3/31/08

Bollard…

"Motion becomes my mantra. Through it, I gradually divest myself of worry and anger, of fear and depression - and the reasons for them. " George Sheehan

Monday night run was good this week as CD was there once again and I had gotten my tempo run in with him doing the piers and running the regular downtown group run. We had been slowed up by the traffic light as the group had caught up to us and we started out doing the piers, where we sometime could get all of them done before the group even arrived to us. But not this time around…the group was going a whole lot faster than we had expected and we were just done with the second pier as the group goes whizzing by us. We would catch up to them later on, but not until we had to make a slight detour trying to add on another pier and getting pushed back since they closed the gates.

But we finally caught up to them after the winter garden and really the group was going very quickly. They were zooming. JG kept up with us for a short while and then we maintained out speed…trying to catch up to a “Kenyan” was we called this African American runner that was barely looking like he was running. High legs shooting high and going at a “moderate” pace for him, but a grueling pace for us, well for me that is.

So along the way back, I knew that there is one turn that has these two bollards (concrete structures that protect a valuable asset in streets) which was protecting the fire hydrant. I had seen this on the way over and was thinking to myself, “oh I can make that turn inside, inbetween the bollards and the fire hydrant. No problem!” So I tried to make it as I was going at a pretty moderate speed. But somehow my hips did not turn with my body and my mind miscalculated the whole event and BANG!

Yup, I went right into the bollard which my hip felt the pain right after I hit the structure. What was I thinking? Man, now I felt what JM felt as she was gearing up toward the marathon, right on the side of the hip. But mine was a bruise and hers was a nerve I think.

We ended with a sprint at the end and ended up giving some advice to one of the members where JG was like, “oh talk to Dr. Hsia.” Since I try to give somewhat of a good advice and add some influence of what I know about the human body or any muscle group to help.

USATF Proposes Helmet Rule
If USA Track & Field has its way, we could all be wearing helmets in our next 5-K or marathon. (Well, at least the larger ones.)

A proposed amendment to the 2009 Rules of Competition, being debated by the governing body's Long Distance Running Division, states that...

Persons in any USATF-sanctioned running event with 500 or more participants shall be required to wear a protective helmet that meets or exceeds the CPSC (Consumer Products Safety Commission) standards, as set by the federal government. The helmet must be securely fastened to the participant's head and must not block or impair the participant's field of vision.

The helmet must be worn at all times during the event.

Failure to adhere to any of these requirement will result in penalties up to and including disqualification.

Delegates to this year's USATF convention will debate and vote on the measure when they meet in November.

In a statement, the governing body said it was acting out a concern for runners' safety -- and in recognition of liability fears.

"Races are getting more and more crowded," said USATF spokeswoman Isabella Adler in a recent conference call with reporters. "It's only a matter of time before someone gets jostled, falls, and hits their head on a curb. If that happens, the race director has blood on his hands -- literally."

Adler suggested that runners might look to cycling helmets, if the rule is approved. With advances in technology and design, Adler noted, today's helmets are light, comfortable, and well-ventilated.

"You hardly know you're wearing a helmet at all," she said, noting that she has taken several "test runs" while wearing a cycling helmet made by Bell.

Officials drew parallels between the helmet mandate and USATF's earlier rule banning headphones and portable music devices in races.

"Just like with the headphone rule," said Adler, "it's a simple matter of safety."

3/30/08

So how about them apples?

"Running is like the pause before writing-the contemplation of the blank page. Without it, the words don't flow. " Elizabeth Arnold, journalist

So…my gmail chat messages have been pretty staggering this week where I have been posting messages such as:

Where did my apples go?
Did you take my apples?
I lost my 2 apples!

Which of course caused some of my friends to ask me about them and the story that goes along with it? What happened to these apples you may ask?

Well I packed 2 apples of Matsui’s Mother, that’s the type of apples they were, into my bag and went to work. There I have this “farmer’s market” of fruits at the corner of my desk which usually consists of banana’s, apples, oranges and on some days cantaloupe. I had definitely remembered that I had brought two apples and placed them in my bag, when I got ot my office I took out my things and the apples were no where to be found.
I had lost my 2 apples!

This of course I had to post on my gmail account asking people what happened to my two apples. Some replied in a very provocative way, which is typical of me to say as well referring to some sexual connotations.

But in actuality, I really lost my two apples! Where had they gone? Have you seen my apples?

3/24/08

March Madness…

"Just remember this: No one ever won the olive wreath with an impressive training diary. " Marty Liquori

Davidson…enough said. DG wasn’t there to lead the main pack of people while we added another person to the Monday night crew. Hopefully she will stick! JG handled the 4 milers as I handled the regular 6 mile group. As we strolled along the West Side Promenade, we could see a person wearing a DAVIDSON t-shirt and we were in awe. When do you see that happening other than when March Madness is happening and a Cindarella team like Davidson beats the Goliath of big named school…and make it farther that it is suppose to get. Who knew! But to wear that shirt on a run, where people usually rear other people’s shirts just to keep busy and intrigued….it was quite intriguing though…But that was the highlight. The long run was nice, change of pace from my usual longer runs from quick zip days to a slower moderate jog.

It was ok, but the wind really gets you with the coldness factor. Anyways, that’s really all that happened on the run…enough said. But legs are a little sore from this weekends 20 miler. Anyways…happy blogging and I will post up later stuff to follow…

3/22/08

22 miles of Boston…

"In general, any form of exercise, if pursued continuously, will help to train us in perseverance. " Mao Tse-Tung, essay, 1918

22 miler? I have never ran a 22 miler before a race…Well, ONCE. Once I had ran around the circumference of Manhattan (for fun mind you) just to see if you can really do it. It was a challenge to myself and I just kept on running…26 miles from 14th street to 14th street…then the next day I ran from 14th lower to 14th…9-10 miles…

So Boston…meeting up with one of my teammates JK and staying with him for the night, it was great to talk to him about how his training was going. It was amazing, the energy, the enthusiasm…I think he will do well…break his time and PR with more than he needs to qualify for next year’s Boston Marathon. But yes, that was the night before and we had to wake up early the next day…

So we woke up at 6am, got ready and pretty much did the whole marathon routine in carb-ing up and stretching before the race. The weather was chilly and I didn’t think I brought enough clothes for the run…but I knew I was going to shed away some layers as the mileage continued. We all met at the Boston College Seminary and many of the members knew I was coming and opened their arms to welcome me on the team. It was amazing! All of the members looked like runners and all had put in their mileage of hard worked training. There was a van that took us out (pee break before hand!) but the square in which the Boston Marathon started looked as if it was a gorgeous little park where someone would get married at. Little do I know that 3 weeks later, it will be FILLED with all these amazing runners. RS, the coach for the Alzheimer’s team, spaced out each runner by their corrals in time. Groups of runners left the group a little trickle at a time as they headed to the abyss of 22 miles from Hopkinton to Boston College.

The day was warming up as we were the last group to leave, JK and I were the very last people of the group. I took my camera, (don’t leave home without it!) as I took pictures every so often of the rolling hills of the course for all to see, whom were not there.

