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2016 TCS New York City Marathon: race week events!

  I will be updating this every day, I’ll add a lot more events later tonight or tomorrow. If you have any to be added, just forward it to me. So, recheck often! updated 10/29 4 pm

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

Monday, October 24th

  • Summit Series Launch Party with American Alpine Club
    Join The North Face as they launch our Fall 2016 Summit Series line. At 6pm, American Alpine Club will give an overivew of their organization and then detail some of the amazing spots for climbing in the Northeast. Following that, a few of the members of the local chapter will talk of their recent expeditions, with one member telling of her recent attempt at K2.
    Then, Senior Field Representative for The North Face, Stan Kosmider, will go through the Summit Series line and describe the new innovative gear that make up the full range of products At the end of the night, they will have a Q&A and raffle off some North Face gear. Refreshments will be provided by Bronx Brewery and some light snacks. More info here. (free)
  • Race IQ: New York City Marathon
    Join Tailwind Endurance and Finish Line Physical Therapy on Monday, October 24, as they welcome a panel of experts to discuss the ins, outs and secrets to success at the TCS New York City Marathon. More info here. (free)

Saturday, October 29th

  • Yoga for Runners: Pre-Marathon Yoga with Pure Yoga. Central Park Conservancy and renowned sports medicine physician, Dr. Jordan Metzl, have teamed up with Pure Yoga to offer you a special 60-minute pre-marathon yoga class. After the class, Dr. Metzl will conduct a Q&A about healthy running.
    Time: Music starts at 12:00 pm, class will be from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
    Location: East Meadow (East Side from 97th to 100th Street). This program is FREE; pre-registration is recommended. Open to all fitness levels. More info here. (free)

Sunday, October 30th

  • At the Marathon Pavilion: Virtual Trainer/Group Training Special Course Strategy Session
    The NYRR Coaching Staff will be giving you a special course strategy session and shakeout run on October 30 at the marathon pavilion (finish line of the marathon). If you are looking for any last-minute tips on how to run your best race, come on by at 3:00 p.m. Join the NYRR Pace team at 3:00 p.m. for a 3-5 mile easy run around Central Park and get pacing event from the pro’s, Bag check will be available for all runners. At 3:45 p.m. the coaches will break down the marathon course, mile by mile, so you can run your best race! Feel free to attend one of these or both!  Shake Out run with NYRR Pace Team: 3:00 p.m. Course Strategy: 3:45 p.m. More info here. (free)

Monday, October 31st

  • November Project: CAT HILL. 6:28am.  Well 120+ people will get to run down Cat Hill on Sunday, so we wanted to give people a chance to run UP it as well.  Because we all know that going up is so much more fun than going down. More info here. (free)
  • At the Marathon Pavilion:
    • 8:00 a.m. Exhale Spa Flow Yoga Open Class- Join instructor Rika Henry for a traditional flowing vinyasa yoga session with grooving tunes and creative transitions that lengthen, strengthen, and center. The class will be offered in basic, open, and advanced levels, with exhale’s unique focus on mind and body. Mat required; registration not required.
    • 12:00 p.m. – Pint Glass Giveaway: Stop by starting at noon for a limited-edition pint glass, free for NYRR members.
    • 6:00 p.m. – Happy Hour: NYRR members get a free drink during this two-hour gathering.
    • 6:30 p.m. – Course Strategy Preview: NYRR coaches will provide valuable insight and answer all your race-day questions.



Tuesday, November 1st

  • November Project at Mountain Athletics:  6:30PM at Columbus Circle.  The North Face have a #FREE weekly workout  Mountain Athletics.  Trainers will take you through a session of either strength, agility, or work capacity and send you on your way to hit the sack, set your alarm and get some sleep before tomorrow morning. More info here. (free)
  • At the Marathon Pavilion:
    • 8:00 a.m. Exhale Spa Power Yoga Class
      Join instructor Rika Henry for an athletically and mentally challenging class set to upbeat music. Exhale’s focus is on strengthening mind and body, and this yoga class is one of their best. Roll out your mat and get ready to sweat; expect a flowing, challenging, and mindful yoga practice. Mat required; registration not required.
    • 5:00 p.m. MELT Class presented by Hospital for Special Surgery. Led by Polly DeMille. The MELT Method uses bodywork techniques and teachings to reduce joint pain and muscle tension. HSS will lead runners through a series of exercises intended to enhance body awareness and restoration and ensure they’re ready for race day.
    • 5:30 p.m. Yoga for Runners presented by Hospital for Special Surgery. Led by Cara Senicola. Help protect your joints with this exclusive class designed to help meet the needs of runners’ bodies during training. The class will guide you through proper yoga poses to use when stretching and exercises to strengthen the core and help prevent injury.

