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NBR Fall 2014 Town Hall Meeting – This Sunday! by nbrwebjohn
October 23, 2014, 2:00 pm
Filed under: Events, Inspiration, NBR Goings On

NBRTownHalFalll2014October 26th, 2014
Sunday – 8:15 PM

Greenpoint Reformed Church
136 Milton St., Brooklyn, NY 11222

Everyone in NBR is welcome & encouraged to attend our Fall Town Hall. Join us for updates, upcoming events, upcoming volunteer opportunities, and or present your own ideas or suggestions you may have.

Remember, NBR is a community based running club. All the awesome things we do as a team happen because people volunteer their time & energy. We’re always looking for new people to help out. Learn more about NBR and let us know what you’re interested in. There’s some open run leader spots opening up after the NYC Marathon.

Prior to the meeting, please read Important news about our upcoming Town Hall from our Director.  (You must be logged into our Google Group)

Facebook Invite.



NYC Marathon 2014 -Team Spot Check-in: Brian Cicero by nbrwebjohn
October 21, 2014, 9:00 am
Filed under: Inspiration, Marathon, Members, Races

Since everyone should be and is in NYCM taper mode, we check-in with our fourth and final 2014 NYCM team spot awardee, Brian Cicero.  Brian’s NBR contributions and accomplishments are well documented.   Take it away Brian….


NBR: Tell us a little bit about how you came to be part of  NBR. What was your first run? How long have you been involved?

Brian: Truth be told, I  joined NBR because I needed a reason to get out of my apartment.  I had recently transplanted myself to New York from Ithaca, post grad, and along with departing that little hippy city I also broke it off with a long time boyfriend and was all out of sorts in this big city.   The peaceful gorges of Ithaca were quickly replaced with the cacophonous breezeways of Manhattan and the closeness of friendships and love were replaced with a mattress on the floor of a room in a railroad apartment in Greenpoint.

Don’t let my attitude come of as insincerity,  North Brooklyn Runners was a beacon that guided me out of self loathing and crying over a bottle of wine while listening to “skinny love” for the 1000th time and straight into a group of truly amazing people.  Nightly, and the occasional morning, runs became a safe haven where I made new friends, had interesting conversations, learned more about running than ever, and of course found out where are all the best parties would be that week.  I would later weasel my way onto the social committee so I no longer had to ask about the parties but rather got to invite everyone else.  Oh, the glory days.

My first run, if I remember correctly, was a Tuesday Night Tempo lead by none other than Katie Winther.  I went on to lead the run with her for about 2 years only a few weeks after joining the club.

That was in 2010 and 4 years later I’m still a proud, albeit slightly less present, member of North Brooklyn Runners.

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NBR: How is marathon training going? Are there any specific workouts that are really moving things along for you? Tell the NBR world a good long run story.

BrianI think its going well???  Actually… I have no idea.  This is my first marathon, and honestly I don’t know if I’m gonna make it.  I’m used to running races in costumes with regular dance breaks and photo shoots.  Like I said, I joined NBR because I was sad and needed friends, I figured enduring a few miles every week was well worth it if I got to party at the Turkey’s nest. Now look at me I’m running 19 miles on the weekend!  So guess it IS going well.  I’m running longer and feeling stronger, suddenly I’m that jerk who says “I’m just going for a short 13 miler” around non-running friends and then is promptly told to shut up.

NBR: Which NBR runs are you attending regularly to train? Are there any NBR members who inspire you to train hard(er)?

Brian: So… I’ve been slacking.  And more controversial than that, I’ve been jamming to my headphones while running!  Haters can hate but Yonce’ makes me move. However when not being coached by my girl Bey,  I have been joining the lovely leaders of the Wednesday Morning run at Prospect Park from.  For the weekend long runs Michael and I have been doing out and back routes from our apartment, and since we live down in Crown Heights now, joining the group has been a bit hard.  Yes these are all lame excuses.  I invite open letters.  But only from Sinead O’Connor please.

NBR: What does it mean to be chosen by your peers for a coveted NBR Marathon Team Spot?

BrianAgain, don’t mistake my tone when answering these questions as be being cavalier, It actually really means a lot to have been chosen to run for NBR.   NBR is a unique group of runners, in that we all come to running for different reasons and there is an acceptance of everyone no matter how fast, or long, or for what reason, you run.  Having been part of NBR since close to its inception I have seen it grow into one of the most recognized, and certainly the most fun running group in New York City.  I’m really proud to wear my NBR singlet and let this city know who I’m running this marathon for! Seriously people, if it were not for all the encouragement I have gotten from NBR I would not be running a marathon.  That’s a fact.

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NBR: What do you plan on eating post-marathon? What about the night before?

Brian: Post Marathon – Oh god I don’t know, I have been getting nauseous after my long runs… is that normal by the way?  Nevermind, I’ll post that to the google group.  Well, maybe a light salad actually, I may be the only person who has gained weight while training for a marathon.  I had it in my mind that if I’m running this many miles I can also eat a gallon of ice cream and several pounds of cheese every week and be fine.  Pro tip: You can’t.

