Upcoming Races In September!

These guys just want to race!

September is here and for those running the 2018 NYC Marathon, their training is in full effect. However for those not running the Marathon, maybe they want to try their hand at some races? Here is a nice list provided to us by a running friend of our, Roy. If you know of a race that you would like to add to this list please reach out to Roy at runnerinchief@gmail.com ! Enjoy the list and happy racing! We should be coming out with a similar list for the month of October in the near future as well!

SEPTEMBER 15, 2018

*NYCRUNS GO NUTS FOR DONUTS 5K

Location: Roosevelt Island, New York

Time: 09:00am start

Info: https://nycruns.com/races/?race=nycruns-go-nuts-for-donuts-5k–10k

*NYRR Fun Run: Bagel Run (4 miles)*

Location: NYRR Run Center featuring the NB Run Hub (320 West 57th StreetNew York, NY 10019)

Time: 9:00am – 10:00am (Race is free!)

Info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nyrr-fun-run-bagel-run-tickets-48337460646?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

*The Triboro Adventure Tour Half Marathon*

Location: 2919 24th Ave, Astoria, NY US 11102

Time: 5:00pm – 8:00pm ($75 Race fee)

Info: Each Finisher who completes the race by being properly counted at every checkpoint will be awarded a Personalized 6″ Custom Trophy to commemorate their journey!

There will be water/sports drink and snacks at the start/finish line area. Please be sure to load up for the trip as the checkpoints will only be able to provide minimal supplies. ”

https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Astoria/TheTriboroAdventureTourHalfMarathon

*The Color Run New York City – 5k race*

Location: Citi Field 123-01 Roosevelt Ave New York, NY  11368

Time: 9:00am

Info: https://www.active.com/new-york-ny/running/distance-running/the-color-run-new-york-city-9-15-18-2018?int=72-3-A11

NYC Color Run Takes Place September 15th!

*12th Annual Woodlawn Run for a Cause – 5k Race*

Location: St. Mark’s Church, 7 St. Marks Place Yonkers, NY  10704

Time: 10:00am

Info: https://sites.google.com/site/woodlawnrunforacause/home

*13th Annual Run for Your Life*

Location: 20 Randall’s Island Park, New York, NY 10035

Time: 9:30am Kids run / 10:00am Walk / 10:30am 5k run

Info: Kids 12 and under free

https://odysseyhousenyc.org/event/opioid-recovery-run-2018/

SEPTEMBER 16, 2018

*NYRR TCS New York City Marathon Training Series 18M (sold out)*

Location: Central Park, Manhattan

Time: 7:00am

Info: https://www.nyrr.org/races-and-events/2018/tcs-new-york-city-marathon-training-series-18m

*POLICE OFFICER CHRIS HOBAN 5MILE RUN AND 5K*

Location: Xaverian High School, 7100 Shore Road, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY

Time: 10:30am

https://www.xaverian.org/page/alumni/events/po-hoban-80-memorial-run-

*NYRR Kurt Steiner Cross Country (5K)*

Location: Van Cortlandt Park, The Bronx

Time: 11:30am

Info: https://www.nyrr.org/races-and-events/2018/nyrr-kurt-steiner-cross-country-5k

*The Prospect Park 10k!*

Locaiton: Prospect Park, 15 Prospect Park West Center Drive, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Time: 10:00am

Info: https://www.active.com/brooklyn-ny/running/distance-running-races/prospect-park-10k-2018

*Imagine Academy for Autism Fun Run 5K*

Location: Marine Park Brooklyn, E. 32nd St. and Avenue S, Brooklyn NY

Time: 10:00am

Info: https://www.elitefeats.com/upcoming-detail.asp?ID=536

*Newport Liberty Half Marathon*

Location: Newport, Jersey City, NJ

Time: 8:30am

Info: https://runsignup.com/Race/NJ/JerseyCity/NewportHalf

SEPTEMBER 22, 2018

Never run a cross country race? Here’s your chance!

