I was there today and also was in NYC last year. I struggled today as well after the 30k mark. There was a stretch there straight into the wind, maybe it would have been better to take the foot off the gas and make up the time in the last 4 miles cos it is a protected straightaway. I think that Gwen made the same mistake seeing how her time dropped between the 30k and 35k marks.
The last 2-ish miles into the headwind didnâ€™t help, either.
Didnâ€™t hurt mo
she struggled from the start. it looks like the lead pack women followed some two guys to break wind for them - gwen is a foot taller than these girls
I was at the race today around the elite athletes pre/post (my wife raced in the elite field - was also sick and DNF just after 25k).
The weather wasn't perfect, but it was fairly good I'd say. Cool and periodic rain, mild winds. Naturally, everything gets magnified late in the marathon, but the conditions today were far better than a hot year.
I did find it odd that the race billed itself as 'having pacers back', but only had them for the men (not that it would have changed anything). Men had pacers targeting 62:15 and 65:30, none for women.
Gwen looked pretty disappointed after the race and was walking around pretty gingerly. Was wearing Nike Free's like slippers post-race (heel crushed down). All said, I'm sure she will bounce back from this. The cold/rain would not pair well with being even mildly sick.