12/31/07

New Year's Running Resolution...

"Listen to your body. Do not be a blind and deaf tenant." Dr. George Sheehan

Well another year has gone and another year is amongst us. What are some new years resolutions in running that I would like to uphold? Well resolutions are more like goals, which can run along the same lines as target points or in less pressured situations you can call this aiming or objective.

But first, here is a recap of the year:


  • I PR'ed in about say 5-8 races this year in various distances, very productive.

  • 5 marathons (3 marathons in 6 weeks) very tired...never do that again...

  • BOSTON qualified: 3 times!!!


  • Best Marathon: 3:00:45
Had on my watch clock about: (this will change, not all added up yet in December...)

      • 348 different exercise (1st 6: 172 - last 6: 161)
      • 251.21 (hours/min) (1st 6: 116 - last 6: 131)
      • 1,759 Miles (1st 6: 816 miles - last 6: 916 miles)
      • 136, 001 Calories burned

Goals:

  • Marathon: Well, where else can I go other than at a lower time…Knocking off the 45 seconds, while still taking pictures during a marathon and allowing myself to be called: A sub 3 marathon runner.

  • Half-Marathon: Ok, if I can come really close to my PR in my half marathon time during a marathon, I think this time can slowly go down…but which race? All are pretty tough due to the weather, course, or just plain not taking it for serious.

  • 10 Mile: Ok…all of my other races my PR times are lower than a sub 7…so why not in the 10 miles? Not a whole lot of chances to do that in my running race schedule to beat my time…so I’ll go for a sub 7 average in a 10 mile race…The Broad Street 10 Miler (although I plan to do that with my friend)

  • The Mile: Ok…not in my running plans yet, although I’ll be thinking about breaking my time in the mile. I could not take part in it this year because of one of my marathons got in the way, although maybe this year will be the year!

A new change, where you may find a smarter, less stubborn Brian in the New Year’s? I don’t know (which means no…). We shall only see and find out. Training will be the same as always, I mean if it is going quite well then why fix it…I would like to get 100% better, but I don’t think that will happen anytime soon from New Year’s day till Boston…but who knows.

So, where will I be at during the start of the New Year? Where else other than….well I’ll give you one guess…ok….ready? Ok…Central Park, of course! Where else am I at all the time…especially in the next coming year! Anyways, it’s just fitting I guess that I will be taking part in the Emerald’s midnight run in Central Park. Well at least that is a new change that will be going on from recent years in the past…

Change is good, if you don’t live without change, your day get’s boring and everything becomes too easy. Learning something new each day is good as well…so that’s how I will be ringing in the new year’s…with a bit of change!

12/29/07

Follow that bouncy ball..

"Second place is not a defeat. It is a stimulation to get better. It makes you even more determined." Carlos Lopes, Portugal

Awaking of a Saturday morning with the skies still dark and gloomy, getting up to run in the morning takes a little coordination from running mates, JG and JM. We planned to meet at the Starbucks on East 15th Street in Union Square at 8:30am. On my way toward the meeting place, leaving about 15 minutes before our run, I saw a bouncy ball on the side of the street. (you know those bouncy balls that you get from a 25 cents machine that you can get in solid colors or swirled) Well, me being me, I picked it up and start to play with it bouncing it up and down on the sidewalks. Throwing it against the wall and having it bounce back without JG even knowing since he was stretching, while awaiting for JM to come up from Brooklyn.

Not even like 2 minutes pass and JM was hustling past us…she said her hello’s and then we were whisked away along with her. She was tolling and at first, JG and I could not keep up.


We continued jogging up 5th avenue towards Central Park. We would zig-zag across crowds of people like a slalom skier. As the crowds got denser, I decided to take out the bouncy ball that I had found earlier that morning. I threw it up into the air and bounced right over a crack and darted forward. Went through the pedestrians awaiting for the red stop hand sign to turn to a white walking man. Darted across the street, hit the curb and into oncoming traffic…then I only knew, my new found toy of a bouncy ball would be over. It was a true goner, although I was not to follow my bouncy ball as we hurried on towards Central Park. When we entered Central Park, we were greeted by these large puddles of water on the side walks. We avoided these and made our ways toward 72nd street where the crowd had already formed and we introduced ourselves and started the group run.

