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!
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…
There is no better feeling than crossing the finish line of the ING New York City Marathon having run your 26.2 for charity. Register now to raise money for the charity of your choice (including NYRR’s official charity, Team for Kids) and guarantee your spot on the starting line on November 1.
Review charity options here.
U.S. residents must apply for the ING New York City Marathon lottery by June 1.
Don’t miss your opportunity to run the ING New York City Marathon 2009! Apply here.
There is no better feeling than crossing the finish line of the ING New York City Marathon having run your 26.2 for charity.
Register now to raise money for the charity of your choice and guarantee your spot on the starting line on November 1.
If you qualify by time standards or by having completed one of the other guaranteed entry options, you must still apply by May 1.
Visit here to find out about guaranteed entry options/qualifying standards.