Posted by Anne
Filed Under: News and Opinion
, Races & Racing
The New York Times published stories all last week about running in general and the ING NYC marathon in particular.
If you have even a passing interest in this distance, you might want to check out some of the coverage. One article that caught my eye—in the Style section, no less—debates all the gadgets many runners now use on the course. Interesting comments from both sides.
Among the numerous quotes (minus attribution here):
“I’ve been at finish lines where people come across looking like a hardware store.”
“You don’t notice the time going by.”
“We all have to work at getting good at running at an even pace. It’s not something everybody can do. The Garmin has made it a lot easier.”
“If you’re using your cellphone, are you really trying your hardest?”
“When I see someone wearing headphones in the New York City Marathon, I feel sorry for them. They don’t even know what they are missing. The hoots, the hollers, all the bands, the excitement. When else can a skinny white guy wearing little shorts run in Harlem and get cheers?”
What do you think about runners’ “hardware?”
Anne’s been running for so long that when two paths diverge in the woods, not only she does she know to go for the one with the most foreboding weeds, swarms of bees and steep, rocky climbs, but she convinces everyone else to come along. Then, before people are done cursing and nursing insect bites, bloody knees and poison oak outbreaks, she’ll again run — away.
She eschews a lot of the newfangled devices that are supposed to make you a better runner because she believes it’s what you put into your body, not on it, that really matters. (Footwear is the exception.) That includes proper nourishment of the mind, which we all know is what really makes the difference on the road…and the trail…and the track.
At some point she started to realize that not everyone has run into an Alaskan grizzly bear, been pegged by police as a robber, lost her shorts in a major marathon, rubbed elbows with Olympians, mistaken movie stars for beach bums and watched a wildfire consume her suburb - yes, while she was on a long run. Whether it’s these unique situations, or the universal ones every recreational runner encounters, after she lives it, she loves nothing better than to write about it at Run DMZ.