Upcoming WE ARE NYC RC Runs!

Happy hump day to everyone out there! The sun hasn’t come out in New York city that much the last few days but that doesn’t keep this group from running. So many of our members continue to post their “rainy days” run since they keep gaining their motivation to run in the rain from the group itself! Another benefit of being part of a running community like ours!

With that being said, here are some of our upcoming group runs that you all can partake in to keep that motivation going! Hope to see you at one of these!

Club Members At Last Weekend’s 5th Avenue Mile!

WEEKLY GROUP RUN IN CENTRAL PARK! (all paces are welcomed!)

β€’ WHAT- Weekly group run (5-6 miles)

β€’ WHERE- Central Park – Meet At NYRR Run Center (320 West 57th street, NY, NY)

β€’ WHEN – Thursday, September 13, 2018.

β€’ TIME-Meet up at 6:00pm, leaving run center at 6:15pm

Taken at the last workout led by club member Tobias

5 Mile Run & HIIT Training!

β€’ WHAT- 5 mile Central Park Loop/HIIT workout 10 mins of high intensity interval training, followed by a one mile run to a location in central park. Repeat 5 times for a total of 5 miles and 50 mins of HIIT. Led by one of our club runners Tobias!

β€’ WHERE- Central Park – Meet At NYRR Run Center (320 West 57th street, NY, NY)

β€’ WHEN – Saturday, September 15, 2018.

β€’ TIME-Meet up at 8:00am at Run Center

Members at the NYRR 15 Mile training series! 18 Mile one coming up this Sunday!

NYRR NYC MARATHON TRAINING–18 MILE RUN!

β€’ WHAT- 18 mile training run. While this is a NYRR run, you can run this together w/ a club member! After all, it is an 18 mile run!

β€’ WHERE- Central Park – Meet by 102nd transfers on East side by softball field 8.

β€’ WHEN – Sunday, September 16, 2018.

β€’ TIME-Meet up at 6:30am, run time 7:00am!

Thursday Run & The Weekend Rundown!

We will be back at Central Park Thursday Night!

Good morning to all of you wonderful and motivated runners out there! We have made it to Wednesday and now it’s time to get over the hump! Sometimes you need a little push to do that and we have that for you! Let’s put some running on your calendar for the rest of the week!

Thursday – Central Park Run!

It’s become a staple every week with We Are NYC Running Club since the beginning of 2018. This Thursday we get together once again. We’ve dubbed this run “Positive Vibes, Smiles and Miles” because that is what you can come to expect when you come to one of these! We will be doing anywhere from 5-7 miles in the park on Thursday. As always all paces are welcomed and we will be running rain or shine!

β€’ WHAT- Weekly group run in the park (5-7 miles)

β€’ WHERE- Meeting at NYRR Run Center (320 West 57th street, New York, NY 10019)

β€’ WHEN – Thursday, August 16, 2018

β€’ TIME- Meet at Run Center at 6pm / depart for run at 6:15pm

β€’ 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

Saturday – Running Tour of NYC

Start from the top of Manhattanan and run to the bottom (Photo Credit – Tobias)

One of our members had a vision for years of running from the top of Manhattan Island to the very bottom of it. His dilemma was he wasn’t quite ready to do that and he didn’t want to do it alone. Since joining We Are NYC Running Club, our member Tobias has gotten faster and has built his endurance to be able to tackle the miles needed to carry out this run. Now he wants to share it with you all!

The run stats at 7:00am on Saturday at 9th avenue and Broadway starting at the Broadway Bridge. The closest MTA subway station is the 1 Train vΓ­a the 225th street station. The run will snake thru Manhattan while hitting several landmarks and nice photo opportunities. The run will culminate at Bowling Green. Total mileage is expected to be around 17 miles. You can join us for the whole thing or for just a portion of it. As always, all paces are welcomed!

β€’ WHAT- Running Tour of NYC (approx 17 miles)

β€’ WHERE- Meeting at Broadway Bridge (Broadway & 9th avenue)

β€’ WHEN – Saturday August 18, 2018

β€’ TIME- Meeting at 6:45am and starting run at 7:00am

β€’ OTHER INFO- With as much as 17 miles expected to be run, bring your own nutrition and hydration. Since we are running thru Manhattan you can always stop in at a store to buy water/gatorade.

More info on the route that thisΒ run will take will be postedΒ on this siteΒ by Friday. One thing you can be sure ofΒ is that you will get your miles in and you will see some NYC sites while doing it!

Tobias along with some of the members during the First Running Tour of Manhattan Run!

 

Sunday – France Run Central Park

On Sunday, New York Road Runners will be sponsoring an 8k race called the France Run in Central Park. The race is sold out but you can still come out and cheer on those runners that will be tackling the 8k! Race time is 8:00am!

Finally, if you want to sport a team shirt or tank top, those are always available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week on our team store!

These nice race day tank tops are on sale now in our team store – see link above!

