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Updated: 2018-03-19T08:00:31.902-04:00


2018 Taconic RR St. Patricks Day Races: Race Photos & Results


It was another cold weekend - and FDR park was (cue up broken record) - cold and windy!  But that didn't detract from the Taconic Road Runner's St. Patrick's Day 2 Mile and 10K races!  Post-race, runners had the option to warm up with a roaring fire going in the fireplace, hot chocolate, coffee or tea, and - Captain Lawrence beer!I ran the 2 miler - and (amazing to me) managed to sneak in just under 14 minutes!  Running at a 6:59 pace for 2 miles (and it may have been a couple of seconds faster if I hadn't slowed down on the infamous hill at the end of the loop) - was reward enough for me!  But it was also good enough for second AG :D  Afterwards, I ran the 10k unofficially (50:40).But when the running was done, had some COLD Captain Lawrence IPA - and warmed up in front of the fire.  I had already drunk a cup of coffee between the races :OHere are the official 2 mile race results from Taconic RR.Here are the official 10K race results from Taconic RR.and here are some great race photos posted by Taconic RR. Thanks for taking them Ted![...]

2018 Celebrate Life Half Marathon: Race Photos & Results


It turned out to be a great day to run the Celebrate Life Half Marathon - plenty of sun (a commodity that's been scare these last few weeks)!  And, except for the occasional wind gusts, it wasn't that cold (notwithstanding the snow covered course) :DI haven't run this race in a while because for the last couple of years I managed to get into the NYC Half.  But Celebrate Life is definitely worth the drive up to Rock Hill - not just for the challenging course, but for the post-race Outback Steakhouse... Steak!  Yes, this is the only event (ultras included) where you can have an honest to goodness steak (chicken for those red-meat adverse) as part of your post-race meal!As for the race itself, I had a sub-1:50 time goal (given that my legs were still a bit worn out from the Caumsett 50K last weekend).  That may have been something of a soft target because I ran a pretty solid 1:47:42, 8:14 pace, without any speed to speak of, over those miles.  In fact, it was a significant improvement over my last CL finish (1:51:59 back in 2013)!  So I was doubly pleased :DThe best part, however, was the post-race socializing!Here are the official race results from[...]

2018 Caumsett Park 50K: Race Photos & Results


It's been a few years since I last ran the Caumsett Park 50K (maybe back in 2011, or earlier).  One this that hasn't changed is the wind!  But this was the first time the I ran the loop counter clockwise.  By comparison, I think this direction made for a slightly less challenging trek - although the added distance to the dog leg portion was a mental challenge (so close, yet so far from the end/beginning of each new loop - and, of course, the finish)!As for the event itself, it was excellent!  GLIRC and all the volunteers were great - especially the volunteers out on the course!  Post race, there was a ton of food (to get ahead of myself, I ate 2 slices from the hero sandwiches, a huge cranberry muffin, and - for good measure - a small Danish.  Wolfed down probably a more apt description since I ate all that minutes(!) after crossing the finish - before I changed out of my soaked running clothes).My only mishap during the day involved missing the start of the 50K proper (despite having arrived more than a half hour before the start)!  The 50K went off at 8:30 - the 25K went off at 8:35 - and I somehow missed than announcement starting the 50K (not too hard with the 25k runners milling around the same place waiting for that race to go off)!  So my official (gun) time is overstated by five minutes from my actual (net) time - which, hopefully, will eventually be corrected (fingers crossed).Either way, I was more than pleased with my 4:58:27 (official) finish (4:53:27 net)!  Even the official came in under my target of 5 hours for the race.  My marathon split (4:07 official/4:02 net) was a little disappointing because I had wanted to slip under 4 hours.  But either way, was more than happy with the entire day!  By way of comparison, it was almost an entire hour faster than my last 50K back in December (5:51:33 at the B.U.S. Trail Mix Up) :DNext up is first training run for the 2018 edition of the TGNY - next Sunday.  Not sure I'll be up for the entire 35 miles (50K is my target), but I'll see a few runners from today's race there :DHere are the official race results from JMS Racing.Here are their race photos (of which my mid-race photo is taken!).[...]

