Spectating the NYC marathon

Happy Monday!

I spent yesterday walking all over NYC and came home so refreshed and energized.  My ankle felt fine walking for miles (I gave the full ankle update yesterday, in case you missed it!)

A huge congratulations to everyone who ran the NYC marathon yesterday! It was a chilly, windy day… I was glad to be bundled up in my coat and scarf. It would have been nice running weather without the wind.

Despite the conditions and tough course, I heard of quite a few pr’s and amazing times…. at the risk of missing a few, I wanted to say congrats to Hollie for an amazing first marathon, Corey for a strong race after an injury scare, Amanda for a 1 minute pr, Laura for her 100th (!!) marathon, Ali and Jess for shiny new prs, and Mary Katherine (who I coach) for another solid race!

NYC marathon 30k mark

Check out the wind blowing the signs!

I met up with some friends at the 30k mark… it was so nice to finally meet up with Michele! We’ve followed each other’s journeys for so long that it felt like catching up with an old friend.  :)

NYC Spectating with Michelle

I also got to meet up with another Michelle, who has inspired me with her recent MCM marathon and instagram posts.  We also learned we grew up just 30 minutes from each other! Michelle’s sister, Nicole, was so sweet, and it was really fun to meet Ashley, Sara and Gregg as well.

NYC spectating group

Afterwards, I was excited to hang out with an old high school friend who was in the city for a few days.  We got giant burrito bowls and caught up on life.  Then it was back home to get ready for another week.  All in all, a pretty marvelous day.

Mentally, I feel more ready than ever to run Philly… now I have two weeks for my ankle to agree.  :)

Have you spectated at a marathon? Any favorite NYC spots? Who else raced this weekend?

 

49 thoughts on “Spectating the NYC marathon

  1. I watched my husband run the Rocket City Marathon a few years ago. It was fun to cheer on all the runners. I can’t imagine how much fun it would be in NYC with tens of thousands of runners! Still sending healing vibes your way to get that ankle ready for Philly!
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  2. FUN! So glad your ankle is feeling good! I need to soak up all the NYC info. as finally FINALLY it is MY TURN TO RUN IT in 2014! Good things come to those who wait right? Haha!
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  3. Looks like you had a great day. I love when I get to meet up with people I have met through social media! I have not spectated a marathon but have been at PLENTY of triathlons. I love spectating. The energy and people are always so electrifying and positive. Instant motivation.
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  4. I’m always so inspired after I spectate a race…marathon or not! There is just something about people out there pushing themselves! It was awesome even just following people yesterday on social media!! Fall is just such a big racing time!!
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  5. I love spectating! Since we’ve run them, we know exactly what their going through, so it’s even more meaningful. I am so jealous that you were able to meet Michelle! Love both of you so much!!
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  6. So I think that this is the third time I’m saying that I’m so bummed that I didn’t get to spectate with you all?? Seriously, marathon Sunday is like no other in the city. We usually watch the race near home since the route runs close by. There’s so much energy in the city. I’m glad that your ankle felt OK walking all around the city!
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  7. Awe, I loved that you were with such a fun group!! Spectating can be so much fun and definitely inspiring shortly before your own race. I am still sad I missed you on the course!! Positive thoughts and healing vibes your way!!

  8. So much fun!! I was watching on TV yesterday and at a CycleFest at my local YMCA so…
    It looks like you had a blast and wow – that wind must not have been easy to run in at times. Great to hear you’re feeling ready to tackle you’re own 26.2. Can’t wait to read all about it!
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  9. What a fun day! And great job ankle! :) I had a job when I was studying abroad in California where I had to assist at many races, including two marathons. I wasn’t as into running then, but it was amazing to watch the athletes. Amazing to see how natural and easy it looked for the front pack and how much work others were putting in just to reach their goals.
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  10. Just spectating a marathon would exhaust me!! Ha Ha! I have actually never seen one in action, other than being STUCK in traffic when I forgot one was happening that morning! LOL! WHOOPS! That being said, I would LOVE to cheer my friends on if they were in marathons! :) Def not opposed to getting up early to root for them!

  11. i’ve never watched a race in action – i don’t think i would make a cery good spectator – i’d rather be IN the race (although i’ve never been in a race). so fun that you were able to connect with so many of your blends..i love that!
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  12. Sounds like fun! I love spectating – I watched the Auckland Marathon last year and made up my mind to run the half (my first) this year – and I actually did it this weekend! It can be so motivating to watch runners. I hope it motivates you too for Philly, and that your ankle behaves!
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