Elite runners - photo by Shaggy
NYC Mile 9 - photo by Shaggy
Spectating - photo by Shaggy
Near mile 23 - photo by Shaggy
Runners - photo by Shaggy
Loco and Misty - photo by Shaggy
Band on the course - Michelle photo
Thanks Dar! I know I could not have accomplished it without being a part of the Rebels and having their
support, especially at the race! Thanks again to all the well wishes and those who came up to NYC!
It was a perfect day for a marathon. The weather could not have been better! The course and crowd support
were incredible and really helped get me through the race! I would highly recommend the marathon. At the
start there was plenty of food and bathrooms. It really wasn't that bad waiting to start, other than being
anxious, because there was plenty of room to sit down and relax. It was very cool also since I was a green
start we got to see the elite runners start the marathon on the bridge and they all waved to us.
The course was extremely well marked for bathrooms, medic tents, and photos. No problems with water or
gatorade as they were plentiful on the right side where I ran most of the race. I did start to cramp at
mile 15-16, but I had my salt packets with me and walked a little and they went away. I stopped for Tylenol
at mile 17 for the knee, foot and IT band pain and it seemed to help. They recommend you not take Ibuprofen,
but I don't think I will make that mistake again! Ouch! Anyway, I saw the Rebels b/t mile 9/10 which was awesome!
I then saw Mike and his friend Darius at mile 22 and it keep me going! Then luckily I saw the Rebels again at
mile 22/23, stopped for a picture and some encouragement and it got me through the end of the race!
It was so
awesome crossing the finish line! The only negative about the race was afterward we were kind of stopped up
exiting and stood without moving for 10-15 minutes which was not good for the legs. Also, I am changing my
last name from a W ending, my bag was at truck #72, which happened to be the last UPS truck in line! haha
So really after all of the walking added, I think it was a marathon and a 1/4! haha
I can finally walk comfortably again so I thought I would write about my experience, which was slightly
different than Misty's.
The weather was awesome and much warmer than I expected, so I got to dispose of my gorgeous throw aways
pretty early on in the day. My staging area experience was not as good as Misty's. I ended up bringing
my bag to the baggage area later than she did and was almost stampeded by angry, frustrated runners waiting
in line to drop their bags. In fact, some of them just left their bags and went up to the starting area.
The baggage scene was crazy -- one girl even freaked out and had to be carried over the fence by some volunteers
(claustrophobia I guess).
I then made my way to the start. Interestingly enough, there were no hard corrals in my start. It was supposed
to be an all female start consisting of certain race numbers but, to my surprise, there were almost as many males
as females. This led to a large bottleneck for about 3-4 miles, and I had to dodge shoes, throw away clothes,
and other body parts. After 4 miles, it thinned out and I was able to look at all of the spectators.
It was amazing!!! I don't think I've ever seen so many people in my life!
I tried to keep with the 4 hour pace group, but found that it was hard to take everything around me in,
because I kept looking for the pace leader's balloons (to make sure I didn't fall behind). Finally, I gave
up and decided to enjoy the rest of the race and the spectators. I stopped to talk to a few people,
including George Durand from the Food Network (Ham on the Street). I saw my mom, Jimmy, and a few friends
at mile 18 and hung out for a few minutes. I wish I had seen the Rebels, but I was running on the left
side of the course and they were on the right. Even though I didn't see them, just thinking that they were
part of the 2 million spectators kept me going (even if my legs didn't want to move).
And, of course, the post-race beer I had was probably one of the best tasting things I have ever eaten/drank!!
Thanks to all the Rebels -- you made my first marathon a great one (those who were there in body and those
who were with me in spirit)!! All I have been thinking about since I got back from New York is which
marathon I want to run next!!