Ted Corbitt 15K and my new Mizuno Wave​ Rider 21

I love some 15K action. But somehow, Saturday morning I REALLY wasn’t feeling like running… why? I was exhausted. The week had pummeled me, it was COLD and I just didn’t want to layer up then freeze anyway, then get hot and sweaty then freeze again. You know, all that fun winter stuff.

But, I had learned a lot about Ted Corbitt last week and I felt like I couldn’t not show up. Ted used to run 300 miles a WEEK! WHAT? Yes. THREE FREAKING HUNDREDS. I met his son Gary on Thursday and he told me a few interesting stories… So, I wasn’t feeling like running 9.3 miles? SO LAME. Just do it.

The race was starting at 8:30 and I was still home at 8:12 fuzzing around. If you know me, you know I usually show up at races before the even build the start and finish lines… Luckily, I live like a half mile from the start so I was in the corral by 8:21. Met up with Patricia and Elizabeth (hum, this could be confusing) and at 8:30, we got moving. I really really wasn’t feeling it. I decided to do it at a long run pace for at least the first loop and then see. So that happened, I ended up enjoying the snow and chatting around with lots of people on the course. Not a lot more to tell as I didn’t really race it. I ended up with 8:05 pace, which is not quite long run pace, but also not race pace. But all the fun was had and soon enough I was back home!

I took out my new (and third) pair of Mizuno Wave Riders to test them out. It was snowing so I knew they’d work out for that. This is a shoe you’ll see me wearing at my summer AND winter workouts. They’re the most dependable shoe I own. But the Wave Rider 21 just came out (hey happy birthday Wave Rider! You’re an adult now!!!) and I wanted to take them out for a spin in the park. No big changes, no issues, to tell you the truth. Very dependable shoe.

I don’t have many “invisible” shoes. “This one is super light for races, this is light for quick workouts, this is cushiony for long miles or days I am tired, this one will make my feet cold/hot, this one is great for 5Ks or halfs or full marathons”. I find the Wave Rider to be an invisible shoe, it’s like it’s not even there, I can just wear it to anything (long or short, hard or easy) and it’ll be able to handle it. Like snow today. Faster miles, or longer distances we got this. Anyway, now that you’re an adult, run responsibly, Wave Rider!!

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mizuno. The opinions and text are all mine.
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Jingle Bell Jog 5K: 🎼 Pick up your feet / Jingle around the clock 🎼

That’s 3 races in a row I had never done before… which seems crazy as I seem to have done any race 55 times! The Jingle Bell Jog is (now) a 5K in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, early December where EVERYONE dresses up (look) and we get bells for our shoes and there’s hot chocolate at the finish line and it’s the most wonderful time of the year (well, second to marathon week at least!).

HOW HAD I NEVER RACED THIS BEFORE??? Well for starters, I lived super super super super super far from Prospect Park. I still live in the same place but with the new Q line, we can get to crazy places like Prospect Park, or Hawaii, or the moon in about 20 minutes, which is totally inaccurate but awesome. I love the Q. The Q changed my life. I could end this post here.

So, I actually got to the race like two hours early, because that’s how I roll and also because the race starts at lunchtime, or what you all call 9:30 am.

I flipped out instantaneously with all the amazing outfits. People were soooo ready and on point. I felt like going home sad in my striped red and white socks and elf hat. It was like every Halloween every year: I always think about dressing up the day before and then I am too lazy to actually do anything about it so I pull out whatever I can find in 5 minutes or less before I lose my attention span. Loser. Even the volunteers were all costumed up better than me!!! UGH.

The weather was PERFECT! 40 degrees, crisp, jingle all around. Christine and I “warmed up” towards the corrals and parked in B, our spot. We got moving soon and the pace didn’t feel normal to me. Felt too hard. TOO hard. I told myself to hang on to her, and a second wind would come! WHY DOES IT FEEL SO HARD?!?!? Mile 1: 7:20.

Around then I see Martina right on my side, I say hey Martina, and she yells OF COURSE! Apparently, she had liked the “elf pace” and was pacing off me. We really need to get organized!!! About 2 minutes later, I drop off both of their paces. The Battle Pass Hill is coming and I knew I didn’t have it to keep going at that pace up the hill. Mile 2: 7:53. Well, that’s how I felt. I actually thought I was running like 10:00, that would have made more sense! I told myself I’d maybe have enough to speed up a lot in the last mile or something like that. I couldn’t find any of my gears and it felt just like the Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K a month before. Mile 3: 7:24. Last bit in 6:54 pace.

And here we go!

This was fun. Also, will it stop hurting now?

From right: Christine, me and Martina

We all caught up at the finish line! They both did amazing!!! I am still trying to understand why I am running my 5ks about two minutes slower than a few months ago. So strange.

Stats Time:

Finish time: 23:20 Average Pace: 7:31

Previous PR: 21:09 From: July 2012

Age Grading: 65.82%

Overall Place: 574 of 5240

Gender Place: 117 of 3128

Age Place: 11 of 329

You know what’s reaaaally interesting. I did a few 5Ks in the summer (SO SO SO HOT) and I was always around the same times (around 21 minutes). Now, the two 5Ks in the last month are also very close, but a bit slower. So, yes, consistency, as usual, I guess.

So, after the hot chocolate, Martina, Daniela and I run back to find Jacki. I did like 3 miles and I didn’t find her. Why is everyone also wearing red??? HA

Do I look festive enough?

Eventually, I found Jacki and Ted, my friends/coworkers who sit also on my row (we have a row team thing in the plans, but we need a name first) and they all looked more festive than me. Of course.

Also those socks are truly not a Xmas thing but more of a “whatever I found at Forever21” thing and they turned into leg warmers during the race, not cool.

I want to do it again already. With bells on this time. And a better outfit. And maybe some reason why my pace is this now? Still, for this one, it might be as fun to cheer than run, just because everyone looked so jolly…! Happy Holidays!

October and November 2017 Recaps

November

November was a whirlwind. I feel like so much happened that I am still processing it or that it’s STILL early November. November started with the best week of the year. When the marathon week rolls around, it’s ON. And there’s so much to do, see, enjoy, prep, etc… I was working crazy hours but even the days I was supposed to take off and rest/recover/prep, I was still doing things because it was impossible to stay away from the fun. Saturday, the 4th I run the Abbott Dash 5k to the Finish Line for the first time ever and it was an amazing experience. The next day was the BIG day, the TCS New York City Marathon. I got to Staten Island early, was at the start (on the Verrazano) for a couple of hours, then trucked to the finish line covering the male pro race and there I was at the finish line for a few hours. I got to see Juan and many friends finish. The things you see at the finish line are indescribable. I had been there about 3 times before as a volunteer, I’d totally recommend getting there if you’re not running. It can change your life. That’s literally how I decided to run a marathon, by watching the finishers… the next week was another whirlwind finishing and catching up, and the weekend after we run a modified version of the new United Airlines NYC Half course. The next weekend I went to Philly to cheer on a few friends doing the marathon, then it was Thanksgiving, and Juan’s birthday, and then, wait, it’s already December? HOW?

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  • Total Miles: 115
  • Races: 1. Abbott Dash to the Finish Line
  • Ups: Running the Dash, working on the TCS NYC Marathon, recovering, resting post-marathon, running in Brooklyn!
  • Downs: It got cold for a bit. I was a bit busy but if I didn’t get sick it’s a sign I held it well!
  • Balance: OMG BEST MONTH EVER!

October

October was a tough month. One last week of tapering, then the marathon. The Mohawk Hudson marathon was intense, and it left me mentally and physically exhausted.  I really don’t want to feel like that again. I also felt awful in the last 8 miles, and I really didn’t appreciate that. I know, that’s normal, but I am not used to that and I wasn’t mentally or emotionally ready to deal with it. I took a whole week off after. Luckily I was super busy at work the upcoming weeks with the marathon coming up and that’s where my brain and my energy went. Because my running went to crap! All my runs felt weird and awful for a while. Bye bye marathons.

