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waiting to hand out gatorade to the more marathonersyep, today was the day of the masters woman.

so today was the annual More Marathon and Half-Marathon in Central Park. every year, the Flyers run an aid station there…the last 2 years they had us on the 102nd street transverse, giving out water and bananas to the full marathoners…this year we were “upgraded” to a location that served both the half and the full marathoners-across the park drive from the Met, around 84th street.

so, the morning dawned on the chilly side-good for the runners, less than ideal for the volunteers! thats ok though. i was put right to work getting cups of gatorade ready to hand out to the runners and handing them out too-and cheering everyone on in the process 🙂 a bunch of our ladies acted as pace leaders for the full marathon and the buzz is that they did a great job! our veteran superstar won her age group and ran a fabulous race in the full marathon. (actually-i give all the marathoners credit-i’d go loopy after 5 loops in Central Park. granted, they were 5 clockwise lower 5’s…so no Harlem Hill or Cat Hill!) But, it was a great experience helping out, and all the ladies were very appreciative…lots of thank yous from them, and we gave thank you’s back to them…was nice tobe even a little part of helping these ladies achieve their goal…be it a first marathon or half-marathon, or bettering their time, or whatever else.

later, i met up with la familia for a b-day dinner for my grandmother-she just hit the big 8-9. i guess it was fun, except…i dunno, i always feel when my family gets together…for one thing, when they talk about who’s getting married or engaged i’m always afraid of hearing the dreaded question that I always have to answer “no” to-“so, are you seeing anybody?” not to mention feeling like i pale in comparision to my good-looking, popular, successful cousins. sometimes i really wonder if i was adopted. i used to have running as the one thing i sorta excelled at, but that’s gone now. i’m just praying what i have going on will work out…sooner rather than later…i’d love to have some good news to tell about myself for a change…ok, rant over.

in NCAA news, though my final 4 are kaput (but how about that UConn/George Mason game? wow-now that was great basketball watching!) but i think i’m tied for 2nd in my work pool-now hoping that everyone else’s final 4’s are done for too!!

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10 thoughts on “more more more

  1. Does second place win anything in your pool?Lets go GMU!

  2. C’mon Lara. You are still a very good runner. So many people would be thrilled to run a half-marathon. It’s good that you’re not satisfied with where you’re at, because that’s what motivates us to improve, but let’s keep things in perspective here!

  3. what, no shorts? I’m so disappointed…. 😛

  4. uptown girl-our pool’s payouts go 4 deep…the payout gets broken out like so: 70%/15%/10%/5%. I did win 4th a coupla years back, and i’d be happy to finish anywhere in the money this time…derek-i know what you’re saying but do you ever feel that non-runners don’t seem to get that? i felt once the PRs and the awards stopped, not to mention the injury happening, the family sorta lost a little hope and confidence in me-especially regarding the marathon.brooklyn-i wasn’t running, so the 20 degree rule went out the window 🙂 it was a cloudy and rainy and chilly day-my hands were freezing!! i give those ladies a lot of credit, especially the ones that did the full-i’d have gone loopy after 5 central park loops :-p

  5. Non-runners generally don’t “get” running, so I discount their standards for running success appropriately. You should too.

  6. Also, runners generally peak 8-10 years after they start, so you have more than plenty of time.

  7. 8 to 10 years? Ha. This is my 24th year, and I’ve still got a PR or two left.

  8. jbl-did you read that on the coolrunning forums? i just seem to remember that being hotly contested at one time or something…

  9. I think I read it on CoolRunning as well as in one of my books. Whatever the number is, the point is that it takes a long time to develop as a distance runner.

  10. I’m with Sister S. I’m closing in on 20 years and I got a PR as recently as last winter. And THAT’s when the word PR is really special.Getting a good PR has a lot to do with resting appropriately for the race, as well. As i get older, I know i need more rest, but I pretty often hit my target if I’m really focused on it.

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