Sunday, November 18, 2012

Race Report -- Love them shoes!!

So, today was the second running of the Brooklyn Marathon.  I signed up for it while Sandy was raging outside, and I assumed (correctly, as it turns out) that that the NYC Marathon would be cancelled.

Instead of 47,000 runners, the Brooklyn Marathon was capped at 500.   The course was six full laps and three short laps of Prospect Park.  It was a perfect day.  Low 40s at the start, rising into the 50s.  I went out hard.  By halfway, it was clear I was going to set a PR or blow up.  I kept waiting for the wall, and it never came.  Usually I start to slow at mile 20.  I did slow some, but not much.  Even the last two miles were under 9 minutes.  I finished in 3:42.15 which was a PR by a little more than 10 minutes.  All in all, a good day, and a good finish to the season.

It is still a bit of a puzzler why I'm suddenly setting PRs.  I think part of it is that I've been running with better form.  Part of it is that I've been running with lighter minimal shoes.  Whatever it is, I'll take it.

UPDATE: Here's a link to some photos at the finish.  The guy in yellow and I kicked together for the last 100 yards. Thanks dude, whoever you are!

7 comments:

  1. You. Are. An. ANIMAL! Well done, this is such good news, so heartening for us struggling with injury and a real credit to your training, form and yes why not, the shoes too! England raises a glass to you, arise Sir Ted!!

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  2. Thank you Sir Philip!! You are what we call in Brooklyn a mensch. :-) Bring on Rome!!

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  3. Love your blog name. Who needs 'Rithmetic when we already have calculators! Congrats on the P.R., especially for such a difficult course.

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  4. Congrats, Ted. I think you mentioned something about the Portrait of Dorian Grey after the Dublin Marathon. How's that painting looking these days?

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  5. Er, "Picture," and "Gray." Hmmm.

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  6. Thanks Max. As for the picture, it's a bit confusing. My hair has gone gray. The guy in the picture is balding. I've lost a bit of weight, while the picture is looking a bit portly. The data is hard to interpret.

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  7. Nicely done. You are now officially the Duke of Brooklyn.

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