I’m In!!!! (Recipe: Parmesan Vinaigrette)

I’m in!!!  I won a lottery spot for the 2014 New York City Marathon!!  Eeeeek!!!

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Eeeeek!!!!

(Can you tell how excited I am?!?!)

I registered for the marathon lottery MONTHS ago (December 2013 to be exact), and the drawing was yesterday!  Winning the spot was like an early birthday present!!  I hadn’t heard anything after GOTR practice ended which was around 5:20 eastern time, so I figured I was out of luck.  I headed to the gym and started a 4-mile training run on the treadmill (remember how I said the wind was wicked yesterday??).

Around Mile 3 I decided to check my email one more time.  And there it was!  An email from NYRR (New York Road Runners) saying “Congratulations, Kristen!  You’re in!”  I nearly fell off the treadmill (I was walking, BTW.  I didn’t try to check my email while running.  I may be a multi-tasker, but I’m not that coordinated.) I was so excited.  I definitely got some looks from some other gym patrons.  I called A and my mother excitedly!!  A said he could just tell in my voice how happy and excited I was!  I am THRILLED!!

I will get to run the five boroughs of NYC with over 50,000 other marathoners on November 2!  While my fingers were crossed, I didn’t think I would get the lottery on my first try.  There were approximately 134,000 people in yesterday’s lottery.  9,170 individuals were added to the race field through non-guaranteed entry pre-race lottery drawings that NYRR had every few weeks since registration opened in December.

Last year there were 50,266 finishers with an average finish time of 4:29:12!  I don’t think that’s a bad average for a field of over 50,000 marathoners with no time qualifications!!

According to a news article:

“The  New York City Marathon is the most popular and inclusive marathon in the world, attracting the world’s top professional athletes and a vast range of recreational runners. The race began in 1970 with just 127 entrants racing four laps of Central Park. Today, an estimated 47,500 to 50,000 runners from around the world tour New York City’s five boroughs, starting on Staten Island at the foot of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and finishing in Central Park. Participants include Olympians, top age-group competitors, and many thousands who run for charity and to achieve their own personal goals. Millions of fans cheer the runners from the streets and watch the global television broadcast. The race is part of the World Marathon Majors, an alliance of the world’s six biggest marathons that determines each year’s top male and top female marathoner. The TCS New York City Marathon is the premier event of New York Road Runners, the world’s foremost community running organization, whose mission is to help and inspire people through running.”

This year I will be there!  It will be my third marathon of 2014, so I’ve already decided to take it slow, enjoy it and relish in the moment.  Within two years I will have run in two of the most renowned races in the United States:  Boston and New York.

Unbelievable.

Food for Thought:  Eating nutrient-packed walnuts may lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes, according to a new study.

Quote of the Day:

“I always loved running…it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power.  You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.” -Jesse Owens

And just because I haven’t posted anything really healthy lately, this Parmesan Vinaigrette dressing is a standby.  I am a fan of making my own dressings, and this is one of my favs.

Parmesan Vinaigrette

Parmesan Vinaigrette

Ingredients

– 3/4 cup olive oil

– 1/3 cup grated Parmesan

– 1/3 cup white wine vinegar

– 3 tablespoons lemon juice

– 1 teaspoon sugar

– 1 garlic clove, minced

– 1 teaspoon salt

– 1/2 teaspoon pepper

– 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

Directions

– Combine all ingredients.

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