March 2018 Race Schedule


March is here!  While I'm not sorry to see February recede into history, it may have been one of the warmest Februarys in recent history (albeit a very wet one).  As I write this post (Friday morning), the rain is coming down in buckets, with a chance it switches over to snow(!), as it washes over the Northeast!  A somewhat fickle start to the month :D

As for races, despite today's weather, this weekend should be dry (and maybe a little sun) for the Caumsett Park 50K on Sunday.  I haven't run this one in a while (maybe 8 years?!) and when I looked at the course map it seems as if the direction of the loop has been reversed.  Maybe that's just my imagination - haha. One reason I haven't run it lately, it conflicts with the Boston Buildup 25K - perhaps my favorite of the 4 race series.  This year I'll miss it in exchange for the longer distance.

Keeping with the longer distance motif, the following weekend is the first training run for The Great New York Running Exposition (TGNY) 100 miler this June.  I thought it would be 20-25 miles - but turns out it's 35!  A bit of an eye opener for me (to put it mildly).  I'm planning for the entire distance, yet 50K of it will make me happy :D

Mid-month will be something of a breather, with Taconic's St. Patrick's Day races.  I'm not sure if about running or volunteering for this one.  I'm leaning toward volunteering.

The following weekend is the Broadway Ultra Society 4 Hour Run - to precede the Annual Awards Brunch.  Saturday, the day before, is Savin Rock Marathon in New Haven.  I'm tempted to run that because it would be a new race for me.  Looking at the course map (a double loop), it seems to include a good portion of the New Haven 20K route.  Maybe it's time to squeeze in a weekend double?

But the real open question for March is the last day.  I'm very tempted (aside from what comes to pass the weekend before), to sign up for the Naked Prussian 50 Miler.  I haven't run a stand alone 50 Mile race in a while, so this is under serious consideration.  Will decide mid-month (probably right after the TGNY training run).

Here's how it looks so far:

3/4 - Caumsett Park 50K
3/11 - TGNY Training Run #1, 35M
3/18 - Taconic St. Patrick Day Races (volunteer?)
3/24 - Savin Rock Marathon?
3/25 - B.U.S. 4 Hour Run
3/25 - B.U.S. Awards Brunch
3/31 - Naked Prussian 50M?

As always, if you're at any of these great events, say Hello!

10th Anniversary of Rundangerously 2008-2018!


I find it somewhat astonishing that my Rundangerously Blog has been up and running (pun intended) for 10 years!  When it began - way, way back on March 1, 2008 - I had no idea that it would last this long.  In fact, I had envisioned it as a way to record my training and racing (with race photos and reports the main component).  It actually grew to include much more stuff, if you will - but it primarily focused on the running side of my life.  Over the last decade it's recorded the my running and races - but included family (especially Katie's various milestones: she was in middle school when this blog began, she just graduated from College last year!), travels, radio, and reviews of various things that caught my attention over the years - to mention a few of the things that come to mind. I was also happy (and honored) to include many guest posts - mostly from other runners who shared their race reports and experiences!

I find the longevity even more surprising given my (apparently) belated discovery of Facebook the following year (and Twitter a few years after that).  All the competing venues to post pictures and updates (so to speak) certainly diluted the power of blogging (in general) - to the point it basically seems quaint after all these years.  Almost like trying to explain why bother listening to CDs - or even more shocking LPs (if this generation can dig up a working turntable) - in this IPOD, streaming age of music.  But I will confess to not missing (and never will miss) video cassettes, of any format - haha

So as I enter the second decade of this blog (did I really write second decade), I wonder how much longer it can keep going (and, a bit more practically, how much longer can I keep running and racing).  That first post mentioned that Caumsett Park 50K was the upcoming race - and I'd post a race report....  Now, 10 years later, I find it fitting to point out that Caumsett Park 50K is again on deck for the weekend!  A comforting coincidence (and what's old is new again) :D

Thanks to everyone who has visited over the years - and to those who commented as well.  Here's hoping that you'll continue to visit going forward!


2018 Stratford Last Chance for Romance 3 Miler: Race Photos & Results


The Stratford Last Chance for Romance was an oasis of dry, sunny weather - and a race as well!  Given the last two days of rain - and the rain coming down right now as I post this, it was wonderful to be outside and enjoy the respite from the otherwise waterlogged surroundings :DAs for the race itself (formerly the Stratford Sweetheart Run and 4 Miles, instead of 3), it's great course to run.  Downhill mile 1, relatively flat mile 2, and one BIG hill in Mile 3 - it covers all the bases!  Despite having run this race many times - I discovered the Stratford Amateur Radio Club building at Booth Park!  Wow! While it has nothing to do with the race, except being located in Boothe Memorial Park, it definitely gave this old ham a thrill!!  Unfortunately for me, it was closed - and didn't see any of the local members in attendance.In a twist, awards were of the (mostly) edible variety.  I say that a bit tongue in cheek because my age a group award was a Christmas mug.  In a first, I took home two mugs from a race (instead of a shirt, we received mugs at sign up)!  I love race mugs!!As for running the race,  my 22:18, 7:22 pace, was good enough for 3rd AG (hence the 2nd mug)!  And, Emmy and I won our team's AG (although for some reason Team results weren't broken out in that format).  We got some Valentine's day chocolates for that :DHere are the official race results from runsignup.[...]

