The day started off a bit on the early side, as we were woken up to the band that was set up across the street from our apt doing a sound check. There's nothing like hearing a live band from bed at 8 am on a Sunday morning! We were so excited because we got to see all of the elite, professional runners run past our building right at mile 18 (only 8.2 left! woohoo....go Paula go!). Around lunch time, my marathon buddy, Nancy, came into the city from NJ for the day to hang out and celebrate our 1 year "run-aversary," and of course we were decked out in our 2008 marathon shirts....I even donned my metal for the day! Her cousin Wendy was running, so we grabbed a quick bite and headed back to 1st Ave. to shove our way into a good spot. Nancy came prepared with a giant "W" so Wendy would be sure to spot us. It was so cool standing there, cheering on all of the runners. We had a blast! After heading over to 5th Ave. to see Wendy at mile 23, we walked across the park and over to the West side for a post marathon party. By that time, my voice was pretty much a goner, but it was well worth it to cheer on all those runners. Congrats to all of the 2009 marathoners!!! I'll be back in 2010!
2008 and 2009 Marathon Runners!