I Have a Fall Goal Race
And it’s the New York City Marathon…
Sometimes I start to type a post but leave my computer without saving or creating a “publish date”. Then once my computer goes into hibernate, it posts automatically. So sorry if you saw this on Tuesday (along with 3 other posts).
Anyway, for the last few weeks I’ve tried to figure out how I wanted to type it out… The race itself, is only 6 weeks away but it isn’t as if I haven’t begun preparing. I ran 20 for the Boothbay Half and I’ve run a few 16-18 mile runs in the last 2 months.
I don’t want to be too prepared but I do want to finish healthy. I’ve made the mistake of being overprepared which is probably how I tweaked my butt for my last marathon 3.5 years ago. Right now, I strongly believe if I went to run a marathon this weekend, I could finish.
If you are a long time reader, you might know I’ve done two marathons:
My first was New York in 2013. I ran a 3:17 after moving across the country. I had never run a marathon and had no idea what to expect.
My second was Phoenix in 2015 and I ran a 3:14.59. I had great training but the week before I tweaked my butt and kind of hobbled to the finish line. I never walked but it was a positive split and unenjoyable. I still PRed but Phoenix is a much faster, net downhill course, and I’m far prouder of my race in New York. After that, I decided marathoning wasn’t for me so I took a break. I raced 5ks, PRed in halves and have enjoyed the shorter and faster stuff.
So this whole marathon thing probably comes as a shock to you. If you have read training logs with a microscope recently, it might not be “as surprising” (but who does that LOL). No one runs 17 or 20 miles for fun. Some of my close friends have known for a couple of weeks. I haven’t hidden it from anyone who asks in person but I’ve been waiting until everything has been finalized.
NYCM is a lottery system and I’m long past the lottery…So how did it happen?
First, I was never in the lottery. About a month ago, I was talking to my boss and store owner at work. (I work in a run specialty store.) He was getting ready for a marathon so we were just discussing marathons. I mentioned I wanted to run New York eventually again but couldn’t commit to lottery deadline. Due to the military life, I don’t really think I will ever be able to commit to a big lottery system without the risk of losing a ton of money. I’ve risked it and lost and risked it and been fine. NYCM or big marathons is a lot of money to gamble with. In fact, the first time I ran NYCM, was a week after I moved from Texas back to the East Coast. (Which was 100% not planned).
My boss said he might be able to get a bib for a brand rep and I said I wouldn’t turn it down if he did. A few days later, he called and said if I wanted to run NYCM, he had a bib for me. It took me a second to even process it. Me? Marathon? I mean…I said I wanted to run it again didn’t I? I just didn’t think it would be so soon. Whether it’s moving, job, running, or even kid I don’t think there will ever be an ideal time. So I said yes.
After running two trail races and being on my feet longer than ever before (longer than either marathon), I thought another marathon was doable. Right now, the only marathon I wanted to do again was New York.
Sure I could run another marathon like the Philadelphia or more likely Richmond but New York still intrigues me. I don’t want to run a marathon for the sake of “running a marathon”. I don’t need to feel cool, or a real runner, by running marathons each year. I feel as real of a runner when I slog through a 3-mile training run as a finishing a marathon.
So why New York?
New York is a brutal course. It’s hilly, often times windy, and you have to be up before the light to get to the start. Like the trail races, it’s not easy. The crowd, the people, and the experience make it worth it. I loved my experience at NYCM in 2013.
That is why like the trail races:
My only goal is to start and finish the marathon healthy.
Since marathoning, I’ve run PRs in every distance. I’ve run a 1:22 half and I’ve run a 1:22 half in Carlsbad, CA as well. That equates to well below a 3-hour marathon but I’m not a marathon expert or pro. After taking over 3 years away from marathoning, I’m treating this as my first one all over.
I will, however, be in the sub-elite corral.
It’s crazy but it’s also a once in a lifetime opportunity. I might be running most of the race alone, or I might spend the entire race getting passed but I don’t know when, if ever, I’ll get the chance again. Heck, I might even come in as the very last sub-elite finisher and you know what? I’m okay with that because someone has to be!
I have no shame if I’m the very last person in the corral. I’ll be lining up behind the elite men (not with the elite women who go off much earlier LOL).
This is the first time I’ve been excited to run a marathon since Phoenix. I wouldn’t involve myself in something running related, I’m not excited to do. 2018 has brought a lot of: OMG, I never thought I would be doing this races…but here we are.
Questions for you:
Have you run NYCM before? Will you be there?