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2018 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 10/30. 7:30 pm

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

 

Wednesday, October 25th

  • Wednesday Morning IronStrength Workout in Central Park with Dr. Metzl

When: 6:30 AM – 7:30 AM

Where: Delacorte Theater, 81 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

What: Come join our monthly morning workout in Central Park with Dr. Jordan Metzl on Wednesday Morning October, 24th in Central Park! We will meet by the benches outside the Delacorte Theater starting at 6:20 AM and will leave by 6:25 AM. The workout runs 6:30-7:30 AM and will consist of hills, strength, and tons of fun! (and SWAG for those who work hard!) Come join us as we celebrate movement, community, fun, and sweat! Cost: Free

More info and RSVP.

Thursday, October 26th

  • NYC Marathon Discovery Event

When: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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

What: Virtually discover the NYC Marathon! Led by running coach John Honerkamp, we’ll walk step by step through the course. Cost: $10.

More info and RSVP.

Saturday, October 27th

  • On the Last 10!

When: 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Where: JackRabbit, 1051 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10065

What: JackRabbit & On will be leading the way with GU providing the fuel that will help you get one step closer to that goal by leading you through the Last 10 miles of the Marathon course. Plus, you won’t need to worry about a thing the whole way. We will have nutrition on the course and we will take care of your bags as well. Plus, there will be breakfast at the finish with plenty of other fun SWAG. Cost: Free

More info and RSVP.

  • Yoga for Runners to Benefit Achilles International at Pure Yoga East!

When: 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Where: Pure Yoga East, 203 East 86th Street, New York, NY 10028

What: Join us for a special IronStrength for a Cause event on Saturday, October 27th at the beautiful studios of Pure Yoga East. We are honored to host a Yoga for Runners class to raise funds and awareness for our friends at the New York Chapter of Achilles International, an organization that promotes athletic participation for disabled athletes. Runners and non-runners are welcome! To give a small sense of the amazing courage and strength of Achilles athletes, this class will be a blindfolded yoga class. Registrants are asked to bring a blindfold. We’ll be hearing from some of the amazing Achilles runners before class. Cost: $25

More info and RSVP.

Monday, October 29th

  • NYRR Member Monday: Course Strategy, Meet Your Pacer, and Happy Hour

When: 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion, Central Park at West 67th Street, New York, NY 10065

More info and RSVP.

Tuesday, October 30th

  • On x Paragon Sports Fun Run & Live Panel Event

When: 6:30PM to 9:30PM

Where: Paragon Sports, 867 Broadway, New York, NY

What: Getting excited about the NYC Marathon? Join On x Paragon Sports for a pre-marathon fun run followed by a LIVE podcast recording of Hurdle by Emily Abbate with On Co-Founder Caspar Coppetti. Cost: Free

More info and RSVP.

  • The Unifying Power of Sports After Tragedy with Deena Kastor, Meb Keflezighi, Peter Ciaccia, and Clifford Chanin

When: 6:30–8:00 p.m.

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion, Central Park at West 67th Street, New York, NY 10065

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Wednesday, October 31st

  • Special Screening: The Human Race and Post-Screening Chat with Director Liz Vassey and Kathrine Switzer

When: 6:00–9:00 p.m.

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion, Central Park at West 67th Street, New York, NY 10065

More info and RSVP.

  • Shake It Out With Shake Shack & JackRabbit!

When: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

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

What: Who’s ready to shake it out with Shake Shack, Rhone, and Ciele on 10/31? Wait…10/31, that’s Halloween! Yes, it is and not only are we bringing back our annual Shake Shack Marathon Shakeout Run, but we are also adding in the fun spirit of Halloween. So, get out your costumes, get out your running shoes, and let’s show this city how fun runners really are! This year’s Shake Out Run will start at JackRabbit Columbus Circle at 6:30pm and take runners through Central Park on a 3-mile route passing by the finish line of the NYC Marathon. The sweat will be worth it and rewarded with a complimentary drink at Shake Shack on the house! The run will finish at the Shake Shack on 86th & Lexington. Cost: Free

More info and RSVP.

Thursday, November 1st

  • Hoka One One Runs the Highline

When: 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Where: JackRabbit – Union Square, 42 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10011

What: What better way to kick off your pre-marathon celebration than by joining JackRabbit and HOKA ONE ONE for a group shakeout run on November 1st at 7am. We will take runners on a short 3-mile run over the Highline and back down by the Hudson, followed by a special talk and Q&A at 8:00 AM with HOKA sponsored athletes. Lite bites and refreshments will be provided! Cost: Free

More info and RSVP.

  • TCS New York City Marathon Expo Presented by New Balance

When: 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m

Where: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Halls 3B and 3E. 11th Avenue at West 35th Street, New York, NY 1000

What: Number Pickup / Course Strategy with NYRR Coaches / TCS New York City Marathon Logistics with NYRR Staff.Cost: Free to enter.

More info and RSVP.

  • NYRR RUNTalk: Olympians Bernard Lagat, Abdi Abdirahman, and Juan Luis Barrios

When: 4:00–5:00 p.m.

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub, 320 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

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  • TCS New York City Marathon Prep with HSS: Strength Training with Pam Geisel

When: 5:00–6:00 p.m

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  • Pre-marathon happy hour + trivia at Brooklyn Running Company

When: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Where: Brooklyn Running Company, 222 Grand St, Brooklyn, New York 11211

What:  fun evening of running trivia + beer with the good folks at Brooklyn Running Company plus a chance to shop the super-limited edition rabbit NYC collection.

