Monthly Recap

September 2019 Recap

Goodbye hot Summer days and hello crisp and cool Fall days! Just kidding—we still experienced some humid and warm days! Yet, that didn’t stop us from getting so many training runs done and PRs achieved. September was a great month for many of us and the start of the much-anticipated Fall marathon season.

We had great team results at races as well as individual results, such as Marie Ange-Brumelot’s TCS NYC Marathon 18 Mile overall win which included beating her husband Luciano Medina! We can’t wait to see how she does in the Chicago Marathon.

The rest of September saw many more long runs and the first of the Fall World Marathon Major: the Berlin Marathon! We also saw Corey Hanson PR with a sub-3 hour at the Erie Marathon and Frank Poline with a sub-3 hour at the Last Chance Marathon.

Two more World Marathon Majors and many, many more marathons left to go this year!

Forest Park 10, 5 & 1 Mile Race

Photo courtesy of Horse and Duck Studio

We started off September with our very own Forest Park 10, 5, & 1 Mile race at the beloved and hilly Forest Park. If you’ve been to any of our Forest Park race before, you know that it’s quite a hard course! It’s loops of the course, however, makes for an encouraging time as you pass spectating areas multiple times. We’d like to congratulate the winners: Adrian Gutierrez and Leigh Gerson in the 5-mile race, and Corey Hanson and Alanna Hollborn in the 10-mile race!

This year we decided to throw in a 1-mile race around Victory Field track for those who wanted a last tune-up before the NB 5th Avenue Mile. Congrats to Weiheng Sun (5:15) and Sabrina Cohen (6:58) for winning the male and female division, respectively.

Take The Bridge: Triboro

The following weekend we got our night racing mood on as we hosted Take The Bridge on the Triboro Bridge. It was an exciting night that involved great coordination from volunteers on the streets to safely get runners on the bridge to and from Astoria Park. The race started at the foot of the Hellgate bridge and the checkpoint was on the 103rd bridge. Whichever route the runners took to the checkpoint and back to the foot of the Hellgate bridge was up to them!

Make sure to also check out the Take The Bridge podcast, wherever you listen to podcasts, and listen to the co-founders before the race, and then post-race.

Best of all during the night, we even had a Spider-Man sighting on the bridge and in the park!

TCS NYC Marathon 18 Mile

As mentioned before, Marie outright won the TCS NYC Marathon 18 Mile training run. Team Captain Kevin was there to capture the moment and Runner’s World even wrote about it! Huge congratulations to Marie who will be running the Chicago Marathon in October and aiming to beat her previous best time of 2:40.

Destination Runs, Group Runs, and Training Sessions

As usual, we have a consistent weekly schedule. Although Caroline is unable to lead the Monday Evening Central Park runs, teammates still meet and run and we absolutely love it. Here is the schedule and group runs per day:
Monday – 2 – Morning Miles in FMP, Evening group run in Central Park
Wednesday – 2 – Speed Session at QCC, Tempo run in Forest Park
Thursday – 2 – Morning group run in LIC, Evening group run in Flushing
Friday – 3 – Morning Miles in FMP, FunFridayRun in Astoria, Kessel Run in Forest Hills
Saturday/Sunday – multiple long group run or races!
* Check our Strava club page for group runs!

As we’re getting closer to our goal marathon races, our runs have become longer. This past month we’ve had many long group runs, such as the three runs in one weekend: Destination Run #7 Hoboken, long run in Bayside, and a long run in Flushing Meadow Park. All were supported with a water station and the Hoboken group run was another joint group run with the Hoboken Harriers.

Races

The previous week us many of us race a much shorter distance: the New Balance 5th Avenue Mile. As is tradition, we cheered at the ¾ mile mark for all the speedy runners.

Finally, we ended the month with the New Balance Bronx 10 Mile, a competitive Club Points race. For the competitive A division, the Men’s Team came in 9th and the Women’s Team came in 4th! We’ll have more details about the past few club point races soon.

It was also a very special month because registration opened for the 2020 Boston Marathon and we saw so many teammates register for that amazing race!

Berlin Marathon

The Berlin Marathon was amazing! We’ll have a longer post specifically about that race but until then know that there were many PRs achieved that day, like Anibal who ran his first sub-3!

