Q4 races and a little Halloween fun

By | October 29, 2023

I runfess that this is one of many half started posts from the last few weeks, but the meat of it remains true so I’m rolling with it.

Running is happening but I find myself struggling with anything to say but “the run happened”, although several Mondays ago’s seven miles felt like seven feet. I <3 fall. So instead linking up with Deborah and Kim to talk about the balance of the year’s races and some travel running.

How do you end up with four “races” in Q4? Easy. “Peer” pressure of the variety that got me into September’s races.I had the Ted Corbitt 15K on the calendar since this summer because I think it’s an important one, and I LOVE this distance. I was content with that, and then… conversations happened:

  • in truth, I had a feeling I’d run Haunted Island. I’ve run it twice? before and it’s always fun, but both of my usual partners in crime were out and the hurry up and wait for an island in the middle of a harbor is boring solo. Then a friend asked whether someone wanted to do a 5 or 10K leading with her for the marathon taper, and it was time to costume plan. To avoid some of last year’s issues, they’ve taken advantage of it being a weekend and split the races over two days, which I think is smart. At one point they were going to offer a Half which piqued my curiosity, but I’m not sure about four loops so…
  • and then once we figured out where we’d be for Thanksgiving, it answered the question of which Trot. Answer: Delray and remembered to register Mom as a runner this go ’round. She’s back from her knee issue and hoping to place depending on who shows in her age group.
  • aforementioned Ted
  • The friend whose first official race was Tunnel to Towers wanted a medal, and we all jumped into the Big Apple 5K. NYCRuns is king of the fun run, and what better way to go play in December?

How do I intend to stay healthy for those four and some Q1 plans?

magic shoes? We’ll see

A couple weeks in, and I’m not sold on the return to stability shoes, although I trust my PT implicitly. Two weeks ago I wore them twice but with two Ghost runs between them and really didn’t like how they felt on a long-ish run of 6 miles. This week I committed to not going back to the Ghosts between runs and wore them Saturday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and they felt OK. Feeling them is probably the reality that I do need the support they’re offering, but I love how soft the Ghosts are. I runfess I went back to them for Saturday’s race for two reasons: one, nothing new-ish on race day, although I violated that otherwise and two: I don’t trust my footing in these yet and Governors Island’s path isn’t always level. I guess we’ll see how they feel on Monday. I love Brooks’ generous trial period.

About running consecutive days…

I don’t, except when I do. I arrived in Philly on Sunday night and the conference didn’t start until 11 leaving me a morning to putter around.

museum nerd hit this run


conference run buddy

I never worry about elapsed time, except when it’s hysterical. Guess who detoured into the Liberty Bell exhibit and paused rather than ending the run? Oh well! It’s part of the reason I didn’t worry about running two days in a row, this was a mile ish, a twenty minute museum detour, and then a mile ish with photo stops so generous to call this a run. It was midway through the afternoon session of the conference when I saw a note in the app about a run or walk along the waterfront and is there any better way to start off a series of panels followed by a train ride home? And yes, that’s hat hair and two shirts four days ahead of an 80 degree day. Welcome to “autumn” in the northeast.

6.2 miles of fun

because you need to see the tail!

Speaking of autumn, how better to celebrate Halloween than on Governors Island. For the first Saturday in eight, it didn’t rain! This year, NYC Runs decided to split out the 5 and 10K races across two days, which I think is smart when it’s an option because it makes the ferries so much smoother. Notice a “problem” with our costumes? It should not be shorts/skirt and tee weather for a Halloween race, and especially not comfortable in that while waiting for the race. Bananas! I’d sized the tee to layer over a long sleeve tech shirt but…

This course actually differed slightly from the five? other GI races due to construction, but remained a loop-ish of the island. They’ve completed some additional paving in the last few months which avoided some of the terrain issues I’ve frequently experienced. Unfortunately, there’s still no place for a 3rd water stop which would have been beneficial on a warm October day. I appreciated the balance of Nuun and water, and the new Hiccup cups were an interesting addition. Certainly easier to hold onto than paper cups, but unfortunately there weren’t enough by the time the party pace runners came around to the second lap. I’ll give that another chance before judging as demand certainly was atypical for an October race.

As for my race? Well…someone went out too fast. I don’t know who that would be. Never happened before 😀 Must have been the “tail” wind.

