicted for Saturday, I hoped they were wrong.  Just in case, I tried to see as many of the decorations as I could in one day!!

I started in Central Park… I couldn’t believe how pretty it was with the leaves STILL on the trees…

Then I walked down 6th Avenue, onto Rockefeller Center, then to Bryant Park and finally to 34th Street for a visit to the Refinery.

On my bucket list was to see the holiday lights at Dyker Heights in Brooklyn.  So from 34th St, I took a subway to Brooklyn where I met up with a group for a walking tour.

The guide was great (and I was the only American on the tour.)

.The houses were HUGE and the lights way over the top!!

Afterward, I grabbed some pizza for dinner and took the subway back to Manhattan.

Still too early to go to bed so I continued my holiday in NYC experience. I walked back to Rockefeller Center and then watched the light show at Saks.

Eventually I returned to my hotel in order to plan my race day. So much for resting the legs the day before a race. 12 miles walked!!

I have not run many winter races so it was a challenge to decide on what to wear to keep warm but not too warm for 9.3 miles. And what to wear if it rains???

Luckily I still had gloves, DIY arm warmers to add to my outfit and there would be bag check so I could have a jacket and umbrella for after the race if it were raining.

Race Day:

I brought my usual race breakfast of oatmeal and coffee with me and got up around 6:00 am.  It was warmer than expected (high 40s) but RAINING so I changed to a lighter shirt and cap (instead of a beanie), added a throwaway shirt, DIY arm sleeves, grabbed a rain poncho and called an Uber. My hotel was on West 39th and the start was near E. 66th. However, bag check was on East 72nd. I could have run there but not in this weather. I also wasn’t sure of how often the subway ran. The Uber was just so easy (though $$$).

As I did in my previous Central Park races, I got there too early…  I had hoped to meet up with Cari at bag check or worse case in my start corral.  Cari had decided to skip bag check.  But to stay warm and dry,, I hid out in the park restroom…. I waited there until the last moment (I even met the runner who was singing the national anthem.)

I kept on my rain poncho but had to surrender my umbrella. Well, by now, the bag check line was MILES long and getting longer by the moment (due to a security check).  It moved quickly and I wasn’t worried since although there were almost 5000 runners, the race was chip-timed.

It was quite a LONG walk to the start and I had to walk to corral I.  By the time I got near, the national anthem was finishing up and Meb was giving a speech about Ted Corbitt and this race.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to meet up with Cari but I eventually got to my corral in plenty of time for my corral’s start.

I’ll do my best to recap the race below. (Warning: it’ll be long…)

The Race Plan:

Do not get injured!! (You need to be healthy to train for the Florida half in February!) And most importantly, have fun!!

I would likely do a lot of walking… because there would be umpteen hills!! (Several Cats and many other annoying smaller ones.)

I planned to stop and walk briefly at every water stop (so I wouldn’t get dehydrated even in the rain) and to stop and walk longer to eat a gel at every other water stop.

My estimated finish time would be around 1:45 (far from my 1:30 PR at this distance).

Anyway, here’s how the race went:

2022 Course Map:

Course Description:

The race will begin on East Drive near East 66th Street and will cover almost two full laps on the lower loop in Central Park.

From the start, runners will proceed north on East Drive up to the 102nd Street Cross Drive, and will then take a left turn to follow the Cross Drive toward West Drive. Turning left onto West Drive, runners will head south, continuing past Tavern on the Green toward mile 5 and what was the start line on East Drive.

Proceeding along the southern end of the park, runners will repeat the first loop up East Drive, onto the 102nd Street Cross Drive, and turning onto West Drive. As runners approach the 72nd Street Transverse from West Drive, they will turn left toward the finish line.

Check out this elevation:

and according to my Garmin:

Miles 1-3:

It took a LONG 10 or so minutes to get to the start line.

It was slow going at first due to the crowd but soon we heading for a downhill stretch. Of course, I tried to stay slow and it felt slow .

