I am in my 9th week of training a beautiful group of 17 runners!
We are training for a half marathon in Flushing, Queens named appropriately the Flushing 13.1. This lovely half marathon will be taking place in historic Flushing Meadows Corona Park–does that ring a bell? It should. It is the home of the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fair. The race starts at the Arthur Ashe Stadium and takes you through the park past the New York Hall of Science, the Queens Wildlife Center and the Unisphere. At the southern end the course loops around Meadow Lake and winds back into the park for a second loop before finishing under the shadow of the Unisphere for an awesome post-race part full of beaming faces and beer. Mmmmmmm.
I am so proud of my group which features people who have never before run, much less raced a half marathon. They have all caught the running bug, which I knew they would. Also, they have all become family. I have never had a group of runners who at the end of the training, didn’t love, care and support each other. And this group is no exception. We all look forward to our weekly runs and I am already becoming a bit nostalgic about the end of this training.
I will introduce you to some of them over the next couple weeks and I just know you will care about them as much as I do!
So, keep at it my dear group of runners! The pay-off for your hard work is right around the corner!