12/31/09

Bridge runners

Recognize your victories. Joan Benoit Samuelson

Deanna invited me on what was called the Bridge Runners (a form of NIKE group) that goes around to different locations in the city to run across bridges to another borough or state. They make the most out of their runs as they express the good times and good scenery of what the city has to offer. The island has many bridges that secluded us from the rest of the world...

It was a warmer night though, which was good. I arrived way too early as Ming and I checked up on the other place (as they switched locations for the holidays) it's nice because you try to expand your running connections any way you can...but this was serious business...I think.

Ming and I returned to the other place as we saw all the other people awaiting to go...I think we were mainly waiting for one person...so we jogged over to the Brooklyn Bridge and started speedwork right there...fast, slow, fast, slow...till we got to the other side...then I showed Deanna how to stride, be comfortable and deccelerate....not many people can do this (or maybe lots of people can do this and I just don't know)

The idea is basically resting, while running and continuing your average marathon pace by increasing you stride width when tired. So, you recover to a level when you need it.

We continued around a park, strolled around a hill (up and down...) And then somehow made it around to the Manhattan Bridge...where we started again...5 lampposts, rest...5 more....rest...ok, let's go up to 10 lampposts...

I knew Deanna liked challenges and she seemed to keep up...so increased the number and didn't really count the lampposts that were out...it was tough and I was on and off recovering as I went out fast and was really surprised about her potential as a runner.

It scared me at first...thinking about it as I walked to the subway to work, really - you are training a gal that has the potential to become really good...I mean close as much as beating me good. I realized yesterday on the run that Deanna has a high tolerance for pain...she plays Lacross for god sakes!

Anyways...after the manhattan bridge, there was one of the leaders that insisted since it was the last bridge run for the year to do the Williamsburg Bridge...I have never done this bridge before and went off at the gates just pulling ahead because I loved hills...I awaited half way through to giving D a few more pointers, but yes...interestingly enough it was fun!

Anyways, there was a mishap afterwards with C and PBJ, whom got lost and continued on and got yelled at by the leader guys...which sent D furious!

Anyways...the night was nice. It was very...very tough and we shall see if we ever do that again. Went back with D to her work place and we discussed about ultra running...

Last run of the year to cap off 2009!
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12/29/09

COLD!

From the moment I ran through the tunnel into the Olympic stadium I knew that the Olympics wasn't everything I wanted but it was everything I needed. Meaning that I had dreamt of winning for so long but by losing I would develop a whole lot of character and my running career would have a lot different direction compared to if I had won. Ryan Hall on his 2008 Olympic Marathon performance

Ok...temperatures reaching sub 30 degrees...maybe even sub 20 degree weather and the wind chill...

Forget about it...it probably was in the single digits today and tonight.

I had to cancel my Speedwork classes that I had been putting on for C and Jeanne (whom I gave as a pro-bono job for the charity group Right Rides.).

Hey it was a good cause and I had no clue what I was getting myself into...like I didn't know what I was getting myself into by signing up for all these coaching speedwork classes in the DEAD of WINTER!

The weather has really been "depressing" and it really is daunting on my attitude...how the hell am I going to be running and training HARD in the weather?

I have no clue...seriously...I don't know how I am going to break the Barrier with this weather...

Anyways...I checked into Jack Rabbits last night having one goal in mind...to get some rubber bands. Give me about this length as I told the helper to yard out the amount I wanted...

I need to strengthen my calves and Achilles as these are the main problems with my conditioning habits...5 feet of the regular flat rubber and 7 feet of the tubing...I figured to get the tubing to strengthen up my arms as well to gain resistance.

Anyways...back to the cold, I don't know how runners do it either...we are crazy to follow our regimens and training schedules that sometime we just put our heads down and go out the door. The breathe, the wind and the cold just seeps in...till we warm up after a mile and then are ok...until the next strong wind blows!
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Empty office

You train best where you are the happiest. Frank Shorter, American distance runner and Olympic gold-medalist

Well...I had forgotten that yesterday was a day where the office was DEAD...

It was rather really nice to just play around in the office and do some work in peace and quiet. Really nice actually.

Mind you today is a rather different story, where some people are back in the office...

Ahh!!! good day in the office this week...I love when it is quiet!
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Last run for 2009

So...I have yet to total my amount of runs, mileage and demographics of 2009...

But I made a deal with my body that I would totally relax and take some time off.

Today's Monday Group run was an exception, where I had to lead the group and make sure that everyone was ok. Granted we had JA there, but it's always good to have two leaders there, granted everyone that shows up is a veteran and knows the route.

It's cold out there and I had thought that I had put on enough clothes...the cold just doesn't get you...it's the wind that really kills you...we waited for the group to formulate...

6:55pm...ok people...seriously? Was it only me and C out tonight? Little by little people start to peep out of the woodwork...T...then D...then the two gals: A and J (regulars) and then JA...small group...

This happens every year when winter rolls around...the group starts to thin out and then when spring rolls around...the groups start to get larger...

This is what stinks about training for Boston though...the hard winter training...only when Spring rolls around, Boston usually brings out the very best...those primed and conditioned during the cold, winter months...

The group run started and did it's regular 6 mile loop...I started out fast, then when I hit battery park city, I started to slow down, did some running drills, felt some twinges and wait for the rest...I wanted to see if JA was bringing in the gals (sometimes they are super fast and sometimes they love taking their time...) So I wanted to stay with them to see if they were alright...once I got word that JA and T were pretty close to them...I sped up to see the speedy gals, D & C...

They must have taken a break or something because I seriously caught up to them. I rounded out the back as we lead up to the straight away and zoomed up...

