NYC Marathon Recap

I don’t want to bore people with a long winded race recap. But I do want to say THANK YOU for everyone’s well wishes and congratulations at the NYC Marathon. As some of you know, I went into this one with a small health blip on the radar which was being treated and monitored. I can happily say that this blip had zero impact on my day or how I felt. I felt strong. I felt “normal”. And today, I’m almost ready to run again. Almost. Below are just a few brief lessons and observations from this year’s race.

  1. I have the most loving and supportive family on the planet.
  2. I also have an amazing supporting cast of friends and I value and appreciate every one of you.
  3. The NYC Marathon is an incredible event  that should be experienced at least once (or seven times).
  4. Not even an all-day drizzle can dampen the excitement and spirit of the Five Boroughs.
  5. Racing for causes bigger than yourself is gratifying beyond words.
  6. Not all New York City spectating residents appreciate the value of a rousing Philadelphia E-A-G-L-E-S cheer.
  7. Anytime you see an aid station offering leg massages with Icy Hot and The Stick… GET IN LINE without hesitation. It’s worth the few extra minutes.
  8. Even Budweiser is refreshing at mile 17. Thank you whoever you were.
  9. While I’m a firm believer that virtually anybody can do virtually anything they put their mind to, I strongly discourage anyone from running a marathon with a long training run of 8 miles. It hurts.
  10. Take a few seconds to high five some spectators along the way, especially the little ones. They will remember it much longer than you will.
  11. And if one of those little spectators offers you a piece of their Halloween candy – take it.
  12. See #1
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