ING New York City Marathon - RunMarathon

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New York, New York
United States
New York Road Runners
56F / 13C
Total Time = 4h 54m 12s
Overall Rank = 28495/39000
Age Group = M 30-34
Age Group Rank = 6376/?
Pre-race routine:

We got to the Race sight at about 6:15, which meant nearly 4 hours of waiting for the race to start. Brian and I were in the same group so we got to hang out for a while which helped the time pass. He was in an earlier wave so after he left, I had about an hour to hang out and collect my thought. I just kept thinking, "this is the NYC Marathon!!!!"
Event warmup:

None, I decided that I didn't want to use any extra energy and I used the first mile as a warm up.
  • 4h 54m 12s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 11m 14s  min/mile

The race was tough. Perhaps the marathon was harder than I thought it would be and it is way harder than an HIM in my opinion. One thing I learned was that it isn't simply two half marathons.

Again, I didn't stick to my plan (37:00 run 3:00 walk and repeat) you'd think I would have learned my lesson by now. It was just that the first nine miles were great. I felt good, the miles were flying by and I had tons of energy.

When I got to mile 15, I started to get really tired... my legs were feeling it. But, I was excited to know that I would see Cindy and my parents once I got over the Queensboro bridge. I was pumped to see them and it meant the world to me that they were there. It was great.

After mile 17, things started to go downhill. I don't think I ran one mile under 11:00. Not fast!
What would you do differently?:

Stick to the plan... don't know if that would have translate to a better time though, and when it is all said and done, does that really matter?
Post race
Warm down:

Lots of walking. This was my only gripe about the race. I purposely didn't check a bag so I wouldn't have to go to the trucks in Central Park to get it. But, they make you walk to them anyway in a huge crowd, like cattle. I couldn't exit the park until 77th st. and my family was at 59th, so, a lot of walking... and eating.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I'm SLOW!!

Event comments:

If you would have told me 4 years ago when I was 255lbs that I would even start a marathon, I would have said you were crazy!

I ran the NYC Marathon!! I am a marathon finisher!!

My time goal was 4:35... not even close to that but my real goal was to enjoy the experience, take it all in and be able to walk and smile after it was over, and I nailed that one!

This is an amazing race and I would strongly suggest that everyone do it at least once... it is the experience of a lifetime. Running through the streets and over the bridges of the city I love is amazing.

OVERALL, IT WAS A GREAT DAY!! One that I will never forget regardless of my finishing time.

Last updated: 2008-04-30 12:00 AM
04:54:12 | 26.2 miles | 11m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/?
Overall: 0/39000
Performance: Average
5K: 0:32:19 10K Time: 1:05:12 15K Time: 1:37:59 20KTime: 2:12:45 1/2 Mar.Time: 2:21:19 25KTime: 2:48:39 30KTime: 3:24:04 35KTime: 4:00:12 40KTime: 4:38:21 Pace/Mile: 0:11:14
Course: Amazing course, amazing experience! One of the best experiences of my life. I am so happy that I waited for the NYC marathon to be my first marathon instead of LI. The atmosphere is unbelievable! There were tons of people on the course cheering us on. I just don't have the words. Simply amazing!
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 Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5