I loved this part...why?

D takes this part so quickly that it's amazing what she can do...I await as she will soon be able to kick my butt in time and speed...I really love it when the speedy guys come out for this run...but add in the mix of gals? Ooo eye candy!

Ok...fine! She's a great friend and I respect really good gal runners...it makes running fast interesting...ok?

So, the back nine or straight away, she just rips it apart as I go up to her and ask her:

"Do you have anywhere important to go to?"

She replies:

"No...why?"

I reply:

"Oh, because you're going so damn fast!"

Then her reply was asking me:

"Well, do you have anywhere to go to? Cause your speeding up!"

Oh she got me good...as we sped up and left C out there...D was absolutely kicking...seriously, she was moving as I was about 75 to 80 percent of my speed on a training run...boy do I miss that when CD was out here kicking my butt every damn monday group run.

Anyways...group run ended...D was burning sh#t up and I ended up doing a little sprint drills afterwards while waiting for the rest...

All good...last run for the year...well, so I would think...I think I may have this speedwork class tomorrow and coach D on Wednesday on these bridge runner runs...

Oh boy! Guess I am back and in action...
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12/28/09

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12/27/09

Bus...

We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort. Jesse Owens

So...from now until the New Year...

NO RUNNING!

Well...I still have to do the Monday Group run, but as far as that is concerned...no other running activities after that.

I need to give my legs a rest, although I know that I have another marathon soon...which does not help at all...

Properly trained? Nope, but the chances of me grasping the sub 3 mark in Phoenix is pretty darn slim.
Anyways, I'm on the bus to go to New Jersey to see my Grandmother today, as my family is getting together for her Birthday...

I get teary eyed whenever things are spoken about that involves family and grandparents...I feel guilty in many ways whenever I do speak of my grandma because I don't get to see her that often...

My parents came to pick me up as I started walking towards this chinese store...and meet them half way, but really didn't make it that far...they drove me to the restaurant where I sat at the bar and just waited for my cousin, aunt and uncle and my grandmother to arrive.

It just feels good seeing my grandmother at times. It brings you back in life where you were young and didn't care much...that was then...about 20 years ago, probably when I was 8 years old...it's tough to think about...what is 10 years? What do we become in 20 years...

Many things change and it's scary...very scary.

My grandmother has this thing where she just continues to just eat...anything that is in front of her she will eat. At least she eats right? Some alzheimer's patience don't even eat and that's the bad stage...

But yes, it's been a while and yes, this is why I run, this is why I am still here in NY and this is why in many ways I fight...so hard and accomplishments are made...

After lunch was over, I tried to make the long trip back across the river on the LOCAL bus...uh and lincoln tunnel traffic from all the people coming back from Christmas travel...it was a rough commute back, but it was all worth my while because I got to see my grandmother...
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Holiday Season

Christmas is not the very big holiday for my family as my parents own a Chinese/Japanese Restaurant in Rockland County, so they work and provide services to the non-Christmas celebrating families.

So...this year, same as all years, I celebrated Christmas by going to Midnight Mass with a friend, who came in from Boston, who I met from the Boston Marathon Expo.

It was really nice spending time as we walked to the church, where I found that had Christmas Carols at 11pm and service at midnight. Although, as we strolled up to the church, everything looked closed and empty, we asked the homeless guys outside if there was service, they explained to us that the church was closed...these were the guys who we fed the day before the NYC marathon due to the excess amount of food we had at the Alzheimer's Run to Remember dinner.

So, we tried another church that I had in mind along Park Avenue, low and prevail...it was open!

Ahh! Good thing! Service was alright as usually I enjoy the priest/reverend's message about the year. But it was a bit disappointing as he did not really bring promise to the upcoming year and new hope...

Oh well! Christmas day followed as we walked around to various sites: Rockefeller Center, 5th Avenue, St Patrick's Cathedral...it was nice...but cold and crowded. What was up with all the strollers in high density places? Gosh it take so much damn room!

I cooked that night as I had wanted to try to make some interesting sushi (kiwi?, jalapeno peppers?)

Anyways, it turned out pretty darn good...but the Image results for jalapeno peppers, were a little too HOT!

The next day? Rain! But we went out in it...even better we walked from my place all the way down to SoHo for her Rice to Riches...then took the subway back home due to the cold, wetness that we were feeling...I hate umbrella's, so I was stubborn enough to stay outside and was soaked...

Uhh! Stayed in and good to go...long vacation soon ending...one more day of enjoyment!
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12/23/09

Frigid...

Anything is possible, but you have to believe and you have to fight. Lance Armstrong

Each and every morning, as the cold winter's blast bone chilling air right into my face, I ask myself...

Why do I live here?

Seriously? The cold is insationable (sp?). The feeling you get is horrendous. The mood that you are in stinks afterwards...

All for...

The 4 seasons?

Yes, I guess so...another day another tomorrow...good thing Christmas is around the corner though...

Oh and to all the readers that were grossed out yesterday...this morning as I walked to the subway, in the subway station...they literally cleaned up that shit!

12/22/09

COLD!

Ok...so where is she?

I had been waiting in the time warner building since 6pm?

Yes, that was stupid on my call to not go home when I had the chance to do so and drop off my things when the E train came through...stupid!

Anyways, I was buying my time, catching up on my blogging and stories that I had wrapped up in my head...though it was nice to hear the christmas music and bright lights, I was in my running tights in the mall...right next to sephora (a women's fragrance and make up store)...yeah, wonder why I am single, right?

Anyways...the temperature outside was 34 degrees and I was not looking forward to that. It's not just the temperature, it's the fact of the wind combination. The wind just really kills you.

