Monday, Monday…and a bit of a gloomy one at that. But lest you forget what lies beneath the clouds, here’s a comment received by WSR from a woman in sunny California to remind you.
I live in CA and have fallen in love with the UWS by staying and dining in the neighborhood before and after the marathon for the past 7 yrs. Originally, I came for a 3-day weekend to run the marathon, but after the first year, I realized that NO WAY was that long enough. Since then, I’ve extended my trip to a full week just so I can enjoy all that the UWS offers. I work HARD to qualify for the NYC marathon every year, then I book a suite at the Beacon Hotel (a big splurge for me but worth it!) and get to pretend I’m an actual UWS resident for the week. I get my neighborhood fixes, including Fairway, Polpette, Papardella, Freddie & Pepper’s Pizza, Levain Bakery, and so many more, including the higher end restaurants. Sometimes, I think I live all year for that week, just to run through all the boroughs and feel truly alive again, riding the wave of energy that can only be found in NYC, then eating all the good food, walking the streets and just soaking it all in. I am at my happiest that week and although I’ll be running NYRR’s “virtual NYC marathon” along the coast of CA this Nov 1st, it will almost be unbearably sad for me not to be running where I should be, through the boroughs and finishing in Central Park. I grieve for all the places and people who were lost or who are hurting this year. Be well and know that, like me, SO MANY runners from around the world are missing YOU and the magical city you’ve created, wishing and waiting for the day we can come back to run and be in NYC and the UWS again.
— Susan Miller