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  • Total Miles: 102. told you it was crappy!
  • Races: 1. a marathon: a distance I hadn’t raced in 3 years!
  • Ups: done with the marathon, one way or another. On the other hand, super excited and happy at work with the “other” marathon stuff!
  • Downs: the marathon left a weird taste in my mouth. Not that I wasn’t happy with the result, I was mostly unhappy because I convinced myself I wanted to do it. Also, the marathon left me drained for a few days!
  • Balance: Glad it’s over.

September

Ooops. Forgot to post this last week! September had some ups and downs. I got sick and my runs suffered. I lost about 8 pounds in 4 days and I got really weak. Took me about 2 weeks to be able to eat normally and 3 weeks to feel normal again. Somehow, unlike previous times, I actually managed to do all my long runs, YEY, but I didn’t get to do the races I had slated as fitness tests (to give me a good idea where I was for the marathon!). I was REALLY upset to not be able to do the NB 5th Avenue Mile… You know it’s bad when you’re too weak to race ONE mile. UFFF. I did also manage to not miss any work, so I was there at the Mile and the Tune Up. Mileage and speed suffered but somehow it all got done. I did race the NB Bronx 10 Mile race. It was HOT. I did ok. I do have to watch out for hard and hot efforts like that as it took me about 10 days to recover fully from it. With 2 weeks to go to the Hudson Mohawk River Marathon, 10 days is too much. Aging, as my grandma used to say, is a b!tch.

  • Total Miles: 150. It’s fine, I am already tapering.
  • Races: 1. NB Bronx 10 Mile
  • Ups: The long runs with my girls. Love you guys!
  • Downs: Being sick sucks. It happened earlier in April where I had to stop running for weeks. So happy this time I run through it. But I was soooo weak!
  • Balance: Marathon Training is done. I am happy to close this out. I have too much in my head.

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August

August was a whirlwind! I started a new job, that I am really excited about, and I am still training for a marathon. Those two things combined. plus working two weekends, plus coaching, plus all the summer plans, made the month feel a bit busy. Luckily things fell into place in the last two weeks while I am peaking in the training. I was a bit tired, but I managed a lot of miles and quality workouts. August was definitely beyond awesome. We have Summer Streets in August, which I definitely used up for my long runs. I had a great run in Brooklyn with friends: I love to get out of Central Park for a change. I paced an NYRR run to Roosevelt Island, another out of town excursion, this time with a lot more new friends! And I raced the Percy Sutton 5K, in the middle of a long run.

This was definitely an excitement filled month. 5 weeks to the marathon. Let’s do this.

  • Total Miles: 183. 2nd highest monthly mileage ever
  • Races: 1. Percy Sutton Harlem 5k.
  • Ups: All the fun miles and workouts. The long runs were super great. Sharpening block about to start and I am very excited.
  • Downs: I am a bit wee tired. The high mileage during the peak weeks and a new job have me a bit spent.
  • Balance: Seems like I am really going to do a marathon in 5 weeks. Training is almost complete.

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July

Well, first of all we had a run on Freshkills Park in Staten Island. The park is not open to the public yet (and I didn’t post about it!) and won’t open for a few years but NYRR got permission to bring some runners and walkers there for an exploratory 10K and 5K so some of us coaches got to lead the run. It was fantastic. Then on the 6th, I did the Tracktown Summer Series 5K, which is a track series with a 5k component. There is a post here with more info but it was pretty cool. Juan did the NYC Tri so I spent the morning of the 16 yelling like a crazy person and running around to see him everywhere. So fun. The next day, Monday the 17 I did the NYRR RUN Brooklyn, and 10 days later I did the NYRR RUN in Central Park, two 5ks back to back! In the middle I did an super hot nasty 18 miler, and a 20 miler while I led a run to Roosevelt Island.

  • Total Miles: 169. yes, I run a lot this month!
  • Races: 3. No PRs of course but loads of fun. And, all were 5Ks… I never do 5ks!
  • Ups: I love summer running. I love it. Did I tell you I love it? I do love it!
  • Downs: When I don’t run?
  • Balance: I might actually be doing that marathon in October if things keep going like this…

June

OMG HOW I LOVE THE SUMMER!! I can’t even do a tiny recap without getting excited about all the things that happen in the 2-3 hot months we get. June was a blur! I have a feeling I am gonna close my eyes and it’ll be October in a NY minute, ugh. So I signed up for a marathon… we’ll see if I end up actually racing it (aka, last years’s botched Philly Marathon) but we’re going with it for now. I did make myself a very fancy training plan with all the stuff and then I forgot I was training for a marathon and carried on with my life. Until last week, then I did a long run. Anyway, June was cool, I did not do a lot of miles which means… I did a bunch of races! I started the month with the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge, then the awesome Mini 10K (which I was horrible at), then the Queens 10K, and then the Achilles Hope and Possibility. There was a lot of cross-training in the stairs, lot of coaching workouts and lots of Tuesday speed. I just can’t miss anything in the Summer. The math for the monthly mileage must be wrong!

  • Total Miles: 127. how? too many races!
  • Races: 4. 1 automatic PR and one where I placed 1st in my AG. Wohoo!
  • Ups: YES TO LESS LAYERS!
  • Downs: I am now training for a marathon?
  • Balance: let’s go!

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May

started with me pacing the 1:55 group at the Shape Half. The next weekend I paced a New Balance run from Brooklyn to the Run Center, as a training run for the Airbnb Brooklyn Half (a 10 mile run). The next weekend (see a theme here? there’s always a run/race!), I raced the Japan Run 4 miler in Central Park. That was a bit painful (I didn’t fuel properly, ooops). There were a few stairs workouts, and speed workouts and I coached a few training runs per week… then the big day came along: the Airbnb Brooklyn Half! It all started with the 3-day Pre-party. Race Day was a fun riot. No PRs in May, but it was definitely “active”.

  • Total Miles: 148 (biggest month but not that many miles this year)
  • Races: 2 racing, 1 pacing.
  • Ups: managed to get enough miles
  • Downs: my race speed is MIA
  • Balance: I had fun!

 

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April

April was an interesting one… the month started with the Run to Breathe 4 mile race. That went quite well. So well, I came in 3rd in my AG, 4 seconds away from a PR and got super excited about my fitness level… The first Monday of April, I started the new session of Stairs of Fire, a workout just on stairs designed to kill your legs… it killed MY legs… I was beyond stiff and sore for 3 full days… OUCH. Of course, I still coached that week, did speedwork and run a lot so by Friday I was feeling ALL THE NAGS. Luckily, I was to be locked indoors all weekend at the Road Runners Club of America Coaching Certification, which got my legs some rest. They were still not great after that, my feet were iffy and tight… so I just took it very easy for 3 full weeks until it was all back to fighting shape, yes, I AM THE OPPOSITE OF EVERY RUNNER. When there’s a nag, or a little nothing, I try not to “run through it”, I STOP, to make sure it doesn’t turn into something bigger down the road. Luckily, I don’t have to do this often. Last time it happened was in September and was back on the horse after 2-3 weeks. I had very tight calves and it was making my feet super tight (pre-Achilles tendinitis!!!) so those 3 weeks I run very little and very slow, did Epsom salts bath almost every day, I stretched twice a day, slept, got massages, and voilaaaaa. Good to go! The stairs workout did me in. My legs weren’t ready for that hot mess of a workout! My goal for May is to stretch every day (after not stretching for …5 years?)

