Hey NBR Ironman Volunteers!
Thanks so much for sweating it out on a lovely Saturday yesterday at 116th and Riverside! You all handed out all sorts of things in cups like old pros, and I’m sure those Ironmen and Ironwomen couldn’t have made it through those last few miles without your enthusiasm, cheers, and ice water.
The Ironman staff was impressed with us (our awesome volunteering skills continue!) and they were in awe of our teamwork and organization– as I am always! I was also impressed by our extra-large pizza eating skills.
Thanks for your continued commitment to NBR and all of the zany things we do.
Much NBR <3,
August 11, 2012 – Saturday 11am-5pm
116th ST in Riverside Park
(you get to sleep in AND still have time for a nap afterwards before getting your Saturday night on)
We’ll be volunteering at the Ironman US Championships on Saturday, August 11 in Riverside Park. We’ll be at the aid station at the tail end of the marathon portion of the event, so it should make for some very interesting spectating and our famous enthusiasm and cheers will be much needed by the participants. This is the first time (We think) this event is being held in NYC so it’s pretty awesome to be a part of it.
Interested in signing up? Please do so here.
We need at least 25 awesome NBRs and friends at this event.
Tonight's workshop is CANCELLED! Our presenter called , asking to reschedule. Stay tuned to mid to late August for a new workshop!
Wednesday July 25th, 2012 – 8:30PM (After the Wednesday Night Run.)
McCarren Park Track
- The highly efficient , injury preventative way to your best running.
- Find your best running posture. learn to engage core functionally.
- It will be an ‘active’ talk with posture work.
- I’ll bring some Chi Running support materials (books, metronomes) for purchase.
- I’ll give details on the types of classes/workshops I teach, should attendees want to explore further.
Presented by…Joel “Ironman” Matalon
We’ll be meeting at the core area post Wed-night run. This will be held rain or shine, but if it’s pouring/thunderstorming, it will be cancelled.
Tonight's workshop is CANCELLED! Our presenter called , asking to reschedule. Stay tuned to mid to late August for a new workshop!
The results are in and so is the confirmation from NYRR…
We have our FIVE awardees for NBR’s Team Spots for this year’s NYC Marathon. The secret allocation committee battled it out to get to these five awardees, making it hard to choose, so when you see these runners at the next group run, make sure to give them a good solid high-five– they deserve these spots for their dedication and commitment to NBR, as well as rock solid enthusiasm, and general NBR love.
Many congratulations to you all and a special thanks to the allocation committee.
Now hit the road!
“Morning sir, headed to campus?” The shuttle driver was heavyset with sun-burned neck rolls bulging from his collared shirt and white hair mashed beneath a mesh truckers hat. Thick glasses could not conceal the openness of his demeanor. I nodded, smiled and told him that “yes, yes I was”. “Good, so is everyone else”, he told me, “Come on”.
“So has it been busy with the Trials going on?” I asked.
“Wooo-whee, is it ever! Been working 10-12 hours a day.”
“That sounds exhausting. You been following the events?”
“You bet I have. Say, you see that Ashton Eaton the other night? MAN, was he something. Broke the world record and all. He’s really got people talking around here.”
When I entered the dorm room that would be my accommodation for the next three nights, I grinned. Before me was the standard layout – two twin beds, two battered wardrobes and two tiny desks, all back-dropped by a wide, bright window. The grass outside was impossibly emerald. The sky (for now) was clear and sunny. Returning to this setting, nearly identical to my undergraduate institution, was a tremendously cleansing experience. Gone were so many of the concerns that life heaps at our feet in progressively greater amounts as we age. Instead, my most immediate concern was finding the dining hall and where to run. This wasn’t going to be a vacation. It was a rewind.
Memory is fickle. Only the most searing moments make it into our permanent record, the rest being displaced by a non-stop information avalanche. What qualities does a particular moment require to attain enduring character? Presence, for one. As dramatic as it appeared on television, only being present at the men’s 5000 meter final ensured it will become a lifetime memory. The night was full of imagery. The gutsy but ultimately doomed effort by Mohamed Trafah to go for the required qualifying standard even though it meant a suicidal solo run in the early stages. As he circled the track with his early, several-second lead, his expression was almost melancholy, as if simply resigned to attempting the impossible. There were also the extremely measured, superbly tactical efforts by hopefuls Ben True and Andrew Bumbalough. Both raced wisely, positioning themselves just off the leaders and noticeably maneuvering within the pack to maintain these positions. And of course, at the end of the race, it was the sheer speed and talent of the favorites that instantly shattered any illusions and drove the crowd into frenzy over the final 200 meters. I’ll never forget the exuberance of that moment with the entire crowd rising to witness the home stretch battle. I was high-fiving my neighbor and back-slapping my friend not because I was personally invested in Rupp’s success, but because we had chance to celebrate athletics at its finest – masterful preparation, intense contestation and the reward of effort. These moments have the ability to breathe life into such worn and otherwise colorless credos by which we aspire to live.
