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  1. Yeah, I should have said everywhere 'cept NJ. My son lives in Princeton Jct and I never found a convenient one to run when I was visiting.
  2. No, they are more often on Sundays. They require less traffic control on Sun. morning and more people are available to run and work them. Google "road runner's club" and your city. Go to their web sites and check the calendar. They'll always have a list of races for the next couple months. I look for smaller races, the local fun run to benefit the hangnail association or whatever. Seldom do I go for the mega races with upwards of 1,000 runners. You can always find race results either on the RRC web site or just google the name of the race to see how many ran it last year. Albany, NY is not a major metro area, lower than 1 M population in a 25 mile radius, and I can usually find 2 or 3 within 20 miles of home any given weekend from April to November. I average about 12 races a year, some years more than 30. It's the races that keep my training in focus, but you don't have to run them hard. I'll do some at 12 minutes per mile. There's one this Sunday and I doubt I'll exceed that pace.
  3. BTW Liz, I am planning on doing the Baltimore Half-marathon next Oct. with the Cardiac Athletes group or maybe the marathon relay if I can't get into the half. In any case, unless something big intervenes, I'm committed.
  4. Good show with a trophy your first time out. It took me a decade before I ever won anything. Cold air is not the cause of the hacking cough. You would still get that if you had run the race in July. It's simply from breathing much harder than normal for an extended time. Your lungs were stressed in the same way your muscles were. In fact, your lungs probably limited you more than your legs. With a few more races, the hacking goes away or at least is a lot less and your speed will improve greatly.
  5. Winter running comfort depends entirely on the wind. Check a wind chill chart on the weather page before going out.
  6. Reminds me of a race I was in many years ago. At the start I'm running alongside a friend and because of the crowd he's running up on the curb. Just ahead there's a young blond girl in snug fitting tights. He turns his head & says, Hey Jack, check out those tights -- BWANG!!! -- he ran right into a road sign.
  7. You run harder in a race, so you get hotter. You do want to feel cold at the start. Gloves & knit hat, yes, but you may want to remove them as you heat up, so have a top layer with pockets to stuff them in. One layer on the legs, not two, they're the part doing all the work. On top, two shirts with a wind breaker. Bring a bag with extra warm stuff for after the race, extra sweat shirt, extra hat, extra gloves because the others will be sweaty wet. You will be quite hot after you finish for just a few min., then suddenly feel like you're in a deep freeze.
  8. I spent 40 years as a software developer, so no matter how much it is now, it's less since I retired.
  9. It takes about 6 weeks to see any real difference and after 12 weeks of once a week intervals you'll be amazed what you can do.
  10. If you want to run fast, run fast. There's no magic, just crank up the pace every now and then. Once a week is enough, twice is better. You can throw intervals into any workout. Unstructured intervals is called fartlek (Norwegian for speed play). That means at any time during a normal training run, break into race pace or faster for anywhere from 30 seconds to 2 minutes, then back off and recover. Do it several times. Or you can do structured intervals on a track, 1 lap easy, 1 lap hard, repeat. The lap is 400 meters. 800 meters is about 1/2 mile and 4 laps is 1600m, 30 feet short of 1 mile. Or you can do tempo runs where you run 2 miles or more at faster than normal pace. (FYI, I was a USA T&F certified coach once upon a time.)
  11. Shoot, I'd be happy with 62 mins. 10K. My last one wasn't even 72.
  12. I remember the first time I made it to 4 miles. I thought it was as far as I'd ever go. For a long time in the 70s I ran from 1.5 to 3 miles at most. It was enough to keep me in good shape for years. I had no reason to do more than that. Then I got involved in a jog-a-thon challenge with some guys at work. I was piling on the miles 2 and 3 at a time but some of them were going 6, 8, 10 or more. So I boosted it to 4 one day and I thought I'd die. A week later I did it again and it wasn't so hard and then again and again and after a while started to push it to 6 and more. The more I did, the more I found I could do. I finished that year with a 15 Km (9.3 mi) race.
  13. Your running peers will appreciate that you're in the winner's circle but family is another issue. When I have gotten a trophy or ribbon, I take a lot of abuse from my kids. Being 2nd of 2 or 3rd of 3 doesn't seem to impress them except when I bring home a prize like a peach pie or something.
  14. 35 years ago you were a rare bird indeed. I've checked old race results to write an article for a local running mag and women comprised only 10% of runners in the 70s. It steadily climbed to where the majority of entrants are women in all races except the marathon, but they're catching up there too. This is not true of the 50 and over set however. Men 60+ are roughly 4-5% of the field but they still far outnumber women 60+, so you should expect to be among the award winners in almost every race.
  15. Started the year off right with a 3.5 mile race. I've done it 21 times now. This was my 400th race overall and the first time I ran it was in 82, 30 years ago today.
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