NYC Marathon 2023: Yay or Nay?

 I have a decision to make…



Not only the race entry fee but transportation to and meals and hotels in NYC.

2.Work and Training.

I could be traveling for work which would make week day runs difficult to schedule.

3.Missing Shorter Races in the Fall.

I love to race.  In our area, there are so many races in the fall (including our group race-cation.)  And those long marathon training runs must be done somehow.

4.Solo Experience.

At the moment, I do not have any local running friends doing this race. Not sure how much fun it will be alone (before and after).

5.Possible Post-Race Aches/Pains.

Lower back pain?  Recurrence of that awful neuroma pain?? Other pains?  Will it affect future races?


1.Guranteed Entry.

Yes, I do and I know many runners who do not and would love to run it.  And I may not have the chance again.

With a 2:27 or below finish time on a NYRR race in 2022, I am guaranteed an entry.

Fred LeBow HM – just made it on this HILLY course


It’s my favorite city (next to Paris). If I run another marathon, I can’t think of another one I would like to run.

3. Weather.

Your longest runs are in the fall (not summer or winter). And the race is at the beginning of November.  The odds are in favor for perfect running weather.


Crowds everywhere.. the entire 26.2 miles for ALL runners!

maybe lucky enough for friends to travel down to cheer me on


Because I can.  Who knows what the future will bring?

Will I run this race again?

Happy Running! So what is your opinion? Will you by chance be entering the lottery or able to run this race? Please share.







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The Marathon Ad

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Ok, I said that I would stop talking about the Marathon but …

Not yet…

If you have never done one, this post is for you.  Remember, I was one of you. I never wanted to run one either.

Why should YOU run a marathon?

1. You’ll stay motivated to run.

For other distances, you may be able to skip runs and still succeed.

But you can’t get away with not training when it comes to a marathon. So having one on your calendar will keep you motivated to stick to a training schedule, at least for those long runs.

On days when your motivation is lacking, you’ll think about how you’ll feel during those 26.2 miles if you’re undertrained or can’t finish the race.

2. You’ll be a great role model. 

It’s hard not to revere someone who is dedicated and determined to complete a substantial goal such as running a marathon. You’ll be setting a great example for many people in your life – family, friends, co-workers, etc.

Even though, it may not be true, people will be telling you how “awesome” you are.

If you are lucky, you will inspire someone to start running or run a longer distance race.

3. You’ll find out that pain is indeed temporary.

Pain, chafing, sweat, tears, and blood will all just be memories.

Yes, you will most likely hurt.  The pain may be so bad to make you want to quit.

But you won’t.

When you see that finish line in the distance, you will forget. You will cry but they will be tears of joy.

4. You’ll gain the confidence you never knew you had.

Although you’ll no doubt experience rough patches during your training. After you’ve logged that 20-miler, you’ll feel like you can conquer the world. Your running confidence will overflow into other areas of your life, such as work and relationships.

You’ll enter that marathon start line with your eyes on the prize (the finish line.)

5. You’ll have a lifetime of bragging rights.

Once you cross that finish line, you’re a marathon finisher and will always be one. No one can ever take that title away from you.

Remember only 1% of population has run a marathon.

Happy Running! Have I convinced you? A little bit? If you ran a marathon already, what was your reason?


TCS NYC Marathon Recap (Warning: It’s Long)

2019 TCS NYC Marathon | Army Ranger Lead the Way Fund

November 3, 2019

After 18 Weeks of training and it finally arrived. My FIRST full Marathon race.

I never had the goal of running a full marathon. Never!

37 (now 39) Half Marathons = happy camper!

Then my Brooklyn Half Marathon finishing time in 2018 qualified me to run the NYC Half Marathon in 2019. Unbeknownst to me, it also automatically qualified to run the 2019 NYC Marathon, as well.

Many runners made me feel guilty for not registering when only 10% of those who enter the lottery get in.

I was hoping that one of my local running friends would get in too. (Nope but she got injured anyway.) But my friends assured me that they would help with my long runs. And they did!!! (Love you guys!)

