Sunday, April 09, 2017

On the road to the 2017 Brooklyn AirBnB Half Marathon

On the road to the 2017 Brooklyn AirBnB Half Marathon

Yesterday, Saturday morning, April 8th, 2017, I resumed running for the first half marathon of the year. A few weeks ago, I participated in the Kings Park 15 kilometer Run, which is very challenging for the steep hills, and the low temperatures as well, that restrains the free breathing. I left the house around 5:00 a.m., wearing a long sleeve cycling jersey to carry a water bottle in the back pocket. Sunrise wasn't until 6:20 a.m., and I wasn't going to wait until then to hit the road.

I ran on Merrick Road westbound, Oceanside Blvd south, Mott Street west, Austin Blvd south onto Long Beach Road, all the way to the boardwalk. Along the way, I see things, places, faces, cars, and the sun breaking the horizontal plane. I see people getting their coffee from the local bodega, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, and I am thirsting of the same java cup. But, I was on a mission, to build up endurance for the half marathon.

I did every psychological trick in the book - think of distance in small increments, don't think of the distance, go at a slower pace, get distracted by the surroundings and the views. Once I arrived on the Long Beach boardwalk, I stopped to take some photographs as evidence of this endeavor. I also drank most of the water bottle. I returned back home literally on the same path, with the goal to not stop once. I didn't fulfill this target as I stopped a few times to catch my breathe, and to lower the heart rate. I wasn't upset for stopping, but I  do hope that by  May I can run the half marathon without stopping.

One nagging symptom, a reminder from one of last year's half marathon, was not to tighten the shoe laces to tight, as the feet either swell, or the foot  unintentionally pushes forward with nowhere to go.
The closer I got home, I couldn't wait to taste that cup of coffee in the kitchen. I finished running approximately 12.5 miles in 2 hours and a few minutes (I  don't carry a stop watch or a chronometer), including time along the way walking. As I finished training for the half marathon, questions of completing an Olympic Distance Triathlon traveled through my mind if I could complete one in decent time. I guess I should sign up to find out.

More to run . . . .

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Great South Bay 5.5 Swim, Long Island

The 2017 Cross Bay Swim will be held on Friday, July 14. The Swim Committee has been preparing for the event, and we know that many of you are already in training. We are all excited for another stunningly beautiful and inspiring swim across the Great South Bay.
2016 was a memorable Swim, with three teenagers finishing at the top of the list in near record time. Conditions were nearly ideal that day, but navigating over 5.5 miles in open water creates a challenge under the best of conditions.

So many of our Swim alumni are accomplished athletes.  Conor Hartnett, Jonathon (Herc) Maier, and Rich Wilde have conquered the English Channel, the king of open water swims. This past fall, committee member Rob Roos ran the NYC Marathon for the third time.  
2016 was a record breaking year for donations, with our participants raising over $80,000 for our charities. The three top fundraisers alone donated over $20,000! 
This year marks 90 years since the first Cross Bay Swim.  Our swimmers now come from all over the country to enjoy the pleasures of Fire Island and the South Shore. We thank our many contributors, volunteers and supporters for helping maintain this wonderful tradition on the Great South Bay.

Applications for this year's Swim will be posted on our website on or about April 1. As before, we limit the event to 100 swimmers. Admissions are accepted based on postmark date and time.
Announcements and news are posted on our Facebook page,
We hope that you will mark your calendars and make plans to join us on July 14 for another memorable event.

See you then!
The Fischer Family and the Swim Committee

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Winter Run Series - Jones Beach 5 km race

Good times

Nice shorts!!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Winter Run Series - JonesBeach 5k race, 11:00 am

Monday, January 23, 2017

Sunken Meadow 5km race - January 22 2017

Winter Run Series - Race # 3 of 4

Monday, January 16, 2017

Robert Moses State Park - 5 km race

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Hecksher State Park 5 km race - today at 11 a.m.