August 19, 2010 | Hindi

A Return to Racing

I run my first real race in 2.5 months (but who's counting?).

I redid several Pimsleur lessons today. I am learning to say things such as:

  • I don’t need anything. Moochko kutch ne-HEE jahee-AY.
  • Please give me some rupees. Moochko kutch ruPAY deejee-AY.
  • You speak too quickly. Ab beHOT joldee boltee hay.
  • My wife wants to drink some tea. Meeree patNEE kutch chai pina jahaTEE hay.

Around 5 p.m., I decided to go run my first real race since June 5: the day I got injured. Tonight was the last race of the summer 5K series that is held in Van Cortlandt Park each year. I really didn’t want to miss it, and although I was a little concerned about reinjury, I felt unexpectedly functional and figured I could always drop out if I ran into trouble.

Me with My Race Winnings

Everything worked out great. I actually felt pretty good during the race. Although I continue to have problems running, I seem to be heading unmistakably in the right direction now. My time was nearly three minutes slower than the last time I ran a 5K here back in May, but it was still faster than any of my times from last summer, and I won a muffin for coming in second in my age group.

At least a couple of runners, including me, now have a habit of using “muffin” as a verb. They say things like, “I muffined.” Or, regretfully: “I didn’t muffin.” 

Comments (4)

Julie • Posted on Mon, August 23, 2010 - 9:17 am EST

“Medalled.” “Podiumed.” “Muffined.”

I’m waiting for the day you can say you “pied”

It’s gonna happen. And you’re going to need a wide angle lense.

Ellen Jovin • Posted on Mon, August 23, 2010 - 9:47 am EST

Actually, they did give out pies after at least one of these races this summer, I think to the very top finishers. If I run faster next year, maybe I will be able to say I “pied.” Something to shoot for. In the interest of expanding the expressiveness of the English language, of course! ;)

kris • Posted on Tue, August 24, 2010 - 7:01 am EST

How do you say muffin in Hindi?

Ellen Jovin • Posted on Tue, August 24, 2010 - 7:25 pm EST

Ha. Kris, I’m thinking I don’t know how to say “muffin” in any language. How sad!

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