So it was Marathon Monday … honestly I didn’t even know about it until Pavement Runner informed me about it via a text message. So I looked it up and it sounded cool, so I added it to my things to do for Monday. However, before doing any thing New York Marathon related, I did what any normal person would do they day after a marathon … yup go for a run. I know call it silly, call it, crazy, but it was a great way to spend some time with my cousin since he was going to join me for a nice run along the East River Park route.
After heading back to Lo’s spot, I got myself ready to head down to Central Park to meet up with a long time friend of mine who I haven’t seen in years. Like I big boy I took the subway on my own without getting lost! Pat was going to head down to Marathon Monday as well since he just finished his first ever marathon on Sunday! Congrats dude.
When we got to Central Park Ave & W. 67th the lines we already pretty long, though luckily it was mostly for people looking to get their finisher medal engraved. The line for the store moved fairly quickly getting people inside this massive tent so we can purchase some gear that read “FINISHER” on it.
I did purchase a couple of things from Marathon Monday though they had some many awesome things there. This would be the first in my 24 marathons that I would actually purchase a finishers jacket! I also picked up the Monday edition of the New York Times which had a special NYC Marathon section and feature listing finishers of the marathon before the finishing time of 4:54:xx.
As runners shared their stories of running the marathon the day prior, crews started taking down signs and markings of the New York City Marathon. They did keep up the finish line area to allow for people to take some photos and enjoy that area one last time, sort of as a final warp-up to the marathon weekend.
With all the marathon stuff in the books, I joined Pat (NYC resident) and his family (parents from CA) for some breakfast at a nearby eatery. It was great catching up and chatting about running, everything else, and the days of college and the dudes we hung out with back in the day when Pat was in Ca.
Now that the marathon was over and all of the festivities had been enjoyed, it was time to put myself about in the city and do the touristy thing. I enjoyed the sights and sounds of the busy New York City on a Monday morning and afternoon, seeing buildings and areas like Time Square, The Rockefeller Center / Plaza, NBC Studios, and New York City Music Hall.
New York was amazing! This is by far the best race I have been too, from the travel, time spent running, sightseeing and making new friends. The trip is one I will remember forever. I have goals of breaking my personal best which was set this weekend. So I guess they are right, every runner has a little New York in them. The time spent in a wonderful city allowed me to hold up to the race’s saying to “GET YOUR NEW YORK ON”.
Have you ever ran the New York Marathon? What do you remember most of your time out there?