New York Spectating

Freshly back from a weekend – THE weekend – in New York City! This Sunday was the TCS New York City Marathon!

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For a quick flashback, Jess and I met our long-time Twitter/Instagram friend Beth back in August, when she came to Cape Cod to enjoy the Falmouth Road Race. She came to stay with her friend Alison, who was my new friend at run club since, she’d just moved up from the City. If that all sounds a little confusing, I’ll save the story of how I met Jess for another day ;-) But back on that fateful August day, we kinda half-jokingly said we should come down to New York to spectate for the marathon in November! Hello November!

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Jess hopped the train in Boston on Friday, and I jumped into the seat next to her once she hit Providence. We were off!

Beth was an incredible hostess, and I think this was my first time staying right in the city at a friend’s apartment. Way better than a hotel. Our cozy-clothes, delivery-ordering slumber party evenings were top notch! Thank you SO much for having us, Beth!

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On Saturday morning, we woke up to the alarm clock of an impending long run. The radar was only a pretty picture to match what we were hearing against the 15th floor windows – slamming wind and rain! Jess had 20 miles in her training schedule, Beth had 12, and a third friend Ashley joined us for 16. I ended up deciding on SIXTEEN myself!

Whaaat? Are you training for something, Stacey? NOPE. I think I am just on a high after reaching half-marathon status again post-surgery.

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The weather worked out okay, and it was really exciting to run in the City – somewhere totally new and different from our sandy beaches! Downfall of our incredible long run on Saturday, though, was that we were walking quite wobbly a day earlier than most New York runners ;-)

Midday on Saturday, we headed off for a coffee date with some of our wonderful Oiselle teammates! It was so great matching real faces to Instagram faces, and we loved having Oiselle founder Sally, and team leader Kristin, there to share some laughs with! Wooonderful group of women!

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From there – after an insanely long wait in line for lunch at Whole Foods – we headed off to the race expo! I had higher hopes for this I think, expecting more giveaways and discounts, and maybe more NYC-branded gear. It was pretty average, but we found some more friends and I was able to give Danielle a squeeze before her big race!

All in all, we were on our feet quite a bit on Saturday, so the evening plans were aimed at feet-up and wine-down. We still managed to motivate for a 5-mile recovery run back out on the Hudson Sunday morning (SO WINDY!)! This time Steph came along for the fun!

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Then it was time for the main event! We packed a couple of morning cocktails and headed off to Mile 18 to cheer for our friends – as well as marathoners from around the world who had their names, countries, charities and more displayed on their bibs! Once we saw them, we scooted over to Mile 23 to do more of the same!

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(men’s elites passing us at mile 18! and the cop we were not really friends with one bit)

I’m so proud of our little group for screaming at the top of our lungs and waving our cowbells SO hard the entire time! We love runners!

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Soooooo excited to track and greet Danielle, as she ran her strongest marathon to date! Lookin’ great running for Team Animal League at Mile 18!

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Such a gorgeous day to run a marathon, albeit the windiest day ever, yikes! This is Jess enjoying the reservoir in Central Park!

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Unfortunately, our train back home was booked for 5pm the same day, which resulted in a little speeding back home to Beth’s and out the door. We hadn’t allowed a lot of time for food and water the entire weekend, and it was definitely catching up to us as we hit the food car of the train for sub-par options in our bellies.

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New York, your lights are so bright and they definitely blind me! (apparently Taylor Swift can handle it better ;-)) It was such an incredible weekend, and I’m so happy to have been part of this momentous weekend for so many people. Beth, I can’t thank you enough for your hospitality – and Steph, Abby and Ashley for embracing us this weekend too!

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Back home it has been all about water, water, veggies and water. And sleep. Till next time, big city life!

Huge congrats to all the runners of the TCS New York City Marathon! That’s a BIG deal!

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