Bobby Curtis talks about how the final 4 miles were marked by extreme tightness in his legs -- not the typical glycogen debt that hits runners after the 20 mile mark. Also he ruled out competing at the USA Olympic Marathon Trials. Curtis, who ran 1:01:53 at the Philadelphia Distance Run in late September, had been pegged for a possible top 10 finish at NYC. Certainly Curtis himself appeared confident going into the race.
“On the best day," he said a few days before the race. "I think I can run 2:09.”
Curtis hit the half in 1:05:23, and a strong debut seemed well within reach. Then the miles, and possibly the hills, began to take their toll.
"It was a good marathon until mile 21," Curtis said. "I was holding 5:00 minute pace. Then the 5's went to 5:15. Then 5:30. Then 6:00, then 7:00…"
"Before this race I thought there was a 1 percent chance I'd run the Marathon Trials," said Curtis. "Now, I'm not."