Anyways, so 6:45 finally rolls around and I finally get a phone call...about time! No, just kidding...As we went outside, oh the chilly wind...bitterness started sinking in...

Why?

Long day I guess...but we did a lap and discussed strategy. The rules of running and I was harsh...or bitter at the same time.

Anyways, we did a regular speedwork drill that involved hills, form, speed and well, I surprised C by taping her a few times to see for herself her form and running ways...

There is only so much you can actually tell a person, then they must understand themselves the ways in which you are teaching them...it's more like lead by example.

Anyways, C ran really well and got comfortable with things. She is progressing and she once she understands the ways of running she will do well...

She has the heart, determination and rigor...later on this will all pay off!

Although, is there an even bigger thing she is going for? She's joining the marathon maniacs and she wants to do the 50 states...something has got to give!
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Human Poop...

Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them?a desire, a dream, a vision. Muhammad Ali

Ok, so not to be grossed out or anything...it's what the title says it is, so skip this post if you are disgusted...

I was disgusted this morning as I had seen this at the 53rd Street and Lex Subway Station.

REALLY?

Gosh, well this really doesn't disgust me because it brings up a huge topic in some senses of NYC. I have seen Homeless people actually taking part in the act, on the streets, inbetween cars...just watch out now when and where you step!

But seriously, you are a runner, you have been in some situations where you just have to go...maybe not #2, but certainly I have heard instances where guys just pee all around Central Park, let alone some ladies as well!

So...these are the adventures of the subway series, going to work, rathr than running...since it's cold outside!
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12/21/09

Monday night crew

This is what really matters: running. This is where I know where I am. Steve Jones, former marathon world record holder

So the regular monday night crew was out in a moderate full force last night. We had about 8 people who showed up, as I would have to say that it's a good amount of people for a cold winter night.

Attendance for group runs have really dwindled in numbers for our club, as we try to fix this...although the monday downtown group has kept a good Attendance (maybe due to the e-mails that go out, maybe because of the first monday run/bar social hour?)

Anyways, I have taken the reigns in DG's absence. It's hard to have that kind of commitment as group leader and for 2-3 years rocketman has done a great job.

The run was great, cold and windy. Although the gals were really tearing it up. I took it easy as I talked with PB&J.

It's been a while since I had been there as well, since I had all of these personal things to do: 60K, awards committee, hawaii marathon...let alone that I had been away for marathon pace leading with the ING cafe during the summer. So being back and getting back into it was very different.

After the run though, I decided to bring over some holiday cookies to rocketman and Jman.
Ended up talking to the Jman and C for quite a while, seeing there place with a newly installed kitchen and just chatted! After that, I needed to exchange cookies with Jos, as we had talked about baking earlier in the week...

Anyways...had trouble finding her apartment (I know, how difficult is it to find an apartment when you always dropped her off at her place during the summer) but that was light out! Anyways, I got all dishevelled (sp?) but finally found my place...

Then I walked home...and called it a night!
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12/17/09

Black is back...

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
Winston Churchill

Only in NYC does people wear all black...I was not the same, although unlike people, I try to wear a little color in my wardrobe...

No running today as I gear up into my winter running routine...longer runs during the winter time, quality over quantity, and get out there while it's warmer, rather than freeze to death.

I do apologize to all the pictures that I had placed on my facebook...yes, it was mean that I had posted them when it was FREEZING here...now I understand...

I should have ran this morning due to the fact that I am waiting for the subway right now and I had missed the other one due to this lady blocking the stairway path for me to run down...but that is alright...we'll make due...it's cold outside, especially when the wind blows!

12/15/09

Time to say goodbye to paridise...

I used to run to school, 10k every day. Haile Gebrselassi

Aloha also means goodbye...

My short time in Hawaii was well spent. Good times with my sister as always where we act up like little children and she makes me smile and laugh a whole lot. Times have been difficult for me and in the end family is always there.

As my sister dropped me off at the airport early because she had to go off to work for a bit, I had to keep my emotions from getting to me. It was such a good time that I had spent here...time alone, time with family, and time just to think things through.

It's been a good year, a tough year and a very dramatic year filled with good and bad emotions. Times are tough right now and things just have to be...will be.

As I await in the airport, I write in my blog of the good times that I had this entire week and a day...

Very...very good times!
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12/12/09

Honolulu's 10 ways to get photographed...

They say you can't run away from your troubles. I say that you can. John Bingham, The Courage to Start

Action Sports International Event Photography



1.) Please Take a Number - Wear your race number high in the center of your chest. We use the numbers to identify your photos. Also, remember to wear your number on a layer of clothes that we can see.

2.) Read a Map - Review our course shot locations on the aforementioned link and be sure to look for our photography teams wearing blue vests.

3.) Rub the Curb - When you approach our photography locations, move to one side of the road (don't run right down the middle).

4.) Smile - Smile, yell or wave at our photographers - they love it!

5.) Do a Shot Before You Race - Be sure to get your pre-race commemorative photo by visiting our various corral locations (photographers in the blue vests) at the start staging areas between 7.00am-9.00am.

6.) Do a Shot After You Race - After you finish, grab your medal and get your commemorative medal photo by visiting our candid stations. Commemorate your accomplishment!

7.) Celebrate - Don't Watch Your Watch - As you finish, put your hands in the air, or give a high-five to your running mate - DO NOT block your number by looking down at your watch. Let you chip record your accurate time.

8.) Don't Tailgate - At our photo locations and at the finish, don't run right behind someone else. Run in your own space (if you can). That way, you'll get a cleaner shot and really showcase your finish.