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  • NYC Race Day Ready with Jackrabbit & Saucony

When: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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

What: Join Jackrabbit and Saucony for an exclusive event that will get you ready for your big day in the Big Apple! Shake out your legs on a group run in Central Park at 6:00pm. Customize your race-day outfit from 6-8:00pm, though we’ll take a short break for the athlete chat. Settle in for a championship-level chat with some of running’s finest: Rod Dixon, Molly Huddle, Jared Ward and Tim Ritchie. Cost: Free

More info and RSVP.

  • NYRR RUNTalk: Running with Diabetes Hosted by Abbott

When: 6:00–7:00 p.m.

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  • Empowered by Running: Des Linden

When: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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

What: Join Custom Performance for an Evening with Desiree Linden, champion of the 2018 Boston Marathon! Hear Des’s story and take a personal photo with the legend herself! Cost: $80/$100

More info and RSVP.

  • Screening: Icarus and Post-Screening Chat with Academy Award-Winning Director Bryan Fogel

When: 6:00–10:00 p.m.

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion, Central Park at West 67th Street, New York, NY 10065

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  • NYRR RUNTalk en español con Beverly Ramos y Rafa Botello

When: 7:00–8:00 p.m.

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub, 320 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

Friday, November 2nd

  • Morning Miles with New Balance – TCS New York City Marathon Edition

When: 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM

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

What: Join us on November 2nd as we take on the morning with a shake out run and some fun hosted by New Balance. We will do a 3-mile route and end back at the store where we will have some lite brunch items and refreshments. Don’t miss a special guest appearance – you will be running with 2017 World Steeplechase Champion, Emma Coburn! Cost: Free

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  • KT Tape NYC Marathon Shake Out Run with Meb

When: 7:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Where:  JackRabbit, 140 West 72nd Street, New York, NY 10023

What: KT Tape and JackRabbit offer an experience to remember! Become one of the lucky few who will get a chance to meet and run with one of the greatest marathoners to ever wear the Team USA singlet, 2009 New York City Marathon Champion and Olympic Silver Medalist Meb Keflezighi. Come get KT Tape’d up at 7 am, hear some inspirational words from Meb, and head out with him on an easy 3-mile run through beautiful Central Park! Light refreshments will be served afterwards and Meb will be there to sign autographs, take pictures, and answer questions. Cost: Free

More info and RSVP.

  • TCS New York City Marathon Expo Presented by New Balance

When: 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m

Where: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Halls 3B and 3E. 11th Avenue at West 35th Street, New York, NY 1000

What: Number Pickup / Course Strategy with NYRR Coaches / TCS New York City Marathon Logistics with NYRR Staff.Cost: Free to enter.

More info and RSVP.

  • TCS New York City Marathon Estrategia del Recorrido con Germán Silva

When: 10:00–11:00 a.m.

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub, 320 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

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  • Consigli strategici per la TCS New York City Marathon

When: 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub, 320 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

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  • NYRR Corriendo un Recorrido de Historia con German Silva

When: 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub, 320 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

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  • Kursstrategie für den TCS New York City Marathon

When: 12:00–1:00 p.m.

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub, 320 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

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  • Tour di corsa escursionistica NYRR

When: 12:00–1:30 p.m.

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub, 320 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

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  • Stratégie de course pour le TCS New York City Marathon

When: 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub, 320 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

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  • NYRR-Tour der Laufgeschichte von NYC

When: 1:00–2:30 p.m.

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub, 320 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

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  • L’histoire du NYRR en petites foulées

When: 2:00–3:30 p.m.

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub, 320 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

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  • TCS New York City Marathon Prep with HSS: Foam Rolling

When: 5:00–6:00 p.m.

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub, 320 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

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  • On Art Run with Q&A Featuring Mammoth Track Club Coach Andrew Kastor

When: 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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

What: The On Art Run arrives in NYC at New York Running Company by Jackrabbitto help you shake out your legs before the marathon while enjoying a few of our favorite art pieces in the area. Mammoth Track Club coach Andrew Kastor will be on hand for a panel discussion and a short Q&A. Cost: Free

More info and RSVP.

  • TCS New York City Marathon Book Club: Sebastien Samson and Amby Burfoot

When: 6:00–7:00 p.m.

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub, 320 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

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  • NYRR Night of Champions

When: 6:00–10:00 p.m.

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion, Central Park at West 67th Street, New York, NY 10065

What: For tickets, visit nightofchampions.nyrr.org Cost: check the link.

More info and RSVP.

  • Yoga & Meditation for the NYC Marathon

When: 6:30 PM

Where: THE FOUNDRY powered by Finish Line PT

What: Join 8-time NYC Marathon finisher and therapeutic yoga teacher for athletes, Amanda Kerpius, for a gentle runners yoga flow and Yoga Nidra meditation and visualization of the NYC Marathon course. Hosted at THE FOUNDRY powered by Finish Line PT, the evening will start with a gentle yoga flow designed to stretch major muscle groups and prepare the body for deep relaxation and lead into the meditation portion of the evening. Cost: Free

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  • After Kipchoge:  Records, Barriers, and the Future of the Marathon Panel

When: 7 PM

Where: Tracksmith New York Pop-Up at 161 Grand Street

Saturday, November 3rd

  • Rabbit Pop Up + Recovery Lounge

When: 9 am to 1 pm

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

What: Join rabbit and our friends at Custom Performance NYC for the perfect pre-marathon morning. We’ll start off with a nice little shakeout run, led by Street 101, and followed by juice, bagels and a recovery lounge you won’t want to miss. Not to mention, you can shop all of rabbit’s super-limited edition NYC gear!

More info and RSVP.

  • RUNHealthy: TCS New York City Marathon Pre-Race Stretching

When: 9:30–10:30 a.m.

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub, 320 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

More info and RSVP.

