Join Us Saturday May 4th In Brooklyn! RAIN OR SHINE!

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Some of Our Members After The 2018 Version Of Our BK Half Trial Run!

*TRIAL COURSE UPDATE!*

updated 5/3/19

Good morning everyone! Tomorrow’s Brooklyn Half Course trial run is on RAIN OR SHINE! Last year the race was run in a steady pouring rain so might as well get out there and give your rain gear a trial run in case this year’s race is also rainy!

ALSO- BAG CHECK WILL BE PROVIDED at the start and transported to the finish. My foot isn’t 100% and rather then run 13 miles tomorrow, I’ll save it for the race and serve as bag check tomorrow! 🤙🤙

Finally, I will have a water/nutrition station setup at about mile 7 as you exit the park HOWEVER you will have to provide your water bottles and nutrition to me at the start! Once everyone passes me at mile 7, i’ll head to the finish line 👍👍

Hope to see everyone tomorrow morning!

On Saturday, May 4th, 2019, we will be having a trial run of the Brooklyn Half Marathon course with members of  our “We Are NYC Running Club”. The trial run is as it sounds – a practice run of the entire course- yup 13.1 miles on a Saturday morning! The trial run is free and everyone is welcome to join!

*MEET UP SPOT🏛️🏛️

As this is a trial run of the course, we are asking everyone to meet up at Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238) at 7:00am! Please do not be late!

Yes thats nice and early in the morning but keep in mind, the actual race also starts at 7:00am on race day anyways! This gives you a chance to wake up early and practice your routine and route to the start line!

*TRANSPORTATION TO START🚕🚆🚗

You can always park by the finish line and then either take a subway to the start or Uber which is about $10-$20. If you plan on doing that, plan on being by the finish line by no later than 6:30am!

Of course you can take the subway to the start line. The Eastern Parkway Brooklyn Musem stop on the 2-3 line seems to be the closest station to the start line. Check the MTA website to make sure these trains are running on Saturday morning!

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This is the 2018 race course map however it is expected to be the same in 2019!

*THE COURSE!

The course map is above. I also posted details of the the start area and finish area are below. Some of you may remember the trial run of the United NYC Half Marathon course that I held back in February. Unlike that trial run that we held, we should be able to run this course fairly close to the actual course. If you remember we couldn’t get on parts of the United NYC Half Course. That shouldn’t be the case here for the trial run of the BK Half. We should be able to see the entire course!

Here’s a brief overview of the course and what we plan on running on Saturday!

-The course starts at the Brooklyn Museum and we will run south along Washington Avenue, down to Empire Blvd where we make a right and another quick right onto Flatbush Avenue.

-Next we head north on Flatbush Avenue, towards Grand Army Plaza. Runners of the United NYC Half may remember this stretch as it was the starting corrals of that race.

-One we approach Grand Army Plaza (at approximately the 1.5 mile mark) we will loop around the Plaza and then head back south on Flatbush Avenue, til we get back to Ocean Avenue.

-We will take a slight right onto Ocean Avenue and proceed straight until we get to Parkside Avenue where we will make a right onto Parkside Avenue. This will be around the 3 mile marker on the course map.

-Continuing west on Parkside Avenue we enter Prospect park near Machate Circle where we will then proceed to do a full loop within Prospect Park.

-After one full loop within the park, we will exit the park close to where we entered it for the loop and run onto Ocean Parkway. Once we leave the park we should be 7 miles in

-Once on Ocean Parkway we will stay on Ocean Parkway and head south for a little over 5 miles until we turn onto Surf Avenue. On the course map this is around the 20k marker or 12.5 miles.

-We will continue west on Surf Avenue for about a half mile until west 10th street where we will make a left onto west 10th street once you pass by the Coney Island Cyclone roller coaster.

-Take west 10th street one block to the Coney Island Boardwalk – once you get to the boardwalk make a right.

-Run on the boardwalk until you reach “Tom’s of Coney Island” -this is the approximate finish line of the race!

 

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Get Ready To Race For The Finish!

*PACE OF RUN ⏱️⏱️

Some things to note – this is not meant to be all out pace. Personally As this will likely be one of your last long rains, try and take it easy and enjoy the run! Maybe snap some pictures along the route so you don’t have to do that on race day! Have fun with this run and lets hope we have a gorgeous day!

As for paces, this trial run is for EVERYONE! During trial runs of the NYC Half Course in February, we staggered pace groups and we are looking to do the same thing again! Here are the pace group and their expected times of departure:

 

First group, runners planning on running over 12:00/mile pace would leave at 7:15 am.

