9/29/08

Newport Half Marathon...

"The desire to run comes from deep within us - from the unconscious, the instinctive, the intuitive." GEORGE SHEEHAN

Early wake up call on Sunday morning as I had scheduled a half marathon 2 weeks before. I had just gone to bed the night before at midnight spending time watching the NY philharmonic and had to get up at 5am. Why do runners do this to themselves? I always wonder the same thing all the time, but trudge through it. I quickly change into my clothes and start to head out the door.

I was to meet up with PBJ and The Lam, two other bloggers and teammates of mine at the path station on 33rd street. We had seen some people just going back to NJ from the night before, partying and staying out till the next morning...boy, those days were over! As we got to Newport, we followed other runners out of the path and we all were clueless on where to go. We chose right, but then was relocated toward the left, which clearly showed all of the fan fair of the race, since the Finish line was there. We had known about the race from PBJ, who works at Regain Publishing, which produces Runners World and Running Times. We report to registration, pick up our race packets, our shirts and attach our time chips to our shoes and stretch. I needed a good stretching session and we had about an hour before the start. We had arrived way too early before this race, since we did not know the logistics, but it was good since I was taking care of this IT band issue and needed the extra time to stretch out. We met up with TD and SN, while we were attending baggage check and they were in the potty line. CM and JM also joined us afterwards as we chatted and headed toward the start. CM and I hoped that this race would be a lot less taxing than the Fairfield half that we had done in the summer time, although CM had won an award in her age group. She said she was going to do this as a tune up to see where she is at before her go in NYC, but she will probably get some kind of award in her age group...

The race started behind....wait, we didn’t even have a race starting line. This race was so small (1,600 runners - it is not that small), but they did not even mark down the starting line, as our race chips started when the gun went off. This was clearly based on net time as a cumulative start, so the advantage went to the front runners and the people in the back were screwed by a few seconds.

The race:
I went out way too fast as I was in the front with CM. CM and I had discussed at the beginning that we were to go out in a “not so fast” pace. But really, who are we joking when we say that. I had been bothered by my leg at first, but when it started to warm up, I was smooth sailing from there on in. The course was flat and my legs were tired from not running at all and going out too quickly…but I just needed to hang in. I recognized this gal that had been running, but I couldn’t place where I had seen her or met her. I had been thinking: Masonry Camp? Running club (nope), umm…Alzheimer’s…But I couldn’t figure it out until after the race when I asked her if she was an architect or not. Apparently she was surprised to see me as I had passed her in the end, I had no clue that she had ran half marathons and really quickly as well! Figures we had played on the same team together in one of the Ultimate Frisbee leagues when I was playing Ultimate Frisbee at the time.
Back to the race…the course was beautiful and we got to see the skyline of NYC, the Statue of Liberty, the boardwalk of Jersey City, Elis Island…it was really a great race…and I took it all in with my camera. I was not running this race to run, I just wanted to get my head back into gear after the Reach the Beach relay and get on my ways of running again. It was tough to take a few days off and the slump or even the depression of running was not even there. I didn’t feel the NEED to run at all and this race I needed to get back into things before my marathon in two weeks. I need to get my head back into running, where running 26.2 miles you have to come up with motivation somewhere and appreciate the race and the sport for what it is.

So, about mile 9, we go twisting and turning around this park right against the boardwalk and we see some people winding their ways around about a mile or so ahead. I saw a guy running with a running stroller about a mile ahead of me, WITH KIDS! I was amazed and so was the guy next to me as we chatted about the guy for about a quarter of a mile. We really could not believe our eyes when we saw the guy running with his stroller, and he was running fast!

So, about 10 miles into the race I see Laminator run so well, he was bustling as I thought he was on target to running a PR. We both have similar times where he is slightly ahead of me in all of the mileages, except for one: The marathon. We are good friends, good competitors and he is Asian, wears a bandana and is taking my style away from me…I kidd….

