Monthly Recap

November 2019 Recap

Early November is synonymous with the TCS NYC Marathon and we absolutely love it. Everyone, whether they ran it or not, was involved in some part of that amazing day. This year we once again went big at Mile 14 in Long Island City, Queens. There was no doubt that we had to be there to support other running clubs, spectators, and, of course, every single runner passing through Queens.

Apparently, it’s been said that Queens is a boring part of the NYC Marathon. It’s not. Runners only step foot in Queens for a few miles, but we made sure they enjoyed every single step. The TCS NYC Marathon may be the biggest marathon we participated in this month, but there were still others. Just ask Zein who ran the TCS NYC Marathon, Rock’n’Roll Las Vegas Marathon, and then the AACR Philadelphia Marathon! 

Big congrats to everyone who raced this past month. Let’s not forget that there are still marathons coming up like the California International Marathon. We also have the last club points race of the year, Ted Corbitt 15K, approaching fast. See you out there!

Pre- & post-TCS NYC Marathon Dinners

This year we hard three pre-race team dinners! The first one was at the end of October but we hosted two more dinners in Forest Hills at Portofino and in Flushing at Hong Kong Food Court. Just more options for teammates to meet and talk before the TCS NYC Marathon!

After the race we had one huge post-race dinner at our usual post – Austin’s Ale House. Thanks to everyone who came to the dinner and showed off their medals! It was a lot of fun recapping all the different stories from runners, spectators on the course, and volunteers.

Marathons

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3:43:34. I’m not gonna lie, this was tough. I knew going into this race that it was going to be challenging, but my legs (and my mind) both had a hard time overcoming all those tough moments, particularly in the second half. I went out feeling GREAT, the miles were flying by, the pace felt easy, and I could not stop smiling. But after about halfway my legs had lost their spring and I was just trying to aim for the next part of the course. However, I used the inspiration I’ve gained from @deena8050 and tried to meet each negative thought with a positive response. I soaked in the amazing support of all the spectators and felt such gratitude for their glorious sound. I felt so fortunate to have such loving support from Joe and @aliciabennett3096 (it made me smile so big to see that sweet sign!😊) and to spot my dear friend Corinne @reeno9115 . And I of course got such a boost from the @queensdistance scream station and loved seeing teammates as we all encouraged each other out there on the course. (It was also great to share the bus ride with @jenna__marotta , who I haven’t seen in a long time and who was running her first marathon!🙌) While I didn’t get a PR or hit my goal time, my heart is full and I am excited to keep going after my goals and to keep challenging myself. This thing we do definitely isn’t easy, but it sure is beautiful! 🏃🏻‍♀️💛🗽@coachmedinanyc @queensdistance @nycmarathon #nyc #marathoner #nyrr #positivesplitsforpositivepeople

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We hit peak Marathon time! Every weekeend there was a big marathon that our teammates took part of. If not a full marathon then a race at a different distance, but impressive nonetheless. At the TCS NYC Marathon there were 101 Queens Distance members! At the CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, Derek Hanson, who has been with the team sine 2014, ran a very fast 2:38:08 time! Zein Aly ran his second marathon in November at Las Vegas. And finally, a large team went to Philadelphia for the 8K, half marathon, and full marathon races.

We’ll have two longer recaps for the TCS NYC Marathon and the AACR Philadelphia Marathon soon. Stay tuned!

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Didn’t hit my goal of 5 hr (finished in 5:17:46), but considering I ran 26.2 miles in heavy rain, 17 mph wind and even at one point, hail (!!!! For 1.5 miles, but still),I consider this a win! I PRed by 1 hour, 41 minutes, and 16 seconds. Thank you @jdnyiam for staying out there to make sure @honus67 made it back to our hotel safe and sound. Thank you @zeinabod for pacing me for the last brutal mile. Without you, I probably wouldn’t have gotten the time I did. Thank you for everybody who came out to cheer! @vikbase @justsmile_justtri @jonarunsthecity @danny.ocean and to everybody else I may have missed. Thank you @mikyathemad for giving us a ride to Philly because I’m a cheap ass! This was a tough marathon, but you’ll see me again next year for the 50th Anniversary for NYC Marathon and I’ll also attempt the 60k… . . . • • • • • #running #keto #run #ketogenic #lchf #ketosis #ketodiet #lowcarbhighfat #runner #lowcarb #ketogenicdiet #atkins #instarunners #runners #ketolife #ketofam #instarun #ketorunner #bemighty #marathon #highfat #zone2training #runnerscommunity #lowcarblifestyle #queensdistancerunners #lowcarbdiet #qdrjustcause #phillymarathon #philadelphiamarathon @mcmillanrunning

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Let’s also not forget the only ultra-marathon in the NYRR race schedule, the NYRR 60K! Congrats to everyone especially those who ventured out on a new and very long distance.

Group runs and Training

Peep the meetups QDR has throughout the week! We now have Edwin leading track workout at the newly opened track in Astoria Park! Join him on Tuesdays at 6PM for speed sessions geared toward 10k and half training – workouts that will lead up to the NYC Half and the Queens Half.

