Posted in Blog,NSQ's BlogAugust 12, 2013
It takes a village to raise a child. Same can be said about an athlete. So many people helped in getting me to the start line.
I don’t remember the last time I’ve entered a race feeling so unsure of my training. I did the best I could in preparing given that my Achilles tendons have been really bad for well over a year now, and particularly bad in the past 6 months. That said, instead of running for the past few months, I deep water ran and then ran at 75% body weight on the alterG this past month. I wanted the reassurance of having a good run to test my legs before race day, but as Coach Cane told me, “You have one bullet in the gun. You can’t shoot before race day just to see if the gun works.”
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.
The Brooklyn Duathlon has traditionally been our season opening multisport race, and it has often been good to us. Today was no different. In the women’s race, Nicole Sin Quee was the returning champion, and defended her title in a time of 56:06, and Jessica Purcell had a strong second run to finish second overall in 59:25.
Remember how my season was to end after I went to France? Well, I am trying to pack in as many possible PRs before I sit and do nothing in November. The goal this weekend was to run sub-19 for 5k. Fast, flat course in Brooklyn: Get to the Point 5k on Sunday, October 14 . Small race with a great vibe and Brooklyn Lager at the after-party. The last time I raced it, we had the Nike smart car and hilarious photos. Good photo ops, good friends, and a chance to go fast? Sign me up.
Nate Horne, Gloria Radeff, Green Light and Seb, Yves-Marc Courtines, and Jonathan and Simon were all there racing and cheering. Plus Simon did his first race in the baby jogger with Jonathan pushing, and they tied with Johanna and Seb. Proud Mama here. I placed 6th overall and won my age group by over 3 minutes.
Posted in Blog,Coach's Comments,MediaSeptember 4, 2012
Our friend Will Sanchez recently interviewed the lovely NSQ for his show, Gotta Run With Will.
In addition to Nicole’s interview, Will has featured several of our friends, past and present staff, and athletes. Take a look.
If you take a glance at the 40-44 women’s age group results from last weekend’s Percy Sutton 5k, you’ll notice a few things. First, the lovely Nicole Sin Quee (who is the mother of my son yet was originally listed as a male) is now credited with second place in the 40-44 age group. Nnenna Lynch, a former All-American at Villanova (and also the mother of two young children) is now the winner of the AG.
Conspicuously absent from the results is the woman who was originally listed as the winner. At first her finish time (18:48) looked both impressive and implausible. The former because it’s fast (6:04/mile), and the latter because her previous race times never approached such levels. In fact last year she barely broke 7:00 at the 5th Avenue Mile, so running low 6:00/mile on a hilly course seemed a little curious. But lacking photos of someone else running with her number, we were reluctant to say or do anything about it. Thankfully, NYRR had more evidence at their disposal, and showed no such reluctance. They have removed the original AG “winner” from the results.
Posted in Coach's CommentsAugust 29, 2012
Today Nicole and Simon bumped into former NYC Marathon winner and Olympic medalist Meb Keflezighi on their run in Central Park. Having met Meb briefly at a couple of appearances, I knew what a gracious and down-to-earth person he is, but it’s still pretty awesome that he took the time to pose for this photo.
I was reminded of a post I wrote about Meb shortly after his NYC Marathon victory in 2009 in response to a column by (then) CNBC Sports Business Reporter Darren Rovell. While I usually like Mr. Rovell, I found his commentary to be totally off base. Below is what I wrote at the time.
The came, they raced, they ate pancakes. We had a nice showing at today’s Percy Sutton 5k, here in Harlem, USA. We have preliminary race results as well as a few photos to get the party started.
Simon and I pointed the car to Vermont and took the lovely NSQ and equally lovely Jeannine Bardo to Sprint Nationals this weekend. The drive was long but well worth it, as the ladies performed admirably. As a result of their efforts, both ladies have earned a slot at next year’s World Championships in London, England.
- Nicole Sin Quee – 3rd place in AG, 15th overall
- Jeannine Bardo – 8th place in AG, 76th overall
In addition to the racing festivities, we spent Friday evening with the Vermont cheering squad, Erin Kaufman, Mark Tashjian and their wonderful daughters Ella, Robin and Phoebe, who made sure that Nicole and Jeannine were well rested and well fed.
Check out the photo album for a few shots from the weekend.
The team of Nicole Sin Quee, Isang Smith, Simon and yours truly made the trip to Maryland last weekend for the inaugural Maryland Women’s Duathlon. The plan was in place:
- Nicole would race the Elite field
- Isang would race the Age Group field
- They would both win their respective races
- We would celebrate and have a festive drive back
At first, all went according to plan. Nicole started at 8:00 with the Elites. The 40+ ladies left at 8:02 and finally Isang and the young guns set off at 8:04. NSQ was 3rd into T1, second out of T1, and then came into T2 with a 1:30 lead. She actually opened up the lead a little bit and was first across the line. Meanwhile, Isang had not only caught two of the ladies from the Elite field (who had a four minute head start) but she also distanced herself from the rest of the age groupers. She led after the first run and opened it up from there.
So everything went according to plan. The ladies were waiting for their awards, and would then get rewarded with a trip to the amusement park and Waffle House before heading home. That’s when the Race Director came over and told us that the Head Referee had penalized both Nicole and the apparent runner up for illegal passing. The official acknowledged that there was no intent to cheat and no benefit gained from the illegal passing, but would not budge. She penalized NSQ not once (which would not have impacted the standings), but twice. That moved Nicole to second, and elevated the woman who was third across the line to the winning spot. Suddenly the ride back to NYC wasn’t going to be so festive after all.
Still, there were far more positives than negatives. The good folks at Rip It Events did a great job, and were very gracious hosts. Isang’s debut in a City Coach uniform showed just how talented she is and how good she’s going to be. We left with lots of swag and prizes. We saw old friends and made new ones. Hopefully we’ll be back next year, with lots of podium photos.
In the meantime, now might be a good time for everyone to review the USAT list of most commonly violated rules. And then you can read Ms. Sin Quee’s account of the race.