hi bouncy bunny
i only found the negatives to be minor and the positives to be huge.
arrived at wavel 1 , 2 minutes late as the directions to the start were not overly clear and got put in to wave 2 , but as i was never going to win the race it didnt make any difference to my overall time.(in my opinion the waves worked very well)
i actually found the 45 minute shuffle for the UPS bags probably stopped my legs from seizing up and gave me a chance to gasbag (chat) to some other hobbling runners.
expo was great , although since it was my 1st ive nothing to compare it to.
wouldnt recommend the MARATHON ROUTE BUS TOUR, as it had to cancelled half way through due to busy traffic ,and the guide even had a cheek to say that his boss said it didnt matter as we'd see it anyway during the run(had to laugh though)
loved the cheering crowds, the bands ,volunteers handing out water and gatorade were really friendly, liked the fact some of the crowd (i think in harlem)had massage sticks to help some runners with aching muscles, loved running through the neighbourhoods and loved the wall of people that greet you in to central park.
to sum it up it was an OK way to spend a sunday (only kidding it was AMAZING)
FYI: The Fairmont Hotel in Chicago is lovely, well situated, and has an incredible deal from marathon Friday (but not Thursday). Nearly all of my US buddies have booked from 8-12, as have I. You need a credit card to book but can cancel without penalty until 24 hours before you turn up. If you are even thinking about appropriately marking 10-10-10 (US and UK date!), I strongly recommend you book your hotel place today. Registration for the race will probably open early Feb and is on a first-come, first served basis (no good for age places). Last year it filled its places by April, I believe.
Like most people, having said never again, my thoughts are turning to the next challenge! Mr GM is planning ironman Germany but I have decided to sign up for the local event, Edinburgh marathon May 23rd 2010. I calculate that is 27 weeks away. What is my best race plan until an 18 week programme kicks in? Should I simply be treading water for the next few weeks or working to a programme? Any advice gratefully accepted!
That said, I've not run since NY, delayed slightly more by swine flu jab yesterday, my whole body aches and my arm is swollen to Schwarzenneger proportions
Hi Mrs GM
Feeling exactly the same. NY was totally amazing although time not great at 5:17 but pleased to have finished it considering my injuries throughout the year and as it was my first marathon also a PB.
I was thinking of Edinburgh too as my Dad told me I've to do one a bit closer to home the next time. I was thinking about basically doing my usual 5-6 miles 3 times a week with the odd longish run about once a month until the training programme kicks in. Also thought about doing the Edinburgh Kilomathon (26.2km) which looks interesting. Along with the Glasgow womens 10k in May and half marathon in September.
So many races, I've definately got the bug now
Yayy... another of my team returns to the fold
It was a great run Padders! Your first marathon shouldn't have a time target because the only objective it to get to the finish and enjoy the experience... you succeeded at both and still in a respectable time Well done!!
Now you have a time to beat
NotCat... 3:09:54 (PB)Rower... 3:46 (PB?)achingcalves... 3:19:54 (Huge PB!)KMac... 4:46:46 (Brill 1st marathon PB!)Champagne... 3:34kiwidave... 3.24tiptree... 3:31:53 (PB)MWilson... 2:58:43 (Superb 1st marathon PB)gary jones 17... 2:46:12L'ardvark... 3:01:04 (PB)Paul Ward 13... 3:05:09Kaygee... 4:39:06 (PB)Hudds Dave... 4:32Dougie Waller... 3:42:42theboynice... 3:12:49 (PB)surreystrider... 4:14:30djwolf... 3:30:05Mrs Wolf... 4:37Tricia... 4:15:55Rower... 3:45gas-man... 3:42Mrs gas-man... 5:22Dave 101... 3:48:56 (1st marathon PB)born to go slow... 4:40:13 (PB)mittybob... 4:20:30Steven S... 3:25:34 (PB)chowster... 3:57:54 (PB)Padders17... 5:17 (1st marathon PB)
I tried to post something here that RWOL UK could not handle and it won't let me simply delete the post. So,
Good luck Trin
*Checks list on wall to make sure everyone is in and accounted for*
*sweeps up, clears away empties, and has a final tidy*
*Picks up pom poms, turns lights out, has a final look back and leaves the thread, quietly closing the door behind*
*Slides note under door. "Thanks for everything, Trin."
1st Marathon complete 4:57:12 PB dead chuffed after the training went very wrong (didnt even get to half marathon distance).
Loved every single second and would love to do it again - thanks to the medics for catching me on the line.
33,939th place, room for improvement me thinks
Which one to do next.............................
Congratulations to you all
P.S. Congrats on your PB. Just think what a successful round of training might bring...
NotCat. I know (but yay anyway).
Either of you joined a UK forum worth bothering with?
Dave. Dang. Sorry to hear about your calf. I kow you'll make a sensible decision about Tokyo but tough call. Thanks for the thread info. Heading over there now.
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