Audio books on the run has somewhat surprisingly continued, and this weekend’s is Running in the Midpack, which Liz and Wendy also read. I have to say, it inspired me to get my head in training, which I could use. Will it stick? I don’t know, but a ten week Half plan landed on my phone so… we’ll see. Full review to come when I finish it.

I won’t lie, I didn’t mind the unseasonable temps when it came to post-run brunch on Stone Street and an evening walk. Now? Of course it’s raining.

18 thoughts on “Q4 races and a little Halloween fun

  1. Wendy

    If you like the Ghosts, then you must try the Ghost Max–very cushy yet supportive! And comes in fun colors too!

    I also read Running in the Midpack, in fact, Liz and I did it at the same time! I now am moving to the back of the pack, tho…

    Congrats on your race and who doesn’t go out too fast?

    1. cari Post author

      I LOVE my ghosties and was going to buy the Max when I got a loving evil eye from my PT so they’re on hold until we figure out this flare. Will find & link your review. Somehow I didn’t save either of yours, which I usually do for running reads.
      Just commented, and spammed myself on yours because it was an old po st.

  2. Darlene S. Cardillo

    Raining here too. Because it’s the weekend.

    Are you running more races than me?? Maybe?

    Hope it’s dry for Ted. I almost signed up but going to Tampa the next week instead.

    I’m rooming with your birthday twin. You need to meet on Monday.

    1. cari Post author

      YES! It’s a plan before my afternoon meeting. It will rain or snow for Ted.
      I race in fits and spurts, you run way more than me throughout the year

  3. Jenny

    Oh, so you’re going to be in Florida for Thanksgiving? I’ll be doing my usual Turkey Trot in West Boca- nice to have a race really close by for a change. Anyway it’s going to be a busy week but let me know your plans- maybe we can get together.
    What is the shoe you’re trying out- not the Ghost but the other one? I can’ t tell.
    Sounds like you have a busy and fun race schedule this fall!

    1. cari Post author

      Adrenaline GTS. I was in stability shoes in New Balance but graduated out, until I didn’t.
      Absolutely. Had it on my to do to text you. Will be fun if it works, or my next non holiday visit. Other than an easter in and out, I haven’t been since we met up. EEK!

  4. Liz Dexter

    I went out too fast on my TWO MILE run today so there’s that! I enjoyed Running in the Midpack, thank you for linking to my review.

    1. cari Post author

      Mile 1 of non races for me is usually an enforced warm up. Not because I have any discipline, but it’s ~.7 miles and 7 lights into the park!

    1. cari Post author

      What’s my excuse then??! But yes, it’s a given, especially when you’re having fun

  5. Coco

    It sounds like you’ve been having a great fall, and that’s what counts!

    We did have unseasonably warm weather this week, but it was nice to go to Chicago this time of year without needed a coat!

    Apparently we’ll be bundling up this time next week.

    1. cari Post author

      Whiplash weather! Neither extreme has been normal but I think we’re normal for a few days now. Hopefully
      Always nice to be less bulky!

  6. Deborah Brooks

    Starting too fast is something I often do as well. The only race that does not happen is Cherry blossom bc its so darn crowded-maybe that is a good thing.You have been having lots of running fun lately! Philly is such a fun city to visit and to run in. Always tough to get used to new shoes!

    1. cari Post author

      Yes, definitely less of a problem with the marquee NYRR races too. Part of what I love about NYC Runs is it’s 10% field size but easy to zip out

  7. Jenn

    Isn’t that the cutest little tail!

    Do people go out too fast? I have no idea what that’s like! Could NEVER be me LOL.

    I’m glad you were able to get out there! I’m not glad that you’re back to rain. Yuck.

  8. Jessie

    Love the tail – well done! I don’t even care about elapsed time, it can be particularly bad on long runs in London (or NYC I’m sure too) and I don’t think it affected my performance on Sunday. People get a little too wrapped up in it in my opinion 🙂

    Sounds like a really fun end to 2023 on your agenda Cari!

  9. Susanne

    That’s a lot of races! How fun though. I’m a bit sad that I never got to do any races (even a park run would have been fun) before I had to decide to give up running (which was solely for the high risk of getting another stress fracture).
    I tried a pair of Brooks – could have been Ghost but can’t remember – and they were REALLY comfy. They were soft but still with some nice support around the heel.
    Enjoy your race training!

  10. Marcia

    Good for you running all the races in Q4! Way to take advantage of mostly beautiful fall weather. Yeah going out too fast is pretty much status quo….just saying. Haha! Hope your mom got on the podium at the trot!


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