When my patients at work spike fevers, we don’t usually worry too much since in the beginning days following a burn, the metabolic reaction of the body naturally causes an increase in body temperature. I, however, am not a burn victim, but I do have a fever.
Today was filled with activities related to the NYC Marathon, and I’m not going to lie…I really wish I was running! There’s so much energy in this city, especially when you hang out in Central Park and the expo. Definitely jealous of those people who get to toe the line and run the five boroughs on Sunday, but I’ll get my chance next year. This time around, I’ll be screaming my butt off for 45,000 of my closest friends!
Taking full advantage of my day off (gotta love working three days per week!), I went for a run in Central Park to check out the finish line in daylight and to squeeze in a run, of course. I passed soooo many runners who looked like they were in town for the marathon…or maybe I just think everyone here is running except me. It was a cool and cloudy day, but a great day for a run and for snapping pictures of the sights. I did the full loop in Central Park, stopping to capture some of the marathon bliss to share with you in different parts of the country!
Marathon route on the east side of the park.
I got a few funny looks from people when I took out my camera to take pictures during my run, but I like to think that they were smiling because they had the marathon joy! It’s really fun to see all the work that is going into the marathon…it gets me really excited.
My run was pretty good too, although my fastest mile was definitely right after I ran through the marathon finish line…must have been inspired!
Friday, November 5
8.05 miles in 1:01:13, avg pace of 7:36
After my run, I got all showered up and headed over to the expo…even though I’m not running, I’m still a giant running nerd and wanted to check everything out. Big expo with lots of running stuff? Count me in! After a little subway trip, I ended up here:
Like a total running geek, I roamed the entire expo, stopping to chat at different booths. Highlights for me included the Garmin booth, where the man recommended getting a foot pod to combat the tall buildings in the city. This would also require getting a new Garmin, as my old, old 205 isn’t compatible with the foot pods. I’ll contemplate that before I drop all the money for better accuracy…
My next stop was at the National Marathon booth, where I inquired about the course…I might want to run another marathon before I do Big Sur in May, and DC isn’t too far so I could squeeze it in in March. I have other options on the list (New Orleans…Shamrock), but it’s definitely a marathon to think about. (High on the list because my new marathon running, long lost sister Lauren is probably running it!) The guys at the booth seemed excited about it (obviously…), so we’ll see.
All the running vendors had their own lines of NYC marathon gear, but since I’m not running it this year, I definitely didn’t want to buy anything that says “NYC Marathon 2010” on it. However, lots of other cute shirts were around, and I’m an NYC runner now, so I figured I could buy some shirts to reflect that. Can’t go to the expo and not buy anything! Check out my loot:
When I first got to the expo, I had feared that I missed seeing Dathan Ritzenhein, but as I was wandering around, I spotted his name on the ING speaker list…for 5pm! Luckily it was about 4:35pm at this point, so I had perfect timing. Once I had this realization, I (almost literally) ran into Sarah Stanley, so it was great to see her! I missed her talk earlier in the day, but you can’t beat running into inspiring runners at the expo. She’s not running this weekend, but she’s spreading her inspiration for others to catch!
After parting ways with Sarah, I grabbed a spot in the ING viewing area next to a couple running friends, Ben and Josh, both who ran Chicago and are running NYC on Sunday. (Again, very jealous.) We watched the marathon course preview video while waiting for Dathan to show up, and soon enough, he was ready to talk to us! He spoke about his training, how he’s been working on changing his form, how Americans compare to the speedy Africans, barefoot running (hot topic…), and general running talk. I love elite marathoners for how down to Earth they all seem to be. As the moderator for the talk said, running is one of the easiest sports for elite athletes to relate to us not-so-elite participants. We all go through pain at mile 22…it just takes some of us a bit longer to get there!
In other news, Dathan is not leaving his wife for me. They apparently met in the sixth grade…guess I won’t be a home wrecker.
You know which name I’ll be yelling on Sunday. GOOD LUCK to everyone running on Sunday…I’ll definitely be yelling for you if I see you, but know that I’m cheering for you even if I don’t see you. I can’t wait for race reports and to hear all about it!