It’s New York City Marathon Week, and you can feel the excitement. I am not running this marathon this year (I’ve run the NYC Marathon 17 times), but the vibe is strong – there are runners everywhere wearing geeky track jackets speaking in more languages than I can count.
I went to an event Wednesday evening at Custom Performance PT and met the amazing MEB KEFLEZIGHI – who will be running his final NYC Marathon this Sunday (or at least that’s what he says).
You can’t meet a nicer more humble man! And I was lucky to shake his hand and get an autograph!
Last night, I went to the Marathon Expo at the Javits Center. This was the biggest expo I’ve seen – and more commercial than ever. It was great, but as I saw the cameras flashing, I couldn’t help but think that this was all one big photo op. The enthusiasm though was contagious – I had a great time.
I bought only a few items (a running skirt and matching bra). This however, was the funniest item. Runners’ World – Bart Yasso socks! I crack up whenever I see this.
Tomorrow, there’s a day-before-the-big-race 5K race appropriately called the Dash to the Finish Line. It starts at the United Nations and finishes at Central Park at the finish line of the NYC Marathon. Most of the foreign runners join together carrying flags and just having the best time. It’s a pleasure to see them.
Are you getting goose bumps? I know I am.
Best of luck to all the runners out there. Each person is another story and you are all great. If it’s your finish time you are interested in, then focus and run strong. If it’s the experience, then just enjoy and have a blast. It’s your journey, embrace it!
You own New York City on Sunday!