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"

Thursday, February 10, 2011

News from the world of New York racing

The Brooklyn Half Marathon (or "halfathon," as a good friend would call it) - a race where I set a PR last year - opened and closed in two days this year.

The NYCM might be forced to raise its (already hefty) fees to cover police costs for closing the roads. At $156 for NYRR members, $196 for US residents, and $281 for international applicants, the race already costs $50 more than Chicago for most people. Yet the demand so far is well beyond the number of entries.

And, saving the best racing news for last, I'm back on the scene! Yes, after being evacuated from the midst of the Jan 25 Egyptian Revolution, after spending a long weekend on my couch with a flu and then a sinus infection, I'm going to be racing again this weekend. Well, sort of racing. Participating in running events, anyway. 

On Saturday, I'll hit up Riverside Park for a flat 5k. Then, on Sunday I'll head up to Van Cortlandt Park to participate in the Valentine's Day Marathon. I'm going to try to do the half - but if I only feel like doing the 10k, so be it.

It's been a long two weeks since my last race. I feel ready for a comeback.

Gratuitous, unrelated photo of me with a fake mummy


  1. Hi Tracy, this has nothing to do with your post (sorry), but I'm considering running NYCM for Team for Kids this year. What are your thoughts on running for TFK?

  2. I can't believe it's only been two weeks since your last race and everything else that occured in between. Good luck this weekend :) and let's celebrate your comeback (and maybe my freedom from coumadin?) soon!

  3. I look forward to running with you Sunday. You can do the half, its suppose to be 40 degrees. Perfect weather. Aron

  4. Are you racing Brooklyn? I am. Because training for the mile will surely set me up for a good half marathon. Anyway. The fact that you can swing through a revolution and race three times more than me in two weeks is a little humbling. Have a fantastic weekend of running.

  5. Aron - what time are you getting there? Text/email me so we can meet up!

    Kelly - YES, LET'S DO GET TOGETHER. I'll email you!

    Sarah - "racing," "running," "participating"... I registered, but we'll see how my spring goes before I determine which verb to use!

    Christel - I don't know much about TFK. A friend ran for them last year and had a good experience, but I think part of that was being in NYC and having some sort of community. Still, it'd be nice to see you in NYC again this year! Do you think we can request the same corral?

  6. I'd say we own that corral, T, we just do. ;)