These runners were absolutely amazing as each person had a story to share about the Alzheimer’s disease that had affected their personal lives and the fight in which and why they run. They were a very dynamic group and I was a little upset that they had to live in Boston because I could definitely see myself contacting some of these people just to have a beer and hang out, chat and just have that common thing.

The 17 miles into the run, you hit Commonwealth Avenue, here begins the first of the 3.5 hills known as HEARTBREAK HILL(s). No one usually says, “hills” because the hill at the very end, the steep, long incline of the 3 hills is the most deadly due to the various hills in concession with each other, but with a moderate resting moment. From 17-21, your pushing your way toward Boston College and as all things go up, you will come down. After the burn of your legs, your quads and hammy’s feel the pounding due to the down hills that come right after. Boston is known as the fishbowl effect, although I can see some instances that does have this effect on people, although it was not as bad as I had thought.

In all, I got to meet these great people and feel honored to run with them on a special day. A marathon that I had worked so diligently for and a memorable day to put on a different jersey other than my NY Flyer shirt and run for the Alzheimer’s Association, once again…

To see pictures of the course
What's the number 1 reason you run?
To lose weight
To be generally healthy
To blow off steam
To get energized
To run fast

MARATHONS YOU SHOULD DO IN 2008
Signing up for a new marathon may seem like risky business. But not if you find one so well orchestrated, it could be mistaken for an old pro. Here are 10 races with short--but strong--track records.
By Bob Cooper
Photographs by Aaron Meshon
There's no disputing the thrill of running through New York City's diverse neighborhoods or the satisfaction of conquering Boston's sacred hills. But these landmark marathons aren't the only ones offering an unforgettable experience. Lucky for you, newer, smaller races are succeeding big-time with the organizational expertise and generous amenities of seasoned veterans. With the help of Runner's World Chief Running Officer Bart Yasso, we tracked down the 10 best up-and-coming marathons, all founded since 2002. Whether you want to explore a remote island, chase a personal record, or see yourself on a stadium scoreboard, these 10 will make your next 26.2 special.
Where: Phoenix/Scottsdale/Tempe
When: Arizona January 13
Age of race: Running since 2004
Highlights: Flat, Urban; Entertainment, Star Power There's an opportunity to race amid red-rock scenery and hard-rock entertainment while rocking out a personal record. P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon is run on wide streets that are pancake flat (only 150 feet separate the highest and lowest points) with average race-day temps in the 50s. And because the companion 13.1-miler starts later on a different route, the 7,000 marathon participants don't have to fight half-marathoners for elbow room.
ROUTE: From the start at Phoenix's capitol building, runners are off on a three-city course. Highlights include: stunning views of Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak and a trip through Old Town Scottsdale with outdoor sculptures, fountains, and surprisingly lush greenery.
ENTERTAINMENT: Live music is the backdrop of race weekend. Twenty-six bands--one at every mile--perform along the course, and a headlining artist will perform at 8 p.m. race evening (in 2007, the Gin Blossoms played). Twenty-six cheerleading squads also drum up energy.
STAR POWER: Meet Frank Shorter and Runner's World columnist John "The Penguin" Bingham at the 100-vendor prerace expo.
SCHWAG: In addition to the standard shirt and medal, finishers get a $10 gift card for P.F. Chang's.
TAKE NOTE: Because of the large field of half-marathoners, expect to wait patiently for food and beer.
Where: Miami, Florida
When: January 27
Age of Race: Running since 2003
Highlights: Flat, Urban, Great Food, Lavish Fuel Stations, Entertainment, Cool SchwagFew people require arm-twisting to visit Miami in January, especially those of us who rarely get to run sans gloves and balaclava this time of year. The ING Miami Marathon is a great race--and not just because it's a chance to dig out your favorite shorts (temps are usually in the 60s). Miami is a must-do marathon because of its flat, fast course and organizers' attention to detail: Runners are updated with prerace e-mails, and their first names are printed on their race bibs. Plus, with a 6:15 a.m. start, you can be on the beach sipping an umbrella drink before lunch.
ROUTE: The two-loop course leads 4,500 marathoners across eight islands in Biscayne Bay, then through downtown Miami and Coconut Grove, where runners pass beneath canopies of banyans on roads lined with royal palms. Bridges are the only hills in the entire course, and they never climb more than 30 feet.
ENTERTAINMENT: Cheerleaders, dance troupes, bands, and drumlines perform at 25 stations. In neighborhoods with early morning noise ordinances, runners are treated to mimes and laser-light shows.
SPECTATORS: Organizers set up a cheer zone and finish-line bleacher seats, where your support crew can enjoy snacks, noisemakers, and music.
FUEL: Twenty-four liquid and three gel stations.
STAR POWER: Frank Shorter will appear at the prerace expo.
SCHWAG: Tech shirt and hat, beach ball, sunglasses.
TAKE NOTE: Some people find crossing metal-grated bridges unnerving, but officials are working to get the city's approval to cover these surfaces with carpets.

Nature's Path Whidbey Island Marathon
Where: Whidbey Island, Washington
When: April 13
Age of Race:Running since 2002
Highlights: Hills, Rural, Great FoodsThe remoteness and peacefulness of Washington's Deception Pass State Park, home of the Nature's Path Whidbey Island Marathon, makes it easy to forget you're only a 20-minute ferry ride from Seattle. "The variety of things you see on the course--from towering pine forests to working farms to panoramas of Puget Sound--makes it a fantastic, memorable experience," says Matt Wiencek of Bay Village, Ohio, who was one of 360 finishers last year. "I also saw an orca on the ferry ride from the island." Bonus: You're likely to experience classic Pacific Northwest weather-45°F to 55°F.
ROUTE: Runners explore the northern half of the 40-mile-long Whidbey Island. The rolling course meanders between the meadows and cattle pasturelands of the island's interior and the Puget Sound shoreline, with views of the Cascade Range and Olympic Mountains. Though the hills aren't killer (except for the 350-footer at mile seven), they are consistent.
FUEL: Carbo-load at the race's all-organic prerace pasta dinner.
REFUEL: Replenish with a postrace breakfast featuring Nature's Path cold cereal and warm oatmeal, plus fruit and bagels.
TAKE NOTE: You should come for the scenery and serenity, not for the crowd support. Spectators are sparse, and you'll need to entertain yourself by counting hawks, cows, and deer.

