Wednesday, November 23, 2011

NYC Marathon 2011 Pictures

Verrazano Narrows Bridge near the start line. 

The bridge with 47,000 strong running the NYC Marathon:
 And we're off.  I am somewhere on the bottom section of the bridge!
Hands held high, I think this won't be that bad:
Still looking good and feeling good just before my left side goes numb and my right leg effectively stops working!

Somewhere in Central park around mile 24. Note that my right leg is pretty much useless and I am dragging it behind me!  But, as you can see, I am far from the only walker:

Hop over the finish line:

 Time to collect my medal!
The "death march" to Columbus Avenue through Central Park.  Time to jump into the medical area for two bags of ice on my shins:

Time to pick up my gear and find the M7 bus to the hotel... What a day!

Monday, November 7, 2011

NYC Marathon - Finished!

A bright shiny day with temps in the 50s in NYC.  About half of Europe (mainly Scandanavia, Germany and Italy) were running in the race.  Thousands upon thousands of people shouted my name in all 5 boroughs of New York.  I high fived at least 500 people (no exaggeration).  Got lots o' free orange slices, bananas, paper towels and even gel packs from non-race related passer bys.  The stories are many, but the euphoric feeling of running 23 miles (walking the last 3 through the fall colors of Central Park), was incredible. Best. Race. Ever.  And I now I have a bright shiny medal!

The gold

At the Expo on Friday 11/4/11