After the year long wait and months of training I finally made it to the start of New York City marathon last Sunday ready to explore 26.2 miles of the beloved city. Weather forecast predicted it to be freezing cold with ridiculous windy conditions. I ignored the forecasts all week before the race hoping they were lying. But they were spot on and I could feel the cold wind blowing when I opened my garage on race day morning. A brave friend from my RVRR running club woke up early on this crazy weather Sunday to drive a packed van of 5 runners to Staten Island. We had a blast picking each other’s brain on their planned strategy to conquer the five boroughs of New York City.
We reached Staten Island by 7:30 am and I was not scheduled to start the race until 10:30 am. I was well prepared with several layers of throwaway clothes. Ate a bagel and banana and sipped Gatorade for breakfast. After few trips to the portapoty I headed to my corral by 10:00 am. 30 minutes before the race I threw away extra layers of clothing and did some dynamic stretches to get warmed up. Despite the cold weather I was determined to run in half sleeve shirt and shorts, as I usually get sweaty during races. Guns went off exactly at 10:30 am and we were off running on top of Verrazano Bridge.
|Awesome friends ready to rock NYC|
|Aerial shot of Verrazano Bridge(Thanks Google)|
|Chugging along Queensboro Bridge|
|Ran out of gas by 35k|
|Approaching Columbus circle|
|Finishers printed on NY Times . Thanks Elaine for pics|