NYCM Ultimate Coffee Date for November

It’s that time of the month…

NYC State of Mind

to join up with Coco & Deborah for their ultimate coffee date.

The NYC Marathon Edition….

1.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I am excited about running my FIRST full marathon and I am glad that I chose NYC. It’s only a train ride away, I have free pts for my hotel and most importantly, I do LOVE NYC and know my way around this city.

after the Poland Spring Race last October. Who knew??

If you have run a marathon (or half), which one was your first and why?

2.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that recently I met up with two college roommates.

We reminisced about our last meet-up. It was in NYC in 2013 the day before the NYC Marathon.

I had them take a picture of me at the finish line.

And now 6 years later, I am running that race.

Do you believe in serendipity? Have you  had a similar experience?

3.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that unfortunately my hubby will be in Palm Springs that same day competing in a national tennis tournament.  Yes, what are the odds that it would be the same day as my first marathon?


Back in 2014, he did come to a race.

I was sad that he could not come since it is my first (and most likely my last) marathon.

Some of my running friends have expressed interest in coming down to NYC for the day to cheer me on.  But the logistics are not easy. I doubt they will be able.

I think a few of my tennis friends may come…. (Fingers crossed.)

If not, I will gather energy from the thousands of cheering fans that I do not know personally.

Do your family and friends cheer you on at big races?

Anyone coming to cheer? If so, let me know where you will be?

4.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that there are quite a few current and former bloggers who are running the NYC Marathon. Hopefully we can arrange a meet-up.

Cari, Lacey, Linda, Pam, and ???

loved meeting Michelle and Kim here

Anyone else coming to run? If so, when can we meet up? I’ll be at the expo on Sat.

5.Over coffee…

I’d tell you that I have zero time goals for this race. It is my first full as I have mentioned.  My longest run was 20 miles and it was very painful. I did run two 14 milers, one 16 and one 18. I did not increase my mid-week runs due to job commitments. My weekly mileage was only usually in the 20s.

So do I think I can finish?


Will it hurt?

YES, most likely.

My goal is to run the first half SLOWLY, enjoy the WHOLE experience and get my MEDAL at the end!!!

Do you have a time goal for your big races or do you just do it for fun?

It’s also Friday so I’m also linking up with Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five linkup! Join in! Don’t forget to link back to your hostess and visit some other bloggers.

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23 thoughts on “NYCM Ultimate Coffee Date for November

  1. Of course you can finish! No doubt! Yeah it starts to hurt but you keep going. You know the drill. Chicago was my first full for all the same reasons. I recommend writing down exactly what you want to see (if anything) at the expo. It’s so crowded and overwhelming it’s easy to become completely distracted. I had 12 friends in addition to a whole bunch of family come to cheer at my first Boston. That really surprised me. I’ve also run plenty of marathons totally alone. Just pretend every spectator on the course is cheering FOR YOU! I’ll be cheering from here!

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  2. I’m so excited for you Darlene! I know you’ll have a good time and really soak up the experience, and of course you’ll finish! Can’t wait to see a picture of you with that beautiful medal around your neck. 🙂

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  3. COngrats to your husband’s team
    Yes, absolutely believe in serendipity. Or as Stephen King called it – Ka. So so true. Also, good things come to good people.
    We’re going to do a thing – and that thing is awesome

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  4. My first marathon was Steamtown in Scranton, PA. I chose that one because friends of mine were doing it. When I was standing in line for food after the race, someone asked me how many marathons I had done. I said, “Including this one? One!” and burst into tears. It was an emotional moment for me.

    Good luck this weekend, Darlene. I think you are going to have a great time.

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  5. I’m so excited for you, and yes, you will finish your first marathon! As you know, I picked NYCM as my first marathon too and I’m so glad that I did. There’s really nothing like it and it’s going to be such a thrilling experience!

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  6. I am so excited for you!!! I probably already told you this, but just take it all in….you only get to run your first marathon once 😉 Best of luck!!!!

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  7. i’m so excited for you Darlene!! I do think it’s serendipitous and fate that you are going to run on Sunday! and you will definitely finish – you’ll be challenged but you will finish!!

    my first marathon was in Paris and that was chosen because the only marathon I wanted to run in the Netherlands at that time was Rotterdam and there was a 5:30 limit. I was worried I wouldn’t make that and wanted to have a race without that kind of stress. Paris was an easy choice – the reason I live in Europe in the first place was because when I was 10 I saw a children’s movie based in Paris and was so mesmerised Ii promised myself I would live there one day. That didn’t quite come to fruition but I’m close enough! Paris is still one of my favorite cities of all time – I loved the marathon so much, 2 days later I signed up for it again for the next year!

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  8. I rarely have a time goal, and never for a new distance. I don’t even display elapsed time on my watch. I have no doubt you will finish, and even if you’d trained harder, it would probably still hurt. It’s a marathon. They’re supposed to hurt (sort of).

    I will be “running” my own personal marathon, heading down to my mom again tomorrow, getting close to that finish line. Sort of.


  9. I’ve only run one half-marathon in my life–it was the Nike Women’s Marathon in 2010! I didn’t have a time goal so much as just the goal to run it without dying (and thankfully this was accomplished 😛 )! I hope you have lots of fun in NYC!


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