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Feb 5: Short, but probably not to the point

February 7, 2012

Listen to Episode 63a*

This is a short one. Just mention of this Saturday’s Millrose Games at the Armory.

* Turns out there already was an Episode 63.

Jan. 29, Episode 63

January 31, 2012

Listen to Episode 63

Steve and Joe this week. Lots of talk about the now-official New York City Ekiden (which Joe wrote about here). And a bit less about Joe’s new NYRunningRoutes site.

Jan. 22: Episode 62

January 23, 2012

Listen to Episode 62

It was Brenn, Steve, and Joe and we spoke of three thingsL a 5000, the mile, and an Ekiden.

Brenn ran the 5000 at the Armory on Thursday. How’d it go?

The Bring-Back-the-Mile movement (in Alice’s Restaurant terms at least) was discussed. And here’s the video Steve mentioned:

For reference, the Ryun-Liquori race at the Penn Relays clip (which was in 1971) begins at 1:15.  And here’s how it was broadcast:

Finally, there’ll be an Ekiden soon. And here’s video NYRR put up on YouTube (which we mention because we don’t want to get in trouble with it again):

Oh, and the Dylan video to which Steve referred is “Subterranean Homesick Blues”. Google it.


Olympic Trials, Marathon

January 18, 2012

Listen to Episode 59

Dec. 18: A short one, consisting chiefly of Joe coming on to tell people that it would be a short one, in anticipation of the holidays.

Listen to Episode 60

Jan. 8: In anticipation of the Olympic Trials Joe yapped away until Steve called in from Mexico. Then they both yapped about them.

Listen to Episode 61

Jan. 15: Brenn and Joe spoke about the Olympic Trials. And Brenn’s plans for a 5000 in the Armory on Thursday.


December 12, 2011

Listen to Episode 58

We spoke about group runs, the we being Brenn, Steve, Amy, and Joe. The idea came from Joe’s post on his run that morning at the Rockies.

Amy and Brenn, meanwhile, ran the Pete McArdle 15K at Van Cortlandt. A tough, tough race, and kudos to them. This led to a discussion of racing cross, which brings to mind a list from Marc Bloom on reasons to do it.

Episode 57

December 4, 2011

Listen to Episode 57

Steve and Joe basically shot the breeze, mostly about NYRR and alternative races.

A little late with 54 and 55

December 4, 2011

Listen to Epidose 56

Listen to Episode 55

Listen to Episode 54

Episodes 54 and 55 were largely about the Brooklyn Marathon, the inaugural Brooklyn Marathon. And last week we spoke, in episode 56, about some of the races we did over the Thanksgiving Week-End.

Nov. 6, 2011: A Marathon Post-Mortem

November 6, 2011

Listen to Episode 53

Tavia, Brenn, Steve, and Joe chatted about their (non-running) experiences in today’s NYC Marathon. Tavia in Queens. Brenn in Manhattan. Steve in Brooklyn. Joe in his kitchen.

Steve ran NYRR’s Dash to the Finish 5K on Saturday. A bit of a mess, but a fun experience nonetheless.

Oct. 30: The Tough Task of Watching the Marathon

October 30, 2011

Listen to Episode 52

Brenn, Steve, Tavia, and Joe chatted about the up-coming NYC Marathon and spectating it. Tavia has found her stretch of Queens populated by more and more people each year. Brenn will be up by Marcus Garvey Park near Mile 22.  Steve chatted about the iPhone/iPad and Android application for those watching the race and following people in it.

Some discussion of the Brooklyn Marathon, which is sold out, and the cancellation of this morning’s Poland Spring 5-Miler and how NYRR handled it (hint: well).

And some final talk about this coming Saturday’s Race-to-the-Finish 5K, with Tavia talking of her experience in the Boston 5K the day before the Boston Marathon.

[Edited to add:

On October 31, I (Joe) received an email sent to all Wave 1 entrants that makes clear where the UPS trucks will be this year. It is the reverse of 2010; in 2011 the low corrals will be first. Here’s the email (and it’s something I wish NYRR had done sooner):]


Because you are a runner with an ING New York City Marathon bib number between 500 and 21,999, we have an update for you. After you cross the finish line on November 6, you will exit the park at 77th Street toward Central Park West, instead of walking farther north in the park.

If you’ve checked any baggage, you will collect it from the appropriate UPS truck at the West 77th Street exit. As soon as you have your baggage in hand, you will be directed west toward Broadway, where you can plan to meet your friends and family beyond Columbus Avenue.

NOTE: You must move west on 77th Street with the flow of traffic for the safety of all of our runners. You will not be able to walk east or re-enter the park once you leave it.


We want you to be aware of the exact location you will exit the park on race day, so you can meet your friends and family in a safe and convenient location, away from the park. There will not be a formal family reunion area, so plan to meet your family and friends at a pre-determined location, such as a restaurant or hotel.There will be no area to meet in Central Park, on Central Park West, or on 77th Street (east of Columbus Avenue).


If you have any questions, you can visit the information booth at the ING New York City Marathon Health and Fitness Expo for answers.

Episode 51: NYC Marathon & The New Qualifiers

October 23, 2011

Listen to Episode 51

We (Brenn, Steve, Joe) debated the new qualifying standards for the NYC Marathon, beginning with the 2013 edition. Alas, we did not come up with a solution that would please all of the people all of the time.

A bit of a chat about the Rock ‘n’ Roll 10K held in Prospect Park on October 22. In this first venture into New York, there seem to have been some problems. The biggest perhaps the space limits of Prospect Park where the race was held; inevitably there will be lapped runners.

Finally, the Dash to the Finish 5K. Joe lamented the loss of the low-key International Breakfast Run. But it is what it is.