i have been sick all week with some sort of Bronchitis thing….i went running this morning later than usual…i’ve been letting myself sleep in to help myself heal…Anyway, the colors were beautiful….Usually i can’t see the colors, because it’s dark. The weather this morning was kind of tropical (70ish degrees with high humidity) on the first day of November….Ugh…Hopefully, cooler soon.
The marathon is on Sunday. So all the runners from all over the world have descended on NYC, and many of them were in the park today….they like to run in huge groups….like 40 across. (okay, i’m exaggerating…a little) and of course wearing their country colors…they are kind of annoying, but i find the week around the marathon really thrilling…the energy in the air is palpable…i love it…
This year i haven’t gotten to experience it as much as usual because i’ve been sick all week….but i know it starts mainly on Wednesday….that has been the first day you can pick up your number and attend the Runner Expo….man, i miss it…such camaraderie, and so much fun….and so many free goodies given away, and so many cool running souvenirs to buy…Wednesday is also the day that most of the international runners start arriving …i guess the logic is to do your sightseeing before the race, because afterwards who knows if you will be able to walk, or if you will even want to. You can easily spot the runners all over the city…always wearing running attire, and proudly strutting around with their race packets, looking lean and pumped. Most local runners will pick up their numbers on Wednesday and Thursday before the big rush on Friday and Saturday….actually, it could be different now….i haven’t run NYC since 1996, but i imagine that stuff hasn’t changed much. Again, i find all the strutting annoying, and exciting, at the same time….basically, i’m just jealous….wish i was running….Well, maybe not that much, or i would register to run. i am okay not running marathons anymore all year, except for this week….i would love to be part of it….but i have run 12 marathons, and i’ve been a runner for most of my life….running marathons is just too taxing on my body at this point in my life. i would rather be able to run for the sake of running, and my mental and physical health for longer….i try to say to myself: “Been there. Done that. Have the t-shirts, etc”…it’s all good…except this week. i have to admit, that on Monday when it is all over, i am just a little happy to see all the strutters looking wiped-out and in pain….but again, really just jealous…Post-Marathon pain is beautiful pain….only another runner would understand that statement :-)
One of my favorite things to do on Marathon Sunday is to go running very early and make sure i get to the lower loop and run up the hill and approach the finish line, to get as close as possible. i love to remember the feelings i’ve had when finishing the NYC Marathon in past years and visualize how it is with all the people around cheering and supporting me….so cool…but unfortunately after the horrible bombings they had in Boston, i don’t think they will allow anybody in that vicinity before the race, even at 5am….Who knows? Maybe? but, i will probably try anyway.
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GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN TO ALL THE RUNNERS ON SUNDAY 11/3/13
This is a picture of me at around the 18 mile mark in The Long Beach Marathon in California