9.) Run a 5 minute mile pace like Ryan Hall.

10.) Have Fun!

12/10/09

Running on the beach, expo and hiking...

I run with my head, my heart and my guts, because physically, I don't think I've got a great deal of talent or ability. I started at the bottom and worked up. Steve Jones, former marathon world record holder

So again having trouble waking up later and later as I wake up pretty early in the morning at 3 to 5am. I'm never going to get the hang of this...as I am so tired by 7-9pm...exhausted even!

Anyways, what did I do today? I ran! I ran pretty freely as I had gotten out of my sister's apartment by 9am...started running, got a little lost as I was turned into a circle and ended up at the convention center...turned my way around as I really did not know which way was which and oriented myself from the beach and the mountain ranges...then continued east as I passed by a small school and ended up at the Zoo. I took off my shoes and ran a little on the beach barefoot on the sand...ok, this should be fun!

I stopped, looked at the surfers and watched the water, the waves and the sand with small crabs walking so fast you can barely see them.

I got up again and started my trek back home, running with my shoes in hand and running in the sand (boy, my calves are going to hate me tomorrow!) As I made it back to Waikiki beach, I linger around, drop my shoes and take a dip into the nice ocean.

Oh that feels nice!

There are amazing looking women EVERYWHERE! My gosh, everyone in like string bikini's! Ok, need to go home and wash up...After I got my socks and shoes back on, I quickly made it back to my sister's apartment and changed clothes, ate some lunch and then was out again...to the expo.

The expo was pretty close as it was about (4-5) long blocks...clocking in about a mile away. I walked and arrived shortly after seeing all these Japanese tourist around. These people did not look like they had ran a marathon before. They didn't even look athletic! I asked the information booth person (who was Japanese) since I did not bring my mailing slip, where I should go?

She looked at me blankly and said, "expo? Yes, through those doors...ok! Fine!". I went through and saw more and more Japanese people...oh my gosh, this is such a weird experience!

Ok, go through a security check area of the marathon slips, they point me to a wall where I had my number but I had to still fill something out to bring to the bib person...then after I got my bib and chip I went to check my timing chip...

Oh gosh, it had my age wrong...it indicated that I was 10 years old! Ok, so now I had to go to trouble shooting and get this resolved...I chatted with the lady asking her about using a D-tag or using the Championship one time use timing chip.

Anyways, on with the expo, where I looked into the goodie bag and there was no shirt? How can this be? They told me that I would receive this later on as a finisher's shirt...ok? Still that's stupid!

Anyways, walk through all the nike stuff as it was totally geared up towards the race...actually we better get a nike shirt in the end because it's sponsored by Nike!!! Anyways, I doubt it! Then I walk out of all the Nike stuff and boom! Japan world...my gosh everything was catered towards the japanese...seriously, there really was not at all anything great and got a few food samples here and there, but nope...boring!

Anyways...left there with chili in my hand and a drink...I walked back and stopped by a shoe store...with a sale...then got back to my sister's apartment to wait for her.

As she came back, we went to the east side of the island to hike up to the top and just enjoyed each other's company. We chatted and I told her about my day and how people did not look like they were athletically fit to being a runner...well, some do not look like they don't even know how to run at all...ok, I have seen every kind of runner body, yes some people are small, skinny and built...but there are other builts as well...these Japanese people didn't look at all fit!!!

Anyways, watched the sunset and walked down...it was amazing scenery. We then had dinner at a brewery and then got ice cream, which I had seen a flavor called "sweet corn?" Gosh I needed to try that out!

Then back home, where I almost pass out on the way back...

Night!
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12/9/09

Sun tan (burnt)

Running changed my life and brought it into balance. I now feel as though my entire essence, body, and soul is centered. Donna Isaacson, Casting director

Ok, first day away in Hawaii, what do I do?

I wake up at 3am in the morning still on my usual work day schedule where I would wake up at 6am, but on the weekends usually wake up at 8am. So, I e-mail people back, wait for my sister to wake up at 5am or 6am for her run...may I remind you that 6am is 11am back east...so we go out for a simple 3 mile loop which was her usual run. It's absolutely beautiful outside and I stopped to take some pictures of the sunrise...absolutely amazing.

As my sister went to work, I went to wikiki beach and layed outside...I slathered suntan lotion on my front side, shoulders and face...but the back...opps!

So yeah, missed that, swept through the market place and found some cool things, although it's going to have to wait, cause I got some time and I will be back.

Anyways, headed home to await for my sister to come back to work and then she took me up to an adventurous sight up on top of the mountain range overlooking the city...absolutely amazing...

Got some food at Costco and ate at home...it was a whole lot of fun...what a day!
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12/8/09

Salt Lake City to Hawaii

I didn't want to run Boston to prove anything. I just fell in love with the marathon. Roberta Gibb on running the Boston Marathon

Ok...long trip 5 hours on the plane, but we're going to make it over there!

So quick turnover or lay over, grab a quick bite to eat and then off once again. It's not the first time I had been in Salt Lake City this year...I stopped by when I went to South Dakota this year and boy that was an eye opener!

Anyways, got onto the plane and to my surprise I got a runner sitting next to me...ok, she wasn't a marathon runner, although she came from San Jose and we talked for a good amount or portion of the flight to Hawaii...she was going down for her grandmother's 90th birthday, whom use to live in Hawaii. Anyways, we chatted all about running stuff, living on the coast and everything on top of that until I became sleepy and had to pass out...so I started reading not to be rude or anything while talking.

