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New York City Marathon 2019

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Location:

Milton,GA,USA

Member Since:

Jul 27, 2010

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

PR's -

Mile - 4:38    (High School)

2 Mile - 10:12 (High School) 

3 mile - 15:51 (High School)

10k - 35:19 (High School)

Marathon - 2:59 marathon (London -2013)

Half marathon - 1:25:18 (Deseret News 2013)

Ran 5 of the World Marathon Majors (NY, Chicago, Boston, London & Berlin) at least twice.

5 x Boston Marathon

10 x NYC Marathon

 

 

Short-Term Running Goals:

Sub 3 hour marathon

Long-Term Running Goals:

Continue to enjoy running and racing as long as my body permits me.  

Personal:

Old guy - been running for 40+ years.  

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Off - traveled to NYC for the marathon tomorrow. 

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Race: New York City Marathon 2019 (26.2 Miles) 03:19:58
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Ran my 10th NYC marathon today, and it was actually in the top 2 of my favorite races at this event.  A friend of Richie's, a guy named Tommy who went to high school with him and whom I have met and run with a few times, was again at the race with a group that Richie assembled for his Team For Kids team.  Richie donates every year to the charity and as a result of the size of his generosity, he is awarded with a handful of race bibs to assign.  He generally tries to get friend, family, and old high school track and cross country teammates to run.   I have been the beneficiary of a few of those race entries.  

Anyway, Tommy asked me before the race this morning, if maybe we could run together as he was hoping to get a Boston Qualifier of 3:25.  His best time was last year at 3:29.   I really had no specific goals for the day, and decided in the moment, to pace him and as the day unfolded, I am so pleased that I did.

He wanted to be conservative and run 7:45's to 7:50's early-on, but the day was really favorable weather-wise, and we found ourselves running closer to 7:30-7:35 pace.   Most of the time, I allowed him to sort of dictate the pace, and I mainly just tried to keep us steady - and encourage him along the way.  The effort was completely manageble for me and my HR was in the mid to high 140's which told me I could have gone faster.  I thought that perhaps if the pace turned out to be too much for him and he dropped or needed to really slow to a walk, I could possibly finish out going faster.   But that never happened.  And as the race went on, I was completely comitted to getting him across the finish line with his goal time or better.

Tommy was a grinder and stayed with it; a very tough runner.  I was so impressed.  He only had a couple of late miles that were closer to 8 mins - but never worse.   When I was doing the math, I thought we had the chance of getting under 3:20 and really insuring that he would get into Boston with more than just the minium qualifying time.   I never said anything to him but knew it was going to be really close at the end.  I ended up crossing the finish line at 3:19:58 and was bit disappointed to find out that his time was 3:20:01.  Nevertheless it was a PB for him of over 9 mins.

The pacing role I had today, really gave me purpose and was quite fulfilling to see how well he ran and that I played a part of it.  

My daughter Riley also ran today - her second marathon - and though her training had some set backs - she had a decent race at least for the first 20 miles or so.  The last 10k was a struggle, but I was equally impressed with her determination and resolve to finish on what turned out to be a tough day for her.

Finally, it was last year that I did this race and had a very difficult time that later likely turned out a couple of weeks later to have been as a result of a significant blockage in one of the key arteries to my heart.   I ran 30 mins faster today and felt great.  As we crossed the Veranzano Bright in the opening miles I really took in the views and reflected on what a difference a year has made and felt very blessed. 

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Off - travelled to London for business

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AM - 3.5 miles around Hyde Park.  Good systems check.  No aches or pains.  Just easy running. 

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AM - 5k in Hyde Park - different route from yesterday.  Ran a little faster. 

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AM - 5.5 miles through Green Park and past the Palace through Westminster - across the Thames and looped back through Mayfair.  Pleasant run. 

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AM- 3.5 miles in Hyde Park - a bit faster than previous days.  Heading back home this afternoon. 

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AM - 5k with Finn in the neighborhood this morning.  He pushed the pace in the last mile or so - fun to open up a bit.  Chilly. 

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AM - 3.5 miles with Finn before work. 

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AM - 3 miles on the treadmill before work as it was raining pretty heavily outside. 

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AM  - 4 miles with Finn in the morning before work. 

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AM - 5 miles on the treadmill before work. 

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PM - 4 miles with Finn late afternoon, early evening.  

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AM - 3 miles with Finn before church. 

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AM 4.25 miles with Finn in the morning.  

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AM - 5 quick miles on the hotel treadmill before an offsite management meeting in Georgia.  

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AM - 5.25 miles or slightly less - in a run around the perimeter of a resort in Braselton GA called Chateau Elan.  Cold and hilly. 

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AM - 3 easy miles with Finn before work.  

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PM - 4.5 miles on the treadmill after work. 

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AM -  4 easy miles in the rain with Dan who finally is back running after an injury.  Good to catch up with him.  

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PM - a little over 6 miles with Finn on a blustery afternoon.  

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PM - in St. Pete for business - got a run in with Richie of just under 8 miles.  Great to run with old friends and catch up.  

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AM - doubled down with a second run with Richie in the morning before my business meetings - just under 6.5 miles around downtown St. Pete.  

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Race: Thanksgiving Day 5k (3.107 Miles) 00:20:18, Place overall: 42, Place in age division: 3
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Atlanta Thanksgiving Day 5k- family tradition that my girls started with my family many years ago (and that I had with my parents when I was growing up) continues.   Most years I choose to run with the girls and their spouses/boyfriends and other friends or family who come to town to stay with us.  Every now and then I will take off and give it a go and meet them at the finish.  This year was one of those years.  Riley and Delaney were in town and my nephew and his wife were as well - none of them having run very much with the exception of Riley who is recovering from an injury.  
 

Cold windy and hilly - I had a decent race.  I was hoping to dip under 20 mins but the course was a little to unforgiving with the hills and a technical set of turns entering (and then the slick turf) at the Georgia State stadium - formerly the Braves' stadium now converted.  Splits were 6:24, 6:14 and 6:33.   A flat course may render a quicker time for me.  
 

Thankful for my family and for being able to run as well as I have been running this past year   This was my fastest 5k since 2013 according to Athlinks (shockingly).

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

 

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AM - took yesterday off.  5 miles with Dan and Finn in the morning.  

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