Don’t worry folks, I haven’t jumped off the Verrazano (is it even possible to jump off the Verrazano?) or donated all my running shoes to Shoes4Africa or the Salvation Army (although I did give them both an old pair) as a result of my latest disappointment in the NYC marathon. Truthfully, I’m more disturbed by the Yankees winning the World Series for the 27th time than anything that went down on Sunday. (Yeah, congrats to those bozos, I guess…) My blogosphere absence the last few days is more work related than anything, and although I’m still a bit torn between accepting congratulations for completing another NYCM all week and expressing my personal disappointment on my own time, I have already begun the monumental task of compiling a multi-part race report (complete with pictures!) to share with the rest of the running world. It will not be easy and probably slightly embarrassing to actually described what actually happened in the last 10K of the marathon but I’m hoping it will be a bit cathartic, therapeutic and inspire everyone who will read it not to make similar mistakes going forward.
In the meantime, thanks for all the condolesences and kind words. Although the thoughts were very much appreciated, the tremendous public outcry was a bit embarrassing. I felt as if I was in a funeral procession or retiring from the sport of running! Okay, maybe I was a bit too poignant and melodramatic in posting my time and describing my emotions right after the race. We’ll call it even. I truly, truly enjoyed reading all the comments though, especially those who’ve been readers but never said hi before. Thanks for de-lurking!
Finally, congratulations to Meb Keflezighi for winning the NYC marathon and bringing the title back to the U.S. for the first time in 27 years! It was completely awesome to watch the race on DVR and see him surge ahead entering Central Park and finish so strong in the end. His last mile was run in 4:45? Omigosh. If I can do that for just one stand-alone mile I’d be in running heaven. I am in awe, thoroughly and completely. Oh, and his performance on Letterman dishing out the Top Ten was spot on and completely hilarious as well. (I just wonder how many of those thoughts he actually had while running through the streets of New York City…maybe #5 and #1 ? )