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By Liz Robbins

ISBN-10: 0061373133

ISBN-13: 9780061373138

ISBN-10: 0061712205

ISBN-13: 9780061712203

Whilst 39,195 rivals thunder over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to start the thirty-eighth operating of the famed big apple urban Marathon, they event some of the most exhilarating moments in activities. yet as they pass 5 towering bridges and 5 certain boroughs, carried 26.2 miles via the cheers of 2 million enthusiasts and through their very own indomitable wills, grueling demanding situations watch for them. ny instances sportswriter Liz Robbins brings race day to existence during this gripping saga of the 2007 Marathon, weaving the unforgettable tales of runners right into a bright mile-by-mile portrait of the world's biggest marathon. the pros pound out the suspense in exciting races. Paula Radcliffe, the women's international checklist holder from nice Britain, returns with new unravel after having given beginning 9 months previous; Gete Wami, her longtime rival from Ethiopia, attempts to win her moment marathon in precisely 5 weeks; and Latvia's Jelena Prokopcuka desperately hopes for her 3rd instantly ny name. If the women's race performs out like a spell binding chess video game, then the men's race quick becomes a high-speed vehicle chase. South Africa's Hendrick Ramaala, wanting to recapture glory at age 35, surges to guide the pack as Kenya's Martin Lel and Morocco's Abderrahim Goumri remain inside notable variety. whereas the pros provide perception into the serious, usually painful adventure of being an elite athlete, the amateurs supply undying tales of braveness and obsession that typify ultra-modern marathoner: Harrie Bakst, a melanoma survivor at 22, who's a first-timer; Pam Rickard, a 45-year-old mom of 3 from Virginia, who's a convalescing alcoholic; and 65-year-old Tucker Andersen, who has run the race each year for the reason that 1976. Enlivening the background of the hot York urban Marathon with tales of such legends because the overdue Fred Lebow, the race's charismatic founder, and nine-time champion Grete Waitz, A Race Like No different presents a curbside seat to the drama of the 1st Sunday in November. consider the nervousness initially in Staten Island. take heed to gospel choirs in Brooklyn and the accordion in Queens. delight in the delirious sound tunnel of Manhattan's top East part. Hit The Wall within the Bronx. And conquer soreness within the final hilly miles prior to arriving in vital Park—exhausted but exhilarated—at the end line.

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She stopped and was unable to train the next day. After consulting a doctor, she chose the path of most resistance. “I had to have my workouts, serious and hard,” she explained. “Sometimes I felt this pain. Not to do? Or not to feel pain? Sometimes I had to take the decision on how I am feeling. I am still doing my workouts, because it’s better. ” 43 Liz Robbins She pushed through her workouts when she returned to Latvia, availing herself of extra massage therapy. In the late afternoon hours between her two-a-day, two-hour training sessions, she and Aleks would drive to the new house and talk with landscapers and architects and inspect the security system.

They took some black rocks from the lake—not to remember the destination, but what Prokopcuka discovered on the journey: the value of pain and perseverance. ” He and his wife told the story while looking at the trophy case in their apartment in Jurmala, the Russian-populated resort town 38 A RACE LIKE NO OTHER on the Baltic Sea that is 20 minutes from Riga. Four glass shelves glistened with sterling silver chalices from his and her competitions, medals, marathon bibs from New York and a dried laurel crown.

Marathoners come from around the world “to be a part of it” and to finish at “the top of the heap,” to borrow from the song’s famous words. Surely as motivational tunes go, Sinatra’s reminder of making it in New York fuels an empowering possibility. Today is, indeed, a brand-new start. 34 3 FAIRY-TTALE BEGINNING Women’s Professional Start P aula Radcliffe is poised on the line, her ears attuned to the starter’s horn as if she were in the blocks for a 100-meter race. For a relentless perfectionist like Radcliffe, every meter counts, even when there are 42,195 of them.

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