Charlottesville Marathon
Where: Charlottesville, Virginia
When: April 19
Age of Race: Running since 2003
Highlights: Hills, Rural, Great Foods, Lavish Fuel StationsWith constant views of sprawling estates, vineyards, and ranches, running the Charlottesville Marathon lets you step back in time. The course, which lies at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, winds through pristine farmland--the same ground that the city's most famous resident, Thomas Jefferson, once covered on horseback.
ROUTE: There are bands and spectators at the downtown start/finish and on the University of Virginia campus. But the majority of the route is on country roads. The rolling course is challenging, with three meaty hills, each about a quarter-mile long, at miles six, 10, and 15. The four-mile stretch along Ridge Road (beginning at mile 10), a smooth gravel path that's easy on the legs, is a course highlight.
FUEL: Fourteen aid stations serve gels at five spots and apple slices and gummi bears at others.
REFUEL: Erase your postrace carb deficit with cookies and pizza.
TAKE NOTE: Veteran marathoners tend to appreciate the solitude and character-building climbs more than first-timers. "This was the most scenic--but also the hilliest--of the 26 marathons I've run," says Al Mihok of Kirtland Hills, Ohio, one of 365 finishers last year.
Where: Eugene, Oregon
When: May 4
Age of Race: Running since 2007
Highlights: Flat, Rural, Great Foods, Entertainment, Spectator FriendlyBaseball fans have Cooperstown, NASCAR fanatics have Daytona, and die-hard runners have Eugene. Every Nike-wearer should make the pilgrimage to Track Town USA, longtime home to top talent (Steve Prefontaine, Alberto Salazar, Kara Goucher) and to locals who live and breathe the sport. The town had been without a marathon since the mid-1980s, until local veteran marathoner Richard Maher resurrected the Eugene Marathon with the help of legendary running author Joe Henderson. The result was a first-rate debut in 2007, in which 1,500 runners enjoyed a flat route that took in 12 parks. "Starting in the shadows of Hayward Field, with all of its history, and then being cheered by spectators who 'get it'--they don't tell you you're 'almost there' at 16 miles--made it really special," says Kelly Richards of Grapevine, Texas. "I carbo-loaded at Track Town Pizza, where the walls are covered with photos of University of Oregon runners."
ROUTE: The three-loop course first leads runners through the university's campus. Then it heads south on residential streets before returning to campus and crossing the Willamette River. Almost the entire last 17 miles follow river bike paths to the finish in front of the university's football stadium. There's PR potential here, with mostly flat terrain and just a quarter-mile climb in the seventh mile.
ENTERTAINMENT: Featured at 35 spots, including a bagpiper at mile 8.5 and a harpist at 16.5.
SPECTATORS: The course is great for any fans you bring, too. Thanks to the shamrock layout, they can easily cheer you at the start and finish, and at miles 8.5 and 15.5.
REFUEL: Subway subs and cookies at the finish.
STAR POWER: In 2007, age-group legend John Keston keynoted the pasta dinner and sang the national anthem at the start, and Olympians Kenny Moore, Bill Dellinger, Marla Runyan, and Nicole Teter led seminars at the expo.
TAKE NOTE: The race doesn't actually start on the Hayward Field track, but runners are welcome to do a warmup lap there.

Grand Island Trail Marathon
Where: Grand Island, Michigan
When: July 26
Age of Race: Running since 2005
Highlights: Hills, Trail, Rural, Great Foods, Cool SchwagThe Grand Island Trail Marathon isn't easy, but its well-groomed trails and dirt paths make it tame enough to be a good introduction to off-road marathoning. The all-soft-surface route circles the entire island through forests and meadows. After a final shoreline stretch, many of the 300 finishers plunge into Lake Superior for a natural ice bath.
ROUTE The course forms the letter Q: a 21-mile island-perimeter trail with an out-and-back tail into dense forest from miles four to seven. Hills are constant: There are doozies at miles four, eight, 16, 18, and 20. Expect to add at least a half hour to your typical time.
FUEL: The prerace pasta dinner at a family restaurant is more intimate than banquet-room buffets.
SCHWAG: Finishers receive a Patagonia Silkweight Capilene T-shirt. Age-group winners receive hand-blown, colored-glass medallions.
TAKE NOTE: Carrying a water bottle is mandatory because there are only four fluid stations.
Where: Akron, Ohio
When: September 27
Age of Race: Running since 2002
Highlights: Hills, Urban, Lavish Fuel Stations, Entertainment, Spectator Friendly, Cool SchwagMidwesterners are known as friendly folks, a reputation that Akron Marathon race director Jim Barnett works hard to uphold. After all, Barnett shakes each of the 1,160 marathoners' hands at the finish line. Runners can also find inspiration with 128 signs on the course (with messages like "Embrace Your Spirit" and "Don't Look Back"), the personalized bibs with runners' names, and the thrill of having their names announced and images projected on a baseball-stadium scoreboard at the finish. Complementing the small-race hospitality are big-race amenities: details like portable bathrooms (half with tampons) at 18 spots on the course; large clocks at every mile and 5-K; pace teams; and a postrace medal-engraving station. "Akron is one of the few of the 27 marathons I've run that's completely glitch-free," says 2007 finisher Darren Boas of Frederick, Maryland. "From the well-stocked aid stations to my parking spot right across from the stadium, it was perfect."
ROUTE: The marathon is a mix of urban, suburban, and park roads and paths. The first loop of the figure-eight course runs through downtown, Akron's South Side, and the University of Akron campus. The second loop includes four miles on the crushed-limestone Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail and three miles in the shaded Sand Run Park. The course is filled with rolling hills that aren't too difficult, but there is an uphill stretch from miles 17 to 19.
ENTERTAINMENT: There are 63 entertainment spots, including 13 bands and 10 neighborhood block parties, on the course.
SPECTATORS: An estimated 100,000 spectators cluster along the course. Your support crew can see you at four spots, since the start, finish, and miles three and 10.5 are all within a five-block radius of each other.
REFUEL: Eighteen fluid stops with red cups for water and blue cups for sports drink, and six fuel stops offering unopened and opened gel packets.
SCHWAG: Free $90 Brooks running shoes, long-sleeve tech shirt, mesh running hat, medal, massage.
STAR POWER: Marathon legends Bill Rodgers and Kathrine Switzer are scheduled to appear at this year's expo.
TAKE NOTE: It may be hard to sell your nonrunning spouse on Akron as a destination weekend.
Where: East Hampton, New York
When: September 27
Age of Race: Running since 2007
Highlights: Flat, Rural, Great Foods, Spectator Friendly, Cool SchwagEach year, the insanely popular ING New York City Marathon turns away more than 50,000 wanna-bes. Now those looking to run a fall marathon on the East Coast don't have to look far for another option. The Hamptons Marathon sets itself apart from its neighboring giant with its small-town vibe, shoreline views, and congestion-free course. The Hamptons, on Long Island's East End, is known as the playground of the rich and famous. But runners get the star treatment on race day. "A volunteer brought a cake to the finish area that listed the names of all the runners, including me, who were celebrating birthdays on race day," says Bill Gross of Ridgefield, Connecticut.
ROUTE: The race starts and finishes in front of the 1844 Springs General Store, where regular customer Jackson Pollock once reportedly settled a grocery debt with a painting. A seven-mile stretch through Napeague Bay State Park, with its dunes, osprey nests, and windsurfers, is a course highlight. Altogether you run past four beaches on the protected bay, and when you're not next to the water, you're running through the woods, past horse farms, or beneath fall foliage. Miles eight to 16 are perfectly flat; the rest is rolling. SPECTATORS: Organizers distribute cowbells to residents who live along the route.
FUEL: Twenty-five aid stations, including one gel stop and one Fig Newtons stop.
REFUEL: Italian ices are a refreshing postrace treat.
TAKE NOTE: The inaugural race had 175 marathoners and closed out three months early. But organizers will be opening it up to 1,500, which also includes half-marathoners.

