I Went To NY To Run The Marathon And Ended Up In Hell's Kitchen

Talk about a week of high's and lows. At the start of last week the San Francisco Giants won the World Series. Serious high went on over here.

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Then the storm hit the Northeast and we weren't sure if there would still be a New York Marathon.

Then we got an email from NYRR on Wednesday saying that the race was still on and to come and support New York. I had made a commitment to my charity and the donors who made charitable donations in support of me, so if there was going to be a race I was going to be there to run it.

My family and I flew out on the redeye on Thursday night. We landed on Friday and got to our hotel in Midtown without any incident. We dropped off our luggage then took the shuttle to the expo.

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After the expo we got some lunch...

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{frozen hot chocolate from Serendipidty}

...then checked in to the hotel. I was so tired from not being able to sleep on the redeye that I fell asleep right away. A couple of hours later I woke up in a daze when my phone erupted with phone calls and messages from people telling me the race had been cancelled.

Everyone has his or her opinions on what happened and to be frank, I am tired of talking about it. I'll just say this:

Obviously I understood why.

What I don't understand is why the powers that be waited until 36 hours before the race was to start to make the final decision.

In baseball there is a saying that, "If you build it, they will come." Well this race has been built up to be the "best marathon in the world." And with great glory comes great responsibility. This situation was irresponsibly handled and someone needs to be held accountable for the serious lack of incompetence. And NYRR needs to hire a PR firm ASAP. You'd think they would have learned after their Bag Check fiasco a few months ago.

That being said what was more upsetting to me was the fact that some of those people who "blew up my phone" to tell me the race had been cancelled were "friends" who never acknowledge that I was even training for the race.

Additionally, what I saw on social media was terrible. A lot of self-righteous judgment from some people who had no personal investment in the situation. People have a right to post and tweet whatever they want, but I also have a right not to read it. So I turned off Facebook and Twitter. I didn't need the extra noise filling my head.

/end soap box

We decided to spend a couple of more days there but shorten our trip and head home on Sunday evening.

And we did what we do best - we ate. Our hotel's concierge was spot on with his recommendations of whatever type of cuisine we were in the mood for.

On Saturday we ended up at Southern Hospitality in Hell's Kitchen (aka Justin Timberlake's restaurant) for some comfort food.

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This meal was seriously the highlight of my trip. Burgers. Sweet Potato Fries. Mashed Potatoes and Gravy. Fried Chicken and Waffles. Someone even had Grits (it wasn't me). We were so excited to eat all the food we didn't take any photos of it (because really, it was gone in 20 minutes).

After stuffing our faces we decided to walk it off with a stroll through Central Park.

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On Sunday my cousin Michi was determined to still run her 26.2 miles. And she did - with a huge PR. I'm so proud of her.

I ran 6 miles myself. About 1-minute with Michi and a bit longer with Michaela.

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{the best I'll ever feel at Mile 26}

The atmosphere in the Park was unique. It was as if a race really did take place.

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It was an amazing experience and a great way to end the trip.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do next. I do still have my commitment to fulfill to the National Stroke Association and my charity supporters and I will do so.

There a couple of marathons in Southern California this weekend that I know some friends are running in place of NY. I'm not sure I can swing them, but I will need to decide in the next day or so. If it doesn't happen, then there will be another race in near the future.

But whether there's another NYCM still remains to be determined.