I love to see the elite runners clicking along at a bruising pace in the top marathons. It's one thing to be back in the pack, high-fiving the kids standing on the curb with their hands outstretched. It's another to be in the zone, your mind focused, pumping along like a well-tuned two-cylinder engine, racking up mile after mile. So it's nice to sit for a few minutes on a Sunday afternoon and watch those well-tuned runners step lightly through New York, reeling in the rewards of their months of training. Kudos to the Kenyan woman and the Ethiopian man who won (in his debut marathon), and a high-five to the American Shalane Flanagan, who followed Edna Kiplagat, to get second in her own debut. Check out the photos in the NY Times.
Update: another cool NY Times photo collection of finishers just after they crossed the finish line. 99 portraits of tired runners.