Best Trail Run Yet

I really love the Staten Island Greenbelt, and I really really love the Staten Island Greenbelt in fall and winter. As someone who was born and raised in a place with no trees, running in the summer when the vegetation is lush can actually be claustrophobic and nerve-wracking. (Not to mention the bugs.)  In fall and winter, you can see where you are and what’s around you, plus there are really amazing colors:

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I headed back over today to try a trail run with the (improving) neuroma and it was great. Perfect weather, I only got lost once, and my foot didn’t bother me at all. I could feel the neuroma from time to time if I stepped on a root or rock, but it was more of a nuisance/weird feeling than anything. I really concentrated on my hill form and managed to run up most of them, once I really buckled down and paid attention to what I was doing. I’m determined to figure hills out sooner than later after the PD Canyon debacle.

Overall, I felt great and this was my third run in a week–not terribly far off my normal schedule. I think I’ll be back in the swing of things soon.

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A Weird Injury Thing Happened

The New York Road Runners have a long training run* each July and another each August. I generally do the one in August, because it’s closer to my goal race, but this year my goal race is a lot earlier so I headed off to Central Park last weekend for LTR #1.

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I do not run in Central Park very often. I go there for random races and whenever I need a change of pace from my regular routes. When I do run there, I almost never run the entire six-mile loop. I generally only run the lower loops or around the reservoir. Something you might not realize if you don’t live and run in NYC is that the entire city is pretty hilly. Central Park, in my opinion, is very hilly. There are few flat places to run in the whole park and if you do a succession of road loops, you will encounter constant rolling hills. (more…)

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Brooklyn Marathon

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Prospect Park, Brooklyn
18 November 2012
4:59:53 Finish

This race was HARD.  lol  I did not train on enough hills to do well on this course, but I survived and had a good time.  The weather was perfect for a marathon–40s and partly cloudy.  The race had about 500 runners, so it felt just right and definitely not over-crowded.

The course consisted of two lower loops of Prospect Park (about four miles total), then six loops of the entire park.  If you have never run in Prospect Park before, the big loop is roughly half uphill and half downhill; there is very little flat. (more…)

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