This was not the race I had in mind when I signed up for ING New York City Marathon earlier this year. I had many opinions and thoughts about the race that ranged from negativity to excitement, to getting a marathon PR, but things do not always play out the way you want them to go, especially in racing.
|Bibs in hand!|
We got up to New York on Friday night, went out to dinner, and had a nice relaxing evening with my brother and his wife Jenna. We even got to sleep in the next day which is a great feeling when you have kids that like to wake up at the crack of dawn. Saturday was spent by going from ING Team check-in to the marathon expo, and some lunch refueling in one of the NYC's many delis. Marathon expo was simply great. There was added security, but everything was moving quickly. This was definitely the biggest expo I've visited, so we all spent time walking around, grabbing some free goodies, and checking out the latest gear. I even won a free entry to the Puerto Rico Marathon! It is yet to be seen if I make that trip. Saturday night was another quiet and relaxing night where we sorted everything out for the next morning 5 am wake up call. By the way, my foot was feeling fine after a long day of walking around.
|Hobos ready to go! Donation bin clothes in tow.|
|Start village from the bus|
We were in the Wave 2 that started at 10:05am, and around 9:15 we made our way to the corral, that actually shut down at 9:35. Next thing we knew, the cannon blasted, scared the crap out of us and we were on our way. Even though, we had to wait forever to get going, it really didn't feel that long. "New York, New York" was blasting as we took off and it was just great. Such a nice start. Everyone super excited, screaming, taking pictures and discarding a boat load of clothes.
|In the corral, ready to go|
|Tough, but Proud|
Hobbling, shivering, I eventually made my way to the ING reunion area where I met my brother, Jenna and her friend Emily. Amy got lost in the crowds and actually just made her way to the Hilton where ING was offering free medal engravings (perk!). After getting warm, we also made our way to the Hilton, went out to get some dinner and finally made our way home. Due to the race taking literately an entire day, we decided to stay over one more night and drive home in the morning. That was a great decision as we were in no shape to drive for 2 hours.
|Done and proud|
As for my current condition four days later, I am feeling ok. My foot is actually feeling pretty good. I still have not decided if I want to start the Philly Marathon in 2 weeks. I will need to make that decision a day before. I can't get a refund for it, so it really doesn't matter at this point. I've realized that my left leg was cramping up due to my right foot hurting. I believe that my gait was altered and I was overcompensating with my left side, which simply did not work for my body.
While I am proud of my finish time and accomplishment, I am incredibly happy and proud for my brother Dino, who ran his first marathon in 3:58, but most of all for my wife Amy who got her marathon PR in 3:55. I am sad that I didn't get to see her at the finish line to celebrate, but there is always a next time as that PR is only a stepping stone towards her BQ.
I ran the race in The One from Altra. Once again this shoe performed great. They are so light that I didn't even know I was wearing them. I also used the Ultraspire Quantum belt that I got only few days before the race. It performed amazingly good. Again, I had no idea I was even wearing it.
My nutrition plan needed to be altered as I trained with Tailwind for the entire summer. Hence, anger against the hydration pack ban. I was going to carry a small bottle with the high concentration of Tailwind, but due to my DNS in the previous race, I did not have enough time to test that solution. I decided to go with VFuel gels which were good. I had no issues using them, and did not take anything else other then just drinking water and Gatorade along the way.
Next up is the Gore-tex Philadelphia Marathon on November 17. At this point I have no feelings about this race, as I don't know if I will even start. Regardless I will be down at the start line supporting if nothing else. Stay tuned for that in 2 weeks time.
|We did it. Amy is at the Hilton :(|