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, October 29, 2010

Adios, New York! For now.

Halloween time!  Someone at work told me that he was going to dress as a loser for Halloween: all he needed was a Yankees uniform.  OUCH!

I'm away for the weekend.  Yesterday afternoon I took a bus (ugh) to New Hampshire to celebrate Halloween wild-style.  My friend in Concord swears that the people of New Hampshire love to have fun.  I don't know; I did used to live up here after all, and I'm not sure I believe her.  During the summer I spent doing research near Concord, I was told that fun was shooting squirrels with a bb gun from a second story window. I didn't do that, but then again I also didn't have very much fun that summer (except when my run was interrupted by a bear one morning - but I didn't have a bb gun so I had to use my wits to escape).  I will run while I'm up here.  You'll hear all about that next week.

This is basically me, right?
But look at her toes - she is floating!
My Halloween costume, in case you're curious?  I'm very proud of this: Chicago Marathon finisher.  Bib + medal + mylar blanket + running clothes = authentic costume.  This time with less disappointment!


  1. Awesome idea! Are you adding on the stink + sweat so it's realistic?

  2. I thought about it, but I've decided to just wear a lot of blush so I look flushed and spare the other party-goers my stank :)

  3. i think your costume rocks. a lot :)

    yes, orange shoelaces and orange shirts apparently have led to many a PR on NYCM's course. Now I am not supersitious but if I don't follow I know I will wonder!!!! I am nervousabout switching shoelaces so maybe I'll color mine?!!?

  4. Hahaha! That costume idea is hilarious! :)