Anyways, finally make it after a 7 hour flight (due to delays from de-icing from Utah's bad weather) it was warm! Oh what a difference coming from Utah's 19 degree weather, now Hawaii's 70 degree weather and humid...

Oh dear...thinking about the marathon!!! It's going to be hot!
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Original Hawaiian food

This is not about instant gratification. You have to work hard for it, sweat for it, give up sleeping in on Sunday mornings. Lauren Fessenden, marathoner

Wow...as soon as I got off the plane, I awaited for my sister to arrive. I was still famished from the time differential and it was 10 or 11pm back home and I hadn't eaten dinner yet...

My sister took me to this true Hawaiian place, a little run down local place which serves true hawaiian meals. It was so good!

The service was fast and the food was spectacular! We pretty much tried a little bit of this and a little bit of that...many of the locals also went into the joint as my sister looked to see what the true locals did with their meals...

I had forgotten how much my sister made me laugh, her actions are just so funny...it's quite hilarious and I guess that's what makes my family work. I have become more serious in many ways due to the seriousness of NYC and I guess the chill factor of how she is really impresses me.

Anyways, after eating all the good eats of local food, we ventured into a local supermarket and walked a round a bit. Oh man, it was just so weird seeing many of the local people from Hawaiian to Japanese, to polonesian to many mixes...the diversity really threw me off as the whole asian culture of a "melting pot" or mixed asian race really got to me...

We went back to her place and by this time I was thoroughly exhausted...passed out!
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Good bye NYC, Aloha Hawaii

For me, running is a lifestyle and an art. I'm more interested in the magic of it than the mechanics. Lorraine Moller, Olympic marathon bronze-medalist
Got home from a flyers event last night, I hadn't packed at all for this, so got a few things set here and there, threw things into my bag and kept the more important items and contemplated on other items to bring as well...

Ok, running stuff...more running stuff and well...beach stuff...underwear socks, and CAMERA! Oh wait...two camera's!

Ok, I'm all set!

So, showered, got ready for bed and set my alarm for 3:30am. Ok, all set, ready to go!

Figured that if I have everything all set, get up at 3:30, leave by 4am and walk down to Grand Central, while stopping by the bank, I should get there early...but it only took me about 25 minutes to get down and go to the bank and got to the bus stop by 4am...so had to wait for 45 minutes!

Anyways, walked around then sat down on the steps to one building and replied to many e-mails that I had to pass the time. The bus finally came on time and got to Newark Airport by 5:30am...not out of the woods yet, got my ticket and went through security with a breeze with my bag! Awesome!

Anyways, got to the terminal with an hour to spare...

Ok...now I'm just waiting...
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12/5/09

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11/29/09

Lost wallet

When the runner's high does set in, usually around three or four miles, my body flows into a smooth rhythm and my mind is no longer conscious of how far or how long I've run or how much farther to go. Matthew Shafner, Lawyer and marathoner

Wonderful...

How did I lose my wallet in a restaurant when I had it while waiting at he bar?

It's all good, I had lost my wallet at the bar and then we were seated...at dinner and when we were about to pay...I noticed that the wallet was missing!

Reluctantly the place where we were sitting at the bar was remotely dark and the wallet was still there...

I had lost my wallet due to where we were waiting...it was simply a bar rail what we were sitting at and as my butt smooshed up against the rail, my wallet just popped out!

Anyways...it was a very nice meal, good drinks, good conversation and overall nice time out...haven't done that in the longest time!
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11/28/09

10 year reunion

Do quality workouts year-round, including during the winter. You're less likely to get injured because you won't hurry the training process, and you'll race better because you build fitness on a solid foundation. Brad Hudson, elite coach

Not much happening today other than cleaning up my room and going to my high school to no take part in their yearly "mud" race, but to talk to one of the coaches and settle a score with him.

I had not been paid from the work that I had done scoring high school meets...it was a bit upsetting because I had to wake up super early to get to the armory...and I needed the extra cash.

Very upsetting that I had to do that...and not been paid since then...or not received a phone call or any recognition since then.
So, I had to go see the coach face to face and talk with him...he knew that he messed up and messed our relationship, it's easy for him to say all this, but in the end, he's the one that messed it up...and has to live with it because I can let by-gones be by-gones (runner's menality or just personal mentality?) I am pretty care free about it and I just wanted to get paid...no one works for free...

The job that I had was fun, although it took some time and I worked about 6-9 Saturdays or Sundays...it was ridiculous that I was not paid yet...after one year almost passing.

Anyways...sorry to damper the mood...on the other note, it was my 10 year reunion and AT had organized and put this thing together...it was really great, since I didn't want the heartache and was out of town...although the class president was suppose to put this thing together...but we all knew he was useless!

But yes, it's quite scary actually! I was really excited at first trying to set things up...but not today, I'm actually feeling like I don't want to see everyone...kind of scared to see everyone...well, it wasn't the first time that we had all seen each other...2 years ago, one of our classmates passed away on a freakish accident, we actually knew each other since we were little kids and played soccer together...and in high school we both sang and played an instrument.

It's always so sad seeing this happen...but life moves on...

Here comes the reunion!

_b
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11/27/09

T-day

It's the athlete's job to learn to do the hard things easily. John Jerome, The Sweet Spot in Time

I arrive in Jersey (almost missing my bus stop, which was fortunate because some other person had pushed the button for the stop request...wheew!) where my cousin picked me up from the bus stop.

We decided to go to my grandma's home to say hello to my grandmother first and since my sister was there, we would see her...but only my grandmother was there...ok, where was everyone...so, we went over to my Aunt and Uncle's place and got word that we were to hurry over and get ready...but why?