This Weekend – Run With Us!

It’s Friday and the weekend is here! The general population is looking to see what parties and other weekend plans they can get involved with, but at We Are NYC RC, we are looking to see what runs we can get into! And this is the life of a runner!! (haha)!

View of Park Avenue from a previous “Summer Streets”

Don’t worry, we have ya covered! But be warned, both of our offerings will require you to wake up early so if you were looking to catch up on zzzz’s this weekend, do it after you run!

Saturday 8/11 – Summer Streets Run (led by Marjorie!)

Each year in the first three weeks of August, New York City shirts down certain portions of the city for recreation and fun. This Saturday, Park Avenue from 72nd street down to Centre street by City Hall will be closed to traffic. We are having a run that will run thru the closed streets. The entire stretch is 7 miles but if you need to do more you can always run back or a portion back. Bring some cash and a metro card to buy water along the route. Meeting details below! Run will happen rain or shine!

  • When- Saturday 8/11/18
  • Time- 7:15am (Run happens rain or shine!)
  • Meeting Location- Chase bank (corner of 72nd street & Lexington Avenue)
  • Route- Start at 72nd st & Lex, go over to Park Avenue, go left on Park Avenue and run straight downtown (approx 7 miles!)

 

Ready for 15 miles on Sunday!

Sunday 8/12 – TCS Marathon Training Series – 15 mile run sponsored by New York Road Runners

If the weather holds up, join us and thousands of other runners as we do three loops of the 5 mile loop in Central Park as the preparation continues for the TCS NYC Marathon. As of the writing of this post, there are still spots open for this training run. Sign up here if you are interested!

Over 30 of our members have signed up for this training run and we will be meeting before the race in “Race Day Central”. More info below!

  • When- Sunday 8/12/18
  • Meetup 6:15-6:45am / Race starts @ 7:00am
  • Location- Central Park 102st Tranverse and East drive
  • Route- 5 mile loop in Central Park 3 times!
  • Meetup Location- look for softball field 8- we will be on the concrete path on the 3rd bass/left field side of field 8
  • Hope to see many of you this weekend and if not, have a great RUNNING weekend!

Saturday’s Queens Group Run – Route & Info!

QB Brdge

The 59th street bridge, one of two bridges we will cross on Saturday morning!

Such a busy day today in running world as folks selected their baggage and transportation options today for the NYC Marathon. Our club also had a group run tonight in Central Park even in the hot and humid weather!

Speaking of the NYC Marathon, as posted earlier this week, we will be having a group run that will go over two of the bridges that are part of the marathon – the Pulaski Bridge and the Queensborough Bridge! As always ALL RUNNERS are welcomed!

Going into this run, I wanted to point out some things regarding the Queens training run on Saturday!

United NYC Half Trial Run

Group run was crushed prior to United NYC Half in the rain!

*Run happens rain or shine! If you remember the United NYC trial run the weather doesn’t get worse than that and we had the run!

*Start time is 7am and I plan on leaving at 7am (lol) – give yourself ample time to get there. Driving is definitely an option if you can drive as there is plenty of side street parking around there and we start and finish at the same location. G train is close by via the Greenpoint Ave Station. If you are running behind, please reach out to me and we can wait if you are within 10-15 minutes.

*Bring hydration and nutrition. This is a scheduled 10-12 mile run so please stay hydrated! Stores are along the route if your choose to duck into one but keep in mind your pace group may not want to wait lol

*Have some cash and or a debit card handy to grab some food after the run at a local eatery – Slick Willy’s – they are opening early just for us!

*Heres an important one- Since the streets thru Queens can be tricky, I am asking that we stay in no more than 2 groups until we make it to the Queensboro bridge. Once we are on the bridge if anyone wants to deviate from the group, the Manhattan stretch is simple and you should be familiar with the queens portion on the way back since it’s the same route as we did going into Manhattan.

Speaking of the streets in Queens, here are the turn by turn instructions on the route that we will be taking!

  • Meet up on the corner Mcguiness Blvd & Greenpoint Avenue at 7am. The G train stops a block and a half away at the Greenpoint Avenue station
  • Head north on Mcguiness blvd and across the Pulaski Bridge running straight until it turns into 11th street. From here we will very slightly off the marathon trail.
  • Make a right on 44th drive and go straight until you see the Citigroup building.
  • Make a slight left onto Hunter Street. Take Hunter st. straight until you 42nd road. Cross over 42nd road and go slightly left onto 28th street.
  • Take 28th street straight one block and then cross under the Queens Plaza over pass.
  • Once on the other side of Queens Plaza make a left when you get to the Queensborough Bridge Greenway. This should be a bike path.
  • Cross Crescent street and pick up the Queensborough Bridge Path
  • Continue over the Queensborough bridge
  • You will come off the bridge onto 60th street. Make a right on 60th street.
  • Go one block on 60th street to 1st avenue and make a left.
  • The suggested distance up 1st Avenue is up until 82nd street. if you want to go further you may. Once you have reached your required distance, turnaround and do the course in reverse.
  • Head back down 1st avenue.
  • Right onto 60th street
  • One block to 59th street bridge and cross over.
  • Take Bridge Greenway to 28th street and make a right crossing under QueensPlaza
  • Continue onto 28th street and make a slight right onto Hunter St.
  • Take Hunter St and make a slight right onto 44th drive
  • Take 44th drive to 11st street and make a left.
  • Continue straight on 11th straight over the Pulaski Bridge and finish at Green point Avenue!