  • Shack-Out run with Mario Fraoli

When: 9:30 am

Where:  Tracksmith New York Pop-Up at 161 Grand Street

  • TCS New York City Marathon Expo Presented by New Balance

When: 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m

Where: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Halls 3B and 3E. 11th Avenue at West 35th Street, New York, NY 1000

What: Number Pickup / Course Strategy with NYRR Coaches / TCS New York City Marathon Logistics with NYRR Staff. Cost: Free to enter.

More info and RSVP.

  • NYC Shakeout Art Run

When: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Where: Burton Flagship Store, 69 Greene St. New York, NY 10002

What: 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, come do a 5K art run around downtown NYC. We will see lots of new street art and murals in the Lower East Side and SoHo on this relaxed pace NYC Shakeout Art Run. Cost: $30

More info and RSVP.

  • Nike NYC Shakeout Run

When: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Where: 138 Bowery

What: Lace up and get ready to run the city during this marathon inspired weekend as we shakeout the legs, loosen up those muscles and sweat out the nerves before race day. Our light three-mile run will kick off from 138 Bowery at 11:00 AM
Reserve your spot, bring a friend, and get ready to roll. 10:00am – 11:00am check-in / 11:00am – 12:00pm shakeout run /
12:00pm – 2:00pm Q&A with special guest + DJ’d post run hydration and nutrition. Cost: Free

More info and RSVP.

  • The Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance with Author Alex Hutchinson and Team New Balance’s Emma Coburn

When: 12:00–1:00 p.m.

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub, 320 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

More info and RSVP.

  • Six Who Sat: A Conversation with ESPN 30 for 30 Podcast Team, Nina Kuscsik, and Kathrine Switzer

When: 1:00–2:00 p.m.

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub, 320 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

More info and RSVP.

  • I’ll Have Another With Lindsey Hein and Paula Radcliffe Live!

When: 2:00–3:00 p.m

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub, 320 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

More info and RSVP.

  • NYRR Marathon Legends: Joan Benoit Samuelson, Frank Shorter, and Bill Rodgers

When: 3:00–4:00 p.m

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub, 320 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

More info and RSVP.

  • Team #MovedMe: Inspiring Stories of the TCS New York City Marathon

When: 4:00–5:00 p.m.

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub, 320 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

More info and RSVP.

  • Carbo-Load with Gwen Jorgensen

When: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Where: Tarallucci e Vino Nomad, 44 E 28th Street, New York, New York 10016

What: Join us the night before the NYC Marathon to chat with Olympic gold-medalist Gwen Jorgensen about her training regimen, setting goals and how sleep is crucial to all of it. Pasta bites + drinks will be provided!

More info and RSVP.

Sunday, November 4th

  • TCS New York City Marathon Live Stream

When: 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

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!

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub, 320 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

More info and RSVP.

Monday, November 5th

  • Marathon Monday at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion

When: 7:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Where: TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion, Central Park at West 67th Street, New York, NY 10065

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. Cost: Free to enter.

More info and RSVP.

  • TCS New York City Marathon Re-Broadcast

When: 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.

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!

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub, 320 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

More info and RSVP.

Tuesday, November 6th

  • TCS New York City Marathon Medal Engraving

When: 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub, 320 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

More info and RSVP.

Wednesday, November 7th

  • TCS New York City Marathon Medal Engraving

When: 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Where: NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub, 320 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

More info and RSVP.

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 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!

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Airbnb Brooklyn Half – Custom Pace Bracelet

I adjusted this based on my Race Strategy here. I know, you love me. I love you too. Make sure you do read that race strategy info, or adjust this pace bracelet as you please. Or don’t wear it. I won’t know.

you can download the excel sheet here: Brooklyn Half Marathon Pace Sheet

all you have to do is enter the desired finish time on the yellow cell on top and watch the magic happen. Then you can adjust the splits if you feel like it. I won’t be offended!

for more info on how to tackle the race, check the Airbnb Brooklyn Half Race Strategy and Tips post. Comments? Questions? there’s a box below!!

United NYC Half Marathon – Custom Pace Bracelet

I adjusted this based on my Race Strategy here. I know, you love me. I love you too.

you can download the excel sheet here: NYC Half Splits

all you have to do is enter the desired finish time on the yellow cell on top and watch the magic happen. And you can adjust the splits if you feel like it. I won’t be offended!

for more info on how to tackle the race, check the New York City Half Marathon Tips, Course Strategy and Logistics post. Comments? Questions? there’s a box below!!

 

New York City Half Marathon Tips, Course Strategy and Logistics

2018 Update: even though this post is awesome and contains a lot of information you can still use, it talks about the OLD course that was discontinued after the 2017 race. Read the tips below, and then head over here for the new course info. I am going to mark green the text below that doesn’t apply anymore.

You know the “don’t wear anything new on race day” and all the basics… now, let’s do the United NYC Half Marathon as well as we can. I have done this race 8 times so far -from 2:06 in its first year, 2006, to 1:36 in 2016, and I keep running into people who haven’t raced it and have lots of questions (post in the comments section below if you have any questions not covered here!).

And in case you want to see photos and read my race reports, go here for all of them, or, here is the 2015 NYC Half report, here is 2014 NYC Half and 2013 NYC Half. Also, download the custom pace bracelet, I created for this pace strip based on the race strategy below.

PRE RACE LOGISTICS

Make a race prep list of what you’ll need a week or two before and sort it all by stages, here is a Marathon Packing List to start with. Whether you’re traveling or not, get everything in the list ready as soon as possible. Start prepping 2 weeks out.

Plan your nutrition waaaay ahead. You can buy gels at the expo if necessary, but get bagels/oatmeal/bananas and whatever you need for race day the day before as there will not be a lot of delis open at 4, 5, or 6 am. Some may be, but not a lot.

If you need any last minute thing, you can buy most stuff at the expo/bib pickup (don’t forget to bring a printed copy of your reg form –download it from your NYRR profile they will be ready early March, and photo identification) or here is an organized list with all the running stores by area.

