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Long time, no see… Recap for July and August 2015

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Training, holidays and training again..

I’m 4 weeks away from my next marathon in Omaha, Nebraska.

Yesterday, I ran the Percy Sutton NYRR 5K in Harlem with Elisabeth. As we had to do a long run also, after careful considerations, I followed Elisabeth’s proposal to run early up North to Harlem along the Hudson River , rest then run the 5K  with NYRR, rest then run back down to Mid Town.

The early part at 6:30 was a bit too early as i had another long week. But the temperature was fine. And we enjoy the sun rise lighting up Hoboken and the New Jersey shore. We left the river just above Columbia University near the tennis courts.

I carried a water bottle as we were not sure of the fountains emplacement. We now have a good mental map of their location, and there are toilet places at the port and near the tennis courts.

We reached the departure line with 25 minutes to spare. We walked up to the podium to listen to the officials and, surprise, surprise, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio gave the speech! What a good surprise. He was funny and quite relax as he is in the cross fire of his opponents ahead of new elections. It is the first time i saw him in person. He put some personal notes in his speech (his son leaving for Yale after graduating from public school in NYC) and some historical perspective on Percy Sutton and other giants of the desegregation fights.

He mention Percy Sutton, the lawyer who was so active in Harlem and New York politics.

The mayor also mentioned the names of the streets we would race on, Edgecombe, Bradhurst, Convent and St Nicholas, historical street in the west of Harlem.

Short race report: it is a hilly 5K, quite popular, with real tough hills, tough road conditions (keep an eye for the holes), with a hard down hill section. I ran with Eli in 35’33, very relax. It was kilometers 10 to 15 for us 😉 As usual the organization was very good, departure on time, police every where, great local support with cheering teams, which we really appreciated, and the magic cinnamon raisin bagel after the arrival. No tech shirt for this race but a nice black T with the street names at the front.

July was a month of hiking and rest, and some training. In Brittany we biked, ran and hiked a bit. Longest run was 17K with Evelyne.

In July, I ran in Brittany 8.7K on 7/5, 4K on 7/7, 5K on 7/9, 13.8 on 7/12, 5K on 7/14, 17.2K on 7/17. Back in NY, I ran 5K 7/21 and 15K on 7/25.

In August, I ran 5K on 8/1, 24K on 8/2, 18K on 8/9, 29K on 8/16 and 25K on 8/22.

Overall my running is not impressive. However, I do walk 5 to 8 kilometers every day, walking to and from my office,running errands, etc…

So my typical week is over 50K when combining walk and run.

Long runs in the heat are difficult to manage with the shaffing issues and loss of weight due to de hydration.


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