I've just got back from running the New York Marathon 2010 and I have to say I loved it!! I also ran in 2007 and loved that too. I hear what people are saying about the wait at the start but I see that as an opportunity to meet new friends and people with at least one common interest and the wait until the start has flown by on both occasions. If you do feel the cold though the sleeping bag and cardboard idea is genius and much easier than it sounds.
The organisers seem to have got the baggage truck situation sorted, I didn’t think to put my bag in till 5 mins before the dead line and got straight to my truck no problem. 5 mins after that I realised I’d checked my timing tag in and had to get it back, the UPS people were more than helpful and found my bag so I could retrieve my tag.
In 2007 the bag retrieval did take a long while, I think it took me almost 45mins to get to my bag and out of Central Park, this time it was much quicker, I’d got my stuff and was on the way in about 20 mins. It’s almost impossible to get a cab after the race, I don’t think they want sweaty runners in the back of their cars but the Rickshaws pick you up no prob. If you plan ahead and know what Subway to get they let you ride for free if you’re a runner so that’s a good option if you know where you’re going.
The atmosphere on course is unbelievable!! People from all walks of life line the streets and cheer you on. Hang to the side of the roads and you’ll high fiving all the way to the finish line, no matter how bad you feel the crowds can give you the lift you need to get to the end. I’ve run 4 marathons in all and the positive feeling I got from New York has never been equalled. The pain in my legs has always been over shadowed by the pain in my face from smiling so much.
Given the chance I’d run this race every year, the positives I got from the races will stay with me forever, I really can’t say enough about it. Keep warm at the start, feed off the energy of the crowd, plan your journey out of Central Park, keep an open, positive frame of mind and you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.
Posted: 11/11/2010 at 15:33