Friday, November 30, 2012

a tale of two marathons

new york marathon
no, not for me - josh made it in the nyc marathon via the lottery. when the nyrr said the race would go on, we kept our travel arrangements. friday late afternoon we were at the expo and overheard a girl say "oh my gosh they just cancelled the race". josh returned the $140 jacket he had just purchased (who wants apparel from a race you didn't run) and we hightailed it out of there.

don't get me wrong, i agree with the decision to cancel the race. however, what was up with the numerous people on facebook, twitter, etc calling the runners "selfish" for being disappointed in the handling of the decision-making or later for wanting a refund? and those same people saying that runners should "do something useful with their time" and go volunteer/buy things for sandy victims? i'm curious how much time and money the people making these comments donated to the hurricane relief...

the french (i assume) new york marathon on saturday

my first time "banditing" a race
on sunday morning we ventured over to central park to get a run in and found ourselves in the midst of the "run anyway marathon". there were tons of runners (mostly foreign and charity runners it seemed) and spectators - it was great to see the community come together and not let their spirits be crushed by all the negative people. some spectators were even handing out bottled water, gatorade and candy. it was a very upbeat atmosphere and josh and i ran an easy 7.5 miles. note: we did not take refreshments from anyone.

my first (and second) box visits
while in nyc i took advantage of visiting other crossfit boxes for workouts. if you are a member at another crossfit affiliate you can drop-in for a class at another box without having to undergo the "elements" (fundamentals) again. i went to crossfit nyc: the black box ($25) and reebok crossfit 5th ave ($40). i was intimidated walking in to each workout but left feeling great (it helped seeing i could hold my own with nyc crossfitters!).

charlotte thunder road marathon
unlike some people (*cough*), josh actually trained for his marathon with the pre-requisite long runs and wanted to cash in on all those saturday morning runs. when we returned from nyc he took advantage of the "displaced runner discount" offered by the charlotte thunder road marathon and we headed up for the race. i was tempted to sign up for the half-marathon at the expo (you know, since i did that one 12-mile run...) but since "i didn't pack running clothes for racing", and the fact registration was $105, i decided not to. i also briefly contemplated banditing the race.

it was chilly and windy race morning and josh forgot a long sleeve shirt. i offered to meet him around mile 10 to get his running jacket from him (due to the course i did not think i would see him before mile 10). i saw him off at the start and walked back to the car while re-consulting the course map. i decided if i hustled i could surprise him at mile 3.5-ish so he could ditch his jacket sooner.

my second time "banditing" a race
i tried to hustle, but arrived at mile 3.5 too late - just before the 4:15 pace group. i assumed he was running ahead of them, so i hopped in the race. i knew he was aiming for a 9:00/mile pace (sub-4:00 marathon) and when i got to the 4-mile split clock i saw i had some serious catching up to do, i was 4 minutes off a 9:00/pace. ouch.

i chased down red shirt after red shirt for the next 6+ miles (while avoiding the water stops of course). i was impressed by the splits my garmin flashed at me (7:30's), and at some point between miles 3.5 and 10 i managed to sprint right past josh. i caught up to the 3:45 pace group and hoped he was not running that fast because i was quite tired from the 7 mile sprint. i pulled over at mile 10 to wait, much to the confusion of the runners i'd just passed. sure enough, he came running up 1-2 minutes later and i hopped back in to run with him for a bit. eventually i peeled off and headed back to the car to try and find food/water. i hadn't fueled before or during my 11-mile run and i was hungry.


my attempts to find food failed but i did see josh at mile 18, still hanging on to the sub-4:00 pace. i anxiously waited for him near the finish as the clock ticked through the 3:50's. i yelled 'inspirationally' to him "only a quarter-mile to go, go get it!". he looked mad at me but later claimed he wasn't. he cruised in at 3:56 and i was relieved i wouldn't have to hear him complain about not running a sub-4:00. later in the afternoon he started to analyze if he would have run faster in nyc because it's less hilly and he wouldn't have had an awkward extended taper; sign of a true runner.

29 comments:

  1. Wow, sounds like a whirlwind adventure.... Congrats to Josh. $40 for a workout????? There are travel WODS.

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    1. lol, yeah but what are the odds i voluntarily do burpees on my own... it did include a t-shirt, which is kind of the same as signing up for a 10k? haha.

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  2. I couldn't believe they waited until runners were already in NYC before cancelling the race. Glad you guys were able to make the best of it anyway.
    Congrats to Josh on his sub-4 marathon! Was that his first? Also, you are insane and obviously close to being back to your former speedy self.

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    1. charlotte was his 2nd. he ran the disney marathon in january but as part of the goofy challenge so it wasn't quite the same.

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  3. Cool you visited those other boxes! Sounds like Josh has the bug.

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  4. congrats to Josh! and you on visiting other boxes. which, btw, makes me giggle cause i'm a 12 year old boy.

