ING New York City Marathon - RunMarathon

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New York, New York
United States
New York Road Runners
11C / 52F
Total Time = 2h 49m 36s
Overall Rank = 364/42000
Age Group = M35
Age Group Rank = 67/
Pre-race routine:

On saturday morning I went for a short light running of 7km around Brooklyn area since I was staying in Sleep Inn Hotel close to Verrazzano Bridge. Nice breakfast with 3 plain bagels and 5 egg's whites.
I drank 1liter of half water and half apple juice along the day.
No lunch and I had a snack in the afternoon after going walking as tourist in Manhattan. Snack with a powerbar and in the early evening a box of low fat Kellogs cornflakes. A yogurt before going to sleep at 7pm.
I was up at 4am and I prepared 2x sandwiches with honey and banana and I left the hotel at 5.20am. I was there in the starting area already at 6.00am and the race started at 9.40am. I had my breakfast at 6.40am and I had a box of powerbar shot 1hr before the start.
Event warmup:

Warmup was impossible because of the limited space and because I had to be in the starting grid 1 hr before already. Just some running on the place and stretching.
  • 2h 49m 36s
  • 42.2 kms
  • 04m 01s  min/km

I started a little bit faster because the course is easier at beginning but I could balance already the pace at the half-point. Very though in the last few miles but so many spectators to support you that you feel that you have to push until the last energy drop.
What would you do differently?:

I would warmup more even if it would though but moving more because the first mile was though and my legs cold.
Post race
Warm down:

This is the worst part (the only one) of NYC marathon. After crossing the finish line you have to walk about 2km for getting your bag and exit the area to meet with your mates.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Uphills in the second half. I would have done about 2mins less I think on a flat course.

Event comments:

The best race ever in terms of organization, course and support. It is definetely a MUST and all the marathon around the world should learn from this main event on how to organize such races.
A suggestion: stay at Sleep INN hotel in Brooklyn. Very cheap, convenient and on the raceday you reach the starting area in 20mins with a taxi for 40$. No need to go through the buses, ferry, etc. proposed by the organization and you can sleep until 5am.

Last updated: 2009-11-04 12:00 AM
02:49:36 | 42.2 kms | 04m 01s  min/km
Age Group: 67/
Overall: 364/42000
Performance: Good
Here are the laps: 00:19:49 5k 00:39:38 10k 00:59:58 15k 01:20:08 20k 01:24:34 Half Marathon 01:40:29 25k 02:00:17 30k 02:20:52 35k 02:40:56 40k Average pace per mile: 06:29 First Half vs. Second Half: 1h24.34 vs. 1h25.02 (28secs difference)
Course: The course is challanging and the first half is faster for sure. Km 24 and 25 are very though together with mile 23. Long slight uphills which can kill your legs if you arrive there too tired.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5