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Friday, October 30, 2009

Going the distance!!!

Good luck to everyone running in the marathon this weekend. . .

And just a little more evidence in support of distance running:

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Marathon Day!

One of my favorite days of the year. The others: Hallowe'en(the little munchkins in costume), Hanukkah (Latkes, Latkes, Latkes), Christmas(more like Christmas tree's a Jewish thing). 

Marathon Day!!! The energy in the air is unmistakable. Maybe it's more the stench of 30,000 sweaty bodies than an energy...but to me, those are 30,000 amazing sweaty people. Last year and in 2003, I was one of those people, and I can tell you (or maybe you could tell me) the challenge, the finish, the crowds, the 5 boroughs - all these things make up an amazing day. 

New York spectators are the most important thing to a runner, besides port-a-potties with tp, and this year we will be out there screaming our lungs out for the friends we know (Pooja, Viviana, Tod, Simon, Adam, Christopher Stephens...probably more that I can't remember...), and the friends we haven't met yet.

Here's where and when we will meet: 9 a.m. at Joe Waverly (Free Coffee), we'll take the F-train to 4th ave at 9th street and we will stand on the west side of the street there until 11/11:30.

There may be a pitstop in Chinatown for some dim sum, and then we will squeeze our way into the line at 5th avenue and 110th street, east side of the street from about 1/1:30.

I'm probably wearing running shoes in case I decide to run with someone we know in Brooklyn. 

See you Sunday...and Saturday, of course, for the regular Joe run! 

p.s. those of you interested in signing up for the NYC Triathlon, sign up starts at midnight November 1...I got ready October 31st at 11:59 pm and got in...20 minutes later it was sold out. That means there are a lot of keen and crazy people in the world...

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Let's Catch Up

I apologize for my negligence with the blog of late, but as my friend Lysa said today, "could you have any more going on at once?" 

This has been my Autumn - the time we are supposed to start nesting for the winter, eating slow-cooked stews and having Twin Peaks marathons: 

a. looking for and finding a new apartment in brooklyn.
b. making wedding date for 6 months from now...and now starting to plan it. Who knew there are about 100 things to do to just take a short strut down the aisle?
c. making a big change at Joe (new coffee yesterday) which required many days and hours of training, studying, drinking of coffee. It's awesome, by the way!
d. trying, as always, to see my new niece Sally a few times a week.
e. trying to get in especially great shape for my wedding..did I mention my upcoming 6 months??!!

I feel like life goes a lot quicker the older I get. It needs to slow down! Whoa Nelly! Last New Year, I made a resolution, which I rarely do, to slow down, do less, just be a little bit. Have I had any success? 

Happily, it's been mostly great things filling up my time, so I really can't complain. 

Team member Mary Thorne is getting married on Marathon day in Mexico. Congrats Mary! Jen Jennings is in Georgia - The country - with Doctors Without Borders, and she's doing great, finding time to run, even with her 6 day work week. She plans to run the Paris Marathon in the Spring. 

Meanwhile, this is a running blog, so let's talk running.

I've been loving the weather, mostly, running about 4 times a week. I have just signed up for 2 races in December, the 10k and the 15k. I miss racing, and can't wait to start again! I also am excited about watching the Marathon. 

I hope to see some more of you now that the weather is getting cooler. I miss you!


Sunday, October 18, 2009

Apple Cider Doughnuts

On a recent uptown Joe run one Sunday morning, a few of us were discussing apple cider doughnuts. To our collective shame, we all admitted that we weren't exactly sure what made a doughnut an apple cider doughnut, though some of us were highly intrigued at the concept.

Today I came across a posting at the always informative kitchn blog (part of the equally stellar group of Apartment Therapy blogs) which tackles this subject:

Impossible to Resist: Apple Cider Doughnuts

I look forward to sampling some of these seasonal delicacies. With coffee, of course. Followed by a run.