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Winter 2016 Recap.

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What a season !

Running wise, after Honolulu marathon, we had no race till the end of the year, but next year, I’ll do the midnight run in Central Park if we’re in town.

I ran the Joe Kleinerman 10K on January 9th with Evelyne in 1:17:01. It was her PB on 10K. Nice, cold, crisp. In Central Park.

Then the Manhattan half has been cancelled by a snow storm. A small one. We still went running in Central Park and there was still some humid snow on part of the road. But we got the NYRR +1 for the race, even if it has been cancelled. So January finished with NYRR +2 for our 2016 campaign for 2017 NYC marathon. And +1 for the 5 boroughs

A small reminder: we are (Evelyne, Eli and myself) already qualified for 2016.  And we’ll do the Brooklyn half as we volunteered for the race last year.

In February, two 4 milers. 37’31” on February 6th Gridiron 4M and 37’46″on February 20th for the Al Gordon Classic in Prospect Park in Brooklyn. I like the Gridiron, on the morning the Super Bowl. A fun race where you can vote for your favorite by selecting a lane. So for us, this year, we went in the Broncos lane! The race in Prospect Park is also quite nice. A quick subway ride from Times Square to Grand Army Plaza and we’re in the park. The hills are easier than Central Park, so I don’t have an excuse on the slower time. Lack of training, too much foods and drinks, probably. So for Feb, We were NYRR 4 and 5B 1.

In early March, we had a week of cross country ski in Lapland Lake Village in the Southern Adirondacks. Very nice holiday place, with many small chalets in the woods and a good communal house. We had a lot of fun skiing and hiking in fairly icy conditions.

On March 6, we ran the Washington Heights 5K, from the Armory to the Cloisters and back, running under the access ramp of the Washington Bridge, then past Fort Tyron then down around the MET annex at the Cloisters. Very nice course in a lively neighborhood.

And on March 20th, I ran again the United NYC Half. #UnitedNYChalf. So fun. I qualified last year through the 5 boroughs races. I qualified for last year race through the lottery, but it has now been established that I have a lot of luck.

The weather, on this last day of winter was very cold. Some cold air from Canada came other to say hello. We had 32 Fahrenheit or 0 Celsius at the start and a couple of degrees more later in the day. Snow is forecasted later today as hot and humid air is coming up from Virginia!

The preparation: I visited the race expo on Friday afternoon as both Evelyne and Eli volunteered  from 4 to 8 pm. They managed the 19000-19999 booth and my number was 19368. What a coincidence it was not ! I picked up the nice technical shirt, from a small outfit in Oregon, which outsourced the work in China. Nice design, lots of sponsor nice in the back. It like Times Square without the screens 😉

I carbo-loaded Friday night with Pasta and meat sauce. Very good. And I drank lots of water and coffee on Saturday. Ate some more bread for good measure. But I could eliminate the hard waste and ended up running with a very heavy belly. Next time, I carbo-load of Thursday then I fast for three days. I can’t be 84 kg on Wednesday and 87 kg on the morning of the race. This is sheer non sense. This needs to be fixed.

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On the morning of the race, I woke up at 6:00. Dressed up quickly, had a yogurt then ran out the door. I had my tired yellow Asics shoes, heavy hiking socks, long X2U pants, two longs sleeves thermo shirts, a long sleeve vest and the blue tech T shirt with the bib, a ski mask and January’s Manhattan Half blue hot hat. Plus gloves.  I also took a poncho to protect me till the departure time of the race. I was, as usual, carrying too much. But I was not cold. I will never improve my time if I’m not dressed in a short and a T shirt,with light gloves and hat. I need a fair weather to dress light to go faster.

I was at the back of the second wave, which is nice, better than the third wave last year. Lots of security to enter the park, up to 20 minutes to line up to pass the metal detectors. I was gone at 8:00. Up Cat’s Hill, then past the Luxor Obelisk, the MET, the reservoir, Harlem’ 110th street to WestCentral Park corner then back in the park, up the hills before exiting the park on 7th Avenue. Then up to 57th street, then all downhill to Times Square, then 42nd street to meet Eli and Evelyne, at mile 8, before heading South on the West side of Manhattan.

I averaged 10:32 per mile:

Start: 8:00:52 am.

5K: 31’39”

10K: 1:04’35”, 32’57”

15K: 1:36’59”, 32’24”

20K: 2:10’26”, 33’28”

Finish: 2:18’01” un official.

Pace went from 10’11 to 11’07 per mile. Not very good.

The finish chute was well organized. I just walked to subway 1 station, missed a train, took the next, changed for a 3 to Times Square. Nice. Then I walked in the cold to the apartment.

Nice medal. Nice race. Nice day.

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I’m NYRR +6, 5 boroughs +2. Evelyne and Eli are NYRR 5+1 and 5 B +1.

And now I’ll taste the raisin bread I prepared today:

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I started making bread a couple of months ago, based on the no-kneat bread recipe from Sullivan Street Bakery’s founder. I tried plain white flour, 25% wheat and 75% white flour, 33% wheat and 66% white and raisin bread. It is so easy to do and so good, that I do a bread every weekend now.

 

 

 

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