We did a regular 6 mile group run with the group that started with a group and then finished with separated pace groups according to your own pace. That is the great thing about Saturday morning runs, the allowance to have another person to chat with and go at a leisurely pace. We passed many groups of Flyers: DG, LG, HM, DM and GC. As we ended our Saturday morning group runs for the year.

The rest of the day I would go on an adventure with JM through B, New York Running Company, meeting up with LH and scouring around Central Park and walking towards the NYRR headquarters, Jack Rabbits and Paragon Sports.

12/28/07

Feeling a little Polish today…

"Run slowly, run daily, drink moderately and don't eat like a pig." Dr. Ernest van Aaken

Waking up early for an irregular Friday morning run with the Monday night crew is unusual on a Friday morning. For those people whom did not have work today, we all met what seemed like opposite day…

Monday night crew meeting on a Friday
Meeting time at 8:30am instead of 7pm
Met on the East side instead of the West side

Same crew…wheew! I thought I was running with a different group!

Anyways, a few of us showed up. I only showed because I chose to have a day off on Friday instead of the following Monday. So, DG and JG headed across toward the East side bike path…as we chatted and saw the beautiful sun and beautiful weather we embraced the morning.

We met up with JM along the path as she was coming from Brooklyn and across the Brooklyn Bridge…so we kept in the direction of heading downtown and towards the Manhattan Bridge where our turn around point was. After that, we headed on home…

But home was not exactly home. Our destination was a little diner or restaurant called “Little Poland” which is on 2nd Avenue and 12th. I have always passed the small restaurant on my ways to the laundry mat and never stepped foot into the restaurant and all the other runs that I have done with this group in the early mornings on a holiday or special occasion, I have always bailed because I had always gone on the run, but never stayed for breakfast…

But this time I did and I was glad of it…As we stretched outside, we met up with JG and then headed inside

So what else do you get that’s Polish? Kielbasa or pirogues? Seriously, it was breakfast here, so I went with the Pirogues of course!

12/25/07

Christmas run…

"Channel your energy. Focus." Carl Lewis

So I wake up this morning calling all of my close relatives and family wishing them a Merry Christmas since after all this was the first Christmas alone and I was rather enjoying it. After the Midnight mass last night, I finally was in the Christmas mood and did some chores and sat back in bed starting to write some thank you cards. Christmas songs blaring from my laptop and writing Thank You cards for people whom have donated to my grandmother’s cause for Alzheimer’s and my various marathons…Sorry kids, it has been a while, but work has kept me busy and I wanted to thank each person.

Anyways, peanut butter or BS gave me a ring since he was not celebrating Christmas but rather the holiday where he was responding to my e-mail if he wanted to run in Central Park today. He acknowledged and were to meet up at noon. As I slowly got my things together and headed up 2nd Avenue, I noticed that it was a beautiful day, although no one was in the streets. Cars and taxi’s were pretty bare and people on the streets were carrying nothing less than presents all around. It was wonderful actually, and it got me into the Christmas spirit a little more. As I strolled toward 5th Avenue, I had no clue what was in store for me. I slipped past people along the ways, not too much traffic as a weekend, although it was crazy around St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Rockefeller Center/SAKS. As I danced around the pedestrians and quickly into Central Park, I was jolly once again to see the beautiful day and a whole bunch of runners out enjoying the beauty of running on a holiday.

As I passed 72nd Street transverse, I saw EA and Liz? They had been talking and I joined in, quickly said Merry Christmas and stood for a while to see what they were talking about. Then came along NC, whom I was surprised to see thinking she was with family and I was glad to see her out. We said goodbye to EA and Liz, NC and I strolled on up to the Engineers gate to meet up with BS, where we said goodbye to Liz and picked up BS.

So we did a loop, heard Christmas songs by the chipmunks of “Christmas, Christmas don’t be late…etc” around the skating rink area. We were bustling and I was surprised to see that BS was keeping up with the pace. I had felt bad because I didn’t anticipate seeing NC and I didn’t anticipate the fast pace that we were going at. Although, I knew BS could keep up, he had done it more than once before when we ran group runs during the summer time and ST and I would go quickly. He has that chameleon type of mentality when he runs, where he can adapt or try to adapt to the pace that you are running at…which is quite impressive!

