A Healthy Epidemic in NY This Week: Running Fever
I love watching the NYC Marathon-it might even be the best day of the year. I'm already in a true romance with the Big Apple, but the determination, spirit, sport, and glory that are all in full force on race day make it a true standout. It's 26.2 miles of great pain and even greater achievement for the champions who run and 26.2 miles of inspiration, enthusiasm, and pride for the spectators. There's only one thing I love more than race day: the morning after!
The morning after the Marathon, New York catches running fever. The Hudson River bike path on Manhattan's west side was like a traffic jam of joggers on Monday morning. No doubt the great race fires up the endurance athlete in all of us-and it's beautiful.
Now almost one week after the race, the number of morning runners has started to dwindle and I'm sure it will be back to the normal crew soon. My message: Keep on running! It doesn't matter if you're training for 26.2 miles or would just love to finish two. Being inspired by the Marathon may mean something different to everyone, but one general takeaway is that there's something extraordinary about treating your body and mind with respect.
This week I had the honor of meeting Bloomberg's incredible marathon team-colleagues who work together every day to win who also took to the streets to train. It doesn't matter when they finished or if they finished. It matters that they made a commitment and made it happen. And they absolutely inspire me.
Congratulations to the more than 50,000 runners who crossed the finish line at the NY Marathon last Sunday!