The first hill was Cat Hill and it was the steepest.  I ran up most of it thinking that it wasn’t so bad (my opinion changed by the second time around)

(In case you’ve never run in Central Park, it’s called Cat Hill because there is a statue of a cat staring down at you.)

Once I started running, I realized that I was indeed perfectly dressed. In fact during the 2nd mile, I decided to take off my throw-away shirt.  But I didn’t throw it away, I tied it around my waist and kept it that way the entire race.

There were many more water stops than necessary (or what I am used to).  Almost one every mile.  I tried to only stop at every other one.

I always tried to pick up speed on the downhills but they were short-lived as there were always smaller hills – the Sisters, etc.  According to Strava, each hill has a name.

And the rain continued… in fact it rained harder and harder, and the puddles got bigger and more numerous. (I was amazed at NO blisters and NO chafing.)

Around 90th St. & the Reservoir, we passed the statue of Fred Lebow.

We started looping around 102nd and heading to the West side.  The best thing about this race (compared to Fred LeBow HM was that the course did NOT include Harlem Hill (the steepest and longest in the park.)

Since I had eaten breakfast many hours ago, I was getting hungry, I ate a GU slowly around mile 3.5 (and this was the only one I ate during the race.)

There were timing clocks at every mile.  I wasn’t sure how much time had elapsed before I crossed the start line so they didn’t help much.  My watch was buried under my shirt.  But I really didn’t care what my finish time was anyway. (I had zero age group award expectations. NYC runners are fast!)

I just continued to run and as fast as I could and walk as often as I felt tired or there were hills (As usual, it was pretty often).

Miles 4-6:

We were still on the West side and soon we passed the finish line. Of course, I think the speedy runners were already turning in.

But there were still 5 more miles to go.

what the park looked like the day before

Around mile 4.5 we starting turning and heading toward the East side. And a little past mile 5 we were passing the start and now the course would repeat itself.

It never stopped raining.  My feet started to ache (no surprise there).  Of course Cat hill seemed harder the second time around as did the other smaller hills. I waved again to Fred and continued to stop at every other water stop.

The volunteers were so numerous and those cheering were awesome.  Imagine spending hours in the pouring rain. I wouldn’t be happy to be out there.

Miles 7-9.4:

Finally just past mile 7, we began turning and heading back to the East side.  To me, that signaled that the end was near… although it didn’t feel like it.

It was a long time getting to that Mile 9 sign!!

But I finally turned toward the finish line and I ran as fast as I could…. through those huge puddles!!

Photo by Da Ping Luo for NYRR – I’m sure Meb was not still there when I crossed the finish line

Post Race Activities:

I immediately got my medal (this was the FIRST year that medals were given out for this race), grabbed a bag of pretzels and posed for a quick pic. or two!

It was still raining HARD so I headed to bag check to get my rain jacket and umbrella.  I had also put some dry clothes in that bag but unfortunately, the bag was NOT really very waterproof and everything was soaked.

I still hadn’t met up with Cari but I texted her that I would be waiting in that same rest room.

so don’t all runners do restroom selfies?

We walked out of the park together in the RAIN. (I gave her my rain poncho since I had an umbrella.)

The rain definitely interfered with my plans to hang out with Cari and another friend, Elizabeth.

Cari headed home by bus and I started walking back to my hotel. Around 59th St, I changed my mind and hopped the subway.

After a LONG HOT shower, I checked out of my hotel, had lunch and then headed home on an earlier train.

I was so glad that I had got in All.The.Miles the day before.

Additional Race Reflections:

Running in the rain may not be exactly fun. I minded more about not enjoying the pre and post-race experience.

But it was a lot better than racing into a cold WIND.

I was happy with my finish time.  Yes it was like 5 minutes slower than my last 15K but it was not a PW and faster than I expected on that course and in those weather conditions.

Enough whining…I am so grateful to be able to visit NYC and run a race. And a race that honored such an important figure in NYC racing.

I am unbelievably happy that after the race, my legs/feet felt fine.. no pain anywhere (always a good thing at my age.)

All in all, I thought this was a great race.

