Mission accomplished

In my case, completing the preposterous “two marathons on two consecutive weekends”, that featured a 5:55 (and still alive) finish in Washington, D.C.’s Marine Corps Marathon, and today, completing what appears to be the fastest marathon I have run since I was 19, with today’s ING New York City Marathon finish in a shade under 5 hours, 4 minutes. Many thanks to Mrs. TD and the Loquacious Pup, for cheering us on in Brooklyn, TD friend Paul for cheering us on in Queens, and Mr. Crabcakes for coming out in Manhattan (and buying your talking dog a much needed bottle of cold Gatorade).
In contrast to the more bi-partisan spirit in our nation’s capital last week, this week many runners featured tags on their backs that said “No Mandate”, and in the case of one lovely female competitor, “Mandate My Ass” written, well… I’ll leave that to your imagination.