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Travelling with FIT: The New York City Marathon — Part 3


We are back with part 3 of our ongoing coverage of FIT tackling the 2015 New York City Marathon. Let’s jump headfirst into things with more tales from the road featuring the inimitable Indira and Mare. Take it away, ladies!

Indira’s Tale


I went in to the race feeling defeated.

I had bought grandstand seats for Ariel & Max but forgot to pick them up at the expo. I still felt sick and to make matters worse I threw up the night before and the morning of the race. I literally just wanted to turn around and go to bed.

But then something ah-mah-zing happened. I started meeting the runners (many from NY) and they magically began changing my energy around. “Just enjoy every minute of it.” And just like that I decided I would.


Running this marathon was the most fun I’ve ever had in all my years of running. I think I smiled the ENTIRE race. I smiled so much, for so long my mouth muscles hurt. But how could I not? New Yorkers are the greatest fans on Earth. I’ve never seen or felt such positive energy in my life. Reading the signs along the route made it all worth it. Talk about creativity.

When the muscle cramping brought me to a limping halt, I laughed. Literally cracked up. Because all I could think about was “You paid a lot of $ to do this.” I put myself through the torture. That’s when having my name on my shirt rocked! To hear random strangers cheer so empathetically for me and tell me I was their hero was priceless. But to hear people you actually know scream your name was freaking fantastic. Laura’s friend found me on the route. I recognized her right away and it was such a thrill. But the best part was seeing Mare and Richard at mile 8 and the finish line.


The New York City Marathon will go down in my book as the most fun I’ve had during 26.2 miles.

Mare’s Tale

A group of us had been training for this race since late spring. Unfortunately I had to defer NYC this year, but no matter, life goes on and my husband Richard and I decided to go to the Big Apple and cheer on my teammates and the rest of the FIT runners. We’re so glad we made that decision; it was an experience that will live with me forever. I lived in NY before and Manhattan could be one of my favorite places in the world, but this time I got to see the city in a total different way.

The day of the marathon started early for the two of us. When we arrived at mile 8 the streets were still pretty empty, but as time got closer to race start it filled up pretty fast with spectators carrying all sorts of cheering paraphernalia. We saw cardboard face cutouts, flags, pom-poms, streamers and much more. The atmosphere of jubilation was like nothing I had ever seen before. We were all there to celebrate 50,000 plus accomplishments. Louise, Jeanne’s sister, joined us at mile 8 and we waited patiently for the action to start.


I have one thing to say: I got to see Meb run. We heard then saw the helicopter getting closer and as his group approached I think people could hear me screaming in Canada. I even got a couple of good shots of him, but as he drew closer I went silent, in awe of his running form and stride. He looked like he was running on air, his feet barely making contact with the pavement. I nodded yes to myself and thought: “That’s what I want Coach Bob to teach me.”

A few minutes after the elites, we got hit with a wall of runners. Think of a stampede of barely dressed men all barreling at top speed. If I was single, I would’ve thought of that analogy in a different way, but alas there they were… all these guys, just running right past me. From here until we left mile 8 an hour later it was nonstop wave after wave of runners, amazing.

I bow to NYRR, for their real time tracking application that TATA Communications provided. We were able to track every single one of our runners to within a block of us. Of course, we missed a couple of them at mile 8 and mile 19 because of how crowded the mass of runners was. Now, we were armed and ready. We had a blast horn, cowbells, whistles, the FIT flag, and we were wearing our FIT t-shirts, so when Richard saw Bruce first, we let lose all sorts of sounds and noises to get his attention. This was pretty much how we did it all day, all out craziness to get our peeps attentions – we were competing with countless spectators. We did have a couple of false alarms and scared a few unknown runners that we confused for Noemi and Ana Maria (poor people).

Spectating in NYC is serious business. We were trying to coordinate the times and locations of 14 runners. In total we took 7 subway trains that day and 1 cab. We made it to CP, after 3 security bag checks, just in time to see our friend Tatiana pass by at mile 26. We took off running and finally made it to the grandstands where we parked ourselves and the FIT flag, for the next 3 hours. One by one I saw my friends crest that last hill at mile 26, and each time I saw one of them I wanted to hop over the fence and give them a hug. We finally found Noemi or I should say Noemi found us; she was wearing Pink, not black like we thought and were looking for.


One of the happiest moments was when I saw Rosa come over the hill. She ran a 5:47 marathon, 45 minutes faster than she had thought. I went nutso, screaming and waving my arms to get her attention. Each one was emotional, each one accomplished something big. When Indira came through there were less people in the stands so she heard us pretty clearly. Her smile was so huge and she was pumping her arms up in the air, like the winner that she is. Just as she crossed the finish line, Richard and I looked at each other and hugged, both knowing what an absolutely amazing day we’d just had. Dinner after that with Robyn, Rosa and Mishele was special… I kept looking at them and felt so proud of every step they had taken that day, they were NYC Marathoners.