World Radio Day - 2018


Today is World Radio Day!

A brief description/history:

The date of 13 February, the day the United Nations radio was established in 1946, was proposed by the Director-General of UNESCO. The objectives of the Day will be to raise greater awareness among the public and the media of the importance of radio; to encourage decision makers to establish and provide access to information through radio; as well as to enhance networking and international cooperation among broadcasters.

The consulted stakeholders also proposed ideas for the programme of celebration: extensive use of social media, annual themes, a dedicated website enabling virtual participation, special radio programmes, radio programmes exchange, a festival involving key partners, and so forth.

On 14 January 2013, the United Nations General Assembly formally endorsed UNESCO’s proclamation of  World Radio Day. During its 67th Session, the UN General Assembly endorsed the resolution adopted during the 36th session of the UNESCO General Conference, proclaiming 13 February, the day United Nations Radio was established in 1946, as World Radio Day.

So find some time to go old school today - and listen to a radio broadcast :D

Happy Groundhog Day - 2018!


Happy Groundhog Day!

Unfortunately, as I write this post, comes news that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow - another 6 more weeks of winter (as the prognostication goes) :(

Lucky for us, Phil isn't the only game (rodent) in town.  According to Staten Island Chuck - our local authority on the matter - no shadow this morning.  Early Spring it is :D

In any event, early Spring or not, find some time to watch Bill Murry's "Groundhog Day!"

February 2018 Race Schedule


February has seems to have snuck up on me.  My race schedule for this month is still something of a work in progress.  The only definite item so far is the running the 3rd Boston Buildup race (20K) next weekend.  There are a couple probable ones as well - including the "Looper" bowl (a/k/a Leatherman's loop) this weekend - instead of the NYRR's Gridiron 4 Miler and the Stratford's "Last Chance for Romance" 3 Miler (a/k/a the "Sweetheart").  The Stratford race is a bit late in the month, hence the "Last Chance" :D

That one also conflicts with the Colchester Half - one of my favorite events!  But I'll go with the shorter distance because I seriously thinking of running the Hyannis Marathon the next day.  That one is all about the logistics.  If the travel to and from gets worked out, count me in!

Another race that's in the probable category is the VCTC "Tough Love" 2 x 2M Relay in Van Cortland Park next weekend.  It's the day before the Buildup 20K, but if I can line up a partner to run it with me - again, count me in!

Finally, the major question mark for this month is what to do the weekend of 17/18?  There are a couple of options I'm looking at right now, but nothing definite at this point. 

Caveats as above, here's how it looks so far:

2/4 - Looper Bowl 10K
2/10 - VCTC Tough Love 2x2M Relay
2/11 - Boston Buildup 20K
2/17-18 - ???
2/24 - Stratford "Last Chance for Romance" 3M
2/25 - Hyannis Marathon?

2018 Taconic RR Freezer 5K: Race Photos & Results


 Warm - if incredibly foggy and humid - weather for the Taconic's Freezer 5K this morning!  But that's a lot better than rain!  When I woke up this morning it was pouring outside.  That was the prime reason I skipped heading down to Long Island for a Marathon (very wimpy, I know).Despite the damp conditions, there was a pretty great turnout for the race (basically a loop of the park + a dog leg).  I managed to run a solid 22:38, 7:15 pace.  That was enough for second place in my age group!Here are the official results from Taconic RR.Here are more race photos from Taconic RR![...]

2018 Boston Buildup 15K: Race Photos & Results


We had great weather this morning to run the Barlow Mountain 15k (a/k/a Boston Buildup race #2).  Somehow adding the word "Mountain" gives a better sense of the "hills" on the course.  Although it was the snowy/icy roads that started in mile 4 of the out and back course that were the real surprise out there (enough of a curve ball that I would have liked my trail shoes)!  The first (and last) 3 miles were dry and very runnable.

