This isn’t going to be a marathon recap, I’ll save that for Brittany.
When I registered for the New York City Marathon in the spring of 2011, I had no idea I’d have to wait until 2013 to actually run this race. One really bad race and one BQ later, I now know that the 2013 race was the one I was meant to run from the beginning.
The 2013 New York City Marathon was perfect in every way. There’s nothing I can say that hasn’t already been said about this race, so instead I want to say thank you to everyone involved, especially these people:
#1. Melissa: If it weren’t for that accidental 16 mile run on a random Friday, I wouldn’t have ran this race. Somehow she was able to put up with me for eight hours straight on marathon day (that says a lot). I mostly kept my excitement under control as to not be an annoying running buddy, but as you can see occasionally I let a wee bit of excitement show. (photo via Ashley)
This was the first time I’ve ran a marathon with someone and I’ve only ran a handful of races at someone else’s pace so it was an interesting experience. After Sunday, I definitely want to lead pace groups in shorter distances in the near future.
#2. Everyone who donated to Girls on the Run on my behalf.
#3. The city of New York: you were kind, generous and cheered on strangers. After last year, I wasn’t sure the marathon would ever be the same. New York you proved me wrong.
#4. New York Road Runners: They did everything they could to improve communication, improve the race and keep us safe. The strides they took this year were noticeable and they did a fantastic job!
#5. My Husband: He puts up with my shit day in and day out and somehow manages to not toss me to the curb when I get all crazy in the brain in the weeks leading up to a marathon. I owe him everything.
What’s next on my race calendar?
What’s left on your race calendar? If you’ve ever thought about running the New York City Marathon, do it!