 –Second group, runners between 10:00/mile pace and 12:00/ mile pace who would leave at 7:30am. 

Third Group for any runners running under 10:00/ mile pace who would leave at 7:45am. 

 The idea of breaking up pace groups this way would be that we would all arrive to the end closer in time to the end and folks would avoid getting lost this way as well. 

*OTHER ITEMS TO CONSIDER!

Also to note are bathroom breaks – try and hit the bathrooms before you start. I have been told that there are portable bathrooms at 5 different locations on the loop within Prospect Park with 2 portable bathrooms where we enter and exit the park to and from our loop.

The stretch along Ocean Parkway is mostly residential so I’m not sure if you will have access to bathrooms during that 5 mile stretch. Or course when we get to Coney Island, there should be public rest rooms to use also.

As for hydration and nutrition, please bring your own! There are 5 water fountain stops within the Prospect Park loop. However once we exit Prospect Park, I cannot guarantee that we will pass by open store fronts.

Additionally please bring your own gels or anything you may consume for a 13.1 run.

Once we are done with the run we can hangout on the boardwalk and maybe catch a cold adult beverage to “re-hydrate”!

If you have any questions or comments – please do comment below! These group runs are a great way to get together – meet some fellow runners and take one huge step towards getting ready for the Brooklyn Half Marathon!

This run is sponsored by “We Are NYC Running Club” however is open to the entire running community! Need some cool t-shirts to get yourself ready for the 2019 Brooklyn Half? How about some racing singlets or tanks? We got you covered!

See you on Saturday May 4th

~~~Cesar & We Are NYC Running Club

Monday Member Spotlight Time!

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Our Member Spotlights Bassem Reaches “50” Days On His Run Streak

In continuing with our We Are NYC Running Club member spotlight, our next awesome member is one of our more vocal, motivated, and loveable members. Bassem has been a long time runner and has logged well over 60 races just with New York Road Runners alone. Three of those races have been the New York City Marathon. In 2018 he opted not to run the NYC Marathon and focused on the Philadelphia Marathon instead. It resulted in him running a personal record of 3:49:22 after having a previous record of 4:52 in NYC! An outstanding PR of over an hour, but what makes this even more fantastic, is that Bassem just turned a young 50 years old!

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Bassem Last Month At The Joe K. 10k

Realizing his accomplishment this year, Bassem now has his eyes set on qualifying for the Boston Marathon. He would have to knock off another 25 minutes on his marathon time but he says there is something different now about his training. As noted earlier, Bassem is a long time runner, but this year he has seen improvement thanks to the support that he has received from his “We Are NYC Running Club” members. He points at the motivation factor as well as accountability being a huge boost to his training. While his pursuit of the Boston Marathon is currently a long term goal, his short term goal is to keep his current run streak alive. A couple of months ago when he turned 50 years old, Bassem decided to start a “run streak” where he runs at least one mile each day. Last week during one of our weekly group runs, Bassem reached 50 days on that streak and doesn’t plan to stop any time soon! How long can Bassem go? We shall see!

Seeing how much the club has given him this past year, Bassem is always willing to give back. At group runs and on race days, Bassem is always willing to give runners advice based on his past experiences. Whether it may be about running apparel, nutrition or race logistics, you can count on Bassem to give you his words of wisdom.

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Bassem (on the right) With His Vuvuzuela @ The Fred Lebow Half Marathon!

Bassem doesn’t stop there either in supporting his running club teammates. Coming out and cheering with the club as part of our infamous cheer squads is something Bassem enjoys doing. If you have run any races in Central Park recently, you may be familiar with the loud echoing sound of a “vuvuzuela”! Yup – one of those vuvuzuelas is likely Basem!

His energy and dedication to the club make him a clear candidate for today’s spotlight and he is just another reason that We Are NYC Running Club continues to thrive today!

We will leave you with some words from Mr. Vuvuzuela aka Run Streak Man, aka Ragnar Guy aka Boston Marathon hopefully, aka BASSEM!

 

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!)

• WHAT- Weekly group run (5-6 miles)

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

• WHEN – Thursday, September 13, 2018.

• 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!

• 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!

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

• WHEN – Saturday, September 15, 2018.

• 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!

• 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!

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

• WHEN – Sunday, September 16, 2018.

• TIME-Meet up at 6:30am, run time 7:00am!

Saturday’s Queens Group Run – Route & Info!

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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!

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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!

 

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!