Royal Race Report from the 2018 NYC Marathon – Heather’s race

What was your race experience like?

Incredible. Difficult. And so much fun. I knew it would be hard but nothing has ever pushed me this hard before. I was pushing myself to run past extreme pain, knowing that the finish line was waiting for me. I had an index card in my pocket with a list of where my spectator friends would be waiting, and between keeping an eye out for them, the energy from the crowd, and all the texts that came through from my friends, I had no problem pushing through. And the last mile and a half was the biggest runner’s high I’ve ever felt – I knew I was going to make it and I was able to finish strong. I had no pain in that last mile or so, just complete euphoria. (The pain came back just over the finish line, though. Of course.)

Did CHRC help you train for/run/celebrate this race? If so, how?

Yes! I did the majority of my runs alone, but CHRC supported me the whole time with Stava kudos, words of advice and encouragement, and of course high fives along the course and afterwards at our post-race party. I also never would have run this race without their inspiration and motivation to begin with.

Would you run it again?

At mile 16, my answer was, “Absolutely!” At mile 23, it was, “Absolutely not, no way, never again.” With a few days distance, I’m already looking up training plans to figure out how I can be better prepared for next time…

What was your race experience like?

Incredible. Difficult. And so much fun. I knew it would be hard but nothing has ever pushed me this hard before. I was pushing myself to run past extreme pain, knowing that the finish line was waiting for me. I had an index card in my pocket with a list of where my spectator friends would be waiting, and between keeping an eye out for them, the energy from the crowd, and all the texts that came through from my friends, I had no problem pushing through. And the last mile and a half was the biggest runner’s high I’ve ever felt – I knew I was going to make it and I was able to finish strong. I had no pain in that last mile or so, just complete euphoria. (The pain came back just over the finish line, though. Of course.)

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