So, I round about my ways from the boardwalk back into Jersey City as I see my refection and take some pictures of my stride. By this point at mile 11 the rain starts to come down and it feels good. It was very humid at the start and I needed to cool down and the rain was perfect. I saw the building that I had worked on for my job place and it’s very similar to what I had envisioned for my 10 year superlative in high school…with a slight modification – Something that had to do with running the NYC marathon and running past a building that I had designed or worked on (architecturally).

As we twisted and turned our ways back towards where we had started, I saw that the end was near. I saw the finish line and I geared up for the final sprint, but not too hard due to my injury. I hear someone call out my name as I had known who it was from the start. My cousin was to pick me up after the race and as he had done during the NYC marathon, I can recognize his voice from anywhere. I quickly glance his way and sprint towards the end. The course was actually .4 miles more than it should have been and I was very satisfied with my time. I had clocked in about 13.5 or13.6 miles depending where you run, but there were some soggy spots where you had to get off of the path and run on the sides, so that could have been it as well.

I came up with a great time and better than I had expected. I was especially pleased and especially surprised at my pace time, which I had no expectation to even be close to that. Nothing really hurt and I was glad on that because I had felt a good groove and momentum. In my mind though this was not the race to really race, I needed to save up for a good race next week in another half marathon. Next weeks race is a teams race and our team can close it out in the Class B standings.
Time 1:33:44
Pace 7:09.0
Place 117 Age_18/97

9/27/08

Focus...on the focus group...

"Racing is the fun part; it's the reward of all the hard work." Kara Goucher

We are a community of runners. We run with each other, our dogs, our thoughts, the guy we pass by every day, the road, our friends, our shoes, and the weather. We never run alone.
At Saucony, we know that every run and every runner is different, but that we share many common experiences through running. We invite you to share your running experiences...


Today, I had to prepare a 24 hour diary journal which sums up what I had seen all day long in a 24 hour cycle. It's pretty interested if you think about it, but I would never record my life like that again. In some ways you lose your privacy in everything you do for that day and a constant remembrance of what you actually did that day.

Anyways...so capturing your life in one day alone you experience and capture the slightest moments and notice the slightest things. What people are wearing, the logos, the advertizements that you glance over but see, but really never notice because it doesn't register in your brain that you had just seen what you had seen.

You just glance over things that really you read and see, but mainly never truly read, pictures are better than words.In the morning I noticed smaller things such as logos, shoes and what brand people were wearing.

Items such as running race shirts to company logos of sponcors. Then you head into the streets and notice the advertizements on buses, taxis, buildings and subway cars. You notice everything around you. The run consisted of a 3 mile up to central park run, then a 6 mile loop around central park and then a 3 mile back home run.

After the run, hit the shower and straigth to work, where yes, once again, I had to do some work work and start up the newsletter for the flyers.Stayed at work and watched some of the debate between Barrak and McCain. So I had to record all of the websites I was going to as well: runnersworld, marathonguide, letsrun,etc. And other more political or serious websites suck as cnn, nytimes and others.

After work, I had planned out to go to the NY Philharmonic with Pean. I had to record what I had seen on the subway ads and the ads in the program booklet to watching tv at the restaurant that we had eaten at and calling a cab with now the TV's in them...After that...sleep!

It was a long day to record all the different things you see...but that's just half of it. You have to go in to a focus group gathering as well.
_______________________________________________________________

Hello,
This is to let you know that your application for a seeded start has been received and approved.
You will receive an Express Pass by Friday, October 3 confirming your bib number assignment.

Seeded bib numbers are as follows:
Marathon = 31-100 (Umm...my bib number: 55)
Half Marathon = 3031- 3080

After you receive your Express Pass, please confirm that your assigned bib number falls into the appropriate range. Contact me at this email address if there is a problem.

Your seeded bib number will give you access at the front of the Start Line.
Look for the signage to enter the seeded runner pen. Your bib must be clearly visible.

Good luck on race day.



