I’ve run in NY many times. Maybe not compared to some people, but a lot for me. I’ve run enough last year to qualify for the NYC Marathon. That being said nothing prepared me for the feeling of running the NYC Half Marathon. It was amazing on so many levels. I loved it so much that I’ve already signed up for two more Boro races to qualify to run it next year. I don’t want to chance the lottery and I would love to do this run again.
It was AWESOME!
Yes, it really was.
Now there are some thing logistically that weren’t so awesome, but you’ve got to take the good with the bad. For example:
Early wake up call
Yup. Early. I needed to leave my house by 5:00. I require time to wake up, have some coffee, eat a small breakfast, and not feel rushed.
Then there is the fact that the start and finish line are at totally opposite locations which makes for a great race, but not so exciting when the race is over. We decided to park at the start line and had to take the subway and then walk a bit to our car after the race. Not really bad except it was cold and we were not really dressed for it. On a positive note, it did give us a chance to cool down with the walk. Plus we parked literally around the corner from Magnolia’s Bakery. Finally though, if you’ve got a fun group to take the walk and subway with it really doesn’t matter anyway.
Need I say more. Oh my. So good!
Security. I get it. I really do. There was only one entrance to the park for runners. We had to go through metal detectors and have our stuff screened. I get it. I really do. I applaud all NYRR and Police Department does to keep the runners safe. That being said, I really think if there was someone out to do something bad, they would not pose as a runner. I really don’t. I was having panic attack as once we finally made it through security we had to make our way through the park to our corrals. I honestly for the first time at any race thought I would miss the start of my corral.
That’s it for my complaints. Got nothing.
And these things I wouldn’t even say too bad in the whole scheme of things.
Now the good parts that makes it so awesome.
When you do a big race like this there is a level of excitement that you really can’t get anywhere else. You’ve got the news coverage. You’ve got the huge crowds with over 20,000 runners. Then you have the spectators and volunteers.
But what made it so special?
Can’t wait to do it again.
The race starts in Central Park where you run the first few miles. Then the magic happens because you leave the park shortly after mile 6. You running down 7th Avenue towards Times Square. As if that isn’t enough, you then run down 42nd Street until the West Side Highway coming out near the Intrepid. Then you run through Lower Manhattan and cross the finish line.
You don’t have to be familiar with the city to know how awesome it would be to run through the streets. That being said, as someone who has been to the city, driven in the traffic, and knows the congestion of all the vehicles; it’s nothing short of awesome. I was having so much fun running these streets that I literally had to slow myself down. The crowds in Time Square are incredible. When I was running by, they were starting the kids 1 mile race in Time Square which just adds to the excitement of it.
I even took my phone out and took several pictures while staying on pace if I do say so myself.
Then if that isn’t enough, there is the finish!
The medal and the sense of accomplishment that finishing brings.
And I would like to add one more thing. The post race snack bag. Some races you finish and you get an apple and a water. Not here. Every finisher gets their own personal bag with a big water, a Gatorade, and apple, some pretzels in a reusable clear drawstring bag. No picture because I was too busy consuming.
What is your favorite race?