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2009 NYC Marathon

Another year, another marathon. We headed up to 4th Avenue around 9:15. The water/Gatorade was in place and we were ready to go.

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We missed most of the wheelchair participants, but we got to see some.

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Now this is going to sound awful, but do you think they sell these so that people can exercise with them? I have such weak arms and this must be such an amazing arm workout. Or does something exist where I can propel myself forward with my arms?

Moving on…

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This guy is truly my hero. Can you imagine having no legs and doing a marathon using crutches? He was right by us when he switched crutches (see how the people are carrying different kinds?). It just blows my mind. It’s really remarkable.

Then came the cop cars

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The pace trucks

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And finally the elite women

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Then they started roping us off and preparing for the men

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There were some serious looking SUVs

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And then there was Mayor Bloomberg

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Finally there were more pace trucks

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And then there were the elite men!

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Then there started to be larger groups going by

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But there was some time for pictures

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This is one of the first women we saw in the main group. Overall I feel like there were far more men than women. I don’t remember that from last year.

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It started to clear out after about 2 hours

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Then some Nike people came around handing out Paula Radcliffe crowns

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The Eiffel Tower was towards the end of the pack

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It was a good marathon. I stayed out for just under 3 hours.

I have to say that I thought a lot about the NY Times article about what it really means to run a marathon. Clearly if you’re one of the people stopping to get food I don’t really think of you as being a marthoner. After reading the article I was all on board with people that needed to take as much time as they needed to finish.

However after actually watching the marathon I’m not sure. There were some racers today who were talking on their cell phones, chatting away as they were walking, or just walking at a leisurely pace. In my opinion, that’s not really trying.

I want to run at marathon one day, but I want to run it. I want to train and push my body and go through all of that so I can run it. Not so that I can finish 8 hours later. Something to think about.

On a funnier note, why are there so many Italians running the marathon? I swear a large, large percentage of runners were Italian. And they all had matching singlets. Does the Italian government issue these? Really, it was remarkable. But I feel like it bodes well for my running future with all my Italian heritage.

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New York City Marathon

Tomorrow (today) is the New York City Marathon. So I thought I’d recap last year’s marathon.

It’s a little late, I know, but I didn’t expect to go out tonight so I hadn’t written this in advance. I went to a great party at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. It was a nice, mellow crowd and I really had a good time. I went as a marthoner. My roommate took pictures so I’ll get her to send them to me tomorrow.

Now, I present you with the 2008 Marathon. Luckily for me it takes place 2 blocks away from my apartment so it’s easy for me to walk on up there at a relatively normal time.

Here are some of my favorite pictures from last year.

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Those are the elite men. I missed the elite women last year.

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These people were next to me the entire time, they were waiting to hand off essential supplies to runners.

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I love how many Gatorade things there are on the ground by the end.

It’s funny that last year when I was watching the marathon I thought, one day I’ll do this. And I don’t know why I thought that. I had never run even a mile at that point. But you know what? This year I’m thinking the same thing. One day I will do that. And it’s still pretty unrealistic, but give me a few years and it will happen.

Despite the fact that I’m sitting here now icing my ankles and my knees after my 5.5 mile run and I can barely move my right leg because the joint to the hip hurts. But you’ve got to to through pain to get to something great.

The plan for tomorrow is to head up to the route at 9:15 or so.

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I live at about mile 7 so we should be seeing the elite women at 9:48 or so so leaving at 9:15 gives me plenty of time. And I’m glad it won’t be as cold as last year!

I’ll leave you with a video.


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