Denver Marathon
Where: Denver, Colorado
When: October 19
Age of Race: Running since 2006
Highlights: Flat, Urban, Great Foods, Entertainment, Spectator Friendly, Star PowerDave McGillivray, the race director of the Boston Marathon, the world's oldest annual marathon, has used his expertise to reestablish what is now the country's youngest big-city marathon. McGillivray added an F-16 fighter-jet flyover, a hefty finishers' medal, and a course design that lets runners cheer each other on from across the street along six stretches.
ROUTE: McGillivray's course takes advantage of Denver's spacious city parks. "The trees were changing colors and we ran right along a lake in Washington Park," says Patty Rogers, of Lakewood, Colorado, who placed second at the 2007 marathon, which attracted 1,500 runners. On a clear day, you'll also see the snowcapped Rockies in the distance. Only 204 feet separate the lowest and highest points on the course.
SPECTATORS: Organizers provide three cheering areas with music, noisemakers, snacks, and face painting. The start, finish, and miles 4.5 and 11.5 are within about a mile of each other, making it easy for your friends and family to see you four times.
REFUEL: Coors beer garden, Whole Foods fruit, plus hot dogs.
TAKE NOTE: Denver is at mile-high altitude, but the flat course still makes a PR possible.
Where: San Francisco, California
When: October 19
Age of Race: Running since 2002
Highlights: Hills, Urban, Great Foods, Lavish Fuel Stations, Entertainment, Cool Schwag, Star PowerEvery marathon is 26.2 miles and every hotel is a place to sleep, but what sets them apart from the rest are the amenities. This marathon has special touches galore--most geared toward the 95 percent of runners who are women, including a "coat check" to drop your warmups at 2.5 miles; a "pedi-care" station for blister treatment or a change of socks; a Ghirardelli chocolate stop; and a Tiffany's necklace given to you at the finish by a fireman dressed in a tux.
ROUTE: The course takes you past so many scenic areas that many runners carry cameras. From Union Square, you run through the Financial District and Fisherman's Wharf; along the bay with unobstructed views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge; up into the eucalyptus and cypress forests of Presidio National Park; five miles apiece in Golden Gate Park, along Ocean Beach, and around Lake Merced; and finish on the ocean. The city's steep, cable-car hills are avoided, but three hefty climbs at miles six, eight, and 11 mean you should run to have a good time, not to run one.
ENTERTAINMENT: There are 39 stations with live music, DJs, and cheering squads, plus two more bands at the finish.
SPECTATORS: Some wait at the finish, which is near miles 11 and 16. Others take free shuttle buses to two of the four cheer stations, where comedians keep them in good cheer.
REFUEL: Fourteen fluid stations and seven food stations with Luna Bars, Luna Sport Moons Energy Chews, bananas, granola, or chocolate. Postrace spread features Bear Naked granola with yogurt and bananas, and to wash it down, Jamba Juice smoothies.
SCHWAG: Technical T-shirt, loaded goody bag, plus the Tiffany's version of a finishers' medal. The Nike Expotique also offers massages, manicures, and yoga classes.
STAR POWER: Nike athletes give expo talks; 2007 speakers included Joan Benoit Samuelson (who also led a pace team) and Brandi Chastain.
TAKE NOTE: Men are outnumbered by women, 20-to-1, but they are welcome to participate, which gives them a rare shot of a great placing in the men's division. Registration opens in March or April, and the 8,000 marathon slots have sold out within three days.

3/21/08

All roads to Boston...

"Good things come slow - especially in distance running." Bill Dellinger, Oregon Coach

Well…Heading out early this weekend to meet up with my teammates that are on the Alzheimer’s team. Should be interesting…we received a schedule from the coach, RS in full detail of time, place and what we will be doing…

This Saturday will be our first Hopkinton Long Run being conducted by just the Alzheimer's Association 2008 Run For The Memory Team. We will run from the start line in Hopkinton 21.5 miles back to Boston College with full Monadnock Springs water / Gatorade Endurance Formula / PowerGel support throughout the run roughly every 3 miles. Anyone who feels like adding on any extra mileage is welcome to pass B.C. and continue on to the 22-Mile mark, then return (for 22.5 miles to Saint John's Seminary).

Post-run refreshments will include: wholewheat and plain bagels (carbs), pretzels (carbs and sodium), bananas (carbs and potassium), and chocolate chip cookies (carbs and chocolate), as well as more Monadnock Springs water and Gatorade Endurance Formula.

SCHEDULE:
7:00-7:15AM Park at the parking at Saint John's Seminary (outbound side of Commonwealth Avenue in Brighton, 1/2-mile east of Lake Street);
7:15-7:20AM Depart for Hopkinton in vans (via Mass Pike);
7:50-8:00AM Arrive in Hopkinton;
8:00-8:15AM Pitstops (at gas station 1/2-mile west of Start line across from Colella's Market);
8:15-8:35AM Begin run, slowest runners starting first, followed by progressively faster runners;
11:25AM-12:40PM Runners finish at Boston College/Saint John's Seminary or beyond.


This should be interesting…I’m looking forward to seeing the team dynamic as well as the course of the prestigious Boston Marathon. I’ve worked so hard to qualify and it comes down to this…and this time around I get to see the course before hand!

The Claim: Caffeine Causes Dehydration
By ANAHAD O’CONNOR
Published: March 4, 2008


Medical experts have been saying for years that caffeine acts as a potent diuretic. Consume too many caffeinated beverages, and you end up drinking yourself into dehydration.

But research has not confirmed that notion. Most studies have found that in moderate amounts, caffeine has only mild diuretic effects — much like water.

One report, by a scientist at the University of Connecticut who reviewed 10 previous studies, appeared in June 2002 in The International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism.
Investigations comparing caffeine with water or placebo seldom found a statistical difference in urine volume, the author wrote. “In the 10 studies reviewed, consumption of a caffeinated beverage resulted in 0 to 84 percent retention of the initial volume ingested, whereas consumption of water resulted in 0 to 81 percent retention.”


Another study, in the same journal in 2005, involved scientists following 59 active adults over 11 days while controlling their caffeine intake. They were given caffeine in capsule form on some days and on other days were given a placebo. Researchers found no significant differences in levels of excreted electrolytes or urine volume.

Other recent studies have found similar results.


THE BOTTOM LINE
Caffeine may not be as powerful a diuretic as it’s often said to be.

3/20/08

First day of spring…

"I don't wear a watch during my long runs. That way I am not tempted to compare my time from week to week. " Lynn Jennings
Wind, sun is not even up and running. I had to work running into my schedule this morning and all I could do is wake up at 6am in the morning, get out of my apartment at 6:30 and run. I decided before I had left to run from my apartment and do a whirl on the lower half of Central Park and then come back around Time Square to make it an easy 6. Little did I know I would change my mind mid-run as I reached Central Park to do a loop around Central Park as well…going through Columbus Circle and then finally looping around Times Square with the glitz and glam and back home…all before 8am. I arrived back home to find my roommates still asleep and popped into the shower.

