New York City Half Marathon 2017 Review - "Thank you for being here"

New York City Half Marathon 2017 Review - "Thank you for being here"

On Sunday, March 19, 2017, I took a bite out of the Big Apple. Exactly 365 days ago, I broke my half marathon PR when I ran through the New York Streets on March 20, 2016, finishing with a then PR of 1:38:44. After Sunday though, the new PR stands at 1:37:43.

So how did I get that PR? Four things contributed to it: November Project NYC, NYRR Group Training, mental toughness, and, Cheer Squads! Especially the last one.

How November Project and #JustShowUp supercharged my marathon training

How November Project and #JustShowUp supercharged my marathon training

For my next marathon, I knew deep down I didn't have another 16 weeks in me like I did for the Chicago Marathon. With the New Jersey Marathon penciled in as my go-to race at the end of April, I knew I had to approach things differently. The question was: How do I change it up?

Well, I decided to #JustShowUp with November Project.

From plane panic to PR ecstasy - the story of the 2016 Chicago Marathon

From plane panic to PR ecstasy - the story of the 2016 Chicago Marathon

From an airport panic to a dash to the expo to pick up my bib in time, to a goal-achieving PR and deep dish pizza, Chicago had it all.

I left the city with a new PR of 3:38:50 - beating my previous time of 3:41:35 from Philadelphia in 2015 - and a host of memories that will forever live with me. This is the story of the 2016 Chicago Marathon.

After 16 grueling weeks, Chicago Marathon, here I come.

After 16 grueling weeks, Chicago Marathon, here I come.

As I write this, it's four days to the Chicago Marathon. Low single-digit territory. And holy moly, it's been two months since I've updated this page. Two whole months. In running, two months is a lifetime. In that space of time - since my last post about battling New York City humidity - a lot has happened. A helluva lot.

Since then, I've grappled with injury (which was slight, but at the time terrifying), ran 20 glorious miles around Boston, joined November Project and NYRR Group Training and pushed myself in different ways, ran countless regular runs, intervals, and tempo runs, and completed my longest training run prior to the Chicago Marathon - 23.2 miles. So why has it taken two months to write a new blog? Shamelessly, the excuse is: Life got in the way.

Battling humidity: “You're going up this fecking hill, otherwise you'll regret it in the morning.”

Battling humidity: “You're going up this fecking hill, otherwise you'll regret it in the morning.”

They say fall PRs are made in the summer, but is that true? Well, in the words of Harvey Spector from Suits, “you're Goddamn right they are.”

So, here's the scenario at the moment. It's mid-July in New York City, and I currently slogging it through Week Five of my 16-week training program for the Chicago Marathon. The key words in that sentence are “mid-July” and “New York City.”

Harmless when isolated, but when combined together, it should raise eyebrows. New York City in July is a wretched time for marathon training, and not just because of the sun

Conquering post-marathon blues: Moving on from the Queens Marathon

Conquering post-marathon blues: Moving on from the Queens Marathon

Sometimes after a marathon, you just need to step away from it all to realize what just happened. Add in a case of post-marathon blues and it really throws a lot of disruption into one's routine. This blog has taken a while to write – and months to publish – as I wrapped my head around the events of Saturday, April 30, but now that I've taken some time to contemplate things, I'll look back at the day as a positive, rather than a negative.

11 questions for the Queens Marathon race director, Kevin Montalvo

11 questions for the Queens Marathon race director, Kevin Montalvo

As you might have read on this blog, this Saturday (April 30), I am running the inaugural Queens Marathon, which is pretty special as how often do you get the first race of its kind.

The 26.2 mile race, which will consist of a small field and will take place in Flushing Meadows, Queens, is being put together by local running group Queens Distance Runners, with some help from NYC Runs.

Before the big day, I got in touch with the event's race director and CEO of Queens Distance Runners, Kevin Montalvo and asked him a batch of questions about the inaugural event and how he intends to make it a day to remember for runners and spectators alike.

13.6 miles + 6.4 race race miles = lots of chocolate Easter eggs

13.6 miles + 6.4 race race miles = lots of chocolate Easter eggs

I'll do pretty much anything for chocolate. But for a massive hallow shelled Cadbury chocolate egg, I'll get up at 6 a.m. and run 19 miles. On Saturday, I 'raced' in the Central Park Spring Classic, a race that's only open for NYRR members. Though when I say 'raced,' there's much more to the story than that

"You got this Batman!" - United NYC Half Marathon Review

"You got this Batman!" - United NYC Half Marathon Review

You've often heard about that finish line feeling, that wave of euphoria that sweeps over the body and makes you forget about everything else. Well that happened around 9.10 a.m. Sunday morning, which was a sharp contrast to 6 a.m. that same morning. So, let's take it back to the start.

The long run: Disrespect it at your peril

The long run: Disrespect it at your peril

Long runs - I have a love-hate relationship with them. While some people find the idea of running for 2-3 hours as their own personal version of hell, to me it's the anchor of my week. It's a time for taking stock of everything that happened at work, home, and in life during the week and for planning the week ahead. It's also a period of time where I can get 2-3 solid hours of me time and think about things that have been lingering on my mind and come to decisions on things that have been pestering me for a while.

Missing the Washington Heights 5km. As in a New York minute, everything can change

Missing the Washington Heights 5km. As in a New York minute, everything can change

“In a New York minute, everything can change. In a New York minute, things can get pretty strange. In a New York minute, everything can change in a New York minute.”

Don Henley couldn't have put it any better in his iconic song. On Sunday morning, I was supposed to run the Washington Heights 5km. Key word there being supposed to.