For those who dont know who Fred Lebow is, he was the founder and creator of the modern day NYC Marathon. Fred Lebow suffered and ultimately died from Brain Cancer. Before he passed away he ran his marathon for the first and only time in 1992, and even though he was suffering from this horrible disease, he finished his race.
|The late Fred Lebow|
|Statue of Fred Lebow that sits in Central Park by engineer's gate|
The weather was great, cool and crisp in the 40's, early 8:30 AM start. I got to the park at around 7:45 AM and got to the corrals where I got to quickly say hi to a couple friends Mark Vogt and Gal Cohen.
|Getting ready by the starting corral|
|Getting ready to go|
After the first 1.5 miles I was back to familiar territory, Cat Hill, which I had no difficulty with, ran thru it with ease. Mile 3 marked the 102 st transverse where we turned left to get over to the west side of the park. At around mile 3.5 is where I faced my biggest fear, the rolling hills along the West Side drive. Ive always found myself getting tired by this point and having to stop to walk, and I knew in my head I COULD do it, it was just a matter of WANTING to do it. Between having my coach on one shoulder telling me to keep going, and knowing I was doing this also as a tribute to Mr. Lebow, there was NO WAY I was walking. If my legs arent broken, I'm running!
Well what do you know?? I made it thru those hills RUNNING! At mile 4.5, the hills were now behind me, I had great momentum, and plenty of energy in the tank, and ran the last half mile with everything I had, and my last mile was in fact my FASTEST mile!
I crossed the start line RUNNING, and when the PA announcer called out my name as I approached the finish mat, I was RUNNING! I did it!!!! Ran the full 5 mile course!! Not only that, but i completely crushed my PR from June 30th by 18 minutes!!!!! Official finish time was 56:37 and a pace of 11:20 min/mi!
|Crossing the finish line|
In closing, I was proud to be able to honor the late Fred Lebow in such fashion, and also prove to myself yet again that anything I put my mind to can be accomplished. There is no such thing as I CANT, as long as I try and give it my all, it CAN be done!