Wednesday, November 2nd

  • November Project #PRDay. 5:28/6:28 a.m. For those running, you can jog a few laps with some of the most amazing people or just cheer the like you want to hear on Sunday from the Cheer Station. More info here. (free)
  • At the Marathon Pavilion:
    • 8:00 a.m. Exhale Core Fusion Yoga Class
      This class combines the small, targeted, toning movements of Core Fusion and a flowing, hard-driving yoga practice. Expect a fast-paced vinyasa flow with an extra “oomph” for thighs, glutes, and abs. It’s an uplifting hour on the mat, geared to stretch and tone body and mind, led by instructor Kevin Murane. Mat required; registration not required.
    • 9:00 a.m. Foam Rolling Session presented by Hospital for Special Surgery
      Led by Jamie Osmak. Runners will learn how to use a foam roller to help reduce post-exercise muscle soreness and accelerate the return of muscle strength and power after a hard workout.
    • 5:00 p.m. Strength Training for Runners presented by Hospital for Special Surgery. Led by Pam Geisel and Tiffany Chag. Runners will learn how to effectively strength train and prevent injury during marathon training.
    • 6:00 p.m. Runner’s World Shakeout Run
      Celebrate Runner’s World’s 50th anniversary with an evening shakeout run in Central Park. Led by Bart Yasso and other Runner’s World guests and editors, this run is open to runners of all levels and includes a commemorative giveaway.
    • 8:30 p.m. Tracktown Screening
      THIS EVENT IS CURRENTLY FULL. We hope to have more tickets available closer to the event. Stay tuned for updates!
      This will be a special NYC screening of Tracktown: The Movie, with co-writer, director, and elite runner Alexi Pappas and director/producer Jeremy Teicher on hand for autographs and photo ops.

Thursday, November 3rd

  • KT Tape Champion’s Run with Meb Keflezighi and Special Guests by JackRabbit Free.
    7:00 AM – 10:00 AM EDT JackRabbit: 42 W 14th St. More info here. (free)
  • At the Marathon Pavilion:
    • 8:00 a.m. Exhale Core Fusion Barre Class
      Join instructor Lauren Chiarello for a tough, inspired workout that moves you from barre to mat as it takes you through five intense muscle-targeted sequences that sculpt the arms, lean out the legs, shape the butt, and chisel the waistline. The workout ends with an inspirational cool-down geared to leave you with a well-deserved sense of accomplishment, energy, and peace. Socks required; registration not required.
    • 9:00 a.m. Ryan and Sara Hall Q&A Session
      Join pro runners and Fitbit Ambassadors Ryan and Sara Hall for breakfast, a meet and greet, photo ops, and a special Q&A session where they will discuss their tips and tricks for surviving a marathon, and Sara will share insights on how she’s used the Fitbit Surge to get ready for race day.
    • 4:00 p.m. New York Road Runners Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
      New York City Marathon icons Rod Dixon, Dick Traum, Margaret Okayo, and Steve Jones will make up the NYRR Hall of Fame Class of 2016. Former NYRR President and CEO Mary Wittenberg will receive the Abebe Bikila Award and New York Times writer Jeré Longman will receive the George Hirsch Journalism Award.
    • 6:00 p.m. Run Fast. Eat Slow. Meet-and-Greet with Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky. Join Olympian Shalane Flanagan and her co-author, Elyse Kopecky, for an inspirational nutrition talk. Learn the story behind Run Fast. Eat Slow. and how “indulgent nourishment” can help you run stronger and happier. A Q&A and book signing will follow the talk.
    • 6:45 p.m. Lauren Fleshman: Complete Training Journal Book Launch
      Join American former track and field athlete Lauren Fleshman as she launches her new book and shares insights on competing, improving your mental game, and how to ensure that race day brings out your best. Books will be available for purchase and signing, and there will be a meet-and-greet and photo ops with Lauren.

  • Shake It Out with Fitbit at NYRR Open Run with Dean Karnazes
    7:00 p.m. in Brooklyn Bridge Park
    Whether you’re here for the TCS New York City Marathon or just looking for a fun, active event, come get your steps in at a free shakeout run, hosted by NYRR Open Run, in partnership with Fitbit—the Official Fitness Tracker of the TCS New York City Marathon. Run alongside ultramarathon man and Fitbit Ambassador, Dean Karnazes. Hear how he’s been training with Fitbit Surge to help him conquer the city on race day, and enter to win a tracker of your own! More info here. (free)
  • November Project at Mountain Athletics: PART II.  Our friends are bringing you another hard hitting workout, same time, different location. 6:30 p.m. More info here. (free)

