I am a 55 year old guy whose passion is running.  I’ve been at it since high school, although I did not compete seriously in college.  I took it up again while at law school — law is my day-job — in New York City, when I was able to run the Park Drive in Central Park nearly every day.  Which I did, and continued to do until I moved out of the City in 1989.

I live in Mount Vernon, in southern Westchester County, New York, a few miles from where I grew up, and I have my law office in White Plains.  I try to frequent local trails, and am proud of my site WestchesterTrails. But in August 2008, while training for the New York Marathon, I tripped and fell, which resulted in a broken arm. This required a couple of surgeries, which were successful, and I back to running, although the arm is not, and may never be, 100% again.

NRHM, 1984

New Rochelle HM, 1984

I am a member of Warren Street Social and Athletic Club, one of the top clubs in New York City, and winner of the team title for the 2008 New York Road Runners 40+ division, although I’m past the point of making a significant contribution to that effort. I’ve been trying to get back in shape for the 2009 season, with mixed results, as will be seen in my posts. I’ve recently decided that I won’t be in shape to race NY this year although I have run two marathons, NY 1983 and 2006. In 2006 I ran a 2:48:10, which made me the first American over 50, and third in the 50-54 age-group, beaten by two Frenchmen. Generally, however, I focus on races from the 5K to the half-marathon, with occasional ventures onto the track and over Van Cortlandt’s cross-country course.

Here’s a photo (PDF) of me finishing the New Rochelle Half-Marathon in May 1984; I refer to this race in my review of Charlie Spedding’s “From Last To First.”

This video is of me finishing Leg 3 of the 2007 Reach-the-Beach Relay, when I ran with Sound Shore. It was one of the toughest races I’ve ever done, 8.1 miles all uphill, a rise of 1,500 feet or so. I made it just at 7:00 pace, although I stopped four times. Race Report.

And here’s me finishing a track mile in 2008. These track things are hard, and I was hurrying to break 5, which I did. Barely.

That picture at the top of the page is from the Twin Lakes Trail, one of my favorite spots in the world.