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Marathon number 5 on the books. Berlin marathon. . Final time: 2:53:41. Very happy for breaking the three hour mark after doing 3:00:49 in Boston. But also feeling I could have been closer to 2:52:00. . I really like starting slow, but maybe my first half was a bit too slow. However, it was hard to keep a constant pace due to the crowds. I wonder if I should have requested moving corrals. . After the half marathon mark I sped up and focused on the current mile. It felt like a training workout and it worked pretty well, ending up with a more than 3 min negative split (HM1: 1:28:23, HM2: 1:25:19). . Miles went by fast on the second half. I felt good and I was busy focusing on the pace, my body, plastic cups, and potholes along the road. I could have been in a different city and I wouldn’t have noticed. . Given that there are lots of things that could have gone wrong (jet lag, stomach issues, etc.) and given the way I finished (doing my “Anibal thing” according to coach Marie) I am very satisfied with the overall result. . THANKS to my family and to @moreofsusan for always being there. Thanks to the best coaches in the world @coachmedinanyc and @marie11201, and to the #CMSub3 for all those workouts together, supporting, pushing and helping each other. And to @queensdistance for being more than a running club. To Alejandro 😘 . #run #running #runforlife #runforyourlife #marathon #berlinmarathon #coachmedinanyc #CMSub3 #fastertogether #berlinmarathon #berlin42 #26point2 #correr #maraton #queensdistance

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Queens Distance


1 – Labor Day Pain 12 Hour Endurance Trail Run

QDR Forest Park 10 & 5 Miler
Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon

2 – QDR Monday Morning Miles: Flushing Meadow Park
QDR Monday Evening Group Run: Central Park
4 – QDR Queensborough Community College Wednesday PM Track Session

QDR Wednesday Evening Tempo and Track Session: Forest Park
5- QDR Thursday AM Long Island City Group Run
QDR Thursday PM Flushing Group Run

6 – Take The Bridge: Triboro
QDR Friday Morning Miles: Flushing Meadow Park

QDR Friday Morning Group Run: FunFridayRun Astoria
QDR Friday Evening Forest Hills: The Kessel
8 – NYRR 5th Avenue Mile
Erie Marathon
9 – First day to register for the Boston Marathon!
QDR Monday Morning Miles: Flushing Meadow Park
QDR Monday Evening Group Run: Central Park
11 – QDR Queensborough Community College Wednesday PM Track Session
QDR Wednesday Evening Tempo and Track Session: Forest Park

12 – QDR Thursday AM Long Island City Group Run

QDR Thursday PM Flushing Group Run
13 – QDR Friday Morning Miles: Flushing Meadow Park
    QDR Friday Morning Group Run: FunFridayRun Astoria

    QDR Friday Evening Forest Hills: The Kessel


14 – Unsanctioned Long Run with QDR FMP

Last Chance Marathon

15 – Newport Half

Saratoga Palio Half Marathon
NYRR Kurt Steiner Cross Country
Rock’n’Roll Philadelphia Half
NYRR TCS NYC Marathon Training Long Run 18 Mile Training Series
16 – QDR Monday Morning Miles: Flushing Meadow Park
QDR Monday Evening Group Run: Central Park

18 – QDR Queensborough Community College Wednesday PM Track Session

QDR Wednesday Evening Tempo and Track Session: Forest Park

19 – QDR Thursday AM Long Island City Group Run

QDR Thursday PM Flushing Group Run

20 – QDR Friday Morning Miles: Flushing Meadow Park
QDR Friday Morning Group Run: FunFridayRun Astoria
QDR Friday Evening Forest Hills: The Kessel
21 – Mothman 5K (WV)
Great Cow Harbor 10K
QDR Long Training Run- Shovel+Meadow Lake Loops @FMP
22 – Destination Run #7 – Hoboken

QDR Long Training Run: Bayside Waterfront Loops (QDR 30K Course Preview)
Sri Chinmoy 5k and 10k at Alley Pond Park

23 – QDR Monday Morning Miles: Flushing Meadow Park
QDR Monday Evening Group Run: Central Park

25 – QDR Queensborough Community College Wednesday PM Track Session

QDR Wednesday Evening Tempo and Track Session: Forest Park
26 – QDR Thursday AM Long Island City Group Run

QDR Thursday PM Flushing Group Run
27 – QDR Friday Morning Miles: Flushing Meadow Park
    QDR Friday Morning Group Run: FunFridayRun Astoria
    QDR Friday Evening Forest Hills: The Kessel
29 – NYRR NB Bronx 10 Mile
Berlin Marathon
Chicago Half Marathon
30 – QDR Monday Morning Miles: Flushing Meadow Park
QDR Monday Evening Group Run: Central Park – Caroline’s Birthday 

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