Sunday, November 18, 2012
Sunday, November 4, 2012
There are two kinds of suffering going on in the city this weekend. Depending on who you are, and where you are, you will get different responses.
To some, the suffering is real and life threatening. Homes destroyed. Lives gone. No signs of help anywhere. No clue as to what the future will hold. The displaced. The cold. The despair.
To others, the suffering is only temporary, but just as real. The mind has a way of playing tricks. Regardless whether suffering is real or imagined, it's real if the mind believes it to be.
I decided to show my support today by heading out to Runner's Mecca, Central Park. It was important to be with the people for whom I've been with since 2004 and before that, since 1984.
New York City took a hit last week, and this weekend it was the Runner's turn.
The NY Knicks played in Manhattan on Friday night
The Brooklyn Nets played in Brooklyn last night.
The Giants will play in New Jersey later on today.
But there was no New York Marathon. There's the hit.
Then was the case of that small group of people, about 20,000+ that flew in from all over the world, spending thousands to do the race. Clearly, they wouldn't have spent the money if they hadn't had the money. But they were expecting something in return and never got it.
From a high-up authority in the NYRR, I heard that the NYRR club could not get the guaranteed security to host the race, and that there was much "hatred" especially from Staten Islanders. Understandable. The Marathon, along with the sporting events I mentioned above, should have been postponed. This person from the NYRR, who shall remain nameless, and was at the finish line also told me today in Central Park, that they wanted to postpone. But could not, because Staten Island refused to give an okay to any make-up date.
My take on this, is that they were so insulted by the city's insistent to hold the race, despite the situation at hand, that Staten Island pretty much told NYRR, NYC and everyone involved to, "Stay The F Out".
Perhaps, the course needs to change? As it is, Queens and the Bronx have very limited territory.
When I got the park, I could not believe the thousands of runners out there. They were from so many countries. And all were in their "battle" gear too, running everywhere. More heart-warming than that were the people cheering us on from the grandstands, the road, everywhere. It felt great, and all the while, so depressing. The weather was perfect today. Sunny and mid-40s. In fact, it would have been one of the best weather days for the NYC Marathon, I've ever been involved with. Perhaps, even the best.
|Typically, the arch of achievement. Today, a ghost. :(|
|This was before going for my "Conciliatory 10k" run.|
|A group of people on Facebook this Friday decided to do the 4 loops around Central Park, and called themselves, Run Anyway, Marathon. You have to admire their spirit...|
|Runners from Paraguay.|
|Runners from Mexico (above & below).|
|For my bro, Doug. (Columbia, in the house!)|
|The inscription Monster Storm, indicated that this runner got this done fairly recently.|
So, I started my run. It was insane. There were times where I was sprinting, and other times, just a standstill to wait for congestion to clear up. I started at the finish line, and went counter-clockwise to where we would have entered the park had the race taken place (E. 90th St/5th Ave). Then I reversed course back to the finish line. I never exited the park, as one traditionally does during the race. That's because there were so many runners in the park, I just felt like I was "home".
I'll be posting a movie of this soon...but here I was at the finish...and then someone yelled "I can take that to a new level" and photobombed me with her own horns! Cool.
Here's the long and raw (and probably boring to most y'all) fottage of my last 2 miles of my run to the faux finish line....
Saturday, November 3, 2012
|I bought this book the day it came out. Read it cover-to-cover. Must Read!|
|The Marathon That Never Was. (BTW-Alternate title to the 'Let's Go Eat Pizza' title!)|
It went like this....
At some point, I will get OVER this. But even if this race is REALLY not going to be rescheduled (get over it, Machine, it won't!) and even if I didn't do the Turkey Trot in Port Washington. Which I plan on doing BIG TIME now more than ever, I have had the greatest single year in my 'running' career ever. I can't wait to do my end of year recap.
My wife mentioned today that on the radio she heard that the sponsors pulled out, and that's why the city had no choice but to cancel it. Wise move on the part of the sponsors not wanting their name associated with bad feelings from the spectators looking on saying WTF perhaps, but it shouldn't have come to this. Bloomberg and his advisors (NYPD perhaps one of his advisors) should have cancelled this immediately before people spent so much money to run.
Lastly, and if I were the NY Road Runners, I would send all the participants their finishers medal with a receipt for the entry fee, so that we can use it as a charity tax write off. That, plus a letter apologizing, but telling us how we're all in it next year, without having to pay the fees again. Well, maybe the fees is a bit much, but honestly. What about 'dem medals? We paid for them, didn't we?
Then, maybe then, the only lawsuits they and the city will get will be from some of those who spent thousands of dollars travelling abroad. Sure, the contract probably states that their not liable due to "acts of God" and the like, but if contracts were that binding in stone, then you probably wouldn't need so many lawyers in this country to help fight them and break them down.
What else (and what more) must I say. It is what it is.