There is lots to talk about this week, so I will try not to bore you and keep it simple. But before I get into the more personal items I wanted to write a bit about the 2009 NYC marathon. I watched it LIVE online with my wife using the Universal sports site. (It is great being able to see things that normally would not get any air time on national TV.) For those of you who missed it I can tell you that it was a very exciting ending for both the mens and womens races.
The main reason I bring up the NYC marathon is because of the buzz around Meb winning the race for the USA. I got goose bumps as I watched him point to the USA on his singlet when he was about the cross the finish line, and then after crossing he dropped to his knees and kissed the ground in symbolism of kissing the United States. It was truly a great moment for the USA. However, leave it to the media to ruin a moment. It wasn’t even 10 minutes after the win that the reporters were already saying he was not really American. They didn’t mention that he migrated to the USA at the age of 12. They didn’t talk about the silver medal in the 2004 Olympics for the U.S. They didn’t talk about how his family struggled to get to America during a turbulent time in country of his birth. More can be found here. It sickens me that almost all media came out negative instead of lifting the victory up as an American triumph.
(Adam steps down from the soap box.)
OK, on to other items. This past week I had my annual medical check-up. I decided that one month prior to running my first marathon was a good time to make sure all is working OK. The doctor was happy with the results and said that I seem very healthy, and was glad to hear that I have been training for a marathon. Just as a precaution I am also getting blood work, and a visit to the cardiologist as well next week.