Even though it’s been a few weeks since running the NYC Marathon I’m still dazed from the great experience. It was one of those destination races that was filled with great sights, food and amazing people. I traveled with some good friends, which made for an even better experience.
We stayed in Manhattan while there, so I was just a few blocks from Time-Square and Rockefeller center. It’s one thing to see these locations depicted on screen, but to be there in real-life is just something else that has be to experienced individually. When the shuttle passed by Time-Square for the first time, It was so exciting to see all of the lights and to tell myself ‘you are here man, you made it!’. Grand Central Station was interesting and easy to visit since it was next door to our hotel. I really wish I could have attended the Jimmy Fallon show at Rockefeller center, but to stand in front of Radio Music City Music Hall was enough for now. Although we missed Fallon, I did make it on the today show! We were so close to Matt and the rest of the Anchors that it felt unreal that I was standing there.
On a co-workers advice I walked over to Katz’s Delicatessen on Houston Street. Katz’s is the filming location for a scene in When Harry Met Sally. The atmosphere was was lively and the Pastrami Sandwich was just so delicious. Besides that great sandwich, I made sure to eat a dirty-water-dog (hotdog), hot sausage, New York Steak and plenty of pizza.
Now on to the race: Race day had great weather with a race start of about 9 a.m.. Everyone out there was pumped (including myself), to take run through all of the Boroughs of this massive city. I obviously started too fast at the beginning because I was sweating intensely by the 10k mark. I managed to cool my self down and hold a sub 3hr pace until about mile 19. At that point I started feeling some serious fatigue. I did my best to manage it all from that point until the end. I finished with a slower time than usual, but I really enjoyed running in the city and enjoying the views of the whole city. I’d like to come back someday and run it again and pace myself better :)).