I missed out on coaching for a full week but I did so many other things, like a biomechanics running event at the Hearst Building, a few fun events (like a Gala and a staycation) and I  paced the 1:55 finishers at the Shape Women’s Half this past weekend. Not a lot of mileage or quality work but got out of it unscathed…!

  • Total Miles: 109
  • Races: two! 1 great time, and 1 pacing gig
  • Ups: Pacing was fun… the rest was a bit tentative!
  • Downs: mileage and workouts went DOWN!!!!
  • Balance: I am ready to ramp up now!

 

Here is my training for April…

March

Didn’t I just write a Feb recap?? Is this what happens when you get older? Times really flies!

The month included a lot of coaching, loads, a few miles, lots of work hours, a November Project workouts, a visit to the Asics showroom, my birthday celebrations, a few Facebook Live Chats, the big United NYC Half Weekend and race, Club Night, lots of runs with friends, and two races: the United NYC Half and the Central Park Spring 10K this past two weekends. Now that I think about it, I see why my mileage was so low… makes sense!!!!!!!!!!!!  Hoping Spring makes things easier and I can get out there more. I need to figure out a way to not need that much sleep…!

Here is my training for March:

March pictures:

 

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  • Total Miles: 127
  • Races: two! (6 total for the year!)
  • Ups: had fun. The NYC Half!!!
  • Downs: Not super up there with the splits or the mileage.
  • Balance: move on March, April is coming!!!!!!!!!!

 

February

hello March! I have no idea where these weeks go!??! I actually freaked out a couple of weeks ago, because I realized it was too late to train for the United NYC Half… these weeks are faster than any of my races!

Well, the month started with the Gridiron 4 miler, which I totally phoned in. What a loser I am sometimes. Actually, that’s why I freaked out, because, seriously Elizabeth, get it together! Why show up at a race and not even try? UGH. I frustrate myself so much sometimes! The next weekend, pre-Valentine’s Day, Juan and I spent some romantic time in the city, NO MORE DETAILS of course. The weekend after that, we raced a relay triathlon, as a Valentine’s Days Weekend thing: the Lovie Dovie Triathlon at Chelsea Piers. That Thursday was Club Night. a fun event to celebrate NY’s runners. Fun. And last weekend I raced the Al Gordon 4 miler, which went a bit better than the first 4 miler this month. Very busy weeks with lots of events and work and life stuff. All of it fun.

Here is my training for February:

february-notes

  • Total Miles: 131
  • Races: three!!!
  • Ups: it was almost summer.
  • Downs: I need more time before the NYC Half PLEASE!!!
  • Balance: Someone please slow down time. seriously.

 

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January

went by ridiculously fast. So fast I didn’t even notice I didn’t post a recap for the Half I did. I literally started the year racing. Or running on a race course.. We did the Midnight Run, which happens right at the stroke of midnight on January 31st. I was signed up for the Kleinerman 10K because I had a little head cold and decided to focus on my health first. I was moving two days later so I didn’t want to overdo the weekend. So, I changed apartments, and I also started a new job (and career). Life got busy. I am also still coaching a lot. I renewed my CPR and AED cert. I led a few runs and coached many biomechanics 1x1s. Then we went to vacation to Antigua, which was more necessary that I had time to realize. January was a bit crazy. But we made it, with decent mileage, 118 miles in. The United NYC Half is dangerously close…

  • Total Miles: 118
  • Races: one (Manhattan Half) though I wasn’t really racing.
  • Ups: a vacation. And feeling the need to RUN on vacation. Who does that?
  • Downs: January was busy so I wasn’t really paying attention…
  • Balance: meh, in a holding pattern for now

 

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(NEW) United Airlines NYC Half Course Preview

this is a SHORT post because I just wanted to tell you guys back in November a few friends-coworkers (Jackie, Christine, Michael, you’re the best!) and I got up early, took the train to Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza and run SORT-OF the new course of the United Airlines NYC Half. I say sort-of because I couldn’t get them to shut down traffic on the top level of the Manhattan Bridge for us four, same with the FDR drive… oh well.

All about the course is on the race page. And there’s even a neat course map!

What I can tell you is that the course is QUITE AMAZING. Literally. I was saying that every mile.

The first 2-mile stretch from Grand Army Plaza is straight and WIDE. There’s also lots of stuff to look at. Sidenote: I need to run in Brooklyn more. I was a full-blown tourist.

It was 33, feels like 26, hence the outfits. Michael is the exception, I am always jealous of his heating skills.

The race starts behind the Arch so, like in the Brooklyn Half, we run around it.

Then you are in Flatbush Avenue, which is quite nice, straight to the Manhattan Bridge, to settle on a good pace.

told you it’s a wide street!

Then you go on the top of the Manhattan Bridge….!!!!!!!! We had to settle for the side path, but the views are INSANE. I really need to run there more often, it’s soo beautiful. I can’t even imagine how much better is on the top as you get two bridgesup there: Brooklyn Bridge on the left, Williamsburg Bridge on the right. I can’t. Too good.

There’s a really nice view when you get off the bridge of the triumphal arch and colonnade at the Manhattan entrance:

100% you won’t see this on the actual course. But we did and I liked it so it’s part of the preview!!! Hey, it’s NYC, I am 200% sure you’ll see something strange somewhere(s).

A few blocks around Chinatown/Lower East Side and you’ll be in the FDR. Also, we were on the sidewalk there, but LOVED the sights!!!!!! (I REALLY need to get out of Central Park once in a while!)

that’s the Queensboro bridge, mile 16 of the marathon!

Then the United Nations (you don’t need a picture, do you?), then we get on 42nd street, we run by Grand Central and the NY Public Library…

a right turn and you’re on TIMES SQUARE!

YES, the only day of the year I am OK to be at Times Square!

You then run to the park and you do a right onto the East Drive, Hail to the Fred as we did:

across 102 cross-drive to the Finish…

I was in shock at how much I loved it. We had Times Square and Central Park in the previous edition, but hey, now you get to run ON TOP OF A BRIDGE!!!!!!!!!!! I know other people do that in other cities, but it’s NOT NYC. And really, other than running on the Golden Gate, what’s cooler than a major NYC bridge? huh? And seeing the Empire State Building right up ahead? When do we have that? Anyway, TOO FRUNNING GOOD!!

Here’s the course profile if you need it, to start obsessing, as some of you would, though I wouldn’t.

The 1st one (Strava) is a bit more accurate as the 2nd one (MapMyRun) wasn’t letting me map on some parts and that blip around mile 7 should NOT be there.

The mapped routes are here: Strava and MapMyRun if for some reason you want to check them out. Again, the strava is more trustworthy accurate as I had to do a few parts of the MapMyRun manually, so there’s about 200 meters over in that one. Though you can see they’re very similar!

Who’s excited? Questions?

Abbott Dash 5K to the Finish Line – Race Report

oooops, how did I miss to write about this? Ah yeah, the TCS New York City Marathon was the next day and my brain is just now finding some empty space to process all the awesomeness that was November!

I had never done the Dash, never, yes weird right? There was always something. Either I was doing the marathon the next day (the Dash is Saturday, 24 hours before the TCS New York City Marathon), or I was working or I had to host a charity dinner Friday night, every year I had a reason. The reasons this year: there was a lot to do, there was a lot in my head prepping for marathon day and also this race was also holding the USA Track and Field 5K Championships which I’d love to watch.

But, that week I didn’t have time to run a lot so I decided to race and get one good hard workout off of the race to compensate and see what the hype was about.