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we all look like weirdos anyway, wear old stuff you have to discard to the start of the race!

Prep some cheap or throwaway clothes to the start. Find a mylar blanket from your last half or marathon (and don’t throw away the one you’ll get at the finish here!). You will need them until the last minute in the corral (I wear one as pants with tape and one as a cape). I wear my throwaway cardigan or a sweater (cut in the front for easy peeling, kept it in p

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what throwaway-knee-high socks as arm-warmers look like when you forget to take them off (2015 NYC Half)

lace with a safety pin!) during the first mile too! Go to the dollar store and get knee-high socks, cut the foot and you’ll have throwaway arm warmers! I keep half of it on until I warm up, it can be windy and cold at the start!

 

Gear/What to wear… the weather can be anything from 50s to 20s so prepare (aka, train in) a few options and decide the day before. Or that morning. Be smart, and make sure you can peel off layers comfortably. If you don’t want to carry your phone, at least carry a $20 bill, a metrocard, and an ID with you, just in case. My rule is if it’s over 40 degrees, I do just singlet and shorts (pics from last year).

This is what the weather looked like the last few years:

  • 2018: 28 DEGREES, 31% HUMIDITY, WIND 9 MPH NW
  • 2017: 34 DEGREES, 70% HUMIDITY, WIND 18 MPH
  • 2016: 34 DEGREES, 35% HUMIDITY, WIND 14 MPH
  • 2015: 42 DEGREES, 60% HUMIDITY, WIND 10-18 MPH
  • 2014: 31 DEGREES, 40% HUMIDITY, WIND 18 MPH
  • 2013: 30 DEGREES, 64% HUMIDITY, WIND W 7 MPH
  • 2012: 47 DEGREES, 90% HUMIDITY, WIND 3 MPH.
  • 2011: 37 DEGREES, 41% HUMIDITY, SUNNY
  • 2010: 53 DEGREES, 55% HUMIDITY, SUNNY

Temperature has been pretty consistent… but, you should assume it’ll feel 10 degrees under that temperature (hey wind!). So, depending on the wind/humidity/lack of sleep/whatever, you can add hat, arm sleeves, leg warmers, etc. Always add things you can get rid of easily and won’t miss. If you’re not sure about a layer, keep in mind that once you leave the park and get to the West Side Highway, it can get a little windy there. Check the wind direction in the morning!

Best tool to have at any race: your name on your shirt, do not even question this!! If you don’t want your name, write something funny you’ll want people to scream to you all over the course. This is a big race and there will be a lot of spectators along the course and having them scream your name will make your race 100 times better. If you don’t want to ruin your gear, and are not super crafty or into going to Michael’s, cut the letters out of duct tape (like I do!) and voila, they’ll peel right off!

Headphones or not? If you are used to racing with headphones, bring them. I sometimes leave them on my ears (with the music off), and turn them on only when necessary. Central Park will be CROWDED, seriously crowded, so it’s smart to keep the music off, or very low so you can hear people around you. Once you are in the West Side Highway, and if it gets a little monotonous for you, go for it. You’ll have a lot of people cheering and you don’t want to miss it, but if you do have the music on later on, still make sure you can still hear what is happening around you!!!! Okay?

Place your spectators in spots where you’ll need encouragement (quite probably along the West Side Highway). If they are not the adventurous kind, they could see you anywhere in the park, always on your right, and then head over to the finish. Otherwise, there is an insane amount of combination of spots they can see you at. Study the map with them and calculate how much time they’ll have to get from one spot to the other based on your speed. For example, the 1st location would usually be in Central Park, east side, around 85 st, on your left (they need to be on the inside part of the park), that would be your mile 1. After they see you, they walk across the park (it won’t be more than a 10 minute walk) around the Great Lawn to West 86th, where they can see you again at mile 4.5! They have to be on the runner’s right (the outside of the park lane). Elite runners will be there in 20 minutes, and you can tell them how long it’d take you to do 4.5 miles! So, they have to hurry and cross over the quarter mile in less than 20 minutes or they’ll be trapped  inside the park. Once they see you go, they exit the park and the B and C trains are right there at 86 and CPW. They could also do this in the 102 transverse (instead of 86) and the trains are at 103 when they exit the park on the west side, but the time to cross over from east to west is a lot less, but totally doable if they zippityzip. C trains go downtown, so they can head over to 14th st, though there is a bit of a walk from 8th ave to 11th avenue, so if the C train shows up fast, I’d say yes, otherwise, just keep going to Chambers and head over to the West Side Highway to cheer. A cab would be messy as traffic will not be open in many streets so the trains are better! Once they see you in Chambers, the can head over to meet you at the Finish (find a corner to meet up ahead of time, it’ll be CROWDED!) or at some brunch spot! Call ahead to see if they are open at 9 or 10 am so they can wait there and be warm! // When they’re cheering, it’s important to know exactly on what side of the street they’ll be so YOU can spot them (they won’t be able to spot you!). Send them with something big: a flag, a sign, balloons, huge funny hat, etc. Tell them to get comfy shoes, really warm clothes and bring food. It will be an early and long morning for them too!  //  If you need an extra push, ask for help!! FORCE all your friends to come watch you. Ask them “where are you going to be?”. Then tell them a time you’ll go through there, give or take 10 minutes, and decide if they’ll be runner’s Left or Right. Then make a little-tiny list you can carry in your pocket (Example: 102nd st, John, left / 86st st, Mike, right, etc.) in order or appearance, put clear tape all over it so it won’t get sweaty and basically go from John, to Mike, to etc… Let them pull you along the course and that’ll break the course in parts, instead of think “AH, I gotta go all the way to the end of the island, ugh” you’ll think: “I am just going to 102nd st, to see John, then we’ll see!

