Long Runs, Grete 10K, All on Saturday!

Hope everyone is having a fantastic week and is ready to crank up the miles this weekend!

We have three opportunities for you to get your runs in on Saturday and we are pretty sure that no matter where you are in the 5 boroughs, you will be able to get to us somewhere along the way! Read ahead to find out about the three opportunities!

*STATEN ISLAND HALF MARATHON TRIAL RUN – LED BY LISSETTE*STATEN ISALND HALF PIC

One of our members Lissette is a resident of Staten Island and has been looking forward to leading this trial run. She knows the course and is ready to lead our members thru the course so that they can run the race with confidence next week!

She has also arranged for lockers at a new gym called “Goal Mine”. For $20 you can store your items in a locker there, shower and use the sauna after the trial run. The gym also has a cafe inside if you want to get a bite to eat after.

Goal Mine is close to the start of the SI Half marathon course. Meet up is at 8am in front of Goal Mine. If you don’t want to use Goal Mine then just come over and meet up with the runners to run the SI half course!

β€’ WHAT- Staten Island Half Marathon Course Trial Run (approx. – 13 miles)

β€’ WHERE- Goal Mind Gym, 4 Minthorne Street, Staten Island, NY 10301

β€’ WHEN – Saturday, 10/6/18

β€’ TIME-Meet up at 8:00am, arrive earlier if you would like to store your items inside the gym.

*NYC MARATHON COURSE LONG RUN – LED BY MYRNA*

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These folks did 15 a couple of weeks back – now they are ready for 18 miles!

She led a 15 miler a couple of weeks ago and she is at again on Saturday. This time she is going for 18 miles and wants you to join her! Starting in Bayridge Brooklyn, this run will go up 4th avenue and mirror as much of the NYC Marathon course as possible into Greenpoint, over the Pulaski Bridge and over the 59th street bridge into Manhattan. Once in Manhattan they will head up 1st avenue just like the marathon does and end around 96th street. The end goal is 18 miles but you can do as many as you need to! Bring some cash and a metro card with you in case you want to jump into a store along the way of feel like breaking away at any time!

β€’ WHAT- NYC Marathon Course Long Run (approx. – 18 miles)

β€’ WHERE- Bayridge Brooklyn, 92nd Street & Dahlgren Place

β€’ WHEN – Saturday, 10/6/18

β€’ TIME-Meet up at 7:15am

*NYRR GRETE GALLOP 10K*

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After crushing the Bronx 10 miler last week, the crew is ready to head back to Central Park for a nice 10k stroll in the park in honor of women’s marathon legend Grete Waitz! Its the annual NYRR Grete Gallop, a 10k race in Central Park. The team will be meeting up at 7:30am across from the bandshell where Race Day Central will be setup! Don’t miss the group picture prior to the start!

β€’ WHAT- Grete’s Gallop 10k Race

β€’ WHERE- Central Park NYC, Bandshell Area

β€’ WHEN – Saturday, 10/6/18

β€’ TIME-Meet up at 7:15- 7:30am

Hope to see you out at one of the above!

This Thursday – Special Queens Group Run!

Hey running friends! I wanted to jump on here to tell you about a special group run this Thursday!

For this one week our club is heading on over to Flushing Meadow Park in Queens. Why? One of our original members who came to the first ever group runs and was a regular many of the early group runs has become one of the heads of the NYRR Open Run at Flushing Meadows. Melanie will be hosting her first NYRR Open Run on this day and she asked if her club could be there to support her on her first official NYRR Open Run. I think it would be nice to do this so we are headed to Queens!

The loop in the park is a 5k but she says runners do it multiple times to get their miles in. There are bathrooms on site and volunteers on hand to watch people’s bags. You can either drive there or take the 7 train. It may be a bit of a commute from the city but its a one time deal for a team member, so hoping folks can troop it out there this one time!

See you all there!

β€’ WHAT- Weekly group run (3-6 miles)

β€’ WHERE- Flushing Meadow Park close to the Children’s Carousel

β€’ WHEN – Thursday, August 30, 2018.

β€’ TIME-Check in is 6:45pm, run starts at 7:00pm!

NYRR asks that you signup for the group run by filling out the below form prior to coming to the open run!

https://openrun.nyrr.org

Weekend Recap & This Week’s Group Run!

Happy Monday to all the runners out there reading this!

Hope there were lot of miles crushed this past weekend! Over at We Are NYC Running club, we were most definitely crushing miles and keeping busy and we didn’t let the extreme weather keep us away!

Picture of our club members speaking w/ potential members at the NYRR Club Fair! (Photo by Micheal Anderson)

 

Before we crushed those miles, a number of club members came out to help represent the club at the NYRR Club Fair on Friday afternoon! Several runners in search of a club got a chance to come to the fair to see what a handful of club had to offer. We Are NYC RC was of course in attendance not just giving out valuable info but also healthy vinegar shots, complimentary electrolytes and of course some delicious bite size cupcakes. Several “would be” members walked away happy hopefully with a favorable first impression of the club!

