In 2010 I decided to register for the 2011 NYC Marathon, I had only ran a few half marathons prior but was determined and I knew this would be a challenge. I completed 9 races plus 1 volunteer effort for the NYC road runners and by end of 2010 I was officially confirmed to run the 2011 NYC Marathon!
On marathon morning I was focused, nervous and excited. My bag was packed with food a magazine and my lucky stick roller for my annoying ITB that kept persisting on getting in the way of my long runs. As I waited patiently in the ORANGE village on Staten Island, I could not help to think about my journey and how I got to that very spot on the pavement of the waiting area on Staten Island to run the 2011 NYC Marathon.
I was proud, I was emotional and cold LOL. Its so hard to maintain warm muscles preventing them from getting stiff before the race. I drank some gatorade, ate my second meal and soon enough the huge screens above listed my race number bib and it was time for me to drop off my bag at the UPS truck. Now I had less clothes on but luckily found a sun spot where I stood for warmth. Eventually I made my way to the coral where we all stood to begin our journey of 26.2 miles in NYC. The overhead speaker played Frank Sinatra’s New York and I could feel the anointing overcome the crowd. The race wasn’t over yet but the tears started to roll down faces as friends and families hugged each other.
The gun went off and we were off! I have never experienced anything like this before, this was like no other race I had run. People were happy to be in NYC and simply run one of the hardest courses in the world. Runners stopped and posed for pictures while others ran by quickly concerned with time. Not once did my ipod need to be turned on as the cheers from the fans and spectators were motivation enough. Crossing the finish line instantly turned anyone near you into your best friend. It was tough, I was in pain, it was fun and I would do it all over again!
Fitmark Ambassador 2013