Friday, November 4th

  • November Project at Bethesda Fountain, 6:25 a.m. Moving up the start time, so be there ON TIME. What does that mean? 6:25 a.m. Six twenty-five a.m. Marathon swag will be sold at this workout as well. More info here. (free)
  • At the Marathon Pavilion:
    • 8:00 a.m. Exhale Core Fusion Barre Class
      Join instructor Lauren Chiarello for a tough, inspired workout that moves you from barre to mat as it takes you through five intense muscle-targeted sequences that sculpt the arms, lean out the legs, shape the butt, and chisel the waistline. The workout ends with an inspirational cool-down geared to leave you with a well-deserved sense of accomplishment, energy, and peace. Socks required; registration not required.
    • 11:00 a.m. Dean Karnazes Q&A and Book Signing
      Join Fitbit Ambassador and ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes for a special Q&A. Learn how he trains and prepares for races with Fitbit Surge. Sneak a peek and purchase The Road to Sparta and enjoy a meet-and-greet and photo ops with Dean.
    • 12:00 p.m. New York Times Discussion: Mindfulness and Running
      Led by the New York Times, this interactive panel discussion will focus on mindfulness and meditation practices and how to apply them to running. Panelists will even help runners create a unique mantra to use during the TCS New York City Marathon. Panelists include Jen Kluczkowski, founder of Mindfresh; David Gelles, meditation expert, New York Times business reporter, and author of Mindful Work; and Jen Miller, award-winning writer and New York Times contributor.
    • 1:00 p.m. Forever at the Finish Line Book Event
      Author Daniel Mitrovich will be on site for book sales, signing, and a meet-and-greet. Stop by to learn about the book that documents the monumental effort to install the life-size statue of New York City Marathon cofounder and former NYRR President Fred Lebow.
    • 2:00 p.m. TCS goIT Presentation
      goIT is TCS’s signature community STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education program, teaching coding, robotics, and design to more than 10,000 middle and high schoolers in more than 32 cities. Students from the program will present their concepts as a part of the TCS goIT Mobile App Challenge.
    • 3:00 p.m. Runner’s World December Cover Search Contest Reveal
      Runner’s World’s third annual cover search recognizes two exemplary runners–one male and one female–in America. The two winners are selected by a panel of Runner’s World judges, including Editor-in-Chief David Willey, Chief Running Officer Bart Yasso, and Executive Editor Tish Hamilton, based on their inspirational, personal breakthrough moments and stories of how running changed their lives.

    On Friday, Nov. 4, ASICS will be taking over New York City’s Columbus Circle and you’re invited to run (or walk) a mile to donate shoes to Girls on the Run. Each mile ran on the ASICS Extra Mile treadmills stationed in Columbus Circle will equal a pair of shoes donated to the non-profit. Stay tuned for hours of activation closer to the event. More info here.  (donation)
  • Never Stop Exploring Speakers Series: November Project
    Run followed with a FREE party and presentation from November Project as we celebrate New York, the running community, and the launch of “Showing Up,” a film by Dooster, powered by The North Face about 8 people who’s lives have been changed by joining November Project. More info here. (free)

Saturday, November 5th

  • The NYC Run, Selfie, Repeat NYC Marathon Shakeout Fun Run!
    NYC Marathon fun shakeout run led by Run, Selfie, Repeat’s Kelly Roberts and co-hosted by Finish Line Physical Therapy! It doesn’t matter if you’re getting ready to run 26.2 in NYC or if you’re cheering, everyone and all athletic levels are welcome! More info here. (free)
  • NYC Marathon Shakeout Art Run
    Whether you’re in town for the New York City Marathon, a New Yorker running the NYC Marathon or just want to get in a beautiful tour of the world’s best street art, Join the Wolf Pack for a 5K art run through downtown NYC:  lots of incredible street art and new murals in the Lower East Side and SoHo during this relaxed pace NYC Marathon shakeout run. More info here. (not free)
  • Pre NYC Marathon Yoga for Runners!
    “Find out how I used yoga to finish my first half marathon in an 1 hour and 37 minutes!” Join “The Runners Gym at Custom Performance” for a PRE MARATHON YOGA SHAKE OUT!  Enjoy some fall “shakes” & specialized swag bag giveaways! More info here. (not free)

updated daily so bookmark this post and keep checking here every day!

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

I’ve compiled this listing off official emails I’ve received or brand/athletes/stores’s facebooks or twitter. Please review the event before making any plans: don’t blame me if any of these get cancelled, or switched, or anything. Have fun!


TCS New York City Marathon – Spectator Tracking Guide

hi guys!

One of the NYC running stores, Jack Rabbit, has this most amazing tracking sheet you could make, so your spectators could find you on race day.

Basically, you enter the runner’s (you!) bib number, wave time, and your predicted finish in the yellow cells, and it throws a page ready to print with splits for every mile so your fans can track you. And they can add up to 3 people.

Just fill the 5 yellow cells for each runner and PRINT!, you’ll love it. Sorry if it’s messy, I updated it quickly so we could all use it, so I hope it looks ok, but I know it works!!!


Once you hit print, you’ll get a sheet like this, you can send to all your fans.

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Like it? download it here: 2015 Jack Rabbit Marathon Tracker (update: this is the 2015 version of the file, but it works exactly the same way as the start times are the same)

Don’t forget to re-read the 

New York City Marathon Tips, Course Strategy and Info 

2016 TCS New York City Marathon: free race week events

2015 TCS New York City Marathon: free race week events!

  I will be updating constantly, so recheck often! updated 10/30, 10 am

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

Monday, October 19th

  • Race IQ: Get the Inside Scoop on the NYC Marathon. Join Tailwind Endurance and Finish Line Physical Therapy as they welcome a panel of experts (Jonathan Cane, Kelly Roberts, Mike Cassidy) to discuss the ins, outs and secrets to success at the TCS New York City Marathon. 7 pm at Finish Line Physical Therapy (119 W. 23rd St. #304; punch in 2711 to access the building). More info and registration here. Free.