Oh, and have them download the NYC Half mobile app (will probably be ready to download a week or two before the race) where they can track you and a few more runners at a time.

Get yourself the custom pace bracelet I created for this race based on the race strategy below.

If you need a short run before the race, go to Central Park. You’ll see many of your race-buddies and get to enjoy the best place in the world as a runner.

Find a mantra, or two, you might really need them. I write them in my hand where I am sure I will see it.

RACE LOGISTICS

Memorize your Start Schedule (or write in your hand like I do)

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Getting to the start/Baggage Check. The easiest way to get there is always a cab or running there of course, but if you have to take the train, take anything to 57th or 59th streets or any of the trains that leave you close to Central Park South/59th st. You will have to enter the park through Sixth or Fifth Avenue. Check the Start Map carefully.  Before entering, check your (nyrr provided plastic) bag outside of the park (on 59th Street, between Fifth and Seventh Avenues). Give yourself ample time (as this is weekend schedule) and check  MTA for weekend alerts, or try any subway app: make sure your train is running! Also, if you are not sure, I am 100% confident that if you just head over to the closest train stop, you’ll see someone you could follow to the Start 😉 // Kiss your loved ones buh-bye, they won’t be allowed anywhere close to the Start!

During the race, the course WILL be crowded, so PLEASE, if you need to stop for a walk or move sideways for water, please please please signal with your arms, and look around behind you before you make any moves, DO NOT just stop or go sideways. Be considerate of your fellow runners who could trip! The good side of having all these people around you that you’ll always have someone to run with, pace off, or follow when you’re tired. Pick them up when you feel strong, encourage them when they need it, and keep your eyes peeled for anyone who might need help!!

There will be Water/Gatorade around every mile or so, so if you miss one, don’t stress. Don’t go for the first table as everyone will do that. There’s many tables: go to the last one. You’ll find the portapottties where the water is, so keep an eye out and don’t dart sideways! There will be Gels at mile 7.5, on 42nd street between 10th and 11th avenues, on your right.

Think about joining an official pacer from the NYRR Pace Team, they’ll be wearing their signature white and blue striped singlets,  and will run even splits through all 13.1 miles of the United Airlines NYC Half. Pacers will lead runners to finish times at every five-minute interval from 1:20 to 2:15, and will also offer a 2:30 pace group. You can visit the Running Lab at the United Airlines NYC Half Experience Presented by New Balance to meet the pacers and learn where to find them on race day (I will be there Saturday morning, so come find me and say Hi!).

RACE STRATEGY

Here is the official course map: NYRR New York City Half Marathon course map

Custom pace bracelet, if you can’t remember any of the info below

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Elevation profile from my 2014 race, same as all the last ones of course. elevation is the red line.

This is an easy race to figure out. Basically, you have two parts: the undulating Central Park (first half) and the straight and flat run to the finish (the second half). Which makes it a perfect course to NEGATIVE PR!!!!

Break the race in parts, device a plan, and stick to it no matter what. Plan for negative splits: keep it strong and conservative throughout the park and ram it home once you leave the park. It’s super simple. I am an average runner and have negative split in this race every time. Basically: you have to believe in yourself and wait for the time of your life.

This is how I like to break this race down. In 4 parts.

Part 1 – Mile 1: HOLD YOUR FREAKING HORSES!!!!

There are 2.5 hills in this race: Cat Hill as soon as you start, Harlem Hill(s) (THREE blips) at 3.5, and a last small one going up the Battery Park Underpass at the end (this one counts as just half a hill). Cat Hill and the Tunnel are short and tiny but annoying because of their locations right at the start and right at the end…! People get excited at the start, and take off like maniacs… if this is going to work, we have to hold it in, climb the hill carefully and let everyone (and their grandmother) pass. You’ll see. Tell yourself: Yes, go ahead and go. I’ll catch you later when your quads are screaming, buh-bye

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Cat Hill is 0.25 long (in miles), or 400 meters long; but it has a 49′ rise (average grade of 3.7%)

Part 2 – Mile 2 to 6: EASY, LIGHT, SMOOTH

The park is a string of undulating hills, but after Cat Hill you have the longest flat stretch, almost a half mile (heaven…!) so, use that to get on a rhythm, find your legs and a pacer. It’ll be crowded so I doubt you’ll be able to utilize the tangents well but at least avoid tripping, did I mention it’s gonna be a bit CROWDED?

Your goal for the first half of the race is to exit the park in one piece, feeling strong, to let it all unfold in the second part of the race. Exercise all your patience here and keep yourself in good checks to not let yourself go. If you are running “hard-comfortable”, you are doing it right.

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Blip 1 in the course profile is 0.36 of a mile and a rise of ’33. You exit the park for two blocks, go around the Frederick Douglass Circle and come right back downhill. Then you -re-enter the park, make a right, and start the climb for Blip 2: Harlem Hill!!! HH is 0.32 long but it has a 84′ rise (average grade of 4.4%). Fun times. As soon as you finish the downhill on the back end of HH, there’s another climb, Blip 3 is 0.60 of a mile and has a rise of ’58. Blip 1 is short and mild, blip 3 is longer but mild as it’s stretched out, but watch up for Harlem Hill, short and UPWARDS!

Part 3 – Mile 7 to 10: IT’S ON!

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This is where I like to stretch out my legs: the race starts HERE. From now on it’s flat and steady. When you exit the park you’ll have a lot of space, cheering and excitement to carry you on, and as soon as you turn right on 42nd, you’ll be rolling down. Hit the gas.

Note: Something about Times Square can make you or your gps go crazy. Ooops. No, you’re not running a 3:20 mile. I set my gps watch to manual and I lap it myself when I see the mile markers. Way safer!

