2013 New York Marathon Recap

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A cell phone “selfie” in the starting corral.

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Waiting to start.

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The view from the Verrazano Bridge. The finish line was somewhere in that city.

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Shortly after mile 13

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This is the real finish line picture.

I had the pleasure of running/walking the 2013 New York Marathon for Fred’s Team. Here are a few things I learned during this process

  1. New York City is full of a lot of great people who don’t have to be nice but choose to be.
  2. It is troubling to be in pain from moving on a cold day because when you slow down you get cold.Finding a balance between the ache and the cold is a worthwhile effort.
  3. I’m glad it is over.
  4. You can do a lot of things if you put your mind to it but you also need to listen to your body. My goal was to finish without being injured. That happened.
  5. Walking seven miles after running nineteen is no picnic, trust me.
  6. Band-aids on your nipples during a marathon make the hot shower in the hotel a little slice of heaven.
  7. Room service food!
  8. There was plenty of time to think about and be grateful for the people in my life who supported me during this process. Thank you all.
  9. The pre-race port-o-potty is the leveler of all humanity.
  10. This weekend was an example of what we get to do to instead of what we have to do.
  11. Never underestimate the power of a warm jacket to transform humanity.
  12. Most goals require an unappetizing amount of humility to accomplish.

3 thoughts on “2013 New York Marathon Recap”

  1. Awesome job – I did the marathon many moons ago and know as a native New Yorker your first comment to be true. Was humbled when I did a practice 18 mile run in Central Park – huge hills on north side – began and circled with another runner 0 in a wheelchair. Inspiration abounds.
    This year my older brother, 20 years in recovery, ran it in 10 minute miles. One of his reflections was as a Vietnam Vet he never received a welcome back – this felt like his parade! Every runner has a story. Thanks for sharing yours.
    Syb

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