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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Norfolk Pub 10 Mile


Lani, Lee and Adam ran it. It's a lollypop course. The "stem" was muddy today. It was unusually warm although there were certain sections where the air was comfortably cold. Tray was missed.

Adam and Lee traded places throughout the race. He posted a funny remark on Facebook:

"Great race. Here is a picture of you passing me somewhere at mile 5 and then you were gone."

Lee and Catherine Lyons traded PEZ "trophies" for the 2nd time. Here's Santa and Moose.

Larry Regan crushed the course w/ a 1:16:06.

Lani did well, looked well and now has her trophy that Lee's been holding for her from the Wethersfield 10K. Oh, almost forgot. She gave Linda her beer tag when we walked down to the pub. Thanks Lani! It was cashed in.

Many friends were there. Kate Stoker, Emmy Stocker, Bill Varhue, Paul Rabenold, Cheryl Cunningham, Frank Colella, John Minervino, Ben Mattheis, Brian Fidler, Peter and Tim Hawley, Neil Mandel and Kathleen Scotti.

Friday, December 20, 2013

This weekend

Many of us are running the Norfolk 10 miler on Saturday (I know of Adam, Tray and myself). I know several other good friends that'll be there. Lindsey's talked about Reservoir 3 but it may be unrunnable due to the snow storm. Brickyard may not be runnable too. Maybe Barbara can let us know about that. So, if you're not running Norfolk and you are looking for company, try to hook up with your friends via this blog, email, facebook or phone. Have a great weekend!

I think we need a picture here ... Let's see, Mutts is *always* good.


Monday, December 16, 2013

Paraphrasing President Theodore Roosevelt

Competitor Photos Roxbury Marathon 2013. Paraphrasing President Theodore
Roosevelt at the Sorbonne, in Paris, on 23 April 1910. He was speaking
to a group of cold weather marathoners (not exactly) and said ...

"It is not the critic who counts; not the person who points out how the
strong runner stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them
better. The credit belongs to the runner who is actually in the race,
whose face is marred by snow and wind and cold; who strives valiantly;
who errs, who comes up short sometimes, because there is no effort
without error and defeat; but who does actually strive to do the deeds;
who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends
himself/herself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the
triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he/she stumbles,
at least does so while daring greatly, so that his/her place shall never
be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

(some phrasing changed slightly)


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Roxbury full!

Here are some pix Linda took yesterday. In reverse chronological order.

Lee at top of hill at the finish. 4:56. Tired. Icicle sideburned. Last of 5 loops. Happy.

Mike. Early start. 5:15. Always the optimist.

Tony Thatcher. Trinity student we met last year. Not sure exactly what his time was but it was something like 4:40. Just getting over being sick. We traded places throughout the race. His Mom Pat and Linda walked the loop and were spotted *everywhere*! Go Tony! Well done.

New Brickyarder Lindsey Gendall and Lee climbing the hill. Lindsey jumped in at the beginning of the 5 loops after we all ran the 8.5 mile out and back and ran the loops. She wanted hill training for her March marathon (Napa Valley). She got it. Wonderful company.

 Bill Odendahl. Just a training run for an upcoming 100. :)

Tracy. 4:04. Better than last year. Wanted sub-4. Always aims high. The fastest Brickyarder by far.

Mike, mid course

Joe Laskey, Tray, Bill, Lee, Kate. Hard to find closer friends

Too good to not post. :)

Tony and Lee. RD Scott Benjamin in the background. Putting on this race is a labor of love. Hot soup, "medals," hot chocolate, fire in the fireplace, vehicles on the course asking you if you're doing OK, gatorade (frozen and thawed, your choice), course monitors telling you which way to go, tough decision makers (postpone or not), massage. A fellow (don't know his name but remember him from the Roxbury to Newtown run a week after last year's trajedy) spoke briefly at the start and gave us a moment of silence for the 26 who died. One mile for each victim.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Fwd: Notiice!!!!

Click the link below.

Countdown Till Roxbury Full!
  (Roxbury Full is December 14, 2013 at 8:30 AM!)
Everyone is hereby notified that the anti-rain, no-ice, no-cold-spell dance officially begins 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Tinsel Fun Run

I think we broke a record today. Count 'em! 

Rose (placed 2nd)

Brent, Rose, Lee, Libra

Lee, chased by Mike at the finish. We were both 16 and medium change.

 Mike (aka Santa) finishing

Brent (come back kid)

Janit Romayko and dog (best costume winner)

Tracy (4th woman, 1st in division, 14 and medium change)

Adam scorched this one with a 14:02

Lani placed as well but best we could do (she had to leave early) is show you Linda and Rose holding all our trophies.

Friday, December 6, 2013

The weekend

Looks like a quiet Saturday at Brickyard. Tray, Mike, Adam, Brent (YAY!!!!), Mama Rose (YAY!!!!) and Lee will be doing Tinsel Fun Run 2 miler in Berlin. Lindsey's icing, swimming and not running to take care of a sore hip flexor and will be back next week. Not sure about the other "L's." Have a great weekend everybody. For Tray, Lee, Mike ... your assignment is to write the word TAPER on the blackboard 100 times. Roxbury full. 8 days.


