workout wednesday

  So, this past month while things were quiet, I kept busy by training for the NYC marathon.  Busy is quite the understatement.  With a month's notice I decided to have a run at it (forgive the pun, but I couldn't help myself :)

  I had run a marathon once before, and quite frankly, it was awful.  At least from what I could recall  when I ran it almost four years ago.  I had swore off marathons especially after I hit my "wall" at mile 18, and began to curse off the world and my innocent husband who pirated the entire race in an effort to support me.  Unless, of course, I was able to get into NYC.  Running NYC has always been on my "bucket list" and when the opportunity arose to run through charity, I knew I had to do it.  I was a stronger runner this time around, and although I had planned on applying for the chance next year, I figured who knows where I'll be at this time next year.  You're healthy, run now!  So, I did!

  What an absolutely amazing experience!  The sights and sounds were incredible!  Ahhhh-mazing!  I can't even begin to describe the masses of people cheering along First Avenue as you come around the corner from the Queensboro Bridge.  Truly spectacular.

  It's interesting the difference in experiences between the two races.  This race was certainly much more crowded due to the cancellation last year and Superstorm Sandy, and drove me insane as I  dodged runners almost the entire 26 miles.  And, I certainly hit the "wall," but this time it was at mile 22/23.  My legs were shot due to the almost constant incline throughout the city streets and my head couldn't stay in the game anymore.  But, the difference….is that I cannot wait for next year!  I've already made up my mind that I'll run it again.  Because it was just that awesome.  If you're a runner, it's a must.  Don't miss it!


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