So I registered to run the NYC Marathon for these reasons:

  • I time qualified and had an automatic entry.
  • If I’m going to run ONE marathon, why not go BIG and run NYC?
  • I am healthy now. Who knows what the future will hold?
  • I found out that blogger and skirt sister Cari was running it as well as a few locals that I know (and even some bloggers who I’m haven’t met yet.) At least I’ll know someone.
  • It’s only a train/bus ride away and I have enough points for a free hotel room for two nights.
  • It’s a fall marathon. Weather should not be too hot or too cold to train or race in.
  • As they say: “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”

Marathon Training:

If you follow my posts, you also know that I am not strict about following a training plan. But on July 1, I decided to download the Hal Hidgen Novice Marathon Plan and at least follow the long run schedule to the best of my ability.

And though I may have re-arranged things, I did all but one weekend long run. (Thank you Weather Gods — none in the rain.)

Besides, the goal for my FIRST marathon was finishing!!

Pre-Race Day Activities:

I took the train to NYC early Saturday morning and met my roommate Lacey for the first time (at the train station).  Together we walked to the hotel and chatted.

It was too early to check in so we left our bags at the hotel and headed directly to the expo at the Javits Center. It wasn’t a bad walk and I was familiar (from previous trips for a 5k) about how enormous it would be. I had planned to grab my bib and shirt, check out the freebies and photo ops.

And that’s what I did. I refrained from buying anything. Basically because I had already purchased NYC marathon gear online to avoid the crowds of the expo.

Earlier in the week, I had grabbed a bunch of tickets for free afternoon events – podcasts at the Run Center with Deena Kastor (12p) and Ali on theRun (1pm) as well as tickets to see Meb at the Mariott.

Since we hadn’t checked into the hotel yet, we did that and wound up skipping lunch and just attending Meb’s event.

Good decision since Meb was awesome. We also got a lot of UCan samples which I hope to try out in the future and tips about running the NYC Marathon.

Probably not a smart move but we walked a lot. How can you not in NYC?  Not sure if it was the boots I was wearing or not, but all day, my lower back ACHED.

So I changed into sneakers and we headed back to the expo (Lacey got some bargains. I bought a car magnet) and then we went out to dinner. My back felt better.

I’m a firm believer in not trying anything new on race day (or the night before) so we went out to an Italian restaurant. We shared pizza and pasta and cannolis for dessert. I have stuck with pizza or pasta for pre-long run and race meals, so I was confident that this would be okay. (We had skipped lunch so we ate dinner too fast to take any pics lol)

Lacey went back to the hotel but I was not tired yet (and too excited to sleep) so I walked around Hudson Yards. I forgot that it gets dark early and had tickets to climb the Vessel to catch the sunset.  Instead, I walked around the the 5th floor of the mall where they had mannequins outfitted in roses.

I went to bed a little later than I would have liked, but because of Daylight Savings Time, I actually felt okay when I woke up at 4:00 am the next morning.

Race Morning:

Lacy was in Wave 1 so she had a much earlier bus to catch.  I lazily stayed in bed until 5:15 am and then ate my usual pre-race breakfast (oatmeal and coffee) in my hotel room.

lots of throw aways over my usual race outfit

I left at 6:15 to walk over to the New York Public Library to catch my 7 am bus to Staten Island.

I knew the weather prediction for the weekend. And it actually turned out to be pretty accurate.


Fortunately, it was not as cold on race day morning as predicted the 40s with plenty of sun and little wind. I was decked out in plenty of throw-aways and was not cold.

Good thing I left when I did because the line for the buses was already pretty long. Cari and I met up on the line and I was amazed at how quickly it moved and how organized everything was so far.

Soon we boarded a bus and were on the way to Staten Island.

After we got off the bus, we had to wait in yet another line to go through security to enter Start Village. Again due to the superb race organization, it moved quickly and before we knew it,  we were in the Start Village!

You were assigned either Green, Orange or Blue and a corral – colors corresponded to where you start (top or bottom of the bridge) as opposed to your wave which corresponded with your start time.

Cari & I were in different waves and different start colors but we hung out together in the village, used the porta-potties, got our Dunkin Donut hats while basking in the marathon excitement.

those bushes spelled out DUNKIN

Eventually we separated into our own color villages.  I had some coffee, a bagel and a banana (my breakfast had digested hours ago), relaxed on the ground (sitting on my foil blanket) and watched the first 2 waves start and cross the bridge overhead.

