Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Rumble in the Bronx: Bronx 10 Miler (9/27 - 9/29/14)

In the shadows of Yankee Stadium

Sunday 9/28/14

Race: Bronx 10 Miler
Location: Bronx, NY
Goal Time: 1:06:00
Actual Time: 1:07:04 (PR!)

I heard my name called - "JESSE!"  There on the other side of the race was Corey.  We gave each other a High-5.  Right after was was the five mile mark.  I looked at my watch: 34:19.  Speedy and I felt good.  I decided to see if I could put in some more effort.

10 Miles and 10 retired numbers*

The race starts in the shadows of Yankee Stadium at Grand Concourse and 165th.  By virtue of my half assing the 14 degree Manhattan Half Marathon in January, I was put in the 3000s corral.  I was at first worried that with such a massive race - 10,000 people, I'd be forced to run too slow during the beginning.

1. Billy Martin
In 1977, Billy Martin and Reggie Jackson almost went to blows in the dugout of Fenway Park because Martin took the best hitter in baseball out for casually playing a Jim Rice hit.  In 1983, he managed to get George Brett's go ahead home run annulled for too much Pine Tar.  George Steinbrenner fired him 4 different times as manager of the Yankees.  His number was retired in 1986.

I started the first mile slowly.  In the pack with runners that were normally not as fast as I, I decided not to do the freak out bobbin' and weavin' through the crowd.  I took my time.  At a little faster than 7 minutes, I would have liked to go a little faster but it was still a success.

2. Derek Jeter
Perhaps my favorite moment of Jeter's career was the day he was honored for having "144 fewer hits than former journeyman designated hitter Harold Baines."

I ran the second mile a little bit faster than the first.  However, I was still in comfortably-a-little-hard mode and probably still many seconds slower than former journeyman designated hitter Harold Baines would have run it in.

3. Babe Ruth
While at Lone Gull I was using the Triple Lindy.  At the Bronx I was using the Rock Island Line Maneuver. Each mile I was "picking up a little bit of speed, picking up a little bit of steam."  Three was the first one I was swatting.  Despite a small piriformis grab, that I just ran through, I was able to drop the speed a bit.

4. Lou Gehrig
Some people might think I had gotten a bad break being in the wrong corral.  But, by mile four it had opened up and this mile... mile...mile... mile, was the fastest... fastest...fastest...fastest of the first half ... half ... half... half

5. Joe DiMaggio
Where have you gone mile 5?  The fourth mile was so good, that I realized it might be too good.  A couple of turns slowed down the race and by the half way point, I was ready to drop the pace.

6. Joe Torre

Pascuel Perez once drove around I-285 in ATL 3 times to get to the game.
Torre was not happy.
Joe Torre was the manager of my favorite baseball team of all time - 1982 Atlanta Braves. (I was at game 4 of the 13 wins against the Astros.)  His Yankee years are unimportant to me...

I had managed to split the race nicely. Now it was time to start the second half 13-0.  I also got quick shouts from Carl and Corey as we passed.

7. Mickey Mantle
Mickey Mantle could be greatest player to be still overrated.  There are New Yorkers of a certain age (about Billy Crystal's age) who act like he's the Wayne Gretzky of baseball.  And this at a time when the Wayne Gretzky of Baseball was still playing right across the Harlem.

Well, my seventh mile was not as good as Willie Mays or Mickey Mantle, so I won't overrate it.

8. Yogi Berra
Ninety percent of running is half mental.  This part started the countdown where each mile was one fewer to run.  Just kept in my head to not slow down and I did so by running the same speed or speeding up.  Felt good at the end of the eighth mile but remembered: "It ain't over til it's over."

9. Roger Maris
You know Roger Maris held the single season home run record longer than Ruth did?  And, he would still hold it if people like Mike Lupica were as indignant in 1998 blaming other people for ignoring steroids as they are today.

The ninth mile was the record for the fastest mile.  However like Maris did it in 162 games instead of 154, it was mostly downhill.

10. Phil Rizzuto
Holy Cow!  Like the Money Store, I did it again!  I came in, even with the slight uphill, with another fast mile.  And at 1:07:04, it was my third Personal Record of the fall!

Saturday 9/27/14

And, in more important news... The day before the race, Urvi and I went to a great dinner on 2nd Avenue

Urvi at dinner

And then we went to the Empire State Building...

Grand Central Station

Where we got engaged!


Monday 9/29/14

Scenes from the Park
 On Monday, Urvi and I went to the American Museum of Natural History:

Urvi and Elephants

Gas Giants

Me & TR


Blue Whale

Urvi and Ivory


Clydesdale weigh-in n the moon

* - #2 isn't retired yet.  The Yankees will probably schedule that next year so they can get fans to come out and see their not so great team once.

Official Pic from Empire State Building


  1. Hooray! Congratulations again. I loved this post for multiple reasons, not least of which was the sea otter. Come back soon!