So, BS stopped after 6 as NC and I rolled on for another 4…I had thought that I would be comfortable running 12’s today, but NC convinced me (which really is not that hard to do) to run more…so I stuck with it and ran a total of 18 today…opps! Made this one into a long run and well I guess I am back on track and not waiting for New Years for my training to begin…although in actuality, this was my long run for the week…so next run will be Friday morning anyways…

We stopped by to pay our respects for Ryan Shay as well...we read his sheet which was left by one of his family memebers we think and well here is what it looks like during Christmas. (pictures soon to follow)

Midnight Mass

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace...

As Christmas eve comes to a close, I decide to walk on over to St. George's Church on 17th and 2ndish...it is a Christian Cathedral. I love going to Midnight mass, there is something to it on this very day that when you go, you feel more spiritual, you feel more intuative to your spiritual side and well if there is one time where people do feel religious it should be around Christmas.

I'm not a religious person, although when they sang Noel, Noel...it was like stepping back in time. In my past, I use to sing and be in a chior. Hard to believe huh? Singing and running were the two things that i had done that I truly loved in high school. That was the balance between both and of course education. But it was nice to sing again and be spiritual at the same time.

Going to midnight mass also brought a little Christmas cheer to my own life. Since my family is for the first time not together this year: My parents are with my grandparents and they have to work on Christmas day since they own a Chinese/Japanese restaurant and my sister, she is finishing up her PhD program, where she chose to stay in South Carolina and finish up her PhD before her funds run out. SO I had decided to go back ot NYC and do some work on some finishing touches that I have to finish up on...So I shall be busy...BUT I had been not really in the Christmas spirit even though I had finished up sending out my Christmas cards, and buying a few gifts here and there, but say the least, Midnight mass has brought me in the more spiritual mood of Christmas...

No running, just life...and well...Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night...

See you on Christmas morning...

12/24/07

X-mas Eve Running...

"Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance." Bruce Barton

Well...today was a day that I had many things to do and wanted to just jog around the city to many destinations and enjoy the beautiful day. Of course it was sunny and a little bit chilly, but I had forgotten my sunglasses as the sun was glaring into my eyes as I had stepped out of my apartment.

My first destination: Express...(6th ave and 18th) = .75 miles

This stop was not a really huge stop, but I had known what I wanted, wanted to return something and it was basically a shop, grab and go on line to return and pay type of deal. Weird how men just don't shop, they just know what they are wanting to get a the store and just quickly grab and go type of shopping...Oh and as for what I was getting...SHIRTS of course for New Years, work and other attire...umm all in one of course!

My second destionation: Work. (8th ave and 13th) = .25 miles

this was a more sit down affair, where I had to quickly retreave my e-mails (since I was out on Friday) and wnated to empty whatever was in my inbox at work. Grab some items that I needed to "work" on personal stuff and keep me occupied for Christmas day and well chat with some co-workers that are actually working.

My third destionation: Lee Harris Pomeroy's Office = 1.5 miles

this was my first job and I had seen that a co-worker was online and I asked him if he was working. So I stopped by to say hello. See what they had been working on in the office and to see the Boss. Lee was an RPI graduate as well and well, it was good seeing him. Felt a little awkward in my running gear, but hey, i was out on a jog...and doing chores, so whatever!

My fourth destionation: Chinatown = .25 miles

So i had to do a little grocery shopping to buy some meats that I needed to make my Chirstmas dinner. Sheppards Pie! whahoo! I can't wait. So, did a little chinese shopping and got what I wanted to spend the day of Christmas in good Cheer!

My fifth destination: Home = 1.25 miles

So it was a good time coming back since I had the sun at my back and it was nice and warmer...but made a few stops in between as well to see some people, get a few more things for Christmas like ICE CREAM! (I don't know what it is, but I have been having this crazy urge for Ice Cream...so I deserve it...right? )

Anyways...TO all a good night and Merry Christmas!

We'll see if I decide to go to midnight mass at the Church near my apartment...interesting...very interesting...

oh...in all i guess, I ran like a good 3-4 miles. A good jog!

12/23/07

Night run...

"It is true that speed kills. In distance running, it kills anyone who does not have it." Brooks Johnson

So in all good things, I combine my chores with my runs...especially now a days since I am taking off for the month and really haven't felt that I need to run. Maybe I'm just a little burnt out, maybe it was all the many miles, maybe it's my legs telling me that I need to stop. Maybe it's just that I find that I don't need to run and need to get a life instead? hahaa...noooo...I have a life and running is some parts of it. But I'm not sad that I don't have a life other than running. Running is my peace of mind, my calm spot and I like that.

