I did it! I ran my 4th Half Marathon this past Sunday. As I said on my previous post, I ran in the 2016 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon and I had a blast! Wife and I left Houston on Friday morning at 7 AM and arrived at LaGuardia airport around 11 AM. From there we took at cab to midtown and checked in to our hotel. After a quick stop for a Bloody Mary and lunch we went to the expo where I picked up my bib number and shirt. After that we went back to our hotel for some rest. Friday night was Times Square, Rockefeller Center (Bar 65), dinner and drinks at an Irish Pub and then some more much needed rest. Saturday we saw the Brooklyn Bridge, 9/11 Memorial, Freedom Tower, Trinity Church and a little bit of Central Park. We even got to see a Trump protest outside his tower on 59th Street. Dinner Saturday night was at an upscale Italian restaurant and we finished the night at a rooftop bar in midtown. Sunday morning was my run, had a quick lunch afterwards and then flew back to Houston.
My run was at 7:30 AM and the start line was in Central Park. Security was hectic, I have never had to take everything out and go through a metal detector to get to my corral. There was at least 100 police officers around Central Park and tons of different surveillance vans and police vehicles. There was also a lot of 'counter terrorism' police officers- something you never really see in Texas. I cleared security around 7:15 and waited in my corral for the run to start. There was probably 20,000 runners and my start was somewhere in the middle so that took another 20 minutes. It was also very cold, temperature was in the 30's and I was the only person wearing shorts but keep in mind it was 80 degrees when I left Texas. Once the running started I felt great and liked the cold. The first 6 miles were mostly in Central Park and then we went down to Times Square then we made a right somewhere in Midtown and then ran all the way down to Freedom Tower. I felt great the whole time and my timing was 2 hours and 35 minutes. I had so much fun and got to see a lot of New York City. I would definitely do this again!! Below are a few pics I took with my cell phone, this run did NOT allow selfie sticks so I was not able to record with my GoPro.
Pictures- This is at the Expo:
Running around Central Park:
Leaving Central Park and heading towards Times Square:
Running at Times Square:
That's just some of the pictures that I took. Great run, great city, amazing crowds I want to do this one again but it was very costly. We probably spent $1,5000 with hotel, food, drinks and souvenirs. Uber was also in the mix and it was probably $100 with the airport trips. We did ride the subway downtown so that did save some money. Now it's time to pay some of this money back but since it was all hotels and eating I will probably get $100 back in rewards from Citi.
Next up in my city series is the Chicago Half Marathon, I believe that takes place in Septmeber so be on the lookout for that. Wife said she has no interest in going to that one so that should save a ton of money.
If you've never run, start now, it is truly the best therapy and it is free... well except when you start signing up for runs that cost over $100 and in other cities :(