This race used to be an unofficial run years ago. It used to be called the International Run or something like that, I can’t remember. Basically, everyone who was in town to run the marathon, would show up at this friendly run, bring their flag and represent their country. That all sort of evolved into the Opening Ceremonies, where there are groups representing each country and a walk right of the marathon finish line with a flag bearer (just like in the Olympics!) AND the Dash to the Finish, a 5K with a ridiculously amazing course. It looked tempting… the race starts at the United Nations, right where all the flags are lined up, we line up there too! Then makes a turn to 42nd St, you run by Grand Central Terminal, then the NY Public Library (or where you take the buses to the marathon for some of you!) then it turns on 6th avenue, and you run up there to Central Park where you run your last mile INTO AND THROUGH THE TCS NEW YORK CITY MARATHON FINISH LINE. How cool is that?????

Anyway, I was pumped. I got up Saturday, run the 1.5 miles to the start, I had a singlet and the race shirt over it to keep me warm during the run there. It was 40 degrees, perfect, so I was going to chuck the long sleeve and race in the singlet.

First thing I saw when I got to the start was Heidi!

I have no idea why, an insane amount of pictures at the corral ensued!!!! get ready.

Heidi, me, Brian and Rob, all co-workers!

me, Brian, Rob. I still have gloves on, for some reason!

Because at some point, you run out of pictures faces

When Kevin arrived, it was selfie time, of course.

That’s Gordon and her son Danny. Gordon is one of the most impressive American female runners. If you don’t know her, look her up RIGHT NOW: Gordon Bakoulis. go. now.

anyway, we all seem so happy right? Well, you just have to wait and see what happens…

Eventually, the PROs in the front going for the Championships go. Rob said that he and Gordon were going to “take it easy” and if I wanted to join. They’re both WAY FASTER than me so I got confirmation that they were going around 8:30. Ok, I can handle that! I put the long sleeve back on if I wasn’t going to be going hard, and a few minutes later, we all got moving.

Danny took off. The 12-year-old Danny. Super fast. I thought someone had to go with him. Brian said he’d go, I thought I could do. Mmmm. NO. Danny would go and end up finishing in 20 something. Glad I noticed within 10 seconds. I went to the side and waited for Rob and Gordon. Turned out, their pace also felt hard for me (this was about 3 weeks after the marathon) but I tried to hang on.

Running down 42nd streets was SUPER COOL. It’s super wide so at no point it felt tight. Then you turn onto 6th Ave which is also really wide, and there were so many more people cheering. And you could tell, as this is a highly hotel-dense area, a lot of these people were the marathoners to be. I saw McGillivray cheering, then I saw Ashton Eaton cheering (I almost freaked out a little), Paula Radcliffe was right ahead… it was quite a scene… At some point, I noticed we were NOT doing 8:30s… more like 7:30s, which I should have been able to handle ok, but for some reason, I couldn’t. Gordon and Rob were chatting like they were seating for coffee, I was hardly trying to shout one-word answers.

Soon we were in the park for the last mile, and in a second we were by the finish line with all that awesome finish line awesomeness. I saw the 400 meters to go sign and I was SO happy I had only run a 5K and not a marathon…!!!!

We get to the finish and this happens!

they LITERALLY carried me through the finish line (and the whole 3.1)

EPIC SHOT right? the marathon finish line is quite impressive. Even after a 5K.

Job done. How many days til the next one?

Both Gordon and I Coach NYRR Group Training and we found a few of our runners at the finish!

angle is a bit wrong. I was totally pointing at the sign, can you tell?

for the 30923092 time, selfies are awful!

this is better. Hey Angie.

So, I LOVED IT.

Great great course. I want all my 5ks to be there. My time was pretty weird, around 7:30 pace, but whatever: all that matters sometimes is the fun had on the course. It really felt like we were doing a mini-marathon. I am not the type to use the marathon word for anything that isn’t a 5K, but I am not sure what to call this. It wasn’t a chunk of the marathon course but the feeling was there. Just go and do it and you’ll get it.

 

Stats Time:

Finish time: 23:25 Average Pace: 7:33

Previous PR: 21:09 From: July 2012

Age Grading: 22:31

Overall Place: 1122 of 10922

Gender Place: 257 of 5615

Age Place: 8 of 771

 

2017 TCS New York City Marathon: race week events!

  I will be updating this every day. If you have anything to be added, just forward it to me. So, recheck every day! updated 10/28 7 pm

And don’t forget to re-read the New York City Marathon Tips, Course Strategy, and Info! post

Sunday, October 29th

  • TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion Grand Opening

When: 8 am to 10 am

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion – Central Park at West 67th Street

What: The TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion opens its doors to visitors, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

More info and RSVP.

  • Race-day Nutrition with Lauren Antonucci, Brought to You by Poland Spring

When: 10 am to 12:30 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion – Central Park at West 67th Street

What: Join the registered dietitian for a conversation starting every hour at the top of the hour from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

More info and RSVP.

  • Course Strategy with NYRR Coaches

When: 4 pm to 6 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion – Central Park at West 67th Street

What: NYRR coaches will lead runners through a mile-by-mile course strategy session, including race-day tips and insights on how to manage the 26.2-mile tour through the five boroughs. Sessions will be held every hour on the hour.

More info and RSVP.

Monday, October 30th

  • NYRR Member Lunch and Course Strategy

When: 12 pm to 1 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion – Central Park at West 67th Street

What: Prepare for your five-borough run with tips and course information from NYRR’s coaching staff.

More info and RSVP.

  • Runner Hydration with Gatorade

When: 4 pm to 6 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: Sample the latest and greatest from Gatorade at the NYRR RUNCENTER!

More info and RSVP.

  • Strength Training with Hospital for Special Surgery

When: 5 pm to 6 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion – Central Park at West 67th Street

What: Join Hospital for Special Surgery specialists Pam Geisel and Tiffany Chag, as well as physical therapist Lauren Alix Riccardi, as they teach runners how to effectively strength train and prevent injury during marathon training.

More info and RSVP.

  • Member Monday: Course Strategy and Meet Your Pacer

When: 6 pm to 7 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion – Central Park at West 67th Street

What: NYRR members ages 21 and up can stop by and receive a free drink courtesy of Michelob Ultra. At 6:30 p.m., NYRR Coaches will host a Course Strategy session with valuable insight and will answer questions about race day. Members may also receive a limited-edition giveaway while supplies last.

More info and RSVP.

Tuesday, October 31st

  • MEB: The Home Stretch Series Premiere Screening with Q&A

When: 6 pm to 8 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion – Central Park at West 67th Street

What: Watch the series premiere of MEB: The Home Stretch, a five-part documentary series chronicling the final season of America’s greatest marathoner, Meb Keflezighi. A Q&A with Meb will follow the screening.
Doors will open for the free screening at 6:00 p.m. Please plan to arrive on time, as there is no guaranteed, reserved seating.

More info and RSVP.

Wednesday, November 1st

  • BEDGEAR presents Yoga Nidra: Guided Meditation for Better Sleep

When: 8 am to 10 am

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: Ingrid Prueher, a pediatric and adult sleep and nutrition consultant and founder of sleeptransformation.org, will be leading the yoga nidra classes. This practice of meditation enables you to use downtime to increase your recovery, which is especially useful when race-day adrenaline is keeping you awake. Join us for a 40-minute guided “sleep meditation” that is sure to relax your muscles and give you clarity so you can be ready for your run!

More info and RSVP.

  • Touring and Training: Meet and Greet with Prince Royce

When: 2 pm to 3 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion – Central Park at West 67th Street

What: The Bronx native will share his experiences training for the TCS New York City Marathon while performing as a recording artist.

More info and RSVP.

  • BEDGEAR presents Sleep Insights for Athletes

When: 4 pm to 5 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: During this presentation, Lorenzo will provide tips for how athletes can improve their sleep for optimal performance each day.

More info and RSVP.

