Saturday included a lovely shakeout run in Central Park and I have to say that while I knew there would be hills, it was more than expected and also a much bigger park than I remembered! The views were spectacular and we enjoyed a lovely 3 miles to prepare for the big race the next day. Plenty of other runners had the same idea and it is a great way to get out some of the nerves by seeing the finish line and parts of the course you would be running the next day.
|Gorgeous views in Central Park|
One of the things that made the trip and race such a wonderful experience was the support and enthusiasm of the locals who helped us in so many ways. The waitresses who knew we were carb loading and offered suggestions of good meal choices, the elevator operator at Tiffany's who wished us a great race, and the list goes on and on. My recollection of NYC was of a cold and unfriendly place. Boy was my memory wrong! There are so many things to do and see in New York which is another reason to love this race weekend. You can do as much or as little as you want depending on your race day goals. While we did not attend a Broadway show, we knew runners who did. The parade of nations and fireworks display in Central Park on Friday night is another fun thing to do. We caught the fireworks and they were a first rate show with lots of oohing and ahhing from the crowd! And of course NYC has a slew of wonderful museums and galleries to keep you occupied for hours. The restaurants are plentiful and even without reservations, we had no trouble finding great places to eat within walking distance of our hotel. Planning ahead can be helpful too, but Joanne and I enjoyed making choices while in the city and it all worked out fine.
.This race should be on the bucket list of everyone who runs marathons. The experience of running with people of so many nationalities through all the boroughs of New York is very special. In fact, so many of the girls in my running group are signing up for the lottery next year, that I just may have to try another NYC Marathon myself and join the fun.
|My last visit to Central Park before heading to the airport|
Have you run the NYC Marathon? Was it a memorable experience for you?