As for the race itself, I was very happy with my 1:14:29, 8:00 pace, because I hit my target pace (8 minutes) completely by happenstance!  For some reason my MapMyRun/Strava apps decided to go silent and not give me any feedback during the race.  So I ran mile mark to mile mark without any timing.  And, given the self-imposed "slowdown" over the ice patches, I suspect that my time could have been marginally better.

Next week is a toss-up between the Run Around Manhattan and a new Marathon on Long Island.  Tossed into the mix is the forecast for rain - ugh.  If it's really pouring, may wimp out on the long ones and opt for the Taconic Freezer 5k instead - an appropriate (e.g. sane) distance to run in the rain. haha

Here are the official results from ClubCt.

                                          Great shot of start - thanks Tony!

2018 NYRR Virtual Resolution Run 5K


Participated in my very first virtual run to kick off the new year - but it didn't actually "materialize" until the "results" were posted today!  The NYRR and Strava teamed up to put on the "virtual" Resolution Run 5K - the first of a half dozen+ (8, I think) to be held throughout the year.

During the first two weeks of the year runners complete the 5k distance while recording it on Strava (as a "race").  I uploaded a snow-filled training run (guilty of not actual "racing" it) - but I will make amends with a future one, where I will try to run the distance "fast" :D

Here is the NYRR news release - with links to posted photos as well.

Here are the "official" results at NYRR.

2018 Boston Buildup 10K: Race Photos & Results


Hard to reconcile running in shorts on Friday afternoon and the return of Arctic conditions this morning!  I'm thankful for the 10:00 AM start for this race (the other Boston Buildup races go off at 9 AM) because I was on the fence till the last minute.  Finally I dragged myself into the car and drove over to Rowayton.  I'd run at least 6 miles today one way or another so, I reasoned, might at well socialize a little while doing the mileage :D

As for the race itself, my 48:26, 7:48 pace, was a bit off my 48:00 minute target.  But I had no leg speed to speak of (and spent most of mile 1 getting warm) - so all in all, was pretty happy.  And, as and added bonus, I got to run fast (relatively speaking) - a nice break from training mileage!

Since the 10K was postponed from last Sunday, the second Boston Buildup race (15K) in Ridgefield is on deck for next weekend.  The 15k is typically the coldest one of the series, but after this morning it may need to settle for second coldest of 2018 :O

Here are the official results from ClubCt.

"Bomb Cyclone" Freezes out Weekend Races!


Before last week I had never heard the term "bomb cyclone" - and suspect it was newly minted to describe the seemingly never ending deep freeze that's settled in - and won't leave!  As I write that (Monday morning), the temperature has just inched above 20 degrees.  It's been a long time since the thermometer has gotten that high.

Last week the brutal cold led to the cancellation of most local road races.  The NYRR kicked it off on Thursday night with the cancellation the Kleinerman 10K (Saturday).  The next day the Boston Buildup 10K (Sunday) was postponed until next weekend.  The same day (Friday) the MHRRC announced its cancellation of the "Recover from the Holidays" FA 50K (Saturday).  And, to complete the picture, on Saturday NYCRUNS cancelled the Hot Cocoa 5 Miler (Sunday).  Intended or not, the bomb cyclone wiped out 4 races this chilly weekend!

As for just plain running mileage - I managed to log a solid 50 miles for the first week of 2018 - in those ridiculously frigid conditions.  I hate to admit it, but by yesterday a run in 7 degrees was old news.  It was almost "easy" relative to the previous string single digit runs - because the wind had died down enough that the "real feel" was actually 7 degrees, instead of the sub-zero wind chills of all the previous miles!

In any event, I'm so over winter right now!  Hopefully the days of double digit temperature aren't too far off - haha!

January 2018 Race Schedule


Frigid start to the new year!  Here on the east coast we've been stuck in an icebox of cold temperatures and even more brutal wind chills.  Hopefully, things will warm up soon and we can look forward to running races in balmy 20 degree weather - haha.

It's strange now having to get used to the idea of 2018 - when even 2017 still seemed a bit alien as recently as last month!  But January 2018 (the new racing year proper) will kick off this weekend with Boston Buildup 10K - a perennial on my race calendar.  It may be, weather conditions permitting, be preceded by the Mid Hudson Road Runners "Recover from the Holidays" FA 50K.  I'm keen to do it, but the hour and a half drive is only doable (for me) with decent (e.g. dry) road conditions.

