Race day! The day I spent months dreaming about and preparing for. All my clothes and gear were laid out, so it was just a matter of waking up and throwing everything on.
But first, coffee. I grabbed some and a bagel for breakfast before heading to my bus stop with my boyfriend, sister, and brother-in-law. I was to catch the bus at the NY Public Library at 7:00, but I didn’t actually get on the bus and start going until about 7:15. I savored every second of that cozy bus ride because I knew it would be chilly at the starting village until my wave started at 11:00.
|The Verrazano Narrows Bridge looking beautiful again that gorgeous blue sky. Perfect running weather!|
As soon as we got out of the bathroom lines, it was nearly time to head to our corrals.
Off we went! The first two miles carrying us over the highest peak of the race, the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, with some gorgeous views of Manhattan to the north-west. I got a cramp coming off the bridge when my speed picked up, but I wasn’t about to stop so early on, so I slowed my pace up a bit, regulated my breathing and took a sip of HotShot I received for free from the expo. That spicy stuff had my lips burning and chapped by the end of the race…but it worked stopping my cramps.
The march of the ponchos, as I like to call it.
The rest of the evening was spent resting and eating. Just the way it should be! We would be leaving early in the morning, so there was a little bittersweet packing involved as well.
This marathon though. It will always hold a special place in my heart. It seemed easier than my first marathon, which I guess is natural, because you will have an idea on how to train differently after your first marathon. I think it was more than just that though. The crowds were relentlessly motivating every step of the way; I don’t think I remember a single section of the race that wasn’t crowded with cheering spectators or fellow runners. The atmosphere made the race go by quicker than expected for me, even though my time was 4:37:04 — a 12 minute PR. Time flies when you’re having fun and that day was without a doubt a blast. I also feel like I walked/stopped more in my first marathon, where with this one, I kept telling myself to keep going, with less walking than before.
When asked if I will do another marathon, the answer is that I’m unsure as of right now, but we’ll see. For now, I’ll just enjoy my ongoing high from finishing this incredibly large marathon. I am so thankful I had the opportunity to run it, that I was lucky enough to get my name pulled from the lottery. It doesn’t happen on the first try for some people. Hard to believe it’s already been a week!
Until next time, New York,