The time has come. The TCS NYC marathon weekend is this here.
I’m in the air right now flying to New York and I’ll be picking up my bib at the Javits center later today.
Amidst all the excitement, I’ve had more than enough time to think about my plans for this marathon. Two years to be exact. Remember when I was supposed to run it last year, but deferred since I got knocked up? Well, ever since I discovered that this would be the year I would run the big apple, I’ve been obsessing over my race day strategy.
I know that since this is my first marathon I shouldn’t set a goal time. And I haven’t. But I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a goal time in the back of my mind. I won’t mention it now, because I don’t want to worry about failing and having this blog post haunt me at mile 20
when I hit the wall.
So what are my goals for my first official 26.2?? Read below!
- Enjoy every bourough and the crowd support along the way. – one of the biggest draws of this race is the crowd support. I plan to enjoy every single mile on this course, but I may not feel that way, so my goal is just to enjoy some part of each one of the five bouroughs. I’m especially looking forward to crossing into Manhattan and into Central Park towards that finish line.
- Take Pictures along the way – I brought my backup phone battery for lots of selfies with fellow runners and I’m even planning to periscope along the way too. Make sure to follow me.
- Start Slow – it’s going to be really tough to hold back at the start of this race. Being that this race starts on top of the Verrazano Bridge, it’s tough to keep from getting caught up with the views and emotions of what’s ahead. But I’m really going to try my best not to go out too fast.
- Listen to my Body – This is my first full marathon, so there’s always the unpredictability of how my body’s going to respond to the stress. My plan has always been to walk a minute for every mile ran, but I’m not going to hold myself too strictly to that plan if I’m not feeling it. Also, because I haven’t done a lot of hill/bridge work, I’m planning to walk up four of the five bridges. I’ll let you guess which one I’m not walking.
- Finish with a smile. – I don’t care if it takes me 6 hours. I’m going to finish this race with a smile. And I’m going to hope for a pretty finish line picture.
What were some of your goals for your first marathon???
Any course tips from anyone who has ran this race before??