Saturday, October 4, 2008

Hot Cider, Baby!

This, hands down, is my favorite time of the year.

Cooler temperatures, cross-country races galore -- and the Red Sox in the playoffs, crunching the opposition (I do feel sorry for Mets fans, who seem to have taken over the suffering that I had to experience before 2004).

It was the first night that we've really needed the blanket (and even the road crew idiots who decided to jackhammer street corners at midnight didn't spoil the night's sleep ... too much)

This morning's run: Crisp, 50s, smell of fall in the air, some leaves on the ground. And best of yet, after a 10-mile saunter that took us through Dumbo: Hot apple cider at the farmer's market at Grand Army Plaza. Awesome (even though I had to pay $1.50 today, rather than the $1 a year ago).

Oh, and did I mention: FOUR WEEKS TO THE NEW YORK MARATHON!!!!

Everyone getting psyched?! Even if you're not running that particular race, it's hard not to start getting excited.

A number of folk did a status check at today's Grete's Gallop in Central Park. And could these conditions be any more perfect? More than 3800 runners finished the race - the results are here.

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