The night before, my family and several friends are coming over for that classic pasta dinner!  Yum!

NBR: Thanks Brian.  Mmmm salad, that’s what we all crave in the miles leading to the finish line.  Have a great NYC Marathon finish. We are rooting for you, all of our Team Spot Recipients, and all our NYC Marathoners. Good Luck All! See you on the Road, at our mile twelve NBR water station, and hug you at the after party!


See all current & previous Team Spot recipients and their check-ins here.



New Member Coffee – This Saturday! by nbrwebjohn
October 14, 2014, 7:00 pm
Filed under: Events, Group Runs, Inspiration, NBR Goings On, New Members

October 18, 2014, Saturday
9:30 AM – 12 PM

(right after the Saturday Williamsburg Bridge Run – join us for coffee even if you can’t make the run @ 9:00)

McCarren Park Recreation Center
776 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222 (between Bayard & Driggs, right across from the track)

Learn more about NBR, meet other members, find out about some of the fun stuff coming up – races, brunches, the marathon, the marathon after party, our next Town Hall.

Everyone welcome – whether you’ve never made it to a run, been running with us for weeks, months or years! Google Group and FB lurkers especially encouraged to come meet the team and start running with us.

We’ll end the 9AM Bridge Run and Coffee at the McCarren Park Rec Center. The run starts at the base of the Williamsburg Bridge & is a run for all paces. You don’t have to do the bridge run to come to coffee. Stop by anytime between 10-12.

Facebook Invite.



NYC Marathon 2014 -Team Spot Check-in: Michael O’Malley by nbrwebjohn
October 10, 2014, 8:00 pm
Filed under: Inspiration, Marathon, Members, Races

Now, we check-in with our third 2014 NYCM team spot awardee, Michael O’Malley.  Michael has masterfully been keeping up with NBR for sometime.  Can we keep up with him?  Take it away Michael….


NBR: Tell us a little bit about how you came to be part of  NBR. What was your first run? How long have you been involved?

MichaelMy first NBR run was the first ever McCarren Park Track Classic in 2012.  So I guess I have been involved for about two and a half years.  I remember looking around thinking – this is a pretty great group of people.  So I kept showing up to the weekly runs.

NBR: How is marathon training going? Are there any specific workouts that are really moving things along for you? Tell the NBR world a good long run story.

Michael: The training is going well.  The long runs mean a lot to me.  It is such a fantastic feeling to walk out your front door into the autumn morning knowing that you are about to run 20 miles and see breathtaking sites of the city along the way.  One long run that stands out is a run I did after the 5th Avenue Mile.  My quads were tight from the race and I accidentally ended up running with a bunch of really fast NBR members who pushed me pretty hard.  I ended up running back to Brooklyn with one of them and continued the insane pace for a total of about 21 miles.  It gets a little foggy at the end, but I do remember sort of blacking out in a bodega, pouring a bottle of Gatorade into my face and walking a half mile home without my shoes on.  It was a great run.

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NBR: Which NBR runs are you attending regularly to train? Are there any NBR members who inspire you to train hard(er)?

Michael: I tend to hop around from run to run and sometimes try to make the Saturday morning bridge run part of my long runs.  The entire NBR team inspires me to train harder, truly.  But I have to say watching the celebrity couple Dimitri and Angela both getting shockingly faster and faster is an inspiration.

NBR: What does it mean to be chosen by your peers for a coveted NBR Marathon Team Spot?

MichaelIt means so much to me.  There are so many people who are so deserving and NBR has been such an incredible influence in my life.  I am so thankful and I think about it on every long run.

NBR: What do you plan on eating post-marathon? What about the night before?

Michael: The night before, most likely a giant bowl of pasta with some garlic bread.  Afterwards, all the tacos.  And an 18-inch pepperoni and feta cheese pizza covered in Frank’s hot sauce.  Yeah I’m disgusting.  Don’t look at me.

NBR: Thanks Michael, we hope you found your shoes. You’ll need’em at least one more time.


See all current & previous Team Spot recipients and their check-ins here.



NBR Fall 2014 Town Hall Meeting by nbrwebjohn
October 7, 2014, 8:00 pm
Filed under: Events, Inspiration, NBR Goings On

NBRTownHalFalll2014October 26th, 2014
Sunday – 8:15 PM

Greenpoint Reformed Church
136 Milton St., Brooklyn, NY 11222

Everyone in NBR is welcome & encouraged to attend our Fall Town Hall. Join us for updates, upcoming events, upcoming volunteer opportunities, and or present your own ideas or suggestions you may have.

Remember, NBR is a community based running club. All the awesome things we do as a team happen because people volunteer their time & energy. We’re always looking for new people to help out. Learn more about NBR and let us know what you’re interested in. There’s some open run leader spots opening up after the NYC Marathon.

Prior to the meeting, please read Important news about our upcoming Town Hall from our Director.  (You must be logged into our Google Group)

Facebook Invite.



The Marathon. OMG. No, really, it’s going to be okay. Workshop! by nbrwebjohn
October 6, 2014, 8:00 pm
Filed under: Events, Injuries, Inspiration, Marathon, NBR Goings On, Pain, Running Tips

October 16th, Thursday
8:30PM
McCarren Park Track after Thursday Night Track Workout.