Part 4 –  Mile 11 or 12 to 13.1: YOLO

ALL. HELL. BREAKS. LOOSE.

That is all. Go Crazy. Bring it in. Drop the Hammer.

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As you can see in the map, I obv didn’t have gps on the tunnel, and you won’t either. But it won’t matter, when you get to mile 10, or 11 or 12 and you know you’re ready to start your KICK, you go. Keep in mind there’s a little climb out of the tunnel, short but steep, and then there’s not a lot left to go. Hopefully you’ll see the 800 meters sign if you’re focused but who is at my that point? It’ll seem like forever but once you’re out of the tunnel the finish line is RIGHT THERE.

… then… 

Walk, get your medal, take pictures, get your stuff, find your friends/family, go get brunch (there are many good places downtown), enjoy, stretch, ice bath, rest, eat more, sleeeeeep! Tell everyone about your race, plan your next race, have a congratulatory donut. Or at least that’s what I am planning to do!!!

I’d suggest checking the Finish Map also (mostly if you want to meet up with people afterwards).

Also, post race, if you’re a NYRR Member:  Join NYRR at the NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the New Balance Run Hub after the 2017 United Airlines NYC Half for complimentary finisher medal engraving!

Sunday, March 19: 11:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.
Monday, March 20: 11:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.

Bring your NYRR Member Number. Can’t make it Sunday or Monday? Send a proxy to have your medal engraved; they’ll just need your NYRR Member Number.

Questions?? Anything to add? Anything you want to go over? Lmk in the comments below!

Photos race reports, go here for all of them, or here for the 2015 NYC Half2014 NYC Half  or 2013 NYC Half.

Get the custom pace bracelet maker, so you can plan your splits and stick to them!

NYRR United NYC Half Marathon course map

The official United New York City Half Marathon website.

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2015 New York City Marathon EXPO pictures

Juan and I went to the expo yesterday, Thursday, to avoid the masses. I always go on Thursdays, it’s less crazy this is post is mostly pictures to give you a break from all the reading!

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After that, we raced home. I had had a looooooong day at the office, preparing for this weekend’s marathon. Friday I am hosting and MCing my team’s dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square and I have all these other commitments for race weekend. Busy busy. TIRED. See you on the other side? how was YOUR expo trip?

Oh, and this one from the pavillion!!

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Fun weekend: Bronx X 2!

I know I don’t post nearly at all as much as I used to but here goes a tiny update.

Saturday

I did my longest run since May!!! I just have stopped running long, so the longest runs I’ll do might be 7 or maaaaaaybe 8 miles. The Brooklyn Half was the longest I had run since! HA. I decided I’d try to do 10 or 12 so I joined the JackRabbit group, out of the Upper East Side, how convenient, as they had a 12 mile run to the High Bridge. I had seen it in pictures and I knew it had just reopened but I don’t go to the Bronx ever so I thought it’d be the perfect run. Kent took us out at a FUN (perfect) pace and the group (8? 10?) managed to stay together throughout! It was awesome. Check how cool it looks!

Me running off in the bridge!

Me running off in the bridge!

View from the top, the city in the distance

View from the top, the city in the distance

the group, posing before heading back. and thinking of a GU probably

the group, posing before heading back. and thinking of a GU probably

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We then run back. I was EXHAUSTED. 13 feels like 20 when you’re not used to it.  Or forget to bring gels or have any breakfast. Still, success!

Sunday

It was the Bronx 10 mile and 5K. EVERYONE I knew was racing, including my husband so we woke up early, got the BX in no time and I set out to cheer. I am a pro by now. I had SOOO much fun.

my cheering partner, Batkid. We had this thing where I'd yell: Batman High Five for extra power to the finish and things like that. Everyone got a kick out of it.

my cheering partner, Batkid. We had this thing where I’d yell: Batman High Five for extra power to the finish and things like that. Everyone got a kick out of it.

the megaphone has a siren option, which I loved!! A break to my voice ;-)

the megaphone has a siren option, which I loved!! A break to my voice 😉

my awesome friend Allison from Harlem Run. Super Cool Wonder Woman. On TIPTOES, Allison!??!??!! you're already taller than me!

my awesome friend Allison from Harlem Run. Super Cool Wonder Woman. On TIPTOES, Allison!??!??!! you’re already taller than me!

Caught the husband on the course, both times, wohoooooo!!!! HOT!

Caught the husband on the course, both times, wohoooooo!!!! HOT! And there’s Sid Howard on the left!

Almost unthinkable that I was in the same spots, twice in 24 hours, but that’s life… that was my weekend! How was yours???

New York City Half Marathon Tips, Course Strategy and Logistics!

You know the “don’t wear anything new on race day” and all the basics… now, let’s do the United NYC Half Marathon as well as we can. I have done this race 7 times so far -from 2:06 in its first year, 2006, to 1:37 in 2013, and the last two, and I keep running into people who haven’t raced it and have lots of questions (post in the comments section below if you have any questions not covered here!).

And in case you want to see photos and read my race reports, go here for all of them, or, here is the 2015 NYC Half report, here is 2014 NYC Half and 2013 NYC Half. Also, download the custom pace bracelet, I created for this race based on the race strategy below.

PRE RACE LOGISTICS

Make a marathon list of what you’ll need a week or two before and sort it all by stages, here is a Marathon Packing List to start with. Whether, you’re travelling or not, get everything in the list ready as soon as possible. Start prepping 2 weeks out.

Plan your nutrition waaaay ahead. You can buy gels at the expo if necessary, but get bagels/oatmeal/bananas and whatever you need for race day the day before as there will not be a lot of delis open at 4, 5, or 6 am. Some may be, but not a lot.

If you need any last minute thing, you can buy most stuff at the expo/bib pickup (don’t forget to bring a printed copy of your reg form –download it from your NYRR profile they will be ready early March, and photo identification) or here is an organized list with all the running stores by area.

