Tuesday, November 9, 2010
I'm running my first marathon on Saturday. And when I say "running", I'm referring to whatever that half-limp, half-lope "thing" that Al Roker was doing as he crossed the finish line at the NYC Marathon this weekend. Limp-a-lope, let's call it. As I watched him doing that I immediately began to feel all kinds of squidgy inside. He looked like he was hurting, but he finished running, which is, in and of itself a significant accomplishment.
I think that if I'd run this race back in October, I would have been in much better shape, but the more training I've done the more I've fallen apart physically. To the point where, on a super easy 5 mile jog this weekend, I managed to get a dime-sized blister on the bottom of my fourth toe on my right foot. Really? WHAT THE HELL? It isn't bad enough that the r. knee and l. hip have a ferocious duel-to-the-death routine going on, which creates a permanent blister on the r. instep....but now I have this too? All that's missing is a stomach bug or maybe an unexpected week of heavy flow.
BRING IT ON! I say. DO YOUR WORST! I'll give that Al Roker, with those sexy ice bags taped to his knees a literal run for his money, dammit!
Hmmmm, I wonder what his time was. Maybe I'll just take a quick peek.
Okay. Too funny.
Vieira beat Roker with 5:59, which is around an hour and ten minutes faster than Roker.
So, I think I'll aim for giving Viera a run for her money instead. I think that's probably a little closer to my realistic finish time.
Further on in the article it mentions that Chilean runner, too:
Pena finished the marathon in under six hours and said that if he had not had knee pain, he would have ran the race faster, he told the New York Times. He ran with an injured knee.
“First of all, I want to say that I would have run faster,” he told the Times. “And I did run faster in the mine.”
Is he all that AND a bag of chips, or what??? Good stuff!