Steps from the starting line between the buses that formed the starting corral.

Steps from the starting line between the buses that formed the starting corral.

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Our first Broadway Show. Bravo!

Our first Broadway Show. Bravo!

Got my bib and a photo op

Got my bib and a photo op

At the Expo

At the Expo

Saturday morning coffee and headed to the Javits Center

Saturday morning coffee and headed to the Javits Center

I imagine Xmas is awesome in NYC.

I imagine Xmas is awesome in NYC.

Famous Ray's? Or Famous Original Ray's?

Famous Ray’s? Or Famous Original Ray’s?

Times Square

Times Square

Tavern on the Green. It didn't look at all like it did in Seinfeld.

Tavern on the Green. It didn’t look at all like it did in Seinfeld.

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In the starging village.  Free coffee?  I'll take two!

In the starging village. Free coffee? I’ll take two!

The finish

The finish

Still shot from Becky just past mile 16. I look strong, but the end is not far off.

Still shot from Becky just past mile 16. I look strong, but the end is not far off.

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The NY Marathon elevation chart

The NY Marathon elevation chart

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My phone died and it took me about a mile to realize (not sure which mile), so my Runmeter only logged 25.2 of the 26.2 mile course. Still, a tale of two races.

My phone died and it took me about a mile to realize (not sure which mile), so my Runmeter only logged 25.2 of the 26.2 mile course. Still, a tale of two races.

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Just past mile 2.

Just past mile 2.

Another...

Another…

A great shot of the city I'm running into off in the distance.

A great shot of the city I’m running into off in the distance.

Part of the long walk toward the starting line.

Part of the long walk toward the starting line.

A picture I took just before starting and sent it to Becky. Due to cell saturation, it never went through, so she didn't see it until I finished over 4 hours later.

A picture I took just before starting and sent it to Becky. Due to cell saturation, it never went through, so she didn’t see it until I finished over 4 hours later.

My comfort accommodations near the bush that helped shield the wind.

My comfort accommodations near the bush that helped shield the wind.

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A special blessing

A special blessing

St. Patrick's Cathedral

St. Patrick’s Cathedral