9:50 am: Cousin Dan’s off! On my CousinMarathonTracker gizmo, it shows he made the first 5k in good time!
He’s in Sunset Park, Brooklyn now.
Whew. I need somebody to hand me a paper cup of orange juice. This is exhausting!
10:01: Heading into Park Slope! Almost at the Mile 6 mark.
10:13: Pickin’ up the pace . . .
10:31: Ai yi yi! He’s passed 15k. Bed-Stuy, represent!
I’m thinking of driving the marathon next year.
10:49: Yikes! The little runner icon thingie on my marathon map won’t show up. Dan, didja veer off for a latte in Greenpoint?
11:02: OK, back on track! Past 20k at this point, running like a maniac in my opinion. But they’re all maniacs to be doing this in the first place, right?
11:19: Halfway home. I wonder what he’s thinking right now.
11:35: Over the bridge into Manhattan, mile 16. Must be a cool feeling. Or a tiring one!
11:48: Kay! Dan’s over there near the Via Quadronna! Probably snarfing a panini. Mile 17.
I’d just like to point out that this racertrackermapthingie is teaching me all sorts of New York geography. Like: Manhattan pokes WAY UP THERE. You think it tails off after, like 111th street, or OK maybe 125th. But you’ve got five more miles of STUFF up there.
(But you know this, don’t you? Having lived up there on 183,000th street for a year, right?)
12:08: MILE 20! THE WALL! He’s kept the same pace for the whole race so far. Go, Dan, go!
More geography tidbits: there’s a place in the Bronx called Morrisania. It sounds like a magical, fantastical place where the Great Morris lives.
12:24: Ohhh, back in Manhattan after a couple of miles in the Bronx. Almost home . . . Mile 21 . . . [wheeze] . . .
12:36: While I’m thinking of it, here’s the link to Dan’s fundraising page for Team Fox for Parkinson’s Research. If we all buy him a celebratory virtual beer, in the form of a contribution to Team Fox, it’ll go toward a big fundraising goal he’s set.
12:42: Why yes, Dan, you’re not hallucinating–that’s Central Park ahead. You’ve actually run from Staten Island to Central Park! Or maybe you are hallucinating, in which case I’m not going to get in the middle of whatever alternate universe you’re seeing right now.
12:48: So close! Wish I were there! Mile 24 …….
1:04: Rillllly cloooose…………
1:14: He made it! All 26.2 miles! Every single one of ’em! No skipping or anything! At a pace that I could sustain for exactly one mile, if a bear were chasing me. CONGRATULATIONS, COUSIN! YOU’RE A SUPERHERO!
1:15: Wishing Dan a glorious night of celebration, relief, and epsom salts or whatever it is you’re supposed to be doing tonight.
And once again, here’s the link to Dan’s fundraising page for Team Fox for Parkinson’s Research.