Yes, we were told that I was in charge of cooking the Thanksgiving Bird this year...again!

So, the story goes is that my grandfather would always take care of Thanksgiving dinner when we were kids. Whereever we would go, he would be in the kitchen taking care of things and doing it up, feeding more than enough food for everyone there. It was amazing his food and unbelieveable to eat...last year, as many of you all read already, he passed away and Thanksgiving would be the toughest holiday to fill.

The "kids" now adults took on the tasks to fill in the gaps as we decided to take on Thanksgiving by cooking for the parents and fulfill our grandpa's cooking abilities...it wasn't the same, although I like to be creative and took on the Turkey with a lemon/lime twist in a citrus turkey...

So...last year was a success in the parent's eyes, so this year they wanted more....WHAT!

Ok, think of something quick and let's just roll with it...how about a cajun Turkey? That will add a little spice to it...so let's go with it...add in a few items here and there and BOOM!

Seriously, what was I doing? We dressed up the turkey pretty well and moved on...into the oven at 1pm...which it would take about 4.5 hours to cook...then hour by hour I checked on it and blah blah blah...ate dinner got full and it was perfectly really good!

The memorable part of the evening was when I showed my family on the TV screen the video that coach J put together for the Alzheimer's Run to Remember team. It was pretty cool that they all loved it and they were pretty much looking for me from all the pictures...oh wait! I was taking the pictures, that's what I had told them that I wasn't in any of the pictures! Opps...then at the end I was in the pictures and they all loved it...

Anyways, it was a good Thanksgiving and one to remember, even though my grandmother recognized me and didn't recognize me...she still thinks I am in high school...
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11/26/09

Thanksgiving!

Good thoughts are no better than good dreams, unless they be executed. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

So a replay of running this week? None...

I have finally taken the time off that I need to give my legs a rest. Fortunate that I didn't do much to hurt my legs because it was seriously hurting after the long adventure that I had taken from the Knickerbocker 60K and right after traveling to watch the Philadelphia Marathon...

But it was a good time out this week to just walk and rest.

Thanksgiving - the holiday where my family spends the most time of the year together opposed to Chinese New Year...why? My family owns a chinese/Japanese restaurant where they work every day, every weekend and on Holidays...so, christmas is not such a huge holiday for my family at all in getting together, this one is the big one!

It's also good because it forces me to see my grandmother...well, not really forces me, although I don't retreat to go back home often to see my parents, let alone my grandparents, it's nice to be "forced" and it's nice to actually see my grandmother. I mean this is one reason why I run...so seeing her is what all this money is going forth...well, this is why I do all the things I do...

We'll see what happens in this family gathering this year...Sister is back from Thanksgiving with her boy and family is good!
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11/23/09

33rd Empire State Building Run Up

When you've trained as best you can and you know your competition has done the same, nothing really matters but your mental strength and your belief. Florence Griffith Joyner

Ok...

So I applied for the 3rd year in a row...have I ever done it? Nope.

The first year I had received acceptance, although I had gotten the Flu that year and opted out in doing the race.

Well just have to sit and wait...

We have received your application for the 2010 Empire State Building Run-up.

All applicants will be informed of their application status by the first week of January, 2010. We will e-mail entrants and process their fees upon acceptance.

11/19/09

Speedwork

If one has determination, then things will get done. Chinese Proverb

Ok...no, I don't do speedwork before a 37 miler as I had taken both today and tomorrow off in preparation for the Ultra marathon that I will be enduring.

It's very scary! I have to admit that it really feels as though I am doing my very first marathon. The nervousness before...whenever someone talks about it and well...it's the fear of the unknown...

I am guessing also that I want to do well...I have a little high expectations of myself and for the first time I guess, I don't feel comfortable in this situation, where in running I always have felt prepared and can enduring many things that I set forth to...

So...who's speedwork? Seals contacted me at work as I had no intentions of having speedwork coaching sessions. So...why not right?

I was unprepared for her, although she wanted the technical side of how she fan and I gave her the more indepth criticism as possible...she ran hard and did well...

It's hard to tell people items straight up of what you feel may help them or not...different people have different things that may effect them in running. No one is perfect. There is also no right or wrong way of doing things....

I mean, just look at Paula Radcliff....amazing runner, amazing gait (leg) but horrible posture while running...and she probably knows it...but it works for her and she is a machine, a champion, & a runner that I could never be!
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11/13/09

Take your breathe away...

To be a consistent winner means preparing not just one day, one month, or even one year—but for a lifetime.

Bill Rodgers
Get out of work today and BOOM! On faced wind that blows right into your face and knocks your stomach in...it's as if you got the wind knocked out of you...when was the last time you ever got that happening to you?

Plus it was cold!

Anyways, got to get home as quickly as possible, but some ridiculous bike riders were being obnoxious...I mean really now!

Hence the bad reputations that these bikers get when these guys ruin it for everyone...

Anyways, I was zipping last night...swerving in and out, people watching along the way and trying to beat cars that were starting up from their green lights...

I know! It's dangerous, but I got my ID tag on or what I call my death tag, also reflecties on my gloves and my blinker in the back of my bag...

Ahh! Just speed work...
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No running...lucky 13

The more I thought about what I get to do, the less I realized I had to do. It was just a shift, just a new perspective, just a new and more grateful method for labeling the things in my life. Think about it—if you stopped yourself every single time you were about to say, "I have to" and changed it to "I get to," it might change your entire experience.

Kristin Armstrong, Mile Markers blog, runnersworld.com
Sometimes you just have to restrict yourself in the allowances of running. As I stayed in last night just reading the book, "anything for a T-shirt"...yes, I have been reading this book for about a year already and I barely get time to just settle.