In all…it was a WINDY semi-cold morning, but one of those days where you battle through and go with. Dressed warm because lately I have been battling colds and just went with it…Later on during the day I would find that it was the first day of SPRING! Didn’t seem like the first day of SPRING, but hopefully from here on in, it will warm up.

3/19/08

"Remember to 'bank' your racing powers until you seriously require them, and you will then find that the interest is there as well as the capital when you start to draw on the account. " Arthur Newton

Gearing up to meet up with my teammates from the alzheimers Association, which I will be meeting up with them this weekend...a whole schedule prepared for the awaited arrival of the Boston Marathon....

We will run from the Start line in Hopkinton 21.5 miles back to Boston College with full Monadnock Springs water / Gatorade Endurance Formula / PowerGel support throughout the run roughly every 3 miles. Anyone who feels like adding on any extra mileage is welcome to pass B.C. and continue on to the 22-Mile mark, then return (for 22.5 miles to Saint John's Seminary), run around the B.C. Reservoir (for 23.2 miles) or bear left at Cleveland Circle and run towards/to the 23-mile mark and back to Saint John's Seminary (24.5 miles).
NOTE: This is bonus mileage and will only earn you extra points and a gold star if you run a PR on April 21st. Anyone who feels unable to complete the run will be gladly taken aboard either of the two vans and driven back to their car.

NOTE: Living Center runners may be asked to provide their own transportation to Hopkinton because we have adequate room for Alzheimer's team members but may not have additional room. Support on the run is guaranteed for all runners.

Post-run refreshments will include: wholewheat and plain bagels (carbs), pretzels (carbs and sodium), bananas (carbs and potassium), and chocolate chip cookies (carbs and chocolate), as well as more Monadnock Springs water and Gatorade Endurance Formula.

SCHEDULE:
7:00-7:15AM Park at the parking at Saint John's Seminary (outbound side of Commonwealth Avenue in Brighton, 1/2-mile east of Lake Street); 7:15-7:20AM Depart for Hopkinton in vans (via Mass Pike);
7:50-8:00AM Arrive in Hopkinton;
8:00-8:15AM Pitstops (at gas station 1/2-mile west of Start line across from Colella's Market);
8:15-8:35AM Begin run, slowest runners starting first, followed by progressively faster runners; 1
1:25AM-12:40PM Runners finish at Boston College/Saint John's Seminary or beyond.

3/18/08

Speed work?

"Training is a case of stress management. Stress and rest, stress and rest. " Brooks Johnson

Speed work today? I think not. I had decided to give my body some more rest and just continue to work on the newsletter instead. I have to get this done before JM’s marathon which is happening at the end of the month. Should be interesting…but everything should be done. No speed work because of last week and the intensity. I need to rework my immune system to have a better connection with my body. Till then, just regular six mile runs, keep the distance up and keep healthy till Boston.

3/17/08

The Monday groups…

"Train, don't strain." Athletic Proverb
There is something about the Monday night groups that make it happen. I am not sure if it is just the togetherness from DG, the group leader, caring so much and knowing almost everything about a person in their physical status. To JG, asking about your natural health and life and how things are going. It’s just a wonderful group…JM was not in attendance due to her minor injury, which we are all worried about…but reassured her that she can still pursue her marathon hopes and continue to try for the marathon.

But the run was like any other. It was actually my first long run since my FLU season has ended. I had not just one flu session this year, but two. How? I would have to say that the week before with the crazy training on Monday and Tuesday I had over-exhausted myself and couldn’t make it to the end of the week of work!

But that’s ok. Moving on…I have to pace myself throughout the week and make sure I get to the weekend. Sleep in and rest at least one of the days and just listen to my body. My mileage has been effected by these flu attacks and so has my work at work. It’s ok…the run today with piers (the whole package) although not on the way back had made me feel a little better.

I had decided to take it easy to not exert myself too much in a ways where I would push myself. I needed to recover and that only meant that I needed to go at a slower speed. The mileage is good, the time is ok and it’s at a pace where I can manage it without full on racing.

Although I have a problem…Many of the group took the 4.5 mile loop and I had thought that I would pass them again while I decided to take the scenic loop back. While I went around I could see J and DG pass me. I wondered where everyone else was? So I continued on.

There was a guy that passed me and was rollin. I continued and was challenged, geared up and pursued chase. I have a problem, a serious problem with people passing me and going at a faster pace. I pursued until he had turned off and then went about my usual pace. It’s not a good problem when your problem is to pursue a faster person and you want to go at a slower pace. I guess I like the challenge part, but will live on to what speed I have and continue on. I had a good run, good overall performance and stayed healthy to rest up.

3/15/08

Out…again…

"Basically, you have all these different types of workouts. You've got general distance running, you've got fartlek, you've got hill work, you've got aerobic training sessions, you've got anaerobic training sessions and then you've got the rest phase. You take these phases and you arrange them in the right order. " Jerome Drayton, winner of the 1977 Boston Marathon

Ok…so I think my body is trying to tell me that I have been way too active for the past week or even if my immune system is not as strong as I wanted it to be.

After I guess a chilled Sunday morning trying to take pictures of all of my teammates in the morning, I guess I caught a little something and never fully recuperated from my last flu session that I had before my Austin marathon. I think it was about a month away from my marathon that I had gotten the flu, so this time is appropriate as well where at least this was not as bad as the last time. Last time really put me in line of near death and this time at least I could finish up the week at work and then go home and sleep.

I have no real plans this week except for random chores: hair cut, grocery shopping and laundry. A long list of things to do before tomorrow when I go back into work and work on the monthly newsletter, hopefully we can knock this out ASAP due to JM’s marathon at the end of March, which I plan to run her in for the last half marathon.

But it was a beautiful day today which was tempting to run with the sickness. I had to resist to temptation to due to how my body will react and looking at the future for myself. So…this is a time to catch up on the last week which I have not been blogging due to craziness that has happened in my life with work, working out, yoga and other stuff.


Day off from Austin,

3/12/08

Yogi…

"If you put in a good solid foundation and build one room after another, pretty soon you have a house. You build in your speedwork, your pace and increase your ability to run races and think races out. Then it's possible to run the way we do. " Rod Dixon

So tonight I did two things besides running. I have taken a day off from my long crazy fast paced runs on Monday and Tuesday and taken a well deserved rest. I decided to go to Yoga and stretch out a bit. It was a good thing because seriously I needed this due to my hamstrings being very tight after Monday’s run and I could feel a bit of a twinge, which could have been when we were waiting for the rest of the group to come back to the original spot, where my muscles must have cramped up and stiffened a bit. The twinge stuck with me and I massaged it out…then came Tuesday where speed work came to play and I at first did not want to go to speed work due to my stomach acting up…but went afterwards because I felt as thought I needed the energy boost.

Strange I know. Sprinting and running till your purely exhausted is a case of energy boost. But to me, running allows me to be active and that wakens me up and keeps my blood flowing. But the most important part was that my twinge I can still feel and that concerned me a bit. I sort of knew that I should not be running on it, but otherwise I needed a day off today.

