Runs – 4
There are now 49 days until the Brooklyn Half Marathon. I ran the Brooklyn two years ago. It ends at the Ferris Wheel at Coney Island on the Boardwalk and that is a mere mile from the apartment where my father’s parents lived from the 40’s until the 70’s. I hope to have enough energy to run there and take a picture to send to my cousins after the race. I have fond memories of going to the beach and walking the boardwalk in all kinds of weather. My grandparents had no actual word for cold. It was considered “brisk” or “healthy.” In all the time they lived there I don’t think I ever rode a single ride in Coney Island. That was for the tourists and the Americans. Similarly, I never went to the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building. And it was only when I moved to Pittsburgh that I finally visited the WTC and Ellis Island. I can recall the old Jewish women sitting on benches with aluminum foil reflectors and zinc oxide on their noses… a sort of solar melanoma concentrator.
Here in Pittsburgh we’ve had a little of everything and I ran in gear ranging from shorts to full winter. I’ve run in rain, thunder, snow and sunshine.
This should be a challenging week for training with a 10 mile run capping it off on Sunday.