Another day, another race…

Today, we ran the Queens 10K in Corona Park, NY. A new course, very nice settings and a great NYRR organization !

Dramatic Results Analysis of Minimal Activity (DRAMA) :  (i’m getting good at stupid acronyms)

OFFICIAL TIME 1:07:14 and PACE PER MILE10:50: disappointing. 11 minutes off PB. Not good. And I’ll need a 10:10 pace for New York City Marathon in November. I used the hot weather protocol, drinking a bit of water every mile and pouring the rest on the head.

PLACE OVERALL 8,742 of 11,439: lower 10%. As usual. I can’t assume the remaining 7,991,358 New Yorkers are slower than me but it is very tempting. VERY TEMPTING.

PLACE GENDER 5,354 of 6,197

PLACE AGE‑GROUP 400 of 472: Again in lower 10% of my age group.
PLACE AGE‑GRADED 4,823 of 6,197

TIME AGE‑GRADED 0:58:47: don’t know how this is computed. Flattering

GUN TIME: 1:39:04 GUN:  As we started in wave 2 (8:15 AM) about 30 minutes after wave 1 (7:45). But as I passed the departure lane 6:30 minutes after the start of wave 2, the wave may have been delayed by a few minutes. I was in corral I, the third corral of the second wave, but as usual, many, many people were in the wrong corral, More people were obviously not 9:20 per mile runners. I don’t know how NYRR can improve this and sort out slower runners and walkers to slower corrals. I basically ran the first mile on the side of the road overtaking  dozens of walkers and slow runners.

Splits: 5K 0:32:05 : 7 minutes off PB pace.


Volunteer for Women Half #womenruntheworld

I’ve done my volunteer piece for the New York Road Runner qualification requirement for the New York City Marathon 2019. #womenruntheworld

We had a nice Spring day yesterday, walking around the city in T shirt.

Today, winter is back. 6 Celsius with lot of wind and forecast for some rain. Not ideal for a long day standing outside.

For the second time, I opted for being a course Marshall. The meeting point was at 6:30 on 72nd street level in the middle Central Park near the fountain. I was sent to the North of the Park on W105 street level. I walked from the Arrival area on 72nd street to the North.  30 minutes warm up. Then I took position in the downhill after the long and tough Harlem hill, where runners are a bit tired and where bicycles start accelerating like crazy on the long downhill. I had to constantly remind runners to stay on course to avoid cutting the rod of cyclists and having an accident.

I clapped for two long hours to warm up my hands. I had two chemical hand warmers but they didn’t do much for my fingers 😉

I had good shoes and long underpants. And tons of winter clothes.

The race went on at 8:00. The first runner showed up on mile four after 20 minutes. She won in 1:15 which is absolutely amazing. Then the other runners came in, in waves, with the largest groups with the 1:45 and 2:00 pace setters. These ladies are fast.

I saw my daughter twice and my wife once. I missed her on her first passage.

It was a lot of fun. In a freaking cold Sunday morning in mid April !

I’m now 5+1 on my road to NYC Marathon 2019. And 2/4 for NYC Half. And 0/6 for the virtual races (???) for Brooklyn Half…

Be nice and have a great day !!

Need Improvement

I made some calculations: If I improve myself by 1% every week, over the next 26 weeks (6 months) in term of pace on long distances, I have a chance to beat my PB at the marathon (4:58, 11:30 minutes per mile). My last NYC marathon was at 14:17 pace and my 60K in Central Park at 14:06.

I’ll need to loose a lot of weight, and train harder.

January running 2018

January summary: Some training at the gym when it was too cold, a Half Marathon (Fred Lebow) in hilly Central Park and some core training.

I try hills training on the machine but i only can get 15% slope and 3 miles per hour. I’m afraid to fall from the machine if I go faster.

I also tried to run fast, so I did intervals, quarter miles, 250 meters on the machine at 6 miles/hours, 7, 7.5, and 8. I then did 160 meters at 9 miles/hours. My pulse goes up to 170 pulsations per minute. I need to train more.

Today, a 6 miles long run for fun. Lots of fog on the Hudson river, very nice ambience !

#405 race report : NYC 60K 2017

I finished the 2017 60K last Saturday in Central Park.

I finished in 8:54:07, a pace of 14:06 according to my watch and 14:20 according to NYRR. I trained for 2017 NYC marathon  and finished with a pace of 14:22, very similar pace. The weather was cloudy, some wind and then some rain in the late afternoon. The course was composed of a long loop of 5 miles plus 8 loops of 4 miles in Central Park, starting and finishing near Engineer’s Gate.

I finished 332nd out of 357 and I was last of my age group, 19th out of 19 (as usual). I start fast (relatively) and ran a 2:37 half marathon and 5:50 marathon, both best time over the past two years. I had cramps past the marathon point and I then power walked the 8th round before running the last one.

