This Wasn’t Supposed to Happen

How do you write something you want to write yet have no idea how to write?

I’ve been asking myself this question for the past three weeks. I’ve wanted to write so many times. I could have sat down and started typing words with no idea what was going to come out, like I’m doing right now, finally, because the pain of not doing it has finally outweighed the pain of doing it.

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The Big Chase: 2019 Percy Sutton 5K Race Recap

The 2019 Percy Sutton 5K happened over a month ago but it might as well have been six years ago based on what has transpired in the past several weeks. Time is strange. What is time? Does it exist outside our minds? Did the Percy Sutton 5K even happen? And if it did, will it happen again after the universe has been destroyed, the Big Bang happens for the 14th trillion time, and we experience life as we know it all over again?

I’ll begin by telling you that the day I ran the 2019 Percy Sutton 5K was a very good day. I had a good race. It was a lovely morning. I felt on top of the world.

I’ve been struggling to regain that feeling lately, which is partly why the race feels like it happened so long ago.

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2019 NYC Marathon Training: Week 7 of 17

I have been so horrible about updating this and if you’re following my blog (and didn’t just happen upon this page by accident) I sincerely apologize. I’m going to get caught up. I have the time, as I haven’t been running much lately, but that’s a story for a later post.

Week 7 happened in August! I was kind of sick and ran less than expected. But the week ended nicely.

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2019 NYC Marathon Training: Week 6 of 17

Week 6 in my marathon training was during a hot and humid week in August. I was feeling run-down and borderline sick throughout the week, but ended on a fairly good note. I started running with a washcloth to mop up my sweat. At this point I haven’t worn a shirt on a run in well over a month.

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Sweat Fest: 2019 Front Runners New York LGBT Pride Run 5M

It’s been a while since I ran this race and I have finally gotten around to recapping it. Hallelujah. Do we all get more lazy in the summer or is it just me?

This was not a good race for me. Honestly, I think that is partly why this recap has taken me so long. I wanted to forget it ever happened. But I’m a completist, and if I don’t write this I will remember it forever and mention it over and over on my deathbed to confused caretakers.

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2019 NYC Marathon Training: Weeks 1–4

I always think it’s silly when people take breaks from posting online and then apologize for their absence. I think it’s okay to take breaks. Also, I usually hadn’t noticed their absence until they announced it. But now, I feel the need to apologize for not posting for over a month. To be honest, I’m never sure how many people are reading this blog. (Two? Five? Negative one? Wait, how would that be possible…). Lately, I’ve had so much going on elsewhere in my life that I’ve let blogging slide. I have been feeling guilty about it so here I am! Pretty much everything I do is to avoid guilt.

I’m going to start by writing a post about weeks 1 through 4 in my marathon training. I’ll then resume writing about each week individually, plus the two races I need to recap! There will be a bit of catching up to do. Bear with me.

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Hard Reset: My Convenient Cold, Global Running Day, and Meeting Deena Kastor

I took a break! More from blogging than from running. But now I’m back. Hello!

I wasn’t planning on running the week after the hot ‘n hellish Brooklyn Half (which I can’t believe was only four weeks ago). Last year, I think I took two days off from running after the half. This year, this ol’ body needed more. I needed a reset.

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Weekend Reads 3.3.19

Time for another late-on-Sunday installment of health/sports/running news items that I find interesting. I’m going to keep this one short, as I’m in the middle of working on a race recap for a 5K I ran earlier today! I’m trying to get those out a little sooner these days.

While I’m here, how crazy is the weather lately? It barely snowed here in NYC all winter, and then we got a bunch on Saturday morning, and it’s snowing again now and will into the morning. Like, we had all winter for this, guys. It’s too late! We’re want spring now. Come on.

Here are some things to read. Enjoy!

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I Watched It: the 1981 NYC Marathon

Note: This is the first in a series of several posts about some old school NYC Marathons (and perhaps other races?). There probably will be nothing all that surprising here if you’ve already seen or participated in these races, but if you haven’t and are curious to know what they were like, then I hope you find this interesting.

I had originally intended to publish it as one long post before the 2018 NYC Marathon but couldn’t get it done in time. So it languished in my drafts until recently when I’ve had more time to finish it. Thank you, unemployment!

I’ve decided to break them up into smaller posts, one for each year’s race I watched. Otherwise, this would be ridiculously long and you would grow very tired of reading it. You might already be tired of reading this. If not, please continue.

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How to Get Your Ass Out of Bed

My running/blogging pal Chelsea over at The Dancing Runner recently posted something about how much she loves getting up early, which led me to think about how I love it too, which led me to write this post.

Some of you may not be morning people and do your best work at night. That’s great, and you should keep doing that if that works best for you. But for those who WANT to get out of bed in the morning but struggle with it, I thought I’d share my tips.

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