After months or training, preparation, fundraising and anticipation, I ran the NYC Marathon last Sunday 11-7-2010.  It was an experience I will never forget.  If you’re a runner and have ever considered participating in a marathon, this is the one to do.  NY is the greatest city on earth and running through all 5 boroughs you get a wonderful feel for the city and its residents.

I was impressed with the logistical organization of the event.  43,000 runners participated, 10’s of thousands of volunteers along the course and millions of spectators and the event appeared to go off without a hitch.

As for my run, I completed the 26.2 mile course in 3:52:04 and moved at roughly 8:41 seconds per mile (Thats my moving pace, I ran a slightly longer course.  My actual pace was 8:49.)  I felt great for the first 22 miles then started tightening up the last 4 and really had to dig deep the last 1/2 mile.

I only stopped to give my wife a kiss at mile 17.  I passed the Chilean Miner at mile 17.5 (he started 35 minutes before me).  There is a great site that has more info on my run and  the stats check it out…   (MORE BELOW PHOTO)

The race tapped off two years of improving fitness and changing some bad habits.  When I started on my journey in March of 2009 I weighed in at 230 lbs.  I ran the race at 168 just 3 lbs heavier then I was when I graduated HS in 1989.  I gave up white flour and started counting calories.  I gave up alcohol and avoid calories from liquids.  I exercise every day now and I love it.  I wish I could say it was easy, it wasn’t, it took time and dedication.  It wasn’t a fad diet, I have tried them in the past –  they don’t last.  It was a commitment to a change in lifestyle and an acknowledgment that this is a long term change for a healthier life.  I encourage those of you who have struggled with weight issues to consider making small changes to your diet and exercise routine with a goal of losing 1-2 lbs per week.  You will be very glad you did.