*Front Runners New York Cross Country 5K*

Location: Tortoise & Hare Sculpture, Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx NY

Tome: 10:30am

Info: https://www.elitefeats.com/upcoming-detail.asp?ID=539

*2018 New York City Undy RunWalk 5K, 1M Kids Run*

Location: Firefighters Field, 425 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, New York

Time: 9:00am 5k / 9:10am – 1mile

Info: https://www.ccalliance.org/events/2018-New-York-City-Undy-Runwalk

*Westchester Medical Central Trauma Mud Run*

Location: Westchester Medical Center, 100 Woods Road, Valhalla, New York

Time: 8:30am / Kids Dash 10:00am

Info: “The Kids’ Dash course will be shorter and less challenging than the adult course, but just as muddy!” http://events.westchestermedicalcenter.com/site/TR?fr_id=1240&pg=entry

*Northwell Health Great South Bay Run (13.1M, 10K, 5K Family Fun Run/Walk)*

Location: Bay Shore, Long Island, NY

Time: 7:30am – Half Marathon / 7:45am – 10k / 8:00am – 5k run, walk

Info: https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/BayShore/GreatSouthBayRun

*Music That Heals Half Marathon*

Location:  Beach 102nd Street and Boardwalk, Rockaway beach, NY  11694

Time: 7:30am

Info: https://www.active.com/rockaway-beach-ny/running/distance-running-races/music-that-heals-half-marathon-2018?int=

*La Cima Back to School 5K Color Run/Walk*

Location: La Cima Elementary Charter School, 800 Gates Ave Brooklyn, NY  1122

Time: 9:00am

Info: http://www.lacimacharterschool.org/?DivisionID=23260

*Sacred Heart Academy 5K*

Location: Sacred Heart Academy, 47 Cathedral Ave, Hempstead NY

Time: 9:00am

Info: https://www.elitefeats.com/upcoming-detail.asp?ID=551

*Federation of Organization 5k Run/Walk, Kids, Pee Wee*

Location: Eisenhower Park, Field House, Parking Field 2, East Meadow, NY

Time: 8:00am

Info: https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/EastMeadow/FederationofOrganization5k

*Sunset Marathon NYC (Half Marathon)*

Location: Prospect Park, 153 East Dr Brooklyn, NY  11225

Times:

8:00am / 8:30am / 9:00am – Half Marathon Waves

9:30am / 10:00am / 10:30am – 10k Waves

10:30am / 11:00am / 11:30am – 5k Waves

Info: https://www.active.com/brooklyn-ny/running/distance-running-races/sunset-marathon-nyc-2018-47184895?int=

SEPTEMBER 23, 2018

*Barry & Florence Friedberg JCC 5K Run For A Cause*

Location: 15 Neil Ct., Oceanside NY

Time: 8:00AM

Info: https://www.elitefeats.com/upcoming-detail.asp?ID=531

*Sri Chinmoy 5K & 10K*

Location: Alley Pond Park, Queens

Time: 10:00am

Info: ” The course is 99.5% paved, with two very short sections across gravel/dirt. Full disclosure: this course does have hills! ”

https://us.srichinmoyraces.org/5k-10k-alley-pond

SEPTEMBER 29, 2018

*Bubble Run Long Island*

Location: Jones Beach Ampitheatre, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh

Time: Various starts (see info)

Info: http://bubblerun.com/upcoming-locations/long-island-ny/

*5K Race for Freedom Run/Walk*

Location: Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Meadowlark Circle Queens, NY  11375

Time: 9:00am

Info: https://lifewaynetwork.org/lifeway-events/

*NYC Runs Governors Island 5k & 10k*

Location: Governors Island, New York

Time: 9:00AM

Info: https://nycruns.com/races/?race=nycruns-squirrel-stampede-at-governors-island-5k–10k

*Smithtown Running of the Bull 5K*

Location: New York Avenue School, 26 New York Ave, Smithtown NY

Time: 9:00AM

Info: https://www.elitefeats.com/upcoming-detail.asp?ID=530

*The Inaugural New Yorker Run (Half Marathon 13.1M)*

Location: Riverside Park, 108th St. and Riverside Dr., New York, N.Y.

Time: 9:00am

Info: http://www.citytri.com/the-new-yorker-run

*Bethpage Federal Credit Union Ocean to Sound 50 Mile Relay*

Location: Jones Beach State Park, 1 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY US 11793

Time: 8:00am

Info: Teams of eight runners each will traverse a scenic course through the rolling countryside of beautiful Long Island. Each participant will run between five and seven miles. https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Wantagh/OceantoSound50MileRelay

*4th Annual Sunnyside Post Mile*

Location: Torsney Playground, Sunnyside Queens

Time: 10:00am / 10:45am – Kids run

Info: https://raceroster.com/events/2018/19147/4th-annual-sunnyside-post-mile

SEPTEMBER 30, 2018

*Tanger Fit 5K (Run/Walk)*

Location: Tanger Outlets 152 The Arches Circle,  Deer Park NY

Time: 8:30am

Info: Finisher Medal https://www.tangeroutlet.com/race

The NYRR Bronx 10 Miler is back for another year!

