It was a really nice run in spite of the icy cold conditions though. It was amazing to see thousands of people in front of me and thousands behind me. I was in the middle of a crowd for the entire race. There were over 50,000 runners and there was no half marathon. All 50,000 ran the full marathon. We ran through all of the boroughs and finished in Central Park. It was actually getting dark when we finished, yet my wave started around 10:30 in the morning.
The walk back to my hotel was about 3 miles and I was really tired. But they gave us really nice fleece lined ponchos and I was totally wrapped up in that. At the desk in my hotel I had to arrange for transportation to the airport for the next morning, and nearly collapsed while working on that transaction. I barely made it to the elevator and was leaning over clinging to the hand rail hoping to not faint before I reached the 14th floor. I did manage to remain standing but threw myself onto the floor as soon as I opened the door to my room. I think that was the most exhausted I have ever been after a marathon. But it was worth it!
|NYC Marathon Finish|