DNF – NYC Trail Festival 50k

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Staten Island Green Belt
5 December 2015
16 miles finished in 4:02:57

My 2015 running schedule didn’t end as expected, as I had to drop out of the NYC Trail Festival 50k at the mid-point.

The race was tough from the beginning. I didn’t sleep well the night before, I got lost on the way to the event (luckily hooked up with two other runners who were also lost and we helped each other), and my trail fitness was very low. I knew the 50k distance was kind of a long shot and I came >thisclose< to dropping down to the 25k distance, but I didn’t. At the starting line, I was tired, but optimistic. (more…)

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The Winter Dulls

My running has taken on a dullness post-PDTR that is more dull than usual this time of years. (While I love running in the snow, I do find it hard to stay motivated during the winter.)

The 50-mile failure, plus the Morton’s neuroma, plus an inexplicable pain in my left foot that took a week to resolve, plus several days of flu-like symptoms, plus the cold and dark have made for many short runs and many days with no running at all.  I set a goal of running 1000 miles in 2013 and I’m right where I should be to meet that goal, IF I complete my normal runs. I plan to do that, of course, but it feels really hard at the moment.

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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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