1. Raise Money for a Good Cause: The amount of people cheering us on this weekend because of our Team in Training race shirt was insane. The funny part was not everyone even knew who Team in Training was (more weird than funny but still). These were our top three team cheers: Go Purple Team, Go Team 30, and last but not least, Go Team!!!!
2. Run with Friends: Best decision I ever made was to run with Kristy and Karen (added Ryan Hatcher the day before race). Ultimately running with your friends for 26.2 is way more enjoyable than running by yourself or pushing for a PR in New York. New York is such a huge race that you don't really want to miss any of the sights and sounds (read next tip). Between meeting famous people on course or the conversations we had, it was such a blast. Marathons are never easy. But after finishing the race the way we did, I actually would do it again in a heartbeat.
3. Check out the Sights and Sounds: You run through all five boroughs, through millions of peoples and, well, why not. Three helpful hints: Follow the Ryan Hatcher guide to Marathoning and get super pumped at every puppy you see. Dance like no one is looking at every chance you get (New York had by far the best band and music support I've ever seen. I highly recommend the Boogie Down Bronx when you cross into the borough and the Funk music in Harlem). And last but not least, take amazing pictures along the way (I mean, why not?).
4. When you have a chance, high five as many of the crowd as possible. They get louder and louder and way more fun the more you interact.
5. When nearing the race photographer always get ready for an epic photo opportunity.
6. When getting ready for the finish line, line up with your teammates like you are synchronized swimmers.
7. Last but not least. Sign up for the race poncho over the dry bag. Its amazing and it protects you from whatever weather is at the finish.
New York was such an amazing experience. I highly recommend it to anyone from wanting to run your first marathon to your last.
As their motto says, "IT WILL CHANGE YOU".
More blogs to come about the whole New York Experience.