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The 2015 OSR Silent Auction: Recap

This years auction was almost not going to happen..I kept thinking maybe three is enough. That I should kill the event while it is still well received and not wait for it to become old news.

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The Final OSR Silent Auction for the LES Girl’s Club

The OSR Silent Auction for the LES Girl’s Club is my favorite event of the year. It is an opportunity for everyone that comes to our weekly runs to give back to the neighborhood that has made the last 4 years of OSR possible. For those that want to help out with this years event, there are many ways that you can do so.

I ask that anyone reading this, that comes and runs on Tuesday nights, contributes to this year’s auction in some way, either by donating, volunteering, reposting information etc. Together we can make it the best auction yet…time to give back.

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You Should Be Running Right Now..

Stop complaining the run was cancelled..I don’t owe you anything. I do this “thing” for selfish reasons exclusively, you just happen to join me. There is nothing stopping you from lacing up and going out on your own. In fact, you should be outside right now running. You set aside Tuesday Nights for Orchard Street Runners, you come every week, you run..then you spend several hours at An Choi interacting afterwards..tonight nothing has changed. Go run, go by yourself..explore a different route..one you wish I’d post. Tell me about it afterwards, I look forward to hearing about it. Run free, without being told what route to take, or how fast to run it, or with whom. The most gratifying runs, by far, are ran alone.

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OSR 30mi Manhattan Perimeter Race: Recap

The OSR30 was an event I put together for a couple friends that wanted to run around the perimeter of Manhattan. Instead of it being a casual run, we turned it into a check-point driven race. We had a few very strong runners interested in the route so it only seemed logical to open it up to others and see who could finish the run the fastest. I started planning a course in November of 2013. Chipped away at it, little by little over time..coming up with a route that took competitors up the east side, across the island at around 145th, down the west side and over a couple of the downtown bridges. I set the date for January 25th with a 4pm start. This would send the athletes into a cold night-run along the coastline..the idea was to make it tough.

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OSR Men’s 10k: Recap

The all men’s version of the OSR10K took place on August 7th, 2014. This post documents the race as it unfolded..with words and pictures.

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What I Wish I Knew When I Started Running

Distance running is a solitary act. The reason I run distance is because the state of mind I am trying to achieve is only found after several miles of intense, uninterrupted running..when the body adjusts to the stresses of a faster pace carried out over an extended distance. That level of clarity is specific to those moments during a run..when your consciousness detaches from your legs, heart and lungs. When you are inside looking out at a body acting on its own..you don’t have to think about breathing or moving your legs or how your foot strikes the pavement. Someone else is driving..you are left free to explore your mind. It is in achieving this level of consciousness that my passion for distance running was spawned. Everyone, at some point in their life, should make an effort to reach this state of clarity.

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How to Dress for Inclement Weather

One of the most asked questions I get is, “What do I wear” given any particular weather condition. I think there are a lot of new people in the running community, and even veterans, that are giving winter running a chance for the first time..now that there are all these groups and people to motivate you. With all the major brands devoting more resources to the development of quality winter running gear, we have a great selection of functional apparel to choose from. This isn’t about plugging some product, this is about how to approach cold, wet conditions.

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How it Started

I initiated our first runner meet up in an attempt to get a girl I liked to run with me. The idea was to have other people around to keep things from being “weird”. I set a time and a place after talking it over with a few friends who had expressed an interest in running. I was lucky enough to have Mike Little,  owner of Lost Weekend, interested in hosting a running group at his new shop. I sent out a Facebook invite and Mike offered all those who ran a free cup of coffee.

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