9/25/08

Disappointment…

"Running is the classical road to self-consciousness, self-awareness, and self-reliance." NOEL CARROLL

There is a time in your life when you feel broken down…and today was one of those days. For all of you who I have been talking to, I am hampering some injuries. For quite a while, about a year I have been trudging around with some tightness in my calves. They come and go and quickly recede whenever I have a marathon, at the right time and right place.

Although for the strange parts, I have been trying to take some time off since my San Francisco marathon in August. I took some time off then raced then took some time off again…but still no avail. The strange part is when I take time off I often get worse. My body starts to break down as if I had lost momentum and lost some parts. It’s so sad!

I think my body is trying to tell me something.

I tried to go out for a run after work today, changed and got into my running gear. I was set to do a 10 miler from my office place toward the east side (grabbing something from home) and then start my way to the lower loop and back around…14th to 14th. Although when I started out my run, my right knee just started to feel awkward…it was my IT band. I tried running for 2 blocks…then stopped. I didn’t want to risk anything. I rather make things better. I went to the park to stretch. That’s the only thing that will make it feel better and in the end…it will.

My IT band started hurting the week of Reach the Beach and I don’t think doing that race made it any better. Running hard and going out strong really messed up my chances of anything for this next marathon…which is in what? How many days? Oh Jeez! 18 to be exact. Am I ready? We’ll see how we do, just cross this one off my list I guess and wait till next year. Pure disappointment in finishing strong, but I have not been too prepared for this one. I took way too much time off and to be in tip top shape for Hartford is not at all possible.

So guess what? I’m going to try my best, well see what the outcome is in the end.

Just pure disappointing.

9/23/08

My company is looking for runners like you...

"It's very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants to quit." GEORGE SHEEHAN

So I get an e-mail today from NS, one of the very intelligent socialite in the NY Flyers:

My company is looking for runners like you...

for a focus group. Here are the details:

We are interested in runners' media habits. If accepted you will be given a diary where you will log your media habits in a 24 hour period, either Wednesday September 24th or Saturday September 27th.

A gift certificate for a free pair of running shoes (worth over $100) will be provided as an incentive to those who participate in the focus group and complete a diary. Food will also be served at the focus group.

Where: The office of Zenith Optimedia
When: Monday, September 29th or Monday October 6th from 6:00-8:00pm
Focus group dates are first come, first serve, so to secure your spot and confirm your participation


Also, please include in the e-mail how many miles per week that you run and how many pairs of running shoes per year you purchase.

Additionally, the diary that you complete must be returned 1-2 business days after completion.

To complete the diary you will need to print out a copy and return it by dropping it off at our Manhattan location

Please forward this email to anyone you know that might be interested.

9/14/08

Bathroom: STAT!

"Feel the fear and do it anyway." SUSAN JEFFERS

“Oh my gosh, oh my gosh…I got to find a bathroom! STAT!” Sound familiar? Some of us have gotten this once in our running days, and please, don’t be embarrassed, we have all gone through it and we all talk or even laugh about it. Bathroom humor brings to some good stories while you pass the longer mileages in your run. Each person has a different story about finding a facility to go, relieving oneself on the side of the road or literally sprinting to the bathroom at home. May it be running behind a person with extreme body order or having an upset stomach during a race, we experience some of the best or rather worst hygiene aspects of life.

While running in the 24 hour (27 hour in our case) relay of Reach the Beach relay race this past month I thought about this experience. Think about it, you run with a bunch of other runners then pack it up in a van (closed environment) and keep running for 24 hours. Umm…when do you shower? We didn’t, until the very end. Some happened to clean themselves off with baby wipes, while others happened to change out of their race clothes and into the next running outfit when we pit stopped (eating or sleeping) at the next transition area.

Then add the weather factor, which it could be warm which causes sweat and body odor or it could be raining, the ultimate stench – Soggy Running Shoes! We squirm, but we all know the usual smell. In this trip, one van was lucky to escape the rain, while the other van was not. I was lucky to be in the dryer van…

Then add in the exhaustion/terrain factor, in our case we only ran with 10 members (usually 12 members – where each member does 3 legs) some members had to run 4 legs and totaling the mileage as much as a marathon distance and no less than 15 miles through the rolling hills of New Hampshire.

