Sunday, November 7, 2010
Hi all! I am very happy to be back in the world of blogging - I have largely been absent for the past few weeks due to a sudden (and unexplained) illness. With that resolved, I am glad to be back blogging and trying to dig out from my review backlog!
Autumn is marathon season - many major cities have their marathons in the fall. The 2010 ING NYC Marathon took place today and what a beautiful day for running! It was clear, sunny and crisp -perfect for running and spectating! There were some great stories out on the course today from American Shalane Flanagan running the marathon distance for the first time and placing 2nd to Chilean miner Edison Pena running the marathon after spending 69 days trapped underground. In between these headliners, there are more than 45,000 runners with a personal triumph story from the marathon today!
All in the Family . . .
I have had the honor of running the NYC Marathon 3 times (the last time was more than 5 years ago) and I still love to go out and watch the runners wage their own personal wars against the streets of NY through 5 boroughs, over 4 bridges and through the many diverse neighborhoods along the route. You can often see that struggle on their faces - they are obviously summoning every bit of strength to put one foot in front of the other. You dig deeper than you think possible to get through especially that last 6 miles. I remember how important the crowds were to me each time I ran the marathon - they truly carried me through and I like to give that back as I go out to cheer each year.
My days of cheering started young - my Dad ran marathons when I was young and my Mom, brother and I would go out and watch for him and cut up oranges to pass out to all that runners that passed. Unfortunately, by the time I ran my first marathon, a knee injury had ended my Dad's marathon days but he came out and cheered for me as I had done for him many years earlier. I have been inspired by the race today - so here is my declaration - in 2011, I will run the NYC Marathon! I am logging on tomorrow when entries open to stake my claim to a spot for 2011 - I have A LOT of work to do to be ready in 12 months (hell, I don't run at all right now - not even for a bus) but I think this goal is just what I need.
With my recent absence, I have quite the backlog to work through for reviews. Here is a peek at what is coming up on the blog in the next few weeks . . .
Enjoy what is left of the weekend!