The first long loop 5 miles: 10:33, 11:43, 10:54, 11:12 and 13:32 (Cat Hill)

Loop #2, 4 miles: 10:50,11:17, 11:30, 12:50

Loop #3, 4 miles: 12:09, 12:22, 13:01, 13:54

The half marathon in 2:37:04, best half since 2014.

Loop #4: 11:39, 13:45, 12:50, 15:27

Loop #5: 15:06, 14:58, 14:51, 16:48 <– I don’t remember slowing down so much. Did the rain started then ?

Loop #6: 14:58, 16:04, 16:15, 15:04

The marathon is reached 1 mile into the seventh round in 5:50:54. I then slowed down seriously before walking the round #8.

Loop #7: 15:32, Marathon point, 18:07, 14:14, 15:16 <– cramps before finishing the 2nd miles uphill. Tough moment. I did some extensions to relax the legs and continued.

Loop #8: 17:46, 17:01, 17:00, 17:04 <– I walked for one hour around the loop, deliberately. I was already about 1 hour off my 2014 pace and I had heavy legs. I met two guys and we discussed our reasons for completing an ultra and how to finish these loops. It was raining slightly then it almost stopped for the last loop in the dark.

Loop #9: 12:23 fast, downhill, 14:42 uphill, 13:12 fast, downhill (I did the plane move, as I had the road to myself , 14:20 uphill with Cat Hill <– latest since round #4 by far.

I finished in 8:54, in the dark. The announcer focused on a lady running slowly ahead of me. I finished much faster than her so the announcer missed my arrival. The old lady had another two loops to complete!

I got the medal, a nice small belt bucket, well designed. I had a wood medal 3 years ago. The black long sleeves T shirt is really cool. A keeper.

This was my second attempt at the distance. In 2014, I ran the 60K in 7:45 and finished 263rd out of 302.

The course this year was counterclockwise. I walked Cat Hill nine times, eating gels, protein and pieces of bagels on the way up. I drank gatorade, coke and water every two miles. I didn’t drink enough in the first rounds and suffered from dehydration after 25km. I then drank much more. There is toilets every 2 miles in the park so you should drink a lot without concerns.

The elevation gain and loss were 1,032 feet, i.e. 314 meters. When hiking, I usually take 1 hour to hike up 300 meters. It is a tough circuit. At least for me.

I want to thank all volunteers, on the course, baggage, water stations and the NYRR organization. It is a lot of efforts and lots of volunteers for a fairly small group of runners !

So, ultra #5 is in the books. After marathon #19. I need new challenges. I’m looking at a 50K in the Taconic area, the Sybil Ludington in April/May, with 2600 feet of elevation gain/loss or the round trip around New York in June next year.

Here is a quick map of New York City with a 60K radius circle. I can run North to Harriman State Park’s Anthony Nose in one go !

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#404 Learning Coding on

I finally achieved the 3 kyu level on in Javascript. A lot of learning and a lot of coding, mostly small snippets. I’m still 7 kyu for Clojure, the LISP dialect spoken on

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However, I still don’t know how to code anything useful in Javascript. I still don’t understand concept like object, prototype or some simple functions like map() or filter().  And I don’t understand why sort() is so complicated to use.

I don’t know how to interact with files or interactive inputs/outputs.

So I’m level 3 and I basically still don’t know much about Javascript. And my Javascript knowledge is pretty useless as I can’t use it outside a sandbox. I try using Node Js to escape in the wild.

I need to find a new way to learn coding.  Ideas ?


#403 New York Marathon 2017 race report

The 2017 New York Marathon is in the books. All done.

It was my third NYC marathon, my 19th overall.

We finished in 6:16:37 with Evelyne. She improved her personal best by 25 minutes in her second attempt at the distance.

We had a good weather, no sun, high fifties (14-15 centigrade) and some rain.

Same course, from Staten Island to Central Park. Hilly as usual. We walked the bridges, from Brooklyn to Queens, from Queens to Manhattan, from Manhattan to the Bronx and the mile 24 along Central Park.

I finished in a great shape, a bit tired, with blisters on both big toes. One week later, I still cure them. Hopefully, I’ll be fine for my next race in a week, #NYC60K.

The public is fantastic and many bands played along the way. Lafayette street in Brooklyn and Williamsburg were incredible. So loud ! As well as the 1st avenue on 59th street.

A friend took a great picture of us on mile 17. Still fresh 😉


I ran with more training than usual and more weight than usual as well. I need to change a couple of things to lose 10 kg permanently.

I ran with my Asics with extra large box but i still got blisters. I’ll run the 60K with my Nike. Same size but the Nike are much wider (both 2E).

New York is getting cold these days and we had our first frozen morning with very low temps.

Saturday: I went back to the gym this morning, 100 Squats, 30 walking on hands to plank, 60 bicycle, walking with weights (10 kg each side) and 20 reverse lunge. 25 minutes. The most difficult is walking on hands to plank: too much weight to maneuver.

Sunday: 100 Squats, 30 walking on hands to plank, 120 bicycle, walking with weights (10 kg each side) and 30 reverse lunge. 25 minutes.

Now I need to go back to the gym more often.