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!!