Sunday, November 2, 2008
New York, new york -The Marathon
what a long but rewarding day. Congrats to all my friends who finished this course -as I get older and slower, I realize that this course isn't flat like I used to think it was. Will write a race report tommorrow...before the start, we got off the WRR bus and ran into Todd J. -what a coincidence! Saw Hugo, Susan B., and many others...missed Kate, Susan W. and Mike!! but talked to the first 2 on the phone. The start was great with the new 9:40 wave!!! The summary: I was disappointed with my time of 3:30:10??? --on the other hand, it was a good time considering I slowed by 6 minutes the second half with the bridge and hills and fatigue of over-racing:((( ---some would say I do it to myself. Proud of Frank for running 3:38, despite the anemia, and for Kate with her 4:05 --a BIG PR. How did Dawn and Michael do?
I had a good first half --ran with Frank (he started right behind me in the green corral)--we ran steady 7:40s and passed through the 1/2 in 1:42 ---then he pulled ahead and I slowed over the Queensboro bridge (bouyed by the Taconic people cheering though!!!...my left foot and quad were bothering me --amazingly my achilles felt fine! First avenue was cold and windy --caught up with Frank and he was slowing with the wind --never saw my friend Lynn:(((( but the crowds were amazing, just amazing.
My mile 20 split was so slow, it was discouraging...the hardest part of the courseas far I am concerned is mile 23 with the 5th ave. hill --that was slow too. Mile 24 showed 3:13.. I had 17 minutes to break 3:30 and knew it would be close. I crossed the finish just over :30, passing Susan B.(enroute to a PR) ---after the long walk to baggage, the best part of the day was a stop for coffee and a Pumpkin Ale --I soenjoy walking on the West side, and it was a treat to sit at a warm bar. hard to get out into the cold and get to the WRR bus. Well, this was my 19t NYCM -maybe for my 20th could finally rest, taper and break 3:30??? Special ongrats to Kate on shattering her PR with a 4:05.