Thursday, December 1, 2005

Haven’t posted for a bit. Tonight, because of a slight sciatic ache, drove down to track and did 16 boring laps of the track in the dark in lane 3.But felt nice and smooth, a little chilly at first. Clocked the last half and figured (it was lane 3) about a 6:15-20 pace. Concentrated on form. Was reminded of Matt Centrowitz, a Power grad, who kept a stiff upper carriage but ran with great, well, power.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Boxing Day. Haven’t posted in a bit. Been nursing some soreness in the right knee so taking a few days off, hoping it improves. Last ran on Saturday, on the OCA South. For that, knee was a bit sore, but got to Weir at about 16 and turned around, but it starting hurting too much, so stopped when crossed McLean Avenue. There were 5 doves in a tree out front when we got home. Four flew away. I took some pictures of the one that remained; one is to the right.

In the last several weeks, have been doing about 3 or 4 days a week. We had the snow, which kept me off the trails for a few days. Have been mostly running on the roads. On Dec. 18, I ran on the Twin Lakes/Nature Study Trail. It was generally OK, but there were a number of tricky, icy spots. The picture to the left is just to the south of the Lake. On Sat., Dec. 3, had a nice run up at the Rockefeller with folks at Sound Shore Runners, going for about 55 minutes. Those are such wonderful trails.

Finally got around to using the Petzl HeadLamp. This is incedibly geeky looking; you wear it like a coal-miner. But it is incredibly practical, bot for me seeing things and for others seeing me. Had I been wearing it some years ago, I wouldn’t have broken my collarbone. One down-side is that when it is really cold, you see you breath.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Knee is bothering me off-and-on; at times it is hard to walk. I’ve been lax in my exercises, so I’ll get back to them. Walked to Bryant Park at lunch, as I often do. The rink (“The Pond at Bryant Park”) was far more crowded than I have seen it. There was a decent-length line to get in. After seeing someone land on his ass last week, I’m not planning on trying it. But I am amazed that more people don’t run into each other. I took some pictures a few weeks back, and posted them at Flickr.

I’ve GMapped a few courses:

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Saw an interesting post on LetsRun. The topic was running a sub-2:30 marathon without any high school or college running. It has some interesting marathon training observations as a general proposition. I sometimes think the marathon is overrated as a goal since it results in the exclusion of training for shorter stuff. I finished one marathon, NY in 1983, and when I was thinking of doing another one more recently, my wife pointed out that I had spent an inordinate amount of time training back then. I didn’t recall the time aspect, although I remember the intensity. (My high-mileage week was 84, and I only got in a couple of 20-milers. I was more of a quality over quantity runner.)

My niece, a recent college grad who lives in the East Village, was co-captain of her college volleyball team but has started to run. She claims to just enjoy doing it and that she is SLOW (10 min. pace). On Christmas she said that she wanted to run the Marathon (the “the” here being New York) because she wanted to experience it and have a specific goal. She said she only wanted to run it, not to race it. But I also suggested that she run shorter stuff, for the fun of it. There’s something to be said for putting on a number and finishing a race, whatever the pace or place. Given her competitive background, she might enjoy racing and get hooked. In the old days, her mom and her aunts got together for the L’eggs Mini-Marathon.

On another topic, I went over to the Mt Vernon HS fields a couple of weeks back. It looks like we are getting an all-weather track. It was laid out, but there were no lines on it.

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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Found a website where you can map Countries You’ve Visited. I’ve run in all the following except Bermuda (injured) and the Vatican); my map:


create your own visited countries map
or vertaling Duits Nederlands

And this is a map of all the states in which I have run:


create your own visited states map
or check out these Google Hacks.

Saturday, December 31, 2005

The knee is still sore, so I’m giving it a few more days. In viewing visitors to WestchesterTrails, I found an entry from a blogger named Becky who described running on some of these trails and who posted something on Saxon Woods, with links to the WestchesterTrails site. That began me on a search of other area running blogs, a number of which are included in the <Elite Running blog community. It seems that people are using more advanced blogging technology, such as MovableType or Blogger.Com. For now, I’ll stick with this more basic approach, even if it doesn’t have some of the bells and whistles. Besides, this is an under-the-radar kind of project.

I guess I should recap 2005. It was a miserable running year. It began with me trying to get over sciatica, which I did not do until March. Then as I was beginning to get into track shape, I had a number of setbacks. There was a horrible race at Icahn Stadium, which was my first track race in about 20 years. But things picked up in my sub-6:00 effort in New Jersey on June 11. Then the knee, which has not been a problem for me in the past, went at the USAT&F meet at Icahn. That ended the season. It has taken a while, and just after I thought I was finally coming around, the knee is hurting again. It seems an apt finish to the year.

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