NJ Ultra Festival 50k

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Sussex County Fairgrounds, New Jersey
24 March 2012
7:11:47 Finish

Since this was my first-ever 50k, I had gotten pretty nervous in the days leading up to it, mainly wondering if I had trained well enough.  But races wait for no one, whether you’ve trained well or not, so I made my way to the starting line bright and early.

The weather was perfect, in the 50s (and overcast most of the day), and there was no long wait in a corral before we started.  We gathered around for instructions just a few minutes before start time and ran when we heard go.  The course was a 10-mile loop that consisted of a short out-and-back, a long out-and-back, and a circular route through the Sussex Count fairgrounds.  We had been told that there had been rain several days before the race, but the course was mostly dry thanks to our warm, dry winter.

That was true, but… Read More

First Trail Training Run

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Staten Island Greenbelt white trail

After saying I was going to do it for several months, I finally did complete my first-ever training run on a trail.  If you’ve been following along, you know that I did my first-ever trail race back in March in the Bronx’s Van Cortlandt Park.

I planned to go back there to do a couple of training runs after buying my super duper Brooks Cascadia trail shoes, but it’s actually not that easy to get to Van Cortlandt Park.  Most of the trains run local anyway on weekends, but between race day and now, there have been several weeks that 1 has not run at all on Saturdays and Sundays.  (The 1 train is the only train that goes to Van Cortlandt Park.) Read More

Urban Environmental Challenge 10k

Van Cortlandt Park, The Bronx
3 April 2011
1:14:35 finish

This race was my first trail race and it was pretty brutal.  There were leaves everywhere covering things like rocks and sticks.  There were a dozen or so fallen trees that had to be climbed over.  Three hills too steep to run up, so we were climbing.  There were a couple of water crossings and several pools of muck.  This race has given me pause and caused me to seriously reconsider my preparedness for ultramarathoning:  next to none.  I will be buying real trail shoes and getting some trail mileage in ASAP. Read More