Last Saturday Ben and I were invited to a Halloween party that was thrown by my friend, Belle. It was a costume party and neither one of us had costumes, nor the foresight to go get costumes, nor much imagination or creativity. We’re both the type of people who are happy to wear costumes, but we hate coming up with ideas and fashioning them. It was about an hour before we had to leave, so we were wandering around our apartment wondering what we could do.
Finally I threw my hands up in the air and announced, “I’m going as a marathoner!”
Ben blinked at me.
“It’s the night before the [NYC] marathon. It’s apropos.” I argued. Then I hurriedly grabbed my running clothes and every piece of running accessory, including Ben’s brilliant idea of a fuel belt, my bib from that morning’s race, and the biggest gaudiest finisher’s medal that we had (Ben’s Disney marathon). You might think it’s cheating to dress up as something I do in my regular life, but here’s the thing – I’m not a marathoner. I haven’t run a marathon (yet). So it was good. Belle, who has completed the NYC Marathon, laughed and appreciated my costume. She complimented me on getting a costume that required no additional money to fashion.
Ben wore one of his suits (with a vest) and a mask from Sleep No More. We couldn’t decide if he was an audience member in Sleep No More or if he were a party guest from the movie Eyes Wide Shut. Also a success.
Next year I think I’m going to go as a “sexy” marathoner. LOL.
Sunday morning we watched a very windy NYC Marathon. We were really happy about Meb’s and Desi’s very strong placing in the marathon. During the broadcast we heard something puzzling from the announcers, who said that a Japanese runner was very controversial without any further explanation. The next day SuperGenericGirl (super cool NZ blogger who does a lot of trail running) tweeted this article about that runner, Yuki Kawauchi, a full-time salary-man who beats the pants off the professional Japanese runners who are fully supported. He’s unbelievable and the article is well worth reading.