So, last night I just so happened to need to return something at Macy's. So why not, since they were open 24 hours till Christmas Eve, why not go and endure in the craziness of shoppers on a Sunday Night. Better off going then than on Christmas Eve sometime during the day.

So headed out of my apartment towards Herald Square and Macy's...Craziness! I had all my gear on, my reflecting stuff and actually it was rather warm...surpringly warm for a winter night. I even had to take off my sleaves and run in a T-shirt and pants...it was amazing!

Then, it started to pour...and pour...and I had to sprint to get myself out of the rain...wheew! I made an entrance into Macy's, but no one cared, since everyone was crazy shopping like no tomorrow.

So returned the items that I wanted to return, which took a while since after all it's close to Christmas. Did my time, and back home...totaling my mileage to being a measily: 3 miles...whahooo!

I felt so out of shape though...my body is slowly telling me to speed it up and get back into marathon shape once again...which needs to happen after the New Year!

Amazing...

12/21/07

Marathons will not Kill You

"No matter our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born." Dr. Dale Turner

After all the heckic-ness and chaos of all the failures and meltdowns and gruesome mishaps or unfortunate life ending marathons that had happened this year - Chicago, NYC, etc...

the 1:50,000 runners in a marathon can sleep easy with this article found in the NYtimes...

Study Shows Marathons Aren’t Likely to Kill You
By GINA KOLATA
Published: December 21, 2007

Worried about dropping dead if you run a marathon? Researchers in Canada say you can put your mind at ease. The risk of dying on a marathon course is twice as high if you drive it than if you run it, they find.

In fact, they conclude, marathons may actually save lives: more people would die in traffic accidents if the race course had not been closed to vehicles on marathon day. (Nor was there any spillover of extra deaths on alternative routes.) Their paper is being published Friday in The British Medical Journal.

“For each death in a marathon, two motor-vehicle crash deaths were averted,” said Dr. Donald A. Redelmeier, a professor of medicine at the University of Toronto and the lead author of the new study. “It’s riskier if you decide to drive your car around on a Sunday morning than if you go out and run.”

As might be expected, marathon directors were pleased.

“That’s a very positive piece of news,” said Guy Morse, executive director of the Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the Boston Marathon. He hastens to add that there have been very few deaths in that marathon — just two, in fact, since the 1970s.

Dr. Paul Thompson, a marathon runner and a cardiologist at Hartford Hospital who has studied the risk of having a heart attack or dying in a marathon, called the new study “a unique perspective,” and added, “It looks at deaths from a societal point of view.”

The researchers admit that they cannot prove marathons saved lives. They were comparing actual deaths during marathons to expected deaths from motor-vehicle accidents based on statistics. But they add that their data certainly raise the question of whether the risk of dying in a marathon is exaggerated.

Dr. Redelmeier, who has run a marathon, said he began his study out of annoyance with the enormous attention given to each death in a marathon — often even greater, he added, than the attention paid to the winner. When someone died in the Toronto Marathon, he said, there were immediate calls to close it down.

“It has a chilling effect,” he said, “and becomes one more excuse not to exercise.”

So he and his colleagues decided to examine data from 26 American marathons over 30 years. They included results from 3,292,268 runners on 750 race days and 14 million hours of running. For comparison, they also examined national data on traffic fatalities, estimating how many would be expected to occur in the area on marathon day and comparing that with the number that did occur.

Fewer than 1 in 100,000 people died while running a marathon, Dr. Redelmeier and his colleagues reported. The chance that a middle-aged man — the typical marathon fatality — would die while running a marathon was about the same as the chance a middle-aged man would suddenly die anyway.

Dr. Thompson, the Hartford cardiologist, said there was another way of making the comparison. He noted that middle-aged men who run marathons are not typical of men their age. He said their risk of dying while running a marathon, while low, was nonetheless about seven times their risk of dying at other times.

Dr. Redelmeier also said his results did not depend on the marathon — some, like the one in Boston, have rigorous entry criteria for most runners and so tend to have a fitter group of athletes. Some are run in the heat, others in the cold. On some the course is flat, and on others it is hilly. The death rate, on average, was the same low number.

The study also found that half the people who died in a marathon did so while running the last mile and almost no deaths occurred in the first 13 miles.

