As the year slowly draws closer and closer to its end, so does the 9+1 to gain entry into the 2016 NYC Marathon. With two races left to complete to get my automatic entry, I went out on a brisk November Sunday morning to run four miles in Central Park to run the Race to Deliver 4M.
When I ran the Disneyland Rebel Challenge back in January, I knew I wanted to run a second half marathon in Walt Disney World to complete the Coast to Coast Challenge. With my schedule, the only one that was available to me was the Wine and Dine Half Marathon, which was run at night the final weekend of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, but little did I know to expect how it turned out.
For the first time since 2011, I was not spending the first Sunday in November running 26.2 miles through the five boroughs in the NYC Marathon. Even though I was forced to take a year off from marathons, I was determined to get healed up and run it again next year. In order to do that, I needed to get my 9+1 in, and ran the NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5K the day before the marathon in order to get my races in.
Walk around any major city and you’ll see people looking up at the buildings and admiring the architecture that surrounds them. Buildings of all shapes and sizes capture the imagination of those that look up at them. LEGO has even put out an architecture line to capture many of these famous buildings in their tiny plastic bricks, so it made sense for No Starch books to put out The LEGO Architect by Tom Alphin.
The medieval period of English history is often romanticized. There have been a myriad of movies of the period and people attend renaissance festivals in attempts to reenact the period, and people often build castles out of LEGO, so a book combining the two makes perfect sense. Medieval LEGO by Greyson Beights from No Starch Press brings it all together to be a simple history book illustrated by LEGO creations.
One of my favorite races to run is the New York Road Runners 5th Avenue Mile. It’s a fast, hard run – which is the type I race I don’t normally train for – but enjoy the challenge of it.
Since the late 80s, the media has enchanted us with virtual reality. TV shows and movies had people in bulky rigs going into digital universes that were dreamlike. In reality, if you could find a VR rig, you were in a big ring, wearing heavy headgear, and holding a gun to shoot blocky, computerized caricatures. Twenty years later, VR has become democratized by devices such as the Dodocase VR.
When I was at CE Week NY earlier this summer, I met the folks from WowWee, Inc. and talked to them about their upcoming robot products. As we talked, they gave me one of their little selfie camera products called Snap Pets to check out.
As I continue to rehab my foot from the tendonitis, I am continuing to run smaller races to get back on the horse and prepare for my return to marathons next year. On Saturday, I entered the relatively north Harlem from my usual racing grounds of Central Park in order to run the Percy Sutton Harlem 5K.
In May, I ran the Brooklyn Half Marathon, and afterwards my foot began to hurt. A week later, the pain reoccurred after the UAE Healthy Kidney 5K, so I went to the doctor and after a a bit of an ordeal, I was diagnosed with tendonitis. After a month of not running, a physical therapist recommended I start running again slowly and slowly build up distance again. I worked my way back up to three miles and decided I wanted to get out and race again, so I went out for the NYRR R-U-N 5K.