  • MELT Seminar for TCS New York City Marathon Runners with Hospital for Special Surgery

When: 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: During this presentation, Lorenzo will provide tips for how athletes can improve their sleep for optimal performance each day.

More info and RSVP.

  • BEDGEAR presents Sleep Insights for Athletes

When: 6 pm to 7 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: During this presentation, Lorenzo will provide tips for how athletes can improve their sleep for optimal performance each day.

More info and RSVP.

  • A Running Dialogue: The Meb Event

When: 6 pm to 9 pm

Where: Custom Performance, 295 Madison Avenue, 10TH FLOOR, New York, NY 10017

What: Come celebrate running Wednesday, November 1 with the legendary Meb Keflezighi! His last year running the NYC Marathon, Meb Keflezighi will discuss what makes him “empowered by running!” Emceed by Gary Muhrcke, the first winner of the NYC Marathon, prepare to be inspired! Entrance includes swag bag & autographed memorabilia, food & open bar, and your photo op with a legend! Join us for a night like no other, with a runner like no other!

More info and RSVP.

  • Shake it Out with Shake Shack & JackRabbit!

When: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

Where: New York Running Company / 10 Columbus Circle/ New York, NY 10019

What: Who’s ready to shake it out with Shake Shack, On Running, and JackRabbit on 11/1? Starting at JackRabbit Columbus Circle at 6:30pm, we will take runners through Central Park on a 3-mile route that will pass by the finish line and some scenic areas before exiting the park on the Upper East Side. The run will finish at the Shake Shack on 86th & Lexington, where we will have all you need to recover with Zion PT before the big day. The first round will be on the house, and there will be some great swag items for you to win.

Bag drop will be provided from the start to the finish of the run. Please bear in mind, there will be traffic so you may beat your bags to the finish. We will have Pacers for various pace groups, so bring your friends and join us for a great night!

More info and RSVP

  • Hospital for Special Surgery presents Foam Rolling for TCS New York City Marathon Runners

When: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion – Central Park at West 67th Street

What: Join Hospital for Special Surgery physical therapists Catherine Wysin and Julie Khan as they teach runners how to use foam rollers to help reduce post-exercise muscle soreness and accelerate the return of muscle strength and power after a hard workout.

More info and RSVP.

Thursday, November 2nd

  • Run Mama Run Screening and Breakfast with Sarah Brown

When: 8 am to 10 am

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion – Central Park at West 67th Street

What: Join us for an exclusive free screening of Run Mama Run, followed by breakfast and a panel with New Balance athlete Sarah Brown.Doors open at 8:00 a.m. Seating and breakfast are first come, first served.

More info and RSVP.

  • NYRR Central Park Running History Tour (English)

When: 10 am to 11:30 am

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: Get a taste of the Big Apple’s vibrant past on the NYRR Central Park Running History Tour! After leaving the NYRR RUNCENTER, our coaches will guide you at a comfortable (~10:00 min/mile) pace past various landmarks significant to New York City’s running history.

More info and RSVP.

  • Course Strategy with NYRR Coaches

When: 11 am through 7 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Expo Presented by New Balance – Jacob K. Javits Center, Hall 3E, 11th Avenue at West 35th Street

What: Learn valuable advice about how to approach 26.2 miles through the five boroughs with NYRR’s coaching staff. Course strategy sessions will be held every hour on the hour starting at 11:00 a.m., with a special presentation from Hospital for Special Surgery at 3:00 p.m.

More info and RSVP.

  • NYRR Central Park Running History Tour (Spanish, Italian, French, and Portuguese)

When: 12 pm to 2:15 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: Get a taste of the Big Apple’s vibrant past on the NYRR Central Park Running History Tour! After leaving the NYRR RUNCENTER, our coaches will guide you at a comfortable (~10:00 min/mile) pace past various landmarks significant to New York City’s running history. Spanish: 12:00–1:30 p.m /  Portuguese: 12:15–1:45 p.m. / Italian: 12:30–2:00 p.m. / French: 12:45–2:15 p.m.

More info and RSVP.

  • It Will Move You Professional Athlete Panel

When: 12 pm to 1 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion – Central Park at West 67th Street

What: Pro athletes Jared Ward, Aliphine Tuliaumuk, Amanda McGrory, and Josh George will participate in an exclusive It Will Move You panel. These athletes will share their stories of how they’ve been moved by running and the marathon.

More info and RSVP.

  • NYRR Central Park Running History Tour (English)

When: 2 pm to 3:30 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: Get a taste of the Big Apple’s vibrant past on the NYRR Central Park Running History Tour! After leaving the NYRR RUNCENTER, our coaches will guide you at a comfortable (~10:00 min/mile) pace past various landmarks significant to New York City’s running history.

More info and RSVP.

  • NYRR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, and Abebe Bikila and George Hirsch Journalism Awards Presentation

When: 3 pm to 5 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion – Central Park at West 67th Street

What: Inducted in 2017 will be Tom Fleming, Ryan Hall, Lornah Kiplagat, Orlando Pizzolato, and Dr. Norbert Sander. Tim Layden will receive the George Hirsch Journalism Award. This event is free and open to the public.

More info and RSVP.

  • Maximizing Race Day: Tips for Success on Your 26.2 with Tiffany Chag from Hospital for Special Surgery

When: 3 pm to 4 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Expo Presented by New Balance – Jacob K. Javits Center, Hall 3E, 11th Avenue at West 35th Street

More info and RSVP.

  • Fitbit Presentation with Ryan and Sara Hall

When: 5 pm to 7 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion – Central Park at West 67th Street

What: Join Fitbit Ambassadors and professional runners Ryan and Sara Hall for a special Q&A.

More info and RSVP.

  • Foam Rolling with Hospital for Special Surgery

When: 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

More info and RSVP.

When: 6 pm to 7:30 pm.

Where: New York Running Company / 10 Columbus Circle/ New York, NY 10019

What: Grab your girlfriends (or guy friends!) and join us at JackRabbit for a truly exclusive night with one of the strongest runners in the game. Whether you’ve seen her on TV or racing in person, you know Molly Huddle is fierce. Historically a track runner, she made her marathon debut last year in New York, placing third in 2:28:13. She’s the 10,000, American Record holder, winner of the 2017 New York Half Marathon, and an advocate for female athletes everywhere (you can thank her in part for the runner girl emoji!)

Party Highlights: Shakeout run- Head out on a casual loop through Central Park with Moll / Q&A with Molly- Get some tips for race day and come ready with your own questions / Customer nail wrap bar- Molly loves her nail art, and we’re bringing the glam to your race with NYC-themed nail wraps/ Donut Bar – Who doesn’t need to carb load before the big race?! / Polar Bubble Bar- Enjoy a “Molly Mocktail” courtesy of our friends at Polar Seltzer.

More info and RSVP.

  • Spectator 101: How to Find Your Runner on Race Day

When: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: Trying to figure out where you are going to cheer your runner on come marathon Sunday? Join us at the NYRR RUNCENTER for a brief informational session on the best practices and strategies to find your runner on race day! A Q&A will follow, and we’ll show you how to use the incredible spectator section of our TCS New York City Marathon app.

More info and RSVP.

  • Runner’s World and Reebok’s NYC Marathon Kick-Off Run

When: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

Where: Reebok (New York) – 1 Union Sq W, New York, New York 10003

What: Join Reebok and Runner’s World to celebrate the kick-off of marathon weekend on Thursday, November 2nd at 6:30pm with Bart Yasso. After the run continue the celebration with meet & greets and shopping!
-FREE Gift bags to first 100 attendees
-20% discount on your Reebok purchase
-First 50 attendees to receive a $25 Reebok gift card* (*valid for 11/2 only)

More info and RSVP.

