New York City Marathon 2006 - RunMarathon

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New York, New York
United States
50F / 10C
Total Time = 3h 13m 9s
Overall Rank = 1819/37000
Age Group = F24
Age Group Rank = 52/
Pre-race routine:

Richard, my friend Angie and I got to NY on a red-eye flight early am on Saturday. This means that the most important sleep 2 nights before the race was close to non-existant :(
Also between the 3 of us nobody thought that it'd be a good idea to know the location of the expo before trying to find it in Manhattan. Somehow we thought it should right on time square or something, or at least every taxi cab driver should know where it is. 37,000 is a lot of people, but not enough to saturate Manhattan, so our hopes of just seing tons of runners walking around everywhere with expo type bags didn't come match the reality. After walking around the wrong parts of the island for quite a bit we took a cab to the finish line/prerace banquet location in central park. Even workers of the finish line had no idea where the expo was. Finally we saw some people obviously just from the expo who told us where to go. We got our staff and went home after spending much more time on our feet than we should have the day before the race. A few hours later we took a cab to the pre-race dinner, where we ate plenty of pasta, drank some beer and chatted to fellow runners. Went to bed around 8:30pm Drank plenty of gatorade/water throughout the day.
Event warmup:

Woke up at 4:00, took our time getting our stuff together and got in the cab at 5. Got to the buses at 5:30 and were on the bus withing 5 min, a much better organization than Boston, where we had to stand in line for over a 1/2 hr both times. It was really cold in the athlete's village, at least we were smart enought to grab a blanket from the hotel. Drank 2 cups of coffee, ate a bagel and 1/2 donut, a few bites of power bar. Went to the bathroom like 5 times coffee served its purpose :) ) The lines got ridiculous in the last hour before the start and at the bag dropoff I saw that there is an alternative open-air lady's room right behind the ups trucks, which I gladly used. At the start line I saw Angie and the pacer for a 3:15 group. I hesitated whether I should try running with him or not till the last minute.
  • 3h 13m 9s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 07m 22s  min/mile

The start was pretty crowded, though nothing like Boston. I crossed the line within seconds after the gun. The cool part was that the fast women started on one side of the bridge and the fast men and elites on the other, their start line was set back a hundred yards or so, which was compensated for further in the race before the two streams of runners merged. This way we got to see the elite men run by us after the starting gun. That was pretty cool. Then I saw Lance and a whole bunch of girls yelled at him "Lance!" He tried to ignore us first, but then gave in and waved back at us and there he went.

I started with the pace group for 3:15. I wasn't real stoked about our pacer. He didn't look at the splits adjusted for terrain (which Nike kindly provided for any finish time at the expo). And he hasn't ran NYC before. Also at mile 4 he had to go to the bathroom and we ran by ourseleves for a 1/2 mile before he cought back to us. Angie ran with me for the first mile and then I went fast (sub 7) on the downhill part of the bridge and she stayed back. Our fist miles (as the rest of my miles) fluctuated quite a bit around the goal pace but averaged just about at 7:25-7:26. I felt really strong throught the first miles, I think the good sleep, proper fuel and hydration the night before as well as cool temprature and no wind made for a winning combo. I started pulling ahead of the pace team at mile 5, but was still close enought that I could hear them chat for the next mile.

At some point between mile 7 and 8 I didn't hear or see them any more. I was feeling really strong, I was dropping low 7min-miles, never exceeding my goal pace till mile 15 (uphill) and then again not till 21. Seeing 1:35 something on a 1/2 mary mark was really encouraging and I even thought 3:10 was possible for a while. At the same time I was really freaked out the whole time that I would blow up at 17 or something, but just went for it anyway: you can't win a lottery if you don't buy a ticket.

Mile 20 came around an I was still really strong. From 20 on I started fading a little bit, but it wasn't painful as when I ran Colfax and I kept it in control, keeping my first mile the slowest and never running over 8 again. Last 2 or 3 miles were the hardest, I was fatigued by that point and it took lots of mental effort to keep the pace under 8.

The crazy part is that from the 25K mark to the 30K mark I had my fastest 5K time ever: 22:09. And between 10K and 20K my 10K was only 27 sec slower then my PR 10K. I guess I really need to work on my 5K and 10K :)
What would you do differently?:

Maybe if I pushed a little later or not as hard I could have done even better, but I tend to think this was the best I could do on that day and this is better than my previous PR by 6 mins, so I'm going to say I wouldn't do anything differently if I ran this again.
Post race
Warm down:

I was so happy when I crossed that finish line, I couldn't get the smile of my face for about 10 min, people must have thought I was nuts! It was quite a walk to the bag pick-up and to the family reunion area, so that was my cool-down

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

Wow, I really loved NYC marathon! I am sure doing a PR and feelilng great played a role in it, but it truely is an amazing event regardless. The views are gorgeours, the people are lined up and cheering the whole time, the bands... The organization was great! I would do it again!

Last updated: 2006-11-08 12:00 AM
03:13:09 | 26.2 miles | 07m 22s  min/mile
Age Group: 52/
Overall: 1819/37000
Performance: Good
5K 0:23:18 10K 0:45:47 15K 1:08:00 20K 1:30:16 1/2 1:35:09 25K 1:53:14 30K 2:15:23 35K 2:38:31 40K 3:02:26 miles: 8:22-6:46-7:28-7:13-7:03 7:19-7:13-7:12-7:08-6:55 7:19-7:04-7:15-7:20-7:20 7:31-7:02-7:13-7:10-7:23 7:33-7:33-7:25-7:58-7:40 7:55-1:41
Course: Not the easiest course, but I found it nice: no hills, just 5 bridges :) A lot of flat and slight downhill areas where I really pushed it, on the uphills I just shortened my step and tried to keep constant stride, this way I passed people on the uphills too.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
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] 5