*New Balance Bronx 10 Mile Run*

Location: Yankee Stadium, Bronx NYC

Time: 8:00am

Info:  https://www.nyrr.org/races-and-events/2018/new-balance-bronx-10-mile

*Catch A Cure 5K Run*

Location: Beach 102nd Street and Boardwalk, Rockaway beach, NY  11694

Time: 9:00am

Info: Finisher Medal https://www.active.com/rockaway-beach-ny/running/distance-running-races/catch-a-cure-a-family-5k-fun-run-2018?int=

*Domestic Harmony Foundation 5K (Run / Walk)*

Location: Peach & Pear Picnic Area: Parking Field #2, Eisenhower Park: 1899 Hempstead Tpke, East Meadow NY

Time: 10:30am

Info: https://www.elitefeats.com/upcoming-detail.asp?ID=568

*Friends of Montfort 5k Run / Walk, for the Education of Deaf Children in Haiti)*

Location: Hempstead Lake State Park, Parking Lot Field #1, Eagle Ave, West Hempstead , NY US 11552

Time: 10:00am

Info:https://runsignup.com/Race/Events/NY/WestHempstead/FriendsofMontfortFundraiser5kRunWalk

*2018 Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk *

Location: Ikea Parking Lot 9 Red Hook Brooklyn, 1 Beard St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Time: 9:30am

Info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-tunnel-to-towers-5k-run-walk-new-york-city-registration-46069410848?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

OCTOBER RACES WILL BE POSTED SOON!!

Training For A First Race

If you have committed to start running in 2018, congratulations!

Hopefully one of the things that you have done to help you towards this goal is to commit to a race. If you haven’t been a runner up til now, working up towards a 5k, a 5 miler or even a 10k can be a daunting task. But let’s not fret, with some patience and perseverance you can absolutely get there. In fact, I try to instill in most people that not only will you get there but you are going to enjoy it so much that you are going to want to do this again and again and maybe even on a bigger scale! With that said, I decided to list some key points to keep in mind as you prepare for that first race. These are from personal experience and I am sure they will help in your prep. In fact after all of the races I have done, I still follow these when I start to increase the distance of my races to distances I have never run before!

Give yourself enough time to prep for your big day – race day!

 

  • Plan right.Set a race date far enough out into the future that allows you adequate time to prepare for. Its perfectly ok to be excited and eager to get to your first race date but if you are new to running, you want to give yourself ample time to prepare. 3 months is a reasonable time to prepare for a race like a 5k (3.1 miles) or something comparable. If you have chosen something a little longer adjust the time frame accordingly.
  • Start slow. If you are new to running, please do not try and run your scheduled race distance in the first month of training runs. For example, if your first race is a 5k, build up to the 3.1 miles slowly. Start in the first couple of weeks to run one mile without stopping. When that feels comfortable work up to 1.5 miles and so on and so on. Also, do not be afraid to walk in the beginning. There are some people that find it beneficial to take a short walk and continue running. This is your race and no one else’s! Your goal is to finish the race and feel good! Also, very important that most new runners overlook is stretching. Stretch 5-10 minutes before each of your runs as well as a few minutes after your runs.
  • Listen to your body. If your body isn’t accustomed to running, certain muscles will talk back to you at first. Don’t feel the need to run everyday. Allow your muscles to recover before going out for another run. At first, run every other day to allow your muscles to recuperate. Do not feel the need to run 7 days a week. For older runners, you may need two days off between runs. That’s perfectly fine because while you want to run your target distance on race day, we also don’t want you injured while training for it!
  • Keep it interesting. Many people shy away from running because they say it is boring. I cringe when I hear that because sometimes they give up on running before ever running a race! I firmly believe that if you stick with your running until you have conquered that first race, you may get addicted to it. So how do we keep it interesting? Listen to music while you run works for me. Also, don’t run the same routes every day because that can get boring. Sometimes I say that running is the best sight seeing in your neighborhood. Also running with a friend or a group can keep thinks interesting. If you are engaged in good conversation, those miles will pass by fast! Finally, pick a running application to track your runs. The stats on these things are amazing and they actually can add a sense of fun to your runs. Check out Strava (in my opinion the best) or Map My Fitness by Under Armour.
  • Change up your routes and become a sightseer in your area while you run!

