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Manhattan Half Cancelled & Brooklyn Half Sold Out

I actually do like this more than a t-shirt.

I actually do like this more than a t-shirt.

As you might know (even if you don’t live on the East Coast), there was a bit of a snowstorm in NYC last weekend.  While the initial forecast called for 8 to 12 inches, Central Park ended up getting 26.8 inches of snow in a single day.  Surprisingly, NYRR had the foresight to cancel the Fred Lebow Manhattan Half Marathon on the Friday before the race (making me wonder if NYRR hired its own meteorologists after the Sandy disaster).


I had already picked up my race number and hat (pictured above), but NYRR is also offering the medal to any registrant who wants it.  My question to you is:  should I go get the medal?  I have one more day to decide whether to pick it up or not.  I did not go for a run over the snowy weekend, and I’ve only run 3 miles all week.  If I did go get the medal, what should I do to “earn” it?  Or is it even possible to earn a medal for a race that was canceled?


In other news, the Brooklyn Half Marathon went on sale today at noon and was sold out by 1 pm.  My second question to you is:  do you think NYRR is going to turn the Brooklyn Half into a lottery race (like they have with the Marathon and the NYC Half Marathon)?  Or do you think the recent lawsuit will give them pause (and some of our money back)?


Finally, in obligatory runner news – the bandit dog that placed 7th in a half marathon.  I still couldn’t finish 7th even with an extra pair of legs.


Did you pick up your Manhattan Half medal?  Did you register for the Brooklyn Half?  Do you personally spell “canceled” with one “l” or two?  Share in the comments!

Brooklyn Half “Pre-Party” Packet Pickup

Brooklyn Half Pre-Party lawn - surprisingly spongy!

Brooklyn Half Pre-Party lawn – surprisingly spongy!

The Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon is this Saturday and I went to get my bib this afternoon at the “Pre-Party” in Brooklyn Bridge Park.  Just a note for those coming from some of the major subway stops nearby (e.g. 2/3 at Clark, A/C at High, N/R at Court) – you can’t just walk directly to the water like I tried – you have to find an access point like at the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge.  So I ended up walking a lot more than I anticipated, but luckily it was a beautiful day and I got ice cream.

You can't get there from here...

You can’t get there from here…

You *can* get there from here.

You *can* get there from here.

I also got my race shirt “graffitied” by artists from Klughaus, a contemporary art gallery in New York.  I might have to break my only strong race superstition and wear the shirt to the race itself!  If I end up with a DNF or an injury, I will blame the shirt.

My shirt getting graffitied!

My shirt getting graffitied!

A very nice Airbnb employee rushed over to help me hold the shirt down in the wind (so that's his hand).

A very nice Airbnb employee rushed over to help me hold the shirt down in the wind (so that’s his hand).


Speaking of injury, my knee pain has been flaring up again since getting back into more regular running.  It makes me so angry that when I try to be responsible and actually train, I get sidelined by injury, which makes me unable to train, so then I churn out less-than-mediocre marathon after approaching-pathetic marathon.  I feel trapped at the back-of-the-pack at this point.  I just want to be a midpacker!!  I’m going to try to keep training as well as I can, and do foam rolling and strengthening and be better about massage, but I also feel like I can only do so much and then it comes down to luck.  Or genetics.  Same thing?

I missed the bands (which only play at night) but had amazing views of the city.

I missed the bands (which only play at night) but had amazing views of the city.

It's on beautiful days like this that I can't believe I live here.

It’s on beautiful days like this that I can’t believe I live here.


I’m excited about the Brooklyn Half, though, assuming my knee holds up.  What a joy to only run 13 miles!  An Airbnb employee also said there would be hot dogs and beer for free at the finish.  Could that possibly be true?!  Perhaps Mary Wittenberg’s swan song?


Will I see you at the Brooklyn Half this weekend?  Want to meet me at the finish for corn dogs, cotton candy, skee ball, and the Cyclone?  Will you be watching the Mad Men series finale this Sunday?  Share in the comments!