Amazing things about the women’s 5000 meter final:
- With literally one footstep until the finish, Julia Lucas had 3rd place. Lucas’s foot that would cross the finish line was already off the ground before 3rd place finisher Kim Conley had begun her final step. Think about that.
- It almost didn’t even matter as Conley had not made the qualifying Olympic standard until that very race and only by the slimmest of margins – just 0.21 of a second!
- Most shocking to me was my own initial, slightly scornful reaction to Lucas’s third place finish. “How could she?” I found myself saying. I’m only human.
The next night I had dinner with the coach who once told me to “shut the fuck up”. It was the tail end of a 10 mile team run. Conference championships were less than a week away and our top runner had just sprained his ankle on a trail workout. Coach Andy became especially infuriated at his own role in recommending that particular workout so close to a big race. So he was running with us now, keeping the group together at an easy pace and off the trails to avoid any similar happenstance. With a self-described chip on his shoulder since high school days, Coach normally earned wide latitude from the team on days like this. You might think the story ends there. But what would life be like without college sophomores! I was battling for nothing in particular at that point in the season – I certainly wasn’t going to fill #1’s shoes on championship day – and I felt a little bored by the leisurely road run we were embarking on. “Coach Andy, can we finish up on the trails?” I piped up. Nothing. Silence. Neither Coach nor anyone else looked in my direction. Just sweat and breathing as we entered the last mile or so of the run. “I know a good trail we can take,” I tried again. If only Coach had been wearing a heart rate monitor on that run… We passed said trail. “Hey, there’s the trail.” Suddenly he turned to me. He was shorter and stockier than I, a tough-guts kind of runner as opposed to lean-grace. From behind his partly fogged glasses he locked me in a death squint and said “Stowie, either go run on the trails by yourself or shut the fuck up”. I chose to shut the fuck up. Now, 18 years later, gathered around a table at a brewery in Eugene, the same squint was due only to a smile and the talk was of careers, kids and relationships. Of course running came up frequently but it was often in the context of attempts to recapture the past while dealing with the injuries or life circumstances that seem to intrude with increasing frequency. He wryly told us how he was going to start a running club called BTN. BTN? “Better Than Nothing” he laughed, “If you run once a week for even 10 minutes, you’re in!” When he told me about the first ever alumni cross country race he was planning to stage back on campus in the fall, I’d committed to it before he was done speaking.
With all due respect to Allyson Felix, the following day of competition was ruled by the magnificent women’s high jump finals. I don’t have a picture that does it justice but I challenge you to do a Google image search for Chaunte Lowe and tell me you wouldn’t want that woman at your birthday party. Lowe set the tone for the event when she did a playful genuflection as 37 year old legend Amy Acuff was announced. She donned lipstick for the camera and scissor-kicked over the high jump bar during warm-ups. And she (along with second place finisher Brigetta Barrett) absolutely electrified the crowd with their jumping / impromptu dance routines. “High jumpers always have the most fun,” a high school track coach informed me. Indeed. I also loved watching the coach-athlete connection which was particularly visible in the high jump. Clusters of older men sporting college regalia were seated in the front rows. After one of the jumpers (usually a recent or current collegian) made her attempt, one of the old gruff’s would leap to his feet and approach the railing while she expectantly took up an opposite position on the inside of the track. Separated by 8 lanes and a wall of crowd noise, they would use hand signals to communicate the good, the bad and the changes needed.
There was more. Lots more. Starbucks flooded with track bloggers. A jumper sitting at the table next to me browsing her Facebook page. The swirl around the stadium on a daily basis with vendors of many stripes setting up tents – athletic clothing, a London-themed pub, organic smoothies, life insurance, the local community college. Relaxing in the dining hall enjoying plate after plate of food and trying to get my friend to hit on the cute girl serving it. And there was this – the night after the 5000 meter finals, my friend and I retired to a nearby watering hole for beer and burgers. The surrounding tables filled with spectators, coaches, officials and a few participants. After several rounds and a lot of great banter, we started the slow, wobbly walk back to our dorm room. We were on a narrow street adjacent to the track, silent and very dark except for the still glowing stadium lights. Suddenly my friend whispered “Look, it’s Lopez Lomong”. Sure enough, at approximately 10:30PM and hours after the conclusion of the race in which he finished 3rd to make his second US Olympic team, the former Sudanese refugee was out for a run. His easy, springy gait identified him even before we got close enough to wave and say “Good race” and see the gap-toothed smile. He floated past clad entirely in red – the red of his newly-earned 2012 Team USA warm-ups.
