I don’t even know where to start with the recap of this race. Either I am still on cloud nine and high on endorphins or I am so exhausted from going to bed at 2:30 this morning and waking up at 4 to make my morning flight that I am at a loss for words, either way I will probably start tearing up and telling the strangers next to me about my experience @ the NYCM as I type this.
First up…..I had a hilarious/fun/optimistic/excited runner buddy CARRIE (soon to be Bradshaw…awesome right?) to ride the bus with and hang out with the entire morning which made time fly and made my smiling muscles quite fatigued.
We got on the 5:30 a.m. bus and never had to wait in line or skip a beat as we were transported to the race. We arived and got our fill of bagels, gatorade and hot chocolate. We were also given sweet Dunkin’ Donuts beanies and the longest we waited for a porta-potty was five minutes.
I was so worried about being cold while waiting 3.5 hours for the race to start but my three layers and hot cocoa kept me warm. Plus, it was a warm morning for the beginning of November especially considering that it snowed in NYC last weekend!
For once I wasn’t the only person taking 5,000 pictures a minute. I also wasn’t the only person talking obsessively about all things running but I may have been the only one that went back for more and more bagels, I couldn’t get enough and plain bagels are my new go to pre-race meal.
I thought this couple was the cutest thing in the world.
As soon as I went into my corral I found SkinnyRunner and Miles. It was a November Day miracle that I found them so quickly. This was both Mile’s and SR’s second NYCM and so I quizzed them about the course.
Below is the starting line. We crossed about two minutes after the clock started. The National Anthem was sung, the energy was incredibly high and I could not stop thinking about how everything works out. Even though I missed Boston due to stress fractures and wondered it I would ever run a marathon without pain again (just a little dramatic)….. I was there. Happy, healthy and in the best city in the world:)
The three of us started together and I thought for sure that SR would just zoom off because she is incredible (remember how she ran a marathon the day before?). The race started with an incline up the bridge for the first mile. It was nice to be packed in so tight with everyone to prevent going out too fast and not burning out after .75 of a mile. Miles was off once we reached the top of the bridge because he is speedy and because SR and I were probably a little embarassing to be around as we were joking around and taking way too many pictures.
For every marathon and even some half marathons I always feel nauseated for the first 10k. Guess what, yestereday….NOTHING, I felt perfect……why? 1. Plain bagels (no pb anymore, my stomach doesn’t like it before a race) are my new miracle race food. 2. No pressure. My own anxiety about races makes me sick and for yesterday’s race I placed zero pressure on myself.
The bridges were my favorite (minus the whole heart rate skyrocketing on the uphill) because the views were incredible. It kind of looks like the buildings are fake in this picture.
The crowds were the best and look at this sweet sign…..it made my life! Yes, those are swedish fish on the poster board!
Miles 1-21 went by so fast. This was the first time I didn’t listen to music during anything longer than 10 miles and it was awesome because I had this girl to talk to the whole time and all of the amazing runners and crowds around me to keep me going. I also loved the end of each bridge where there were ridiculous amounts of people cheering us on. THANK YOU SPECTATORS….you made the race.
Best way to tour a city…running, hello?!?
I think another reason I felt good for the majority of this race (the end is bound to be hard no matter how well you are doing) is because of fueling. I started taking shot blocks at mile 7 and took them often without letting myself get to the point where I was low on glycogen. Plus, we had gatorade and water at most of the aid stations (which felt like they were every mile).
The temps were perfect and the shade from the buildings and slight breeze felt amazing.
Not gonna lie….Central Park was tough. The rolling hills were not being friendly to my tired legs but I just kept thinking, this is NOT supposed to feel comfortable. SR stayed with me even though my pace slowed down and she was a great encouragement and stayed with me and helped me to finish strong(ish). I am sure your read her recap already but do not believe her when she said they were small rollers in Central Park;) They felt like a 33% incline to me.
(I was too tired to take a lot of pictures towards the end of the race and so the below is not Central Park)
We finished in 3:36:30 and I couldn’t be more thrilled. My legs are tired today but not sore. My feet are sore but that is probably because I spent the rest of the day walking the city. Did you think I was going to waste a second of my time in NYC by relaxing….. or showering for that matter?
Isn’t it just beautiful? I haven’t taken it off yet and will be wearing it until I get next year’s medal (come on, under my shirt….I am not that big of a bragger weirdo).
Those legs of mine have not seen the sun in approximately 2.3 months until yesterday.
NEW YORK CITY was my absolute favorite race ever. I have zero complaints and I hope to do this race every year possible and have already started my New York piggy bank so that I can get out there next year too.
2 Goals accomplished:
1. Negative splits (running the second half of the distance at the same speed or even slightly faster than the first half). I have never ran a marathon with negative splits and SR and I did yesterday….1:48 for each half. Pacing myself correctly is something I really want to bring to the table in my future racing.
2. Staying positive and not comparing myrself to last year’s times. I didn’t waste any of my precious time on this course worrying about what I used to run and took my time soaking in every second. Plus, how can you not stay positive with a running partner and people screaming your name all around you (I will always be putting my name on my shirt for races ((and maybe even real life clothes)) from now on)?
Have you ever ran New York? Is it on your wish list? Did you watch it? Did you track people?
Have you ever done two races in one weekend? Do you think you ever will?
Do you ever put your name on your race shirts?
Favorite bagel shop or bagel flavor?
-Cinnamon raisin with walnut/raisin/cinnamon cream cheese. Anyone want to send me some NY bagels? I will send you swedish fish.
PS don’t think you escaped the rest of the trip highlights because of my lack of internet…stay tuned, there is a lot more to come.