The next event is the Boston Buildup 15K on January 21st.  Nothing penciled in yet for the weekend of 13-14th because there really aren't too many local running options available.  The other possibility for the 21st was the NYRR Manhattan Half - but it closed out early, at the end of November/first week of December.

The last weekend of the month is a bonanza of options (3)!  In a first, Taconic has moved the Freezer 5k into January (it's typically a 1st week of February race).  And the GLIRC has added an "International Marathon" (run in Eisenhower Park) that weekend.  But my choice for the 28th will most likely be the small and informal "Run Around Manhattan" 50K in honor of Ted Corbitt!

Here's how it looks so far:

1/6 - MHRRC "Recover from the Holidays" 50K
1/7 - Boston Buildup 10K
1/21 - Boston Buildup 15K
1/28 - "Run Around Manhattan" 50K

As always, if you're at any of these - say hello!

Merry Christmas - 2017!


Merry Christmas!   

This year Christmas was a dual celebration - the holiday itself and Katie's graduation as well!  We had my brother and his family over, as well as my mom, for our traditional Christmas dinner. 

It's hard to believe that 2017 has come to a close.  In a few short days New Years Eve will be here and it'll be time to welcome in 2018! 

Pre-Christmas Trail Run in Van Cortandt Park


Running the old Holiday Marathon course on the trails of Van Cortlandt Park this morning was a trip down memory lane!  Back in the 2011-12 "era" - a much more innocent age- we had a series of holiday themed "marathon" in VCP.  Runners could do four 6.5 mile loops for a full marathon (or any number, for that matter).  The results were recorded on the honor system via a sign out sheet at the start/finish (Tortoise & Hare statue).

The tradition was brought back this morning when the trail runners meet-up group set off with about 15 or so runners, following the old route.  Interestingly, in the intervening years the one major change was the addition of a concrete switchback at the one mile (or so) mark to reach the highway overpass.  In the old days (did I really write that - haha), we climbed the steep embankment up to the highway (and in winter an old rope would be added to make the icy, slushy climb more manageable).

I had a great time - and if I had more time would certainly have gone out for a third loop!  One funny fact: I got a parking spot on Broadway, not to far south from the Tortoise & Hare statue, for the 1st time in years!  Typically, I find myself parking at the Horace Mann school - that's how hard it is to get a spot right off the park! 

Great trails, great company, and even great weather - an awesome way to spend Christmas Eve day!

2017 New Canaan Santa Run: Race Photos & Results


This is the first time I've run the New Canaan Santa Run (it's 5 year) - but I'm no stranger to the course running through Waveny Park!  Truth be told, if I hadn't preregistered for the race last week (to make up for not racing while we were in Ann Arbor), I would probably have gone back to sleep when I heard the sounds of rain outside.  But I'm glad I made the drive.  Despite the scattered heavy rain/foggy conditions to and from New Canaan, the weather let up for the race itself.  In fact, the rain pretty much cleared up for the first 2/3rd's of the event - only picking up again in the last mile.As for the race, it was roughly 1/3rd on pavement and 2/3rds on trails.  I finished - slightly damp - in 23:12, 7:29 pace.  But the biggest surprise was see Rob at the finish!  I hadn't seen him at the start (he having arrived minutes before the race went off).  Aside from Rob, and Jim (timing), no other familiar faces this morning.In a twist rare weekend twist, after a quick shower at home, I went into the City to put in a few hours at the office :(Here are the official results from ClubCt.[...]

Happy Festivus - 2017!


Happy Festivus Everyone!

It's that time of year again - between Winter Solstice and Christmas - that a somewhat bizarre (maybe just plain unusual) Festivus arrives.  That uniquely George Castanza inspired holiday tradition - just one of many Seinfeld classic episode. 

If you'd like a little background on this "festive" occasion, check out this quasi-official Festivus page.

Happy Winter Solstice - 2017!


Happy Winter Solstice!

Winter officially arrives here on the East Coast at 11:28 AM.  It's not the cold weather that I'm looking forward to - but rather the increasingly longer days ahead of us!  As of tomorrow, with the shortest day of the year safely behind us, we'll get more and more daylight in the days and weeks ahead.

Graduation Day - Ann Arbor!


Official Graduation Day for Katie!  While she "walked" with her graduation class during the Spring Commencement, yesterday was her official graduation from the University of Michigan! We are so incredibly proud of her accomplishment!