Friday, November 29, 2013


Don't know if anybody's running  Brickyard tomorrow but if you're looking for company Adam is free. 7 AM regular parking lot. Many people are away but if you're in the area ... all you got to do is show up.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

This Thanksgiving weekend

Adam's running Big Gary's Turkey Trot 4.5 mile in Franklin, CT
Lani's running Malibu Fitness in Farmington ( with her Mom :-) )
Dave and Barbara are running Malibu too.
Lee's running the Turkey Trot in Barton, VT (5k)
Lindsey's nursing a hip flexor ( overzealous on Saturday w/ a hill she spotted  :-( ). Taking to the pool.

Everybody else is either slackin' and/or eating turkey.

Here's a fun puzzle for your Thanksgiving break.


Have a wonderful weekend everybody. Be thankful to be running, alive, among friends.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Double Dipper

Our very own Tracy was the 1st woman overall at the Wallingford Turkey Trot this afternoon and was 1st in her division (obviously!).

Larry Regan was 6th overall with a time of 35:45.

Lee placed 1st in his division with a time of 42:52.

Plus, he got a turkey!

It was bitter cold and extremely windy. The 5 mile course has a mile flat stretch, a right turn and then about a mile and a half gradual up up up. Then a 180 turn and a mile and a half down down down parallel section. Left turn and back to the start. Food was great, per usual. Don't look for results on the internet. They do it the old fashioned way.

BTW,  Janit Romayko, pictured above, ran the 5K that Adam did yesterday, another race this morning somewhere at 11 AM and then this one. And, won a turkey. She's in Debticonn and has about 140 towns done. She's a mere 67.

Adam's group: Debticonn

Adam posted this on Facebook. His group has evolved into a 100+ member society of dedicated runners. Their goal: Do Every Blessed Town In Connecticut. The idea has become so big timing companies have established races in towns that never had a race just so they can reach this ambitious goal. They have meetings, their own shirt (see below) and drive lots of miles to get to each venue. This is a life-long goal. I wonder how big they'll be in 2020?

"Today I ran the Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm 5K in Sterling, CT. My time was 24:14 or 7:49 M. I came in 13th place out of 85. Most of the race was on dirt road, so my time was little slower than my normal pace. This was first ever road race in Sterling.This race was organized by First-Mile at the request of my running group Debticonn."

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Mike and Lani medal (actually glass)

Mike placed for the first time in a race. Lani placed. And volunteered. Lea volunteered and then ran 14 at Brickyard. Tracy and Lee each ran 6. Lindsey ran 11. Here are some pix of the HTC 8K XC race today.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Call to Brickyard!

Let's see ... there's a race in Wallingford at 1 on Sunday which Tray and Lee are doing. She won't be at Brickyard on Saturday. Lee's going to "double" and run Brickyard at 7 AM starting at the regular parking lot. Lindsey's going 11 at Brickyard so she'll have some company. Adam's running a race in Sterling, CT. Sterling is more than an hour drive. So he won't make Brickyard.

Slacker. :-)

Lea's going bananas @ work these days. I think a good Brickyard run is just what she needs but ... Anyway, hang in there Lea.

Mike's doing the 8K Cross Country Challenge in the Reservoir #3 area on Saturday, an HTC classic. Watch your step and beware of leaves, rocks, roots etc. Enjoy.

Not sure about anybody else. Come if you can.

Sunday, November 17, 2013


Lani and Tracy completed the Philadelphia marathon today. I think Kate Stoker makes it a point to always be where Tracy is :) . I don't think she ran it today.

Nice going Lani and Tracy! Well done!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Call to Brickyard!


Looks like there'll be a few hearty souls that'll make it tomorrow morning at 7 AM at the regular Brickyard parking lot. Mike will have about 7 done by the time he rolls in (he's running from home). Lee's planning on showing up @ 6:30 to get a slowish 3 in before Lindsey rolls in to do her 6 @ 9 minute pace. Mike, Lindsey and Lee will head out together and after Lindsey's got her 6 in Mike and Lee will (probably slow down and) complete 20.

Ultragirl has had a rough week w/ logeyitis, new pains in I can't remember where etc. etc. but since we're all sending out positive, healing vibes (if you have not started ... the time is now) she and Lani will head out for the Philly full. Have a good one. Help each other.

Rose and Lee did the Scottish Rite 5K course today (well, he cannot lie, they cheated a bit and eliminated the Apple Hill loop). Lindsey asked Lee if I knew any hilly routes in the area. He mentioned this course and Reservoir #3. I think the Brickyarders should go to these places and do our workout. This will show her how to get there and will mix it up a bit.

Lea's working 300 hour weeks and taking Patrick out for a birthday celebration. I kinda forget what Lea looks like :)

Oh, Mike turned 60 today. That's almost dead in dog years.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Adam in the news!

