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Archive for September, 2010

2010 Disneyland Half Marathon

On September 5, 2010 I ran the 2010 Disneyland Half Marathon. The 2010 Disneyland Half Marathon (http://espnwwos.disney.go.com/events/rundisney/disneyland-half-marathon/) is a proud accomplishment for me, and I also had an immense amount of fun running it. I think it shows in the photographs also. I was running strong and hard and having a really good time at it!
The weekend before the race, I ran a 20 mile NYRR training run in which I was trying out a marathon race pace for me (Galloway method, 2:1 run/walk ratio) to run in the upcoming 2010 Marine Corps Marathon.  It worked well for the first 16 miles, but fell apart after that when I began to hit the wall.  I hit the wall (and I expected that I would) because my last long run prior to that had been a 14 miler about four weeks earlier.  If I hadn’t been making such a large jump in my long run distance from 14 to 20 miles, it would have worked perfectly.  Still I was very happy with the 20 miler, because even though my pace slowed down a lot in the end, if I maintain that average pace in the Marine Corps Marathon, I’ll PR by 20 minutes! Saweeeeeet!
For the Disneyland Half, I thought about it and decided to push the pace a little for the shorter 13.1 mile distance. So I decided to use a 2min:30sec run/walk ratio and see how it would work for me. It worked great! I had expected to run the race in about 2:32 (because I had just run a 20 miler the week before), but I ended up finishing it in 2:21, only 3 minutes off my half marathon PR of 2:18. Rocktastic! The 2min:30sec run/walk pace worked like a charm! I felt great throughout the race and my legs only started to feel tired around mile 12.
After the race I had the great pleasure of meeting @southbaygirl, @liloruns and @kristyLpants.  Below is a photo of @southbaygirl and I with our medals after the race.
So with another happy-go-lucky race under my belt, my Marine Corps Marathon continues…

2010 Damon Runyon 5k at Yankee Stadium

The 2010 Damon Runyon 5k at Yankee Stadium (http://www.damonrunyon.org/yankeestadium), now having completed its second year on August 15, 2010, is a race held completely within Yankee Stadium, using each of the concourse levels, up the internal stairs and down the ramps, and includes two laps on the field (along the warning track). This race is thus unique and extremely fun, and benefits an important cause: cancer research.

This race is fun, fun, fun!  Although I’m not a fan of organized team sports, whether it be NFL, NBA, MLB, or hockey, and I’m not a particular fan of any team, even I found the two laps on the field to be exciting and exhilarating.

I mean, when can you run on the field of any baseball stadium without getting ejected and thrown out of the stadium?

Because the course calls for running up many of the stairs multiple times …

this race is challenging if you truly intend to “race” it.  However it is all kinds of fun, fun, fun if, like my friends and I, you choose to treat it as a fun run and an opportunity to get some great photos on the field…
Or throughout the stadium, having some fun with the larger than life player murals on the concourse…
The first year this race was held, it was held in November 2009, which was great and ensured that race day would not be too hot.  My only complaint about the race this year is that it was held on August 15, 2010, the same day as the Bronx Half Marathon.  I hope that next year, the race is held on a different date from the Bronx Half, because I would like to run both races.  Also, it was of some concern that the race was being held in August, since there was a good chance it was going to be a hot, humid, sweltering day.  We lucked out though — this year August 15 ended up being a very cool day and perfect weather for this race.
The Damon Runyon 5k at Yankee Stadium was a really fun race for a great cause. the organization raised in the neighborhood of $400,000 for cancer research as a result of the race.  I would encourage others to get involved and encourage you to put this great, fun race on your race calendar for next year.