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and we ran over the line to-
gether. I was so relieved to
have finished. A medal was
placed around my neck, a
thermal blanket was thrown
around my shoulders and a
finisher's pack was shoved
into my hands. I couldn't
speak, and I didn't know if I wanted to cry or throw up or cheer.
But it was done. I was in pain, but we'd done it, and we'd run the whole
damn thing in 4 hours and 38 minutes.
That night it was room service burgers, chips and wine, and the next week
was filled with constant reminders of the race (limp down stairs, limp up
stairs, limp, limp).
I wish I'd done more long runs in training, and I wish I'd run more in general.
But what I wish most is that I'd shouted out "thank you New York" as I ran.
It's cheesy, but it's true. And I wish I'd told the volunteers on the drink sta-
tions how fantastic they were, rather than just gasping "thank you". And even
though I've still got a sore knee, I've entered the ballot for next year. sm
New York, New York
The New York Marathon is the world's largest marathon. In 2009, the 40th anni-
versary of the race, just over 43,000 runners took part. The first marathon held in
1970 had 127 entrants. Only 55 finished. The race goes through the five boroughs
of New York, starting on Staten Island and ending in Central Park.
To enter you have three options.
1. Enter the online ballot -- you might jag a place, you might not. The ballot is
now open at ingnycmarathon.org and there is a nominal fee to enter.
2. Run for a registered charity. This will guarantee your entry (provided you can
find a charity with space for you on their books), it will be US-based, not Austral-
ian. There will be a minimum amount you must raise, usually around US$2500.
3. As an international entrant you can contact your country's chosen travel agent
and buy a race "pack" from them. This will include your race entry and either
your airfare or accommodation, or both. Each country has a limit on the places
they are granted.
4. Each year the race attracts over 100,000 applications. Two million spectators
line the course on the day.
• Good running shoes. Go
to a specialist fitter such as
Sportsfever to get the right
shoe for your foot.
• If you’re doing long distances,
or want to get into it more:
a running watch such as a
Garmin or Polar, fuel belt,
good quality socks, lightweight
sunglasses, gels, electrolyte
drink, Bodyglide (for chafing),
and importantly, a good physio.
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