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A Running Thread - Joe Shlabotnik Is My Hero [Who Is Joe Shlabotnik?] [20 Random Pictures Taken By Peter] [What Is Peter Reading?]
September 26th, 2005
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Central Park, New York City, July 20, 2005 - I know more than a few people who decided to start running after turning thirty. Or who used to run in high school, stopped running all through their twenties, then started up again after turning thirty. Pictured here are six of us (Dave T., Ilise (a.k.a. lady_i), me, Sue, Jenn P., and Jessica C.) who all fit one of those categories. If we're looking a bit peaked, that's because we had just finished Nike's Run Hit Wonder, a great five-mile race that includes pre- and post-concerts, music during the race, and 7500 identically-dressed runners. All of us finished, and for Sue and Ilise, this was their first race ever (hooray for them!) - I would like to say that it was me who inspired them to race, but no, their muse was more likely Joan Jett, the post-race concert headliner.

Sadly, my Achillies' tendon started hurting after a race the following weekend, and I couldn't run for about six weeks. It was rather frustrating, as I thought I was getting pretty good, but really, I'm just getting old. I finally managed to go on an easy run with my hot neighbor a few weeks ago, and fortunately felt fine afterwards. A week after that I did a respectable time in a 4-mile race, then this past weekend, on a gorgeously cool Saturday, I blew through my goal of 6 minutes at the Fifth Avenue Mile: I managed to finish in 5:44. Oh, I didn't come close to winning, but considering that my best time in high school was a mere 5:20, I was pretty proud. And also completely wiped, more so than even after a 10K. Sue and Jenn also beat their expectations at the mile race, so afterwards we celebrated with wine and lots of talk about kitchen and bathroom renovations. (Did I mention that we're getting old?)

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