the nyc marathon. always makes me feel like a schlump.

November 2, 2009 |  Category:   nyc







Our apartment is near the New York City Marathon route. Over the past 9 years, 5 at this location, we’ve been cheering the runners on. It’s fun to stand out there close to the action with the neighbors and other onlookers hootin’ and hollerin’ like silly. We like to pick out the runners in costume (and there are always runners in full costume) and since this year Marathon Sunday fell after Halloween Saturday, it rounded out a !SuperFantastic! NYC weekend.

But there’s something so wrong about standing on the sidelines watching these incredible men and women run an unthinkable number of miles all over NYC while shoving your face full of Halloween candy. Now, I’ve never been a real runner, or much of anything that involves physical activity if you really must know the truth, but when I first moved to this neighborhood many years ago, I did run for awhile. I even went to a sporting goods store and bought running shorts and a proper tank top. I even had sneakers that were quite suitable to run in. And so twice a week I would load up the Minidisc player, head over to Prospect Park and labor my way around the 3.4 mile loop. Until it killed my back and knees!! Too bad. I am not a gym person and I rather liked running even though I really really sucked at it. So for all you runners out there, I don’t know how you do it, but you rock (as I reach for another piece of Halloween candy. Seriously, guys, if I didn’t have a naturally high metabolism and a tendency to be thin, I’d be in big trouble. And yes yes, I know that it probably won’t last.)

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  • Kitty November 2, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Hmm running isn’t quite my thing. I can rollerblade now though! I do like those elliptical rider things at the gym as they sort of simulate running motion without the stress on knees + arches.

    We only got one set of trick or treaters at my friend’s house on Halloween (it’s not as big here) so I ended up eating most of my friend’s candy…

  • Lecia/A Day that is Dessert November 2, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    I love running and have ran in a couple of marathons. I’m lucky that I’ve never had a resultant physical problem. My sister and nephew ran this marathon yesterday!

  • Demara November 3, 2009 at 1:27 am

    I was so happy after I learned how to properly run while going to the learn to run clinic at the Running Room. It helped! but now I’m afraid i’ve taken quite the break from it…I’m hoping I can still work my cardio up to what it once was, myself. My treadmill broke so I stopped running 🙁 for about 3 months now….gotta get it fixed so so badly. NEED to run. I don’t have a high metabolism I don’t think. at least not anymore. I do however have quite the sweet tooth :))

  • Manya November 3, 2009 at 6:26 am

    Ooo it’s so exciting! 4 years ago a friend of mine who moved from Florida to Greece ran the actual marathon here in Athens. I was crying when I saw her finishing at the old Olympic marble stadium. It was so touching!

  • dawn November 3, 2009 at 8:52 am

    i’m planning on running the nyc marathon next year~ thanks for giving me a taste of what to expect! as always, love reading your blog, your humor always makes my day.

  • Lecia/A Day that is Dessert November 3, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Also I forgot to say that my sister went on and on and on when she was describing the crowds of people cheering…I think that was the highlight for her and her son, and really kept them going. So, it’s awesome you’re out there cheering!

  • nichole November 3, 2009 at 11:28 am

    So funny. I was thinking the same thing as I saw all the tweets about the marathon. Felt SUPER lazy (also scarfing Halloween candy!), and sadly, not inspired at all to get off my butt. I don’t know how they do it.

    I also have a decent metabolism, and know that my eat-whatever-the-hell-I-want days are numbered.

  • Lois November 3, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Jenna, I ran the NY marathon last year and I have to say you New Yorkers are *amazing*! The best, most generous, fun, encouraging, crazy cheerleaders ever! And when my gel bottle fell out of its holder in Brooklyn, thank GOD someone gave me a giant Snickers bar (leftover from Halloween) to keep me going, it totally saved me. New Yorkers rock!

  • emeline November 3, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    the cheering is the BEST part of running a race (that and the finish line, of course!) but when strangers on the side read your name and shout “YOU CAN DO THIS- DIANE!” it always make me tear up. And the second best thing to running the race is cheering the runners on. So I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  • yelan November 9, 2009 at 12:56 am

    Why did I move away? I used to live 5 blocks away from there. Nowhere in the world can you replicate the energy and the amazing people who live in that city. Ah, New York.