cherry tree relay 2012 report

So for only the 2nd time in history, the Flyers actually had a relay team for the Cherry Tree 10-miler and Relay.  And the ironic thing?  After years of me always advertising for relay partners (and having to crash another club’s team twice!) I was actually considering doing the full 10 this time around.  But then I got an email from my teammate AG saying that he and LR were forming a team and wanted to know if I wanted to be “the cream between their cookies” (TWSS!) 🙂  How could I say no to that?  Hence, Team Lickety Split was born.

So race day dawned, probably the warmest it’s ever been for this race (I have memories of being freezing last year-so much that it scarred one of my New York Flyer Gurls relay teammates from doing this one again, hehe.)  Not quite shorts weather, but certainly capris…and…pink compression sox.  In fact, all 3 of us were gonna be wearing them!  (What have I started? 🙂 )

So AG drove me and a couple of other teammates out to Brooklyn-nice and easy (hey bus driver from last year’s Flyer bus to the Brooklyn Half-take note!)  We stopped by the school to get our bibs, souvenirs (fleecey-type caps were ok for something different but I really really miss the long-sleeve shirts-bring them back please! 🙂 ) and the finishing touches on our “costumes.”  AG brought black stuff to put under our eyes (like baseball and football players)…to make us look tough in spite of the pink, methinks? 🙂  We then decided on our pecking order-I’d start off, LR would be 2nd, AG would anchor.  With everything done, we then jogged to Prospect Park for a warmup (well I did, I needed it before something short like this!)

When we got to the relay zone, there was still a few minutes to kill, so I practiced relay slap bracelet handoff with LR-took a couple of tries but we got it down.  In fact, one of the officials wanted us to demonstrate for the other teams…yeah, like we’d give up our advantage?  I don’t think so! 🙂  So then with about 10 minutes to go, I headed to the start…different this year, instead of on the main park drive it was near where the Brooklyn half usually starts-meaning the 1st mile would be a little less downhill than usual-which may be a good thing since I always take that mile out too fast!  So we waited for the starting signal-and it was actually a horn, no “Go!” or something like that 🙂

As for my leg-once again, I’m reminded why I don’t like racing short in the winter!  My legs just felt “tight” and not really warmed up-at least not til well into the 3rd mile 🙂  The 1st mile was slower than expected but that may have been partially due to less downhill than in the past…plus I think I was holding back a little.  Though the mile split may not show it, I actually didn’t feel too bad on the hilly mile 2, and actually had enough to pick it up for mile 3 (whereas in the past I remember barely holding on!)  I see the mile 3 marker and know I only have about a quarter mile left…pick it up a little more.  I pass another relay team runner (relayers had red bibs on whereas the full 10 had white) but as we approached the relay handoff area it was pretty much a dead heat!  I handed off to LR and my job was done.  25:03 for 3.25 miles, 7:43 pace.  Obviously not where I was last summer, but still better than last year’s race…for whatever reason, I never seem to run well here.  Too early in the season perhaps?  But as this chart shows, probably better paced than in previous years?

2012 2011 2010 2009
7:39.3 7:37.1 7:22.8 7:17.8
8:11.4 8:31.3 8:20.3 8:09.4
7:32.3 7:58.9 7:51.0 7:41.7
(.25 mile-6:36 pace)
(.19 mile-6:52 pace)
(.36 mile-6:57 pace)
(.37 mile-6:50 pace)

*Note-2011/2012 I had the first leg, 2009/2010 I was the anchor, hence the .1 mile discrepancy.

So now my role was playing cheerleader for all the Flyers running the 10-miler and being lookout for LR.  But there was a minor freak-out when the bib AG was wearing was a little bent-since he was the anchor, he had the bib with the B-tag on it and it got bent since he was wearing it on a race # belt.  I just told him to take note of our time from the clock in case we didn’t get a final time (but as it turned out, was fine.)  LR finished up his leg with a smooth transition to AG.  And then we got to see and cheer on the finishers…oh but wait, not without incidident, as there was one point where there were 2 horses crossing the roadway-right after where the runners are making the turn to the finish and making their finishing kick!  I think I did see a runner or 2 run into one of the horses, thank god no one seemed to get hurt…but I don’t know WTF those riders were thinking!

So when we began to see peeps that were running near me on my leg, I knew AG wouldn’t be that far behind…and he wrapped up a strong last leg for Team Lickety Split!!  Total time for our team-1:16:19 (though based on a couple of my teammate’s times that I crossed the line with, looks like 14 seconds should be taken off of that…so 1:16:05 unofficial “net” time.)

And afterwards, even though I wanted the bagels and hot chocolate back at the school, the preference amongst our crew was pancakes and coffee (and for me, a mimosa!) before stopping off at Farrell’s for watered-down beer in a 32 oz styrofoam cup…yummy 😛

So yet another fun time in Brooklyn!!  Til next year 😉


Flyers representing. With Team Lickety Split and all our pink-socked glory in the center.



gossip girl gone bad

no action shot yet, but at least you can see the "gossip girl"…this post title is inspired by yet another song…”Good Girls Go Bad” by Cobra Starship featuring none other than Gossip Girl Leighton Meester…and what does that have to do with anything?