So back to Yoga, where I knew that I needed to stretch out and reach inner peace with my body. I really feel that Yoga gives you a meditation that I have never experienced before. Some people within the class are extremely flexible and were/are dancers. They can do splits, flex their bodies in many ways…in which I do try, but today was good because we focused on our hamstring muscles and I needed that/requested that to the teacher. She asks everyone how they are doing and if they were injured and so on and so forth. I said that simply my hamstrings hurt a bit and off we went to our usual workout and focused mainly on our legs. It really felt good, hard at times, where the burn really got to you, but it felt a good burn. It’s my sweatin’ and exercises for the day, which I don’t need to run and give my legs a rest it deserves.

As for the other thing I did, was to teleconference to the Alzheimer’s Association in Boston. This group of people, whom I am very excited to meet on March 22, before the Boston Marathon, where I will be running with them on the course. They are all runners, by now with 4 weeks to go and I listened in on how the group was doing in fundraising and all of their efforts. These people are quite amazing reaching the $100,000 mark in funds that they can reach with a group of 40 or so people. I quite impressed and only could hope to piggy back on the job well done and use them as a sample for the ING New York City marathon, if our association gets the bid.

3/11/08

Intense training...

"The long run is what puts the tiger in the cat. " Bill Squires

A tough workout at speed work today…to tell you the truth, my stomach had been feeling rough and gassy all day and I was unsure if I had wanted to go to speed work. It was rough, start at Tavern on the Green, go counter clockwise around the lower loop and finish with a 1.7 miler…Long mileage for a person of my stature. This was good though, my new mentality is to go for a longer period of time and continue a faster pace. It was strange, but a good feeling. Rough, but it’s a work out and hopefully I can get comfortable with the pace. So far though, I have been pushing myself to keep going faster and with speed work on Tuesdays and tempo runs on Wednesdays with some of the faster flyers out there, it makes it difficult to have my legs feel fine.

My leg was definitely feeling fine for the first loop around and averaging a good fast pace, it was difficult to stay with TB though, one of the faster flyers out there on our team. The fatigue settled in after the first loop, and as I started the second loop, my legs were just not the same. The first loop felt horrible at the end, because I was going fast out and trying to keep up with TB for most of it. This did not happen, he is far more better of a long distance runner than I am, more experienced at his pace and he felt comfortable, I did not. I was huffing and puffing, feeling the extensions of my race pace and really going at it. I felt as though there was no air at one point as I was a fish out of the water GASPing for air. It was rough…lately at speed work I find that I am gasping for air, although mentally I try to stay put and knock it out of my head. Mentally I’m trying to get tough, but really I am driving my body to it’s limits.

It really felt as though I was racing today. Nothing else, and by the time I was done, I was exhausted. I’m trying to get comfortable, although I am huffing and puffing my way to get to that top region of a better runner. Maybe I’m trying way too hard?

UH, my legs are definitely feeling the non ecstatic feeling of running…I’m not too enthusiastic about longer runs, I have taken two weeks off with lighter loads, my distance has definitely took a plunge due to my efforts of officer jobs in NYF, but it’s fine…Not too happy right now and getting ready for Boston in 41 days…ha! I haven’t done my hill workouts…get ready for MURDER on heartbreak hill for me….but I’ll visit the course coming the 22 of march to run with my Alzheimer’s team…

Help me in my cause, this is my marathon that I’m running for the Alzheimer’s Association!

3/10/08

Monday Night run…

"Workouts are like brushing my teeth; I don't think about them, I just do them. The decision has already been made. " PattiSue Plummer, U.S. Olympian

Monday night runs have been my staple of running and lately I have been abandoning the group to prepare for the Boston marathon and run my race. I had recently started (starting just last week) to have a different concept in my training. The usual training speed would be to run at a pace (7:15-8:00) which is my normal 50 - 65% pace of heart rate that I feel comfortable running at. This is my regular running pace, not fast, not slow just medium pace…

As I have changed my mentality toward running these Monday night runs, I have started to go faster, longer and (more satisfying) ok, ok, maybe not that, but I just had to put that in with my dirty little mind…It sounded like a Viagra commercial.

But for the most part in running with the Monday night crew is the socialization factor which I have been non-existent with and it’s a bit sad. I have recently started running with CD. He’s one of the faster flyers out there as well and has an amazing all American girlfriend whom runs for Shoes for Africa, whom use to be on our team as well. I have no tiffs toward EB though, she did what she wanted to do and she’s an amazing runner. I do have the highest respect for both of them because they are both amazing runners. CD was actually the shared award that I had co-shared during the awards dinner when receiving Runner of the Year for the Open division. We were both chosen and it’s quite an accomplishment when you are mentioned with a guy that always finishes in the top 5 for our team.

So he has kept me in company with my running on Monday night runs and it’s been good. He pushes me, while I try to push him (at times, due to his comfortable grace and form, he looks very comfortable). It’s been quite tough through running with him, as I put pressure on my body to keep up and maintain my pace. We do an even longer run as usual now as well going 7.8 miles and doing both sets of piers on the way down and on the way back up adding more mileage to the usual Monday group run.

It’s intense and finishing up at a pace that normally comes closer to my race pace than anything else…it’s dogging hard. Am I training too hard?

3/8/08

Running in the Rain…

"That is what is so great about the marathon, I believe you can take something away from each one and get better whether you have a great race, an average race, or a horrible race. There is always something to learn. " - Rachel Kinsman

Ok…you know that song….singing in the rain…just singing….and dancing…IIINNN THHHEEE RAAAIIIIN!... Ok, so today was forecasted to being raining all day long….It was suppose to rain like about an inch or more of rain…did I get that right? Something like that, or maybe it was about 3 inches…now doesn’t that sound a little too much?

So I didn’t want to take my chances and go up to Central Park for the Saturday Morning group run and get drenched upon. So I did my groceries instead at TJ’s, there was no rain…well not at that time. I stayed in for a bit of the morning getting a bunch of things done and then decided to do my run…

I didn’t have a chance to look outside when I was just about to start, but it looked as though it was not raining. I left my apartment with a slow steady drizzle, nothing that I could not handle on a run. I decided to run around the bottom half of Manhattan, a good 11 mile loop course, stopping by Chinatown to buy some groceries. As I rounded off 14th street to enter the east side and then it started to downpour.

I spoke to the gods and Mother Nature, “What? Is that all you got?”

Apparently, they were listening to me and then it started to downpour the whole entire run. I wasn’t the only crazy one out there though, there were many people that are just as crazy as I was and well, it was warm so I had my shorts, a vest and my sleeves along with a T-shirt.

As I rounded off the bottom half of Manhattan, I then entered my usual weekly run with my downtown Monday night crew. I ended up finishing up with the piers which gave me a whirl wind of some throw. The gods really did not like how I mocked them as they gave me wind and rain.

The wind and rain was not funny! These pelted down and hurt like mini bee bees Just pelting away at my face, skin and body. I ended up running back home and ending my run.