Then add the night, where you had to run with a safety vest, blinkers and headlamp. I heard that one person had lost their blinkers in the port-o-potties…it must have fallen off, but they did not dare to go fetch for it, if you know what I mean.

But we are runners; none of this stuff should phase us in any way. Are we all like this? Is this an unspoken topic that all of us rule out and put under the table. We as runners exercise to the limits of always sweating during the hot, humid nights during the summer time. To some people, this is disgusting, where some even find sweating gross!

Although, we as runners find it somewhat acceptable to go for a run and then go to a social event right after, some without even showering, but changing clothes. Most runners that I know are very picky and somewhat perfectionists in what they do outside of running, although as runners and athletes, we tend to brush the unsanitary card aside.

As I read, Runners World (May’s Issue), (yes, I am behind) there is an article about bathroom and embarrassing issues.

Fact or fiction: Going to the bathroom before a race helps you race better.

FACT - Going to the bathroom before a race physiologically a runner may feel relieved and flush the nervous-ness out of your system. It may be one less stop you have to do while running or even thinking about running to the bathroom or finding a restroom doing the race. This may cut down on your time based on the race being a timed. If you had to stop into the restroom your time increases. Add on the fact that if you had to wait for a person to get out of a port-o-potty, this adds more time as well. So yes, all this may be true, but some people superstitiously or just customary to “relieve” themselves

What and when should you eat before a race?

Everyone has different “breakfast” or things they would eat before and during a race. Of course this is determined by what distance of a race it is. Racing and running causes your body to move, which means that your organs will also move. This movement sometimes causes your stomach and items in your stomach to slosh, which may cause uneasiness and “problems” when you run. Watch out, the motions of running also causes irritation of the intestines, which causes blood to go into your urine.

Suggestions: Eat at least 30 minutes to an hour before the race. For solid items, eat a bagel (w/o peanut butter), oatmeal or bananas, which are usually safe items. Drinking Gatorade also helps put electrolytes in your body and upkeeps water levels when you start to run. During a run, items such as GU or blocks, may also cause uneasiness no matter how many times you train with it.

Of course, everyone is different in this category. We all share this as a regular body function of life. Some can laugh about it, while others cringe on the topic (which I apologize if this is the case for this article.) But we all have different running rituals to superstitions that we may or may not share, even though Halloween is right around the corner. Some people just come to the facts of life that they are one of these people that just have stomach issues all the time.

“Hey, when you have to go, you have to go!”

9/11/08

Reach the Beach…upon arrival…

"We may train or peak for a certain race, but running is a lifetime sport." ALBERTO SALAZAR

The day has arrived, I woke up early this morning to get a good head start at last minute items. I had too much shit to carry up on the subway, so J and I had planned out that we would share a cab together. We were fortunate that J was going up, even though he had a leg injury and was questionable the month before, he was so excited about this race, but had to pull out. J and I chatted for quite some time. We talked about like maybe 5 different topics along the way and made up for lost time, since JG was injured. Then came the others from all directions until finally our team had arrived. As we arrived, we see JT waiting outside; she was one of the drivers for Van #1. The drivers were supposed to be first, but ES was late!

As all the drivers signed up, the vans were secure and everyone was there…we were ready to roll. Van #1 (JT, JM, DL, ES and I) and Van #2 (JG, BS, RB, AW, AH & YP) were split up as though we were racing, no one wanted to get out and mix up the cars before the race, which was weird since we would both be spending 24 + hours in our respectable vans.

Many of the firefighters had honored their fallen brothers at their respectable firehouses since today was 9/11. The tragedy of today had brought great emotion and I had witnessed these firefighters in vain. We all got into our vans and headed up toward a 7 hour ride up to New Hampshire.