The Good:

  • Easy packet pick-up at Run Center and also race morning near the start).
  • Bag Check.  Easy pick up at the end.
  • Water at almost EVERY mile. Gatorade at the last few.
  • Many porta-potties along the course in addition to real CP bathrooms
  • Well marked course.
  • Timing Clock at every mile.
  • No Harlem Hill.
  • Great crowd support even in the rain.
  • Los of volunteers as course marshals and at water stops (and it was miserable out!!)
  • Very cool medal.
  • Immediate results.
  • Blogger meet-up with Cari
  • No Blisters.

The Bad:

  • Long line at bag check.
  • Loops!  2.
  • Hills in Central Park.
  • I did not do any training on hills (my bad)
  • Post-race food – just pretzels and apples
  • Boring shirt design.
  • No photos
  • RAIN!!!

Would I recommend this race?

Yes.

Do it if you can.  You won’t regret it (unless you hate hills lol).

No, it’s not an easy course. Only a little over 5,000 runners usually participate so a small race by NYC standards. And not an expensive one.

Final Stats:

Splits:

Next Up:

This one should have warmer weather but you never know with Florida.  I ran this race two years ago in oppressive heat/humidity.

Happy Running! Ever run this race? Have you raced in NYC? Do you like 15Ks? Please share.

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Since today is Tuesday, I’m linking up with Zenaida and Kim (Kooky Runner).


I’m linking up also with this link-up:

Weekly Run Down for 12.4.22-12.11.22: All Good Things Must Come to an End…

So today is my last race for 2022!!!

My 34th of the year.

I must say it’s been a fairly good racing year.

No PRs but many age group awards, some new races, a few out of town races and zero injuries!!!

Last Week:

  • Sunday – A little tired from my NYC adventures but still needed to get moving…

Just a short local hike (sorry no pics)

Unpacking, laundry, grocery shopping, errands, etc.

  • Monday – #Nevermissamonday….

With a busy week ahead, I squeezed in a lunch run on the rail trail.

a little breezy but surprisingly my legs felt great

And I bumped into my running friend Barbara… we walked and chatted for a bit. Unfortunately I had to get back home to work.

  • Tuesday –  Busy work day but again, I ran at lunch. I had less time so I stayed in the ‘hood…

lots of decorations and drizzle but warmer than the day before

and after work, I attended a book talk with a friend

I got his previous book (Chasing Manhattan) as a birthday gift last year

with my running friend Linda

  • Wednesday – Too busy at work to run and the weather was less than ideal so I took a rest day.

And got my nails done…

  • Thursday – Back to teaching in person so I could only drive to UAlbany after work to get my run done. I was lucky that my running friend from Fla was in town and we ran together with another friend (and then had dinner together.)

full moon!!.

  • Friday – Another rest day due to in person teaching, and other stuff…

But I did get together with the mah jongg ladies that evening.

  • Saturday – I had decided to only walk with my running friends this morning (becuse I had a race the next day) but they thought it was too cold.

Plan B: a long run with Stan and Sherry followed by brunch.

a little windy in one direction but the sun helped and the weather felt perfect for running

Then in the evening, we had our annual potluck dinner.

great food and lots of laughs

  • Sunday – Doug Bowden Winter Series #1

A local running club sponsors five free races during the winter.  Each race has varying distances.  I chose the short one today..

Hope I get it done before the snow…

This Coming Week on the Run– 

  • Monday –  DAY OFF – run with friends, hike
  • Tuesday – Drive to LI for work, run
  • Wednesday – work on LI, run?
  • Thursday – drive home after work, rest day
  • Friday –  rest day, mah jongg
  • Saturday Long Run, family dinner out
  • Sunday –  hike

This Coming Week on the Blog – 

  • Tuesday – Ted Corbitt 15K Race Recap
  • Friday – The Benefit of Shoe Insoles 

Happy Running! How is your running going? Any races run or planned for the end of the year? Getting ready for the holidays?  Any parties planned or attended? Please share.

 

 

 

 

 


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