Time passed quickly as I chatted with many other novice and experienced marathoners. I removed most of my throw-aways when they announced Wave 3 corrals opening.

I only kept my foil blanket (since I didn’t realize that there were more bins for clothing) and Dunkin Hat. Yes, I was chilly but not too bad.  There were more porta-potties inside the corral area. Who knew? So I used them again since the lines were not long.

ha ha 4:25 finish time predicted.

So…as I waited to start, I chatted with many of the runners in my corral. Soon it was 10:35 am and we were moving. Canons fired, confetti was thrown and speakers blasted Frank Sinatra singing New York, New York. I was already moved to tears… as I crossed the start line of my FIRST Marathon!!

The following breakdown is based on my own GPS (which may or may not be accurate):

The Race:

Miles 1-2

12:14, 10:00

The first part of the race took runners to the highest point of elevation: crossing the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge out of Staten Island (borough #1) into Brooklyn (borough #2).

pic from upper level (from FB)

I was in the Green Wave, which started on the lower level of the bridge. I was told that although the view was not as good, it was less windy and the incline less steep. I was happy for that.

So the first mile was uphill and crowded and I ran it very slowly.  I planned to walk it but I was too excited. It was long and steep but not as bad as I had feared. Of course, that meant the mile 2 was downhill. I did my best to hold back. (I may not have been so successful).

Miles 3-13

10:58, 10:42, 10:42, 10:49, 10:32, 11:13, 11:16, 11:50, 11:30, 11:40, 11:53

Everyone had told me to get ready for the “wall of sound” coming off of the Verrazano Bridge entering Brooklyn. It was even louder than I expected. It continued the whole route in Brooklyn!! In fact, at times it was deafening.

Around mile 3, we were running alongside the Blue and Orange waves, both of which started on the top of the bridge. An old friend of mine said she would be at the mile 3 sign marker, I looked everywhere but never saw her 😦

We ran along Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn. The crowd support continued to be amazing. I collected many high fives here and lots of cheers. I was glad that I had put my name on my bib. I was surprised at how many spectators and volunteers called out my name and cheered me on.

After the first 2 miles on the bridge, there were water/Gatorade stops at EVERY MILE. I don’t run intervals, but my plan was to WALK and DRINK at every water stop even if I was not thirsty.

My left foot (bunion area) always hurts at some point during a long race and of course, it did not disappoint.  It hurt early on. I tried to ignore it and prayed that it would not continue throughout the WHOLE race (It did not last long surprisingly.)

Around mile 5, I decided to take my first fuel.  My fuel of choice is GU. But I didn’t think I’d want to eat that many during this LONG race. So I saved my GU for mile 20 and ate a different energy gel at mile 5, mile 10 and mile 15 (SIS, Honey Stinger, E-Gel).  My stomach felt great the entire race and I never felt hungry and energy deprived (Yes, I ate something new on race day…do not do this LOL).

Soon after, I decided to cross to the other side of the street. Not sure why. Just for a diversion. Well, it was at that point that someone ran up behind me. It was Karen, a runner that I knew from home.

We ran together for quite a few miles. I stopped at every water stop and she did not because she carried  her own water. Each time, however, she slowed up and waited for me.  She is a much faster runner and eventually, I purposely slowed and told her to go on ahead.  I felt that I may have been running at too fast a pace to maintain for 26.2 miles. But it was fun to run along side a familiar face.

The Brooklyn crowds really rocked.  Music and screaming around every bend. We turned from Fourth onto Lafayette Avenue in Brooklyn around mile 8. There were a good amount of rolling hills and inclines in Brooklyn but the crowds made the miles go by quickly.

I ate a gel around mile 10 and tried to keep an consistent pace and slow enough not finish the first half of the race under 2 1/2 hours. (I was pretty successful at this!)

The last miles in Brooklyn brought us over the Pulaski Bridge into Queens (borough #3). For this bridge, I did walk the incline and run down it.

There was a supposed group from at running group at home at mile 13.1. I looked but again, it seemed impossible to find people in the huge crowd and I never saw them.

