Shlomit Becker's Running Profile Page reply
Profession: QA Software Engineer for IBM
Profile: Shlomit is a dedicated distance runner. She has run a number of half marathons and has conquered the famous New York marathon.
Running Goals: To enjoy my running.
||2:09:32 (Jerusalem 2007)
||4:51 (New York 2006)
Posted: November 8, 2006
OK, well I did not see Lance....but the my experience was amazing, finished in 4:51, breaking 5 hours, which was a goal of mine that I had no idea if I could achieve or not since this was my first marathon, and that last 10k was unchartered territory for me. It took me 10 minutes to just
get to the starting line - but we (thousands of us...) were all walking until we started, chatting excitedly, we could see the runners on the Verrazano ahead of us and it was an incredible sight. I was fine in Brooklyn, and just before the bridge to Queens, at the half marathon point, I saw that if I kept my pace I could break 5 hours. Then my quads started hurting me in Queens - as I had read before, marathon running will not be pain free - it is about pain management, and that's what it was - but I was determined to run the whole thing and not walk, and to break 5. I actually
found the bridges to be easier than I expected, in comparison to the hills we have here in BS, I must have passed at least 100 people going up the dreaded 59th Street bridge, weaving in and out, I passed people on every bridge. And then as we went through the Bronx, and passed the 20 mile point, and I just said to myself "This is it, you made it this far, just keep on going, just do it" - as the last few miles came it got harder and harder, but there were so many people cheering, and the end was on the way, so I kept my pace up to the end and focused and just pushed until the very end. With my quads hurting me a lot for the whole second half, I knew that I would hurt really bad afterwards, and yes I could barely walk, and going down stairs.....well I had to do that backwards....but what can I say, it was worth it, something that only runners would understand....and this morning I was able to walk down the stairs almost forwards.... Good luck
to everyone doing Tiveria in January - you can do it!!!