NYC Half mini report: I volunteered at a water station. Got there at the ungodly and dark hour of 6am in the freezing cold. Set up tables, cups, etc. Say what you will about NYRRC (and I usually will), but given the amount of coordination and work it takes to stage a major running event in the city, and they did a nice job. Really nice to see Rupp on the podium for the men (in his debut at the distance?), and Gebremariam (the NYC marathon champ) is really a daunting physical specimen compared to the other elite Africans, taller by nearly a head and looks solidly built. The same goes for Kara Goucher. I expected her to be diminutive but she is also a beast. Not Serena Williams beasty, but tall and strong looking compared to many of the elite women. Would have been nice to see her get the win, but Boston should be an exciting race. Also, after watching all 15,000 runners come through, I have a great deal of respect for the back of the pack and stragglers, down to the last finisher. Everyone watching knows they're slow. They know they are slow. We were sweeping the streets as the tail end of the race came through, some streets were no longer blocked off, etc. I think it takes tons of guts to deal with that and keep running, more than it takes to win it.