1. The Verrazano Bridge is approximately 47 miles long. 46 of those miles are uphill.
2. The locals are very friendly. And they are very open to foreigners.
3. Trust me when I say not to stop moving while on the Verrazano Bridge. Keep jogging until you get off. I moved over to the side to adjust my earbuds and iPod and the entire bridge was bouncing. It's unnerving.
4. The entire city is uphill. NYC is not flat, people. It is uphill in every direction.
5. The Wall of Sound so many people talk about midway through the Queensboro Bridge is a myth. At least for any slow runners. Don't get your heart set on experiencing it like I did. But the view is amazing.
6. Take selfies.
7. Law enforcement in NYC are handsome.
8. Mile 22 is actually 7 miles long.
9. If you are in the last wave, chances are good you will finish in the dark.
10. No matter what kind of race you have, once you cross that finish line, you are a NEW YORK CITY MARATHON FINISHER!! Go straight to the nearest pub and have a glass of wine...or beer....or 17 shots of tequila. I'm not here to judge.