Back in 2000, I ran the NYC Marathon.
Let me rephrase that.
Back in 2000, I *jogged* the NYC Marathon, using a unique stride I call the "old man shuffle". What distinguishes walking from running is that with walking at least one foot is always on the ground. What distinguishes the old man shuffle, is that at any point in time, both feet are always on the ground. They just drag alternately in front of the other.
I can proudly say, however, that aside from a urination break on a tennis court in Brooklyn, I never broke that stride. And it was a helluvan experience. It's made me love everything about the trip. I love New York. I love marathons. I love little kids standing on the side of the street handing out orange wedges and bits of Snickers and cheering you on.
I didn't love putting used toilet paper in the garbage can in SoHo. What's up with that?
Anyways, so it was with some interest that I saw that Paula Radcliffe won the NYC Marathon for 2007. It was with even more interest that I read she'd just had a baby in January. And finally, it topped the cake to see the picture.
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The kid's double saluting with both hands.
Marathoners have the coolest kids.