Thursday 9/20 marks the first workshop in the Niketown Speaker Series. The topic for the evening will be Marathon Training & Racing. Our guest speakers will be Rebeccah Wassner (USA National Elite Triathlon team, 1:18 Half Marathon PR, 2:55 Marathon PR, former City Coach athlete) and Thom Little (Nike Central Park Track Club, 1:11 Half Marathon PR, 2:25 Marathon PR). The discussion will include subjects like pacing and course management, long runs, nutrition, tapering and gear.
As if the opportunity to pick the brains of two of the areas top local athletes isn’t enough, you’ll also have Coach Cane as the moderator, as well as giveaways and even snacks! See you at Niketown, 57th St b/w 5th & Madison at 8:00.
As Drew and Jasmine celebrate their races from last weekend, we’ve got a busy weekend ahead.
Everyone have a safe and fast race.
Last week we challenged you to come up with a sponsorship arrangement that rivaled McDonalds’ support of a running race. Our team of judges has debated furiously but reached a unanimous decision. Two Words: Absolut Rehab
The winning submission came from our own Sarah Wenk, who will receive a men’s XL T-shirt as a reward for her creativity.
Honorable mention goes to Roberta Scheinmann who gave us timely "The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show presented by the Atlanta Falcons. Thank you to Sarah, Roberta and all the other contestants.
While I’m heartbroken that mom’s gone, I’m relieved that her suffering is over, and I’m comforted to know that she had a good life. She loved my father from the time they were teenagers. She loved her work. She loved her friends, her family, her synagogue, and even her silly little dog. Despite the physical indignities and the fear that the cancer brought, she loved life and wasn’t ready to give up.
Throughout her fight, mom never lost who she was. She kept worrying about my sister and me – reminding us to eat, even when the chemotherapy meant that she couldn’t, and worrying about my sister every weekend when she’d drive from Boston to take care of mom.
Even near the end when she was so out of breath that she could barely talk, she still had her sense of humor. Almost reflexively whenever a doctor asked if she was comfortable, she’d say “I make a living”. Last week when a male nurse came into her room saying that he had “a proposition” about her pain medications, she pointed to the ground – indicating that a gentleman should make propositions from one knee. And then there was mom’s lewd comment when that same nurse approached her with a needle and told her that she’d feel just “a little prick”.
No matter what Rachel or I did, mom always supported it. Whether I pursued a career in music or fitness – she never made me feel like she wished her son was a nice Jewish doctor. She always wanted to help. Sometimes it was things that she was good at – like when she’d proofread my writing and give me useful input. Other times, less so – like when her contribution to my apartment search would be to send me a craigslist posting for a place that was sandwiched between a firehouse and a homeless shelter. Regardless, it felt good to have someone who was not only was willing to help – but wanted to help.
At times during mom’s illness, my sister and I made some adjustments in our lives in order to take care of her, and near the end, we were forced to make decisions that we never wanted to have to make. So many of mom’s friends and family were kind enough to support us and compliment the way we took care of mom, and assure us that the decisions we made were the right ones – no matter how painful they were. What strikes me about that, is that if we were willing to give up what was easiest for us in the short term, or if we were able to make prudent and sound decisions, or if we put a loved one ahead of ourselves, it’s because we’re our mother’s children. Mom never flinched at sacrificing for us, and she certainly deserved the same from us.
Yesterday, Beyonce took a nasty fall on her delicate little bottom during her concert in Orlando, FL. Perhaps foreseeing the inevitable, Ms Knowles apparently asked that concert-goers not post the video on You Tube. While her plea wasn’t enough to prevent the publication, our litigious friends at Sony BMG were – and the video has been removed.
Thankfully, our own Gary Berard is a better sport after his mishaps, and alerted us to this video of him hitting the deck just before the line at the NYC Tri. Painul or not, I’ll take some skinned up knees in exchange for a 12 minute PR any time.
Tremendous effort yesterday at our hometown race. It was a beautiful day, and all the City Coachers performed admirably. Thanks to all of you for doing such a great job, and looking so spiffy in the new uniforms. The day’s highlights include:
Here’s a batch of photos from Nate. If you have any more, please send them to us. Congratulations to you all.
ABC is once again showing NSQ (along with other CPTC runners) in their ad for the Nike NYC Half Marathon. Of course, she didn’t run it last year, and since she and her gimpy hamstring are off in Guatemala at present, her presence at the starting line – let alone the finish line (that she brags about crossing) seems highly unlikely.
Our correspondent Sarah Harrison reminded us of this great video. It was originally posted at brooklynian.com by some poor slob whose wheels were pilfered. The action was caught by a surveillance camera.