Well as I did last year, I teamed up with EG aka Bridges Runner (it feels so weird not calling you Uptown Girl anymore…LOL!) and AU for team “xoxo, Gossip Girls” in the Cherry Tree 10-mile relay.  3 laps around Prospect Park, one for each of us-fun, right? 🙂  And this year, since I wasn’t gonna impress anyone with my speed, I might as well impress with my costuming and dress the part 🙂  And so I did, with a red plaid Running Skirt and knee-high compression socks over my tights…and I guess my usual running headband can add to the ensemble 🙂

So since the MTA was gonna have fun with us this weekend with the F not running in parts of Brooklyn (which sadly, screwed Lam out of running the race 😦 #mtamajorfail!), I accepted a ride to the race with my Flyer teammate HM, and 3 others came along for the ride.  And we actually made it to Brooklyn in plenty of time…oh, and the running joke of the day was that it was so much colder here “than it was in New York”…meaning Manhattan.  ah a slip of the tongue (not by me! 😛 ) can be so funny sometimes.  So anyway, we stopped by the school first for everyone else to get their race stuff (EG had very graciously picked up our race stuff already! 🙂 ) and to warm up a little before heading over to Prospect Park…oh, and another laugh was that the Google Maps on my CrackBerry seemed to never know where we were once we got to Brooklyn! 😛  Anyway, we found a great parking spot by the park and eventually started walking towards the start…I stopped at the relay area while the others headed down to the start line for their race.

So…less than 10 minutes til the start and the rest of my team wasn’t there yet (they were frontloading mileage beforehand)…ok, get a little nervous.  Guess I am running anchor by default (even though I think it was unofficially decided that I be anchor) since I don’t have my bib and D-tag!  Finally, with just minutes to the start, I see EG and AU, just in the nick of time!  AU rushed to the start, EG gave me all my race stuff…bib, D-Tag and souvenir Sugoi hat (nice hat, but I kinda missed the techy shirt like the one I got last year!)  So I got myself ready and EG and I waited for AU to come in…around 24-25 minutes in, AU handed off the slap bracelet baton ( love it!) to EG who was off for the 2nd leg!!  AU and I ran a little bit in the opposite direction of the race…she was cooling down/adding on mileage, I was warming up.  Turned around after about a half-mile so I could make sure I was at the exchange area in time.  And soon enough, it was my turn to rock!!

And to describe my race…Once again, a picture tells a thousand words.

Oh, and how about a second one?

CRASH AND BURN!  I saw my half-mile split and was like “oh f*ck!”  Yeah, the fact that it was really downhill had something to do with it.  But still.  And it bit me in the ass in mile 2 with the killer hill.  And kinda kept going in mile 3 before I got some downhill relief near the home stretch.  And I was thinking how glad I was that I opted for the relay, I couldn’t imagine doing this 3 times!  I was getting passed quite a bit during the race which kinda bummed me out a little…like I was erasing the great start my teammates got us off to.  So nearing mile 3, I saw people in the distance looking like they were turning and thought it was the finish-nope I was fooled, it was actually the park drive turning (why didn’t I remember this from last year?)  But soon enough, I did see the real turn to the finish.  Alright, let’s bring it home.  Lotsa cheering, Moz snapping away on the camera.  Kick hard.  And go!!  And done.

So…26:06 for me, around 7:45 pace…around 25 seconds slower than last year’s time.  And the combined time for the 3 of us was 1:14:47, 7:28 pace…which really puts into perspective how much I slowed the team down :-\  Oh and even better-the initial results (not sure if they have been fixed yet) had our relay results mistakenly with the 10-mile results (looks like we would have been 6th out of around 28 female teams?)…so I had to tell our web people to not credit me with the race time-I can’t take full credit for a race time that wasn’t really mine, and I’d kinda feel bummed if people congratulated me on a fast time I didn’t really run…

So unlike the 4-miler a coupla weeks ago, I didn’t really walk away from this one feeling so confident.  One good thing was that the (sh)IT band stayed quiet once again, but man am I out of shape.  And man do I need to be re-hill trained.  (In fact, now I am having second thoughts about the Brooklyn half…that hill may not make for a good race time.)

Oh and Flyers-those of you who are reading-c’mon, put aside your allegience to the 10-miler for one year and let’s form some kick-ass relay teams in 2011.  Lotsa other local teams represented…The Reservoir Dogs, Urban Athletics, Front Runners and of course PPTC to name a few…I think it’s about time that NYF cleans up a little!!  Whatcha say? 🙂

bring on the gridiron

So against my better sanity, I actually signed up for a NYRR race for next month. I figured that 4 miles is a doable distance…and for once the Gridiron Classic is not the morning after the Flyers awards gala so why not. I’m of course expecting to be very embarassed by my time…but at least I’ll earn the right to eat on Super Bowl Sunday, right?

Oh yeah, the Gossip Girls will also be reuiniting for the Cherry Tree Relay. For me its just for fun and an excuse to wear a cute running outfit that will include a plaid running skirt (completely serious!). I just hope my 2 teammates will forgive me for slowing the team down… 🙂

And getting back to the previous football topic-once again, I still have the Jets to watch-who woulda thought this would happen so late in the game? In appreciation of that, I figure I should post a shirtless pic of Mark Sanchez… 😉

OK…maybe I should post one of him actually playing football in Jet gear too 😛

GO Jets!!!

Oh and if any of you have figured out there is still post content below the pics and are still reading, I do have to give a thumbs up to the WordPress app for the Crackberry. I just composed this entire post while on the subway, and just saved it and inserted links/posted the pics when I actually got to a computer. Big improvement from having to post to Blogger via email…