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"

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Don't act like you never saw this coming

I didn't do all those races last year for nothing.

To recap, I got in through the 9+1 program for guaranteed entry. My NYRR races last year were (in no particular order other than long to short)...:

Achilles 5m
Wall Street 3m
Fifth Avenue Mile (I don't think this was a qualifier)

I'll probably do a few of these races again this year, just because they're close and because I can. (I'm already registered for the Brooklyn Half, for instance.) But seeing these races come up on the NYRR calendar and not entering is one of the simple pleasures of life.


  1. A race named after Ted Corbitt is only 15k?

    Congrats on getting in. Living in NYC has its privileges.

  2. You should enter the lottery. Or rather, make an $11 charitable donation to the NYRR. If you haven't qualified, that is.

    In terms of Ted Corbitt, maybe this Corbitt race is more fitting?
    For the record, I've never been invited and would likely be physically unable to keep up were I ever given the chance to participate.

  3. Yay! I am excited you get to run NYC!!! :) I think I am going to keep entering the lottery until I get in :)