  • Ignore social media accomplishments. Yes you are reading my blog and you might follow my social media and I am telling you to ignore me! But wait – don’t ignore me all together! Ignore the accomplishments of other runners. Don’t be fixated on the distances or times that other runners are running and posting on social media. As I mentioned before, this is your journey and no one else’s. Don’t get me wrong, I think its good to follow runners on social media to see their experiences, to see what works for them and to learn from their mistakes. But sometimes new runners, say “well I am never going to run that time” or “gosh, my times for a mile or so much slower than theirs”. Who cares!! All of these runners started out somewhere and now you are! Your progress is what is important so while its good to follow other runners, never ever compare yourself to anyone else!
  • Trust the process and see it thru to the end. As I mentioned before, so many folks start to run and then give it up. I cannot stress how wonderful it is to run that first race. And then to run the next one. And the next one after that and so on. The experience has so many emotions. The nervousness before the race. The comraderie with other runners. The struggle of the race itself. The sense of accomplishment when you finish. There may be even more emotions for you as well and this continues to happen with each race you run. But lets not get ahead of ourselves – just get thru the first race!

The year is just getting started and with so many races that 2018 has to offer, your possibilities are endless. Hope the above can help you get on track towards your first race. Drop me a line and let me know how it went. Oh and hope to see you are the finish line!

 

Stick with the process and maybe I’ll see you at the finish line!

 

 

 

Trying Out Virtual Racing

There isn’t a weekend that goes by where I don’t run. Of course some weekends, I even race. However with winter having NYC in its grip, I haven’t run a race since Thanksgiving and that is a long time for me! Last week, I once again looked at the New York Road Runners website hoping there was something sooner than February 4th that filled my needs. They have a half marathon coming up this weekend, The Fred Lebow Half Marathon however I don’t think I am half marathon ready yet.

The lack of races made me look at something that I had overlooked and flat out ignored on their website, their virtual racing series. Virtual racing is basically a fancy name for “do it at home” racing. This particular race was a 5K distance. The way it works is they give you a length of time to complete the distance. In this case, it was two whole weeks and at any time during those two weeks, you can run the 5k and track your run using the Strava Application, which is a free download. Once you have run your race, your time gets uploaded to the Strava site and NYRR then throws your time into a pool of all of the other runners running the virtual race and they rank you by time. No traveling on your part. You can do this in your neighborhood!

I took part in the virtual 5k and allow me to break down the pros and cons of this type of race and maybe it will help you decide whether this is something you want to part take in.

PROS:

  • There is no traveling involved and no schedule to adhere to. You don’t have to worry about commuting to the race or driving to it, or being stuck in traffic or even parking! Just strap on your shoes and go.
  • This particular race was free. Free is always good!
  • You can run this race wherever you want. No need to deal with a hilly course if you don’t want to. Just pick out a flat course and fire away!
  • No dealing with crowds

CONS:

  • For me, there is no adrenalin rush of the crowds, the spectators or even the starters gun. It was me hitting my watch and just saying “go!” lol
  • I don’t know that the timing on a Strava app can be that accurate. I enjoy the fully automatic time of most races.
  • It was a pro above, but for me its also a con – you can run this race wherever you want and get away with a much faster course for the distance than what you may usually run. I chose to run the 5k on a track for example. No hills at all. Is that cheating? There were no rules against that! I think by being allowed to do this, it discredits time, placing etc.

PERSONAL TAKE AWAY:

Look, I ran the race because I was desperate to run a race. I ran it on a 400 meter track. I don’t think I have ever run a 5k on a track (lol). This presented a flat course with no hills. Guess how I ran? Personal record for 5k by 8 seconds (22:31 to be exact). Strava app says I PR’d but do I count it? If you are looking for a good workout and looking to see how that workout compares to others, then this might be a good “race” to run. Another thing I wasn’t a fan of and this may be isolated to New York Road Runners, they actually tried to charge for a variation of this race. As this was their first virtual race of the year, they have an incentive, that if you ran 6 of these virtual races, then you automatically qualify for next year’s Brooklyn Half Marathon. The catch however is that if you want these races to qualify for the half marathon, then each virtual race costs you $20. That’s 6 races at $20 each and ending up costing you $120 to qualify for a race that you will pay another $100 for. I’m sorry but that is just not for me. I have no problem paying a race fee when I get the full experience, the adrenalin, maybe a medal and a fully automatic timed race. But $20 for me to run in my neighborhood to be timed by a free app – I just can’t justify a fee for these.

