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.

#402 Long run on Sunday

Another Sunday, another long run. We went for a 18 miles run. From our place in Hell’s Kitchen, we went to the West side of Manhattan, along the Hudson River, then down to Battery Park and then up to Brooklyn Bridge on the East river, then back up to the Intrepid, past the NY Wine and Food Festival and the arrival of the Avon 39, up to the yachting port and the Riverside Park for a couple of loops, before heading back home.

Slow pace. E. went faster than me in the last 3 miles. I didn’t train enough this year. The marathon will be tough. The 60K tougher 😉

20 Celsius. Pace of 14:03 minutes per mile. I listened to various old Podcasts along the way. Last hot days of the season probably.

My main mistake was the lack of proper nutrition during the run. I need to eat more gels earlier. And I need to rest more.


#401 Staten Island Half Marathon

In the last stretch of our preparation to the NYC marathon, we ran the 13.1 miles race in Staten Island this morning organized by the fabulous

We had a lot of chance in regards with transportation: we took a taxi at the bottom of our building in 1 minute, when we arrived at the ferry, the 7:00 am ferry was late and we could board at 7:08 in the lower deck and we had seats. Returning, the ferry was just boarding at 12:00 and we again went to the lower floor. Finally, we got in the R train with one minute to wait for the subway. So lucky ! No waiting time. A good on this side.

When we arrived, we realized that new buildings are under construction around the station and stadium. The security was clearly enhanced after LV events last week. The police did a great job today, with many K9 units. No issues.

After dropping our bags as usual, using today 2 bags as rain was expected, to protect our dry possessions: a long sleeve t-shirt, a long sleeve light vest, glasses and a special finish drink for Evelyne (fruitty San Pelegrino), we went to the start line.

As we were wave 2, all the wave 1 runners were already on their way, so we had less people using the portapotty which was also a good point.

Again, we had superior security controls before accessing the corrals. Good.

The start had only 2 sub waves, so we crossed the start lines around 8:45. Then the rain strengthened.

Like in an Asian Monsoon rain, hot and very strong. We had rivers on each side of the street. for about 2 miles. I enjoyed the hot rain, Evelyne enjoyed the poncho she had packed in her running belt.

We ran the full 13.1 with wet shoes and socks. But we got no blisters, only some hot spots.

The race is hilly, constantly going up and down with only a flat section after mile 4 to mile 8, along the sea side and mile 11.

We hit the wall at mile 8, slowing down considerably and never picked the pace any more. Started at a speedy 12:30 pace before finishing at 13:30 conservative pace, and we walked some hills at the end in the National Park around the Verrazano Bridge.

At the end, we were welcomed by NYRR president Peter Ciaccia which was cool.

A talent arrived just ahead of us and attracted all attentions on the line which was fine with us. We like it that way, low key …

We got the medal, the bag with the goodies (water, gatorade, salty crackers, apple and chocolate bar). Then we picked our bags, changed into dry clothes then head back home.

A good day, hot and humid, 13,1 miles, 2:54 wish at 13:18 pace.

Let’s rest: after lunch at El Comado, a very good tapas place in Gotham West Market. Link :, we enjoy a good NFL game on TV, while keeping legs high !

Post # 400 : 久しぶり

Long Time, no see ?! or Hisashiburi in Japanese !

I’m now in the middle of the Autumn running season, just finished the 10 miles in the Bronx last week and warming up for the half in Staten Island. We also ran 15 miles yesterday as part of our November 5th New York City Marathon. I applied for Tokyo Marathon but got denied.

Two weeks ago we ran the Omaha Half with my son and he shaved in HM Personal best by 24 minutes and finished comfortably under 3:00:00 with a few seconds to spare.

The objective of the season is my second run of the NYRR 60K. This is an old race with a very long history in New York. See you November 18 in Central Park. We’ll start at 8:00 😉

We hiked today in the South of Harriman State park, in Ramapo, on Bear Mountain. We saw a snake but no bears, only bear poo on the trail.

I had a busy summer working out some projects. One of them was a refresh of my Javascript skills and I combine it with some coding on Codewars. I’m now 4kyu (and 12,500th out of 125,000. Still working on it. It is open source and sometime it is difficult to find the right solutions to problems.

I also learned basics of Emacs. Still learning. I’ve rarely seen such a steep learning curve on a software. You basically need to learn Lisp before you can start using Emacs. It is super difficult to use and extremely frustrating at time. I followed a pair of Youtube accounts to do the basics settings. Still a lot to do there.

And I also started learning Lisp. Also frustrating at time: the MIT videos on line I’m studying with are from 1986 and use a variant called Scheme. Emacs is using Elisp. Lots of literature cover Common Lisp and setting up CL in Emacs is hard. You need to master Emacs first before being able to set up CL. I still don’t understand how to use it efficiently as there is very few CLEAR guidance out there. Lots of manuals to read for sure but again, not really clear. So I go back and try to read manuals. Very slow process.

I also notice that the current Lisp brand is Clojure, a mix of Lisp and Java. I just started coding on Codewars with Clojure. I heard of Racket as well.

My GitHub is getting busy. I looked at StackoverFlow but newbies questions are not really welcome as the first answer is usually: question already answered nn billions years ago or read the manual.