This is a Boston Qualifier for Steve (under 3:20). Good Job Steve!
Steve Fossel did 2:53:00
2009 NYC Marathon Results
Steve's Take on the Race...
Thanks so much for the good wishes. I had a great time out on the course, despite my physical ailments. As usual, the NYC crowd is a blast. The rain stopped 45min before the start, but the sun only peeked out once, with about 55 to 60 degrees, conditions were great. Some wind affected the elites, but back in the pack, it was not too bad. My injury du course was an achy and tight right hip and I popped my first aleve in the corral and my second around mile 12. Helped a little, but this chronic injury with usual maximum race flair up still caused me turn out my stride unnaturally, leading to a nice quarter size blister on my right foot, and pain in the left foot.
The fun of the race certainly helped me get past the nagging bodily underperformance/break down. I let the music and the down hills push me forward, and backed off on the uphills. My last mile was a 7:00, which felt really tough. Duh, it’s a marathon. Overall, I really enjoyed it, but am looking forward to having poles and really well waxed skis for the next race I do.
For comparison, here are my results for 2003:
Marky D. and I had a great time in NYC. Everything went off without a hitch, and we had good food and good times with his neighbors from Mattituck who also live in the city. I can’t recommend the race highly enough to anyone thinking of doing it, but it won’t be me next year. Definitely planning on taking a few years off from the marathon for a few years, running anyway.