NYC Marathon. My only goals were to 1.) finish 2.) have fun and 3.) not poop my pants. And I can report I achieved all three goals. Not a PR, not as good as I know I am capable of, but only having trained 7 weeks for this and being pretty mentally and physically burnt out from this past summer's 70.3, I expected my performance to be mediocre at best. I will write a race report tomorrow. Thanks to everyone who routed me on both online and in person; you guys are awesome! I am officially in the off season and really looking for to some much needed down time.
Very happy because:
1. First Marathon
2. Was running with an injury
3. Was under 6 hours
4. New York is amazing
5. I had matching shoes
I haven't been posting my runs leading up the race because 50% of runs were aborted in the first mile due to a compartment syndrome flare-up. I wasn't sure I could run at all because I was limping yesterday after an hour of slow walking while sightseeing.
I wore two different running shoes by accident on the bus and as the bus was about to pull away I noticed! They waited as I dashed inside to get a matching pair of shoes. I AM AN IDIOT!!!
Also my fire alarm in the hotel ran out of batteries and started beeping at 1:30am. It took an hour for staff to come and change it. OMG worst timing ever! I was so mad.
I wore an old red housecoat to keep warm in the hours leading up the race start. I was nice and toasty warm. Many people were jealous. :)
During the race my cardio held up 100%. I never once felt tired or gasping for air. The only thing that slowed me down was the compartment syndrome. Basically my right calf swells and cuts off nerves in my foot. The foot goes dead and is unable to the flex. When I felt this starting to happen during the race I took a walk break until the numbness subsided. Luckily, a few mins walk every mile or so was enough to keep me running and finishing.
The NYC marathon crowd support was incredible. I wore my name on my shirt and loved all the personalized attention.
It was one of the most mentally challenging experiences (even more so than the LSAT and the GRE, both of which I've taken) and most physically grueling I've ever gone through. I am proud to have accomplished such a feat! Kudos to New York for setting the standard (for me, anyways) for races and race experiences.