March 20, 2012 / By Taylor Blog
Despite my less than sunny attitude towards mornings, I pulled myself out of bed at 5:30AM on Sunday and headed to Central Park long before the sun came up. It was the big day. After months of training and more miles than I can count, I was ready to run the iconic course through the best sites Manhattan has to offer as part of the NYC half-marathon.
What an amazing feeling to run through Times Square with 15,000 other runners – Olympians and first-timers alike, all in this race together; a camaraderie formed over 13 miles. I usually avoid the hustle and bustle of Times Square, but that morning, with traffic stopped and crowds lining the barricades to cheer you on, the magic of Times Square came to life. The twinkling lights of the billboards shined on and re-energized me and I headed into the second half of the race.
After crossing the finish line (and knocking a few minutes off my PR), I was exhausted but exhilarated. Running gives you a different perspective on a place, and this race took me right through the heart of this city.