James Chu, Zandy Mangold, and Russell Marks are three NBR coaches who offered to speak from their experiences, research, and knowledge about THE MARATHON!

Note: this event will happen right after the speed workout, so you’ll have to delay your drinking at The Nest until 9:30p.m. It will be OUTDOORS so if running the workout, bring a long-sleeved t-shirt so you are not cold while we put on this workshop. Especially neat, Zandy convinced Hammer to donate a bunch of goody bags so free treats, yay!

James will be talking about when training doesn’t go as planned (ie due to injury, life getting in the way, or impromptu marathon debut without training). He’ll also enlighten us on how to just have fun and loosen up time goals or completely abandoning them (I think we all could benefit from that!).

Russell will talk about how nutrition is key to a good marathon (Note from Cherie – I hope this includes lots of cookies). He’ll also highlight how to taper, and why goals are important, and how you can best achieve it.

Zandy will discuss the mental aspects of pushing beyond what you think you are capable of plus nutrition and pacing tips and how to maintain your good lucks when running far and fast.

Bios:

Russell Marks ran track and cross country in high school and was coached by a Hall of Fame coach. He continued his running in college and was coached by a NCAA Hall of Fame Coach. He is a USA Track and Field Level 1 certified coach. Russell ran the NYC marathon in 2011 and 2013 and qualified for the Boston marathon with his time in 2013.

James Chu ran competitively in high school and was a Connecticut indoor track state champion at 800 meters. James continued running in college at Princeton University. James is a USATF (USA Track & Field) Level 1 certified coach and an NBR member for over 4 years. James made his marathon debut at NYC last year.

Zandy is awesome and recently ran his first 24 hour race, placing 5th USATF runner. He’s run in lots of deserts in multi-day races and enjoys running with lots of stuff in his backpack. He is sponsored by Hammer and they’ll be providing neat bags for attendees!

Facebook Invite.



NYC Marathon 2014 -Team Spot Check-in: Josh Fox by nbrwebjohn
October 2, 2014, 8:00 pm
Filed under: Inspiration, Marathon, Members, Races

Next up, we check-in with our second NYCM team spot awardee, Josh Fox.  Josh is pretty sly when it comes to running long.  Keep your eyes peeled for him every Sunday.  Take it away Josh….


NBR: Tell us a little bit about how you came to be part of  NBR. What was your first run? How long have you been involved?

Josh: I’m pretty sure I was running Boston in 2011 and was passing that massive mirrored storefront. There’s usually a few revelers encouraging runners to “check out how great you look.” I looked to my right to see my torso slumped forward in fatigue and two guys running side by side in white NBR singlets. We chatted about North Brooklyn and they encouraged me to check out a group run.

Another marathon later I made the decision to try out a Sunday long run. A friendly Alex Walsh greeted me and another gentleman at the wrong side of the track. We ran down Vernon, lost the other guy and began to pick up the pace. I wanted to be faster than Alex, but it wasn’t happening. I choked on the last mile in 6 minutes while Alex remained conversational, chatting about me having residual marathon fitness. I went home and slept, determined to get faster.

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NBR: How is marathon training going? Are there any specific workouts that are really moving things along for you? Tell the NBR world a good long run story.

Josh: I have summers off from work so training was great July through August. I was able to log decent mileage, while doubling and napping most days. The start of the school year has provided for some difficulty and fatigue, but I’m determined to make the best of the next month of training. Lately I’ve been enjoying tempo runs with some fast men. It’s great watching them disappear in the distance.

Hendrik has all of the good long run stories. He actually tells stories while we run. He tells them while making sure to insert the appropriate level of excitement/emotion when necessary. If I told you a long run story it would be about Hendrik telling a story on a long run.

NBR: Which NBR runs are you attending regularly to train? Are there any NBR members who inspire you to train hard(er)?

Josh: The Sunday long run is definitely a staple. I’m usually joined by Leese, Nilsestuff, Xander, Hendrik or some combination of the four. They kick my ass regularly and I’m confident I can pick the backs of their heads out of a crowd. My heart and prayers go out to those of the crew that have fallen to injury. Miss y’all.

NBR: What does it mean to be chosen by your peers for a coveted NBR Marathon Team Spot?

JoshMy racing goals have revolved around qualifying for the NYCM for about a year now. I missed the mark in 2 marathons and a half. Having to the opportunity to finally run in my hometown is big for me. I’ve been running in this city for a while and am psyched to finally race it and represent (in my opinion) the best club in it!

NBR: What do you plan on eating post-marathon? What about the night before?

Josh: The night before the marathon it’s definitely going to be pasta with some salt and olive oil. If you know me you know I’ve got a sensitive stomach. If I see you out, ask about my Philly marathon mishap/humiliation.

After the race I intend on eating some form of fried sugar coated garbage which will likely make me sick. Beer will also be in the mix.

NBR: Thanks Josh, Long running with you sounds, Gretish.  See you Sundays ’til November!


See all current & previous Team Spot recipients and their check-ins here.




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