Last night felt really good in a way where I did my own thing...it was nice to just stay in and enjoy my time. I had already ran home and it was quite a speed workout...but it was just really nice to just have my own time.

So this morning, it was cold and windy and I just didn't want to take another cold shower at work...and I was lazy of course, I just bit the bullet and changed for work at home. There is something about Friday's that just make people a little lazy and that's a good thing because you need that before the weekend.

I also have my glasses on today, making me resist the fact that I NEED to run...

Anyways, in the book it talks about how Fred Lebow was very fortunate to have the ability to run.

We do take our ability and our persona of running for granted sometimes. For many of us it is an outlet. This outlet allows us to cope...allows us to gain friendships, honor ourselves and bring about more of a healthier lifestyle.

I have taken running for granted this year and my abilities to run fast or slow...although I have justified this by helping others and making a job out of it...

But it is painstakingly taking it's toll and I know the factors involved with my body and the limitations that it may bring. I know that I am no superman, no machine that can run without limits...

There are always limits and that's where people get injured. Runners do not know how to say NO or STOP. We need rest. We need our bodies to repair ourselves....

It's the way of life...so hopefully I will get back to 2 days rest...we shall see!
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11/12/09

Blown Away...

There are few instincts more natural than the body in full motion as it races across a field or through the trees.

Neal Bascomb, The Perfect Mile

This morning as I was getting all of my things together and just about to leave my apartment...
I can see one of the street sign getting blown back and forth by the wind...All I can think about is running in the COLD, windy cross town winds...frigidness!
Was I dressed up enough?
As soon as I got out, a big gust of wind blows into my face...brr...cold!
Great this is going to be quite the commute to work today...
Talking about commutes, I thought it was quite interesting just looking at the commuting patterns. Like usual people, usual New Yorkers would take the subway...or walk, or take the bus...
Those are all with people...strange? I'm by myself most of the time, although I usually share the road with buses, cars and bikers...in suits sometimes like today...
but yes, it's quite strange looking at people's walking patterns as well...seeing how they stop and go from the stop lights...clusters forming and stopping and going...
This is what I think about when I run...strange?
I get to work again...and yup! 3rd day in a row...NO HOT WATER! COLD SHOWER! AHHHH!!!
We get an e-mail from the HR department:
"We are aware it is a bit cool in the offices today. There was a gas leak with the building. Con Ed switched off the gas. The gas is what fires up our burners for the heat. As such: No heat or hot water. They are working on it fixing it
The building thanks us for our patience. Especially those of us sitting near a window…."
Well at least you didn't have to take a COLD SHOWER!
Looking forward to it tomorrow...WONDERFUL!

11/11/09

To the vets...

Believe that you can run farther or faster. Believe that you're young enough, old enough, strong enough, and so on to accomplish everything you want to do. Don't let worn out beliefs stop you from moving beyond yourself.

John Bingham, "Tools and Rules," Runner's World

A bit breezy this morning for today's run as I had forgotten my bandanna and would regret it later on when sweat came down on my face...it was early on, where the wind was cool and I had thought I would be safe...

As I worked my way downtown I noticed a huge amount of barricades from the streets starting at 42nd street and 5th avenue?

What is going on?

Well, another damn parade in the city? Gosh, what's this one...

As I passed some floats, I was wondering what was going on today...especially today being a weekday and parades usually occur on weekends or at least Friday's...

Then I started seeing police officers and small planes and USO floats...

What was today? A holiday?

I was going to go ask a police officer on what the parade was...

Then I remembered...

Today is veteran's day!

Well, I salute you Vet's for your contribution and service...

Then I got into the office...and yet again, the boiler was broken and not fixed yet and had to take a COLD shower...it's like an vertical ice bath....

BRR!
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11/10/09

Junior Committee

In the 30 years I've been a runner I've run more than 150,000 miles. Still, some of the hardest steps I take are those first few getting out the door for daily runs.

Bill Rodgers' Lifetime Running Plan

So after my calibration, I ran up to the Alzheimer's chapter because there was a Junior Committee meeting today. Since there were so many Jr committee members on the team + the Junior Committee had entrusted and front this marathon program, I have to at least make the effort to go to the meetings, plus do other events as well!

Come now, it's fun and getting to know more and more people that relate to this disease has allowed me to grow as a person.

Also, I don't see as many e-mails coming around anymore, so I needed to tell JL that I wanted those e-mails back. As I go through withdraw from the long 4-5 months.

Seriously, during the marathon season, we must have received at least close to 100 e-mails a day, where reading them and the responses that JL would respond to people was amazing his reaction time!

Anyways, I arrive at the chapter and walk in. EE was there as she was surprised to see me, since this was the first time in many months that I have been to the JR committee meetings...as EE was on the marathon team. Anyways, it was glorious as they (EE, SC, MM) all just jibber jabbered over the marathon and the experience...even during the meeting as topic came up, they were practically selling the training program to other people on the committee...it was hilarious!

But the JR committee is one of the more interesting committees, where 35% of the money raised by the committee (from Gala events, happy hours and now the marathon) goes directly to research (or am I getting this mixed up?)...the rest goes directly to the programs that WE choose within the Alzheimer's Association for as long or as short of a time span that we would like (...or is it the other way around?)

I have never seen the process being done, although come next month, these programs will present their initiatives to us and we will be able to vote. Now, since the marathon program had brought in a large chunk of the money...the JR committee may be asking certain representatives from the marathon program to be an honorary voter...which is a great gesture! Absolutely amazing!