With the holidays approaching, some runs have been postponed so keep an eye out on the strava events. Find the events on our club page.

Monday – 1 – Evening group run in Central Park
Tuesday – 1 – Speed Session at Astoria Track
Wednesday – 1 – Speed Session at QCC
Thursday – 2 – Morning group run in LIC, Evening group run in Flushing
Friday – 2 – FunFridayRun in Astoria, Kessel Run in Forest Hills
Saturday/Sunday – Long group run or races!

Queens Marathon Training

Training for the 2020 Queens Marathon and Half has begun! Join us as we do cuisine tours and long runs in Queens that will lead up to March 22nd. The first training run was a 10 mile run in Flushing Meadow Park that started and finished at the Mexican restaurant The Little Chinantla in Corona.

Upcoming training runs in December:

December 1st – Queens Marathon Cuisine Tour #2 – German: Ft. Zum Stammtish
December 8th – Queens Marathon Training Run – Queens Blvd. Expressway
December 22nd – Queens Marathon Cuisine Tour #3 – Italian: Ft. Bruno

Thanksgiving & Turkey Trots

We are so, so thankful for another year that we were able to share with everyone. We’ve seen so many beautiful personal stories that makes us proud to be a team and happy that everyone has form strong bonds with each other. We’ve been told many times by different members how grateful they are to be running and representing us and we couldn’t be happier.

QDR Friendsgiving

Running is more than just chasing fast times; running is about learning about oneself. Through running we can learn what we are capable of. It changes you once you are determined to wake up early and run, or lace up your shoes after a long day of work.

This year Queens Distance participated in many Turkey Trots in NYC and abroad. We also had a Friendsgiving in Astoria. With all these events, we want more and more runners come to share stories with each other. It makes race morning easier when you see a friendly face and know you’re not alone going into any race.

At Sri Chinmoy Thanksgiving Day 5K & 10K

Keep an eye out on our site’s meetups page as well as on Strava for more group runs and training sessions. Make sure to also follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates and news!

Queens Distance


1 – TCS NYC Marathon Expo
Pre-Marathon Team dinner at Portofino
QDR Friday Morning Group Run: FunFridayRun Astoria
QDR Friday Evening Forest Hills: The Kessel
2 – Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K and USATF 5K Championships
Pre-Marathon Team dinner at Hong Kong Food Court
3 – TCS NYC Marathon

David Corona at the TCS NYC Marathon

4 – QDR Monday Evening Group Run: Central Park

Meeting and running the day after the TCS NYC Marathon in Central Park!

6 – QDR Queensborough Community College Wednesday PM Track Session
7 – QDR Thursday AM Long Island City Group Run
QDR Thursday PM Flushing Group Run
QDR Thursday Evening Tempo and Track Session: Forest Park
8 – QDR Friday Morning Group Run: FunFridayRun Astoria
QDR Friday Evening Forest Hills: The Kessel

9 – CNO Financial Indian apolis Monumental Marathon
QDR Post-NYC Marathon Dinner at Austin’s Ale House
11 – QDR Monday Evening Group Run: Central Park

13 – QDR Queensborough Community College Wednesday PM Track Session

14 – QDR Thursday AM Long Island City Group Run
QDR Thursday PM Flushing Group Run

QDR Thursday Evening Tempo and Track Session: Forest Park
15 – QDR Friday Morning Group Run: FunFridayRun Astoria

QDR Friday Evening Forest Hills: The Kessel
16 – NYCRuns Falling Leaves Half Marathon and 5K

17 – Fred Lebow Cross Country Championships 5K
NYRR 60K
Rock’n’Roll Las Vegas, NV Marathon/Half Marathon/10K/5K
Queens Marathon Training Run #1- La Chinantla, Mexican!
QDR Friendsgiving

18 – QDR Monday Evening Group Run: Central Park
20 – QDR Queensborough Community College Wednesday PM Track Session
21 – QDR Thursday AM Long Island City Group Run

QDR Thursday PM Flushing Group Run
22 – QDR Friday Morning Group Run: FunFridayRun Astoria
QDR Friday Evening Forest Hills: The Kessel
23 – Spartan Sprint Long Island
24 – NYRR Race to Deliver 4M

Hot Chocolate 15K St Louis
Philadephia Marathon/Half

Photo by Michael Remanche

25 – QDR Monday Evening Group Run: Central Park
26 – QDR Tuesday Evening Astoria Track
27 – QDR Queensborough Community College Wednesday PM Track Session

28 – Garden City Turkey Trot 5M (Brian Wysocki will make an apple pie for each QDR participant)
Sri Chimnoy Thanksgiving Day 5K & 10K

QDR 5K and 10K Time Trial at Victory Field Track, Forest Park
29 – QDR Friday Morning Group Run: FunFridayRun Astoria
QDR Friday Evening Forest Hills: The Kessel
30 – New York City Turkey Trot Half Marathon & 5K

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