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, May 12, 2011

Things that make me happy...

-Nice runs that break a running rut and happen on one's birthday. I'm not so naive as to think that the rut is gone for good, but it's abated. And no, I most certainly did not run as many miles yesterday as years I am old... because I'm old. And that would have taken all day.

-No smoking in city parks!!
Because this post is entitled "things that make me happy," I'm going to ignore the fact that the Mayor has said that this law will not be enforced.

-NYC Pizza Run. There aren't words to tell you how upset I am that I'll be in Chicago for a wedding that weekend. Finally: the race I've been training for all my life. (Kidding. I don't even really like pizza that much. But I would do this race if I could...)

-Speaking of races I've been training my whole life for, there's also this: the Too Slow for Boston Marathon. Finally - I can be both a participant and a competitor! There's even prize money! I'm happy to say that I've never finished last at any race... yet. But with only four confirmed participants, my odds are good at this point.


  1. Happy, B-day, T! :) You, my darling, don't look a day over 25. ;)

  2. Hooray for getting out of the rut on your B-day! I shall email you about dinner next week.

    Also, it's too bad smoking while walking down the street can't be banned too. I get caught downwind at least once a day. ew.

  3. Happy Birthday Tracy!...I actually can say I finished a race last...56 runners beat me in the Thanksgiving half at Van Cortlandt park. It was a self timed race so I'd like to think maybe someone is lying.

  4. Happy Birthday, Tracy. I hope it was a good one. Congratulations on the good run!

  5. OMG, the Too slow for Boston is awesome! It makes me want to go run my first one, just so I can sign up for that one.

    And hey, you get the winnings if you're the slowest!