Saturday, November 02, 2013
My son and some of his friends are in New York City today to run the ING New York marathon. This will be the second time he ran this race, although he was there last year when it was cancelled because of the devastating storm. He has also run the Chicago Marathon several times as well as a number of races in the Maritime provinces.
My son started doing triathlons in his 30's, shortly after he moved back to Nova Scotia from New Jersey when his engagement ended. After several triathlons, he realized that the running segment was his favourite, so he joined The Running Room and started training seriously for a half-marathon.
Running has been so good for him. He has a very demanding job and he needs something to get him outside and meeting people who are not related this work. I went to Halifax for his 40th birthday and met some of his running friends then. Many of these people were also at his wedding two years ago. They run, in small groups, probably 4 or 5 days/week, and have a running coach who prepares them for marathons. Did you know that there is very specific training based on which marathon you are running?
His sister from Amsterdam, who works for ING, has taken vacation days to be with him in New York. She has done this for 3 consecutive years. Someday, when he isn't teaching the first semester, he hopes to run the Amsterdam marathon.
I know that he loves running. It's a big part of his life. My only fear is that someone will decide that the NY marathon is a target for terrorism in the same way as someone did in Boston. If you are a praying person, please say a little prayer that the race will be completed safely.