Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Finished the Marine Marathon in Washington, D.C. with a time of 4:52. It was the largest field, 30,000, that I have ever run in a marathon. It was very hard to get a constant pace going due to the crowded field, runners cutting you off, "walkers" in the way, and fallen runners. But it was truly the most inspiring due to the large supporting crowds and the tour of Washington and all its sights, buildings and memorials. Here is my finish at 5:01:24 (clock time) recorded on video: BRAD's FINISH. This was my fourth marathon in 2010 (Napa, Long Island, San Francisco) and eighth overall since I started doing this crazy thing in 2008. Next up: I'm thinking about Pittsburgh again!
Monday, October 25, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Finished my third consecutive run in the San Fran Marathon with my third best time in my seven marathon runs (4:31). As usual, the city and marathon did not disappoint. The race conditions were perfect, 58 degrees, cloudy and a slight mist in the morning. I ran in wave 7 and started at 6:30 am. The highlight of this run is to venture over the Golden Gate Bridge both ways. It is always a reflective moment for a New Yorker to realize where you are - coast to coast. As it was my third SF marathon I anticipated all the sites and knew exactly how to pace myself. Again, the Haight is a "quad buster", at the 20 mile mark you really start to feel the pain. The finish is wonderful on the Embarcadero under the Bay Bridge. The support was excellent and the after race festivities were very comforting, especially the free beer garden sponsored by the local brand - Anchor (which was pretty good).
As far as culinary activities, the highlight was dining at Rocco's Cafe in the SOMA district. This place was featured on "Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives" and I had to try it on this visit. The place is pretty small and friendly. Not a fancy place, more of a "down home joint". I was seated at the counter directly in front of the two chefs who were turning out dishes in spectacular "Benihana" form. I told owner Don Dial that it was one of the most impressive cooking displays I have ever seen. I pasta loaded and the food was terrific. I highly recommend this place if you are visiting SF. It is not a tourist place, but a local restaurant that is a favorite for all. On Saturday I once again spent most of the day at the Ferry Terminal Marketplace sampling great foods. The standout of course is Roli-Roti roasted pork sandwich. For dinner I pasta loaded at Umbria across from the Marriott Courtyard on Second Street. Had two bowls of pasta ragu. I checked out Pier 23 Cafe on Sunday night, but it was very cold and most of the seating was outdoors. Even though they had those big space heaters, it really wasn't taming the cold bay breeze so I passed on this opportunity (this place was also featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives). I wanted the roasted crab at Pier 23 so I gave in and took a cab to the wharf and got a fantastic table at Alioto's with a perfect roasted crab and a spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Monday, May 03, 2010
This race was run in horrible marathon conditions. With the temperatures reaching over 80 degrees and hot, muggy, humid air, 26.2 miles was quite grueling. Took water at all stops and in the last half was literally emptying bottles over my head to keep cool. I ran slower splits and was able to maintain my pace until mile 21. The last 5 miles was torture, but I was able to finish with a decent kick at the end. My net time of 4:53. Time to recover and then train for San Francisco this summer.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
They are still filming "Win, Win" on Walnut St. in Rockville Centre. During my last training run before Sunday's LI Marathon I ran into the shoot again, but this time they were shooting outside the home that was rented for the location shoot. The scene was from the front door to the the porch and I watched the actual take. You actually here "action" and "cut". Saw the director, Tom McCarthy giving his direction to Giamatti and the girl who probably is playing his daughter and also his son. The shoot concludes with the three of them sitting on the steps of the porch. Very interesting, with all the trucks, lights, screens (filtering the sun), wires, monitors, caterers, and all. Well, back to running. Looking forward to Sunday's race, though the temperature is being forecasted to be around 80 degrees...ouch!
Saturday, April 03, 2010
While visiting in Boston, went for a long training run (13 miles) along both sides of the Charles River. I need to get in two long runs before the LI Marathon (5/2). This run had to be in the top 5 I have ever experienced. The weather was absolutely perfect and the areas vignettes were amazing. Started out at the BU Bridge and worked my way across the Charles to Memorial Drive and ran to Harvard Square in Cambridge. From there went down Mass Ave. to MIT and then along the Charles to the Longfellow Bridge. After crossing the Charles went west along the other side of the Charles along Storrow Drive to the MIT Bridge (Mass Ave.) crossed the river again and returned immediately to finish the run on the the BU track at Nickerson Field. I finished the run in Brookline at my daughter's apartment. From the charm of the river, the weather, the bustle of Cambridge, the people and the view of Boston, I felt I was running on a Sunday afternoon instead of a Thursday.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
I have experienced many different events and sights in my years of road running. I have run in Hong Kong, run to Shea Stadium and watch an inning of baseball, found lost wallets and articles, run through many scenic vistas (Boston, San Franicisco, Pittsburgh, Napa, New York City and Central Park). I have run to Jones Beach and back and many other South Shore locations. But what I experienced Thursday is very unique. I stumbled on a film shoot of an upcoming movie, "Win, Win", staring Paul Giamatti. Directed by Tom McCarthy ("The Visitor"), the film is a comedic exploration of allegiances and bonds among unlikely characters, due out in 2011. Because of the location shoot, a wide area of streets were closed to traffic in Rockville Centre. I initially thought they were closed mainly because of falling tree danger. Anyway, as a runner, these roadblocks to not apply and I continued up Burtis Avenue to Walnut Street where there was a flurry of activity. Trucks, lights, catering trucks, etc. I spoke to one of the Master Grips (electricians) and he told me what was going on. one of the scenes that they staged was a tree falling. I guess you can count that among the 400 or so that fell in Rockville Centre during the recent storm including my beautiful 80 foot blue spruce.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Did my first run today after last weeks Napa Marathon. Strange thing that there were police cars everywhere and I had the road mainly to myself due to the amount of fallen trees and wires. Very surrealistic compared to last week's natural beauty on the course. Next up - the Long Island Marathon (which could be the most boring marathon course in the world).
Sunday, March 07, 2010
Finished 4:38. Not bad for training sporadically in the winter. The course was beautiful (vineyards and wineries everywhere) and the scenery was as expected. There was only 1 traffic light on the course which started in Calistoga, CA to Napa. The course was much hillier than expected. The race finished at Vintage High School (no kidding). I wonder if they need a chorus teacher there? Taking the red-eye back to NY tonight.
Saturday, March 06, 2010
Thursday, March 04, 2010
I will be running in the Napa Valley Marathon this weekend. Heading out to San Francisco tomorrow. I am very excited to run this course which is supposed to be beautiful. It is a smaller marathon with only 2,300 entered. It has been hard training for this race due to the conditions in the northeast. I did manage a 20 mile run in late January and have been very consistent running my usual 4.5 daily miles the last three weeks. I had a chance to run at the BU fit rec 2 weeks ago which is a nice indoor track. I will post my results and comments on Twitter (bradfrey) and it also should be linked to my Facebook account.
Thursday, February 04, 2010
Finished my long run in preparation for the Napa Valley Marathon on March 7, 2010. I completed it a week and a half ago because I found a window where it was above 40 degrees. Usually I like to do the 20 mile run less than 4 weeks before a race, but I will have to adjust. Looking forward to Napa which runs the length of the Silverado Trail.