Miles 14-16

12:03, 13:48, 13:10

I’m not sure exactly when things started to go south but I think it was around here. My back started to really HURT. I tried to run in a way to minimize the pain, but my back just seemed to ache. (Same pain as the day before…very strange but ouch!!)

Next came the Queensboro Bridge. I walked up it and ran down it as I did on the last bridge. Many runners paused and took selfies with a view of the Manhattan skyline.  I thought about it my phone was buried in my belt.

Miles 17-20

13:06, 12:49, 14:10, 14:30

At this point, you left Queens and entered Manhattan (borough #4) to run down First Avenue. I continued to run (but at a slower pace) and walk at the water stops (but for a longer time).

There was a lot going on to keep my mind off the pain. I witnessed 2 marriage proposals, countless funny and encouraging signs and most importantly, spectators screaming and calling out my name.

always smile when you see a camera

This part of the race was LIT! The crowds were amazing yet they were behind a barricade for the first time in the race. Still I gave out a lot of high fives. I was starting to have fun in the race again (despite the pain in my back).

I knew that my tennis friends had driven down to see me. I checked my phone and they said that they were at the corner of 1st Ave & 86th (around mile 17.5).

So I walked a bit so that I would look strong when I saw them (so vain of me).

I was worried that I would not find them in the crowd since I had missed everyone else when all of sudden they jumped out into the street and hugged me.

Of course, I had to stop and take a selfie.

It definitely lifted my spirits to see them. I continued to sprint away until I was out of their sight and then I slowed to my painful slog.

Another running friend was at the Gatorade stop at mile 18. I looked and again I could not find her.

In addition to water stops (of which 2 had gels), there was volunteers that would spray you with Bio Freeze, offer you salt tablets, vaseline, etc.)

I finally succumbed to one where they rubbed you with Bio Freeze (on my quads) because I knew I was heading up and down bridge #4.

After crossing the Willis Avenue Bridge (again, all the bridges were hard!), you entered the Bronx for a mile. At this point I was nervous because I had never run more than 20 miles in training, but it was fine! I was not really tired just in pain…

Although you were in the Bronx (borough #5!) a short time, there were really energetic spectators and lots of music. I work in Queens often, so the atmosphere seemed familiar.

So after a quick couple of miles through The Bronx, we crossed the Third Avenue Bridge and headed back into Manhattan for the final 5 miles on Fifth Avenue, up 59th St. and into Central Park.

Miles 21-23

14:56, 14:27, 14:09

You ran through Harlem when you first entered Manhattan from Queens. The crowd support was almost as crazy as Brooklyn!

We continued running up Fifth Avenue and it was a false flat. The incline was a killer at this point in the race and in addition to my back ache, my quads (mostly left) started to throb. Even my right ankle felt weird.

held onto my Zensah arm sleeves until I dropped one on 5th Ave. 😦 Never lost those $1 gloves

Up to now, I had been only walking the water stops and up the inclines of the bridges.  In my race-induced hypochondria, I imagined a slipped disc, strained achilles and a femoral stress fracture.  I decided to just walk, high five every child and not risk serious injury. I was finishing this race…no matter how long it took me.

Fifth Avenue seemed to go on forever. Thank God for the crowds.

Miles 24-26.2

14:32, 13:32, 13:34, 12:37 (.26)

I had no time goal. I just wanted to finish but secretly I wanted to finish without running in the dark.  Remember we lost an hour of daylight.

So despite the pain, I tried to pick up the pace. After running for hours, we finally entered Central Park…yes the hills of Central Park.  The crowds were insane.

Believe it or not, I don’t remember the hills. I was so glad to be nearing the end of the race (though it was far from over.)

Eventually we turned up 59th street heading toward the final stretch of the race. I do remember walking so that I would have enough energy to sprint through the finish line.

And when I saw the finish line, I was ecstatic!



Garmin Time = 5:27:22 (a little off, I guess)

Getting out of such a big race is a long slog. After we got our medals, the runners received mylar blankets and recovery bags filled with snacks (large bottle of water, Gatorade, protein drink, apples, power bars and more)..

Then there was a long slow walk to either bag check or poncho pickup. I was a poncho runner so my exit was a bit closer (but still LONG).

