Back in July, PrePlay employees hit the pavement at the All-Star 5K but it didn’t stop there.
All summer and fall Scott and I were in the midst of training for our first marathons, I was headed to Chicago and Scott was preparing for the New York Marathon. Week after week (with some flack from our co-workers) we traded stories on our long training runs, nutrition and training gear. Finally race day came and here’s what we have to say about our big race day.
I never thought I’d say running a marathon is fun, but it’s true, I had a blast running 26.2 miles throughout the city of Chicago. The city was alive with runners and the streets consistently lined with fans cheering and encouraging the 40,000+ athletes through the course. It was a beautiful October day and I couldn’t help but smile throughout the course as I passed each mile marker and talked to fellow runners along the way. After crossing the finish line, I was overwhelmed by a sense of accomplishment and pride in what I had just done. Running a marathon is something I can now cross off my bucket list, and add to my “to-do” list each year.
I ran cross country in high school and didn’t particularly enjoy it. I then went almost a decade without running much at all. Just a few years later, I found myself training for the NYC Marathon. I’m not really sure why, but I do know it was one of the best experiences of my life.
From the brutal wind on the Verrazano to the narrow streets in Brooklyn to the eerie quiet on the Queensboro Bridge to the raucous crowds on 1st Avenue to the homestretch in Central Park, I truly enjoyed every minute of it. The NYC Marathon is special because it offers such a wide variety of scenery, neighborhoods, and people. The sense of accomplishment of finishing translates anywhere though, and I knew at the finish line that I would run another one. Now the question is, what city and when?