NYC Marathon - Congrats and Thank You!
Yesterday was the first Sunday in November - Marathon day in New York! Around 45,000 runners crowded the start to run 26.2 miles through all five boroughs.
I watched online from home this year. I love the NY Marathon, but with 45,000 runners, I didn't think the city really needed one more car driving in for the day.
I fell in love with the marathon my first year in NY. I lived on the Upper West Side, just a few blocks from the finish. I was a student at the Juilliard School at the time, and didn't care about running. I just happened to be wandering by when masses of runners were pouring into and out of Central Park. One of the things that impressed me that first year was how ordinary everyone looked - they weren't great athletes, they were just people like me or my parents. I was so moved by the spectacle of so many people involved in their own struggle, their own goals, their own inspiration, that attending the race became a regular activity while I lived in the neighborhood.
It's always awe-inspiring to see great runners finishing the race at a pace faster than I can run a single mile. But still, I love seeing the middle and late runners. They're perfectly ordinary folks - could be you or me, the barrista at your local coffee place, or the guy next to you at work. They're perfectly ordinary, except they had a dream that they made a reality. They each have their own reasons for running. They knew what they wanted; they made a plan; and they made it happen. While their friends were heading to the movies or their family was still sleeping, they were out running toward their goal.
So, congratulations to all of yesterday's runners! I hope you are all feeling happy and satisfied today. Whether you finished in your goal time (congrats to my friend Fred for finishing in 3 hrs!!!!) or missed the mark by an hour; whether your stride was strong and confident over the last miles or you walked or limped; even if you pulled out, too exhausted to continue; congratulations. Congratulations for setting a goal, making a plan, and seeing it through. Congratulations, no matter what the outcome of yesterday's race, for being much better than you were when you decided to commit to this.
And thank you for inspiring me, yet again.
- BY Julie | 11.08.2010
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