It's over? Or is it just beginning? On Saturday, November 7, 2021 I ran my first full marathon. This was a two year journey and it was a wonderful experience thanks in part to Michelob Ultra for selecting me as part of #TeamUltra 4.0.
|Me and mom at the Expo
By the time I said goodbye to Bari at the Javits Center, we had walked about three miles. I then went into the Javits Center to collect my race bib and check out the expo. Since my mom was in the area, she met up with me. Awesome because I had a photographer for some great pre-race pics.
|My gear, ready to go
Returning to the hotel, they sent a welcome kit up to all the rooms which also included an iron-on name for the singlet. I never realized how awesome it is to have your name on your shirt but people were cheering for me the whole way through NYC. After ironing my name onto the shirt and organizing everything I would need for the marathon, I went to bed.
The big day was here. I had to be in the hotel lobby by 5:15am but thanks to excitement and daylight savings time, I was up and ready to go. They had a basic breakfast available of pastries, coffee, fruit, and Kind bars. Then we all walked to the buses together. As a member of Team Ultra, we had VIP buses for transportation. I'm not positive but from what I could see, the regular buses were school buses but we had coach buses. I could be wrong though and they could have all been the same buses.
|Team Ultra at the start
When we arrived at the start village, we were led to a tent labeled Michelob Ultra. Here, we had more breakfast items provided and five porta-potties just for the team. The tent also had heat fans. A few of us decided to explore the start village and walked around. It was crazy to see people laying out on blankets and wrapped up trying to stay warm (it was cold).
Throughout the entire course, people were cheering "Go Cori" and "You got this Cori" because my name was on my shirt. See, Team Ultra giving us the iron on letters was just another small touch that ended up making the experience even better.
|Selfie with Bari before
Right before I turned onto the Queensboro Bridge at mile 15, my friend Bari was there cheering me on. Although I didn't see him, my friend Jason was at mile 17. When I got to mile 19, my family was there waiting. Eric and Nathan made signs and they were all excited to see me. Jeff even ran for about a block recording me. While I took the long way around, they cut through the side streets to meet me again around mile 21.
|Personalized bottle of
After returning to the hotel, I headed to the Team Ultra after party to get dinner and celebrate with everyone. Here, there were even more surprises as they passed out more swag and personalized bottles. Although most of Team Ultra had finished hours before me, the party was going strong and I couldn't believe some of the energy levels. I was barely moving, yet there were people dancing like they hadn't just run 26.2 miles.