NYC Half Marathon Volunteer – Tunnel Vision

This was my view for 7 hours.  Except it was a little less blurry in real life.

This was my view for 7 hours, except it was a little less blurry in real life.

One week ago I volunteered at the NYRR United Airlines NYC Half Marathon as an EMT.  I keep forgetting to post about it, and there’s not much to say, so here it is in a nutshell:  It was a cold day and very windy in the tunnel, and it was a long shift without breaks, but I survived and so did everyone else, so it was a good day.  I also got to spend time with some other awesome medical volunteers, and I look forward to seeing them again at future races.

 

If you’re an EMT and volunteering for that particular race, do note that they’ll probably stick you in the tunnel (because we’re tough and can handle it?), so be prepared to have no resources nearby (there were no ambulances or anything in the tunnel), so bring anything you might want (hot drinks, snacks, etc.) and dress in layers that will protect you from the cold and wind (e.g. long underwear, thick-soled shoes, balaclava/scarf and hat, etc.), and expect to get a little dirty from the dirty walls.  I got windburn on my chin, but at least I didn’t get sunburned!

 

There was a gorgeous sunrise right before I headed into the tunnel for the day.

There was a gorgeous sunrise right before I headed into the tunnel for the day.

 

In other running news, there isn’t much!  I’m still really good at procrastinating runs, my right knee has been tweaking a bit again, but I’m looking forward to the warmer weather and to all the many races I have coming up, as they’re really effective in forcing me to get out there.

 

Happy Easter, everybody!

 

What’s your favorite Easter Candy?  Did you go running this weekend?  Are you excited for all the candy on sale tomorrow?  Share in the comments!

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