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, November 5, 2010

The haul: NYCM 2010 edition

My mood picked up slightly yesterday afternoon, after I came into contact with this:

I know, I know, I've sworn that I wouldn't bog you down with pictures of food.

But this - this! - this isn't food.  That's not to say that it's so divine that it transcends food.  No.  Quite literally, I'm not sure that this is actually food.  NPR called it particlemeat.

This, in case you didn't recognize it, is a McRib.  Deliciousness.  The stuff of legend.  And now available at every McDonald's, nation-wide, for a limited time only.  Judging from the fact that literally every person I heard order or saw eating during my 10 minutes at McDonald's ordered a McRib, it's a hit.

So, post-lunch, I hit up the expo.

Myself and Majo at the expo. With a ramotaur.
I don't get it either.
What did I get?

Free stuff, from my race packet, first.  Well, almost free stuff.  Sort of free stuff that I paid $135 for the privilege of receiving.

Contents, in sort of clockwise from upper left:
-bib (GO GREEN WAVE #2!!!)
-magazine (still working on the official handbook... hopefully I can get to this one before next year's race)
-Timex fridge magnet (to record my crummy time)
-one bottle Poland Spring, one bottle Gatorade (I was like, "Awesome! This bag is so heavy and full of great stuff!!... oh, wait, that's all just water and gatorade...")
-crummy bag from the Hospital for Special Surgery (that I will be throwing out promptly)
-pamphlets and other advertising (that I will be throwing out promptly)
-long sleeved race shirt (not too sure on the design - not the ugliest, not the prettiest)
-neon slap bracelet-cum-ruler
-an inexplicably large number of nasal strips (12 of them)
-potato chips and "breakfast on the go" (packaged by someone who thinks that breakfast can fit into a mini-pack - silly, silly)
-all on top of a gear check bag.  That I won't be using, because that's not how I roll.  NO BAG CHECK FOR ME, SUCKERS!!!  Slow your roll, peeps, I'm headed RIGHT to Shake Shack when I finish my race.  No UPS trucks for me.

Next, things I purchased with my own hard-earned money.  Roughly as expensive.

-NYCM 2010 pint glass
-Asics ridiculously expensive "Hell & Back" t-shirt
-two pairs of 5-borough gloves, in black and mauve (very tempted to go back for the other two colors...)
-Brooks Nightlife reflective headband, so no cars will hit me if I run in the dark

Now I'm totally ready, right?

If you're looking to cyberstalk me, it's bib #40728.  Settle in for a long day at your computer, though, because I intend to be slooooow.

If you're looking to real-life stalk me, I start in wave 2 (sometime after 10:10am) and I'm aiming for somewhere in between a 5 hour and a 6 hour marathon.  That's real specific, no?  I'm trying to be realistic here.  I'll be wearing a purple skirt, an orange t-shirt, hot pink arm warmers, a white baseball cap, black compression socks, and a pained expression, not unlike this get up:

Minus the water bottle and the iphone on my arm.  I might add a bright blue vest if I'm feeling chilly that morning.


  1. Your post cracked me up! Specially the pained expression part.

    And I bought the same brooks headband! If you come to DC and run with me, we'll be matching! (Or at the very least, very visible...)

    And I really don't like the official race shirt. WTF?

  2. Tracy, you will do great :) Keep your mind positive and happy. Relentless forward motion, remember? You've conquered Mt. Washington - this will be a cinch. You've worked really hard to get here - be proud of yourself :) wish i could cheer you on in person! have a great run!

  3. Coming over from Fit Chick in the City's blog.

    Wishing you all the best as you run the NYC Marathon! :)

  4. I'm volunteering at the mile 24 aid station (by the Met Museum), so I will look for your colorful ensemble (since your pained expression will be hard to tell from that of the other runners).

    Good luck, & maybe I'll see you at the brunch Sat. if you're going (although there might be as many people there as at the Marathon).

  5. Thanks, you guys! Dave, sadly I won't be making the brunch I don't think because my brother's in town and we're doing all sorts of sight-seeing.

  6. Good luck! Do you think you'll beat the miner? I wonder if he got better loot. That's a pretty good haul, but you almost expect more, for all the to-do.

  7. Good luck! I am sure that you will do great :)

  8. Can we plan to meet to have some McRib since we are not planning to run? Good luck tomorrow!