Group run in Greenpoint before 12 miles thru Queens & Manhattan!

On Saturday, despite a mid morning downpour, 12 “marathoners in training” crushed 10-12 milles thru the Queens portion of the NYC Marathon route over the Pulaski and Queensboro bridges. Runners continued on 1st ave in Manhattan and turned around at various points between 80th and 110th streets based on the mileage they needed to tackle that day. Although the skies opened towards the end of the run, everyone got their long runs in and were eager to tackle that route again. To view the route taken see, route description here.

Heat Warriors at the NYRR Manhattan 7 Mile!Β 

On Sunday, even though it was bone dry out, the mercury was soaring early in the morning! With temps in the mid 90’s several of our runners crushed the NYRR Manhattan 7mile. For those that did, they were awarded with a personal record as this was the first time the race was run!

Looking ahead to this week, we will have our Midweek Central Park Group Run on Wednesday (8/8) this week. Details below and hope to see you all there!

  • WHAT- Weekly group run in the park (5-6 miles)
  • WHERE- Meeting at NYRR Run Center (320 West 57th street, New York, NY 10019)
  • WHEN – Wednesday, August 8, 2018
  • TIME- Meet at Run Center at 6pm / depart for run at 6:15pm
  • OTHER INFO- Lockers are available at the run center. No lock is required as lockers are smart lockers. Please bring your own water. Run should be over by 7:45pm

As always we encourage and welcome all runners as this run is open to all! All paces are welcome so come on out and join us!

Weekly Group Run This Thursday!

Hang in there runners the weekend will be here soon enough! Here is a way to give you something to look forward to before the weekend and to also help you notch some miles under your belt!

Join We Are NYC Running Club this Thursday for another of our weekly group runs in Central Park! Each week our running club meets once during the week to log some miles! Those miles become even more important now as marathon training is in full swing for many!

All skill levels are welcomed for these group runs as we will split up into pace groups! Here are the specifics for Thursday’s group run!

  • WHAT- Weekly group run in the park (5-6 miles)
  • WHERE- Meeting at NYRR Run Center (320 West 57th street, New York, NY 10019)
  • TIME- Meet at Run Center at 6pm / depart for run at 6:15pm
  • OTHER INFO- Lockers are available at the run center. No lock is required as lockers are smart lockers. Please bring your own water. Run should be over by 7:45pm

Any questions regarding the group run can be directed to Cesar at wearenycrc@gmail.com!

See you all there!

NYC Marathon Training? Lets Hit Queens!

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We Are NYC Running Club Members at the Queens 10k!

If you have the 2018 TCS NYC Marathon on your list of upcoming races then you are in the midst of training for it as we speak. No matter how well you train, many runners always end up telling countless tales of how Queens NYC hurt them during their race. Well its time to take your training by the horns and and get to know Queens a little better!

We Are NYC Running Club will be having a group run that will help you with that! The route will try to be as close to possible as the NYC Marathon route.Starting in Greenpoint, we’ll run thru the course in Queens, then go over the 59th street bridge, up on 1st avenue up to about 102nd street and then do it in reverse to return to our start in Greenpoint. The distance is just about 12 miles. Those that want to do more can go further north on 1st avenue and return.

Meet up time will be 7am and all paces are welcome and encouraged!

  • What: Get to know the TCS NYC Marathon course – Queens! (group run, approx 12 miles)!
  • When: Saturday, August 4th, 2018 7:00am!
  • Where: Greenpoint Brooklyn, location TBD, (check back on Wednesday) !
  • How much: FREE!
  • All paces are welcomed and encouraged to join!
  • Bring water and a metro card in case you might want to exit the run early!

Once Again Running Amazes Me!

I have to admit, I have been fortunate when it comes to running. I have always managed to turn to running as an escape from madness. It has in its truest form, become a form of therapy for me. Part of that stems from the fact that I do push myself hard when I run and 99 times out of 100, I am usually pleased with the end result when I look back at any of my runs regardless of whether it is training or a race. There is no question that it boosts my self esteem and confidence as it does for a lot of people. These aren’t the only things that running has done for me. I have met so many wonderful like minded people thru running. Even today, I come across so many new people that all share the same passion for running that I do. For me, running is like the gift that keeps on giving.

So it doesn’t surprise me that this past weekend, running was up to its tricks again. Last week I stumbled across an event on the New York Road Runners website. At first it came across as an attempt to advertise the upcoming Millrose Games. For those that may not be familiar with the Millrose Games, it is the longest running track & field meet that exists today. Those who have won at Millrose Games have gone on to become elite track and field legends. The event that I stumbled upon was a 4 mile group run sponsored by New York Road Runners that would allow members to run with some athletes that would be competing at the Millrose Games. Going into this run on Sunday, they wouldn’t say which athletes would be running with NYRR members, simply that we wouldn’t be disappointed!

I took the bait and signed up even though I had no clue who was going to be there.

