November Project NYC


For the last three weeks, I’ve been waking up in the 5s to run with the beginning of the November Project NYC group. With a small collective of fewer than 10 people for the first two weeks I was there (which were weeks 4 and 5, or 5 and 6 overall), we were a November Project pledge group, trying to get recognized by the official NP.

The group met at Gracie Mansion on the Upper East Side and ran up to the Randall’s Island foot bridge, where we did a hill workout on the (icy) bridge, peppered with exercises after each interval. And dancing. And high fives and fuck yeahs. It was a fun way to start my day, so I’ve come back, despite Wednesday seemingly being the coldest day of each week. Image

So what is this all about? The group is an offset of the famed November Project (Runner’s World cover!), our group was trying to get recognized by the official November Project as a tribe, which required a deadpan photo of the runners at the end of each workout. I think this is why I like the group: it’s part Fight Club, part run club, and totally void of egos. And they hug.

So today was a big day: we were officially welcomed as one of the #Turbo15 and made a legit group. Our group nearly doubled in size this week. 

We broke into two groups and then pairs and alternated between doing stair/grotto loops and core (push-ups, planks, burps, dips, and dancing). The workout ended with a relay race, a group hug, and singing Happy Birthday to our badass bearded co-leader Paul, who gets dressed in the dark each week.

We meet every Wednesday at 6:28 am at 88th & the East River (Gracie Mansion). It’s totally free. And totally awesome. Come, and bring a friend.


Snow Run

My favorite time to run is when it is precipitating.Image

I love rain runs, regardless of the temperature. Today I saw it was snowing but the streets were clear (at least to start), so I went off for a snow run in Central Park. There was a light dusting of snow when I started, and about halfway through there was nearing half to three quarters of an inch on the road inside of the park. The sun went down and there were maybe five other runners out with me, along with parents walking their children and sleds to the hills inside the park. The ground was quiet, with each foot fall being absorbed into the snow. The flakes kept falling, sometimes straight down, and sometimes directly into my face, regardless of the direction I was going. My quick run turned into 8.2 miles. While we’ve hit the point in winter where everyone is complaining, I think it’s absolutely beautiful.

And as a quick aside, the Nike Element Shield jacket and Nike Element Shield tights I recently got in Chicago before the F^3 Lake Half Marathon are amazing. They’ve definitely proven to be the best investment I’ve made in gear in a while. They’re waterproof and windproof, and the hood on the jacket is great.

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Last run of 2013

Tonight is the last run of 2013 – the Prospect Park 5k at 11:15 pm, followed by fireworks and HAPPY NEW YEAR! I’ve done the Central Park Emerald Nuts Midnight Run four times in the past, so I’m looking forward to this race (or fun run? I’m not sure). 

I won’t be running it all out – I’ve been doing a lot of work on my hamstring and calves as rehab/prehab before my upcoming race. My legs are tired and a bit sore, and I’m trying to be careful not to injury myself in the final two weeks. So I’m off to enjoy a 9 mile warm up run to Prospect Park, and a nice easy 5K to celebrate the end of the year.

It’s always great to end / start a year on a run!

Final 20-mile run

Today was my final 20-mile run leading up to the HITS Naples Full triathlon. It was a struggle to get out of the door, and a struggle to stay out. It is December 22 and it was 70 degrees in NYC today, so there was no excuse not to do the run. I originally planned a ride to Bear Mountain, but didn’t leave early enough. Looking over my schedule, I decided the run was more important, so run it was.

I tried to really nail my nutrition this run. I was right on in terms of intake, using First Endurance EFS shots of Kona Mocha at :45, 1:25, 2:05, and 2:45. The first 11 miles were outside – over the Queens bridge, into Brooklyn, over the Williamsburg bridge, and home for water. I didn’t carry any and I needed it badly. The second half was a struggle again, but my negotiation was to do it on the treadmill so I could drink.

Pace was around 8:20/mile average, and distance was over 20 miles, but the treadmill stopped once so I lost the exact number.

In all, tough run mentally but this was huge confidence builder for me in my final week of hard training.