Day 2 of NYC Marathon weekend was pretty amazing!!! The morning started at 7 am, a little too early for me after a late night. We all gathered in the lobby and took a shuttle over to Columbus Circle where we would have a shake out run and breakfast. This was no ordinary shake out run. This shake out run included an elite coach-Andrew Kastor and elite athletes-Deena Kastor, Sara Hall and Ryan Hall. This was one shake out run I did not want to miss, but first I had to have a #Bartie:
Then it was off to the shakeout run. This was my test. I would see if four weeks of rest would allow me to run. I started off with the group at the back of the pack so I wouldn’t feel pressured to keep up a certain pace, but after the first few steps it was obvious to me that four weeks was not enough and that running the NYC Marathon was not going to be in the cards for me this year.
This picture was taken right before I stopped and starting walking back to the start. I got a half a mile into the run and was in pain. As much as I wanted to finish this run, I couldn’t. As a I walked back to the start to meet up with Mia (one of the PR people) all my emotions from that last few weeks came to a head. Disappointment, anger, frustration and as much as I hate to admit it, a little relief. I thought I would be better for the marathon, but as the marathon got closer and closer I knew deep down it wouldn’t happen for me. This shakeout run was the final nail in the coffin. It was the moment it was official. I would be taking a DNS for the NYC Marathon. It was heartbreaking, but the absolute right thing to do.
After the run we headed to breakfast where we had the opportunity to hear from ASICS, Coach Kastor, Deena Kastor, Sara Hall, Ryan Hall and Sony. Coach Kastor and all the elite athletes were inspiring and gave great words of wisdom, most of which I had a hard time hearing because I felt like a fraud sitting there and knowing I could not run the race on Sunday. This feeling was all in my own head because everyone around me was incredibly supportive.
One thing I am really excited about is the Sony Smart-B Trainer!!! The Sony Smart B-Trainer is an all-in-one device that makes your training efficient with voice guidance, music playback, integrated GPS, heart rate monitoring, and running logs. It is also waterproof!!! I got to take one of these babies home and I cannot wait to get back up and running so I can try it out!!!!
After breakfast we headed back to the hotel and then on to the expo. This was the first of many bittersweet moments that I would taste this weekend. I was truly excited for my teammates and truly disappointed for myself, but you would never know it from this pic with Linzie (one of my favorites from the entire weekend):
The expo was packed!!! Lucky for us we ASICS made it easy for us to pick up our race numbers and buy our souvenirs!! Lnzie and I wandered the expo together and he talked me into buying a glass and a t-shirt. Honestly he really didn’t have to do much persuading because they were both pretty awesome! You can check them out here and here.
After the expo we had some time to ourselves. Linzie and I grabbed some lunch to bring back to our rooms and then I rested until it was time to get ready to go to the Runner’s World VIP Party. Prior to the party we got to attend the Runner’s World International Editor’s Choice Shoe awards. It was a pretty intimate ceremony where five awards were given out pretty quickly. Of course us bloggers were front and center for the awards!
Next up was the main event which started with another #Bartie and a group photo:
It was a fun party! We had a drink, some food, met some friends and Dean Karnazes-who told us about his next venture-running a marathon in every country over one year. He even asked us to join him for a marathon or two-now that would be a dream, although I could never keep up!!
And then we said goodnight!!! Stay tuned for Day 3!!!!