The day started early with a walk from the hotel to catch a bus at the main library. We were escorted by a tour rep and it was the start of a well oiled event.
The sun was coming up as the bus went past the Brooklyn Bridge.
Waited in the staging area with Jeff and tried to keep warm. Eventually found the coffee and facilities. I didn’t really get nervous or stressed as the time for wave 3 approached. Perhaps I’ve done enough marathons now to know what to expect and to save energy. Then wave 3 was called forward and we moved onto the bridge…
Then the big gun went off and the race began. What I recall is a massive amount of support, big crowds round most of the route. Lots of encouragement and noise. Started at a comfortable pace and with the wide roads didn’t seem to have a problem moving around and finding space to run. Took water at most of the water points, and a couple of pit stops. I recall one runner coming across after a few miles to say he’d heard our names (“Jeff and Steve”) shouted out over a hundred times 🙂 I felt the effort approaching halfway, but we kept going. Never any doubt we’d run to the end and finish. I can also remember the run up 5th Avenue, the wide road, sun in the faces of the crowd, the straight road ahead climbing slightly. There were even big crowds in Central Park and soon the finish line came in view.
I got a bit light headed after the finish, but soon recovered and started the long walk through the park to get out.
Overall, I thought the race was the biggest and best one I’ve done so far. It exceeded expectations and is the pinnacle for me, will be tough to beat. Finished with very tired body but no significant injuries, which is just as well as I’d booked another marathon for the following Saturday!
Official time: 4h 28m 11s
Temp about 7C and sunny, rising to maybe 16/17C I think
Avg pace: 6:11 min/km