Okay so I love running over my 59th Street Bridge something awful, but these folks move as a footloose collective across all possible bridges in my city. I love the connection metaphor… Not the strongest website, but since I advocate supporting local, independent businesses, I am shouting out to the Independent Running Retailer Association… Maybe this is my next vacation? You can come along if you promise not to bother me… Wait, I can’t go– I am already heading here that weekend for my girl’s panel… Speaking of my [Not That Kind of] Girl, CB’s gotten a nice review on The Daily Beast (roar!)… And speaking of Atlanta, GA, friend & author Marc Fitten’s had a fabulous nod to his blog tracing his tour of 100 independent bookstores on the New York Times site. His blog is listed in my roll to the right… Has anyone heard about this documentary film Beyond the Epic Run? Doesn’t seem like it’s been picked up for distribution yet… And has anyone seen this one, Running the Saharah? I’ve seen the adverts in Runner’s World for-like-everrr, but have never seen it come through theaters… It’s nice to know I’m not the only person who hates Duane Reade drug stores. This blog is better than CVS, even!… Follow @SahaHabitant , a loyal reader of Pigtails Flying, on Twitter. He wrote to me, “Many thanks for the time and effort you spend on your well written blog, which inspires, motivates and entertains newbie runners like me.” Awe, shucks… I will close with this epigram that relay teammate TW sent me over email today. Words from the legendary Emil Zapotek:
One day the factory sports coach, who was very strict, pointed at four boys, including me, and ordered us to run in a race. I protested that I was weak and not fit to run, but the coach sent me for a physical examination and the doctor said that I was perfectly well. So I had to run, and when I got started I felt I wanted to win. But I only came in second. That was the way it started.
(This has nothing to do with anything, but I’m feeling feisty; hope I don’t sleep it off.)