But before that, I went into my local Duane Reade to buy a few things and well notices the fact that my skimmies (shorts) were wet and they were sticking to my body which was also wet…so well…I guess I was giving a little show to the local people while running in the rain…

Opps! Oh well…there is my exhibitionism for the day.

3/7/08

Club Night…Inspirational…

"Running is a big question mark that's there each and every day. It asks you, 'Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?' " Peter Maher, Irish-Canadian Olympian and sub-2:12 marathoner

It was club night last night where almost all NYRR clubs were represented or rather the really great teams out there that would receive awards. I was well impressed with the fact of how many teams were out there in the NYRR, 74 Teams? That’s amazing and NYRR was celebrating it’s 50th year of being in existence. That’s amazing, although compared to Boston, it has much to catch up on.

I left work early to this special event, put on my penguin suit (minus the kilt) and was on my way…I was a virgin at event and have been going to more and more events that I have not been to in the past year. It’s been good to represent my team and having that pride on my shoulders of being on the board and representing my men’s open team, it was good to show my face…not the least meet up with other team members from other teams as well.

The event was amazing as I quickly found the group of Flyers that had signed up. Mostly all of the elderly women from our team showed up since these young ladies won 2nd in the veteran division. The men’s open won the 3rd place division and received a beautiful etched in plate from the NYRR from TIFFANIES and Co. I guess that is where all the race fees are going towards to accommodate the winners for the year.

It was great seeing and meeting some people that I have never met from my team and again talking to the great, KC. She was telling me about her team and we just chatted a while about her injury, her defeat and well how she is taking it easy....her team etc. I was just amazed that she was not nominated...cause she is quite impressive!

The night was very inspiring and defeating at times. The defeat came when the really great runners (the cream of the crop) top of their class and these guys run pretty much professionally, where you wonder how hard you will try to even attempt to beat them, you will never be able to. The inspirational part comes when you see people running at the ages of 50, 60, 70 and 80+…and the amount of energy that they possess? Wow…I mean that is the meaning of life right there and it’s just inspirational to live that long…and well run on top of that.

Overall the night ended with some dancing. I was amazed that our president did not take home the trophy and carried it home thinking I was going to get mugged and left in the alleyways…


Marathon hopeful, 101-year-old , training hard

LONDON - Already Britain’s oldest employee, 101-year-old Buster Martin now aims to become the world’s oldest marathon runner by completing the London Marathon and celebrating with a pint of beer and a cigarette.

Sprightly and bearded, he completed a half marathon at the weekend in five hours 13 minutes. The former Army physical training instructor works three days a week for a London plumbing firm and says he has trained for the April 13th race in his spare time.

“I’ve said I’ll attempt it,” he told Reuters by telephone from his workplace at Pimlico Plumbers. “I haven’t said I’ll complete it. If I do make it, all the better. I hadn’t thought of doing it before but someone asked me and the money goes to charity so why not?”

His sponsorship money will go to the Rhys Daniels Trust, which provides temporary accommodation for families of patients in specialist children’s hospitals.

Martin, who had 17 children and returned to work at the age of 99 saying he was bored after two years of retirement, would beat the previous record for world’s oldest marathon runner by eight years.

“If I finish, I’ll do what I always do and have a pint and a cigarette,” he said. “People ask what is my secret but I haven’t got one. They say cigarette and booze are bad for you—but I’m still here, aren’t I?”

3/6/08

NYRR Club Night – NYRR’s 50-Year Anniversary

"My whole feeling in terms of racing is that you have to be very bold. You sometimes have to be aggressive and gamble." BILL RODGERS

Not Edited:
2008 – 50 Years = 1958.

That is the year that the NYRR first came into existence with 47 members to the now ever still growing membership of 40,000+ runners and 47 local teams. Since the 1980’s the NYRR has an awards night banquet to celebrate all the local running clubs. Much like our own club, the awards dinner celebrates individual performances from different age groups, as well as recognizes the different teams within each age group.

This year’s awards banquet was held at the Hilton on March 6. In attendance from our team were mostly the younger ladies of our Veteran’s team, the ever so talented and youngest of them all, the amazing Judith Tripp whom was nominated for her age group for the third year in a row and our (older) Open men’s team, which were all dressed in fine attire.

Probably the best quote of the night was when an anonymous person came up to the group of Flyers, walked over to Judith Tripp and said, “Wait, your with the Flyers? Ohhh! You must be Judith Tripp!” So, Congratulations on the Nomination Judith, you make us all proud to be a Flyer in accompanying you.
During the pre-reception, you can clearly see all the nominated people walking around with their beautiful clanking medals. The reception started with the infamous NYRR president and CEO Mary Wittenberg saying,


“Happy Anniversary to everybody…You are the stars of New York City running, and this is the running capital of the world.”

There was some meaning coming to the 50th anniversary, which marked some fine athletes, represented some extraordinary runners of the past and present. You get that chill down your spine of how special it really is to run in NYC and with an organization that has been a part of our lives. The first part of the night was the team awards where our Open male team was rewarded with an elegant award. Next, the Veteran women whom also received their award.

Ladies, I will give you a hint: A white bow, a blue box = name that store?
Ok for those whom don’t know or don’t want to say it, it was an elegant inscribed glass plate from the infamous Tiffanies & Co.


Although the majority of team awards sadly were monopolized by the major clubs such as Warren Street, Nike Central Park, West Side Runners, New York Athletic Club and Westchester Track Club.
Next on the list were the individual awards. Two different words: Amazing and Inspirational. Amazing goes to the younger runners whom start so early as of age 12 and leading into all of our age groups. Inspirational goes to the elderly runners whom reach the age group of 80+ (and damn they still look good!) These lovely young ladies still have so much energy it’s breathtaking. You think how much you would want to live up to 80+ years, let alone run while you are at age 80? I think that should be an inspiration to us all.

And with our Judith Tripp, whom was nominated for the third time, going for the women’s 60-65 age group, well she’ll get it next year…We all have confidence in that. We still are very proud of your presence, honor and amazement. You’re a great inspiration to us all. And if you don’t succeed, try, try again…


Edited:
2008 – 50 Years = 1958

That is the year that the NYRR first came into existence with 47 members. Now the ever-growing membership boasts over 40,000 runners and 47 teams. Since the 1980s, the NYRR has held an awards banquet to celebrate all the local running clubs. Much like our own Flyer Awards Gala, NYRR Club Night celebrates individual performances from different age groups, as well as recognizes the different teams within each age group.

This year’s Club Night was held at the Hilton on March 6. In attendance from our team were the ladies from our Veteran Women’s Team, including the ever-so-talented Judith Tripp, who was nominated for Runner of the Year in the 60-64 age group for the third year in a row. Our Open Men’s Team, also nominated for an award, was in attendance and dressed in fine attire.

During the pre-reception, we could see all the nominated members walking around with their beautiful clanking medals. The reception started when the distinguished NYRR President and CEO Mary Wittenberg addressed the crowd, “Happy Anniversary to everybody. You are the stars of New York City running, and this is the running capital of the world.” I got a chill down my spine just thinking about how special it is to run in NYC and have such an esteemed organization in our lives. And I felt honored to be in attendance at the 50th Anniversary celebration to help commemorate so many fine athletes and extraordinary runners from the past and present.

