NYC Marathon 2013 Recap
Sunday’s NYC Marathon was record breaking.
50,740 – the number of runners at the Verrazano Bridge start, making it the largest marathon.
2 million the number of spectators on the streets of NYC. After last year’s cancellation the city was out in full force.
12 – the number of friends who came out to cheer for me on the course. THANK YOU!
2013 – the last year that ING will sponsor the marathon.
2014 – the year Tata Consulting Services will be the title sponsor.
23 – the number of cups of gatorade I drank. Can’t. Drink. More. Gatorade.
4200 – the dollars I raised for Fred’s Team. Collectively as a team we have raised $4 million for cancer research.
4100 – the dollars I though I would NOT be able to raise.
41 – the number of minutes I shaved from my last marathon time.
Final Time: 5:02:49
**I’m pretty sure I would came in under 5 hours had I not “raised the roof” the entire time. Seriously, all of my MarathonFoto proofs have me raising my arms. Why???
Sunday was one of the greatest days ever. There were points where I wanted to quit, like at the start when it was cold and windy. Or mile 1 when my foot started acting up. At mile 5 when I stopped to pee at KFC. Or at mile 14 when I couldn’t breathe and I started tingling all over. But what matters is that I finished. I ran 26.2 miles not because I necessarily wanted to, but because I CAN. There will come a day when I can NOT run, or walk. So for now I will do it as long as I can.
Running with Fred’s Team has been an unbelievable experience. They have been extremely supportive during training, fundraising and race day. If you want your faith in humanity restored, fundraise for a team and experience generosity and love from people all over the world (including strangers). I have lots of people to thank in the coming days for their generous donations to Fred’s Team. Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for your shout out. #seegracerun
Special thanks to my coworker and friend Calvin for running the entire race with me. Thanks for sharing your salt packet and celebrating with me after. We finished together!
Lastly, thank YOU all for your kind notes, tweets, calls and more in support of this run. I surely could not have done it without you. You have no idea what it has meant to me.