Thursday, November 28, 2013

Oyster Bay Turkey Trot

Race Report: Oyster Bay Turkey Trot 5K. It was a cold 25 degrees today, with a lot of wind. I didn't expect to do as well as I did, and finished my first race here, and first post NYC Marathon run. My finish time of 22:52.4 included a good 10 seconds of just getting across the starting line, which cost me a 3rd place trophy finish as the guy who finished ahead of me beat me by just 2.5 seconds. Even still, I never would have thought that I would have had such a great run, I actually ran 3.18 miles and my actual pace was 7:13. Next year, I will have to determine whether to do this one or go back to Port Washington. Even though, I think I have what it takes to medal here, I'm so determined to get revenge in Port. Last year's injury at Mile 4, really was a bummer. My friend, Nat, did his first race here yesterday. Very proud of him. I think he will be hooked from this point forward.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Funny how fast 8 months go by.

Rather than spending oodles upon oodles of time telling you why I stopped blogging, and what I've been up to for the last 8 months, I'm just going to start today as if I never left. Next month, when I do my end of year report, I'll fess up to everything that's come across these tired, but muscular and sexy legs of mine. Tonight I ran with GLIRC (Greater Long Island Running Club). We met up at the Plainview High School, not far from where I work. There were about 11 of us, and we split into two groups. We ran in the pitch black of night, and we ran fast. This is the first time where I was definitely the slowest runner trying to keep up. It was wonderful. One of my goals for next year is to surround myself around faster runners than me, in the hopes that it will help me to achieve better times. I knew these runners were fast, when one of them asked if I raced, and when I mentioned that my fastest half marathon was a 1:39:59, his reply was, "Oh well, we all have to start somewhere." - LOL! I ran 7.4 miles in 1:01:47, for an 8:21 pace. Each mile we ran a little bit faster than the last and we ran the last mile in 7:34. There are a lot of strong runners in GLIRC. Most of the time I was panting, the others were talking as we ran. A lot of strategy talk, and people being happy for coming close to their PR of 1:15 for a half marathon.