After running NYC marathon in 2015 and getting injury in the process, I knew I have to run it again. I knew that could finish in better shape and time so I went ahead and put in for the lottery but I didn’t get it. I was also in the middle of training for my Lake Placid 70.3 and looking for a new home so after getting the email of rejection, the thought of running NYC marathon was way in the back of my head till I got an email with the opportunity of running the race, this was August! so of course I have to accepted.
After completing Lake Placid 70.3 in mid September, my right ankle was acting up so I decided to rest it, two weeks later it was time to get back into running, unfortunately there wasn’t much time for the long miles so my longest miles was 16 but there was 16 good miles. I was ready.
3:30 wake up call. Since I no longer live in the city, my drive was about 1 hour and 30 minutes into John Jay College to meet the rest of the FDNY crew. The morning started out right with being escorted to the starting line by the awesome man and women of the NYPD.
It was cold and raining at the starting line but I was so excited to be there that the cold and the rain did not bother me at all.
It was crowded at the bridge and few miles into Brooklyn so it took me a while to break from the crow and get a good pace.
This race has such amazing vibe and great anergy that I felt like it carry me through the whole 26.2 miles into the park. it is like a big block party. I did had a small hiccup at mile 24 were I got really hungry and light headache and I have to stop. I was lucky enough to stop where they were giving out bananas, so I grab a piece and Gatorade and went on, unfortunately, I couldn’t keep up with my pace but I finish strong, with no injury and with a big smile on my face. Seeing my friend Jen at mile 18 and the by the finish, really gave me that little boost that you need to push through and finish strong.
New York City Marathon is like no other so if you ever have the opportunity to run it, do it. You will not be disappointed.
It is time to take a rest and for few weeks and then back into training for NYC half and NJ Marathon, so follow me into my journey in trying to qualify to Boston. On my IG account @mrslazatin #thismamacantritoBQ in the mean time it is time to have fun with the family.
Keep in touch and don’t forget to keep try-ing.