Beautiful. . .
What a day! Up at 7:00 on a Sunday morning and off to Central Park one last time in 2007. Parking was a bitch and ended up parking 2nd avenue and then hiking over to the Park! Stopped in at the New York Road Runners Club (NYRR) to register and pick up my number and chip for the race. And finally at 9:30 or so started the final race of the 2007, at least for me.
If I can trust the records of the NYRR (New York Road Runners), that is my ninth race for 2007 and that qualifies me for automatic entrance into the 2008 marathon. I wanted to get in this year but the lottery was once again not kind to me. So in 2008, I am guaranteed admittance provided I register on time, which I should be able to do.
So it is nice knowing that is done. Mission accomplished. On top of that it was simply a nice run. Nothing too demanding-a quiet jog thru Central Park with several thousand others! I wrapped it up in a little over an hour doing like 10 minute miles.
The icing on the cake was the folks they had watching the course and making sure us runners stay too the left and all. Usually it is cranky old men and women-veterans of the racing community, a few volunteers. Basically all I recall of them generally is their instructions to stay left and share the roadway with the cyclers and skaters (to which many just kind of say f-you as there are several thousand of us on the roadway at the moment.)
Today, however, the folks keeping us too the left were cute Asian women-Indian, Chinese, just cute young ladies. I imagine it must have been a high school or college club. I do not know who brought them in but would like to thank them! In general the crowd is in shape, but it was just nice seeing these young ladies, smiling, attractive, every half mile or so encouraging us and at times reminding us to yes. . . stay to the left.
As the race proceeded, and I began to notice the trend in our handlers, and just my general mood of satisfaction, I started humming the Banana Fish Zero song Beautiful. “They are all so beautiful, Beautiful to me.” (Forgive me if the words are not perfect!)
Oh well it was just one of those moments were everything clicked, my race, the success of having nine races under my shoes and just taking in the whole scene. It is just so cool to witness several thousand people descend upon the park and take over the roadway, or at least the left side of it. And then this morning those lovely ladies just keeping all of us in line on our side of the road.
December 11, 2007