The New York Times has a nice article today by Christopher McDougall called “Born to Run the Marathon?” It addresses people who poo-poo marathons because of the hype and the crowds. I have some good friends running the San Antonio marathon on November 14th. They’ll be running with at least 26,000 other people this year. Maybe more. I like McDougall’s assertion that a marathon is a festival. And parties require people. You don’t want to attend a gala event every weekend, but they can be great fun every once in a while. I haven’t gotten dressed up for a marathon party in years. Maybe one of these days I’ll pull out my fancy running clothes. 🙂
Oh, and then there’s a bit at the end of the article about Derartu Tulu and Paula Radcliffe and last year’s New York City marathon and how the Hopi saw running as a form of prayer. Thanks for the article Christopher McDougall. 14 miles of prayer in Zone 3 today.