Wendy, my beloved sister in her NYC Marathon shirt!, at the start.
We got to the park and I felt as ready as I could feel to run but still nervous. I decided not to set my watch - I was originally going to run 6:00/walk 2:00. Figured might as well just go and see what happens. The first mile was way slow and mostly bc of the amount of people and not me. The race was packed and it takes while to thin out to be able to actually move so I was pretty happy to go slow and walk up some of the first hills. But then I got into my groove and sort of never got out of it. That has NEVER happened to me. My only complaint was that I forgot my gloves and while it was unseasonable warm in NYC today, it was still chilly enough that my hands were freezing the entire race. On a sidenote: I own ONE, yes just one, shirt without thumbholes and I just happened to have picked that shirt to wear today. Just my luck. The course inside of Central Park is quite hilly but I didn't really notice. I had no iPod and was alone the entire race. I was able to listen to the gossip of those around me which might be one of my all time favorite things to do - got some tips on the course, heard about this one girls night out and a few other random things. I walked very infrequently - mostly at the water stations and even when I walked it was never for that long. I was never in any real pain and sort of felt like I could keep on going. At the 4.5 mile mark, I saw Kevin and he jumped in to run with me for a mile. It was so great to see him but for the first time ever in any race, I didn't need him or anyone. I am normally desperately looking for someone I know to help get me to the finish line or say something inspirational - anything to help but today I was so fine on my own. It's always great to see him but I didn't need it which was an amazing feeling!!! Just kept trucking along on my run - he dropped off at mile 5.5 and then I kicked it up a notch. I wanted to leave it all out there and give it every single thing I had left so I did except I made that decision a smidge too early! Got to the 6 mile marker and thought I might not make the remaining .2 miles but just kept on going.
Yours truly at the finish line!
PS - please notice the negative splits - another HUGE first!