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paul-radcliffe.jpgDid you see the abs on Paula Radcliffe? In case you missed them, here is a picture. This British long distance runner won the women’s division of the New York City marathon this weekend. But that’s not even the most impressive part. She had a baby in January. That’s January of this year. Apparently, a little marathon training will flatten a post pregnancy belly.

I am really in awe of these marathon runners. Gosh, I feel really good when I just get through an hour and a half Ashtanga yoga class. I can’t even imagine the feeling of accomplishment when you run 26.2 miles. That’s a lot of street to cover. Maybe I could forget the 26 and just do the “point two.” I wonder how much flat belly you get for point two. I’m guessing not a lot. Plus, I doubt you would draw big, boisterous crowds calling out your name, cheering you on in a point two race. And doesn’t that seem like the best part? “Go Kelcey. You can do it. Only point one to go. Hey, great abs!”

marathon-runners2.jpgMy friend Lanie has run a few marathons. Why must she make me feel so damn lazy? I’m just content to watch the New York City marathon. Dylan, Summer and I headed to the upper east side on Sunday to experience the energy and frenzy of the race. I love the shouting and cheering and me not running. 3 year-old Dylan didn’t quite grasp the excitement. The crowds and the noise were too overwhelming and too close to nap time. 10 month-old Summer seemed contently indifferent.

But to me, the marathon is magical. When you watch it, you really feel like you can tap into all that energy and accomplish something. I hope I get inspired by yummy mummy Paula Radcliffe. If she can give birth in January and win the New York City marathon in November, I can certainly tear the plastic wrap off my power Pilates workout tape. And maybe even start thinking about what else I want to accomplish by next November.

7 Responses to run paula run

  • Robin Singer says:

    I was inspired too. Not so much by the flat (really nonexistent) belly, as just by the amazing feat of running any miles. As I head to the gym this morning, I might just consider getting on the treadmill. I can get pretty worked up with some good music as I move and groove on the elliptical, but nothing exhausts me more than running. Yikes.

  • Allison Teweles says:

    Okay, it's just not fair to post this blog following Daphne's "Go Ahead and Eat the Whole Bag of Tootsie Rolls" post. Could you two get your stories straight?!

  • Lanie says:

    Running marathons is a bit crazy but if you are going to run one – New York is the one to run. You feel like a superstar (or maybe Rocky) with everyone cheering.
    P.S. I am not sure how my post babies body will do running any distance – no matter who is cheering. I will have to keep you posted on that one.
    P.P.S. Kelc – you could never be described as lazy.

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