Thank you so much for all the messages of luck and support yesterday, they mean so much to me! It’s amazing to be running a US race, with messages from all over the world.
Yesterday was hard day, it was hot from the very start of the run, the course was hillier than I remember (and have trained for), and I struggled from mile 22 onwards. It has been an eye opener in terms of how much I have to do for Tokyo in just over 100 days time, but I’m strangely excited to put a lot of hard work over the next few months – most particularly on my speed, general fitness and my core strength.
5 Things I learned during the New York City Marathon 2016
- Never under estimate the marathon distance. It will kick your butt if not, mile 19 onwards was not pretty…
2. You should always, always do that extra safety wee. We only just made it to our corral in time after delays on the buses, and I didn’t go for my last final bathroom stop. I needed the loo for 22 miles, until I finally cramped so much that I had to stop.
3. Having supporters makes ALL the difference. I really missed having Tom and my Mum on the sidelines, but loved having Ashley, Darren (Zoe’s BF), Megan, and a couple of Zoe’s friends cheering for us. The NYC crowds are unparrallelled – although London does come a close second – and their noise, signs and music is so encouraging.
4. I love and hate marathons, luckily not in equal measure. I smiled through most of the miles yesterday, and think it might have been a lot more enjoyable if I’d been a little fitter.
5. Running with a friend is AMAZING! I loved having Zoe by my side for most of the race yesterday, someone to check in with, keep me on pace and push me forwards when I wanted to slow down on the bridges.
I ran 21.5 miles through the five boroughs with Zoe, and helped (in a very small way) her earn her brand new PB!! I am so proud of her, and couldn’t believe how strong she looked on those hills – her training has been spot on this summer! I know she’s going to keep chipping away at her time to earn her sub 4 in no time!
Full race review and video coming soon! In the meantime I’m going to be spamming my Instagram with race pics over the next few days.