running race (road) 3:52:15  42.78 km (5:26 / km) +240m 5:17 / km
shoes: Hoka Stinson Grey 2014.02.02
predicted 3:45, hoped for 3:30 - actual time was more in line with where my training was. I did not train for this event and honestly did not want to put in the miles needed to race a full marathon. so what you get is a mediocre result and a whole lot of suffering. on the plus side I reached an entire new threshold for pain. 11 miles of dead pain in the quads. started at the Queensboro bridge and lasted for the remainder of the race. good news is I was not cramping and since it was just pain I accepted it and kept plodding along. Splits show I slowed some, but not a serious amount.
so I can scratch this off the bucket list (I don't actually have one) and move on to something else. The experience was just that. I cant categorize it. I did not enjoy the 5 hours getting to the start, but the race was fun. too loud for me at times, but also some wonderfully quiet moments (Williamsburg and the Bridges) where I could actually hear my feet hit the ground. I enjoyed stomping on paper cups at each of the water stops, the variety of music playing along the route and the spectators who seemed to not care who they were cheering for. The sight of the Empire State Building at mile 23 looked so close, yet so far beyond my finish. the finish line was anti-climatic. cross the line, pick up medal, pick up space blanket and bag of goodies, receive poncho after 2km walk alone.
I can't see myself running in the City again on this course. My preference is for a nice quiet trail, distance doesn't matter.