Van#1 got lost at New Haven or was it Hartford? Somewhere in Connecticut, where we could not catch up to Van#2…we were known as the dumb van. We quickly got sidetracked since JM needed to go to the bathroom and then everyone went. We got free fudge as we walked into this candy store and then roamed the premises for quite a while. DL and ES got ice cream and figured that this was going to be quite the trip for ice cream along every route we take, and hoping to get ice cream at 2am in the morning. But we called Van #2 to find out where they had been…they stopped by a subway and ate without us. How Rude! Seriously….so we went to our own establishment along the way…a Friendly’s, which I had been to and no one else in the van had a clue about the service…it was SLOW. We spent too much time at the restaurant, but got ice cream at the end…CONE HEAD SUNDAES! It wasn’t the traditional one in the metallic bowl…and not much reeces pieces, but it still showed the flair…they all admired my sundae. Then another quick bathroom break that ES had to GO!

And finally we arrived in New Hampshire. Van #2 had been around town for quite a while and they had been in the grocery store as well. We arrived and met up with Van#2 at the grocery store…they had been getting van supplies for the trip as we flooded our little cart as well with Gatorade, water, fruits, snacks and other needed supplies, like Febreeze. We got all of our supplies and moved on toward our hotel. Many of us were thinking about jogging outside for a bit before dinner. Some did, while some rested in the hotel. Chops came out when YP cut his sideburns to CHOPS which was a running joke throughout the trip.

The jog was beautiful and just breathing in the nature and air was amazing. Running in the city can bring you to such a euphoria when you are out in Nature country…it was beautiful though as the sun set…and the hills were somewhat tough…

We quickly made it out to dinner…as we ate pasta, pasta, pasta….

9/10/08

Getting ready for Reach the Beach…

"Running is a great investment. Your principal is low. Your rate of return is enormous, and it keeps growing every year. And there are no hidden charges, unless you count an occasional blister." FLORENCE GRIFFITH JOYNER and JON HANC, Running For Dummies

Getting set for the Reach the Beach after work, what to bring? Do I have everything? First getting through a rough day at work where I had to finalize everything up and make sure that my boss knew what I was doing…but opps! I forgot to update him on certain things that I have been working on and may have caused myself to be in a slight bit of trouble.

But anyways, just getting out of work and printing out sets of papers so we knew everything was all set. Oh and also one more person dropped out (JS), leaving us with a 10 man team. So on top of coordinating the last minute team things that we needed, I had to e-mail the team to come up with a new line up that will work and work with the certain people that run certain legs…hope this serves the purpose! On top of that, I was working on certain items with dressing up the van since JM had brought that up on Sunday. We came up with this idea that we would have the van spiffed up with all of our profiled pictures and we had been working on certain ideas, but it was a little too late to figure things out and came up with this last minute idea. I didn’t even think it was going to work out since I just got my OLD new computer and had to install drivers for the printer…everything was not coming together as smoothly as I had planned out.

I went out for a run to go get some supplies that I had on my mind. So I headed down to Chinatown to find some blinkers for the night run. I didn’t know how many blinkers we had in our van and I just wanted to get some just in case, but only found one place that I could buy it. I had contemplated on buying these blinkers running back and forth to different places, then finally decided to buy them and then run up to my apartment to drop them off. I had been also looking for my Ethernet cable that I did not bring to work along with my laptop. I was unsure if my parents had even packed it…which they did not. Things were not going smoothly…ok, more options. I would try to download the drivers, save the driver onto my USP drive and then hopefully it would recognize it through that.

My run: 14th and 8th to Canal Street (cutting through the west village) to Canal and Broadway, up Broadway a bit to 18th and 2nd and then up to 23rd street across to 8th avenue and back down to 14th. Ending probably with a 3-4 mile loop...

OK…so finally coming back home after the run and finalizing everything that I had needed from my office, I turned on the laptop to install the driver and print the magnet profile pictures out. At the same time, I needed to eat dinner and pack all of my items. How many items of clothing did you need for a 24 hour running event?

