The floor’s been mopped, the cushions gathered, and I’m back on the porch. I may not leave, although my next-door neighbors are celebrating Easter with Greek music that is way too loud, but they do this rarely so I’ll hold off on asking them to turn it down. And looking west I see some ominous clouds moving in.
It was hot today. Humid too. I didn’t get out until about 12:30, having gone to Mass (where standing for an hour probably didn’t help me later). I ended up cutting my run to a theoretical 8, but struggled early, tried to keep it slow, kept it slowish, and barely made 6. Under the conditions, though, not so bad. Acclimation mode.
Yesterday was rainy and I ended up being a wuss and did 1 hour on the treadmill, albeit quicker than I had been, with progressively faster paces over the final 12 minutes. Columbo episode: “Suitable for Framing.” I remembered bits and pieces but did not recall the gotchs moment.
I then drove into the City for the New York City Running Show (not to be confused with the New York Running Show). I was on a panel moderated by Karla Bruning with Doug Hegley (of the New York Harriers), Matt Lebow, and Steve Lastoe. The topic was all-things-New-York-Running and the format was Q & A. It was fun, as I got to promote alternatives to NYRR races, such as track and cross-country. Plus a plug for WestchesterTrails.
The show itself was nice enough. The set-up: pay $10 to get in, get a $15 coupon off any purchase, with most of the major running-shoe companies and various other running or tri products. JackRabbit, which was the sponsor, set up treadmills as one went in and you could get, as you can at its stores, an evaluation. So I did that, and was told that I have slight pronation in my left foot — and could see it on the video so it must be true — and that a light stability shoe would be best. She said the Asics 1150 seemed like a good shoe for me, which was good because I just bought two pairs of them for under $50 each. As Asics goes to a new model, I search for the old. Asics is now on the 1160, so I went to Holabird Sports and bought two pairs.
In any case, I stopped at the Asics booth. I don’t know if it’s in my head, but I’m not happy about my Saucony A3s, which I got as racing flats to replace my Asics Magic Racers, which Asics no longer makes. But I dusted off my Asics last week for my speedwork, and may be going back that way. I tried on the Asics Hyperspeed, and they felt nice. The guy mentioned Westchester Road Runner as a good place, where they can find you even shoes out-of-print, and I said that’s where I’ve long gotten my (non-Internet) shoes. So I’ll be heading up there.
Speaking of Boston — the Asics guy said Ryan Hall wears the Hyperspeed — there’s been an interesting debate going on about whether Monday’s 2:03:02 by Geoffrey Mutai should count as a world record. I think not since Boston doesn’t qualify as an eligible course and I think that time was heavily aided by a tailwind.
My friend Tavia has a post on watching the race from the VIP seats (although I disagree with her that Boston is the “most difficult World Marathon Majors course” since I think the consensus is that New York is tougher (you can just compare Bill Rodgers’s times in the years in which he ran both) but I think everyone agree that Boston is tough. As friend and teammate Robert discovered. I was hoping he planned on doing NY because we’d both be aiming for the same number, 2:50, but, alas, he’s not. Is 2:50 realistic for me? Who knows? But that’s what I put down for my time with NYRR when I registered and I’m sticking to it.
Although I’ve not run it, I’ve no illusions about Boston’s toughness. One reason I’ve not run it is that I think that the downhills in the early going would destroy me. But as noted in this long LetsRun thread initiated by Geoffrey Mutai’s coach Renato Canova on Boston one can train for Boston and it’s the post-Heartbreak downhills that have been the undoing of many. I posted this there:
- I think we can all agree that it’s going to be interesting to see how G. Mutai and Mosop do in the future and that whatever the impact of the Boston wind they are the real deal and as Renato Canova said in starting this thread they trained to run well in Boston.
While discussions like this are great for the sport — even if one side is not going to convince the other there’s something to be said about the Mays-Mantle-Snider aspect of the debate and the way it gets our enthusiasm for the sport going — I wonder whether there’s a sea change in perceptions, and that it will hurt Boston and New York.
I’ve thought of Berlin as a time trial, London and Chicago as competitive races in which time is important and Boston and New York (particularly without pacers) as being great races in which, as 722 just said, like cross the time is irrelevant. I think Boston loses something by trying to hone in on the we’re-fast-too meme that London’s had in the spring and that if everyone starts focusing on time uber alles people’ll head to Chicago instead of New York in the fall. Which would be a shame because the symmetry of London & Chicago versus Boston & New York seemed to broaden the sport.
And now, the rain has come. The neighbors have turned the music off because they’ve gone inside. Bliss.