I’m so glad that I opted for the poncho! It was really nice and fleece lined so it was warm.

It was another slog past the family reunion area and on to exit the park. On my way out, I stopped at a medical tent and begged for something for my pain. They gave me ONE Tylenol (yeah like one was enough. I take 3 for a headache lol).

I thought about taking the subway (which was free today) but it looked to be so crowded so I decided to walk the final 1 and a half miles back to the hotel.

I had a runner’s high and no longer felt any pain anyway.

Post Race:

Lacey had finished way before me and was anxiously waiting for me in our hotel room so we could go out to dinner and celebrate.

I quickly showered and off we went to a steak house.

wearing my medal of course

We spent the rest of the evening at the hotel bar, drinking, having dessert, debriefing about our race and watching the live feed of the race. (At 10:15 pm, there were still runners on the course….SO INSPIRING!!!)

The Next Day:

I got up early, had breakfast in the hotel and headed off for my appointment at RECOVER. Believe it or not, I felt great…barely any stiffness or pain.  Hmmm??

this felt great & I got lots of freebies – worth the price (ha ha it was free.)

Next Lacey and I walked to Hudson Yards so we could climb to the top of The Vessel and take some pics with our medal.  My idea!! And we weren’t the only crazy ones.

We came to our senses and took the elevator down.

yes ADA only. the attendant told us to hide our medals.

After all that walking, we worked up an appetite.  Good thing because we had plans to meet Cari for lunch.

After lunch, Lacey had to head home so Cari and I took the subway to Jack Rabbit Sports store for more recovery, freebies and shopping.  We used the Normatec boots again. I don’t know if they helped but it felt great.

Unfortunately this wonderful weekend had to end… and I sadly boarded my train to return home.

Additional Race Reflections:

I can’t say enough good things about this race. I may have focused too much on my pain and the slower pace I was forced to run with.  But since that day, all I think about the positives and how I lucky I am to have had this opportunity.

The Good:

  • Abundant communication beforehand about all aspects of the race
  • Organized packet pick up.
  • HUGE expo with lots of samples and items to buy.
  • Many things to do (for free) before the race -podcasts, lectures, runs, etc.
  • Organized, easily accessible and sufficient buses to the start.
  • Dunkin hats, coffee, bagels, bananas in the race start village.
  • Bins everywhere to discard clothing
  • Organized and easy access to corals.
  • Sufficient number of port-a-potties. In the village, corrals and along the course.
  • Prompt wave starts with canons, confetti and Frank Sinatra
  • Sufficient number of water/Gatorade stops – 25, I think – 2 had Honey Stinger Gels
  • Lots of medical support along the course
  • BioFreeze and vaseline provided along the course, as well.
  • Well marked course with mile markers and timing at each mile and clocks at each 5k.
  • Perfect weather
  • No blisters!! No chafing!
  • No stomach issues!
  • Cool medal
  • Post finish line support of food bag, mylar blanket and a fleece-lined poncho
  • Free subways after the race
  • Friends before, during and after (esp Lacey & Cari)

The Bad:

  • The bridges
  • The long walk out of the park

The Ugly:

  • Nothing 🙂

Would I recommend this race?


What can I say? This is an amazing race. Crowd support is incredible. From the Expo to poncho pickup, the organization was perfect. Everyone has to run New York at least once!

Final Stats and Thoughts:

As you all know, I trained  for 18 weeks for my first marathon. I rarely missed a weekday run (although they were shorter than prescribed) and nailed all of my long run distance (except one). Based on my NYRR pace per mile. I was predicted to finish at 4:25. I expected to finish around 5:30. But wouldn’t even be disappointed at 6 hours. I had ZERO time goals.

My official finish time was 5:29:11

This graph describes how I ran the race:

I planned to run 2:30 for the 1st half and 3:00 for the 2nd. What I didn’t plan was that I ran/walked the 2nd 13.1 miles slowly because of pain rather than weariness.

It was a fantastic experience. I am so glad that I took the challenge.  Most importantly, I enjoyed the race (even with the pain) and that’s REALLY what it’s all about!

How am I feeling and What’s next?