What I had packed:
4-5 pairs of NY Flyers running singlet/t-shirts
4-5 pairs of running shorts (with the underwear)
3-4 pairs of underwear
4-5 pairs of socks
Running equipment: Polar watch items, Road ID,
5-8 bandana’s
Reflective Vest
Blinker
Batteries
Camera(s)

What else did I need?

Finally my computer started and at first, I had tried every way to get these pictures to print out…but without avail, I was screwed…then I tried one more way. THIS WORKED! Wheeew, I knew all that hard work was for something, now we can finally begin with the pictures. I cleaned out the printer heads, and finally was in business. As soon as I was done with the magnet pictures, I moved on with the “surprise” that I had installed for the team.

I had been pondering in giving my teammates a type of “gift” from the “captains” of the team. Lots of people were bummed that we could not get shirts made up for the end of the race or even for ourselves to capture the moment of this running event. Many other teams back in the day with Hood to Coast and Reach the Beach had made up shirts, but we had dropped the ball on this. So, what more than to twist my own type of scenario and make bandana’s for my teammates.

So I had done this before and I had already bought the bandana’s beforehand months ago. I had already washed them one way through and now, all I needed was to print out the iron-on and the logo that I had finished up (last minute) at the office. As each one had printed, I had to slowly cut away at the logo and the Reach the Beach logo. I was done packing, so now I had to just to this, iron these suckers onto the bandana and then go to bed.

Looking in the end at the 10 man team, I’ll be doing a marathon…does that count for my marathon in New Hampshire? I look forward to the challenge having the hardest legs of the race as well as the longer and longest distance to be run. I was scared and excited at the same time, where I had been looking forward to this race. The experience and what it was going to be like…I guess it was far different than running in the Need for Speed relay and at the same time I had wanted to do this Reach the Beach just for fun…

I finished up and packed all my things, ready to rock and do this relay race…

9/8/08

Oh my gosh, I almost stepped on a bird!

"Running is elementary. It is elegant in its simplicity." JOHN BINGHAM, The Courage To Start

OK…waking up early today because I needed to get some kind of run in that I did not get this weekend. Saturday due to the rain, and Sunday because I was just pure lazy, but Monday night was out of the question and I had to get in some running. So I had to get myself up to run at around 6am.

I had figured that since I have this longer distance run, I would get to know it well and try to run better quality runs than quantity. I still need those longer miles, although running and being acquainted to speed and the time was what I wanted to get to know. I mean I had run 4 marathons this year already, I know the race. Each marathon is different though, but the distance and feeling is all the same. Different because your body can react to different distances in different ways on different days…It’s strange.

Anyways, I have been off of my blog and I apologize to those who read daily. I had lost my computer where the screen just flopped and now I have a temporary replacement…my old school first labtop EVER! My parents came down for our monthly visit and that was the main reason why I had to miss Monday night group and wake up early.

So coming around from the Staten Island ferry and coming around from the Statue of Liberty, it was an amazing and people take it for granted to see all these things while running in the morning…but there was a group of smaller birds as I rounded the corner, thinking they were going to move…or did they? OH dear god, one foot step closer and I would have whipped out a small bird! Why didn’t they move??? I had no clue…

Oh dear…keep moving…keep moving. That’s all I can think. Never look back at the road kill that you could have done and in reality, I would have heard a dead bird dying…no?

Finished my run and on to work!

9/6/08

Forgetting...

"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it." LOU HOLTZ

What? wait...who is that?

Oh aweful, I soon resorted to being soo lazy today and what a morning.

Rain will soon come as I had woken up thinking it was going to rain. But did not. The race was still on that means and I had to get my butt up there. I was suppose to take pictures for the team and scurried to Central Park not even knowing where it had began. I run from the subway station as I see that all the men had already left and I had to make my way toward the finish. I see SD there as I get my camera all set and then comes the first runner…I snap some shots and then look to see if all my photos were there…umm…earth to Brian, you forgot to put back your memory card.

