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"

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Maybe you didn't see this coming?

Huh. How did that get onto my phone?

There I am, sitting in the doctor's office last Thursday evening, waiting for my doctor to be ready to see me. I get an email from NYCRuns telling me that registration for the Yonkers Half and Full is open.

Ooh, I say. I've always wanted to do Yonkers. I should sign up for the half!

And then I notice the small print... Coupon code for $15 off the registration fee for the full for the first 100 registrants. So, $35 to register for the full and $40 to register for the half. That $5 I'll save will pay for my first post-race beer.

What can I say? I'm weak. I couldn't run last Thursday because I could barely lift my arms above my head. In particular I pulled something on my left side and had to use my right arm to lift my left arm to get my clothes on and off. So in my desperation to run, but given my inability, I did the next best thing and registered for another fall race.

And besides, I'm already registered for New York, so I can just use Yonkers as a training run, right? An easy training run, right?

Turns out I'm really, really good at registering for races. I click that mouse like a BOSS.

Let's not even point out what a terrible, terrible mistake I made last year running a full marathon as a training run for New York.

But this year's going to be different, right?

Better question: anyone else want in? I can hook you up with the coupon code if you want (it's probably still valid).

Reviews from marathonguide include:
  • Yes, it has hills. Well, that's an understatement. It has cliffs.
  • I did the half-marathon, and yes, the course does have hills - not like Central Park in NYC, but steeper.
  • The hills are to die for.
  • It's a really tough and challenging course - no kiddin'. The first loop is a breeze, but the second loop is totally magnified and intensified: each hill, each incline... they all just get longer. 


  1. Lets do it Tracy. I did the half and it wasn't too bad. Since you have done many marathons and some tough trail running you shouldn't have too much of a problem with it. We should do some more Holiday races at Van Cortlandt to be in good shape for the hills. Aron

  2. Yes, Aron, let's!! Did you get the NYCRUNS email with the discount code? I believe the code was... NYCRUNS, and it's probably still valid. You should register!

  3. lol - I impulse registered for the half only... Just happy to hear about other options out there for us besides the NYRR ones.

  4. "I click that mouse like a BOSS" made me laugh, like in a loud guffaw type of way - embarrassing. I was not even aware that a Yonkers Marathon existed. Sounds like you will need to break out the cramp-ons for that course! I hope your body won't punish you for your impulsiveness this time around... and if it does, that's $5 more you have to spend on ice packs! (Actually, I guess I just made an assumption right there... what happened last year when you used a full marathon as a training run for NY? Injury? Burnout?)

  5. As soon as I read "training run" I thought "CHICAGO! She's crazy!"

    Plus, hills? Yikes! Better you than me!

    Maybe you should sign up for this one: http://blueridgemarathon.com/

  6. I am in for the full...The discount code worked. Aron

  7. Yay, Aron! We'll have to do some training runs together. Maybe head up to run parts of the course? If nothing else, more Jersey.

    And sweaty kid... Chicago was brutal. Obviously the race was hot, but it was miserable. Here are my photos:
    What you don't see in those photos is that it took me nearly a month to feel like I wanted to run again after that disaster.