Dr. Redelmeier says he took his own results very seriously. He is not a fast runner, but when he ran a marathon in Lake Placid, in 4 hours 17 minutes, he deliberately kept his speed down in the last mile.

“I kept cool,” he said. “That takes a lot of self-control. I have this fragile male ego.”

12/20/07

Healing...my injuries...

"I thought about how many preconceived prejudices would crumble when I trotted right along for 26 miles." Bobbi Gibb

Another day off for my aching achilies, which I had ran 4 marathons with this year. I had started to first feel the pain or aching right before my Vermont Marathon, where I had thought I had gotten rid of it with NC help. Although, during the summer months, I had taken off from racing and light training and thought that my legs would heal by my fall marathons. It did not...the pain waking up to walk in the morning set a little twing in my step and I dealth with it. I may have been stubborn about it and maybe should have stopped and not have ran, but that's the runner's stubbornness that we all have.

Although I may have also a slight case of Plantar Fasciitis, I keep rolling my arch with a softball underneath my desk each day at the office while I do my work. But the funny part is that whenever I do run or like 2 weeks before my marathons, the pain is gone...maybe it's the hype? I feel great during all of my marathons though and it's just really scary, really lucky and well...I'm finally resting and healing. Or maybe I really love pain?

Also, on the other note: Today as I was walking to work, I had seen a Caucasian LADY TAXI DRIVER. Ok, not to sound sexist or racist in any way, but when do you see that combination at all in NYC? I mean the whole race thing by itself is hard to come by. Taxi drivers in NYC are mainly from the arabic/southeast asian discent, but to have a Caucasian...none of the less a women taxi driver...unheard of! It was quite a sight!

12/19/07

Holiday Cards...

"Coming off the last turn, my thoughts changed from 'One more try, one more try, one more try...' to 'I can win! I can win! I can win!" Billy Mills

So instead of running, I have been keeping myself busy not only holiday shopping, but also writing Christmas Cards to my dear friends. I write the longest insert, that many people know me for and well there is so many different people within my life that I love and adore, that I can't say to speak that you will get one....so to many that did not get a Christmas card this year...

"At Christmas (Or insert your own holiday) play and make good cheer, for Christmas comes but once a year."

This year has blown right by, as I find myself writing these holiday cards once again.
I wonder the times I shared with each and every one of you throughout the year.
To commemorate the great friendship and bond we have that’s so dear.
We laugh or cry, but all is the same,
We share one time together and not be so lame.
Because I love and cherish our precious time together is so dear.
To say again each and every year,
That I cherish the memory and times we share with a Christmas cheer!

Happy Holidays!

12/14/07

Austin Marathon going Green?

"There's no such thing as bad weather, just soft people." Bill Bowerman

THE ATT AUSTIN MARATHON IS GOING "GREEN"

Here are just a few of the ways we are making our marathon GREEN:
  • Keep Austin Beautiful & Austin Out House are working with us to recycle all cardboard and plastic bottles (water bottles and PowerAde bottles) on the course and at the expo

  • Austin Out House -will be using environmentally safe cleaning products in all their units and recycled toilet paper.

  • Solar Powered Generators Farmer’s Market at the Finish Line

  • 100% Organic Cotton Half Marathon Finisher’s T-shirt

  • Official race vehicles and trucks on race course will be using Bio Diesel fuel

  • Race cars & trucks will be discouraged to idle while working race day Commuter Offsets will be available for purchase online soon!

  • Composting & MORE!

Do what you can to help....carpool, recycle and help us Keep Austin Beautiful and our environment safe so that we can continue to run, walk and enjoy the outdoors!

12/13/07

Austin Marathon...

"Anyone can run 20 miles. It's the next six that count." Barry Magee


So I signed up for the Austin Marathon, got my flight ticket and am on my way even though I had been taking the December days off. I have been limiting myself to 2-3 days of running each week and not going much farther than 20-30 miles each week as a total...it's pretty strange going from 50+ miles each week to dropping off the earth and not running on the days that you have been running on. But here I come Austin...it's my pre-marathon before Boston.

The ways in which I pick my marathons is the closeness, the amount of people that I can crash couches on and well...just the fun factor. I decided on Austin because some people had done it before the Boston marathon and well I figured I needed a race before to get me in shape for Boston. This will be fun hopefully and well, we can say only time will tell. But I have never been to Texas before and I have shared my fair share in having fun, exploring the world and seeing the nation.

