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"

Monday, July 5, 2010

My own personal holiday

You know what today is, right?  Or rather, you know what today is 18 weeks minus one day away from, right?  The ING New York City Marathon!!!

Training kicks off today!  Yippee!

That said, I'm taking a holiday, and you should be, too.  So enjoy your day - run if you want, or rest if you want!  This is your day!  (After 6m on Saturday and 12m on Sunday, I'm resting.)

Here is some eye candy for your holiday.

First, the Hudson on Sunday morning:

Next, me post-run but pre-Starbucks, in front of the GWB.  You can barely see it, but the NJ side of the bridge is flying a giant American flag for the holiday.  Happy 4th!  I've said before - and I will say again and again - I AM NOT SOMEONE WHO LOOKS ALL GLOWING AND LOVELY AND FRESH WHEN I COME IN FROM A RUN.  I look wasted and red and sweaty and yucky.  But I had a great long run and I was happy.

1 comment:

  1. woo hoo! I'm using a 16 wk Bob Glover plan, but I've started in spirit, too. Nice GW bridge shot.