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2022 NYC Marathon, Pt. 8 (3 days out)

The Running Pianist is now back in full force with the upcoming New York City Marathon on November 6th!


Travelling with family is a wonderful thing. It can be exhilarating, heart-warming, infuriating, frustrating, and so much more. As my wife and daughter and I pack up to head to NYC, I find myself reminiscing on my first trips to the city with my family as a teen.

NYC Marathon Saturday 5k, 2002

Those who know my extended family know that I am a very lucky person. From parents to siblings, cousins, aunts & uncles, the whole family I married into, and beyond, I love my family so, so much. I also feel their support with everything I seek to undertake.

When I expressed the desire to create an album, I was met only with support and ideas of how to make it happen. When I floated the idea of trying year after year to get into the NYC Marathon, the answer was, "Yes!". For this I am forever thankful.

I've written a bit about my dad and his marathons (He ran...6 I think?), but my older brother is also a marathoner. He and my dad ran the Dublin Marathon in 2006, and he's been an inspiration to me for as long as I can remember.

I also have a cousin who is faster than all of us and who seemingly breezes through marathon after marathon in his pursuit of running all of the majors (Boston, New York, Chicago, London, Berlin, Tokyo).

NYC, 2002

All of this is to say that running has a strangely present place in our family life. Even my mom who has been emphatic in the fact that she is not a marathoner enjoys cheering on all of us who are crazy enough to run one. My brother has said that he would only ever run a marathon again if it were with me, and my dad's running days are a golden memory, but I will carry them all with me this weekend in New York City.

My first times watching this race as a teenager have spurred me on to thousands of kilometres, a heightened fitness, and a lot of joy (and cursing) over the past 20 years, and I'm grateful for the experience which has had such an impact on my life. Now I hope that I will be able to place that spark in my daughter so that she might carry it with her as well.

Now it's time to pack! My next post will be from Manhattan.

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