On Monday as the city wakes you will line up on the start line of the Boston marathon and wait for the adventure ahead. This is the moment you have trained for, through rain, sun and snow you have walked out onto the road and clocked the miles in preparation for this moment. The journey ahead will be difficult and at times will test both body and mind but I and many others have no doubt on our minds that you will succeed in the task ahead.
What I enjoy most about skateboarding is the way that it changes one’s perspective of their environment. When you’re traveling on a skateboard, going from spot to spot; suddenly the city, from basic things like a sewer cover to architectural masterpieces, gain another purpose. The basic definition of a bench changes and, suddenly, it’s no longer a place for those walking past to sit down and rest or pass the time, it’s an object that the skater uses to express themselves; to express the fluidity of motion that’s inherent in the the roll up, the trick, and the roll away. Skateboarding is wonderful because it brings recognition to parts of a city—art and architecture—that people pass by everyday on their way to work or a date or something else in the vortex of appointments that often take up so much of our life.
As the running movement gathers force and spreads across the world not a day goes by without another crew is some part of the world waving flags and declaring their existence. Some stay true the original ethos of the founding fathers but for some it’s all a thinly disguised cry for attention and free kicks from whatever brand wants in on the movement. It seems that this year running is hip again and the urban running movement is perhaps at the forefront of the boom. So as brands scramble to assemble crews and get in on the action the message that originally brought us together is in danger of being diluted.
When I started Run Dem I had no intentions of it ever growing as large as it has and the association with Nike was never a motivating factor. As a resident of the Olympic Borough I was concerned that the facilities would fall into decline if the community was not encouraged to use them after the Games and Run Dem was my small attempt at motivating those around me to ensure the facilities thrived. I figured that in the four year lead up to the games I could put together a small but influential group that could motivate and encourage others to get up off the sofa and get involved.
I’ve been struggling to get out there when my plan says I should, so when I went to Paris last weekend I was looking for some magic to get me back on track. After failing to run the first day we were there *sigh* I managed to drag myself out in the cold and get a decent run in.
Thinking back on the running year just gone, so many moments crop up.
My running has definitely evolved massively over the last 12 months. I came into 2012 on the tail end of a post-marathon blues from Berlin in September 2011, but with Berlin Half to train for with everyone from RunDemCrew, I had to get into it again. Tempo Tuesdays, Track Thursdays, speedy Saturdays and long Sundays meant week day runs mostly with people, weekends mostly alone. A good balance of socialising and just running. It all went very well for Berlin Half on April 1. But then a bit of a slump over spring had me down a few groups at RDC.
I’m not sure how many races I’ve run this year, nor how many miles I have covered running them, how much petrol I have burnt getting there or how many airmiles I have clocked up flying. I don’t know how many smiles I’ve given or received, how many high fives I’ve given or how many warm embraces…
NBRO’s pic - including confetti storm for Christina
Christina is an allround badass runner who went and laid the smackdown on Amsterdam Marathon in 3:30:13, with this much energy left at mile 26! Part of the NBROrunning crew, she sets Copenhagen asphalt on fire with the rest of the gang.