Back in 2002 I ran the inaugural NYPD Memorial 5k, while in the employ of the NYPD as a fitness instructor. I left the NYPD, and many good friends in 2004 but continue to encourage City Coach athletes to run the race, and support a good cause. I stopped by yesterday to see some old friends, and to cheer on the team. Our racers didn’t disappoint, as I got to watch City Coach athletes win both the men’s and women’s races.
Luke McCambley’s first race with City Coach was the NYPD memorial in 2011, where he led early but was caught over the last mile. Yesterday, he ran smart and strong and held on for the victory in a speedy 15:45 (5:04/mile). City Coach newcomer Amber Sayer had a great debut race with the team, dominating the women’s field, with an impressive 17:48 (5:44/mile) finish.
Congratulations Luke and Amber.
Get the red, white and blue uniforms printed. Isang Smith and Sheila Monaghan will be joining grizzled veterans Nicole Sin Quee and Jessica Purcell at this year’s Duathlon World Championship in Ottawa. While NSQ and Jess took the easy way out and qualified off of last year’s ranking, Isang and Sheila raced their way in at today’s Orange County Duathlon. The Orange County race was one of three regional qualifiers, and the top six in each age group get a shot at Worlds. Thankfully, Isang and Sheila didn’t cut it close and make their coach sweat. Isang was 6th overall and won her AG, while Sheila was close behind in 7th, and finished 3rd in her AG.
Congratulations ladies. Get ready for the road trip, and those spiffy Team USA uniforms.
The team celebrated our Brooklyn roots with a strong showing at today’s Brooklyn Half Marathon. The race has grown to one of the biggest half marathons in the country, and I’m glad that we had such strong representation today. It was great to see old friends back in the fold, new friends on the team, and everyone in-between.
“We don’t need any more paved trails in the Bronx. Please leave it alone. I ride my bike almost daily there.” - Mike Peppard — Petition signature 2071-Bronx, NY
”There are plenty of trees in Van Cortlandt Park.” - City Council Member & Van Cortlandt Park Ex-Oficio Board Member Oliver Koppell.
Van Cortlandt Park’s Putnam Nature Trail is one of my favorite places. For running, for coaching, for walking with my son. Whether I’m running or strolling (admittedly those paces have gotten alarmingly similar for me), I see people walking their dogs, riding their bikes, birdwatching, and just generally enjoying this beautiful greenway in the Bronx. It’s a beautiful and quiet wooded trail, where you see a deer, a variety of birds, and other wildlife, all while sheltered from the noise and crowds of the city.
A few weeks back I wrote about my former teacher, Sam Ulano. In the piece I pointed out the many ways that his influence on me has carried over to what I do today, even though he ostensibly only taught me about music. When I studied with Sam, I would often tell him what a good teacher he was. Sam was (justifiably) quite confident in his methods and abilities as a teacher, but he was also quick to point out to me that it’s a lot easier to be a good teacher when you have a good student.
Similarly, as a coach, I try very hard to do the best job I can. And though I know I can get better, I think I usually do a pretty good job. But when an athlete performs well and gives me undue credit, I’m quick to point out that they’re the one who brought the talent and the work ethic to the equation. Hopefully I helped cultivate it and refine it, but it’s a lot easier to be a good coach when you have a good athlete.
The City Coach Philadelphia proved that you can go home again. The ladies rocked the Broad Street 10-Miler Sunday.
- Liz Corkum – 1:05:37
- Denise Fergus-Poole – 1:08:55
Liz is still coming back from an injury, yet missed a PR by only 15 seconds. Meanwhile, D-Ferg raced for the first time in three years, and ran strong. Looks to be a strong season ahead. Congratulations ladies.
Posted in Blog,Coach Cane's BlogMay 6, 2013
Our Brooklyn contingent made the trek to Long Branch, NJ today for the New Jersey Marathon and Long Branch Half Marathon, and came away with some nice times.
- Jeffrey Dweck – 1:26:42 (3rd Place in AG)
- Marc Mouhadeb – 1:31:47
- Sophia Barnathan – 1:34:15 (5th Place in AG)
- Lottie Bildirici – 1:41:07 (1st Place in AG, PR)
- Adele Laboz – 3:51:13 (16 down, 34 to go)
Congratulations to all. And welcome to Lottie, who managed to PR and win her age group in her first race with the team.
The husband and wife team of Steven Zebrak and Jessica Purcell traveled to New Mexico (and 6,000 feet of elevation) to race the Shiprock Marathon yesterday. Jess finished third overall in 3:28:29, while Steven finished 10th in his AG in 3:47:45.
Congratulations to Isang Smith, who finished 3rd overall at last weekend’s Bronx Duathlon. This was Ms. Smith’s last tuneup before heading out to sunny California for the Orange County Duathlon, which will hopefully be her qualifying race for the World Championship.
Nicely done, Isang.
Congratulations to the Brooklyn ladies who raced last week’s London Marathon. Well done, ladies.
- Sara Bibi – 3:45:06
- Iris Shalam – 4:53:46
- Michele Levy 5:24:17