I started marathon training near the end of July. I remember when the marathon was 100 days away, then 80, then 50…
Now, it’s only 5 days away. Where has the time gone!?
It is still hard to grasp the fact that race week has arrived, hard to soak in the fact that in 5 short days I’ll be running my first ever marathon, and one of the greatest marathons at that! This week I’ll be finalizing my race day logistics as well as planning out everything I’m going to need for that day. Saturday, I head into the city over to the expo to pick up my beloved bib and other various swag. I plan to get home early, eat my planned out pasta supper, and head off into dreamland before I tackle 26.2 miles through the 5 boroughs of NYC.
For the most part, I know exactly what I need for that day. I know what I’m wearing (my Fred’s Team uniform) and what I plan to carry in my fuel belt (Gu gels, portable charger) Sunday morning will go somewhat as follows;
1)Arrive at Giant’s Stadium between 5-6am to board buses to Staten Island
2)Arrive at Start Village in Fort Wadsworth
3)Go through security & check bag to receive at Central Park upon crossing the finish
Once I enter the start village, it will be a couple hours until I actually get to run. I’ll have plenty of time to get through security, check my post race checked bag, and grab a bite to eat. They say to bring extra disposable clothes to Fort Wadsworth because it’s generally cold before racers start, and many of us will have time to chill before our wave goes off. I’m in the Orange wave 4, corral C. It is the second to last wave to go off, and there are roughly 25 minutes between each wave. If there is one thing I would love to do before the marathon starts, I would love to get a glimpse of the great Meb Keflezighi. He’s going to be riding with his fellow olympians ahead of the elite runners all the way until central park. It would definitely make me incredibly excited to see him! Here’s hoping to that!
Looking back at marathon training, it has had it’s ups and downs. It was no walk in the park and probably the hardest part of training is trying to balance life around it. You have to make some sacrifices when you start training for a marathon in order to make yourself the best runner you can be. This is the second training I’ve completed this year (the first was half marathon training) and it is certainly a step up from the half marathon. I’ve learned to deal with running fatigue, and how to mentally push past the hardest sections of a long run. Through marathon training, I have also discovered the strength that I never new I possessed. By pushing myself to the limits through running, I have not only prepared for the marathon, but discovered new things about myself as well. Overall, it has been quite the experience and now, I am ready to finally run those 26.2 miles.
I would like to sa
y thank you to the few that donated to the cause I’m running for, as it means quite a lot to me. Also, thank you to the people closest to me who have supported me through training. I am proud to be part of such an amazing race that for me, is a dream come true. This time last year, I never expected to be doing this. Now 8 5k’s and 3 half marathons later, I’m ready to run my first marathon.
See you at the finish line!