It's my in my itinerary for touring the US this year...what else is in stock?

The five:

Austin Marathon, Boston Marathon, Denver (Steamboat) Marathon, Hartford Marathon and NYC (once again).

Should be fun...just wait till you see my race schedule...

12/12/07

Ted Corbitt, a Pioneer in American Distance Running, Dies at 88

"The idea that you can't lose contact with the leaders has cut more throats than it has saved." Arthur Lydiard


To a pioneer in running, a person whom has set the bar in only what NYC runners dream about being. A super human in accomplishments on the track and off the track...We owe this tribute to the man whom started the New York Road Runners.

By FRANK LITSKY
Published: December 13, 2007

Ted Corbitt, who began running as a child on his father’s cotton farm in South Carolina and virtually never stopped, becoming a pioneer of ultramarathon running in the United States, died Wednesday in Houston. He was 88 and lived in Manhattan.

Ted Corbitt, heading to England in 1962 for a race, once held American records in the marathon and the 100-mile run.

His death, at a hospital, was caused by respiratory complications, his son, Gary, said. In recent years, Corbitt was found to have prostate cancer and colon cancer, his son said.

When Corbitt was 55, bronchial asthma ended his elite running career but not his participation in ultramarathons. At 81, he walked 240 miles in a six-day race, with interludes for sleep. The next year, in the same race, he walked 303 miles.

In 1993, the year before he died, Fred Lebow, the founder of the
New York City Marathon, called Corbitt “the father of American distance running.”

By his own count, Corbitt ran 199 marathons and ultramarathons, which are typically races of 50 or 100 miles or 24 hours. (Marathons are 26 miles 385 yards.) He won 30 of those races and never dropped out of one until he was 75, he said. He trained by running as many as 200 miles a week. In his heyday, Corbitt — shy and slight at 5 feet 7 inches and 130 pounds — was a United States marathon champion and a member of the United States team at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, Finland, where he finished a disappointing 44th in the marathon.

At various times, Corbitt held American records in the marathon, the 100-mile run and the 25-, 40- and 50-kilometer events. He also won national American Athletic Union championships in several distance running events. His fastest time in a marathon was 2 hours 26 minutes 44 seconds.

In 1957, Corbitt helped found the Road Runners Club of America; he was later its president. He established guidelines to measure courses accurately for the thousands of nationally certified races. In 1958, he was a co-founder and the first president of the New York Road Runners Club. He was among the first five athletes inducted into the National Distance Running Hall of Fame in Utica, N.Y., in 1998.

Theodore Corbitt was born Jan. 31, 1919, in Dunbarton, S.C. “On the farm, I ran to the store, to the mailbox and to school,” he told Trishul Cherns in a 1988 interview that appears on the Web site UltraRunning Online.
After moving to Cincinnati, he ran competitively in high school and at the
University of Cincinnati in half-mile, one-mile and two-mile events. As a young black athlete, he also encountered racial barriers.
“The color line was drawn even in some of the meets in Cincinnati, so I could not participate in them,” he said in the 1988 interview. “In the Midwest, places like Illinois and Indiana, there were track meets, but I was a little reluctant to take part in them because I did not know what type of reception I would get and what problems I would have getting a place to stay and getting something to eat.”


After graduating from Cincinnati with a bachelor’s degree in education and serving in the Army in World War II, Corbitt moved to New York, where, as a night student, he earned a master’s in physical therapy at
New York University in 1950. He ran his first marathon, in Boston, in 1951.


In 1959, as the president of the New York Road Runners Club, Corbitt organized the first ultramarathon event in the United States, a 30-mile course through the Bronx and Queens and into Westchester County, said Gail Waesche Kislevitz, a coordinator for the New York Road Runners Foundation. Corbitt won that race, called the Cherry Tree, a forerunner of the New York City Marathon, and went on to organize many more.
Corbitt championed running for exercise long before it became popular in the United States. He never smoked, he said, and had only one drink in his life, a can of beer while in the Army.

His training regimens were legendary. For a time, he ran 200 miles or more a week, often in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx and Prospect Park in Brooklyn. He once ran the marathon distance every day for a month. He often ran a 31-mile loop around Manhattan in about 3:45. Sometimes he did two loops. He also trained with weights.

Corbitt was the chief physical therapist at the International Center for the Disabled on East 24th Street in Manhattan. Until 1973, he ran to work every day, sometimes making a 20- to 30-mile detour through Westchester.

