5183 total / 779 in 2018

1,000 miles in 2018. Looking for marathon for early 2019.

Donal Hinely ran: With sore quads and t...

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  • 26 miles
  • 04:59 time
  • 11:25 pace
  • 3885 calories
  • 0 ft climb
  • 0 max hr
  • 0 avg hr
    • Currently /5 Effort.
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TCS New York City Marathon 26.2 mi 04:59 11:25 pace

With sore quads and the usual creakiness that accompanies the third day of a marathon recovery, I will attempt to reflect upon our adventure in NYC. I have purposely not read Wes’ entry (if he has indeed written one yet) because I didn’t want to let it influence my thoughts in any way. However, based on our conversations immediately afterwards, I think we feel pretty much the same way about it. One thing is very clear to me: I will never have a marathon experience like this one. Nothing can ever equal the amount of enthusiastic support along the entire 26.2 miles. People of all races, ages, and backgrounds lined the route with signs and cheers despite the continual heavy drizzle and fog. I gave up trying to listen to music on my earbuds because the volume of the crowd was overwhelming. Every mile sounded like the finish line. And I doubt nothing will ever match the thrill of running through the world’s greatest city, past iconic scenes and smells that you only get there. (I got really hungry catching the aroma of all the different ethnic cuisines along the way!) Highlights of the race for me were the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and Central Park. Everything in between was typical NYC. There was so much to see, so much going on, so many characters, that I never got bored. Brooklyn won the burrow props, showing up en masse with humor, fun, and inspiration. At one point, as I was running down the tape line getting high fives, I asked a lady if I was in Queens yet. She smiled really big and shouted over all the noise, “You’re in Brooklyn, baby, and don’t you ever forget it!”
It is hard to find anything critical to say about the New York City Marathon. The event is a logistical miracle. 50,000+ runners must arrive at the starting line and be safely siphoned through the streets of NY. The city and the organizers do an incredible job in accomplishing this. But for me, it is just too many people and too many extra hurdles. I was in my best shape training-wise, but ran my worst race. There were simply too many places along the way where you were forced off of your game plan due to the volume of bodies on the course. Plus, I lost 8+ minutes waiting in line for an open Port-a let. I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to do this. I am really glad that I did it. But I would have to think twice before I ever did it again. As always, I enjoyed time spent with my most excellent marathon buddy Wes. He is truly a prince to put up with me. I loved staying in the city for two nights, despite the key retrieval snafus caused by our AirBnb host. And maybe best of all was the opportunity to see and spend time with my sister Susan, my sister-in-law Heather, and my nieces Kelsi and Veronica. This was not just another race scratched off the list; it is an experience I will never forget.

  • Wes M.
    Wes M.

    Great review, Donal! Thanks for putting up with me and my belly-aching as well. Looking forward to the next round in February.

    11 months ago Like