6 Hour Ultra Marathon Race

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Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island
20 September 2014
20 Miles, 4:39:48 Finish

The 2014 6 Hour Ultra Marathon Race did not turn out to be an ultramarathon for me. This was my fourth 6-hour run and I would have enjoyed it if not for a hip problem that creeped up on me by mile 12. I managed eight more before giving up. I could barely walk by mile 20, much less run.

I ran this event in 2013, when it had been temporarily moved to another Staten Island park. I think I liked the other course a little better, although this one was much more scenic. Clove Lakes Park consists of three small lakes; the course consisted of a 2-mile loop on a paved path circling the lower two. There were a couple of hills, but it was flat for the most part. (more…)

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BUS Pajama Romp 6-Hour

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Astoria Park
26 July 2014
27.3 miles completed

First of all, I HAVE NO IDEA how to eat for a long run that begins in the evening. Until now, I have never run a race or endurance event that didn’t start first thing in the morning. In fact, that’s why I do all of my long training runs at the crack of dawn: to be ready for early morning starts! (more…)

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BUS 6-Hour Run

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Alley Pond Park, Queens
30 March 2014
27.3 miles completed

I registered for this run knowing I wasn’t trained for it, but I wanted to do it and I kind of felt like I needed it. I had really been struggling to stay motivated following my October DNF and as every long distance runner knows: to get back in your head you need to run long.

Race morning was cool and drizzly–just enough to make everything damp without getting completely soaked. The start/finish was at the Alley Pond Park Tennis Center and luckily there’s a community building there that we could stash our bags in. They stayed dry the whole day and there were lots of bathrooms! Score on both counts! (more…)

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