Waking up marathon morning and not running the marathon was hard. I didn’t have to get up early, like my teammates, but I was certainly thinking about them as they made their way to Staten Island to the start of the race. The biggest positive of the day was that my daughter Angelica was still with me for a few hours!
I was determined to be the best spectator ever and cheer on all my teammates. I was meeting Jess, who was actually my coach for this race until I got injured, at 11:30 on First Avenue. Angelica and I left the hotel around 9 and headed to Le Pain Quotidien for breakfast. I found this place on Yelp and loved that it offered fresh, healthy and organic food.
Breakfast was delicious, although a little pricey. I would definitely go back again, now they just need to open one in Tampa Bay! After breakfast Angelica and I headed to First Avenue to meet Jess. We decided to walk because it was such a beautiful day and I really wanted to take in the whole spectating experience by walking down First Avenue to my final destination of 119th Street. I was super excited to cheer all the runners on and to pass out the signs that ASICS gave me.
The energy along First Avenue was unbelievable. The spectators is one of the many reasons that makes this marathon so special. The spectators carried my through this marathon last year, they pushed me straight through to the end and my plan was to do that for someone else this year. I was so excited that we got to see the elite athletes while we waited for Jess. Even daughter loved the excitement of cheering and watching these amazing athletes.
After the elites passed we met Jess and her husband. Angelica had to go to work later that day so she headed to Penn, it was so hard to say goodbye. Jess, her husband and I headed down first Avenue to our final destination and where we would spend the next 5 hours cheering. We picked up Jess’s friend Caryn on the way.
We settled into our final spectating spot with a cow bell and mega phone where we started tracking all our runners. I was determined to see everyone that was running on Team ASICS, but I am apparently the worst spectator ever. I saw 1 out of 5. Caryn, who also happens to be an amazing photographer, caught this great photo of Katie and I hugging:
While I loved cheering on every single runner that day this was definitely the highlight. Jess and I stayed until about four and then we headed back down First Avenue. We cheered for hours and it was great, but we missed most of our friends. I cannot describe how difficult it is to find people in a crown even when you are tracking them. Jess and I spectating (<—apparently this is not a real word) together was a load of fun but we did a terrible job, worst spectators ever.
I dropped Jess at 86th street and then headed back to the hotel. I had planned on taking the subway, but I just ended up walking. Although I didn’t run a marathon I ended up walking over 12 miles, not too shabby. At around 7pm we all met up in Linzie’s room for pizza with the exception of Gelcys, who was in pain from the marathon (read her recap here).
Linzie, Ethan, Katie, her husband, Mia, Blake and I gathered for a couple of hours. We drank, we ate pizza (there is nothing like NYC pizza) and laughed, alot. We even persicoped about our day. This was a great ending to a great weekend. I am so thankful to ASICS for hosting me and the rest of the team in NYC, because without ASICS I would never have met these amazing people who I now call friends.
Be sure to check out all their great recaps of the weekend:
- Katie from Moms Little Running Buddies: Part 1, Part 2, NYC Marathon race recap
- Linzie from Sharp Endurance: Day 1, Day 2, Race Day
- Gelcys from Runner Unleashed: The night before, The beginning, The race
- Ethan from The Ginger Runner created an awesome race video that you need to check out: The 2015 NYC Marathon
And in case you missed it you need to check out the last Five to the Finish Line Webisode 7: Race Day:
This was one amazing experience that I hope to relive one day!! I am also hoping for some redemption next year at the marathon!!! This is my last recap, but if you missed them you can check out all the others below:
Thanks for following my journey to NYC this year!! I will be updating you all soon on my next adventure!