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I’ve mentioned him a few times and have run with him more often. On April 15, I was able to get Bobby Papazian on the New York Running Show. The topic was managing a running store. Bobby’s the manager of the Bronxville Running Company, which pretty much fits what I’d like to see in a running store. We forgot to mention it, but the place has a lending library. People bring in running books and others borrow them. There’s no “Daniel’s Running Formula” there because those of us who have copies won’t give them up, but I will say on the list of the most frequent topics during our runs is DRF. Bobby hates it (having been brought up on it in high school) and we’re always happy to bring newbies into the debate.

Anyhow, it was a good show. I hoped we could get 20 minutes worth but we clocked in at 58+. With Steve and Amy.

Talking Stores with Bobby P

Why 2.5 miles? For many years, there was a 5 miler and a 2.5 miler, the former being a two-lapper, the latter a one. At some point they gave up on the five so now it’s just the 2.5. I ran the five once, in 1999. It didn’t go well, as I recall, and I was fourth. Third was pushing one of those running baby carriages.

The 2.5 isn’t bad though. The start is a bit over a mile from home, so I jogged/walked into town. Picking up my number, I saw my orthopedist PR, whose wife is the race-director. “Peter,” I said, “other runners see doctors and get faster. I see you and am going more slowly. What kind of a doctor are you?” To which he replied, “I’m no miracle worker.” Ouch. He had two sons in the race. (His daughter is one of the top girls at the high school, but they had a state-qualifying meet today.) Telling them that I was the one to beat, I let them know that if I did beat them it was because their dad fixed my elbow.

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Taking Paul T’s advice, I’ve begun to view the week as Monday through Sunday, the week-end, after all, being the end of the week. Here’s a quick report on the past seven days.

It was a good week, with about 52 miles total, a new high for recent years. Two key workouts were Tuesday’s 20 minute tempo run down at the Bronxville Track and yesterday’s we’ll-call-it 15.5 in the City. For that run, I somehow missed Paul coming off the train and did the first 40 minutes to and around Central Park on my own before hooking up with Paul and Fabio and then being joined by Robbie and (I think) Simon for another hour or so. In the end it was about 1:50 in the book. In light of my post last week about long runs, this was had me focusing on being relaxed when I was on my own and then staying that way with the group. I was not fatigued until very late in the run. Just a little longer — say, 2 hours — on a consistent basis and I’ll be in good shape for the Spring season. I’m leaning strongly towards running the NYC Half in March, attempting to redeem myself.

The week’s other runs were incidental. I had 25 minutes on the treadmill on the day of the snow and otherwise was consistent at 40-46 minutes, with about 1 hour today, a run that started with very heavy legs but morphed into something comfortable. Notwithstanding the snow, we have plenty of quiet streets here that are well-plowed, and getting outside was not a problem. Nor have I found it particularly cold.

Boyer Athletics

I attended a presentation at the Bronxville Running Company on Monday. (I learned that the weekly Sunday-morning run is not happening.) It was by coach Jeff Boyer, who operates B-Athletics. My friend Ken Ralston, who coaches the Van Cortlandt Track Club, was in the audience, and it’s always good to see him. Boyer is more beginner and triathlete oriented but he had some good general stuff to say, reminding us of the importance of doing supporting stuff in addition to our running. I disagreed with him on a few things, particularly his antipathy for heel-striking and his approval of cross-training, but it was interesting. Apparently it’s a monthly thing he does at the Running Company, and I got to chat with some of the store’s employees/runners and Boyer afterward. But, alas, they don’t carry my shoe model, so I haven’t gotten stuff there.

As for the Sunday run, apparently the powers-that-be would rather have a Saturday thing. That’s a non-starter for me, so perhaps I’ll try to get my own Sunday thing going. There are plenty of runners in Westchester.

Full OCA Run

Indeed, a goodly number of them plan on a Donner-Party reenactment (let’s hope it doesn’t come to that) of running the full, forty-one mile length of the Old Croton Aqueduct tomorrow. They will start from the Croton-Harmon station on the Hudson line, run up to the dam where the OCA begins, and head down, presumably to the end of the OCA, which is where the main branch of the New York Public Library now stands. They fully intend to brave the snow. It will, I daresay, be an adventure, whatever happens.

[Edited to Add: The Donner-Party reference brings to mind the classic "How long is it?" skit from the Python boys (the latter being a reference to "Sliding Doors."]

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