New York City

McCarren Park 5k Race Report

I've never been fast.  I usually just run at a comfortable pace.  Most of my training is in the 8-10 minute/mile range.  I never do speedwork and am fine with running long, slow mileage. 

I work in the Garden Center at Crest Hardware & Urban Garden Center and they were nice enough to sponsor me to run the McCarren Park 5k this past weekend.  The last time I ran an official 5k was in 2006 at the Toys For Tots Trot in Seattle where I finished in a sloth-like 27:46.  I knew I'd be faster this weekend.  I decked myself out in Crest gear and dashed around Brooklyn's McCarren Park, ending up running a 21:27, knocking over 6 minutes off my 2006 time.  It left me wanting to run faster.  It would be a good challenge to get that time down below 20 minutes, or 18 minutes.  So I think I'll make a solid effort to add speedwork to my weekly mileage and register for another 5k in a month or two to see how things have progressed. 

Might be a fun way to add some variety in between ultramarathons.  

2011 NYC Half Marathon

I went to the finish line of the 2011 NYC Half Marathon a little early and got a sweet view from the Tribeca Bridge.  Here are some pictures I took:

1st place - Mo Farah

Mo Farah and Gebre Gebremariam

Gebre Gebremariam

Meb Keflezighi finishing

Meb Keflezighi

Ryan Hall

Ryan Hall

Mo Farah and Gebre Gebremariam

Top 3 men - Mo Farah, Gebre Gebremariam and Galen Rupp

1st place women - Caroline Rotich

Caroline Rotich

Mo Farah, Kara Goucher and Galen Rupp

Top 3 women - Caroline Rotich, Edna Kiplagat and Kara Goucher

Galen Rupp

Gebre Gebremariam

Brooklyn Snow

For the second straight day we woke up to find it snowing outside our window. Here's the view from our apartment this morning:

That's the back of the historic Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church on the right.  It was built in 1857 and used to be a stop on the Underground Railroad.  It is still a functioning church and there is a large annex in the back which houses the Irondale Ensemble Project, an Off-Broadway Theatre Company.

It seems like it's already snowed quite a bit more in New York City than it did last year.  Here are some pictures Ciara and I took the morning after the big storm we got that came just after this past Christmas, 2010:

Ciara in contemplation as deep as the snow.  Good thing we don't have a car!

People sledding in Fort Greene Park, a block away from our apartment.

When we heard New York City was going to get a "blizzard" we rolled our eyes a bit as the media seems to have a way of making a little snow turn into a treacherous storm.  But the hype was right on this time - there was actually a lot of snow and it took several days to get the city to function back to normal again.