NYC Marathon 2015

The 2015 TCS New York City Marathon happened was nearly three weeks ago and I’m still on a high. I woke up that morning to find a message from a friend letting me know that my photo was on the TCS New York City Marathon website. What?!? Out of the 50,000 people who ran the marathon last year and the millions of photos taken, the marathon gods chose ME as their face on race day. I just knew it was going to be a great day. 

I got dressed- put on my ASICS shorts and PitCCh In Foundation team t-shirt -and headed out to catch my ferry to the start at Staten Island.

I started the race strong and was on track to set a PR. I imagined crossing the finish line with my arms up and eating a giant steak. But somewhere after I passed the halfway point at mile 13 I started to fall apart. How was it possible? Both feet started to blister and my quads cramped up – neither of these things happened in any of my training runs the last few years. 

Sometimes it’s just not your day. And other times, you have to accept the fact that no matter how great shape you’re in if you don’t put in the time and work, your performance will suffer. The reality is while I have been completely long runs for months I didn’t start hard core training until I was asked to run with PitCCh In a month before. 

I should be, and am proud, of the fact that I finished and that I raised several thousand dollars for this amazing organization.

A special thanks to the amazing people in my life for supporting me. There’s no better motivation than knowing that your loved ones support you from near and far!

Luckily, I have amazing friends like Lisa at Early Morning Run. Her card arrived in the mail the day before the race, so I save it to read at the start. Thanks to Lisa, Liz at Nerd In the City, Victoria at The Running Stylist, Evann Clingan, Meaghan at The Fit Crasher, Greg at NYC Sweat, Megan at I Run 4 Wine, Megan at Run Like a Grl, Linzie at Sharp Endurance, and Kayla In The City (who ran her first marathon) for the encouragement and support! The blogging community is wonderful!

Sometimes I worry that people are tired of hearing me talk about this race so I don’t talk about it much. But seriously, the NYC Marathon is one of my favorite things in the entire world. I’m sorry that I’m not sorry if I’m proud of myself for running it for a fourth time.  

 
 

And you know who is even more awesome? My fiancé, Amber Sabathia, and my PitCCh In Foundation team who waited by mile 18 to cheer for me. They made it hard for me to miss them with the giant cardboard sign with my face on it! My friend Cheryl even named her pre-controversy Starbucks cup after me. Nothing fuels me more than these amazing people in my life!

 
  

Over the years, I have learned that life is nothing if you don’t have good people around you with whom to share it. I love the marathon for many reasons but the number one reason I love it so much is because it unites people. The marathon is the closest thing we have to Heaven. People of all races, creeds, sizes, ages, and beliefs come out to cheer for their fellow (Wo)man. The energy in the city is electrifying. And the people are kind and generous – thousands of people volunteer, strangers in the street give out water, bananas, candy, and anything else they can offer to help.

People who would never otherwise speak to each other on the train, help each other, encourage each other, celebrate each other, share joy, and show kindness to each other interact on this one day. In my mind, this is what Heaven is supposed to be like and what Earth should have been like. The Marathon gives me hope and makes me look forward to the day I enter those Heavenly gates. And when that day comes, I will surely run across that finish line like there’s no tomorrow. Hopefully there is a medal waiting for me…and you.

TCS ING New York City Marathon

  

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  • Congrats on the marathon Grace! You’re right that might not be your day part, but so proud you fought through the finish! There is always next year or race for a PR ;). Three weeks later and I still feel the same high too and smile just thinking about it. I think that is the closest feeling to what a pro-athlete feels like with all different kinds of people cheering you and screaming your name, lol.

    • Thanks so much @disqus_WVNyKZVDVf:disqus! Congrats on your finish too. I’m sure others in the world are like “it’s been three weeks, get over it” but again, sorry not sorry 😉

      And I agree with you – it’s closest feeling to being a pro. I think at one point I ran with one arm waving like the Queen. Ha!

      • Thomas

        Everyone forgets about the importance of water. See shrsl.com/?~avcj

  • linda

    Grace, congratulations! Your description of what the Marathon means to you is EXACTLY how I feel. I’m still recovering from achilles tendonitis I suffered while training for the Brooklyn Half so I decided to volunteer for the Marathon. It was a blast. It gives me hope for our future–as a world. Thanks for your blog.

  • Kayla Kleinman

    Still a huge congratulations, a marathon is a marathon and now I know firsthand what an amazing day it is. You are so right about how special it is– in a city like new york where we general avoid eye contact it was so refreshing to make friends with fellow runners during the journey to Staten Island and have total strangers cheering you on.

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