Tuesday, October 20th and ongoing

  • The New York City Marathon: The Great Race. Check out this new exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York. Show your NYRR membership card or printout for free entry any day. Join NYRR  President and CEO Michael Capiraso and Peter Ciaccia—President, Events, and Race Director, TCS New York City Marathon for cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28th, as well as a chance to view the exhibit with curator Sean Corcoran. There is a discussion with Frank Shorter and Bill Rodgers on October 31st at 3PM. Entry is open to all current NYRR members and one (1) guest on a first-come, first-served basis. My post with pictures here. More info here. Maybe Free.

Wednesday, October 21st

  • A Breakfast with Kathrine Switzer to benefit Girls on the Run. Join GOTR for an inspirational breakfast featuring Kathrine Switzer, the iconic sports and social advocate who was the first woman to officially enter and run the Boston Marathon. 8 am. Info and Registration here. Not Free.

Saturday, October 24th

  • Last 10 Miles of the NYC Marathon.  Empire Tri Club & the New York Running Company are teaming up to host a long training run covering the “Last 10 Miles” of the TCS NYC Marathon course, presented by Nike.  Coaches will guide you through the course from the 59th Street Bridge, uptown through the Bronx and Harlem, and finish in Central Park by the iconic marathon finish line near Tavern on the Green.

Timeline: 7:30am – Meet at the NY Running Company EAST SIDE location at 63rd & 3rd for bag drop / 7:45am – Runners depart (regroup at the 59th Street Bridge:60th St & 1st Ave) / 7:50am – Meet the coaches, pace groups, directions / 8am – Run begins. Route map can be found here.  Run begins at 60th & 1st and ends in Central Park at the Marathon Finish Line. After the run, head on up to the New York Running Company at Columbus Circle for breakfast and 15% off your purchases all day long!  Bags will be transported from the East Side NY Running Co. to Columbus Circle to be picked up after the run.  There will be a water break on the course around mile 5. Pace groups will be formed. All abilities are welcome.  Register here. Free.

Monday, October 26th

  • Group Run with HOKA. Jack Rabbit Upper East Side store. 7:00 pm. Hoka will bring demo shoes to this easy run. Bag watch and changing facilities provided at the store. More info here. Free.
  • A (free) Pre-TCS NYC Marathon Yoga + Art + Drinks + Fun PARTY by Only Atoms. 6:30-10pm. Sky Gallery, 460 Union Street, Brooklyn. More Info and Rsvp here. Free.

Tuesday, October 27th

  • Book Signing and Discussion: Two Hours by Ed Caesar. Discuss the sub-two-hour marathon and meet the author. 4 pm at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion. More info here. Free.
  • Film Screening: Marathon . Q&A with producer Kate McLean and runner Julio Sauce to follow. 6 pm at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion. More info here. Free.
  • Meet and Greet with Dean Karnazes presented by The North Face. 6.30 pm, Columbus Circle. We’ll welcome ultra-marathoner Dean Karnazes for an easy shake-out run and Q-and-A session. We bet he knows a few things about running 26.2 miles. More info here.
  • Adidas Sponsored Run. 6.30 pm at Paragon Sports. Bag Check available. More info here.
  • Marathon Course Strategies with Coach John Honerkamp. Learn course and race strategy for first-time marathoners. 7 pm at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion. More info here. Free.

Wednesday, October 28th

  • Runner’s World Shakeout Run with  ADIDAS. 6 pm at the UWS Jack Rabbit Store. More info here. Free
  • Film Screening: ESPN 30 for 30 Short “Every Day” 6 pm at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion. More info here. Free.
  • On Clouldflyer Launch Party. 6 pm at the Columbus Circle NYC Running Company.
    We’re clear for take-off: soar to new heights in the On Cloudflyer, the Swiss brand’s newest shoe. We’ll celebrate in mile-high style with snacks, drinks, and other fun surprises. Cheers to running on clouds! More info here. Free.
  • Shake Out Run with Andrew and Deena Kastor. 6:30 pm, Paragon Sports. Join us for a Shake Out Run with Andrew Kastor and Deena Kastor on Wednesday, October 28th at 6:30pm. You will have the opportunity to test out PEAR Sports app, including getting your VO2 max number and theTimex Sports IRONMAN RunX50+ smart watch! More info here and here. Free.
  • Book Signing and Discussion: My Year of Running Dangerously
    Writer Tom Foreman in a discussion with Sirius XM’s Pete Dominick. 7 pm at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion. More info here. Free.
  • Breakfast of Champions: Meet and Greet with Halie Gebrselassie and Wilson Kipsang. The rest is TBD. More info here soon.

