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I love the chance to be part of something big and cool like the New York City marathon. So this weekend, I jumped at the chance to volunteer in one of the medical tents just past the finish line. First, we packed bags of ice.

Don’t I look all smart and sassy in my hat? Like the kind of person you’d turn to if you needed emergency medical attention. Or maybe just some ice for your gin and tonic.

Oh, and here are my friends Adam and Anna working hard too.Β  How fun do they make this look? I mean, if you’re going to fill hundreds of bags with ice, you want to be hanging with this couple.

I have always loved the New York marathon because it’s so inspirational and energizing. If someone can run 26.2 miles, just imagine what I can accomplish. Anything really.

But wait, I just need to lay on the couch and watch this new episode of “Lipstick Jungle” first. And then, I swear, I’m totally on it.

My job during the race was to take injured runners and escort then to the proper area for their specific injuries. Runners had severe cramps, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, blisters, nipple bleeding (apparently from their shirt chafing their nipples while running) and on and on.

Seeing all these runners in agonizing pain made me kind of wonder if running 26 miles is really such a brilliant idea. The body doesn’t seem to like it very much.

There were runners from all over the world but the French were definitely my favorite. Because as soon as they cross the finish line, they pull out a cigarette. Now that’s a commitment to smoking. For all I know, they smoke during the race too.

By the end of the day, I am completely drained, hungry, thirsty and really longing for a bathroom where I can actually sit down.

But heck, at least my nipples aren’t chafed. So I think I’m doing alright.

And, in case you hadn’t noticed, that’s two consecutive posts without mentioning the election. And we’re almost to the finish line.

40 Responses to this is one of the reasons i love new york city

  • Nap Warden says:

    Way to help out! I’m thinking someday I’ll have to run NY. One of the many races I haven’t done yet…
    Looks like you had a great Halloween, you’re right…seems I never get the opportunity to wear a tiara anymore;)

  • scrappysue says:

    i was on a woman’s blog (she’s a photostory friday blogger) and she was heading off to do the NYM. i watched a couple of videos she had and wow – it would be SO cool to be a part of it! i volunteer at sports events too (it’s tiring!!!) and is always so much fun. i’m always glad i’m not the one sweating out vital body parts tho…..

  • Jaclyn Locke says:

    Never in a million years would hI have thought you could get chaffed, bleeding nipples from a marathon…..nursing yes, marathon, no. Kudos to you for volunteering! You could totally pass for a nurse or some sort of Dr. in that hat!

  • Portia says:

    Wow I was supposed to volunteer at a medical tent too! Perhaps you visited his tent…Dr. Howard Chase. I pondered being there but rolling over and cuddling seemed like a better idea this morning. Typical me on a Sunday morning off. Glad you had fun and now that you’ve proven that you can hack bleeding nipples and such, you can come volunteer in the ER anytime you want!!! πŸ˜‰

  • myhouseof6 says:

    i have breastfed four babies in the past 7 1/2 years and have never shuddered so much as i have now at the thought of running so hard and for so many miles that you actually cause your nipples to bleed. ouch.

  • Jessi says:

    I have to agree w/ myhouseof6, the thought makes me hurt…

    Right on to you thought, Kelcey! That’s so awesome that you were able to help out.

  • Wendy says:

    Lipstick Jungle – total guilty pleasure! I watched w/ girlfriends Friday after the kids were done trick-or-treating with the hubbies watching (they were overruled on the TV choice). We had a blast openly oggling hot guys and watching our men roll their eyes helplessly! teehee!

  • Cathy says:

    I volunteered to help at the Chicago Marathon in college–it was a lot of fun. It got me to want to run a marathon, but after 15 years, I still haven’t gotten around to it. Maybe next year?