2017 NYRR Ted Corbitt 15K Race Photos & Results


I should really strike photo from the post title since my phone died/froze right after I crossed the finish line of the Ted Corbitt 15K this morning!  But I'll add a link to the NYRR Photo Gallery to make up for it.  There seemed to be a slight chance the race would have been switched to a fun run when the NYRR sent out an advisory that they were monitoring the weather conditions and would let runners know by 6 AM what to expect.  Luckily (as this was the last Club race of the year) the race went off as planned :D

As for the weather it was chilly (but not really cold) - hovering just above freezing at the start.  The real concern was snow - which actually held off until the race got underway (with slight flurries as we left the chutes).  But it did pick up - and by the second loop it was bona fide snowfall accompanying us to the finish!

I didn't have any expectations, time-wise, for my performance.  There was an outside hope I'd run a 1:15 (8 minute pace or so).  But given how beat up I felt after last weekend's BUS Trail Mix-Up 50K there wasn't any speed left in my legs.  Still, my 1:16:51, 8:15 pace, finish made me very happy!  As a bonus, got to say hello to Gary Corbitt (Ted's son) as on the 102nd Street transverse during the first mile!

Here are the official results from NYRR.

Here is the link to the NYRR photo galleries.

2017 NYRR Ted Corbitt 15K Packet Pick-Up


I picked up my bib and race shirt for the 2017 Ted Corbitt 15K this Saturday, after work this afternoon.  But given how beat up my legs felt after the B.U.S. Trail Mix-Up 50K on Sunday, I doubt that there'll be anything approaching "speed" covering the 9.3 miles around the Park.  Still - I will certainly work up an appetite for our traditional year-end Taconic post-run breakfast at the Rambling House after the race :D

This will be my 10th NYRR race of 2017.

2017 B.U.S. Trail Mix-Up 50K: Race Photos & Results


Today's Broadway Ultra Society's Trail Mix-Up 50K in Alley Pond Park was challenging - and probably my last "long" run of the year (it is December, after all)!  What made this one especially tough is the 30K option - which is the siren song of cutting it short if ever there was one!  In fact, a few years ago, I exercised that option and bailed out of the 50K in favor of the 30K (and nice warm park house).But this time around I managed to do all 10 of the 5K loops (the loop was roughly evenly split between trail and pavement sections).  Mile for mile, this was probably tougher than running the Knickerbocker 60K two weeks ago (if only because we could stop after 6 loops/30K).  However, given that we share a portion of the course with a dog run (and some decidedly unfriendly dog owners and their equally snarling pets) - this was hands down the most dangerous course I've run all year.  This is no creative exaggeration because I was right behind Grant when some obnoxious dog (thankfully on a leash) leapt at him during the 2 loop - forcing him off the path!Aside from that adrenaline moment, the rest of the day was like any other ultra.  As for my race, I got thru the first 6 loops in under a 10 minute pace.  After that point I mostly ran, jogged, walked the remaining 4 loops.  Given how tough - mentally - the last 4 loops were I was more than happy with my 5:51:33 finish (11:19 pace)!  The best part of the day was the post-race food - which, just from memory, included, ravioli, eggplant parm., lasagna, veggie pasta, chicken marsala!, and, no ultra would be complete without - pizza! Not a bad way to recoup the 3,700+ calories burned getting the 50k done :DAs always, thanks Richie (and all the volunteers) for putting on another great B.U.S. event!Here are the official results from New York Ultrarunning. [...]

December 2017 Race Scheddule


Year end has arrived!  Still hard to believe the entire year has flown by so quickly.  In arddition to holiday related stuff, this month will be tough because I have finals exams and grades to deal with before bring the Fall semester to an official close.

While I probably won't get in that many races, I will put in some decent race mileage.  December kicks off this weekend with the BUS Trail Mix-up 50K in Alley Pond Park.  While I plan on doing the full 50K, this event lets you drop down to the 30K without penalty (to which I availed myself to one yea

The following weekend is the Ted Corbitt 15K - my final NYRR race of the year.  As has become a tradition, following the race we'll have our annual Taconic post-race get together at the Rambling House!  And, in keeping with the Club themed weekend, will join the Van Cortandt Track Club for their annual Santa Run the next morning!

I'll try out a new (for me) holiday race on the 23rd, the New Canaan Santa Run - to work up a Christmas appetite :D

Here's how it looks so far:

12/3 - BUS Trail Mix-up 50K
12/9 - NYRR Ted Corbitt 15K
12/10 - VCTC Santa Run
12/23 - New Canaan Santa Run 5K

As always, if you're at any of these races - say hello!