Latvia Wins Again!
Congratulations once again to Jelena Prokopcuka of Latvia for winning the women's division of the New York City Marathon for the second consecutive year. Nice work! Congratulations also to Marilson Gomes dos Santos of Brazil for winning the men's division. He's the first South American to ever win it.
Inspired by the human drama of the race (and proud of my Latvian heritage) I went running yesterday afternoon around the track at McCarren Park. My mini-marathon was two miles long, and I averaged ten-minute miles. That's half the pace that real marathon runners keep for 26 miles, but it didn't matter, I won anyway. Hooray for me!
I offer up a hearty toast of Riga Black Balsam to all the winners. Excellent work.
We are two weeks from parenthood, and getting nervous.