It was a cold and blustery day here in New York but the beer flowed and the green reigned supreme. Even though the race was short the day was long on fun. I enjoyed every minute of it with my son.
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By time you read this I will be on my way to Vermont with some friends so we can take part in running the Vermont ‘Covered Bridges” half Marathon on Sunday. Even more so I’m looking forward to running it for fun and not time.
Lately I feel burned out and that I need a break. Running seems to have morphed into a job and I miss just running for fun and social engagement. Just this past week I’ve dropped my mileage considerably and will continue to do so throughout the summer. It feels great! Last August I learned a valuable lesson during the Catherine Valley half marathon, I hate the heat and humidity. As the warmer weather approaches I get quite obsessed with my passion to be out in my canoe or kayak either by myself or with family and friends. There never seems to be enough hours in a day to do all the things we would like to.
My goal right now for this summer is to run 3 or 4 days each week, logging maybe 25 miles. Im just going to let my body and mind run the show.
So this Sunday’s race will conclude any racing for me until the fall and then again maybe until next April. I firmly believe we all need a break periodically.
Cheers and Happy Running!
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Here is an original slide from my collection dating back to 1988 of the New York Road Runners “Mile Race” in Manhattan. The clothing has come a long way since then!
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Here we are the last day in January with no significant snowfall so far this winter and none in sight for the coming week. I’ve enjoyed this weather so much and as a matter of fact I’ve even run several days this month in shorts and a long sleeve shirt. I can proudly say I’ve only used the treadmill a handful of times due to my schedule and the wind. I hate the wind!
It has been a good month for me running and with no real races planned for the next 90 days I’m enjoying it even more. I call it stress free running. One thing I have noticed over the past two months is a tiny bit of speed improvement but by far I’ve seen my aerobic fitness increase. Last year my mileage was reduced quite drastically and I saw my fitness drop. However I have a long way to go in that department but the progress is promising.
This month the boys brought home the plague from school and kindly distributed it throughout the house. Ok not the plague but a cold to us guys is like the plague. I managed to get through it and have one of my biggest running mileage months. With a scheduled long run this morning I thought it would be best to get started early. Waking at 0545 in order to get myself together and get out there I hit the pavement by 0645. With winter still on the fence today was one of those shorts and long sleeve shirt days. I finished a strong month today with a total of 209.57 miles.
I’m hoping this weather pattern continues for February.
Twenty four hours after the finish of the Seneca 7 relay race I am still flying on high. The Seneca 7 is a 77.7 mile relay race the circles Seneca Lake in New York State’s Finger Lakes region.
Beginning in Geneva New York teams consisting of 7 runners with each runner running 3 legs with various distances compete in this ever growing competition. On this day there were initially 225 teams in total. Our team Liar, Liar Feet on Fire competed in the days event and we were blessed with weather that was absolutely perfect. Plenty of sunshine and 66 degree temperatures.
We began the day in the last wave at 9:30AM and quickly clicked off the miles. By 1:30PM our team had made it halfway around the lake. We arrived back to Geneva crossing the finish line at 6:17PM taking 1st place male team and 3rd place overall.
We all ran hard, put what we had on the line but most importantly we had fun. The Seneca 7 is a wonderful experience and I’m glad I had the opportunity to be a part of it once again.
See you in 2016!
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Earlier this month I wrote about being hooked on running and what actually got me there. Yesterday I was reaffirmed of why I love to run. Community! The running community and atmosphere is what drew me in to begin with. Yesterday in Boston Massachusetts that community was evident. I am proud to call myself a runner and those people who did what they had to do to help one another made me even prouder.
Last night the #Runchat Facebook page posted this “There’s a movement happening for runners to unite and wear a race shirt tomorrow to honor and remember those lost today. Let’s do it. For those without a race shirt or if you have to dress up for work, wear the Boston Marathon colors of blue and yellow. Spread the word.”
This morning my alarm went off way to early, 0230 to early for work. I decided to wear my Binghamton Bridge Run race shirt in order to show my support for Boston. This particular shirt has special meaning. It is my first ever race shirt.
Today the Facebook page of http://www.runjunkees.com created a virtual event. Beginning April 16th-May 4th anywhere in the world. Here it is! “This is a virtual run event, which means you can run (or walk) any distance, anywhere and at anytime. It is intended to both honor the victims as well as display an act of unity and solidarity in the running community. This was an event dreamed up by fellow Runners and you are welcome to invite anyone to join. THIS IS NOT A FUND RAISER. PLEASE be careful of scams (already) of people claiming to be raising money. A special thanks to TJ from VO2 the MAX for creating the “race” bib. Once you’ve completed your unity run you are welcome to post a picture to the RunJunkEes facebook page (please do not email pictures). Other runners are suggesting to wear a race shirt as well, so if you have one and you’d like to do so that would be great.”
I personally plan on wearing this bib along with my race bib on Sunday April 21st 2013 when I take part in the Seneca 7 race http://www.seneca7.com in order to show my love and support for my fellow Americans.
Keep on Running!
I only began to run in May of 2012. Last time I ran was in high school which was twenty two years ago. I took part in my first 5K race ever during the Binghamton Bridge Run Half Marathon/5K (http://www.binghamtonbridgerun.org). I finished in 35:19 being surpassed by my thirteen year old son who ran a 32:20 in his first ever 5K race. I have to be honest I wasn’t sure I would enjoy this running stuff. However the atmosphere grabbed me and pulled me in like a tractor beam right out of Star Wars. Runners of all skill levels cheering one another on and celebrating as one community. I was hooked!
Immediately the next month I signed up for another 5K road race in my former hometown of Kings Park New York. The Sunset 5K (http://www.ourstatepark.com/sunsetrun2013.php). This one began on top of a hill went down and then followed and old rail bed back up. It was a long gradual climb and only my second race. I finished 26:38 and my son finished 27:48. I was stoked! I shaved over eight minutes from my time in a month.
Approaching the year mark I have come a long way. One race I am excited for is the upcoming Seneca 7 a 77.77 mile relay race around Seneca Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes Region (http://www.seneca7.com). And then there is the famed Utica Boilermaker on July 14th (http://www.boilermaker.com). This will be my first time doing this race. The 15K maxes out at 14,000 runners and sold out in sixty three hours. Quite honestly I am looking forward to the free Saranac beer party afterwards (http://www.saranac.com).
Maybe we will pass one another on the running road of life! Keep on running…..