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we all look like weirdos anyway, wear old stuff you have to discard to the start of the race!

Prep some cheap or throwaway clothes to the start. Find a mylar blanket from your last half or marathon (and don’t throw away the one you’ll get at the finish here!). You will need them until the last minute in the corral (I wear one as pants with tape and one as a cape). I wear my throwaway cardigan or a sweater (cut in the front for easy peeling, kept it in p

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what throwaway knee-high socks as leg warmers look like when you forget to take them off (2015 NYC Half)

lace with a safety pin!) during the first mile too! Go to the dollar store and get knee-high socks, cut the foot and you’ll have throwaway arm warmers! I keep half of it on until I warm up, it can be windy and cold at the start!

Gear/What to wear… the weather can be anything from 50s to 20s so prepare (aka, train in) a few options and decide the day before. Or that morning. Be smart, and make sure you can peel off layers comfortably. If you don’t want to carry your phone, at least carry a $20 bill, a metrocard, and an ID with you, just in case. My rule is if it’s over 40 degrees, I do singlet and shorts (pics from last year). Last year it was 42 degrees, 60% humidity, wind 10-18 mph (2014 was 31 degrees, 2013 was 30 degrees). But depending on the wind/humidity/lack of sleep/whatever, you can add hat, arm sleeves, leg warmers, etc. Always add things you can get rid of easily and won’t miss. If you’re not sure about a layer, keep in mind that once you leave the park and get to the West Side Highway, it can get a little windy there. Check the wind direction in the morning!

Best tool to have at any race: your name on your shirt, do not even question this!! If you don’t want your name, write something funny you’ll want people to scream to you all over the course. This is a big race and there will be a lot of spectators along the course and having them scream your name will make your race 100 times better. If you don’t want to ruin your gear, cut the letters our of duct tape (like I do!) and voila, they’ll peel right off!

Headphones or not? If you are used to racing with headphones, bring them. I sometimes leave them on (with the music off), and turn them on only when necessary. Central Park will be CROWDED, seriously crowded, so it’s smart to keep the music off, or very low so you can hear people around you. Once you are in the West Side Highway, and it gets a little monotonous, go for it. You’ll have a lot of people cheering and you don’t want to miss it, but if you do have the music on later on, still make sure you can still hear what is happening around you!!!!

Place your spectators in spots where you’ll need encouragement (quite probably on the long stretch along the West Side Highway).  If they are not the adventurous kind, they could see you anywhere in the park, always on your right, and then head over to the finish. Otherwise, there is an insane amount of combination of spots they can see you at. Study the map with them and calculate how much time they’ll have to get from one spot to the other based on your speed. For example, the 1st location would usually be in Central Park, east side, around 85 st, on your left (they need to be on the inside part of the park), that would be your mile 1. After they see you, they walk across the park (it won’t be more than a 10 minute walk) around the Great Lawn to West 86th, where they can see you again at mile 4.5! They have to be on the runner’s right (the outside of the park lane). Elite runners will be there in 20 minutes, and you can tell them how long it’d take you to do 4.5 miles! So, they have to hurry and cross over the quarter mile in less than 20 minutes or they’ll be trapped  inside the park. Once they see you go, they exit the park and the B and C trains are right there at 86 and CPW. They could also do this in the 102 transverse (instead of 86) and the trains are at 103 when they exit the park on the west side, but the time to cross over from east to west is a lot less, but totally doable if they zippityzip. C trains go downtown, so they can head over to 14th st, though there is a bit of a walk from 8th ave to 11th avenue, so if the C train shows up fast, I’d say yes, otherwise, just keep going to Chambers and head over to the West Side Highway to cheer. A cab would be messy as traffic will not be open in many streets so the trains are better! Once they see you in Chambers, the can head over to meet you at the Finish (find a corner to meet up ahead of time, it’ll be CROWDED!) or at some brunch spot! Call ahead to see if they are open at 9 or 10 am so they can wait there and be warm! // When they’re cheering, it’s important to know exactly on what side of the street they’ll be so YOU can spot them (they won’t be able to spot you!). Send them with something big: a flag, a sign, balloons, huge funny hat, etc. Tell them to get comfy shoes, really warm clothes and bring food. It will be an early and long morning for them too!  //  If you need an extra push, ask for help!! FORCE all your friends to come watch you. Ask them “where are you going to be?”. Then tell them a time you’ll go through there, give or take 10 minutes, and decide if they’ll be runner’s Left or Right. Then make a little-tiny list you can carry in your pocket (Example: 102nd st, John, left / 86st st, Mike, right, etc.) in order or appearance, put clear tape all over it so it won’t get sweaty and basically go from John, to Mike, to etc… Let them pull you along the course and that’ll break the course in parts, instead of think “AH, I gotta go all the way to the end of the island, ugh” you’ll think: “I am just going to 102nd st, to see John, then we’ll see!

Oh, and have them download the 2016 NYC Half mobile app (will probably be ready to download a week or two before the race) where they can track you and a few more runners at a time.

Get yourself the custom pace bracelet, I created for this race based on the race strategy below.

If you need a short run before the race, go to Central Park. You’ll see many of your race-buddies and get to enjoy the best place in the world as a runner.

Find a mantra, or two, you might really need them. I write them in my hand where I am sure I will see it.

RACE LOGISTICS

There will be many starts! Last year there were waves starting from 7:30 to 8:30 (this will be updated soon) and in early march you will get a registration card with your bib/wave number and start time.

