For 18 weeks your Friday happy hours have been replaced with long Saturday morning runs. You’ve missed concerts, weekends away, hell, some of your friends think you might have moved. You’ve tested your limits and now have to brave the biggest challenge yet: the NYC Marathon.
On Sunday, November 3rd, you toe the line in hopes of joining a small family of marathon finishers. You’ve already trained, but now what? NYHRC Athletic Director and marathon running coach, Bill Elkins, is here with all of the ins and outs to help get you through race day.
Lay out everything you need the night before.
- Don’t wait until race morning to find your lucky socks or favorite hat and be sure to plan for extra layers of clothing to wear before the race starts. Staten Island is a cold, windy place. You’ll be there for a couple of hours before you start, so be sure to bundle up. As you walk to the start line, there will be plenty of time to shed those layers.
Insider Tip: Make sure to pack an extra layer or two in your drop bag for after the>race.
- Whatever time you think you should leave, leave five minutes earlier. Race morning is a very stressful, butterfly-inducing morning. Don’t add to that stress by being late to the bag drop area or the start line.
You crossed the start line, now what?
- Your adrenaline and excitement is both a blessing and a curse. That excitement, coupled with the cheering crowds and music in Brooklyn, will leave you feeling like a super hero! But remember: what happens in Brooklyn can come back to haunt you in the Bronx. Don’t let your excitement get the best of you. Stay focused, and run the race you trained hard for. There will be plenty of time to pick up the pace if you’re feeling good.
Over the 59th Street Bridge you go…
- You made it through Brooklyn and Queens and have just crossed the 59th Street Bridge. Hang to one side of 1st Ave or the other. Let the crowds fill you with the energy you need to get you through your last 10 miles.
It’s all about heart.
You conquered the Bronx and are now running towards the noise coming from Central Park. From this point on, it’s all heart. You’re entering uncharted territory. Many of you ran 18-20 miles during your training but still have 6 more miles to go. Stay strong and focused. Keep your thoughts positive and remember your “why”.
Insider Tip: Stay clear of other runners. This is an area where many runners might experience a cramp, which can come out of nowhere. The last thing you want is to have runners stop in front of you and cause you to change direction immediately, resulting in you also cramping up.
- Have fun! The marathon journey isn’t all about the time on the clock when you cross the finish line. It’s about all of those runs with friends, getting out of bed early and toeing the line four boroughs away. Be proud of your effort and remember to smile, all eyes are on you!
Keep an eye out on race day for Bill, who will be running his 12th NYC Marathon! Bill has completed over a dozen half-marathons, ran from one side of St. Croix Island and back, is an Ironman finisher, and has ran countless short-distance and triathlon races. He’s coached over 100 athletes and has been the Race Director and Producer of multiple marathons and triathlons.
If you’d like to schedule an athletic consultation with Bill, email firstname.lastname@example.org.