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 29, 2011

I'm lazy

It's still Monday night as I'm writing this. I just got home from a book club (with a group of running women! holla!). We read a book that we were largely indifferent toward. I have a very, very bad headache. So, I'm going to bed. Early. I don't have anything else to say.

So instead, I'm going to tell you to click over to dailymile and read my friend Aron's race report of his very first marathon (Ocean Drive) this past weekend. In short: he did an awesome job. And he partied with strangers after the race. You can trust runners, Aron. I stayed with (running) strangers for a week in Egypt.

Related: I'm pretty much a crap friend for completely forgetting that he was running this and not wishing him luck beforehand. Aron, forgive me? Looks like he didn't need it, anyway!

Oh, and also? Remember two weeks ago, when I posted that I had registered for the New York City Marathon? I think I got it all sorted out and I am, I believe, registered with my guaranteed entry. There's also a note on the registration page that I can't help but think somehow relates to me:

But this is what I like to see:


  1. Aren't you in through charity, though, Christel?

  2. I see long runs on warm Sundays in our future ...

  3. I am glad I made your blog again...No worries, I wasn't expecting you'd wish me luck before hand...it was awhile ago I mentioned I was doing the race and you know a ton of runners. You got me through the 14.2 which was great. Looking forward to Yonkers and maybe more training runs. Aron