- High fiving and low fiving literally hundreds of cheering adults and kids
- Accepting gel packs, lollipops, fruit, paper towels and even salt from random spectators who were donating their hard earned money and time to help me out. One spectator even asked me which flavor of gel pack I wanted from their own stash! I took a raspberry.
- Saying "thanks" and chatting with spectators
- Chatting with fellow runners in the bus, on the course and afterwards where we laughed about our leg pains
- One balcony about 5 stories up along the route was throwing a marathon viewing party and had about 30 spectators. They had a large "Team Pete" banner hanging over the balcony railing. I yelled up to them, pointed to the name on my shirt and they all roared for about 45 seconds until I passed.
- Running through all 5 boroughs of New York on a bright, sunny, 50 degree fall day with all of the trees in full color.
- In the medical-tent, the volunteers were faced with a "war zone" type situation with people falling all over the place, yet they found time to treat my "minor" shin injuries with ice packs, quickly and efficiently.
- Riding the Sixth Avenue bus back to my hotel, wrapped in an aluminum cape, chatting with two senior ladies, who were volunteers at the race, and who got in an argument with the bus driver about which stop I should get out of the bus at.
*From Marathon You Can Do It by Jeff Galloway, Shelter Publications, 2010