The NYC marathon took place this year on Sunday, November 5. Two friends ran the race along with 36,998 fellow New Yorkers and Lance Armstrong. Marathon day is one of the best days of the year and most opportune times to feel the pulse of the city. The excessive support that spills out to every single runner is truly inspiring. It is enough to make you want to get out and run the race yourself - a feeling I have experienced the past two years.
Following racers can be tricky, but we executed a near perfect plan. At 10:45, we emerged on Lafayette St in Fort Greene in just enough time to see the leaders pass. 45 minutes later, our female stud runners followed suit. We hopped on the E Train and positioned ourselves at 85th and 1st with enough time to grab a sandwich on the way. When they ran up First Ave 20 minutes later, two of us joined them for a bit to lend our support. After, we cut across town to Fifth Ave and 95th, where we waited for them to reach the home stretch. All in all, the day was a phenomenal success and the energy from the experience helped carry me through the following week.