  • BOSTON Screening with Q&A

When: 8:30 pm to 11:15 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion – Central Park at West 67th Street

What: Watch an exclusive screening of BOSTON, the first feature-length documentary chronicling the iconic race from its very beginning 120 years ago to present day.
Doors will open for the free screening at 8:30 p.m. Please plan to arrive by 8:00 p.m., as there is no guaranteed, reserved seating.

More info and RSVP.

Friday, November 3rd

  • Morning Miles with Nike

When: 7:04 am to 8:30 am

Where: New York Running Company by JackRabbit, 10 Columbus Cir, Ste 210, New York, New York 10023

What: In town for the big race and looking for a group to run with before the big dance? Look no further than to Morning Miles! Join us for a fun run while keeping your legs fresh for Sunday.  We’ll meet at the JackRabbit store in the Time Warner Center at 7:00 AM. We have pacers, lockers, and refreshments for all participants. All paces welcome and the run will be between 4-5 miles.

More info and RSVP.

  • NYRR Central Park Running History Tour (English)

When: 10 am to 11:30 am

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: Get a taste of the Big Apple’s vibrant past on the NYRR Central Park Running History Tour! After leaving the NYRR RUNCENTER, our coaches will guide you at a comfortable (~10:00 min/mile) pace past various landmarks significant to New York City’s running history.

More info and RSVP.

  • Course Strategy with NYRR Coaches

When: 11 am through 7 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Expo Presented by New Balance – Jacob K. Javits Center, Hall 3E, 11th Avenue at West 35th Street

What: Learn valuable advice about how to approach 26.2 miles through the five boroughs with NYRR’s coaching staff. Course strategy sessions will be held every hour on the hour starting at 11:00 a.m., with a special presentation from Hospital for Special Surgery at 3:00 p.m.

More info and RSVP.

  • NYRR Central Park Running History Tour (Spanish, Italian, French, and Portuguese)

When: 12 pm to 2:15 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: Get a taste of the Big Apple’s vibrant past on the NYRR Central Park Running History Tour! After leaving the NYRR RUNCENTER, our coaches will guide you at a comfortable (~10:00 min/mile) pace past various landmarks significant to New York City’s running history. Spanish: 12:00–1:30 p.m /  Portuguese: 12:15–1:45 p.m. / Italian: 12:30–2:00 p.m. / French: 12:45–2:15 p.m.

More info and RSVP.

  • Tiki Talk: A Meet-Up and Q&A with Former New York Giants Running Back Tiki Barber

When: 12 pm to 1 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion – Central Park at West 67th Street

What: Former New York Giants running back and NFL Pro Bowler Tiki Barber will share the story of his transition from football player to road runner. A three-time TCS New York City Marathon finisher, Barber will dive into his passion for running and the obstacles he’s overcome on his journey to becoming a marathoner.

More info and RSVP.

  • NYRR Central Park Running History Tour (English)

When: 2 pm to 3:30 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: Get a taste of the Big Apple’s vibrant past on the NYRR Central Park Running History Tour! After leaving the NYRR RUNCENTER, our coaches will guide you at a comfortable (~10:00 min/mile) pace past various landmarks significant to New York City’s running history.

More info and RSVP.

  • NYRR RUNTalk: The Future of U.S. Women’s Running with Emily Infeld and Emily Sisson

When: 2 pm to 3 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: Join IAAF World Championship bronze medalist Emily Infeld and Team NB young phenom Emily Sisson for a chat about the bright future of women’s running in the United States.

More info and RSVP.

  • Conversation with Dean Karnazes

When: 3 pm to 4 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion – Central Park at West 67th Street

What: Join Fitbit Ambassador and ultramarathon man Dean Karnazes for a special conversation and meet and greet.

More info and RSVP.

  • Last-Minute Aches and Pains with Alex Shafiro from Hospital for Special Surgery

When: 3 pm to 4 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Expo Presented by New Balance – Jacob K. Javits Center, Hall 3E, 11th Avenue at West 35th Street

More info and RSVP.

  • NYRR RUNTalk: Dual-Sport Paralympic Athletes

When: 4 pm to 5 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: This year’s TCS New York City Marathon will include two wheelchair athletes who have excelled on the world stage at the Paralympic Games in sports other than track and field: South Africa’s Ernst van Dyk (cycling) and Germany’s Annika Zeyen (wheelchair basketball). Join these two inspirational racers to hear their journeys of competing in multiple sports, and the state of wheelchair racing and Paralympic sport in the world today.

More info and RSVP.

  • Seven Continents, Seven Marathons, Seven Days: A Conversation with Ultramarathoner Mike Wardian

When: 5 pm to 6 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: Join ultramarathoner Mike Wardian as he talks about his record-breaking performance as he ran seven marathons on seven continents in seven days! He’ll discuss this journey as well as the many other ultra adventures that helped him prepare for the TCS New York City Marathon.

More info and RSVP.

  • Citius Mag Podcast Live at the NYRR RUNCENTER

When: 6 pm to 7 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: Join Citius Magazine as its staff records live from the NYRR RUNCENTER. Co-founder of Citius Mag and Sports Illustrated columnist Chris Chavez and Men’s Journal Senior Editor Kit Fox will preview the incredible professional field of the TCS New York City Marathon.

More info and RSVP.

  • Spectator 101: How to Find Your Runner on Race Day

When: 7 pm to 8 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: Trying to figure out where you are going to cheer your runner on come marathon Sunday? Join us at the NYRR RUNCENTER for a brief informational session on the best practices and strategies to find your runner on race day! A Q&A will follow, and we’ll show you how to use the incredible spectator section of our TCS New York City Marathon app.

More info and RSVP.

Saturday, November 4th

  • NYC MARATHON SHAKEOUT ART RUN

When: 10 am to 12 pm

Where: Whole Foods Market95 East Houston StreetNew York, NY, 10002

What: Whole Foods Market presents the Runstreet NYC Marathon Shakeout Art Run! Whether you’re running the NYC Marathon or just want to get in an incredible run to see the best murals and street art in NYC, you won’t want to miss this 3-mile pre-marathon shakeout art run! The shakeout run will be at a relaxed, 10-minute mile pace, with stops for photos along the way. We will see endless art-drenched streets in the Lower East Side and beyond! Our Runstreet photographer Marques Jackson will be shooting beautiful photos during the run, and you will receive access to the whole photo album after the event.

More info and RSVP.

  • NYRR RUNTalk: A Conversation with Four-Time New York City Marathon Winner Bill Rodgers

When: 10 am to 11 am

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: Join four-time New York City Marathon champion Bill Rodgers as he discusses his iconic wins and tales of the past. A meet and greet will follow.

More info and RSVP.

  • Course Strategy with NYRR Coaches

When: 11 am to 7 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Expo Presented by New Balance – Jacob K. Javits Center, Hall 3E, 11th Avenue at West 35th Street

What: Learn valuable advice about how to approach 26.2 miles through the five boroughs with NYRR’s coaching staff. Course strategy sessions will be held every hour on the hour starting at 11:00 a.m., with a special presentation from Hospital for Special Surgery at 3:00 p.m.

More info and RSVP.

  • NYRR RUNTalk: NYRR Hall of Fame Legends

When: 12 pm to 1 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: Don’t miss the fastest panel of New York City running legends ever put together. This “greatest of all time” chat will feature Haile Gebrselassie, Bill Rodgers, Germán Silva, and Ryan Hall.

More info and RSVP.

  • A Celebration of Running Legend Meb Keflezighi

When: 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Where: YOTEL New York City, 570 10th Avenue, 4th Floor

What: Meb will reflect on running his final race at the New York City Marathon and his remarkable career in a private Q&A the day before the race. Limited number of tickets available.

More info and RSVP.

