Ran, Run, Done.

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This, for me, is the nice part of running.

Being done. Looking back on it.

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Conditions were perfect today, at the start at 6:30am it had to be close to 50°F and must of peaked in the 70s during the day. I was surprised at how many people were cold, shivering, huddled in front of generators for heat; I was comfortable, and if anything, you want to start out a bit underdressed as the body heats up.

With the staggered start, it was almost 9:00 by the time I ran under the start line, trying not to lauch too hard at our Senatorial greeter, maybe politicians should really “run” to get elected?

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Today’s experience was mixed. I went out feeling great, and was doing good 10:30 paces til about mile 7, when I tooka first walk break, and at about mile 10, I was feeling the signs of low blood sugar bonking me. I had to slow down to take some glucose tablets, grab the sweetened sports drink, and I shut my insulin pump off, but it just sapped me of energy, and the last 3 miles were more walking than strong running.

And I was so excited to see my friends Lisa, Psyan, and Devon waving wildly as I went by at 59th Street- thanks for coming out to show support! That boost got me up the next mile. Devon got a picture of me smiling, hardly looking like a guy who hates running.

But I finished at 2:41, far from my best time, but also far from the worst. Without the low blood sugar, I ought to have come in in around 2:25 or 2:30 easy. It all counts as having it ran, run, and done. And nothing beats that thrill of finishing.

For fun, or maybe distraction, I carried by small, old Canon pocket camera, and tried to capture the look of the experience by holding the camera chest high with my right hand, and taking a photo about everytime my music changed on the ipod. I also took my own photo, by while running, they way I did this was to rotate the camera over towards me, so my images are mostly upside down, somehow fitting. I mixed this into a movie :

Congratulations to all 30,000+ runners today, especially my fellow team-mates on Team Diabetes, and thanks also to Coach Dave for tireless effort in leading us, as wel as Brian and Jose for helping run the organizational aspects.

And thanks to everyone who sponsored me, the response rate to my early requests were astounding, and I was able to raise $2600 towards diabetes education and care.

Don’t ask me now about any future plans to run! I am just enjoying being done

5 thoughts on “Ran, Run, Done.

  1. Thanks for all your hard work and effort today. I am glad some of our team got out there to cheer you on, and thanks for the rapid posting of your pix. Virtually yours, -elainemmylou

  2. Congratulations on finishing another race. Thanks for the fundraising for Team Diabetes and hope to see you next year either as a runner, mentor or both.

  3. Congrats Alan! That is awesome! We were out at 48th Street- I am sorry I missed you! I can’t believe you were able to finish 3 miles after a low blood sugar incident, that wipes me out completely – you are inspiration, sincerely! Bravo!

  4. Well you did the run. Now you are on a plane going to Austin. Enjoy the stiff legs and the stories you can tell. Until you do it all over again in the future.

    Been a pleasure tracking your progress. Continue running and then you can say I hate running but not as much as before.

    See you in April! (I hope)

  5. I love that video, right around 1:45 I actually start feeling the pace of the run, it’s wild, a kind of relationship with your experience, if only for a second. Congrats on the run, fine work!

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