Last Year New York
Running the ING New York Marathon in November last year was one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. I ran for an awesome charity called Team for Kids, and managed to raise over $3000 to help educate young kids on health and fitness. So I would like to give a big thanks to all of those who contributed to that great cause.
The NY Marathon was the first big marathon I had run, and only my second marathon. I did the Rotorua marathon in New Zealand in April last year, and as you would expect for a newbie, made heaps of basic mistakes. But I learnt from those mistakes and changed my game plan for NY.
On November 6, 2011, I started the day by catching a bus at 6am from 51st St in Manhattan to the race start point in Staten Island. After waiting a couple of hours in the freezing cold the race finally got underway at around 10am. Due to the huge number of some 37,000 runners, I started off the race at a slower pace than usual, but after the Verrezano-Narrows Bridge things freed up and I set into my 5min/km (8min/mile) pace and pretty much kept that for the whole race.