Earlier this month, Ultrarunning Magazine published an article I wrote about my experience running through the night during The Great New York 100 Mile Running Exposition. Enjoy!
What is it then between us?
What is the count of the scores or hundreds of years between us?
Whatever it is, it avails not—distance avails not, and place avails not,
I too lived, Brooklyn of ample hills was mine,
I too walk'd the streets of Manhattan island, and bathed in the waters around it,
I too felt the curious abrupt questionings stir within me.
- Walt Whitman
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.
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
Meb Keflezighi finishing
Mo Farah and Gebre Gebremariam
Top 3 men - Mo Farah, Gebre Gebremariam and Galen Rupp
1st place women - Caroline Rotich
Mo Farah, Kara Goucher and Galen Rupp
Top 3 women - Caroline Rotich, Edna Kiplagat and Kara Goucher
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.