You go, Anne!
Anne Curtis made waves in New York City as she participated and finished strongly in her first ever marathon — the prestigious New York City Marathon, the largest marathon in the world.
“I did it! My very first marathon in NYC! What a bucket list moment. I can’t explain how fulfilling it is when you cross the finish line. It certainly isn’t easy but the whole experience is worth the physical pain. Each borough (there were 5) had a different feel, music and vibe. The spectators are there to cheer you on, give you power up high-fives and push you when you feel like you want to stop. To all the kababayans that were out there today to cheer me on… screaming and some even with posters, Maraming Salamat. Nakakaiyak and yan po ang dahilan kung bakit halos hindi nawala ang ngiti ko. After my first… I would like to conquer more! 26.2 or 42.165 dedicated and inspired by the FILIPINO YOUTH and it’s through God’s grace, I FINISHED.”
Anne finished the 42k run of the marathon, passing through New York City’s five boroughs. Anne already ran a time of two hours and nearly 26 minutes halfway the marathon. Anne finished with a total record of four hours, 56 minutes and 58 seconds.
Don’t know how I managed to finish sub 5 with (what my coach @igelopez said was) minimal training but I’m pretty happy that I did. It was quite a struggle to train and at the same time have a jam packed schedule of work with indefinite working hours, fitting in my long runs for mileage before a long day of work got pretty tough but I did it because they were the most essential for training. It wasn’t easy for sure but I guess that’s what made it even more fulfilling. For me, the NYC marathon isn’t about setting a PR, because if you rush through the route focused on your time you’ll miss out on all the beautiful details. The music, the gorgeous views on the bridges and all the people! You slow down and high five everyone who has their hand out to cheer you on. Bands set up singing all different genres depending on what borough you were passing. There are kids holding out candies and bananas and so many people with inspirational and witty posters that you can’t help but slow down to read and laugh when you past them. I joined runner tourists who would stop to take photos of every stunning view or choir that was out to sing and cheer for you. I know I have this medal to take home with me to remind of the whole experience but it’s what I saw with my very own eyes that I’ll carry on forever in my mind and heart ❤️ Wow. What a run. Couldn’t have chosen a better marathon to be my very first. Thank you @nycmarathon for an awesome experience and for being one, amongst the thousand of runners that got chosen from the lottery. It’s life changing. Wooooohooooo! I’m officially a MARATHONER!! #kilig ????????♀️ ????????????????????♀️ #NYCmarathANNEventure #ANNEventuresNYC #tcsnycmarathon #nycmarathon2016
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