On I went, out of the wood, passing the man leading without knowing I was going to do so. Flip-flap, flip-flap, jog-trot, jog-trot, curnchslap-crunchslap, across the middle of a broad field again, rhythmically running in my greyhound effortless fashion, knowing I had won the race though it wasn't half over, won it if I wanted it, could go on for ten or fifteen or twenty miles if I had to and drop dead at the finish of it, which would be the same, in the end, as living an honest life like the governor wanted me to. -Alan Sillitoe, "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner"

Friday, January 8, 2010

ESBRU - I got an email just now...

We would like to offer you the opportunity to participate in the NYRR Empire State Building Run Up Preliminary Race scheduled to take place on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at 9:00am.

Unfortunately, due to space limitations and an extraordinary number of well-qualified athletes, we are unable to offer you a place in the 2010 NYRR Empire State Building Run-Up Invitational race.

The $30.00 entry fee will still apply. You will receive an event T-shirt and your time will be recorded under preliminary race in the race day results.

At first read, it felt like a rejection. But then I remembered this same race last year - there were two waves of it. (I volunteered at it to fulfill my 9+1 for the NYRR. I highly recommend the experience for being all indoors, finite in terms of time, and loads of fun.)

Yeah, I'm anticipating that I'll be finishing in closer to 20 minutes than the record times of about 10 minutes. I've got a metronome app on my iphone and I'll be buying weight lifting gloves sometime soon. Next questions: chewing gum, or carry my own water? Attempt two steps at once, or one at a time (like I practice on the 'mill)?

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