#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 πŸ˜‰

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 : δΉ…γ—γΆγ‚Š

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 πŸ˜‰

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.

Schunemunk Mountain trail

We went hiking in the North of New York city today.

We rented a car as usual at the local Avis shop on 43th Wet. Great team. Very friendly. We upgraded to a 4×4 SUV Toyota and the hiking team was on its way. We had an interesting Asian background covering Japan, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong plus the usual Breton and Charentaise.

The trail was part of the 60 trails within 60 miles from New York book.

A tough trail, that we started from Otterkill road trail head. The loop is starting on the lower West side of the ridge, with great view to the West and North, then switched to the higher East side of the ridge with great 360 views of the Hudson Valley, Harriman State Park and large wooden areas west on the river.

The second part was tough, with 3-4 meters walls to escalate, tough rocks walls, but still a lot of fun for fit people ( 2 x half marathons and a 50 miles bike ride in the past 30 days).

A tough hike, 9.6 miles, great views, some fun rock climbing.

And we saw 2 snakes, the second one a big rattle snake. Many more probably saw us moving around on the ridge of Schunemunck mountain, which means “Ancestral Fireplace” or “Excellent Fireplace” in Lenape language.

The wiki:

Brooklyn Half May 20th 2017: a race report

We registered on day one within a couple of minutes of the opening of the registration process. We heard that the race was sold out in 2 hours. It is probably the second most popular race after the marathon.

NYRR indicates that this is the most popular half marathon in the country. Today, 27,440 finished the race, with a breakdown of 13,472 men and 13, 968 women !

We trained hard as usual and finished with a respectable 2:44:20 and 21.

The race is using Β a similar course to last year, a run around the Brooklyn botanical garden, a run around the Grand Army Plaza monument, a round outside Prospect Park, then a round inside Prospect Park. We left Prospect Park with already 7 miles done. Very easy, smooth running, with paces of 11 minutes per mile downhill up to 13 min/miles on the long nice uphills.

The Ocean Park way was just covered with fresh asphalt up to mile 10 and it was very nice. The last miles were on the old road. We ran past the Cyclone before turning to the boardwalk for the last 200 meters. We crossed the line together.

This is the second best for Evelyne. I ran with her again this year.

The weather was perfect, not too hot, not too cold nor windy. A bit of rain in the last mile.

The organization was perfect as usual.

My status is 7+1 for the 2018 NYC Marathon, 7 races done and 1 volunteer.

I’ll do the June 17th 10K in Corona Park and the Bronx 10 miles in September to wrap up both my 9+1 and my 5 boroughs for next year automatic entry to the NYC half πŸ˜‰

I’ll volunteer during the summer for the fun ! And I’ll train a bit my speed for Omaha marathon mid September. Then prepare NYC marathon with Evelyne, and run it with her. Big question mark: do I run the 60K this year ? Tempting.

Gotta run !

#RunJapan 2017

May 14, 2017. Temperature at 7:00 a.m. 8 Celsius, 6 Celsius in the wind.

We had a great race today in Central Park, the Japan Run. A 4 miler, which is a +1 for the New York City Marathon. I ran with both Evelyne and Elisabeth. Eli went ahead and finished fast.

We started on 66th street East side in Central Park, continued up Cat Hill, a 400 meter hill with 15 meters of elevation, then on the East side along the MET and then the reservoir, a turn on 102th street traverse to return through undulating route to 72nd street finish line.

We had a blast, finishing in 47’40”, just under 12 minutes mile pace, very conservative, a good warm up for next week’s Brooklyn half !

A quick run home for a total of 7 miles.

New York 5 Boro bike tour : 40+10 miles by bicycle !

On May 7th, we finished the 5 Boro cycle road adventure across New York !

I was so happy we did it. My first long ride in the USA !

We went with the first wave at 7:50 and finished at 1:40 pm. The start is near Wall Street on the South side of Manhattan, we then went North on 6th Avenue till Central Park then through the park till Harlem, then a short turn in the Bronx.

We went to the bathrooms there, had a snack and a drink before returning to Manhattan on FDR East till the Queensborough bridge, a nice hill.Then North again to Astoria Park, where we stopped for bananas, water, pit stop. After a good break, we headed South along the East river to Pulaski bridge to enter Brooklyn. A course different from the marathon, staying along the Naval docks, then trough the renovated Dumbo, before taking the QB highway with elevated views on the borough.

The final hill was the Verrazano Bridge, that we ascended slowly in 10 minutes, absorbing the enormity of the trip, looking at tip of Manhattan far away to the North.

The race was extremely well organized. Many volunteers, lots of security, amazing.

40 miles from Wall Street to Staten Island Ferry terminal + 10 miles to and from home. A great day, a great adventure. A lot of fun.