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"

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

NYRR Achilles International 5m race

I'm going to let you in on a little secret right now: I have a race problem.

Seriously, what's wrong with me?  Is it normal to do a race every freaking weekend?  And then some?  In the past two weeks, I did 3 races over 9 days.  Take it back another week and you have 4 races over 15 days.  That is not normal.  They're just so cheap and convenient when you live in New York.

But, anyway...

The race was hot and humid.  I probably would have walked the whole thing if I hadn't met up with a friend at the start, and she encouraged me to run (albeit WAY slowly - I totally brought her down with me).  I was a total sell-out and was doing this not for the race experience and not for the cause (which is a pretty inspiring one), but instead for the medal (at a 5m race?!?) and the chance to meet Prince Harry.

I got a medal.  I didn't meet Prince Harry.  Which is probably for the best, since I was drenched in sweat (not my most flattering look, as you've witnessed).  Also, I'm not that into redheads.

Tracy!  Where are you!  I came to this race in 90 degree heat with so much humidity, just to meet you!  If only you'd run faster... our paths could have crossed... stars could have aligned...  If I fall off a horse later this afternoon at my polo match, it will be because I'm ruing not having met you today.

I've realized that I've done 6 races through the NYRR this year, and I'm registered for 2 more later this year.  You need to do 9 to qualify for guaranteed registration for NYCM.  Looks like it's time to do a volunteer shift, as it seems I'll be qualifying to run 2011.

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