NYC Marathon- quick and dirty



Quick and dirty race recap (full version coming soon):

What started out as an amazing race- strong pace, perfect conditions- ended up being a race I finished with my heart.

Through mile 13, I was on pace to KILL my PR. At mile 13, I felt my right knee pop, and it was a struggle from then on.

The heat (who knew that 55 could feel so HOT!!) added another layer of craziness to the whole thing. I was drained from the sun, and exhausted from trying to ignore the growing pain in my knee. By mile 20 I was feeling overwhelmed and done. My knee was screaming at me to stop, and my head was considering it.

Thank God that my heart was having NONE of it. I pushed a solid run/walk pace for a few miles, then started running (slowly) again until mile 24.

At that point, the pain was intense and I wanted to puke. The crowds in Central Park were my saving grace along with knowing that SO many people I care about were watching me online. So I pushed. And pushed some more. And managed to finish in just under 5 hours.

NOT my best race. Not even close. NYC was hard in a way I NEVER expected. But I gave it my all, ran a race full of heart and determination, and finished with dignity and grace.

I'm disappointed, and yet... proud. Strange mix.

Highlights: The bridges. WOW. I am in love with the bridges. Brooklyn has some really cool neighborhoods. Manhattan... well. Yeah. The Bronx was REALLY cool- loved the salsa music and the families. I felt like I was home! And Central Park was really fun.
Overall a great race. But not one I am inclined to ever EVER want to do again. Marking this one off my bucket list. :)
5 Responses
  1. Fruit Fly Says:

    What a well fought race! I'm glad you didn't give up ... and that finish time is impressive to me - especially with knee pain. Great job!!


  2. Samantha Says:

    Oh! I'm so glad I saw your Timex thing, I can't wait to do mine!


  3. Well done on an awesome run with an injury. Love reading your blog - I know it's a cliché that's banded around a lot but your journey's been a real inspiration for me.

    Just wanted to say your description of marathon day & the starting line made my eyes tear up...it's just like that for me too, and suppose for all of us. Knowing you'll be a different person after the race than the one you were before is so true, but reading it here was the first time I realised it!


  4. I definitely hear you on NYC being quite a tough race! I wasn't really expecting it to be either especially the bridges. Guess I learned my lesson. Glad to hear that you gutted it out. The crowds in Central Park were so great. What's next for your race schedule?


  5. I definitely hear you on NYC being quite a tough race! I wasn't really expecting it to be either especially the bridges. Guess I learned my lesson. Glad to hear that you gutted it out. The crowds in Central Park were so great. What's next for your race schedule?