JackRabbit Sports – 42 W 14th St (between 5th and 6th Aves), NY, NY 10011
We know it’s later than last year, and apologize for the tardiness, but…
Thanks to our continued team volunteering efforts (NYC Half and Marathon Fluid Stations), we’ve (un)officially been awarded FIVE of those fabled team spots for this year’s NYC Marathon.
[Note: Number of spots to be confirmed by NYRR, this post will be updated accordingly]
Want one of those spots? Fill out this form no later than 11pm Friday, July 13th.
The NBR team spots will be selected by a top secret allocation committee and announced by July 15th so that awardees can start to get their training on.
Aja Marsh, Founder
North Brooklyn Runners
Do I have to have applied for this year’s marathon lottery to be eligible?
No, but it is preferable if you did.
If I am awarded a team spot, do I have to pay for my entry?
Is there any chance NYRR will give us more spots?
No, five is the max any team can get. (Yay for us!)
If I am a fast runner, will that help my chances?
What *will* help my chances then?
Participation in NBR via showing up for races and group runs, volunteering, helping out with projects and other activities, and general involvement. Being an NBR leader or run leader is also great, but not required.
Any other questions? Please email here.
All was serene and quiet in the rusty, barren industrial district of Greenpoint, until two weeks ago a biohazzard truck carrying a necrotic T-Virus en route to Raccoon City overturned on the BQE. As they were out in Greenpoint reconnoitering new routes for the Monday Night Run, Anna McCusker and Colin Dungan rushed to the overturned truck to investigate the accident and search for survivors, but little did they know their act of heroism would make them patients zero in the upcoming Zombie Apocalypse. The recently deceased had become reanimated and were consuming the brains of the living. Society collapsed, cities were helpless, supplies were becoming scarce and the groggled rumble of “braiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnssss” could be heard everywhere.
The remaining survivors, caught up in the sudden rush of the crisis, banded together. Scattered reports over the Emergency Broadcast System promised refuge from the zombie onslaught at The Place. But how would they get there? The survivors were 2.5 miles away and the zombies were everywhere craving fresh, delicious brains. A race! That’s how they would do it. They would run past the Zombies.
So it began. Katie Winther took point, followed by Derek Rose, the All-Star Chicago Bulls point guard, and Raymund Riparip. The survivors led by their motley crew embarked on their run. They ran fast, but careful, peering underneath abandoned cars and trucks and around empty dumpsters. There were no zombies. They were safe. Panic eased. Confidence rose. Out of nowhere, the zombies attacked and the survivors scattered. Every man, woman and child for himself. Katie was the first to go, the zombies feasting on her vegetarian brains. The initial contact with the zombies was extremely traumatic, causing shock, panic, disbelief and denial. The survivor’s ability to cope was hampered, but they ran on. Making their way down the the streets of Greenpoint, the survivors anxiety began to subside as no zombies were to be found. But, the worst was yet to come as a second wave of zombies, led by the Beserker Zombie formerly known as Dimitri, attacked. There was no escaping Dimitri’s long arms. Raymund was missing, presumed eaten.
The survivors, greatly reduced in numbers, but joined by the souls of their recently fallen friends, pushed forward until they encountered Dr. Dave Thoma, who directed them to the human evacuation zone. Hope filled the remaining survivors. An evacuation zone? Could it be? Salvation at last! Alas, it was a trick. There was no evacuation zone, it was a zombie trap (The Dr. had gone mad over the loss of his beloved wife Lauren to the brain eaters and wished the same fate on the rest of humanity.) The bloodbath ensued. The zombies ferociously descended upon their prey stuffing their faces with brains. Derek Rose was lost. The select few survivors broke out of the zombie trap and, accompanied by the souls of their fallen comrades, ran for their lives to The Place.
The soul of Katie Winther was the first the first to reach The Place, as she glowed like an angel in her fluorescent yellow tank top, followed by the souls of Derek Rose and Evan Schnittman. Matt Wyka, Taylor Watts and Anthony Vidal were the only survivors from Heat # 1 to reach refuge at The Place. Tiffany Lin, Chuck Monsanto and Angelica Matos were the first three souls to reach The Place from Heat # 2 and Michael Castellanos was the only survivor.
Special thanks to Anna McCusker and Colin Dugan for organizing the inaugral zombie dash and special thanks to the zombies and volunteers. This was so much fun. I can’t wait to do it again next year!!!
Facebook Event including many photos and a video.
Mets vs. Phillies
Sign up here ASAP! We are purchasing Friday. Ticket price will be in the “ball park” of about $20
Hey North Brooklyn Runners!! Just a reminder that we are getting discounted group tickets for a Mets game on Thursday July 5th. Sign up here ASAP we are purchasing Friday. Ticket price will be in the “ball park” of about $20. Sign up here.