Adam Osmond of Farmington (L) congratulates his friend Charlie Merlis (R) of West Hartford after he crossed the finish line at the 14th Annual East Windsor Veterans Day 5k Race on Saturday November 9, 2013. Osmond and Merlis are members of the Run 169 Town Society whose goal is to run a road race in every town in Connecticut. Over 300 runners from across the state braved the chilly air and challenged themselves in the annual race. (Jared Ramsdell / Journal Inquirer)

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Welcome Lindsey!

On a crisp, cold, beautiful morning, most of us did 9, some did less, some did more. Lindsey Gendall joined us. She's training for the Napa Valley Marathon in March (which Wanda has run). Adam peeled off after about 2 miles in to complete about 4 and then head out to the 5K in East Windsor (which Rose has done). Tray wanted 13 or so so she kept going and Mike and Lee and Lindsey headed home. Mike did 3 before we all started so he did a total of about 12.

We averaged about 10 minutes miles, about a minute slower than Lindsey had in mind. I think Tracy and she could have left Mike and Lee in the dust but they were kind and didn't :). I asked Lindsey (who has never run a marathon) what time she had in mind and her "3:47" made me realize she is a disciplined runner with a specific plan and goal. She's using Hal Higdon's plan.

Caught this picture as we were coming back. Almost didn't get the balloon. Mr Mike flanked by Purple Peeps. Priceless.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Call to Brickyard!

7 AM old parking lot
for all who can make it. Tracy, Mike and I are coming and I hope others can make it. Lindsey Gedall has been in touch and is looking forward to joining us. She's training for a marathon (not sure which one) and is planning to run 9 miles at around an 8:40 to 9:00 min pace. That distance and pace sounds about right for all the above I think. I'm getting over a cold and have not run for days. Let's hope tomorrow helps to suck it out of me!

Sunday, November 3, 2013


Sri nailed it. A totally flat-paced just under 8 minute pace marathon. He wanted 3:30. He got 3:28:46. Wow! How many people can plow thru 48000 others like that?

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Ghost Run

Don't have the results yet but here's what we did as close as I can determine. Tracy, once again, PRd, big time. 1:46:11. The mile markers were way off and she was ready to accept "a mere" sub-1:50 but beat her last year's time by a lot. This course is NOT FLAT. Adam is on a roll too. I think he got 1:53. He wanted anything sub-2 and his ultimate goal was 1:50. I'd say he nailed it. I, on the other hand, got beat by every friend I have ... Carina, Catherine, Sam, Jo, Bill, Donna, Karen and the list list goes on! I did a 2:05. Why am I so happy?! (Linda answered this: "Cause it's a beautiful day and ur with friends." Wanda came back with "Great. Now get some rest and enjoy the rest of this beautiful day.")

And Tracy's talking Brickyarders Party! I'll let her tell you more.

Friday, November 1, 2013

The weekend

Yet another quiet Saturday on the Brickyard front. Mike's got 20 planned somewhere local, Lea's not going to be there, Adam, Tray and Lee are doing Ghost Run at 9 AM. Honorary Brickyarder Sri is running New York Sunday morning. Told me he's looking for 3:30. Have not heard from anybody else.

Upcoming races to consider :  Wallingford Turkey Trot on November 24th and Tinsel Fun Run on December 7 in Berlin. These races are near and dear to BQ Baby as she got her first Turkey and first Santa at them if I recall correctly.

November is Brickyarder Baby month: Mike'll turn the big 6-0 on the 15th and we already know about Tray, Rose and Wanda (see previous post).

Don't forget to turn your clocks back 1 hour tomorrow night.

Great weekend everyone.


Oh, more November news: Lani and Tracy are running 26.2 in Philly on the 17th.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Rose's Races

A little early, I know. I'll put something up tomorrow about Saturday. Right now, all I know is Tracy, Adam and I are running the Airline Trail Ghost Run 1/2 Marathon. Tell us more via comments, email, internal log etc. what your Saturday plans are.

But this is just too good to wait another second to post. Rosetta has assembled an inspiring video of Rose, a must watch.

It reminds me a little of what Linda built for me on my 70th birthday, a Shutterfly book I will always cherish. Speaking of birthdays, Tracy, Rose and Wanda will be 41, 65 and 43 on the 6th, 7th and 21st.


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Osmond Outpaces Bradley in Devil Race, Tray paces Joe and Taricani runs Burlington 5K

The subject pretty much says it all. Adam left Lee in the dust. Initial results put Adam 1st out of 2 in the 0-year-old division but he foolishly talked to the timer and as a result ... no horns for him today :)

Lee can't even claim that he ran a sub-9 pace (9:01) but his bib was a power of 2 and he did place 1/1 so all is good. Adam ran an 8:34 pace.

We'll have to wait for Tray to tell us what New Hampshire Ghost Train Rail Trail is like in the last 25 when it's dark and cold.

This one was taken by Adam ...



Next Saturday, Lee, Tray and hopefully speedster Adam will tackle Connecticut's own Ghost Run, a point to point 1/2 marathon from Hebron to East Hampton.