OPPS! Great! I felt so bad for me, my team and myself really due to the fact that I could have slept in and I was out there to take pictures of the guys…duh! Stupid! How could you forget. I couldn’t believe it.

I then stayed around for the women’s race since I had a teams captains meeting afterwards. I go up to GW and tell him the first 5 men…but forget PD’s name…umm yeah, the whole memory card thing, yup, I’m stupid.

Flyerville…too much Flyerville lately…I am gearing myself towards this weekend when I am co-captains with E in the Reach the Beach relay team…a 200 mile relay through NH with 12 people, but we currently have 1 more spot! Care to join us?

Anyways…afterwards we went to the Flyerville meeting with all the captains to resolve some issues.

I was going to go out for a run as soon as I was done with all this catching up on blogging…but the rain started pouring…and will do so until tomorrow morning.

Scratch that…we’ll run tomorrow instead.

9/5/08

Twin Towers

"Learn to run when feeling the pain: then push harder." WILLIAM SIGEI
Wheew...so behind in both running and blogging. I apologize for not being more into my blogging due to work and my computer being dead. Yes, so my usual days of just telling what had happened has resorted in just awaiting for free time to just splurge about my running life.

Ok...so tonight I ran, the first time since a long time in 3 days. I needed to also get this run in due to this huge storm that is part of a hurricane hitting Manhattan straight on and I had thought that it was going to hit early in the morning. Meaning no running for the entire day. But it has held off till 6pm tonight, which means I can get a run in sometime today, or take it easy if I need to, which will probably happen since my knee started to hurt while on my run for some reason.

ok, so in my mind I was thinking of my route to go home. I had been deciding to go on the east side (late at night really dark) or the west side (sunset views etc) I decided that since I got home a little late than I had expected, to go on the east side then the west side and come home…


I decided to do my 10 mile loop from 18th to 18th…so headed out and started running when I run into JK, who was a long time runner now since she had done her half marathon and full marathon experience. This was a gal that I went to college with that couldn’t do more than 4 miles running with some bummed knees and now she runs marathons and halves and is training for a triathlon. The kicker? She works for runners world magazine as well. I saw her running on the east side and she had to get some frustrations out. I asked her what are you running on a Friday night? She asked me the same question…but I knew that I have to be more disciplined in my running regimen now that I’m marathon training again.

I ran with her for a while then dropped her off at 14th to go on my own run. I was working it pretty hard and needed it to work towards my goal…but in reality I needed to stay comfortable. You need to run in a comfortable setting while running a marathon, if you are not, then you will not do well. As the dark sections started to hit I saw a guy that resembled one of my high school friends who ran cross country with me. I yelled out his name, but thinking it’s NYC he would not respond. He turned and I yelled again. CP was indeed a good friend who also played Ultimate Frisbee and did a bunch of things back in the day. We have not caught up since high school and he told me about his comedy show. I didn’t want to hold him up, so I let him run again and I was back on my running regime.

I strolled down towards the piers and south street seaport, ran past the Staten Island ferry and then boom. The lights of September 11th hit me. The day is coming close and the lights have been up already. I continued on past the Monday group runs and still on every corner you can see these lights, which was amazing. It’s been so long since that dreadful day. Seeing it and living in NYC is different. You feel privileged to being alive…the light was like a signal shining into the sky and everything around it was black…it was like a beacon into heaven that signified to the heavens that this was NYC and ground zero. For all those who were lost that day, it was like a lighthouse to find your way home from the heavenly skies. It was memorable as I soon got off the west side and back into the hustle and bustle of NYC. Weaving through the large night crowds of people going out to have a great time and boozing it up…but I still running because I desire something of my dreams. I ended up sprinting home and making my ways back, exhausted and tired.