  • Oiselle Pop-Up and Meet Kara Goucher and Sally Bergesen at Custom PT!

When: 1 pm to 4 pm

Where: NY Custom PT & Performance Center – 295 Madison Ave, # 1026, New York, New York 10017

What: Come check out the new fall line and chat with Oiselle founder Sally Bergesen herself! Everything will be available to feel and try on. Nothing for day-of-purchase, but attendees will get a discount to use on Oiselle.com! Come one, come all! Share with all your friends!

More info and RSVP.

  • The Secrets of Running with Toby Tanser and Lornah Kiplagat

When: 1 pm to 2 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: Author of Train Hard, Win Easy: The Kenyan Way Toby Tanser will lead a discussion on the secrets of Kenyan running with Lornah Kiplagat, an IAAF World Half-Marathon and IAAF World Cross Country Championships gold medalist.

More info and RSVP.

  • The Future of Women’s Running with Kathrine Switzer, Deena Kastor, and Alison Desir

When: 2 pm to 3 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: Join a discussion with female running legends Kathrine Switzer and Deena Kastor as well as Alison Desir, fitness activist and co-founder of Run4AllWomen. The three will discuss the history and future of women’s running around the world. The panel will be moderated by New York Road Runners’ Gordon Bakoulis.

More info and RSVP.

  • Team New Balance World Champions: Jenny Simpson and Emma Coburn

When: 3 pm to 4 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: Join Team New Balance athletes, IAAF World Champions and Olympic medalists Jenny Simpson and Emma Coburn as they discuss training, the road to the 2016 Rio Olympics, and their individual moments of World Championships glory.

More info and RSVP.

  • Race Recovery: Finish Line and Beyond with Pam Geisel from Hospital for Special Surgery

When: 3 pm to 4 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Expo Presented by New Balance – Jacob K. Javits Center, Hall 3E, 11th Avenue at West 35th Street

More info and RSVP.

  • It Will Move You: The Most Inspiring Stories of the TCS New York City Marathon

When: 4 pm to 5 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: Before the TCS New York City Marathon, get inspired by a panel of runners who have experienced a variety of obstacles to get to the marathon start line—but have overcome them and will be lining up right alongside you on Sunday, November 5.

More info and RSVP.

  • Spectator 101: How To Find Your Runner on Race Day

When: 5 pm to 6 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: Trying to figure out where you are going to cheer your runner on come marathon Sunday? Join us at the NYRR RUNCENTER for a brief informational session on the best practices and strategies to find your runner on race day! A Q&A will follow, and we’ll show you how to use the incredible spectator section of our TCS New York City Marathon app.

More info and RSVP.

Sunday, November 5th

  • Blue Line Lounge Presented by Tata Consultancy Services

When: 8 am to 2 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion – Central Park at West 67th Street

What: Steps from the finish line, in a heated indoor lounge, enjoy a gourmet brunch buffet; hot beverages; beer and wine after 12:00 p.m.; access to the west side Grandstand Seating to watch your runners finish; the Marathon broadcast on the big screen; and early access to finisher merchandise. Children under 2 do not require a ticket. Please note: This event is sold out.

More info and RSVP.

  • TCS New York City Marathon Sunday Brunch and Live Stream

When: 9 am to 6 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: Swing by the NYRR RUNCENTER while you are waiting for your runner to finish the TCS New York City Marathon or join in after the race to shop for official TCS New York City Marathon gear presented by New Balance!

More info and RSVP.

Monday, November 6th

  • Marathon Monday at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion

When: 8 am to 6 pm

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion – Central Park at West 67th Street

What: Celebrate your accomplishment at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion. Jumpstart your recovery at the Hospital for Special Surgery Runner Recovery Zone, shop for New Balance finisher gear, have your finisher medal engraved by Fond Memories, and purchase commemorative editions of the New York Times.

More info and RSVP.

  • TCS New York City Marathon Re-Broadcast

When: 8 am to 6 pm

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub – 320 West 57th Street

What: After you have your medal engraved at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion, come check out the re-broadcast of the TCS New York City Marathon, which will be playing all day at the NYRR RUNCENTER. You can also shop for official TCS New York City Marathon gear presented by New Balance!

More info and RSVP.

Tuesday, November 7th

  • Meb Keflezighi and Kathrine Switzer with Dr. Jordan Metzl

When: 8 pm

Where: 92nd St Y

What: Join us for a special evening to celebrate two running legends, Meb Keflezighi and Kathrine Switzer. Moderated by sports medicine physician and Runner’s World author Dr. Jordan Metzl, this program will offer a unique look at the incredible stories behind these running icons and their important roles in the history of marathon running.

More info and RSVP.

 

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Don’t forget to re-read the New York City Marathon Tips, Course Strategy and Info! post

I’ve compiled this listing from brands/athletes/stores’ social channels or emails. Events might have been updated at a later date so please check the source for updated info. If you have/see any other events not listed here, pls send my way. Have fun!

September 2017 Recap

September

Ooops. Forgot to post this last week! September had some ups and downs. I got sick and my runs suffered. I lost about 8 pounds in 4 days and I got really weak. Took me about 2 weeks to be able to eat normally and 3 weeks to feel normal again. Somehow, unlike previous times, I actually managed to do all my long runs, YEY, but I didn’t get to do the races I had slated as fitness tests (to give me a good idea where I was for the marathon!). I was REALLY upset to not be able to do the NB 5th Avenue Mile… You know it’s bad when you’re too weak to race ONE mile. UFFF. I did also manage to not miss any work, so I was there at the Mile and the Tune Up. Mileage and speed suffered but somehow it all got done. I did race the NB Bronx 10 Mile race. It was HOT. I did ok. I do have to watch out for hard and hot efforts like that as it took me about 10 days to recover fully from it. With 2 weeks to go to the Hudson Mohawk River Marathon, 10 days is too much. Aging, as my grandma used to say, is a b!tch.

  • Total Miles: 150. It’s fine, I am already tapering.
  • Races: 1. NB Bronx 10 Mile
  • Ups: The long runs with my girls. Love you guys!
  • Downs: Being sick sucks. It happened earlier in April where I had to stop running for weeks. So happy this time I run through it. But I was soooo weak!
  • Balance: Marathon Training is done. I am happy to close this out. I have too much in my head.

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August

August was a whirlwind! I started a new job, that I am really excited about, and I am still training for a marathon. Those two things combined. plus working two weekends, plus coaching, plus all the summer plans, made the month feel a bit busy. Luckily things fell into place in the last two weeks while I am peaking in the training. I was a bit tired, but I managed a lot of miles and quality workouts. August was definitely beyond awesome. We have Summer Streets in August, which I definitely used up for my long runs. I had a great run in Brooklyn with friends: I love to get out of Central Park for a change. I paced an NYRR run to Roosevelt Island, another out of town excursion, this time with a lot more new friends! And I raced the Percy Sutton 5K, in the middle of a long run.

This was definitely an excitement filled month. 5 weeks to the marathon. Let’s do this.

  • Total Miles: 183. 2nd highest monthly mileage ever
  • Races: 1. Percy Sutton Harlem 5k.
  • Ups: All the fun miles and workouts. The long runs were super great. Sharpening block about to start and I am very excited.
  • Downs: I am a bit wee tired. The high mileage during the peak weeks and a new job have me a bit spent.
  • Balance: Seems like I am really going to do a marathon in 5 weeks. Training is almost complete.