Once we are all done, I am suggested a post race meal is at Slick Wilys (179 Meserole Street) which is a block and half away from where we finish. We can hydrate and fuel up with some good food there!

If anyone has any questions, you can comment below or email me on wearenycrc@gmail.com !

BK Half Trial Run

Some runners at the conclusion of our BK Half Marathon training run, weeks before the actual race!

 

5 Ways To Keep Your Runs Interesting

Cheers to another day my friends! I have gotten a few messages from folks who have started running recently who are struggling to stay motivated in their new journey. It’s new to them and what is still fresh in their heads is how much they have always hated running. Further, if they haven’t run a race yet, they may not have had the opportunity to witness the positive enthusiasm that running can bring to keep them motivated during their workouts. So this morning I thought I would share some ways that can keep running interesting. For me I can’t say that running is ever boring for me, even after all these years. Maybe the reason it isn’t boring is because I call upon some of these every now and then to “keep things interesting”! Here are just a few of those!

Run with headphones. Whether they are wired or bluetooth, running with headphones is a game changer. I have a few playlists that I fire up when I go for my runs. For me it’s 90’s alternative since that’s what I was listening to in high school when I first picked up running years ago and quite frankly, I still love those tunes too! But I have a few other playlists too, like some old school hip hop and another with latin vibes. But music isn’t the only thing you can listen to. Podcasts have become favorites of runners, or maybe even a newscast. All of these can and will make your run go by a lot faster!

Some songs from my 90’s/Alternative Rock Playlist

Mix Up Your Running Routes This is one that I like to do a lot. Let’s be honest here, if you are running the same route over and over again, this will get boring. I always say that running can lead you to be a sightseer whether it’s when your travelling or even in your own neighborhood. Take a look at your runs, if you’re doing the same ones over and over again, mix them up please or consider changing the length of your runs if you must use the same routes.

Track Your Runs. There are a number of running apps out on the market today that track your runs from your phone by use of GPS. I am a fan of Map My Fitness & Strava, but I must say that Strava is quickly becoming my favorite. These apps have information that keeps me wanting to come back and run again and again. One of the reasons Strava is becoming my favorite is because of all the info they give you out of just one run. They will calculate portions of your run and compare them to similar portions you have run before and tell you how you compared to those. Further Strava is quickly becoming another community but solely made up of runners, which means you can follow your friends and compare how you do. I always say numbers can tell a story and Strava’s stats tell you your story while keeping you motivated. Map My Fitness is always coming up with challenges to keep you motivated and thats part of the reason I continue to use them as well as Strava!

Just a few of the stats from Strava that keep my running interesting!

Run With A Group. This is something that I personally had not tried until this week. I’ve always run alone in my neighborhood but since creating a facebook group for the United NYC Half Marathon, I’ve met a lot of runners online in preparing for that race. Some who live close to me, and when I say close I mean New York City (lol), expressed interest in running as a group to prepare for our race in March together. I ran with the group for the first time this week. We had 6 people in the running group and it was an awesome experience. I’ve always heard that group running is fantastic but it was hard to vouch for that without a group to run with. I highly recommend that if you need a change a pace in your running, find a group or even just a friend and go for a run with them. While your chatting away, those miles will trickle by with ease!

Good chats, good friends and good running within a group!

Mix Up The Type Of Runs You Do. Running doesn’t always have to be about going out and running the same distance. As I mentioned up above, the same route can get boring but also the same type of run can get boring. I always like to get a track workout into my routine if not once a week, at least every other week. This allows me to do intervals on the track which in turn help me build my speed. Hopefully most people have a community or high school track near by that they can have access to. If so, I encourage a track work out! Other times, I like to go find a decent sized hill by me and just run up that hill 10-20 times. This will no doubt challenge you but it will be different from your usual run. Plus hill work will make you a stronger runner in general and that is always a plus when running a race! Tempo runs are also a good way to mix things up. Tempo runs involve running portions of a long run much faster than other portions. For example on a 5 mile run, running miles 1,3 & 5 easy but cranking it up for miles 2 & 4. These are just some ways you can mix up the type of runs you do.

When you look at the above, in my opinion, running can indeed be fun! Like with any other task if you do the same thing over and over again you will naturally lose interest. I’ll update this from time to time when I find new ways to keep running interesting. Want to be updated – follow my blog!! lol

Have a great Thursday everyone!