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 19, 2010

I'm not in Nashville right now...

Yep, still in NYC.  (Did you hear that, potential blog stalkers?  You will not find my apartment empty this weekend.)  I'm disappointed that I'm not running the Flying Monkey, but I made the decision weeks ago without admitting it when I didn't buy a plane ticket in a timely manner.  I was so burnt out after Chicago that the thought of a third fall marathon was deathly.  Now that I feel like I'm actually physically up to it, the logical part of my brain has pointed out that $400 for a plane ticket, $100 for a car rental, and $200 for a hotel room may not be the best way to spend my meager earnings.

Plus, I can't afford the time spent at a weekend away right now.  Work has kicked into high gear and I've been averaging about 5-6 hours of sleep a night since the marathon.  Even with some sad attempts to catch up on sleep on the weekends, I'm still feeling rather First Fig.

So... what to do with myself, now that I'm not training?  Well, there are several other "marathons" I've decided I will participate in:

1.  Marathon eating.  I can become a stunt eater.  You know, someone who eats really gross stuff just to get attention.  Who am I kidding?  I really just want an excuse to eat a McRushmore.

What is wrong with me that this looks good to me?
2.  Jersey Shore marathon.  Time to catch up on all of the delicious antics of those crazy gorilla juiceheads.
I kind of think Pauly D is hot.
Sad, but true.
3.  Marathon Grill at 17th & Sansom, my old favorite restaurant.  I'll be back in Philly next week and I'll have to go there.  Might I recommend you try one of their salads, if you're ever in Philly?

4.  Four Loko Marathon.  I'm thinking some sort of hour-of-power, but with Four Loko.  Who's in?
That's my Senator! Quick, drink up, before it's banned!
5.  Oh, who are we kidding.  I might run the Egyptian Marathon in January, or I might join my friend Aron and train for the Ocean Drive Marathon in March, and I've already staked my reputation (ahem, for what it's worth) on a fresh new bet against my friend Ian for next year's Flying Monkey in November.  And while we're at it, I do have guaranteed entry in the NYCM for next year.

And the cycle of marathons continues.


  1. The McRushmore? Seriously? Only in the States people would call that a one person meal... ;) That sandwich is huge!

    And what's wrong with me for seriously considering to save up my pennies to run NYCM again - next year? I must be out of my mind...

    For now...I'll just leave you and Pauly D. to it...

  2. You post made me laugh!! I seriously am marathon eating still (up 2 real lbs since NYCM) and really need to work on getting faster and keeping fit before i can think about another marathon. i dont want to have my 445 goal die again!!!

  3. i highly recommend a "Facts of Life" marathon - you take the good the take the bad you take em both and there you have the facts of life...the facts of life! so awesome


    And Jen... I can't stop eating, either. I ordered take out Chinese yesterday and halfway through my noodles I had to say, aloud, "Stop eating, Tracy, you are *not* carb loading."

    Annie - do you know, I have basically no memories of the Facts of Life. I will have to check that out. Wonder if they're on netflix...

  5. You've run too many races of late. You deserve some rest. You deserve a McRushmore, too. In fact, eat two. But only with a Diet Coke and regular size fries.

  6. No fries, Mike, I'm not a TOTAL pig!

  7. Totally IN for the Four Loko power hour! Perhaps it's an idea night for sequin shirts too...

  8. Renee, I love that I can count on your support :)

  9. The anticipation of next year will be huge! We will have to limit media credentials.

  10. Love Pauly D! I think your other marathons will be a great substitute. I ran ONE marathon this fall, I can't imagine running TWO, let alone attempt THREE! And there is not way in hell that I would eat that gigantic sandwich. OMG it's HUGE!

  11. Tracy's key to doing several marathons in a row: do none of them well. Or at least that's how it worked out this year, anyway :)

  12. Wow thanks for the shout out...Four Lokos are nasty by the way...I like the occasional energy drink but I could barely finish the Four Loko drink I tried. Aron

  13. Okay, clearly I need to catch up here and figure out your connection to Egypt, because I bet you've got some great stories. And on that note, the Egyptian marathon sounds like it has some serious story potential, in the event that you run it. I hope those khamseen winds aren't around in January, if that's the case...