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July

Well, first of all we had a run on Freshkills Park in Staten Island. The park is not open to the public yet (and I didn’t post about it!) and won’t open for a few years but NYRR got permission to bring some runners and walkers there for an exploratory 10K and 5K so some of us coaches got to lead the run. It was fantastic. Then on the 6th, I did the Tracktown Summer Series 5K, which is a track series with a 5k component. There is a post here with more info but it was pretty cool. Juan did the NYC Tri so I spent the morning of the 16 yelling like a crazy person and running around to see him everywhere. So fun. The next day, Monday the 17 I did the NYRR RUN Brooklyn, and 10 days later I did the NYRR RUN in Central Park, two 5ks back to back! In the middle I did an super hot nasty 18 miler, and a 20 miler while I led a run to Roosevelt Island.

  • Total Miles: 169. yes, I run a lot this month!
  • Races: 3. No PRs of course but loads of fun. And, all were 5Ks… I never do 5ks!
  • Ups: I love summer running. I love it. Did I tell you I love it? I do love it!
  • Downs: When I don’t run?
  • Balance: I might actually be doing that marathon in October if things keep going like this…

June

OMG HOW I LOVE THE SUMMER!! I can’t even do a tiny recap without getting excited about all the things that happen in the 2-3 hot months we get. June was a blur! I have a feeling I am gonna close my eyes and it’ll be October in a NY minute, ugh. So I signed up for a marathon… we’ll see if I end up actually racing it (aka, last years’s botched Philly Marathon) but we’re going with it for now. I did make myself a very fancy training plan with all the stuff and then I forgot I was training for a marathon and carried on with my life. Until last week, then I did a long run. Anyway, June was cool, I did not do a lot of miles which means… I did a bunch of races! I started the month with the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge, then the awesome Mini 10K (which I was horrible at), then the Queens 10K, and then the Achilles Hope and Possibility. There was a lot of cross-training in the stairs, lot of coaching workouts and lots of Tuesday speed. I just can’t miss anything in the Summer. The math for the monthly mileage must be wrong!

  • Total Miles: 127. how? too many races!
  • Races: 4. 1 automatic PR and one where I placed 1st in my AG. Wohoo!
  • Ups: YES TO LESS LAYERS!
  • Downs: I am now training for a marathon?
  • Balance: let’s go!

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May

started with me pacing the 1:55 group at the Shape Half. The next weekend I paced a New Balance run from Brooklyn to the Run Center, as a training run for the Airbnb Brooklyn Half (a 10 mile run). The next weekend (see a theme here? there’s always a run/race!), I raced the Japan Run 4 miler in Central Park. That was a bit painful (I didn’t fuel properly, ooops). There were a few stairs workouts, and speed workouts and I coached a few training runs per week… then the big day came along: the Airbnb Brooklyn Half! It all started with the 3-day Pre-party. Race Day was a fun riot. No PRs in May, but it was definitely “active”.

  • Total Miles: 148 (biggest month but not that many miles this year)
  • Races: 2 racing, 1 pacing.
  • Ups: managed to get enough miles
  • Downs: my race speed is MIA
  • Balance: I had fun!

 

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April

April was an interesting one… the month started with the Run to Breathe 4 mile race. That went quite well. So well, I came in 3rd in my AG, 4 seconds away from a PR and got super excited about my fitness level… The first Monday of April, I started the new session of Stairs of Fire, a workout just on stairs designed to kill your legs… it killed MY legs… I was beyond stiff and sore for 3 full days… OUCH. Of course, I still coached that week, did speedwork and run a lot so by Friday I was feeling ALL THE NAGS. Luckily, I was to be locked indoors all weekend at the Road Runners Club of America Coaching Certification, which got my legs some rest. They were still not great after that, my feet were iffy and tight… so I just took it very easy for 3 full weeks until it was all back to fighting shape, yes, I AM THE OPPOSITE OF EVERY RUNNER. When there’s a nag, or a little nothing, I try not to “run through it”, I STOP, to make sure it doesn’t turn into something bigger down the road. Luckily, I don’t have to do this often. Last time it happened was in September and was back on the horse after 2-3 weeks. I had very tight calves and it was making my feet super tight (pre-Achilles tendinitis!!!) so those 3 weeks I run very little and very slow, did Epsom salts bath almost every day, I stretched twice a day, slept, got massages, and voilaaaaa. Good to go! The stairs workout did me in. My legs weren’t ready for that hot mess of a workout! My goal for May is to stretch every day (after not stretching for …5 years?)

I missed out on coaching for a full week but I did so many other things, like a biomechanics running event at the Hearst Building, a few fun events (like a Gala and a staycation) and I  paced the 1:55 finishers at the Shape Women’s Half this past weekend. Not a lot of mileage or quality work but got out of it unscathed…!

  • Total Miles: 109
  • Races: two! 1 great time, and 1 pacing gig
  • Ups: Pacing was fun… the rest was a bit tentative!
  • Downs: mileage and workouts went DOWN!!!!
  • Balance: I am ready to ramp up now!

 

Here is my training for April…

March

Didn’t I just write a Feb recap?? Is this what happens when you get older? Times really flies!

The month included a lot of coaching, loads, a few miles, lots of work hours, a November Project workouts, a visit to the Asics showroom, my birthday celebrations, a few Facebook Live Chats, the big United NYC Half Weekend and race, Club Night, lots of runs with friends, and two races: the United NYC Half and the Central Park Spring 10K this past two weekends. Now that I think about it, I see why my mileage was so low… makes sense!!!!!!!!!!!!  Hoping Spring makes things easier and I can get out there more. I need to figure out a way to not need that much sleep…!

Here is my training for March:

March pictures:

 

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  • Total Miles: 127
  • Races: two! (6 total for the year!)
  • Ups: had fun. The NYC Half!!!
  • Downs: Not super up there with the splits or the mileage.
  • Balance: move on March, April is coming!!!!!!!!!!

 

February

hello March! I have no idea where these weeks go!??! I actually freaked out a couple of weeks ago, because I realized it was too late to train for the United NYC Half… these weeks are faster than any of my races!

Well, the month started with the Gridiron 4 miler, which I totally phoned in. What a loser I am sometimes. Actually, that’s why I freaked out, because, seriously Elizabeth, get it together! Why show up at a race and not even try? UGH. I frustrate myself so much sometimes! The next weekend, pre-Valentine’s Day, Juan and I spent some romantic time in the city, NO MORE DETAILS of course. The weekend after that, we raced a relay triathlon, as a Valentine’s Days Weekend thing: the Lovie Dovie Triathlon at Chelsea Piers. That Thursday was Club Night. a fun event to celebrate NY’s runners. Fun. And last weekend I raced the Al Gordon 4 miler, which went a bit better than the first 4 miler this month. Very busy weeks with lots of events and work and life stuff. All of it fun.

Here is my training for February:

february-notes

  • Total Miles: 131
  • Races: three!!!
  • Ups: it was almost summer.
  • Downs: I need more time before the NYC Half PLEASE!!!
  • Balance: Someone please slow down time. seriously.

 

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January

went by ridiculously fast. So fast I didn’t even notice I didn’t post a recap for the Half I did. I literally started the year racing. Or running on a race course.. We did the Midnight Run, which happens right at the stroke of midnight on January 31st. I was signed up for the Kleinerman 10K because I had a little head cold and decided to focus on my health first. I was moving two days later so I didn’t want to overdo the weekend. So, I changed apartments, and I also started a new job (and career). Life got busy. I am also still coaching a lot. I renewed my CPR and AED cert. I led a few runs and coached many biomechanics 1x1s. Then we went to vacation to Antigua, which was more necessary that I had time to realize. January was a bit crazy. But we made it, with decent mileage, 118 miles in. The United NYC Half is dangerously close…

  • Total Miles: 118
  • Races: one (Manhattan Half) though I wasn’t really racing.
  • Ups: a vacation. And feeling the need to RUN on vacation. Who does that?
  • Downs: January was busy so I wasn’t really paying attention…
  • Balance: meh, in a holding pattern for now

 

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