9/1/08

"If you have a bad run, don't obsess about it. You're always going to have days when your legs feel dead." HEATHER HANSCOM, 2004 U.S. Women's Olympic Team
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I quickly glance at my at my watch and the band that reads, “a reason to hope.” I have 6.2 more miles to go, and I feel confident in finishing my first marathon! As I round the corner, tons of cheering people are clapping, but I’m starting to experience pain in my knees and hamstrings. I remind myself that this pain is only temporary, but my pride, my cause and my goal are forever.

An adoring crowd member cheers my name, and I am reminded that my name is on the shirt I am wearing. This shirt caries all the names of the people whom have donated and they will finish with me. But most importantly a shirt that bears my the name of my Grandmother, who since her diagnosis, struggles with the disease everyday of her life. This was “my reason and inspiration to hope”.

Since marathon training programs have started, for those of you who were unlucky and did not get into the New York City (NYC) Marathon. There is relief! There are still different ways to get in. The New York Road Runners offers free bibs for the charity programs to have people run for a cause. Charity programs have seemed to become more and more of a trend to help raise money for different non-profit organizations.

In many marathons these days you can see multiple amounts of people with different singlet’s on that are running for various charity groups. Other times you can see multiple amounts of ribbons, signs and imprinted inspirational words on the backs of their singlet have and pictures.

Running is very much an individual sport, although when you a running for someone there may be a greater meaning. Running for a cause may bring some extra motivation from get up each morning for a run to tough out those longer miles. Running for a charity may give you more discipline and inspiration during the race. It allows a person to feel like they are making a difference in helping find a cure faster.

Friendships from other teams may also grow in this process as well. With different running programs that offer training programs and group runs, these programs may help you initialize and broaden your running ties with other people than just NY Flyers. (but seriously, our group runs are better…) These connections may also allow you to share stories, have a deeper meaning toward running and even your personal life or even help heal a person from a grieving process. Running, talking and supporting always helps a person recover in the end to motivate and strive to succeed.

The NYRR has at least 37 different charitable programs that you can run for to gain acceptance in the New York City (NYC) Marathon. When you think that running a marathon is a feat by itself, try the next best thing. Run for a charity today in a marathon or any other race that is available. I certainly have…

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I glance quickly at my at my watch and the band that reads, “A reason to hope.” I have 6.2 more miles to go and I feel confident that I will finish my first marathon! As I round the corner, tons of cheering people are clapping, but I’m starting to experience pain in my knees and hamstrings. I remind myself that this pain is only temporary but my pride, my cause, and my goal are forever.

An adoring crowd member cheers “Go Brian!” and I am reminded that my name is on my shirt. This shirt caries the names of all the people who have donated; they will finish with me. But most importantly, the shirt bears the name of my grandmother who, since her diagnosis, struggles with Alzheimer's disease every day of her life. This is my “reason and inspiration to hope”.

Fall marathon training programs are well under way now. And even though we are only two months away from the New York City Marathon, there are still a few ways to get in! The NYRR offers acceptance to runners who raise money for non-profit organizations and run for a cause. But out of the almost 40 charitable programs that the NYRR supports, only a few slots remain. Be sure to sign up soon if you are interested.

Just take a look around. In most marathons these days you will see runners with singlets from various charity groups, in addition to ribbons, signs, and inspirational words and photos on the backs of their jerseys.

While running is very much an individual sport, when you are running for someone else there may be greater meaning. Running for a cause may bring you some extra motivation to get up for an early morning run or tough out those longer miles. Running for a cause may give you more discipline and inspiration during the race. And running for a cause may allow you to feel like you are making a difference in helping to find a cure.

Bonds with new teammates may grow in this process as well. Different charities offer training programs and group runs that can help you initialize friendships and broaden your running ties beyond the NY Flyers (but our group runs are better!) These connections may also allow you to share stories, listen to others, and even help heal a person during the grieving process. Running, talking, and support go a long way in helping a person recover, motivate, and strive to succeed.

Running a marathon is a feat by itself. But I urge you to try the next best thing. Run for a charity in a marathon or any other race that is available. I certainly have…