  • Deb Ringold says:

    Thank you Kelcey… For the first time since my bilateral mastectomy, I’m thankful not to have nipples. Sorry if this is too much information, but I couldn’t resist!!! Hee hee!!!! P.S. here’s a shout out for everyone to get their annual mammo. Thought I’d take this opportunity to remind you all…

  • francine Kasen says:

    How about that 82 year old woman who has run the last 21 NY marathons!!!!! I have also started the day all inspired! Wish me luck. Tomorrow I work 6:30 am -8:30 pm (or later of there is still a line at my north Philly poll assignment). I’m psyched and a little nervous. I’m there to make sure there are no shenanigans to discourage or intimidate the voters. I’m bringing plenty of water, snacks, and xanex! (I need a vaca after this whole thing).

  • Sandrine says:

    That’s so cool you did that, where do you get all that energy? You got to love the French for their commitments to unhealthy life. The other day we ran into an Italian friend of Tengo and her grandmother was pushing a stroller…smoking, I hadn’t seen that in many years! One day to go, that one was a long race.

  • Jordana says:

    Those bleeding nipples literally turn my stomach. This year I made extra-careful sure to NOT look to closely and any man’s white shirt (it’s FAR more common then you would expect, I see it on the marathoners all the time!). I managed to avoid a single viewing and forgot all about them – until now…damn. BTW, when I told Arlene what you were doing yesterday, she asked – Oh, does Kelcey have any medical training? Glad it was worthwhile – next year count me in!

  • Mary says:

    I ran the Boston Marathon in 2006 and hope to run another this spring……one word on the nipple bleeding…Vaseline! We women are lucky, we at least get the sports bra protection.

  • Abby Siegel says:

    My mom ran four marathons and never had nip bleeding! She’s ironwoman!!the hat is cute but if you want to wear a ponytail I’m still totally a proponent of the visor. And Daphne I will join you for that drink while the runners whiz by!

  • Erin says:

    way to volunteer, that hat looks great on you. love the red! and as for lipstick jungle….poor joe. πŸ™‚ hopefully you\\\’ve already watched it and i didn\\\’t just blow the episode for you….

  • Nipple chafing? Wow, that’s a new one for me…I mean, besides when I was nursing.

    I can’t believe runners smoke. Those French are weird!!

    Good for you for helping out! Love the cap.

    Tomorrow is gonna be tense and exciting!

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    Kelcey I expected you to be wearing a porn store nurse’s outfit; with breasts peeking out of tight uniform; then ‘playing doctor’ with the handsome male runners you lead into the ‘medical tent’ and give them a thorough (bend over) exam. That would have been more fun than filling bags of ice? Next year…and I see Jordana’s volunteering also…you girls will make the news that night.

  • Diana says:

    Oh… the bleeding nipples! the first time my friend ran the Chicago marathon (a guy) he had dinner plate size circles of blood on his shirt at the finish line! Now he duct tapes his nips! He says it works, but still sounds painful!
    I ran my first half-marathon this fall and it was a blast! I would love to do the New York Marathon someday and would love to see you at the finish line!
    Good Luck tomorrow!!!!

  • amy says:

    Looks like so much fun and you look very professional in your official NYC Marathon helper hat!
    I hear that the bleeding nips thing is only a guy issue since girls get the benefit of those massive sports bras. Anyway, that’s what I’m banking on since I’ve never gotten them and really have only signed up for bleeding nipples for one reason per life–nursing (and that’s in the past at this point!).

  • Lanie says:

    If I ever run another marathon it will be NYC. If you are going to be crazy and run 26.2 miles you may as well feel like a rock star!

    Kelc, did you send your post about visors to the organizors of the NYC marathon (maybe they don’t know that baseball caps are out. . .).

  • Oz says:

    Oh, I so want to run NYC! I am one of the slowest marathon runners, but I love it.

    There was a guy in my running group who always ended up with bleeding nipples – and the blood would drip through his shirt, earning him the nickname Gunshot Wound. Ick.

  • I have a friend who ran this one. I am totally impressed and have absolutely no aspiration to try anything even close. I’m happy when I make it around the neighborhood without stopping!

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