The one thing about professional runners is that unfortunately they go relatively unknown in public. The sad truth is that track and field is not that popular with main stream sports fans. Recently however there has been an uptick in American middle distance and distance runners that has captivated some fans. Shalane Flannigan’s win at this past year’s New York City Marathon is a prime example of that as was Matthew Centrowitz’s win at the Rio Olympics in the 1500m. So when I arrived at the NYRR run center and saw a group of about 30 people gathered for the run on Sunday, even though I was excited to be there, I had no idea who were the NYRR members like me, and who were the athletes competing at Millrose! Before I knew it, I had taken off my jacket and barely laced up my sneakers and we were off on running on a Sunday morning heading to Central Park!

In Central Park on Sunday with NYRR members and some Millrose Games Athletes!

As we entered the park,Β four runners took to the lead. The pace for this run wasΒ advertised to be between 8:00-12:00 minute mile pace. These guys were going faster than 8:00 minute mile pace. These guys clearly must have been the Millrose athletes. I noticed on one of them that he had a gold rope chain bouncing in and out of his shirt. I remembered back to the 2016 Olympics, an American runner that ran the mile who also had a rope chain that he wore during his race. That American was Robby Andrews. Could this be him? At the moment however, I had some hills to deal with at Central Park and a pretty rapid pace that these Millrose athletes had set!

The pro runners stopped once they were two miles into Central Park and waited for us so that we could turn back around. I was the first one to reach these guys. I introduced myself to them and amongst them were Eric Avila, Charlie Grice and I had guessed right earlier, theΒ American Olympian Robby Andrews. Grice was also an Olympian for England in 2016.

So lets stop for a minute. I am in Central Park on a Sunday morning running with professional runners, two of them who are Olympians?

Yup!

I decided to run back with Robby Andrews. I had watched this kid run before. He was an Olympian at the mile. But this wasn’t the main reason why I was a fan of his. He alsoΒ  excelled at the 800 meters which was my race in high school. In his career he has run a 1:44 for the 800 meters and a 3:53 for the mile. Both of those are blistering times! As we started running, the conversation was easy and casual. I could have been talking casually to someone on my train ride to work instead of running an 8:00 mile in Central Park. He told me about how he got into running thru his father who was a track and field coach when he was younger. He recounted that for many years as a kid, he would run one track and field race a year. This and his father’s passion for track and field Β was enough to keep him somewhat in love with running. But he admitted that his true love was basketball. He swore he was going to play for the North Carolina Tarheels in college. Now an Olympian, I think he made out ok!

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Robby Andrews winning the USA outdoor title in the mile back in June 2017.

Later as we progressed in our run, I asked him what race he would be running at the Millrose games. He responded by saying in an excited tone, that he would be running the Wanamaker mile. If Millrose was a prestigous meet, the Wanamaker mile is the jewel at that prestigous meet. The race has been won by track and field royalty. Eamonn Coghlan, Marcus O Sullivan, Bernard Legat and Matthew Centrowitz are just a few names that have won this race multiple times in the ninety plus years that the race has been run. The field for Saturday’s Wanamaker Mile is an impressive one as it will include multiple Olympians such as Charles Brice and Nick Willis. It will also have Andrews though who is the reigning USA outdoor champion at the mile. In June of 2017, Andrews came from way back in the pack to sprint past Olympic champion Centrowitz to claim the 2017 USA Championship. You can watch that come back here. Andrews would add that he is particularly excited about running the Wanamaker mile. He revealed to me that he won the Boys High School mile at Millrose Games when he was a high schooler. In 2009 he won that race with a time of 4:17. He further revealed to me that no one has ever won both the High School mile at Millrose and the Wanamaker mile. Mind you we are still running thru Central Park, and I let out a big “Whoa!” when he told me this. Not only is this guy an Olympian, the reigning US Champion in the mile, but he has plans on doing something no one has ever done before at the Millrose Games this Saturday. We continued to talk about my running and my upcoming races. This guy was genuinely interested in the races I was running. We talked about my upcoming United NYC HalfΒ MarathonΒ and how the course was changing.Β  I mentioned how I was also running the marathon in November and he said he would likely never doΒ a marathon but encouraged me to stick with the training and wished me the best.

I will never step on a baseball field with the league leader in home runs and toss a baseball around with them. I’ll never shoot hoops with an NBA all star. But I got to run a few miles with an Olympian, US Champion and a participant in this weekend’s Wanamker mile. I tell you, running has been very good to me!

The Millrose games will be broadcast live this Saturday on NBC. The Wanamker mile is the last event on the schedule. Tune in to see if Robby Andrews can do what no runner has done at Millrose! If he does, am I allowed to take a little credit for that since we kind of sort of “trained” together for this race? (haha) .

Regardless, its going to be pretty cool just to watch Andrews on the track regardless of where he finishes. A genuinely nice guy deserves to win but of course, nothing is given in the world of track and field. I’m confident though that Andrews is going to put up a fight.

Go get ’em Robby!

With Andrews outside the NYRR run center after we crushed 4 miles!