This morning I woke up and went for a quick 4 mile run in Central Park to see the marathon festivities. The park was totally filled with people, including athletes from all over the world. Whenever I saw people with “Training for the NYC Marathon” or other similarly identifying shirts, I said “good luck on Sunday” as I passed them. (Yes, passed them – for once, I was one of the fastest runners in the park, as most people were taking it easy to rest up for the race). I got a big smile on my face as I came into the final loop of the park and crossed the finish line, and there was even a crowd of people in orange shirts in the stands who were doing the wave and yelling as they took pictures, so it almost felt like crowds cheering for me. But I wish wish wish I could do it for real on Sunday.
I have to admit, I’ve been totally jealous lately of everyone running the NYC Marathon this weekend. The whole city is consumed with marathon fever, and I feel so left out that I don’t get to run it this year. I know I’ll be all excited next year when I finally do get to run it, but I want to do it now! It’s even harder when all my friends (mostly non-runners, but they know I do marathons) just assume that I’m doing it. I’ve been getting e-mails from people at work saying “hey we’re going to be cheering at this point… what are you wearing and what’s your pace?” “I’ll be wearing a yellow Marathon Maniacs jersey over whatever warm clothes I have, and my pace is 1 year and 4 hours.”
I know I should be excited to be able to cheer for a marathon in my hometown. Last year I cheered at miles 18 and 23, and had the time of my life. It was what inspired me to want to run a marathon in the first place. But now? I want to run a marathon.
There is one in New Hampshire on Sunday, the Manchester City Marathon. I haven’t run NH yet, and I can get a car through work, so that means my only expenses would be gas and registration (pretty reasonable at $65, even this late if I register at the expo). I am so tempted, especially since I’m not running another one until Tulsa on November 16, but I feel like such a sore loser not staying here to cheer on the thousands of people who have come to my city just to run this race.