New York City Marathon Pics and Video

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My race outfit details: Lululemon speed shorts, Lululemon hoodie, Saucony Kinvara 7 running shoes (similar here and here), Tag watch

I finished the New York City Marathon a few weeks ago, and it was honestly one of the coolest things I have experienced! The anticipation made sleeping a little difficult the night before the race, but it also helped me learn that you can run a marathon on only 3 hours of sleep. I had been building this race up in my mind and thinking about it non-stop for the past 4-5 months, and I couldn’t believe that the time had finally arrived! When 5 am came I was up and ready to go. The hardest part about this race is the waiting around. We got on the bus at 5:30am and we didn’t get to Staten Island until around 9:00am. The runners village was packed with TONS of security, which I was SO grateful for, but it is intense! To get through security and into the runners village was over an hour wait and we finally started running at about 11:00am.

At the start of the race they played “New York, New York” and set off cannons. All the emotion of everything actually made me cry! which is not conducive to running, so I had to pull myself together real quick. There were helicopters hovering everywhere and the excitement from all of the runners was something I will never forget.  Crossing the Verrazano Bridge was so cool! The views were unreal! As soon as we got off the bridge is when I saw all the crowds. The crowds made the race! I don’t think you will find crowds and excitement like this at any other race in the country, or maybe the world. They were amazing, encouraging, loud, and made it so much fun!

I was feeling really great until mile 16. Tay and my mom were cheering for us at mile 17 and that really helped! I definitely needed it, because by that point my knee was in SO much pain. I have never had knee pain in my entire life until training for this second marathon, so the pain and frustration were new to me.

As soon as I saw the trees and walls of Central Park around mile 20, I received another needed boost, but it is amazing how the last 4-6 miles feel SO MUCH LONGER than the first 4-6 miles. The course takes you into and then out of Central Park, which is then followed by a loop around the park, and then re-entry into the park for the last half mile by Columbus Circle. That whole time the crowds were going crazy, which was SO helpful and incredibly motivating!

Finally, I saw the bleachers, spotted my mom and Taylor again, and we were done! I thought it was never going to end and then suddenly it was over! I did it! I had worked so hard for that moment and it was worth every step. The best part was finishing with my Dad! I hope you enjoy my photos and videos! One thing I love about my blog is that it’s like a journal for me and how I track many old pictures and videos, so I am glad that I will always have this here to look at and remember! Also I have to give a big THANK YOU to Tag Heuer for giving me this amazing opportunity!!

17 Comments

  1. I’ve watched you train over the years through your blog posts just to stay fit and healthy, but this was something super special to see, Emily! I thoroughly enjoyed your perspective from Snapchat. It was like I was running right beside you! Congratulations on completing such a great milestone in your life! xo

  2. Congratulations! What an amazing experience.

    Having run a marathon I can totally sympathize with how aches and pains can really be annoying when you’re running that much. I had hip pain that I’d never experienced before (or since) either. Marathons are tough.

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  3. I’m a long distance runner and I’m curious how you run with an iPhone Plus in your hand. Is this something you’ve always done and are used to it? Or do you usually keep it in your pocket? I’m constantly looking for ways to reduce the amount of stuff I run with, and I definitely can’t keep anything in my hands while running.

  4. I’ve been enjoying you and your sisters blog for sometime! This is so much more than a fashion blog by the way you inspire as a mom, wife, and an inspiration to many! I got emotional for some reason watching this video. I don’t know if it’s because it’s such a huge accomplishment something you worked so hard for or the fact you got to share it with your father;) All the best to you and your family this holiday season and always! Good job to you and your dad!xo melissa

  5. Congratulations! So cool that and your dad ran together. Seriously, you and your mom are too cute – twins! Next up you have to go a family race with little miss Capri!

  6. Congratulations, Dear Emily, for your accomplishment. You should really come and run the original Marathon though!
    Kisses
    Angelica

  7. Huge congrats! The NYC marathon is such a special race. My husband did it this year and I chased him around the city to see him at mile 12, 18, 21 and the finish line! All the spectators, signs, bands were amazing. I hope your knee is a lot better now 🙂

  8. Congratulations on an amazing feat! Reading your blog inspired me to run a half marathon last year and while I’m not sure I can hang for a full one, at the very least you make me want to put on my running shoes again and hit the pavement! Love all your fitness posts…happy holidays!

  9. Really amazing pictures!! I am doing my first ever half marathon in January at Disneyworld, so hearing your advice and the outcome of your marathon has helped me a bunch!

  10. Emily I love your blog! I really loved this post! I used to live in ny and loved to cheer the runners on. I loved reading this post and seeing your snapchat videos throigh your perspective! I’ve always wanted to know what it was like to run when marathon! You are so inspiring and I’m proud of u for doing the marathon and ur dad too! U guys r awesome! Also how do u look so pretty even when running?!? U look flawless! I would be so sweaty and gross looking and you still look beautiful even when running! You should do more posts about ur running and any tips u have! How did u deal w the knee pain? Would love to do what u do and be able to run! Loved the post! Keep up the great job! Congrats To u and to ur dad for the amazing accomplishment!