He also taught physical therapy at Columbia and N.Y.U., wrote widely on athletics and physical therapy, and officiated at races. On at least one occasion, he ran connected to electrodes to study the effects of running on the body.

He retired from his job in 1993 but remained a full-time physical therapist into his 80s. His wife of 42 years, the former Ruth Butler, died in 1989. His son, Gary, of Jacksonville, Fla., is his only immediate survivor.
“The marathon demands patience and a willingness to stay with it,” Corbitt was quoted as saying in a 1998 book by Ms. Kislevitz, “First Marathons: Personal Encounters With the 26.2-Mile Monster.” “You must be willing to suffer and keep on suffering. Running is something you just do. You don’t need a goal. You don’t need a race. You don’t need the hype of a so-called fitness craze. All you need is a cheap pair of shoes and some time. The rest will follow.”

You Got a Shirt and Showed That You Care!

"Life is short... running makes it seem longer." Baron Hansen

The “Chicago Fun Run” shirt was a huge success. We sold out three printings of the shirt. $15,000 was raised for the Shieber’s Children Trust. We appreciate everyone who ordered a shirt and we hope you enjoy them. We also hope you enjoy knowing that you made a difference:

Ahhh....GOT WATER CHICAGO? hmm...a marathon as a fun run...really now, who runs a marathon for fun?


12/7/07

Secretary...

"It never gets easier, you just go faster." Greg LeMond

My bio for running in the NY Fly Secretary category...a little about me...

Running has always been a deep passion of mine. When I run, I feel as though the wind is whispering in my ear, the world around me is standing still, and my legs are the only thing that is moving. Running is the only thing that makes me feel calm and stress-free...

I have always been a sprinter in high school, although when entering the big stages of New York City I had to adjust and make a transition from a 100 meter dash to a LONG 3.1 miles (5K) and later to running marathons. Aside from running in high school, I have also been Secretary of my graduating class and taken part as Sports Editor for my school newspaper. Within my early college days, I took part as Alumni Chairman of my fraternity and produced a monthly newsletter for our alumni. Now, I am honored to be nominated for the Executive Board as Secretary where I will be producing monthly meeting reports and monthly newsletters to all of the NY Flyer community. I thank the opportunity and the trust that everyone has given me.

Over the past 2 years that I have joined the NY Flyers, I have gained experiences in learning how this team functions as a LARGE family. During my first year as a Flyer, I had only known Flyers through the races. Within the past year, I have gotten to know more Flyers though the various functions: being a regular at social events, volunteer events, and daily group runs in the newly downtown family and Central park weekday/end runs and various relay teams. (Yes, I do feel as though Central Park is my home away from home.) I have yet to get to know everyone, and there are many of you that I would graciously love the opportunity to meet.

As for articles, I hope to get prompt articles from many of the officers in a timely fashion. I hope to liven up the newspaper as much as I can (although the past secretaries have done an amazing job and will be a hard precedence to follow) I invite each and every Flyer out there to write an article depicting any of your experiences. Each person has a story, a passion, a race…and we want to read about it! I have included an incentive for writing this year…and here it goes:

If you write an article, your name will be placed in a pot. At the end of the year, one name will be drawn out of this pot. The winner will receive one year’s fully paid New York Flyers Speed workout for the year of 2009. Does that get you writing? What will be your chances?

I hope to serve on the Executive Board as effectively as possible and thank everyone for their support.
Any good? hahaa...well that's my story for all to know...

12/5/07

Not good...

"I eat whatever the guy who beat me in the last race ate." Alex Ratelle

OK…trying to go to work, eating questionable meat the night before and definitely feeling my stomach curl…yeah not fun. To save the whole saga story, out for the whole day, went to work for 30 minutes and felt like crap. In bed the whole day and having a fever of about 103 degrees…or more! I felt as though I was going to DIE! Well…thank god for Gatorade and a banana…those grateful running tools.

bad...bad choices...bad....

12/3/07

Been Nominated for Office...

"To a runner, a side stich is like a car alarm. It signifies something is wrong, but you ignore it until it goes away." Unknown

Well...I just got confirmation about how I have been nominated for a position on my running club. Whahoooo!! Secretary baby...running unopposed, so I got it!

