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A Love Letter to the NYC Marathon (+ Chances to Win Guaranteed Entry!)

This post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of New York Road Runners.

I’ve run four marathons: Chicago, Marine Corps and the New York City Marathon twice. 

Whenever someone tells me they’re sort of thinking of a marathon, and sort of thinking of NYC, I tell them that they absolutely have to run it.

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I’ve run more than 50 races in the past few years, and I’ve never smiled and teared up more in one race than at the New York City Marathon.

Marathon Day and the weeks leading up to it excite me the way Christmas did as a kid does.

There’s the usual excitement of finishing a long training season and getting closer to your chance to get out there and make your goals happen, but there’s also the way the city gets into it.

The way those flags line Central Park in the weeks leading up to the race. The way Columbus Circle, the buses and the subway all get in on the act.

You guys know I’m full-on obsessed with that Alec Baldwin marathon video, but it’s so, so true.

We New Yorkers are good people deep down, but in that rush to get where we’re going, we jostle each other. We don’t have patience for those slow tourists that stop in the middle of the street or don’t understand to move in on the subway.

But on Marathon Day, all of that gets brushed aside as 45,000+ New Yorkers and people who have flown in from around the world line up at that same starting line in Staten Island. Millions of our family and friends come out to cheer us on, and cheer on those whom they’ve never met, but who wear their names proudly on their shirts.

It’s a 26.2 mile party through the greatest city in the world. While Manhattan gets most of the glory when people think of NYC, the marathon celebrates all boroughs. (Although Queens and Staten Island get a little bit less love, with most people cursing the Queensborough Bridge.)

The last few (tough, humbling) miles take you down Fifth Ave, into Central Park—where, no matter how much pain you’re in, you can’t help but smile at least a bit at the crowds that line the park—out across Central Park South, where the roar of the crowd is intoxicating, back into the park, to that beautiful orange finish line, wet with happy tears of finishers and sticky with Gatorade.

…but I’m not the only one who feels this way about this glorious race. The NYC Marathon is notoriously difficult to get into. Statistically, I think it’s easier to get into Harvard or win the actual lottery. For years, we’ve all heard rumors about the different solutions NYRR has contemplated to accommodate the demand for this storied race. While they haven’t yet done anything crazy like have it on two days or hold two separate NYC Marathons, they are offering some more chances to win a spot this year.

NYRR will be running a weekly sweepstakes, starting today, 2/3, for the next six weeks. They’ll be pulling 1 winner from each borough and 5 national/international winners every Monday, for a total of 60 winners. Each winner will receive guaranteed, non-complimentary entry to the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon. You can apply at tcsnycmarathon.org until March 18, at which point you’ll be put back in the general pool.

NYRR is also hosting a Twitter chat with the hasthag #tcsnycmarathonapply on February 6 at 9pm with Coach Jon Honerkamp, who’s been coaching runners for the past 15 years. His own personal marathon PR is 2:44, and he’s coached Apolo Ohno and my new bestie Summer Sanders to big PRs in the past few years, so he knows a thing or two about running.

Although I think I don’t really want to run a marathon this year, I still couldn’t help but throw my name in the lottery (I haven’t spectated it since 2010, and I can imagine some SERIOUS FOMO watching it, and not running it this year.

Have you ever run the NYC Marathon?/Are you running it this year? What’s your bucket-list marathon? I will tell you that this marathon really spoils you. I have a few other marathons I want to run some day (including Big Sur), but nothing lives up to the magic of this one. And having that homefield advantage ain’t bad, either.

Last Week of Wineglass Training/First Week of NYCM Training?

Last week was a weird week for my marathon training.

I started the week off thinking I was training for Wineglass but not being totally sure how I felt about it since I had some knee issues.

But by the end of the week, I knew I shouldn’t run Wineglass as my goal race any more and switched to NYCM as my goal race.

Confession: while I had decided it wouldn’t be my goal race, a small part of me held on to the idea that I could maybe run it “for fun” anyway. (This is what happens when one of your friends is about to break a Guinness world record to be the youngest woman to run 100 marathons. You think you can do crazy things like this.) While I probably could have done this safely and slowly, the idea of running a “for fun” marathon a month before my goal race was too stressful an idea for me, especially since this is something I’ve never done before. I kept the deferral link open in a tab last night, got distracted by being super productive and finally clicked over just after midnight last night to definitely defer. (The link still worked FYI.)

So, I guess I was training for two different marathons last week?


Monday: 3 miles to test out the knee + strength. No pain!

Tuesday: planned rest day

Wednesday: accidental rest day

Thursday: yoga day! Took Sun Celebrations at Laughing Lotus with Justin Ritchie. I was all blissed in for the rest of the day. I’ve usually taken evening or lunchtime yoga classes, so starting my day with yoga was pretty awesome.

Friday: Ran 6 miles with Jen. It was cool but humid out but it was fun to catch up with her.


Saturday: Summer Streets!!!! This was such a fun run. Great company and a great route. I met up with Fiona, Steph and Shaya (all of my favorite running buddies) and we ran up Summer Streets, into the park and straight to Levain. They were all done so stopped for cookies and to discuss where to brunch, but I still had two more miles to go, so no cookie for me. I ran into Riverside Park and then met back up with them at Jacob’s Pickles for a total of 10 miles.

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Sharing the route because it was a fun one and awesome boredom buster.

NYC FRIENDS: if you have not been here yet for brunch, get yourself here. The food is absolutely freaking amazing. I had the Coop breakfast, which was eggs, sausage, bacon, a biscuit and grits. I did not eat all of it, but I did put a decent dent in it. You know, in the spirit of recovery and getting some protein and all that.


If you are into Bloody Marys (I am not), this is their Bloody Mary. A pickled egg and bacon. Tons of protein, so it must be a great recovery beverage.

Sunday: evening 3-miler.

Last week was a really low mileage week since I was coming back from an injury. This week will be slightly higher but still easy (no speedwork) to really get back safely to where I need to be. Which means next week will be an ass-kicker, I presume.

BUT, I finally feel like I’m actually back in the game and I’m genuinely excited to run, rather than trying to trick myself into enjoying it like I did for all of July. Today is a yoga day, and I just want to run.

How was your week of training last week? How do you get your running groove back when it’s gone missing?

Also! Another chance to win an NYCM bib! Asics and Foot Locker are hosting a sweepstakes.