Since I started posting again, I have re-read a bunch of my old posts and race reports. And they made me smile, particularly reading about my 2009 NY marathon experience (here and here). That was my second NY Marathon, with the first coming in 2006.
then something occurred to me: I don't really remember my first
marathon. I wasn't blogging about it, wasn't thinking about it, I was
just doing it. It was also my first organized race. I do remember that
I trained using Hal Higdon's book. I don't really remember the start
or much about the first 15 miles. I remember running up First Avenue,
the Fred's Team kids, and, after thinking about it for awhile, that I
rode on the bus out to Staten Island and sat next to an older lawyer. I
remember seeing my family at mile 18, and then, about 2 minutes later, I
ate a green, unripe, hard banana and a vanilla gel (yuck!) and almost
vomited. And my first walk break was on the Willis Avenue Bridge at
mile 20 or so. I remember, at Mile 25, trying to keep up with a guy
running in a pink tutu and ballerina outfit. (I couldn't.) I don't
remember any of the training, except my first long run in the rain. It
took me awhile to remember that I got injured about 2 months before the
race (PFS), and because I had to shut it down for a month or so before
the race to let the PFS heal, and then I had to hope that I had trained
enough before the injury. My time was 3:50.
seriously about all I can recall. I don't remember the start or the
finish, although I do have a picture of crossing the finish line. That
is kindof scary for something that wasn't THAT long ago and for what
should be a defining moment. I have basically a blank slate.
contrast, I remember vivid details about marathon #2 in 2009. And,
re-reading my blog reports and race reports makes me remember it even
I attribute the complete difference in
recall to the fact that I was blogging about race #2. During long runs,
I can remember composing posts in my head as I ran. Thinking of what
was interesting, or memorable, or would be a shared common experience to
write about. And of course, I then wrote that down, and can now
Or, maybe I am just getting old and just don't remember 2006 all that well.