Congratulations to you all for choosing to run for the New York Flyers executive board. We're very happy you all accepted. Below is a list of positions and the candidates. The next step is to send us a picture and a bio.

So get those pictures and bios ready - and let us know if you have any questions.

NOTE: I will post the pictures and bios as soon as I get them - and the 2007 Candidates page will be up very soon.

The final nominees are as follows:

Pres: RB vs. SS (a tight race here, this will be a round going 9 rounds)

VP:
Semi-final round:
JH vs GW (A title in the heavy weight position, both of these condenders battled it out last year...)

LG vs. JG (A rumble every weekend for a month during the Monday Night Crew...this should be interesting...)

Treasurer: DG (Unopposed, uncontended...just plain brainiac here!)

Secretary: BH (It's not like I'm racing anyone...seriously...even that I can lose!)

Member at Large:

DM, JM, AG ( JW dropped) close call between the battle of the bloggers, but a three way cat fight...this will be a battle that each of these ladies will be scathed at the end...

All of these MAL's are my friends...tough choice here, I may opt to not vote...

12/2/07

First Snow fall…

"Only think of two things - the gun and the tape. When you hear the one, just run like hell until you break the other." Sam Mussabini

So waking up this morning, looking out the window and what do I find? The very first snow fall of the year was last night. Oh it’s going to be a good day. As I woke up early to do my morning grocery shopping to beat the crowds into Trader Joe’s, I can see that my air conditioner has a few flurries, the way back from Trader Joes was flurrying and what better way to celebrate than to go for a jog in Central Park!!!

So, I throw on my tights, my winter gear, my book bag and my camera (of course). As I headed up 2nd avenue, my ears are nearly blown apart when a taxi driver goes over a street drain and somehow blows out its tire. Uh! My ears! I run towards Central Park, only to make a pit stop at Nike town to purchase some more winter gear.

Then a stroll around Central Park, I found that everyone was in the horse driven carriages. The road was still covered slightly with snow and only the ambitious runners were out and about running or at least enjoying the snow, because of the bitter cold. Some, like me, enjoy the first snowfall because of the slippery conditions, feeling as though you are gliding on the surface, or at least doing more work since your shoes are not gripping the ground too well. You got to be careful though, you may lose your footing, slip fall…anything can happen, so best to slow down and be cautious at times like these.

So, I take a few photos, snap some while running as well…do the lower loop to Columbus Circle and head downtown to do some ribbon shopping and to Chinatown. Ribbon shopping, yes, you will find out soon enough. Ahhh…how I love the first days of the snow falls…

12/1/07

Hot Chocolate 15K

"The clock isn't slower; you're just faster." Adidas

Although I didn’t run this race, I sure enjoyed it as I took pictures of my teammates for 2 hours, in the freezing cold none of the less. I got up at about the same time as all the runners did, about 30 minutes to an hour before the race started, which was at 9:30am…so say 8:30am. Good thing these winter races are later in the day, which gives you a bit of time to wake up and move into your daily grind of weekend activities.

As I headed out the door up to Central Park, I packed all my necessary gear:

Camera – with interchangeable lenses
Sweater
Another long sleeved layer

Oh…and medals…the 15lbs of medals were for the Medals for Mettle program in which I was to give all my high school track medals to AK after the race. Although, this only brings one thing…weight training up to Central Park. So time to set sail and on I went up to Central Park.

Although along the way, I had definitely felt the difference between carrying nothing compared to carrying a 20lb sack and there was a huge difference. I was running about 8-9 minutes a mile with each step I took it was exhausting. I felt as though I was moving in slow motion. I mean I had done this route countless amounts of times and well I knew that I had my weights in the backs of me.

So I finally found my spot. Different than my usual spot because well I would be taking my running companions and a port-o-potty in the same snapshot…so I moved down towards the Boat house where I could still get a clear view of my running friends. As always I got up on one of those pier things and got ready.

As the front runners sprinted past me, I got ready to take some shots of my front runner teammates. As they passed me, I took shot at some of my other teammates who were very happy to see me. Some were astonished to find that I had not been running, some thought that I had already finished the race! Umm…sorry, I was not racing. I saw many NY Flyers out and it was great to see them as much as they were happy to see me.

After the race, I packed up to get to the finish line. To meet up with AK, but I found Runner26. She gave me her medals and then I couldn’t find AK anymore, so I had to trek back home with more weight training.

Oh wells…another day, another tomorrow…