ING New York City Marathon - RunMarathon

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New York, New York
United States
40F / 4C
Total Time = 3h 19m 45s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

got up, ate my 2 packs of oatmeal, sipped on a bottle of gatorade for hte 2 hours before the race, ate half a bagel about 1 hour before the start
Event warmup:

What a pain in the ass. UP at 545 to eat, walk to the subway, which was diverted to a bus, which took me to the ferry, which took me to another bus. I left the hotel at 6:10, got to the race site at 8:30, maybe 8 miles as the crow flies. Stood around in the corral for 40 min with thousands of others trying to stay warm.
  • 3h 19m 45s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 07m 37s  min/mile

The run went well. The journey to the start was the big pain. I got to the race site, I thought, plenty early. I wandered around, got somehting to eat, went the the BR. I went to the start line about 9:10 for my 9:40 start, and they had already closed my corral. I got moved to the next start at 10:10, which wasn't THAT big of a deal, it just meant an extra 30 min standing around in the cold.

THe run started, everything was smooth. WIth the 3 different starts, the first few miles weren't really crowded. When they all converged at mile 8, though, it was a cluster for the rest of the race. I had to watch every step, weave in and out of people the entire way. It never cleared out. I don't know if starting in the right corral would have changed things, but it was frustating, and I am sure cost me a minute or so.

My pace felt good through the first 15, the first time I felt anything was running over the Q'boro bridge at mile 16, but then I straightened out for htenext few miles. Running up the bridge into the Bronx was tough, but kept running. I slowed about 10sec/mile, but was keeping it steady until mile 24, and then I died. I had taken gels at miles 10,14,17,20, and planned on 23. I was feeling a bit nauseated and skipped the gel at 23. Big mistake. I had nothing left in the tank. THe last 3 miles are so are rolling hills, nothing too bad, but at that point, nothing was good. I thought maybe I could recover in 24, then push through in the last 2 miles, but that didn't work either.
What would you do differently?:

Force myself ot take the gel at 23, otherwise, it was a very good run for me.
Post race
Warm down:

walked a mile or so back to find Nancy, get some p[izza, and the hotel

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I really think the over 2 hour journey to the start and definitely the weaving in and out of other runners cost me a couple of minutes. Would I have hit 3:15:59? Who knows but it would have been closer. Skipping the gel at mile 23 would have helped if I would have kept it down.

Event comments:

This race is HUGE. Organization is great. Logistics would be a nightmare. I was supposed to be in the 9:40 start and they had me scheduled to be on the 5:45 AM ferry. I opted for a later ferry, adn still got to the start with over an hour to spare - I just didn't know it. There were tons of volunteers, everything went right on schedule. THe finish area was a madhouse. I had to walk another 1/2 mile from the finsh line to get out of the bag pick-up, and I didn't even pack a bag to pick up. That led to a mile walk back down Central Park West to get to the finish line to meet my wife.

All things said, it was a great race, a huge race, a definite must-do race for anyone who runs marathons. I am very glad to say that I have done it, but there are lots of others I will do before I do NYC again.

Last updated: 2010-09-12 12:00 AM
03:19:45 | 26.2 miles | 07m 37s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
7:50, 6:52, 7:16, 7:17, 7:09 (36:27), 7:24, 7:13, 7:25, 7:27, 7:21 (1:13:19), 7:28, 7:25, 7:23, 7:35, 7:36 (1:50:48), 7:28, 7:30, 7:20, 7:33, 7:42 (2:28:24), 7:41, 7:32, 7:46, 9:07, 9:07 (3:09:40) 8:22, 1:46
Course: point to point thru all 5 boroughs
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4