Thursday, October 29th

  • Presentation and Panel Discussion – the Museum of the City of New York. 10:00–10:30 a.m. 7 at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion. More info here. Free.
  • Kathrine Switzer Book Signing. Meet the author and purchase Marathon Woman in the book signing area. 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion. More info here. Free.
  • NYRR Presents: Gary Corbitt. The son of legendary distance runner Ted Corbitt will present a revealing history of New York Road Runners. 2:00–2:30 p.m. at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion. More info here. Free.
  • NYRR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Honoring Haile Gebrselassie, Tegla Loroupe, Paula Radcliffe, and Paul Tergat. 3:00 p.m. at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion. More info here. Free.
  • Shake out Run with Deena and Andrew Kastor sponsored by Pear Sports and Westin Hotel and Resorts. 4 pm. The Westin New York Grand Central, 212 East 42nd Street. RSVP by emailing [email protected] More info here. Free.
  • Film Trailer Screening: City Slickers Can’t Stay with Me: The Coach Bob Larsen Story. Bob Larsen and Meb Keflezighi will discuss the making of the film and answer audience questions. 4:00 p.m. at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion. More info here. Free.
  • Feature Film Screening: Run for Your Life: The Fred Lebow Story 6:00–9:00 p.m. at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion. More info here. Free.
  • New Balance Girls’ Night Out. 6:00pm at the Columbus Circle NYC Running CompanyMore info here. Free.
  • New Balance Halloween Run. 6:30 pm. Join us dawning your best costume and ready to run the streets of NYC with our very own NB pacers. Afterwards at the flagship there will be snacks and beverages provided by David’s Tea. Last but not least winner of the best costume wins a pair of reflective Beacon Vazee Pace running sneakers. 150 5th avenue. More info here. Free
  • Marathon Training Party with Dean Karnazes and Mountain Athletics Crew. 6:30 pm at Paragon Sports. Bag Check available. More info here.

Friday, October 30th

  • Charity Miles Shake Out Run. 7 am. Columbus Circle Entrance to Central Park is our meeting spot for a day of fun and excitement. Come one, come all, bring a guest, and hang loose. More info and RSVP here. Free.
  • Local Run with Kevin Hart. 7:34 am at Pier 26 at N. Moore St. Nike+ Run Club is joining forces with Mr. Kevin Hustle Hart for another spontaneous 5K Local Run in New York City. More info and RSVP here.
  • Yoga for Runners sponsored by Hospital for Special Surgery. Guided by Cara Senicola. 8:00 a.m. at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion. More info here. Free.
  • Kathrine Switzer Book Signing. Meet the author and purchase Marathon Woman in the book signing area. 9:00–11:00 a.m. at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion. More info here. Free.
  • TCS goIT Mobile App Awards Presentation. Noon at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion. More info here. Free.
  • Movie Trailer Screening: Tracktown. Including a special appearance by filmmaker and famed runner Alexi Pappas. 2:00 p.m. at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion. More info here. Free.
  • Saucony EVERUN Launch with Spring Moves. 6 PM. New York Running Co. The unveiling of Saucony’s innovative cushioning system called EveRUN. Featuring an enhanced energy return, lively underfoot sensation, and increased durability, EveRUN delivers a smooth and fluid ride, which we’ll experience as our friends at Spring Moves serve as our run leaders turned DJs. More info here. Free.

Saturday, October 31st

  • Shake Out Run with Bart Yasso. 8 am at Paragon Sports. Bag Check available. More info here.
  • Halloween bRunch with On. 9 AM. JackRabbit Upper West Side. No tricks, all treats. Take your Halloween costume for a test run and demo the On CloudFlyer. More info here. Free
  • MEBCAN. RITZCAN. UCAN. Join Olympians Meb Keflezighi and Dathan Ritzenhein for a special meet & greet before the New York City Marathon, along with Yale University Researcher Dr. Cathy Yeckel. Hear how Meb and Ritz prepare for a race and get training and nutrition tips from the top two marathoners in the country. Running Panel: 12:30-1:30 PM Meet & Greet: 1:30 – 2:30 PM. New York Marriott Marquis. More info and rsvp here. Free

more updated daily so bookmark this post and keep checking here every day!

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

I’ve compiled this listing off official emails I’ve received or brand/athletes/stores’s facebooks or twitter. Please review the event before making any plans: don’t blame me if any of these get cancelled, or switched, or anything. Have fun!

