Thursday, December 17, 2009

"A Race Like No Other"

My folks bought me this book, "A Race Like No Other: 26.2 Miles Through the Streets of New York," by Liz Robbins for my birthday and it was a perfect gift. Thanks Mom and Dad!

Its a perfect gift because I have a date with this race on November 7th, 2010. I will be lining up with 40,000 of my closest friends to run my first Marathon.

The great thing about this book, is that Liz chronicles each mile and shares stories of people from different walks of life, from elites to celebrities to us mere mortals. I just finished the first mile, or the Verrazano bridge, so I have lots of miles left to read about. Its getting me even more hyped up about this race!

So, I would HIGHLY recommend this book as a gift to anyone who marathons, is thinking of running one, is scheduled to do NYC for the first time, has done the NYC marathon before, or you are just a runner.
I forced myself out the door this morning for a 6 miler. It was only 28 degrees, but I could hear the wind indoors, so I knew it was going to feel colder. Sure enough, I hit a headwind within the first mile and my face froze instantly. Fortunately by mile 2 I was all warmed up (literally!) and thawed out and I was on my way. I did 2, 3 mile loops because mentally I just could not do a huge loop. The 2nd loop felt smooth.


  1. I read this book over the summer and I really enjoyed it. The history of the race is so interseting - I agree that it would be great for a broad audience.

    Koodos for getting outside today. I couldn't do it with the wind. I jumped on the dreadmill instead and within 5 minutes I was wishing I had gone outside instead :)

  2. The next week is going to be brutal, especially in the morning! But I'm planning on hiking this weekend. Nothing like walking or running up and down hills to get you warmed up.

  3. Have you ever tried running your warm-up indoors on a treadmill? I have started doing that and it is a great way to get the blood pumping. I don't go real hard so I don't really sweat too much. Right before I leave I throw on my layers and I am out the door.

    This strategy helps me skip that five minutes of frigidness as I start my run.

  4. thanks for the book recommendation, i'll keep that in mind when i'm preparing for my first marathon, which is thankfully not in the near future!

  5. You totally stole my post! :-)

    I just finished this book today. Loved every page of it! Planning on posting a review soon...but you're right. - it would be a great helper in preparation for NYC and anyone running it should check it out.

  6. I'll have to check that book out. How did you get a spot for the marathon? Did you do the NYRR run 9 races and volunteer thing?

    This morning was a swim day. But I ran yesterday along the Hudson, not pretty; brrrrrr. Glad not to run today.

    To answer your question, those intervals were a quartermieke, it's mentioned in the post. Have a good weekend!


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