Yesterday, I ran the Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendental Marathon right here in my own backyard. Ya gotta love a Tuesday marathon where you can roll out of (your own) bed and drive a few towns over to your normal stomping grounds, park your car, and just run.
Particularly when you get to meet and run with (near) such great people - Steve, runNYtrails, PinkRunnerTammy, Andy the multi-day king, rundangerously...present and accounted for.
I ran 8 of the 9 laps with Steve, a local ultrarunner currently training for the Tetons. We kept up an easy consitent pace for the entirety, walked one whole loop when the heat got a bit much and then soldiered on to the finish. All runs should be so enjoyable.
Today I am pain-free and filled with the contentment that only comes from twenty six point two miles on a Tuesday morning.
If you're in the area, definitely keep your eye open for next year's race. It is one of the most pleasant race experiences - the people are wonderful, the aid stations are ultra-centric, and the course (while 8.75 laps) is flat, pretty and surrounded by nature.