NEW YORK CITY, NY -- It's been about two months since the New York City Marathon in early November. And while some of us would still be recovering from the 26.2 mile race through the five boroughs, Wood-Ridge's Mallory Garvin had a speedy recovery on the way to raising thousands of dollars for the Tomorrows Children's Fund.
"I ran well! I finished in 4:03 and felt amazing after....very little soreness in the following days and predominately in my right quad," said Garvin. "The race was amazing and the miles flew by!"
Garvin was among the 58-thousand-plus finishers in the 2018 marathon. And while finishing is an accomplishment, she used the race to raise money and awareness for Tomorrows Children's Fund in Hackensack. raising just over $6,000 for the children's charity.
Garvin reflected on her race this year.
"I have run many races, though not many in the NYC area," Garvin continued. "What I will say is that this one is different just based on the magnitude of it. It is quite a production!
"From the expo, leaving from MetLife at 5:30 am to get a Shuttle to Staten Island, then waiting in Runner's Village until the start time, there is just so much entailed. I will say I was dreading waiting at the village for so long. I am used to marathons where I show up ten minute before the start time and then start running. However, they have so many amenities there, plus I was prepared so the time went by fast.
"I was extremely well-prepared. I felt great the entire time. I really didn't fatigue. I knew exactly what I was getting into, where to pull back my pace and what I needed to do before, during and after.
"The last three miles never feels good, " said Garvin with a laugh. "But you are almost there, back in Manhattan, so it is just pure will and determination at that point."
"When you are running the spectators are amazing. There are so many people it is insane. That is arguably the best part," she said. "In smaller marathons I've run, there might be stretches where there are no spectators at all for miles."
So what was the best part of the race?
"The best part of the race was seeing my friends and family along the way," Garvin said. "Then towards the end of the race, I saw an ex-student of mine who yelled my name and I got so excited! I was not expecting to see her but it was so great!"
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