2014 – Looking back and forward

And there goes another year. It was quite full of experiences. There were a lot of great things, lots of love, friends, big family visits, all exciting, but not all sunny and happy, of course. I think it was one of those years when you’re supposed to grow a lot. Running-wise, it was probably my worst year; I lost motivation and failed miserably (but with dignity!) in most races. I don’t see that as a particularly bad thing, it’s a learning process and we can’t always win them all. And off-the-track, it was amazing. We just can’t have it all, can we? 2013 had been a big year. BIG BIG and busy. I met Juan in January, he moved and we got married by September, I changed jobs, PRed at the Half and got a few AG Wins. Then I got an ulcer and it all went downhill, including my 5th NYCM in a row (a blah 3:49). 2014 started weak…


You can imagine how weak it started that I didn’t even had resolutions or goals. I wrote tips to run in the winter because I was having issues with it myself! I was signed up for the NYC Half and the Boston Marathon and barely run. The cold just got to me and I lost a lot of will. Then, I fell again for the 3rd time in 5 weeks. A mess. I started to fear running. COLD and SCARY: little running. Total Miles: 77

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Juan and I showed up in the Runners World feature: Valentine’s Day “Romance Found on the Run“, and I was Women’s Running Blogger on the Run. But, we moved out of my studio into the penthouse.  I felt like I spent all winter hiding from the cold. I trained little. Very little. Total Miles: 87

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I had a slooow NYC Half but it was quite photogenic, fun, and really well run, progressive-splits run all the way! I was still struggling with motivation and goals. I also had a fun trip to SoulcycleTotal Miles: 105

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I had an ok Scotland 10K, though I had no interest in racing. Soon enough, we shipped to do the Boston Marathon, here are the Saturday pictures, which are awesome, and the Sunday pics, also awesome. And then there was the race (race report here), slow (3:48) and painful but oh so inspiring and uplifting. Glad I was there for the race (not for my legs or ego!). Total Miles: 80

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By now things were looking awful, I hadn’t PRed in a YEAR. A YEAR. So depressing. And I kept struggling with motivation. I decided to stop running completely. I still showed up to the Brooklyn Half Marathon, not knowing if I’ll even run it, and ended up having a great (and slow) time, seems like it’s all about the context for me! Total Miles: 41

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This month was also quite running-free and my parents came to visit so I was pretty entertained and didn’t even notice. Still, I did my 100th race, the Mini 10K, as they wanted to see me race in Central Park. This was literally painfully slow. I did run it with 2 friends but it was so slow, I didn’t even run that slow years ago when I started running! And, a fun picture. I took my parents to Bear Mountain and Connecticut and run a bit there, and a bit in the Fort Lauderdale heat, so cute. Stuff gets bad fast when you don’t run, how do non-runners live like that? Total Miles: 30

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In July, I saw Daphne, an old friend, running, and basically latched onto her. For Dear Life. I started training again. Good, because I was signed up for a few halfs and the NYC Marathon. Total Miles: 111

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Did some wonderful running in the always great Summer Streets, worked and cheered at the NYC Triathlon, then Juan had an awful bike crash in Central Park, which messed up our lives for a couple of months, poor thing. I barely left his side, only to train or work. The running was going fantastic though, fast long runs… who would have thought? Total Miles: 152

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I cheered at the 5th avenue mile and took lots of pictures, here and the pros here. The running was going great until we left for our delayed honeymoon in St Croix, there was no running there (but lots of snorkeling!) Total Miles: 116

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and we came back straight to racing! First, the, Grete’s Great Gallop, in 1:44. Still, slooow, but getting here. The week after, I did the Staten Island Half, in 1:43 (it’s a bit flatter). Consistency and good predictors for the marathon in 3 weeks. Then the week before the marathon, I did a 5 mile race in Central Park, the Poland Spring Marathon Kickoff, in 37:17, average pace of 7:28. Far from a PR. Still. By then it was a year and a half. But feeling GOOD. Total Miles: 132

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November was BUSY. I started it at the NYC Marathon Expo, which was all loads of crazy (even if smaller compared to previous years) and an Under Armour Party. Worked all week and then did the marathon, here is the race report of the #marathornado. I struggled to stay focused (in 3:49) so I just chilled, slowed down and tried to enjoy it. oh, whatever!!!! I ended up in the Asics  homepage, I tried one of those treadmill studios, I kept Juan company at the Rocky Balboa run and got many pictures, and I bought a million of really-cold weather running gear. And I raced some more!! I did the Race to Deliver 4 miler in Central Park, which I enjoyed, and then a 5K on Thanksgiving, where both Juan and I came first on our AG. Winning! November was rock solid! Total Miles: 88

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Seems like the year just picked up at the end! December was great too. I spent .0005 minutes detoxing from Thanksgiving and 2 weeks eating my way through Buenos Aires. Even though I was a bit overweight and slow, I did ok (21:04) in a hot 5K, where my 67 year old mom joined. What a thrill! As soon as I got back to NYC and got a reminder of what last year’s winter tasted like, I got a bit depressed. Somehow, I’ve been running quite a bit in December, even capping the year of with a holiday pictures themed run, and watching the year close with fireworks at the NYRR Midgnight RunTotal Miles: 87

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And there you have it. Though the running was QUITE blah, the rest was wonderful, so I’d say it’s a win! What awaits in 2015? I have no idea, not signed up for anything, thinking about not signing up for NYC Marathon this year, and maybe focusing on the half marathon. I am turning 40 in a few weeks and I am just trying not to push anything. Whatever will happen, WILL happen. Right?

2014 TCS New York City Marathon: free race-week events!

  I will be updating constantly, recheck often or every morning! Plus, send me your tips!!

