I went running in Central Park well before dawn this morning, which isn’t as impressive as it sounds with sunrise at 7:15 these days. Anyway, it was dark, pitch dark, but the roadways and the Reservoir path were packed. Some folks were plodding, but plenty were hammering. With the marathon just 12 days away, now’s the time to get in those final speed workouts, hill repeats, and tempo runs.
It was a great morning to run. Crisp but not nippy, breezy but not gusty, pretty sunrise (finally). I’m sure not everyone out there was a marathon entrant, but the energy was all about this great event coming up just a week from Sunday.
As my training partner and I jogged home after our mile repeats, I remarked that it was a shame that the week after the marathon, when Standard Time resumes, it’ll be glorious daylight an hour earlier—but the marathoners won’t enjoy it—they’ll be taking their downtime. But when I thought about it, I realized there was something very bonding about the energy of the park this morning, shrouded in darkness. Everything looked so calm, but beneath the surface…vroooooommmm!
Greeting from Hunts Point, all of us here at the NYRR Warehouse hope that your training for the 2009 ING New York City Marathon is going well. We are currently in the early stage of marathon execution (editor’s note: this is posted is two weeks late. Mea culpa.) That’s right, we are already working toward this fantastic event. Sure we still have some planning to finalize but we have already begun getting equipment and signs ready for the race. Today for example we are checking through the cots used at each medical station. We want to make sure they are clean and serviceable; additionally we want to make sure we have enough for all the aid stations.
Of course we also continue to plan and execute other events.
I could go on at great length and in detail here but I should get back to work. Besides, our web master & championship softball coach is pretty busy too…and he so graciously edits my ramblings (another tough task). For all you Scarlet & Belle fans, they are both still here and doing well.
Thanks and we look forward to seeing you all on November 1.
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It’s late August now and hot (and humid) in NYC. Central Park got hit with a strange thunder/wind storm that felled hundreds of decades old trees. And the just completed NYC Half featured dominating performances by Paula Radcliffe and Tadese Tola.
As a backdrop to all of this, preparations for the ING New York City Marathon continue. If you haven’t been lately, visit the official website, ingnycmarathon.org. We’ve posted new information about the start, the course, the expo, and lots more.
As we head into the Labor Day, brush up on your marathonese and start to get excited. Fall is almost upon us. ING New York City Marathon season approaches…