I will be running the NYC Marathon next year and I know that experience will be even more special because I was on the other side of that blue tape this year. I know that for 26.2 miles there will be thousands upon thousands of people cheering me on. Rosa will be there next year too, as MY cheerleader (haha now you have to go).

Much love and thanks to Indira and Mare for sharing their awesome stories with us. Stick around for Part 4… it’s a doozy, I tells ya! A doozy!


FIT Runner Profile: Indira D!

Hi everyone! We’re back with yet another awesome FIT Runner Profile, where we get to know the buttkickin’ people who run alongside us every Saturday morning, who they are, where they come from, what makes them tick, and being able to assign names to friendly faces we see all the time. I’m the worst at this. I called one of our assistant coaches ‘Helen’ for weeks. It was embarrassing :(

Napoleon Bonaparte once said: “The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.” Today’s profilee is new to FIT this season but has had a several years of running experience under her belt. She is a Florida local, a businesswoman, a totally righteous photographer (check out her links below if you don’t believe me) and a good friend to many. That’s right, I’m talking about our friend Indira who has graciously agreed to submit a Runner Profile for our FIT blog. So let’s all get comfortable and find out more awesome stuff about our fellow runner-in-arms!

Getting To Know Indira D!

2013-11-10 06.14.36Full Name: Indira Dejtiar

Age: 35

Hometown: Miami Beach, FL

Current Town: Hollywood, FL

Occupation: CEO: Max Benjamin, Inc / Owner: Indira Photograph / Realtor: Miami Best Properties

FIT Group: C for Champions :)

Years Running: On and off since 2007

Races Completed

  • AIA Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon 2008
  • ING Miami Half Marathon 2009
  • AIA Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon 2012
  • Palm Beach Half Marathon 2013

I’ve done a ton of 5Ks and a couple 10Ks but the five 5Ks I’ve ran strolling my son are the most meaningful. I can’t wait until he actually runs one with me.

Upcoming Races this season

  • ING Miami Half Marathon 2014
  • Big Sur Full Marathon 2014

Those are the races I’m registered for. But who knows, Jose’s got me excited about getting a bigger bling if I complete atleast 3 of the 5 in the storm series so I may have to add one more 😉

First HalfFavorite Race (so far) and why
AIA Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon 2008

It was my first half marathon and I ran it in 2:08:16. It was such an awesome experience. I was elated. Prior to that day the longest I had ever ran was 9 miles. I trained for it on my own along the Hollywood Beach boardwalk and I enjoyed every moment of it. I was so proud of myself. And my husband was waiting for me at the finish line equally as proud. It was perfect.

Favorite Cartoon OF ALL TIME!
Thunder Cats and Tom & Jerry

10 Random Songs on Your Running Playlist
Chariots of Fire
Clocks – Coldplay
Fade Into You – Mazzy Star
Bongo Bong – Manu Chao
Not to Touch the Earth – The Doors
Young Lust – Pink Floyd
Drive – R.E.M
Instant Karma – John Lennon
La Vida Continua – The Spam Allstars
Sound of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel

Indira with her whole tribe -- TEAM D!

Indira with her whole tribe — TEAM D!


Reason for Joining FIT
Sandra, my cousin who is one of the most committed and strongest runners I know. When she told me that the team was going to Big Sur I decided that I wanted to run my first full there. Runner’s World has consistently voted the Big Sur marathon as one of the Top 5 Marathons of all time so I decided to sign up. It has been the best decision I’ve made. FIT is awesome. The friends I’ve made in these last few months are priceless.

Favorite 80s Movie
Oy! This is the most difficult question. There’s just so many to choose from. But if I must, I think I’ll go with The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo’s Fire.
Oh wait, was Dirty Dancing the 80s?

20131128Team D Race 50001
Running goals for the near future (distance, time, specific race, travel, etc.)
2:15 – ING Miami
Finish 26.2 in under 6 hours at Big Sur
I really don’t want to get picked up by bus!!! :0

Favorite Post-Run Meal/Snack/Restaurant
Almond butter, dates, and banana sandwich with guava coconut water.

What’s your favorite quote?
“At the end of the day, our intentions, our justifications, our excuses, our words don’t matter–our actions are what make us who we are.” – Unknown

Finally, tell us anything (or everything!) about yourself!
I’m a mama to a 4 year old furry baby named Woody and a 2 year old human baby named Max, and wife to a pretty amazing man named Ariel.The human baby and the husband will be traveling with me to Big Sur. Sadly the furry baby will have to stay home.

Let’s Get Social! (Media, that is…)

And there you have it! Much thanks to Indira for taking the time to fill out her profile data for our blog. And as always, if you would like to be featured (and why WOULDN’T you? You automatically become THAT MUCH COOLER!) you can either email me your answers at hokeyboy@gmail.com, OR (even easier!) fill out our Runner Profile Questionnaire, and you can submit your profile online! Remember, you don’t have to answer any question you don’t feel comfortable about, and if you want to volunteer more information about yourself that I didn’t ask, feel free to do so! There are no rules here, except please try to limit your F-bombs to about a dozen, OK? We’re a family blog here!

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