Wednesday, December 12, 2007

2007 Recap

I suppose the best way to start a new blog and to top off the end of another running year is to recap the major events of the 2007. So, here's a quick and dirty summary of my 2007 major running events :

January 7 - Each year for the past 3 years (2008 will be the 4th) begins with the annual family trip to Walt Disney World, which, brings about the running of the Walt Disney World Marathon. 2007 was the second annual WDW Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge. Runners entering the Goofy Challenge must complete the WDW Half Marathon on Saturday and the WDW Marathon on Sunday in order to obtain the coveted Goofy medal. I singed up for the Goofy Challenge (having completed the WDW Marathon the prior 2 years), and my wife signed up for the Half Marathon. The idea was to spend an enjoyable 2 hours or so on Saturday with the wife, followed by a "whatever" on Sunday for the Marathon. Unfortunately, on the eve of the Half Marathon, our oldest daughter (Julia) got sick and was up all night, and I gave up my Half Marathon to stay in the hotel room with her, while my wife successfully completed her first Half Marathon. A little exhausted from being up all night with Julia on Friday (followed by a rough Saturday), I managed to drag my butt out of bed on Sunday morning and completed the Marathon in 4:35:23. We will be back at Disney again this year, where I have once again signed up for the Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge (no sick kids, please).

March 4 - My second Caumsett Park 50k (the USATF 2007 50k Championship) yielded a new 50k PR for me - 4:51:01. Greg Crowther took the men's title and Anna Fyodorova edged out Connie Gardner for the women's title. This is a great race put on by the Greater Long Island Running Club.

April 29 - The New Jersey Marathon kicked off a 14-day period where I would run 2 marathons and a 50k. I met my friends Emily and Kristen at the start. I also met up with Mike, who I met when running the NJ Marathon as part of Dean Karnazes 50 Marathons in 50 States in 50 Days trek. Mike has come a long way since that event. My race consisted of a strong half, followed by a mediocre second half, finishing in 3:51:55.

May 6 - The Long Island Marathon - 2 marathons in 2 weeks. I had done 2 marathons in 2 days before (2006), so I figured I could handle this. I ran with my best running buddy, Ira, and together we both blew out PRs, finishing in 3:40:16. Now, if Ira hadn't stopped for that 1 minute bathroom break around mile 11, we'd have been under 3:40 !

May 12 - The Long Island Greenbelt Trail 50k capped off a tough 14 days. This is a particularly difficult 50k, with some technical trails and plenty of hills. A 6:42:58 finish was about 17 minutes faster then last my finish in 2006. Glen Redpath took first place in the men's division. The amazing Annette Bednosky won the women's title.

September 1 - After a long summer of training, finally, my first 100-mile race, the Grand Teton 100-Mile. I met a ton of people at this event - many I keep in touch with regularly. With the help of Bryon Powell, I poured it on in the last 20 miles to finish in 33:19:36. Bryon was an amazing pacer, pushing my limits throughout the last 20 miles. As mentioned in my last post, Andy Jones-Wilkins shattered the course record, while Laurie Andrews won on the women's side.



November 17 - My second JFK 50-Mile was more of a fun run for me. I paced my new good friend, Bob Gentile, for the entire race. It was his second 50 miler (having done the Grand Teton 50-Mile in September), and he busted out a new PR, finishing in 11:29:20. Meredith also joined us for a good portion of this run. Anne Lundblad took honors for the women, Michael Wardian for the men.



That recaps 2007....on to 2008 !

Happy Holidays.

8 comments:

  1. What a great year you had!!!!! I am honored that i got to share some of it with you. I lok forward to 2008 and running with you very soon :)

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  2. Awesome Re-Cap of 07' you done good:-)

    Going to be a fun 2008' ahead of us for sure with those 100's ... Enjoy the Holidays cause then it's time to get back to some serious trainings in January! Maybe we get you to pull some tires too --lol

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  3. What a year! You should be really proud of all of your accomplishments. 2008 will certainly be just as exciting.

    Ira

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  4. Couldn't have done it w/o you I-man !

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  5. Thanks for stopping by!

    Wow! What a year! Oooooo you did the NJ marathon? I thought about it for a quick second but it would probably be too much too soon (for me). Bleck! Maybe in 2009 ;-)

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  6. Hey Marcy. Thanks for checking out my new blog.

    Yeah...NJ Marathon - did it twice. I also did it in 2006 the day before doing the NY Marathon..it was nuts.

    This year NJ is the same day as the LI marathon...I think I'm going to do NJ with Meredith. You are welcome to join us !

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  7. Sounds like quite the running year you had! Some really great accomplishments! Good luck in 08!!

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