Saturday, May 30, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Also, I encourage you Joesters to make use of our new Forum. You need to register to post messages and read the team-only announcements, but only takes a few seconds to do so.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
I won't be joining the group on Saturday because I will be swimming in the Great Hudson River Swim (http://www.nycswim.org/Event/
Event.aspx?Event_ID=1901). The good news, though, is that the start time is 10:15 from the Christopher Street Pier, and the finish line is at North Cove, so the timing is such that the runners should have a good view of the entire race. Feel free to cheer us on in between sprints.
I will see you and everyone else on Sunday at Joe Uptown.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
For me, The Boathouse is one of the great pleasures of New York - nay, of life itself (yes, I've already started tippling for the evening)! There, we can drink, watch the aria-singing Gondolier fake an Italian accent, talk about running, not running, David Lynch, Star Trek, or whatever else is on your minds.
More about Jae's methods:
Her Gabbyness asked me to scribe a little about my running exploits over the past year or so - probably as a cautionary tale about how not to be quite as blatantly stupid as me when you start off as a marathon runner. So...here’s part 1 of how a relatively unfit, middle-aged, chubby Brit ended up running five 26.2-milers over a five-month period.
One of the for-the-most-part positive effects of running all these ridiculous distance events is that it forces you to become more forward thinking. As soon as you’ve completed one thing, there’s preparation, via recovery, for the next which kicks in immediately. This is generally A Good Thing: you feel that you always have momentum, there’re are constant goals and perceived improvement, and there’s a sense that you’re living a bit more in that elusive present tense. The dafter side of this is that you can get over-enthusiastic and your ‘eyes get bigger than your legs’ (and I have pretty big legs already.) The end result of that, unless you’re very lucky, is that you wind up injured, but more of that later.
Every November, the NYC Marathon trots past the end of my street. As many of us have, a few years back, I had the thought that one day I really should complete a marathon (just the one, mind!) and it might as well be the one here in Gotham since, let’s face it, it’s not going to get much better than a jog over the Verrazano via all 5 boroughs to the Tavern finish line. Having lotteried unsuccessfully but consecutively for a few years, it meant I was a shoe in for the 2008 run. Hence, I started jogging proper at the end of 2007.
Completing just 3 or 4 miles or so was a wheezing, spluttering struggle back then. Doesn't seem very long ago. And running more than 2 or 3 or so times per week not really an option for the middle-aged, fatboy legs. At some point a few months later, the heart and lungs conditioned themselves and I completed my first 10K around Central Park and then half marathon in Brooklyn in relative ease (if not speed).
Training went decently from then on apart from an idiotic decision to play (real) football for the first time in yonks in the summer. Oh-so-bloody-predictably I quickly got knacked with a fully-torn left calf muscle that put me out of commission runningwise for a good 8 weeks. That left a rushed mileage build-up and a no doubt equally foolish decision to run a full 26.2 miles a mere couple of weeks ahead of NYC. This really isn't the way to do things, obviously, but it is what you tend to do when you're not always that sensible.
I was signed up to run a half marathon in the plastic delight of Atlantic City on October 19th, 2008. I’d not yet completed a full 20 mile training run by then, so my initial plan was to complete the half and tack on a few extra miles and drop out. The AC route was a bit of an annoying multi to-and-fro out / back / out / back again and to stop anywhere near mile 20 would have left me stuck out on a limb in the middle of suburban nowhere. So, sort of predictably, I ended up completing my first full marathon by just jogging the last 6 miles too.
At least it was flat, flat, flat the whole way (although there was a fair amount of weaving involved to avoid running into the drunken, stumbling, obese, smoking, gambling dejetoids that were staggering along the boardwalk looking considerably more poor than they had done the night before). Miles 19 to about 22 were bastadd tough with little left in the leg tanks. (I thank an anonymous Japanese woman somewhere around there for distracting me with chat about her international marathon exploits and lying to me that I still looked fresh.) By the final 3 or so, however, a second (or ninth) wind materialized and I finished feeling surprisingly strong. Looking back, the race itself felt amazingly good considering, but I wouldn’t recommend doing your first and second full marathons that close - I definitely felt Atlantic City by the time I hit the Bronx a fortnight later. More of that next time....
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Soggy, but very green was the park (Yoda..). I ran with Jen "Jenk", keeping pace in companionable silence. It was, as usual, awfully crowded. Someone please tell me something: How do those REALLY slow people always start in the 8 min/mile group and get away with it? I always get halfway through a race and start passing them. That means they had to have started up front! Who do they think they're fooling? It's like buying a skinny mirror; you look great in the mirror, but if you're fat, you're still fat, people!