Will I run these virtual races again? I don’t know. I guess it depends on how my race schedule looks at the time. I enjoy racing for the full experience. The commuting. The buildup before a race. Having to use the bathroom countless times before entering a crowded corral with thousands of other runners. Hearing the national anthem before the race, hearing the starting gun, then having all of these other runners push me along the course. Finally, nothing like coming down the home stretch of a race with spectators cheering you on. Thats the race day experience for me!

Anyways, I thought I would share my “virtual” experience with you. Have you run a virtual race? What was your take on it?

New Year, New Goals, New Lesson Learned

Happy New Years to everyone out there!

The new year is here! If you were looking to put a resolution in play, well now is the time! I know I have been preaching that for some time and I am hoping that many of you will take me up on a change to get up off the couch and to start running. If not running, then something better than sitting on the couch! I will get into the New Year’s resolution thing however another day!

For me the new year will not bring about too much change in terms of a workout routine. However, that doesn’t mean that the learning stops. On day one of the New Year I already learned a valuable lesson and I was kicking myself when I realized it. On New Year’s day the gym that I belong to, Lifetime Fitness, had a themed “Commitment Day” for its members. For me, that is another way to get people to make a New Year’s Resolution. To commemorate the commitment day, they encouraged their members to run in a 5k run. It wasn’t considered a race because they didn’t time it. Running geeks like myself of course, chose to time it.

The temperatures of course were very frigid as New York City may never see above freezing ever again. I am convinced that my Christmas decorations may stay on my lawn til March because they are frozen in the ground. The mercury was at 11 degrees this morning at race time with a windchill of 0, zero, zilch, nada. My gym, in an effort to promote all of their classes and programs, had a wacky idea to do a pre-race warm up in the gym that consisted of an obstacle course of sorts. There were close to 100 runners this morning and I think everyone of them in unison told the gym instructors that they did not want to do a pre-race obstacle course? in the gym. Who wants to work up a sweat and then step out in 0 degrees? Helloooo???

When we assembled in the gym and gave them our gracious response of “No thank you”, we were whisked outdoors to the starting line. By the time I put on my hat, gloves and fired up my music and GPS, they were starting the race. Off the racers went and I hit start on my Strava app. As I did that, I dropped one of my gloves. After picking it up, I put my phone away and set on my way to try to keep up with the lead pack. The cold didn’t bother me too much on this race. I wore three thin layers, the bottom one being an Under Armor cold weather shell, tights, hat and gloves. I was fine with just that.

After settling into a comfortable pace and listening for my first mile split, I realized that I forgot to start my Under Armor Map My Fitness App. That’t the app that tells me my splits in my headphones after each mile. That’s the one reason that even though I have discovered Strava, I still use the UA Map My Fitness app. To my knowledge I do not believe that Strava does that as well, but if they do, someone please tell me how to activate that! Pissed off now that I couldn’t find out my splits, I decided oh well, its not really a race, its just commitment day. That’s when I realized that there were only 6-7 people ahead of me in the race. Aaaannnddd just like that, this became a race!

In a 5k there really is no time to pace yourself. The more I run 5k’s the more I realize that you are pretty much running hard almost the entire time. In the process of making this a race, I ended up tweaking another calf in the last mile of the race and had to slow up a bit. I managed to finish 5th overall in the race. Mark those words because I will not finish better than 5th l year!

If my calf had not started to bother me, I might have finished third. First and second were well out of reach so my calf made no difference there. Crossing the finish line in 5th, I was eager to see my time, since I was not getting my splits from the Under Armor app. I took my phone out of my running arm band and Strava looked back at me with nothing, zilch, nada. Seems as if when I dropped my glove at the start of the race, I actually didn’t start my Strava app either. Pissed off is not even the word. I was pacing back and forth at the finish line like a mad man. 3.1 miles out the window and quite possibly a PR out the window. Although I don’t know if this time would have counted since it was not officially timed.

When it was all said and done, I looked on the bright side. I woke up on New Year’s without a hangover, I ran a 5k on new year’s day to start off the year on the right foot, and I got a medal for my troubles. Two valuable lessons however were learned. Never start a race without switching on my Map My Fitness app an never start a race without switching on and ASSURING that Strava is on. I don’t care how many seconds I lose at the start, not having your run tracked might be the most frustrating feeling in the world! Oh well at least the lesson was learned on the first of the year! Hopefully never to be repeated again!

As the weather continues to remain cold, I have to say I am getting used to this cold weather running. Anything north of 30 may be a heat wave for me! If you are from the east coast, how are you getting along with the cold weather? No matter where you are from, how was your New Year’s?

75 days til the United NYC Half for anyone running that!