Tuesday, October 13, 2015


That freaking cold was worse than I had hoped and knocked me off my feet for four days. I've been scrambling my way back into running since but I had to give the Rock 'n' Roll Brooklyn Half a pass. Bummer because apart from a 30min. start delay, it apparently was a great race.

Running a half marathon two weeks before a marathon is risky but I feel I do need a good hit-out before I let myself loose on a marathon. Luckily we're living in the age of plenty also when it comes to run races so I opted for the Yonkers Half Marathon. It feels a bit shady to only run a half at such a storied race. Yonkers is USA's second oldest marathon after Boston. I ran the full shenanigans three years ago as a long run and really liked it. A bit of a sad finish line - I don't need much - but great going other than that.

Lidia asked me yesterday if I have a backup Marathon. Given how easily you can get a cold or niggle that kills any racing plans, it's a good idea to set up a backup marathon. Two to four weeks later seem a good time to me but that's certainly personal preference. The cancellation of the 2012 NYC Marathon turned the marathon world into a backup frenzy. Lidia and I were signed up as well but also had a backup in the Osaka Marathon (picture). It fit our plans for a business trip and we wanted to do it either way. Neither of us had a great race but it was a fantastic experience.

But no, I don't have a back-up marathon, mainly because we leave NYC for first the tropics (Cozumel) and then summer (Argentina) for a month. This means lots of cycling (for work). I could get back into serious run training starting mid December and run a January or February race but my wife is expecting in January so maybe, just maybe, priorities will be different. Or at least sleep will be optional.

Better finish NYC upright.