Check the NBR google group for various game day meet up options.
Let’s go Mets!
Wednesday June 20th, 2012 – 8:30PM
McCarren Park Track after the Wednesday Night Run!
Someone once said of my friend Ray K that he runs reverse neanderthal – he starts a race in good form and at the end, he’s hunched over, arms hanging…seriously, he looks closer to ape than human.
So let’s not run like that!
Physical therapist Paul Ocha is going to lead a workshop for us on form! I know when I get tired I sometimes start leaning towards reverse neanderthal,, or just hold myself in a not-so-appropriate way.
Most running injuries are caused by an asymmetry in technique, strength or range. This uneven form can increase the amount of stress placed on a part of the body. As physical therapists, we look for these asymmetries and facilitate a return to symmetry. Symmetry is not only seen in the legs but also with the trunk, arms and shoulder. With this symmetry comes efficiency. In this talk, we will discuss:
- The connection between the legs and shoulders during running
- How rotation is the key to a powerful pushoff
- Reciprocal movements between shoulder and hips
- Drills to reinforce symmetry and rotation
- How this will fit into your own running style
- Key muscles and how they should be trained
On Wed June 20th, after the regular Wed Night run, come out at 830 pm to the track and learn some form tips!
Volunteers are needed to staff our water station at this year’s JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge. Some of us volunteered last year and can attest to all the fun we had! Its a great opportunity to get out during the evening to volunteer with your favorite group of runners. For those of you not familiar with the event it’s a two day event in June with about 10,000 runners running a 3.5 mile course.
Shake off the winter shivers and dig those bruised and blistered feet in the sand at the annual North Brooklyn Runners Beach Party. To celebrate the Brooklyn Half Marathon and NBR in general we will be gathering on the beach at Coney Island after the race. Hobble on over once you cross the finish to the sand in front of the Wonder Wheel, take off that singlet and officially start your summer tanning regiment.
This is a “bring-your-own-snack/beverage” kinda shindig. Take advantage of the ample space those plastic draw string bags allow and stuff in a treat, snack, or drink for after the race. If your not racing and going straight to Coney Island, please feel inspired to bring something more elaborate, however anything small will be greatly appreciated. Please be advised, if you are planning on bringing a “recovery drank” it is always best to put it in a water bottle first. *wink wink*
Please click this link if you plan on going to RSVP and to let us know what you are bringing so we have enough of everything.
See you there!
NBR Social Committee
We interrupt your regularly scheduled Nesting regimen with a special announcement: This Thursday evening, we are changing it up a bit and will be hosting an NBR “happy hour” (quotes because, well, it’s not really during the generally-regarded happy hour time) at Warsaw. So the Thursday evening speed crew will be jogging over after running some fast laps around the track, and if you happen to have gotten yours in the AM or would just like to come out to have a drink, pirogi, and/or hang out we’ll be there starting at 8:30pm.
This is a great opportunity to come on out and meet the NBR crew if you haven’t done so yet! Don’t be shy.
Filed under: Events, Group Runs, History of Running, Inspiration, Members, NBR Goings On, Races
Yesterday was the three-year anniversary of the first race that North Brooklyn Runners ran!
Yes, it was three years ago that NYRR added the “North Brooklyn Runners” option to the Team drop-down menu and three of us signed up to run the City Parks Foundation – Run for the Parks 4 Miler on April 5, 2009. It’s amazing to see how much the team has grown over the past three years! At the time of the race, NBR was only a few months old and we didn’t have uniforms, or a website, or even a quarter of the organized runs we have now. And even though so much has changed in NBR, the core idea of the team being open to anyone who loves running no matter how fast or slow, or whether they race or not, or even if they live in Brooklyn or not, is still true today = ].
Thanks to Aja for founding the team! And thanks to NBR for three awesome years of racing. If I didn’t have such great people to run with i know I wouldn’t have stuck with running again this long. Oh and thanks for making it impossible for me to run a race and not immediately follow it with brunch.
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Dr. George Morgano on Embodiment Awareness Workshop
Wednesday, April 11
8:30pm – 10:00pm
Join NBR with the fascinating Dr. George Morgano, podiatrist (including doctor to many NBR members).
For more on Dr. Morgano, check out: www.integratedapproachpodiatry.com
Discussion will include:
… How to run and live with deep bodily awareness and break away from getting stuck in one’s mind.
Pointers for remembering to relax the body throughout the day and while running.
Specific taoist & tai chi movements for opening up the energy channels in the body.
Benefits of embodied awareness:
- Improved performance
- Improved mental clarity and stability
- Improved recovery and physiologic balance
- Increased life energy
- Less mental and emotional suffering
- Deepening of self knowledge