Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Moving Day

The running site has been moved to http://sfrunnr.wordpress.com . I'll be keeping this site for Bay To Breakers history. Please bookmark the change. Thank you.

Friday, November 20, 2009

The End Of SFrunner

I've decided after a year and one half of blogging, I'll be pulling the plug of SFrunner.

I want to thank those who have read the blog entries over this time. I've met a lot of people because of this and am grateful for it. It's been very rewarding.

However, the energy of doing this on even a weekly basis has dwindled. Coming up with things to say has been difficult and the traffic on this site has reached an all time low.

Also, the 2010 running season will be my last as a competitive runner as there are three or four goals that will be reachable. Once that happens, that will be it.

Thank you again everyone. I'll continue to read the blogs that are of interest to me and will contribute in whatever way. Take care everyone!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Follow Up From Yesterday

I've received several e-mails from around the country and world regarding URLs for a couple of local running clubs as well as other running information.

I've updated the table on the right of the blog called Informational Running Sites. Please feel free to check it out.

Also, as soon as I get information regarding last Sunday's Run And Walk For The Hungry Mile And 5K, I'll pass it along.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Local Road Race Results from November 15th

I've received an e-mail on this so I wanted to pass this on.

At the DSE Rockaway Beach 5K yesterday, Grant Johnson (18:22) and Lisa Penzel (21:52) were the men's / women's winners. A total of 118 participated on a clear and crisp morning down in Pacifica, about a 20 minute drive from San Francisco.

Results are now at http://www.dserunners.com/ for viewing.

As soon as I receive results (e-mail or website) from the Run And Walk For The Hungry Mile And 5K, I'll pass them on. The run was held in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

Local Schedules And News

Hello everyone.

I deleted out the blog entries from 2008 and realized that one of the entries is something that a number of people come to this site for. I've reinserted it on this blog entry.

The Dolphin South End Runners @ http://www.dserunners.com/ has over 40 runs per year. The club just released the schedule for 2010. For three dollars (members) and five dollars (non-members), it's one of the top bargains in the San Francisco Bay Area. The DSE was one of the reasons I got started in the sport.

Since I'm in the San Francisco Bay Area, Lake Merritt Joggers And Striders @ http://www.lmjs.org/ has their races on the fourth Sunday of each month. Like the Dolphin South End Runners, the same race fees exist. Unlike the DSE, the club has their races beginning at the New Boathouse at Lake Merritt with the 5K and 10K (two loops) run each month. The 15K is run during every other month beginning in January each year.

Also, there is the Runner's Schedule @ http://www.theschedule.com/ that has listings locally, nationally and internationally. Please check it often as it is updated.

Finally, the Pacific Association USA Track And Field @ http://www.pausatf.org/ has a schedule of Track And Field, Road Racing, Ultra Running, Race Walking, Masters T&F and Cross Country events throughout the year.

In other running news, last Friday, the Boston Marathon closed their registration other than through a charity. This is the earliest that this has happened possibly other than the 100th edition. Also, the Paris Marathon has closed their entries. Marathoning is definitely becoming more popular than ever!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Runner's World December Issue

The December issue of Runner's World may be one of the best issues ever. Possibly outside of the 100th Boston Marathon issue, this one will one day be a collector's item. There are two covers. The newsstand issue has Steve Prefontaine and the subscriber issue has Grete Waitz. The two are among two of the greatest runners in history.

The issue also mentions things like the top races, best books, best time of the day run, etc.

Runner's World named Grete Waitz and Haile Gebrselassie as the best female / male runners of all time. (Editor's note - On Facebook, I believe I said that according to Runner's World, it was Steve Prefontaine. I regret the error there).

What are your thoughts on this? No one can go wrong on their answer but we will agree that we enjoy the sport and that this issue is a must read.

By the way, my two are Joan Benoit Samuelson and Haile Gebrselassie. Have a good weekend everyone!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Final thoughts

It was really nice to see Per and Dennis stop by the Merrell store where I work on Thursday afternoon. Though they were there for a brief time, it was nice to see them. Their two plus week vacation here in the United States is winding down and they'll be headed back to the Philippines on Friday afternoon.

There are a couple of things that I wanted to clarify on my blog from my conversation with Dennis. Dennis latest marathon in Fresno was actually his second 42K. His first one was in Singapore last year (believe it was called the Sundown Marathon) and was contested in 90 degree temperatures. I was correct in saying that he did get a personal best in Fresno.

The other item had to do with the two e-mails that I received not to run marathons anymore. The e-mails came from here in the United States. As far as I'm concerned, I agreed with a response that my friend Rod mentioned. I'd like to move on. I plan to do at least another marathon next year in my home town and we'll see what happens there.

Finally, it was great to see Per, Dennis, Rio and Wilbert visit during the past couple of weeks. I wished there had been more time in spending with you. However, there is November 2010. That's all that needs to be said there. Per and Dennis - please have a safe trip home!

For those in the Philippines who read my blog and are running in the Timex Run this Sunday, good luck to all of you. To the rest of the world, good luck if you're running and racing this weekend!