The first part of the night was the team awards, where our Open Men’s Team received the 2nd Place Open B award. Next, the Veteran Women received their award. Ladies, I will give you a hint: a blue box, a white bow … can you name that store? For those who don’t know (or don’t want to say), it was an elegant, inscribed glass plate from the world-renowned Tiffany & Co.

Next on the list were the individual awards and two words kept going though my mind: Amazing and Inspirational. Amazing goes to the youngest members, who start competing as early as age 12 and continue through their teen years into our own club’s divisions. Inspirational goes to the more (to borrow a term from our President, Scott Swanay) “chronologically advantaged” runners who compete in the 70-74, 75-79, and 80+ age groups—and, wow, do they look good! These runners have so much energy, it’s breathtaking

And, even though Judith Tripp did not take home her age group award this year, we all have confidence that she will again next year. In fact, the best quote of the night was from someone who came over to our table, walked over to Judith, and said, “Wait, you’re with the Flyers? Ohhh! You must be Judith Tripp!”

Congratulations again on the nomination, Judith. You honor and make us all proud to be Flyers.

3/2/08

HOW DO YOU LOSE A BOWLING BALL?

"It used to be that I'd eat to run-and the more I ran, the more I needed to eat. But now I run to eat. I love to eat. " Tom Fleming

Ahhh….Dad’s Birthday was today and that meant spending time with my family. Family time is definitely a good time because I get to spend some time and see how my grandmother is doing, well this time around, both grandmother’s and only one grandfather. My other grandfather passed away 2 years ago and he is one chip on my shoulder that I have that I don’t think I can ever replace his personality and generosity. This is one reason I do not drink much as well. He was an alcoholic and I dare not to follow that aspect, although I do get a little temperament with his characteristics as well. But all the other qualities are rather good, and looking back and hearing stories, I find that this is where I get all my good qualities from…well that and my parents of course. Well back to my father’s birthday, so I was running late. Got up early to go food shopping at 9, then I had to get my roommate keys made up for her since one of my roommates had lost her keys. Then finally out the door to New Jersey…which I had told my parents beforehand that I was going to be late…which they never do listen…

So getting to Jersey late, they blamed them rushing on me and I got to see my grandparents of course, rushing out the door to meet up at a restaurant with the rest of the family….at a Chinese food place…weird huh? I’m Chinese and out of all the places we go out, it’s a Chinese food place…

Strange how things worked…I’m guessing that I am not use to eating out much, but the MSG levels absolutely got to me. I was sick when I returned home and the feeling of nauseous-ness and anxiety really got to me. I was fine after resting at my cousin’s, EK and his fiancĂ©, LP. We then went bowling, where finally he found my Blue bowling ball….HOW DO YOU LOSE A BOWLING BALL?

I returned that evening in NYC, taking the day off from running…

3/1/08

A New Face to Change...

"Out on the roads there is fitness and self-discovery and the persons we were destined to be." DR. GEORGE SHEEHAN


Non-Edited:
This year, the newsletter has changed with a few additions of new playful sections. We still have the usual race reports of running, but we’re looking for more creative ideas, that will spice up our regular cup of Java. We have gone deep within our membership and have showcased (spotlighted section) different people from different age groups. We hope that this mix and mingle will shake up your knowledge like a bag of mixed nuts.

As we sprint through the cultural holidays of Chinese New Year and St. Patrick’s day, we celebrate our own running holiday. The NY Flyer Awards gala which is equivalent to a holiday. This is a night where we strip out of our running gear and replace it with an elegant looking tuxedo or an evening dress. The usual Asic (Nike, New Balance etc.) running shoes turn into 3” heels of Prada or Madono’s. Also the showcase of hair, (yes fokes, I have hair underneath my bandana) makes it difficult to recognize the names with the faces. In all, the awards were fabulous, the attire was amazing and to be with such lovely people, whom you don’t get to see on a regular basis…it’s just breath taking!

Many thanks to all those who had made this fabulous event happen and very special Congratulations to Heather Marcalis on her fantastic win in the Flyer of the Year award. Her countless time that she had put in for this club allows us to run as a club today. If I had my 21 gun salute, I would honor you in that way, but fortunately I’ll stick with running.



Edited:
This year, the newsletter has changed with the addition of a few new playful sections. We still have the usual running race reports, but we’re looking for more creative ideas that will spice up our regular cup of java. (Editor’s note: hm?) Each month the spotlight section will feature members from different age groups. We hope that this mix and mingle will shake up your knowledge like a bag of mixed nuts. (Editor’s note: huh?)

As we sprinted through the cultural holidays from Chinese New Year toward St. Patrick’s Day, we celebrated our own running holiday: the NY Flyers Awards Gala (which is equivalent to a holiday.) This was a night where we stripped out of our running gear and replaced it with elegant looking tuxedos and evening dresses. The usual Asics, Nike, New Balance etc. running shoes became 3” Prada and Manolo heels. Also the showcase of hair (yes, folks, I have hair underneath my bandana) made it difficult to pair the names with the faces. In all, the awards were fabulous, the attire was amazing, and to be with such lovely people whom you don’t get to see on a regular basis…it was just breath taking!

Many thanks to all those who made this fabulous event happen and very special congratulations to Heather Marcellis on her fantastic win—the Flyer of the Year Award. The countless time and effort she has put into this club allows us to run as a club today. If I had a 21-gun salute, I would honor her in that way. But, fortunately, I’ll stick with running instead. (Editor’s note: whoa...)

Goosebumps and chills...

"If one can stick to the training throughout the many long years, then will power is no longer a problem. It's raining? That doesn't matter. I am tired? That's beside the point. It's simply that I just have to." Emil Zatopek

Ooooo….chills down your spine and goose bumps of just talking about it…

After posting the blurb about which marathon to pick and reading the paragraph about the Boston marathon…I got chills down my spine…Since after all, it’s what I had yearned for in for the past year and a half and well the countdown begins with just about a month and a half to go.

Most Legendary:
Boston
The Boston Marathon has taken quite a beating recently--by the weather, by the press, by the inability of anyone not born in the Rift Valley to win the thing. Sure, it's got some issues. Like the fact that the trip out to Hopkinton feels like a cross-country tour in your parents' old station wagon, the one with vinyl seats and without air conditioning ("We're on a pilgrimage to see a Moose!"). But this is still the granddaddy of them all--the one on every runner's wish list, either to run in or to win. It's a fabled course, steeped in history, and you feel its magnitude at the starting line. There's just nothing like Boston. And until you've suffered through the journey like the rest of us, there's a little piece of your running puzzle that's missing.

It’s just a strange feeling really though that now I’m thinking about the challenges, the defeat and the victorious victories of that feeling…of making it to Boston. I think all marathoners look toward that day to see the crowds, the special day on Patriots day and the challenging hills and of course if the legend holds true to the infamous “heartbreak hill”.

Expect more anticipation from my blogs as I try to raise to the occasion and enjoy the sweet success of finishing that race.

And as the training looms in the air, where all runners are training for Boston…the anticipation awaits…