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    1. I didn't even think of that, and now will not be able to avoid thinking of it. :)

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  5. That's a solid 11 mile run with no water, fuel, etc! Impressive :) Congrats to Josh on his sub-4:00! Sounds like a kind of crazy adventure between the 2 trips!

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  6. Haha! Congrats to Josh and to you for that impromptu 11-mile sprint.

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  7. Way to go Josh!!! That is so excited! Are you such a proud wifey?!?!? And look at you speedy mcspeedster!

    So, I know you've been eyeing a big comeback race for next year, spill it in an email and let's compare some notes!!!

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  8. Sounds like you had quite the adventures! Congrats to Josh!

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  9. That's a pretty impressive impromptu run!

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  10. Congrats to Josh! I wish we had known you were in NYC too. It would have been fun to have dinner and see you again.

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  11. Bummer about the whole NYC fiasco but I'm glad Josh got his race on and did well to boot! Way to sprint around like WOnder Woman to find him. I guess some CrossFit Box action will do that!

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  12. A big Congratulations to Josh for that awesome Marathon. It must have been the monster tacos from jack n the box in Charlotte you got. lol. i miss nc. nice 11 r mrs. bandit! but r u really a bandit if u didnt run the whole thing?. look forward to jearing more from you. i think its a shame about people making speculation about the runners nyc. take care. mrs. 11 mile bandit.

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    1. no, i don't count either of these as true banditing because i wasn't trying to run the race course - i just had to jump in order to find josh at mile 10! (the way the course was i couldn't cut over) i am still anti-bandits who actually start and finish the race. i thought it was humorous to refer to these runs as "banditing".

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  13. Nice Josh! I can only imagine how much that would stink to be selected for the lottery and then have it canceled at the last minute. Ugh. I love that so many races stepped up and offered slots to the NYC runners.

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    1. it was definitely cool to see other marathons step up and offer extra slots and/or discounts to the displaced runners.

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  14. Good job Josh! And that's not an easy course - I ran it two years ago and it was all hills. So good for him. And as for you, you dirty bandit, nice to see you. Missed your blogs!

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  15. Sounds like a great adventure to me!! Glad he was able to get his makeup race in- and that you could be part of the action. :)

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  16. Wow, way to go Josh!! And Josh's pacer!! I'm pretty sure I won't see a 7:30 again for the rest of my existence, but there you go out and bang 7 out without any problems. Congratulations to Josh, that is mighty impressive. I'm glad you didn't have to hear any whining for the rest of the day! :)

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  17. I do think the NYC marathon should have been cancelled, but as most, they should have called it sooner. But, I agree, it's totally natural to be disappointed. You have trained and worked hard for something, and it just plain sucks when you can't do it....it doesn't mean you don't have sympathy for the situation, but it's ok to be disappointed too.

    Sounds like it ended up working out in the end. What an adventure.

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  18. It was too bad how negative everyone got toward the runners. People had spent a lot of money and travelled and all the time. Yes, it needed to be cancelled but sooner. It was unfortunate all around. Glad you got something out of it.

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  19. Glad you ended up with a reasonably positive NYC experience, but sorry it didn't work out as planned :( Sounds like Josh had a good race in Charlotte - congrats!

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  20. Sounds like Josh did great Congrats. And kuddos to you for running all over the two cities. Sounds like you also got some decent workouts.

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  21. I can't stop laughing at you running for 7 miles just to get a jacket.

    I may have to join you for the Charlotte run one year....not the full though. I don't do fulls anymore as they hurt too much.

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  22. Hi! I'm back to blogging, so I thought I should check in =)

    So sad about the NYCM, and I totally agree with you on all your sentiments. I'm glad you and Josh got to run around central park though sunday morning.

    Good for Josh for running Charlotte. So many people I know didn't even bother signing up for another marathon after NYCM was cancelled and I couldn't even figure out why. I'm all like how could you waste all that training and NOT run a marathon! At any rate, kudos to Josh for going sub-4 and to you for chasing him down! Seems like you're back to steady running as well...7:30s huh?!

    Happy Holidays!

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  23. Hi! I'm back to blogging, so I thought I should check in =)

    So sad about the NYCM, and I totally agree with you on all your sentiments. I'm glad you and Josh got to run around central park though sunday morning.

    Good for Josh for running Charlotte. So many people I know didn't even bother signing up for another marathon after NYCM was cancelled and I couldn't even figure out why. I'm all like how could you waste all that training and NOT run a marathon! At any rate, kudos to Josh for going sub-4 and to you for chasing him down! Seems like you're back to steady running as well...7:30s huh?!

    Happy Holidays!

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  24. Damn, google ate up my long comment! AAArrgghh!
    Can't write it again, but yes I'm back to blogging, congrats to Josh for sub-4, and happy holidays :)

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