Anyway, great race. Don't forget to sign up for Brooklyn. There will be more room to spread out and overtake slow people, which is great for your ego.
p.s click on the title for race results.
p.p.s I think it's sweet when couples race together (e.g. team newcomers Laura and Chris from London)..although I hear she runs faster and he follows from a distance, then zooms in at the end for the kill. Looks like today all was fair in love and running, as they finished together. awww..
Thursday, May 14, 2009
If you are looking for a relaxed family fun-run for this weekend, this run is highly recommended:
THE 2009 MELISSA FUND SUN RUN™ INFORMATION:
Event Date: Saturday, May 16, 2009
Event Time: Race Day Registration 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Race Start: 10:00 a.m. (please arrive by 9:45 a.m. if pre-registered)
Location: New York City’s RIVERSIDE PARK @ 110th Street
Please enter via W. 103rd St. ramp at Riverside Dr.
Alternate entrance available via steps at 108th Street
Race Entrant Suggested Contribution:
Online / Mail Registration: $30.00 - must be received by May 12th
Race Day Registration: $35.00 - forms available at check-in
Children under age 13 are free.
The Melissa Fund SUN RUN™ is a timed, USATF certified/sanctioned event for those interested in running. Non-running adults, teens, children, parents with strollers, and (child-friendly) dogs on leashes are all welcome to participate in the walking group. There will also be a short children's "run" right before the start time of the adult running group.
We highly encourage families to participate, especially because Melanoma is very often a young person’s cancer. It is important to educate children, parents, and young men and women on the dangers of this deadly disease - and the simple steps to protection.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Firstly, there seems to be room still to sign up! It hasn't been capped yet! Click on the Link above in the title and sign up!
Secondly, Team Joe will meet on Saturday at 65th street and Central Park West, parkside, by/at 8:45 promptly for those of us who want to run together!
Don't forget to wear your team shirts..
Sunday, May 10, 2009
We took the 5 mile loop, cutting across at 103rd street transverse. I didn't want to intimidate anyone with the Harlem Hill, but really, mostly everyone was much faster than I and barely breaking a sweat! These are some fine runners!
Meanwhile, next week there is the Healthy Kidney race on Saturday at 9 a.m. I don't think there's a great place to meet beforehand, but maybe we can meet afterward for brunch Upper West Side style! Does the UWS have style? To be discussed at brunch.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
It just needs to stop. Could we be in luck for the weekend? I, for one, will not live in constant fear of the wet. I will take back the outdoors!
Join me in a running revolt to the weather this Saturday at 10 a.m. at Waverly Joe and/or Sunday at 10 a.m. at Columbus Joe.
We will run in fear no more.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
I write this from Sydney where I have landed to run in the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon on Sunday May 17, 2009. My training in Sydney has so far consisted of a 10 mile leisurely run in Centennial Park on Monday and a shorter 6 mile run along the Brighton foreshore. Sydney is currently in the Fall season so the weather is similar in temperature to New York.
In search of good coffee, I went to Campos Coffee in Newtown, the best coffee house in Sydney. I walked into the store, looked on the shelf and what do I see? A Joe mug proudly on display. Wow. I knew I had come to the right place. I picked up some beans which they called "The Obama Blend" - great depth of character, strong, and eloquent. This very appealing blend unites coffees from Africa and the Americas to produce a cup which has gotten us excited. Formidable middle palate flavours, syrupy with an uplifting finish. Excellent drink for going forward.
Also I met up with fellow Joe runner, Marcel who recently moved back from New York and presented him with a new Team Joe running shirt.
More updates to come from Sydney and my training!
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Not talking about "that age" between childhood and teenage-hood, where the eye-rolling happens at breakneck speed for every adult uncool utterance. It's the time between Spring and Summer. I feel like it's a standstill time right now. Everyone's energy is low, we seem to need extra sleep, are dragging our heels a little bit before the razzamatazz of the summer months. The great summer movies haven't been released yet.
Summer, as we all know, can be exhilarating and exhausting! There is so much to do! Weekends away, Shakespeare, Opera & movies in the park, drinks on the roofs of swank bars, picnics and beaches and running, running, running!
We are coming out of hibernation from a long winter. With a little trepidation, I unpack my summer wardrobe, shake out those flip flops and the giant sun hat. Time to stock up on the 45 spf with Helioplex and Full Spectrum YadaYada..
I will consider the Brooklyn Half on May 30th the beginning of summer. What is more summer-like than ending a race at Coney Island, eating a Nathan's hot dog and riding the Cyclone till you puke?
Friday, May 1, 2009
Y'all are welcome to run anyway and still cash in on the FREE BEVIES, but I will not be chatting next to you or keeping you at pace.
Next weekend, we will resume on Saturday, and begin at the new store on Sunday.
Don't forget your umbrellas and wear your favorite rain boots this weekend.