Blow and Go

I’ve learned (repeatedly) that there are things about running that you pretty much have to find out on your own.  There’s no universal beginner’s manual or central repository for running knowledge.  (Although there are some very good running sites and blogs out there.  Check my resources page for a list.)

One thing they never tell you is that your nose will run sometimes and you will need to figure out a way to get the snot out of your head.  Luckily, you have some options and I’m going to tell you about them. (more…)

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Valentine 5K

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Prospect Park, Brooklyn
12 February 2012
28:31 Finish, 5k PR

Two PRs in two weeks in a park that I could never imagine running fast…it’s a 2012 miracle.  I registered for the Valentine 5k on a whim, because I found out it was part of a race series and I was already registered for the other two races.  (If you run all three you get a bag.  I’m a sucker for schwag that isn’t a t-shirt.)

Race morning was COLD.  C-O-L-D.  The high (for NYC) winds meant windchills in the low teens and I didn’t even come close to getting warm until halfway through mile three.  At that point, what did it matter if I warmed up?  I just ran as fast as I could and beat my former 5k PR by four seconds.  Yeah, it’s not much, but when you’re me and you don’t train for speed, it’s a big deal.  lol (more…)

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Cherry Tree 10 Miler

Prospect Park, Brooklyn
20 February 2011
1:40:49 finish

Today was the annual Cherry Tree 10 Miler and Relay in Prospect Park. This is a great race organized by the Prospect Park Track Club. I highly recommend it, if you’re anywhere near Brooklyn in February.

This was my second time to run Cherry Tree. I kind of collect race distances and I signed up for it in 2010 because I had never run a 10-mile race. I had run the Queens Half several months prior, but I ran Cherry Tree after taking two months off from running–related to both weather and laziness. I finished in 1:52:50, which I was pleased with because of my lack of training and because I twisted my ankle during the race and had to limp along for awhile. (more…)

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