ING New York City Marathon - RunMarathon

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New York, New York
United States
New York Road Runners
53F / 12C
Total Time = 5h 16m 20s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Bagel, coffee, Gatorade
  • 5h 16m 20s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 12m 04s  min/mile

From the start, I was too hot. Not like I was wearing too much, but like I was coming down with a fever hot. As a result, I was sweating by mile two and dumping water on my head pretty much all day long. By mile 16 my quads had nearly seized and every time I took a drink, side stitches ensued. Nothing I was doing was working. Lots of run/walking through the end of the course.
What would you do differently?:

Not too sure what I could have done. I thought I was well prepared. I had eaten well the week prior to the race and had a good hydration/fueling plan, but I guess whatever I was (am) coming down with wasn't thrilled with me running a Marathon this day.
Post race
Warm down:

Walk around the finishing chute, walk/stand in line to get my bag o' clothes, walk to the subway, walk to my brothers apartment.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Sickness? Internal heat? Cramping quads?

Event comments:

Phenomenal volunteers and LOTS of spectators made this happen for me!

Last updated: 2008-11-04 12:00 AM
05:16:20 | 26.2 miles | 12m 04s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Bad
Course: Through all five boroughs of NYC. A nice course, but some streets seemed to go on FOREVER.
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? No
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