Friday, November 8, 2013

The 2013 New York City Marathon in Brief

Last weekend was the New York City Marathon as most of my readers are likely aware. This whole week I've been hoping to put together a race report but things have been far too busy at work and at home to allow me the time to do so. Normally, in such a circumstance, I would just say, oh well, I'll get to it when I get to it and the blog can go unupdated a bit longer.

This time around, however, I feel that that the marathon was simply too momentus to go unmentioned. Why? you may ask. Did you re-qualify for Boston? No. Did you set a new PR? No. Did you at least see a celebrity, or something? Again, nope. So then what made it such a noteworthy marathon? I can almost hear you shouting. The answer (with photos), after the jump.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Friday Haikus: 2013 NYCM Edition

It's been a few weeks since I posted haikus, I know, but what better excuse to bring back the beloved tolerable tradition than the New York City Marathon? No matter what the race, if you're a runner and your city hosts a marathon it's hard not to get excited about it, but for those of us in New York there's something really special about marathon week.

I'm so happy to share my city with folks from all over the US and across the globe. On Sunday, no matter what our differences in training, speed, or shoe choice, we'll be coming together to do something much bigger than ourselves. During this whole runup to race week I've been chuckling at this year's slogan "26.2 MILES MAKE IT A RACE, YOU MAKE IT THE MARATHON." It's defnitely more than a little hokie but when you think about it, it is the runners that make the New York City Marathon what it is, a celebration of diversity and the community building power of running. Maybe WE do MAKE IT THE NEW YORK CITY MARATHON.

From my instagram
And now, some haikus!

The Expo
Sampled powerbars
Tried new electrolyte drinks
Maxed out credit card

Athletes Village as POW Camp
Bodies all around
Lines for bathrooms, lines for food
Trying to stay warm

The Queensboro Bridge
Silent climb farewell
Crested now downhill you sense
Manhattan-sized crowds