Getting to the start/Baggage Check. The easiest way to get there is always a cab or running there of course, but if you have to take the train, take anything to 57th or 59th streets or any of the trains that leave you close to Central Park South/59th st. You will have to enter the park through Sixth or Fifth Avenue. Before entering, check your (nyrr provided plastic) bag outside of the park (on 59th Street, between Fifth and Seventh Avenues). Give yourself ample time (as this is weekend schedule) and check  MTA for weekend alerts, or try hopstop: make sure your train is running! Also, if you are not sure, I am 100% confident that if you just head over to the closest train stop, you’ll see someone you could follow to the Start 😉 // Kiss your loved ones buh-bye, they won’t be allowed anywhere close to the Start!

The race WILL be crowded, so PLEASE, if you need to stop for a walk or move sideways for water, please please please signal with your arms, and look around behind you before you make any moves, DO NOT just stop or go sideways. Be considerate of your fellow runners who could trip! The good side of this is that you’ll always have someone to run with, pace of, or follow when you’re tired. Pick them up when you feel strong, encourage them when they need it, and keep your eyes peeled for anyone who might need help!!

There will be Water/Gatorade around every mile or so, so if you miss one, don’t stress. Don’t go for the first table as everyone will do that. There’s many tables: go to the last one. You’ll find the portapottties where the water is, so keep an eye out and don’t dart sideways! There will be Gels at mile 7.5, on 42nd street between 10th and 11th avenues, on your right.

RACE STRATEGY

Here is the official course map: NYRR New York City Half Marathon course map

Custom pace bracelet, if you can’t remember any of the info below

nyc half course elevation

Elevation profile from my 2014 race, same as all the last ones of course. elevation is the red line.

This is an easy race to figure out. Basically, you have two parts: the undulating Central Park (first half) and the straight and flat run to the finish (the second half). Which makes it a perfect course to NEGATIVE PR!!!!

Break the race in parts, device a plan, and stick to it no matter what. Plan for negative splits: keep it strong and conservative throughout the park and ram it home once you leave the park. It’s super simple. I am an average runner and have negative split in this race every time. Basically: you have to believe in yourself and wait for the time of your life.

This is how I like to break this race down. In 4 parts.

Part 1 – Mile 1: HOLD YOUR FREAKING HORSES!!!!

There are 2.5 hills in this race: Cat Hill as soon as you start, Harlem Hill at 3.5, and going up the Battery Park Underpass at the end (this one counts as just half a hill). Cat Hill and the Tunnel are short and tiny but annoying because of their locations right at the start and right at the end…! People get excited at the start, and take off like maniacs; if this is going to work, we have to hold it in, climb the hill carefully and let everyone (and their grandmother) pass. You’ll see. Tell yourself: Yes, go ahead and go. I’ll catch you later when your quads are screaming, buh-bye

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Cat Hill is 0.25 long (in miles), or 800 meters long; but it has a 49′ rise (average grade of 3.7%)

Part 2 – Mile 2 to 6: EASY, LIGHT, SMOOTH

The park is a string of undulating hills, but after Cat Hill you have the longest flat stretch, almost a half mile (heaven…!) so, use that to get on a rhythm, find your legs and a pacer. It’ll be crowded so I doubt you’ll be able to utilize the tangents well but at least avoid tripping, did I mention it’s gonna be a bit CROWDED?

Your goal for the first half of the race is to exit the park in one piece, feeling strong, to let it all unfold in the second part of the race. Exercise all your patience here and keep yourself in good checks to not let yourself go. If you are running “hard-comfortable”, you are doing it right.

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Blip 1 in the course profile is 0.36 of a mile and a rise of ’33. You exit the park for two blocks, go around the Frederick Douglass Circle and come right back downhill. Then you enter the park, make a left, and start the climb for Blip 2: Harlem Hill!!! HH is 0.32 long but it has a 84′ rise (average grade of 4.4%). Fun times. As soon as you finish the downhill on the back end of HH, there’s another climb, Blip 3 is 0.60 of a mile and has a rise of ’58. Blip 1 is short and mild, blip 3 is longer but mild as it’s stretched out, but watch up for Harlem Hill, short and UPWARDS!

Part 3 – Mile 7 to 10: IT’S ON!

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This is where I like to stretch out my legs: the race starts HERE. From now on it’s flat and steady. When you exit the park you’ll have a lot of space, cheering and excitement to carry you on, and as soon as you turn right on 42nd, you’ll be rolling down. Hit the gas.

Note: Something about Times Square can make you or your gps go crazy. Ooops. No, you’re not running a 3:20 mile. I set my gps watch to manual and I lap it myself when I see the mile markers. Way better!

Part 4 –  Mile 11 or 12 to 13.1: YOLO

ALL. HELL. BREAKS. LOOSE.

That is all. Go Crazy. Bring it in. Drop the Hammer.

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As you can see in the map, I obv didn’t have gps on the tunnel, and you won’t either. But it won’t matter, when you get to mile 10, or 11 or 12 and you know you’re ready to start your KICK, you go. Keep in mind there’s a little climb out of the tunnel, short but steep, and then there’s about 0.66 of a mile to go. You’ll see the 800 meters sign if you’re focused but who is at that point? It’ll seem like forever but eventually you make a left, then another left and the finish line is RIGHT THERE. So don’t wait to see it to sprint and wait a few seconds!

… then… 

Walk, get your medal, take pictures, get your stuff, find your friends/family, go get brunch (there are many good places downtown), enjoy, stretch, ice bath, rest, eat more, sleeeeeep! Tell everyone about your race, plan your next race, have a congratulatory donut. Or at least that’s what I am planning to do, even if this might be my slowest half!!

Questions?? Anything to add? Anything you want to go over? Lmk in the comments below!

Photos race reports, go here for all of them, or here for the 2015 NYC Half2014 NYC Half  or 2013 NYC Half.

Get the custom pace bracelet maker, so you can plan your splits and stick to them!

NYRR United NYC Half Marathon course map

The official United New York City Half Marathon website.

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