Monday, October 20th

  • INSPIRE YOU: MIZUNO TAKES OVER SEXY PACE: October 20, 2014 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. New York Running Company-Columbus Circle. Get marathon ready with Mizuno! Riley and Co. will be in for a demo run with the all-new Mizuno Inspires at Monday night’s legendary Sexy Pace run. Shoes will be available for demo from 6:00pm on. The run will be an easy 3-4 miles at a conversational pace. More information

Sunday, October 26th

  • NYC Marathon Strategy Panel: 10:30am – Panel discussion at Jack Rabbit Sports on West 72nd Street. This session is a must-do for anyone running the big race on November 2, previewing the TCS NYC Marathon experience, and providing strategy tips from a some great panelists. You’ll leave with all your logistical questions answered and a well prepared plan that leaves you with just the simple task of executing the 26.2 of running. This event is presented by the Dashing Whippets Running Team and is open to Whippets members and non-members free of charge. RSVP at Eventbrite.com – ‘Marathon Strategy
  • LAST 10 MILES RUN – 8am at the Upper West Side store Scout the last 10 miles of the marathon course with JackRabbit’s group run. They’ll have pacers for runners ranging between 8 and 11 min/mi. JackRabbit will provide free gels, sports drink, and post-run bagel buffet.

Monday, October 27th

  • Post-marathon Recovery Workshop – 7pm. – The NY Flyers and NYRC host Finish Line Physical Therapy owner Michael Conlon and nutritionist Nicci Schook with a Post-marathon Recovery Workshop.  Get expert tips from Michael and Nicci on the best approach, physically and nutritionally to getting your body and mind back in gear after running a marathon. This is timed to get you thinking about this important part of the race as you finish your taper heading into race day…total preparedness is a health and wellness key! The Running Company, 2nd Floor Time Warner Building, Columbus Circle. Refreshments and snacks to be provided by the store.
  • Want to Run like Meb Keflezighi? Come check out the special NYC Edition of Meb’s TCS New York City Marathon shoe, the Speed 3, and enter to win Skechers Performance gear and prizes. Join us Monday, October 27, for a fun run from JackRabbit Upper West Side at 6 PM, followed by food, beer from Sixpoint Brewery, and raffles. RSVP by emailing [email protected].

Wednesday, October 29th

  • Hoka One one and Runner’s World NYC Shakeout Run – 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, New York Running Company-Columbus Circle. Join Hoka One One and Runner’s World for a marathon shakeout run with the legendary Bart Yasso! We will head out for 3.5 mile run in Central Park at 6:10. When we return runners will be treated to a Q and A with Bart and some terrific giveaways from NYRC and Hoka One One. WE will also be hosting a drawing where 3 lucky runners will even score a brand new pair of Hokas. Put this event on your calendar and get the marathon weekend started right. More information
  • New York City Marathon Shake Out Run. Join us at City Sports for a 5k Warm Up Run and Carb Dinner at 6 pm with Asics before Marathon Weekend! There’ll be a 5k Warm Up Run lead by CS run club pacer, and after run pasta and pizza carbo-load dinner for all. Custom race tee screen printing in store and Asics tee giveaway or purchase of any CS by City Sports tees or Asics NY Marathon tee. More information and RSVP

Thursday, October 30th

  • Timex One Relay Celebration–  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Join New York Running Company as they welcome the athletes of the Timex One Relay on Thursday, October 30. The relay takes runners on an epic adventure from the start of the Chicago marathon to the finish line of the TCS New York City marathon, 800 miles later. They’ll host a 3 mile group run at 6:00pm, for the last leg of the relay. Plus, our friends from Back On My Feet NYC will be on-hand for the festivities. Post-run we have refreshments and some special surprises on tap. More Information

Friday, October 31st

  • Meet The RunnersTop American Finisher of the 2013 NYC Marathon Ryan Vail and American Marathoner Desi Davila at Paragon Sports at 1 pm. More information
  • New Balance/City Sports Halloween Zante Party –  7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Join us on Halloween for a New Balance Zante NYC Marathon Event at City Sports. Halloween Costume Contest! 1st Prize: FREE NYC Fresh Foam Zantes. 2nd Prize: City Sports Gift Card. 3rd Prize: Halloween Prize Pack. Limited release of the New Balance NYC Fresh Foam Zante.  Smoothies and Food supplied by Cosi and the Rolling Bean. RSVP here.

Saturday, November 1st

  • Meet The Runners: American Long Distance Marathoner Ryan Hall and the 2007 Iron Man World Champion Andy Potts at Paragon Sports at 2 pm. More information
  • Pre-Marathon Party: 10am-6pm. Come get pumped for the marathon at Jack Rabbit’s Union Square‘s pre-party presented by Saucony & Zico! They’ll have a live DJ all day, a photo booth, graffiti artist, and giveaways every 26.2 minutes.

