Twitter Patter from ING New York City Marathon

October 23, 2013 at 12:15pm EST | by Barbara Huebner, Marathon News Service

Any runner who puts in hundreds of training miles every month is bound to run into an adventure sooner or later, and the professionals are certainly no exception. As Alisha Williams (@alirunnerco), who trains with the American Distance Project in Colorado Springs, CO, tweeted earlier this month:

“PRd on my 4 mile easy loop after coming w/in 10 ft from a bear and cub. Thinking that my husband should hang out in a bear suit at #INGNYCM”

Any runner who puts in hundreds of training miles every month is bound to take a tumble sooner or later, too. Meb Keflezighi (@runmeb), the 2004 Olympic silver medalist and 2009 ING New York City Marathon winner, tweeted this—complete with graphic evidence—on October 16:

“When we run, we’re all vulnerable to falling. Unfortunately that happened to me today. Did u ever fall?

And then there are the random pre-race jitters, which even for the pros can start long before the morning of the race. Kim Smith (@kimsmithnz), the three-time Olympian from New Zealand who recently demolished the course record for the B.A.A. Half Marathon when she ran 1:09:14, tweeted this on Sunday:

“The next two weeks will be filled with feelings of anxiety related to phantom injuries/sickness/fatique. #taperingproblems”

Diane Nukuri-Johnson (@dnjbdi), a Burundi native who lives in Iowa, has recorded personal bests at six distances this year, from the indoor mile to the marathon, and placed a strong second in the NYC Half in March. Although she fled her homeland after violence struck a little too close, she has not left it behind. She tweeted on Monday:

“So excited to run the #INGNYCM, the spending 2 months in Burundi working on this race. #support#futurechamps

Another athlete who is intent on giving of himself to his native country is Wesley Korir (@weskorir), the 2012 Boston Marathon champion, who has moved back to Kenya after becoming the first Independent candidate ever elected to Parliament there. Korir, 30, will be running his first ING New York City Marathon on November 3. He tweeted last week:

“So much fun doing some workouts with @njnytc this morning, met some amazing runners having a lot of fun doing what they love most … miss track.”

Also making an early visit to NYC was wheelchair pro Tatyana McFadden (@TatyanaMcFadden), who has already become the first athlete to win the marathons in Boston, London, and Chicago in the same year. She will be going for the Grand Slam on November 3. Last week, she was in town—and gown—as a nominee for the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Sportswoman of the Year.

“What a wonderful evening it was @WomensSportsFdn. So honored to have been nominated. Congrats to @FranklinMissy!

Her counterpart in victory at the Bank of Chicago Marathon last month, South Africa’s Ernst van Dyk (@ErnstvanDyk), a nine-time winner of the Boston Marathon, has called the ING New York City Marathon the toughest race out there. He tweeted after his successful Windy City sprint to the finish:

“Ernst is in a New York state of mind after Chicago win. …

One of the men van Dyk outdueled to the tape in Chicago is Australia’s Kurt Fearnley (@kurtfearnley), who finished as runner-up by one second. Fearnley, the course record holder at the ING New York City Marathon, recently tweeted this memorable photo:

“Love this pic from 2009 finish line of NYC Marathon. After 42km of trying to rip each other to pieces, this happens.

And we hope that New Yorkers along the race route on November 3 won’t take offense at this Fearnley tweet from October 17:

“Bloody hell, @MikeNapoli’s beard is playing awesome!!!!! #gosox #getbeard