What an experience at the NYC Half Marathon! The race experience started at the expo..which was….underwhelming. We did figure out how to have some fun:
At the expo, we were told we had to wear bracelets on race day..and they attached them at the expo. No one ever asked to actual see these things but they made for a great fashion accessory for us – if we were SuperHeroes…which maybe we are..
Race day started early with a meet up in the lobby and cabs to Central Park:
The race started in Central Park which was just an great way to see the whole thing. I did think it was funny with people saying it was hilly…the Bay route is hilly..this was … rolley.
The hubs was able to get a few shots of the elites…as they were coming out of the park at 9 miles..and we were still at about 2 miles…
After leaving the park, you head out onto 7th St and into Times Square where we found the hubs hanging out with the local PD:
Time Square was fun but also tough..my Garmin went haywire and had no idea of what pace we were running…and we were booking it at that point. There was even a sing-a-long in the heart of Time Square so we belted out Katrina and the Waves..not kidding. It was a blast:
After that it was onto West Highway and finish into Battery Park:
A 10 min walk, 1 missed line and freezing under our space blankets we hit the subway home:
Overall it was one of the best races I have ever done – the volunteers, race officials, spectators etc were amazing. There were more porta potties that I have ever seen in a race, tons of water and Gatorade , entertainment at every mile and an amazing course. This was a training run again so I was happy with a 2:35 finish. More importantly, I felt really strong during the run.
So thanks New York….I (heart) you.
..and your cupcakes.