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!!