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Almost a week separated from crossing the finish line and I’m still wrapping my head around the fact that I ran 26.2 miles through my favorite city in the world only to learn that it’s an even better place than I originally thought.

And trust me; I was already head-over-heels in love.

Back in August my friend Kerry presented me with an opportunity I couldn’t refuse: a chance to run in the TCS New York City Marathon without having to qualify, win a lottery or raise any money. I joined #TeamULTRA and represented Michelob Ultra amongst 50,000 other marathoners scampering across the five boroughs.

Despite my love of running and my consistent schedule of hitting the trails, I knew this wouldn’t be easy; when I started training, I never ran more than 7 miles at a time. Furthermore, I have an erratic work/life schedule and I knew that eventually I’d be moving – a task that in itself is a full-time job here.

But running the marathon here was something I’ve always wanted to do. This was too good to pass up and short of a severe injury or traumatic life event, there was nothing that could stop me from pursuing this.

I could go on to document the training schedule I created for myself, the run itself and the aftermath but instead, here are a few frequently asked questions that I’ve fielded since crossing the finish line on Sunday.


“So, how was it?”
Physically and emotionally overwhelming in the best way possible. The experience far exceeded my expectations and is something I’d recommend to anyone.

“What was your favorite part?”
As far as overall, having my family there to cheer me on was special but I sobbed like a child after I finished as a result of the love I felt throughout the five boroughs. People cheering, making noise, offering food and drinks, holding signs… it was incredible. And Sunday wasn’t the nicest day weather-wise; it was colder than expected and the rain really never let-up. You wouldn’t have known that based on the crowd’s spirit.

I have to mention as well that multiple people told me I’d hate the Bronx. If you look at my mile-by-mile breakdown, I ran some of my fastest miles up there. My playlist synced to my run perfectly so that just as I was crossing the Willis Ave. Bridge I heard The Tramps’ “Disco Inferno.” Of course, it was on my playlist because I’m a diehard Yankees fan and those overtures of “Bern, baby bern!” brought back a lot of great memories from Yankee legend Bernie Williams.


“What was the most difficult part?”
Overall the mental game you play as you attempt to overcome physical shortcomings. I cramped and tightened up quite a bit during the run; while it slowed me down once I never stopped and I escaped injury-free.

“How are you feeling?”
Great, thanks! I bought a new pair of running shoes and should be back on a treadmill this weekend. I think not over-training and eating clean helped me to recover quickly.


“Will you do it again?”
Never say never but probably not. It’d be tough to top this experience, one which despite still attempting to fully process I am extremely grateful for.

Our old friend Jax called in to the show from her new home in Los Angeles and we had a lot to chat about it. I ran the New York City Marathon this year and she completed it last year so we compared notes on the 26.2 mile trek before moving on to Jax’s new music and the next season of “American Idol.”

He just returned from a cruise and is preparing for a cross-country move, but thankfully neither stopped New Kids On The Block star Joey McIntyre from calling in to my radio show this week.

For those who don’t know, I’m running this weekend’s TCS New York City Marathon with #TeamULTRA, and this week I’ve been gathering advice on what to expect as a first-time marathoner both privately and publicly. When I thought of music artists that ran a marathon, McIntyre was the first person who came to mind; he completed the 2013 Boston Marathon about five minutes before the terrorist attack. The singer/songwriter returned with bandmate Danny Wood to then complete the marathon again in 2014.

So I was very pleased when McIntyre agreed to an interview, candidly sharing experiences, advice and a few mantras that helped him along the way.

“’What can I do to make my situation better?’” was the first phrase he told me about. “Meaning like, ‘Focus on my feet, am I working on my feet?’ or ‘Focus on how my shoulders are.’”

The idea is to make yourself feel more comfortable and also preoccupy your mind “for chunks at a time.”

And that was the vibe I caught from McIntyre; this will be just as much mentally challenging as it will be physical.

“But it’s thrilling man,” he assured me. “There’s such a high. You go through the tough times but there are moments when you’re like, ‘Wow, I’m really doing this.’”

McIntyre didn’t completely rule out doing it himself next year; the NKOTB artist just launched a new podcast called “The Move” which is inspired by his family’s pending move back east to New York City.

“My wife is from the city; I put in a solid 10 years in my 20’s so it’s been bubbling up,” he revealed. “We’re ready for a move and we’re going back to New York.”

McIntyre plans on using his new podcast to tell stories from his move while also inviting others to share their experiences of relocating.

“Moving, no matter where you’re going, brings up a lot of feelings and thoughts and history,” he noted. “I think it cuts through a bunch of levels on an interview basis.”

Despite the move to the Big Apple, don’t expect McIntyre to abandon his routing interests. We talked just days after his Patriots traded backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and like any true New Englander, the singer had a thought or two on the matter.

“People are sort of dumb-founded, a little shaking-their-head,” he mused before adding, “It’s hard to argue with Bill Belichick.

“We’ve been so lucky with the Patriots man. At this point, we don’t even get worked up.”

Will Reeve stopped by the show to chat about the new season of “The MSG Hockey Show,” which airs weekly on MSG. In addition to sharing his opinion of the hockey locals, Reeve also offered up some tips to me on running my first NYC Marathon; Reeve ran it last year to raise funds and awareness for his parents’ foundation. I’ll run my first with #TeamULTRA on Sunday.