It pretty much felt like a bad dream, but I was still exhilarated from the race that I held it together and tried not to let panic get the best of me. Now I understood what they meant when they said it would take approximately 30 minutes for runners to meet their waiting friends and family. I quickly called mom, who was so surprised to hear from me! and Derek, whose phone had died (of course) but who had already met up with my folks. Also spoke to Heather, who was heading to the meeting place.
When I finally got through the crowd, we had to walk up to 77th and exit the park, then walk south a bit to meet up with people. I said goodbye to Maria and Louise, who I was going to meet for a quick celebratory bite to eat at Cassidy's on 55th between 5th and 6th. To be honest, I was not really looking forward to dragging ass across town, especially since I needed to head back to Louise's on the east side and pick up my stuff before going back to my parents' house in Croton, but I did want to spend a little extra time with them and relish in our accomplishment!
I met up with my group and let them know where I was going. My parents and Derek went back home (Derek had to do work), while Heather and Mike and I tried in vain to find a cab. Nope! After looking for 30 minutes, we finally decided on the subway. We took the 1 to Columbus Circle, then transferred (after another 20 minute or so wait) to 47-50 Rockefeller Center. Got out at 50th and 6th, and that was only a few short blocks away to the bar. (By the way, during this entire debacle, I kept missing calls from Kristin. I found out shortly that she had been at the finish and I didn't know it! She ran into my folks, who told her I had just left. Gave her the info for the meeting place and hoped she would be able to make it!
Now, I had mentioned before that I wasn't too keen on staying out for a long time. But as soon as I entered the bar, it erupted in cheers and applause! I couldn't believe it. Turns out a lot of marathoners came here for their post-race celebration, and every time another runner came in, everyone gave it up for them. That really turned my mood around; the stress from traveling so long to get there was gone and I could enjoy myself! And what do you know, 5 minutes after I entered...in came Kristin! Yay!
I usually can't eat a great deal right after races, but I did have some of those delicious Emerald Roasted Almonds from the goody bag and part of an apple. Also ordered the mushroom barley soup at Cassidy's with extra bread, which hit the spot -- it was delicious!
Also got the opportunity to meet some of Maria's family. While we didn't stay for very long, it was the perfect amount of time to relax and refuel a bit before heading back to Louise's. And, of course, we couldn't leave without getting a picture of the three of us!
I really wanted more food (duh), so Mom, Jack, Derek and I went to Cappricio's - heaven!!! I had my favorite meal of all time, of course: Chicken Parmesan with spaghetti. The entree looked like it could feed a family of four.
The rest of the night and the next day I just relaxed, mostly with my feet up...went for a walk by the river with Cody (puppy) the next day and just enjoyed being home. Had another stress-free traveling experience on the way back. All in all, a wonderful weekend, filled with family and friends! Best time ever!
This week I am not going to run for at least a few days. This is now day 3 of no running. I think I am going to wait until Friday to attempt a very slow, easy jog. My legs were crazy the other day but now are feeling good, it's just that my right foot kills around the arch - blast! Going to try yoga today.
Of course I wouldn't be me without looking ahead to my next marathon...ok, I have to be honest: I am considering a May marathon!! (Maybe.) I want to keep it at least semi-local, so my choices right now are the Cleveland Marathon (May 16), the Cincinnati Flying Pig (May 2), or Pittsburgh (also May 2). Hmmm...will keep you posted, without a doubt! But until then, will try to work on my times for shorter races. :)