I ran with friends for most of the race, one of which was an official pacer for a 4:30 finish so my splits were pretty consistent. I did speed up during the second half of mile 16 (decline of the Queensboro Bridge) to bank some time for a bathroom break. Bathroom break time is included in the mile 17 split. I believe I lost about a minute, but my watch wasn’t tracking well at this point so I am not sure. During mile 18, I had to speed up a little bit to catch back up to our pacer friend.
Mile 23 and the first part of mile 24 was the toughest and after analyzing the elevation profile, the Fifth Avenue incline didn’t start until the last quarter mile of mile 23. We did run mile 23 about 13 seconds faster than average pace, but I believe this period was my wall regardless. I felt much better for second half of mile 24. I’m not sure if it was seeing my loved ones early in mile 24, the salt pill I took during mile 23, or the honey stinger that I took during mile 22 (about 20 minutes earlier). Being in the park and close to the finish likely had some impact, as well.
Mile 25 and going into Mile 26 was when my knee was bothering me and I was hobbling a bit. About halfway through mile 26 when we turned onto 59th Street, my knee pain went away and I felt strong. Very excited about that last .2 miles!
race day Gear, from head to toe
It was warm and overcast on race day with an average temperature of 66º and 62-70% humidity while we were running. I felt warm by the second mile and was sopping wet by the end of the race. I used Aquaphor for anti-friction/chafe for the first time and came away with virtually no chafing. Had some slight pinkness under the bottom band of my sports bra.
Sparkly Soul headband
Adidas performance tank
Races2Remember custom bib
Old Navy sports bra
Asics TCS NYC Marathon arm warmers
Nike Swoosh wristband
Garmin Fenix 3
Ultimate Direction Jurek Essentials belt with additional phone pocket
Nike Pro 3″ shorts
Zensah compression calf sleeves
Brooks Launch 2
Aquaphor Healing Ointment for anti-friction/chafe
Pre-race Food and race day fueling
Day before the marathon
Breakfast: Gluten free pancakes with maple syrup, scrambled eggs, orange juice
Lunch: Folded eggs with ham, spinach, and mushroom. Home fries. Small salad.
Snack: Gluten free, vegan pumpkin cookie
Dinner: Gluten free pasta with spicy marinara sauce
Breakfast: Gluten free pancakes with maple syrup
Pre-race snack 1: Larabar
Pre-race snack 2: Banana
Pre-start fuel: 2 Organic Vanilla Honey Stingers
Race fuel: 1 Organic Vanilla Honey Stinger at 40 minutes then 1 every 30 minutes until 3:40 for a total of 7 Stingers
1 banana piece during mile 21
2 salt pills, one somewhere during the first half (can’t remember) and the other during mile 23
Post-race: Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter packet and a decaf coffee
French fries with chipotle aioli
Burger with gluten free bun, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayo