Tuesday, January 24, 2012

New York Marathon

Lance and I ran the New York Marathon on November 6, 2011. There was a total of 47,180 runners that finished the marathon. I placed 20,277 and Lance placed 20,281. My time was 4:14:13 and his was 4:14:14. We ran together the whole way. We enjoyed the amazing energy that was given to us by the millions of spectators. The photo to the left is in our green camp before the start with the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in the background. The bridge is the first mile of the marathon. It takes you from Staten Island into Brooklyn.

 The photo to the right is of all of the runners in front of us from the green camp that were starting in wave one at 9:40. There were people as far as you could see packed in waiting to begin. They played the National Anthem over the loud speakers followed by New York New York. And we're off... not really, it took us five minutes to cross the starting line. We ran through all five boroughs. The streets were filled with people, five or so deep on both sides of the road. The bridges were empty. All you could hear was the sound of feet hitting the ground.
We were obviously not in it to run a record time, it was more for the awesome experience.We stopped on the Queensboro Bridge for a unique photo opp. Our picture was taken by a French man that we ran next to for awhile. I am not sure where the photo to the left was taken. It was at one of the water stops. There were so many paper cups on the ground. We finally finished in Central Park and received our finisher medals and Mylar blankets. We had to walk forever after the finish line to get out of Central Park and find our family. We had an awesome experience. I would like to go back and do it again sometime, if I am lucky enough to draw out again. Thank you Shayne and Lucien for letting us stay at your house. We enjoyed spending time with both of you.