Deena Kastor on Racing the Popular® Brooklyn Half: "It's Been on My Bucket List"
Can you name the band with the song “No Sleep Till Brooklyn”?
This song's been my mantra as I train for the upcoming Popular Brooklyn Half. I’m training hard, so of course I’m sleeping, but I can’t get that song out of my head. It makes me feel like a teenager again—which is great—and also makes me think of New York City’s finest borough, where all the ethnic neighborhoods create a beautiful diversity. Part of the privilege of running and racing is taking in the scene as you run past. I can’t wait.
In past years, each May I would scroll through Twitter and Instagram and see #PopularBKHalf trending. When I’d look through the social media posts of the race I’d see photos of runners having the time of their lives. Big smiles. Dancing in the street after crossing the finish line. Costumes. Marriage proposals. Beautiful finisher medals. Stunning views along the course. Each year, I think, Man, I’m really missing out. I’ve gotta run that race someday.
It’s been on my bucket list. Apparently, it’s on the bucket list of many others, too, since it’s the largest half-marathon in the country. Thanks to those who have already run this race, and posted about it, making it look so good, so fun, that I’ve finally registered this year, and I have the countdown on my calendar.
The half-marathon is such a party in itself. Crossing the finish line comes with a heroic sense of satisfaction for accomplishing a difficult task. You have to train for it and get your race-day logistics dialed in ahead of time, yet you can still walk normally the next day—even dance in the streets immediately following—and you get to keep all your toenails. The Popular Brooklyn Half has a party feel to it, but runners are treated to a pre-party and a post-party. Heelllooooo! Count me in.
One of the song lyrics in "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" is, "My job ain't a job / It's a damn good time." I couldn’t agree more. I’ll see you at the Popular Brooklyn Half, and let’s keep the good vibes running!