Marathon Dreaming

WSX-Runners

Christopher Gregory (The New York Times)

A quick break from HepsXC coverage.

Our recommended readings for today comes from the New York Times, and in particular, a former Crimson distance runner.  Lindsay Crouse (H ’06) has published two articles this week that focuses on different aspects of the upcoming New York City Marathon.  The first article shares the story about the West Side Runners, one of New York City’s oldest, fastest, and most diverse running teams.

The team’s Ethiopian runners are world-class. But most West Side Runners are working class, part of New York’s often marginalized Latino community. Members of this close-knit crew rarely win anything more than the reward of crossing the finish line a little faster than the time before. And yet they remain some of the city’s most devoted and talented runners, finishing at the front of the pack and making casual runners look positively lethargic.LindsayCrouse

The second article details Lindsay’s personal experience of trying to train for the marathon through moderation, a lesson that many runners learn the hard way.  She admits that “moderation has never come naturally to [her],” sharing a few stories from her high school and recent NYC Marathon training about how she got “too committed” in some aspects of her training.

 I had been trying to break the marathon’s three-hour barrier; 2:59 is a holy grail for people like me, the devoted amateurs who show up to these races over and over again for a chance to beat no one but themselves. To get there, I had to cut five excruciating minutes from my race time, and I was confident that if I just worked harder, I could do it.

Want some more running-related reading?  Check out Brett’s post on ArmoryTrack about what to watch this weekend in NYC, as the marathon will be Sunday and the NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5k will be on Saturday.  The Dash to the Finish Line 5k will feature Ivy alumni Ben True and Donn Cabral, while marathon includes Columbia Lionesses Lisa Stublic and Delilah DiCrescenzo.

Speaking of running marathons, Princeton alum Tommy Dialynas won the Rock n’ Roll Denver Marathon back on October 20th, a week after participating on the Ivy League ekiden team in Japan.  This was Dialynas’ first marathon in 2:27:39 (not a bad way to begin your marathoning career!) “I was pretty happy with my time, for my first marathon… I took it out much too fast and really paid for it the last four miles. I kind of felt myself cramping up at the end. I wish I would have been able to finish harder, but I’m really happy I stuck with it and tried to finish the best I could. It was a great learning experience and it was a great course.” he was quoted in Running Competitor’s race recap.

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