Gosh...I wish so much that people (and families) never had this disease, although with the great bonds and friendships that I have gained from this disease...it's all memorable and it's the only thing that can be worthwhile to do in these circumstances...

All for the best...as I walked home with RB, another member from the Alzheimer's Run to Remember team.
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Calibration

Racing entails risk. The most common mistake in addition to overtraining is racing too much too soon.

Tom Fleming

Leaving my work a bit early...though my mentality now a days is to keep my running coaching schedule and get into the office an hour earlier and leave an hour earlier as well so I get that extra hour to be by myself...although I think a whole lot of people in the office are catching on as the daylight is immersing us in depressional winter state.

Anyways, went from work straight to the 6th street track, where I needed to calibrate my watch to my footpod. I had reconfigured it right before I headed up to mohawk with Glen, since I had thought that it was wrong...but I made it even worse where the mileage that I had seemed to figure out more...hence me running 30 miles during the NYC marathon...maybe it was because I was taking small steps?

Anyways, I got to the track and started my calibration by running 1 mile.

1 mile on a flat track was a wonderful feeling, although it sent me back to the track days...

After the calibration, I had to see if my mileage and calibration was correct...so, I had to run another mile and see what the final distance would be...

In the end, great! So off!

.87 miles for a mile of calibration...that's HUGE!

Anyways, I couldn't calibrate all day long now, we'll see what we come about doing another day...

Arg! Useless!
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NO HOT WATER!!!

A road race is the closest thing to a party I can think of.

Bill Rodgers, Bill Rodgers' Lifetime Running Plan
What a morning...commute to work was enjoyable with the semi warm, semi cool weather today.

Lately, the weather has been really warm due to the "indian summer effect" that came through on Sunday.

UNTIL I reached work...as I usually take a shower at work, though like the summer's...

There was NO HOT WATER!

BRRR! Oh gosh it was FREEZING COLD!

Then later on in the morning we received an e-mail saying "We have no hot water today due to a broken boiler in the building which is being repaired."

Thanks....found that out the hard way...
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11/8/09

After a marathon...

"It's best to approach your break point without breaking it." LEE FIDLER, Running Coach

Nike AD - Men vs Women...

"At first an ordeal and then an accomplishment, the daily run becomes a staple, like bread, or wine, a fine marriage, or air. It is also a free pass to friendship." BENJAMIN CHEEVER, Strides

11/7/09

Night_bum!

No matter how old I get, the race remains one of life's most rewarding experiences.

George Sheehan

Ok...cold night to run last night as I had been really busy at work just trying to catch up on many things...what is up with being drained all week?

I think everything finally hit me as my body just gasped for recovery...as all these end of the marathon parties came about...FINALLY tonight I can stay in and sleep in tomorrow!

Although, who was I kidding!

Anyways, I didn't know where my watch had gone as I had been fiddling about trying to find it in the morning, thought I had left it at work and scrambled out the door...

Anyways, how runners depend on technology sometimes is ridiculious! What ever happened to going old school on just time and feel and just going out to run!

But anyways, I was on my way home last night with the nice blistering cold and just wanting to go home for the weekend...FINIALLY the weekend where I can enjoy it and just relax without a schedule...but I enjoyed teaching and going to the many practices...who am I kidding. I love people!

Anyways, I was on Park avenue...and just going about my business...I see a guy in a cane...he's going one way and he's going the other way...which way buddy!!! Come on!

So I went one way and he leaned over to that side and put up his cane right in front of me...

I slapped it down as it was going to hit me as I was going to run by...but slapped it down softly...

He cursed at me as I went by, saying something like, "watch out you damn runner!"

And I yelled back at him...cussing and getting all pissed off...

Ahh! What a night...+ I found my watch right on the tv room.
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10/31/09

One Season to Remember...

"Every serious marathoner should do Boston, to experience the close to a million spectators, the three generations of families out cheering, the little kids handing you water or orange slices. The whole city really appreciates the runners." Neil Weygandt, who had finished 41 straight Boston Marathons as of 2007

To our Alzheimer's Run to Remember team...this will never be forgotten as an incredible year...why am I crying?

Thank you Jeff LeBlanc for an amazing season...an amazing tribute...and amazing video (cheezy but good) as he stayed up till 5am last night to do this...

Thank You!

10/30/09

TKF - final finalle

So...after the long day of chatting it up with runners and starting their whole New York City Marathon experience, I finally left and went along to round my rounds at the Marathon expo.

Little did I know that there wasn't much that I had liked and didn't really want to buy anything...crazy?

Yes...well that was short lived when I had to go to this Team For Kids dinner "last hara!" Celebration...at the armory...GW was there when I arrived and slowly but surely each of them showed up. It really is a great experience seeing all of them...giddy, as this day finally arrives and all of them are in great spirits!

They said their final speeches as all the coaches were brought up and they went over the course...I even got a little nervous as they spoke of the marathon course...the marathon is such a huge distance that you have to respect the mileage and even experienced runners get nervous!

So...all of the kids are ready to rock and roll as the start looms and the race is not a dream anymore, but soon will become reality...all the hard work and the rest is just the party in the end!

Good luck!
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Running LATE

Uh! So much going on these final days of wrapping everything up for the NYC marathon that I have been running...literally to everywhere and running late...which is usually not like me.

I had to take the subway to my volunteering at the Expo this morning as I was 30 minutes off from schedule...

Everyone is looking at me weird on the way, maybe due to my mohawk that I did last night? Gosh! What's wrong with you?

WHO ARE YOU STARING AT?

Ok...so I got off the subway at 34th and RAN to the EXPO...uh...lots of running going on before the race...lots of running!
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