Sunday, November 2nd

  • Bag Drop/Post-Race Meet-Up: JackRabbit is hosting a FREE bag drop and post-race reunion area at  the Upper West Side location, just a short walk from the finish line. Runners can drop their bags at either the Upper West or Brooklyn stores from Thursday 10/30 through Saturday 11/1. After the race, stop by to get your bag, meet up with friends and family, and celebrate your accomplishment. They’ll have refreshments and bathrooms available. Register for bag drop @ jackrabbitsports.com – no RSVP necessary to join the party.

Monday, November 3rd

  • Marathon Monday! 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m at the Marathon Pavilion at Central Park and West 67th Street. Limited-edition finisher gear. Finisher medal engraving by Fond Memories. Post-race recovery. Purchase your own issue of the New York Times featuring award-winning coverage of the TCS New York City Marathon and a special finisher results section. Finisher Photo by Oakley: Snap the perfect memory with your family, friends, and fellow racers. The free photo booth will print your photo to take home, as well as let you share instantly to your social media accounts. Official Photo, Video, and DVD Products. More information
  • Post-Marathon Meet & Greet With Meb Keflezighi! How better to celebrate the day after the New York City Marathon than with one of America’s greatest distance runners: Meb Keflezighi! Fresh off running the marathon, Meb will be at JackRabbit Upper West Side on Monday, 1–3 PM taking photos with fans (that’s you!), and signing posters and copies of his book, Run to Overcome. RSVP here so we know you’ll be stopping by.
  • Marathon Monday Finisher Celebration Presented by Asics – 9:00 am – 4:15 pm – New York Running Company-Columbus Circle. While Marathon Sunday is arguably the best day in NYC all year, we’d like to make a case for Marathon Monday: a day to celebrate your 26.2 mile journey. Join us on Monday, November 3, for an epic party that includes FREE finisher medal engraving from Crown Trophy, massage therapy from the good folks at Body and Soul Restorations, and limited edition marathon giveaways from Asics. More information

Tuesday, November 4th

  • UCAN BE MEBNIFICENT-  Meet & Greet: 6:00 PM  – Q&A with Meb: 7-7:45 PM  – Autograph Signing: 7:45-8:30 PM. Join UCAN and New York City and Boston Marathon Champion Meb Keflezighi at New York Running Company (10 Columbus Circle) and hear his inspiring running story. Learn nutrition and training tips from Meb during an intimate Q & A session. *All attendees will receive an autographed photo of Meb and a free UCAN sample pack. RSVP here

Make sure you also check the Run The City dealsinfo here. For example:

  • Urban Athletics – Offer: 30% off all full priced merchandise
  • IceBreaker- Offer: 20% off regular-priced merchandise and a FREE pair of running socks with a purchase of more than $100
  • Paragon Sports – Offer: 20% off one full-priced item in store from 10/26 to 11/03, excluding GPS watches and Go-Pro cameras
  • Super Runners Shop – 25% off Surefoot Custom Insoles, 15% off all apparel, running shoes, and accessories
  • many many more (including also restaurant offers too!)

more updated daily so bookmark this post and keep checking here every day!

I’ve compiled this listing off official emails I’ve received or brand/athletes/stores’s facebooks or twitter. Please review the event before making any plans: don’t blame me if any of these get cancelled, or switched, or anything. Have fun!

My Most Embarrassing Running Moment: Kara Goucher

Kara said:

My most embarrassing running moment was probably the time in HS when I went to pull off my warm ups and realized I forgot to put on my racing shorts. Tears and a quick change later I was on my way…



Kara Goucher is an American middle and long distance runner. She was the 10,000 meters bronze medalist at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics and represented USA at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics. She made her marathon debut in 2008 and finished third at the Boston Marathon.



My Most Embarrassing Running Moment: Bart Yasso

My Most Embarrassing Running Moment: Lauren Fleshman

My Most Embarrassing Running Moment: Molly Pritz

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My Most Embarrassing Running Moment: Molly Pritz

Molly said:

My most embarrassing running moment was one of the first practices of my college career. Our coach gave us a 3200m time trial to do. This was my chance to strut my stuff and have all that summer training pay off! Literally 100m into the time trial, I tripped and went down HARD. I’m fairly sure I felt every one of my teammates’ spikes either go into my back or kick my limbs. By the time I got up, the wind was completely knocked out of me and the last place runner had at least 50m on me. I got up, with tears in my eyes, and a nasty gasping wheeze while trying to catch my breath and finished my pathetic time trial. As if this wasn’t embarrassing enough in front of my new teammates, I followed it up by slipping and falling off the bus in front of everyone at our very next long run. To this day, I think my college team sees me as one of the clumsiest runners of all time. 

Molly Pritz is a professional runner sponsored by ASICS who won the 2010 Rock ‘n Roll San Antonio Half Marathon in 1:12:14, was second to New Zealand’s Kim Smith at the 2011 Mardi Gras Half Marathon in 1:11:05, and won the 2011 USA 25K National Championship in 1:25:28. She was also the first American and 12th overall at the 2011 New York City Marathon, running a 2:31:52.


My Most Embarrassing Running Moment: Bart Yasso

My Most Embarrassing Running Moment: Lauren Fleshman

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