I think walking around NYC after the race and the next day helped because I didn’t really have much soreness days after. I also went to see my chiro. She couldn’t believe that there wasn’t much for her to do.  Less tightness than at a normal visit.

I ran the Stockadeathon 15k a week later. Yes, my legs felt tired and I ran it slowly but the good news is that my back did not hurt!!!

post race smiles…always!

Last but not least, THANK YOU!

So I couldn’t end this post without thanking so many awesome people that encouraged me on my marathon journey.

To my running friends. THANK YOU for all of your wisdom, words of encouragement and support during those LONG weekend runs.

Thank you to my Mizuno sneakers!

To my friends (including virtual friends and bloggers), you guys are the real MVP. THANK YOU for supporting me on this crazy 18 week journey and for cheering for me during the race. It means more than you’ll ever know!

There is a link-up organized by Zenaida and Kim (Kooky Runner).

Since today is Tuesday, I’m also linking up with these ladies and you should too.

I’m linking also up with Coaches Corner–Debbie and Marc.

and Wild Workout Wednesday with Nicole, Annmarie, Jen, and Michelle.

Happy Running! Ever run this race or another marathon? How do you feel about your experience? Please share.


The NYC Marathon Edition

It’s Friday so I’m 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.

So as I am sure you know, last Sunday I ran the NYC Marathon as my first full marathon.

Eventually I will stop talking about it…

but not yet.

What did I learn from this experience?

1. Long Training Runs are easier if you have company.

I was lucky. I never did them alone. I may have run some of the miles each weekend solo but for every run, my running friends were there to support my efforts.  I couldn’t have done without you guys. ❤

2. It is Better to Be (10 Miles) Undertrained than (1 Mile) Overtrained.

I heard this from a fellow blogger and friend. I’m not sure that I believed it.

Basically I felt undertrained because my job got in the way of doing any longer runs during the week. I usually ran 3-4 miles instead of the 5-10 on the training plan.)

in Rochester along the Erie Canal

I worried that my legs would not be strong enough to carry me through 26.2 miles.

However, I think the lower mileage helped keep me injury free the whole 18 week training cycle and enabled me to complete the long weekend runs better.

3. Pain is indeed Temporary.

Yes, my feet hurt. My hips ached. My lower back…Oy. The Pain.

Everything hurt during miles 14-20 this day… so I knew what to expect I guess

But as soon as the race is over, you forget about it and you savor the experience.

Every time I look at my medal, I don’t think about the pain. I smile and I am proud of what I accomplished.

4. Marathon Training does not have to take over your Life.

I was afraid that I would be obsessing and thinking about nothing else but the marathon.

Work being very busy and traveling for 8 weeks during peak training helped take my mind off the suggested weekly mileage.

I went to movies, shows, dinners and spent quality time with my family and friends. I never said I CAN’T. I HAVE TO RUN.

high school reunion (instead of my run)

5. I Enjoyed the Race immensely. I’m glad I did it. But I don’t want to run another.

Back to running short races, skipping bad weather runs and signing up for Half Marathons.

H2H Half

The Good Life. 🙂

Happy Running! If you have run a marathon (or a half marathon), what did you learn from the experience? Please share.


Weekly Run Down from 10.28.19-11.3.19: Race Week!!

After 18 weeks of training it came down to this….

Last Week –

  • Monday – After work run. I ran solo today near my home because I was having dinner with friends nearby. Another beautiful fall day on the rail trail.
a white cat passed in front of me. good luck, right? (top pic)

The friends that I had dinner with were planning to drive down to NYC to catch me sometime during the marathon (crazy, right?) We discussed their plans. We’ll see what happens on Sunday. I am so grateful that they are even thinking of doing this.

  • Tuesday – Another after work run. This time my running friend Chris ran with me on a UAlbany loop. Glad she was there to drag me along (I had gotten up at 3 am to take the hubby to the airport.)

Afterward, I met my BFF for a walk around the mall.

  • Wednesday – Last run before the Marathon!!  Just a short one on the rail trail (but in a different spot from Monday.)

like my photo fail? (top pic)

  • Thursday – Rest Day due to a scheduled hair appt. and of course, candy distribution to neighborhood kids. (No Kit Kats left for me!! Yay!!)

  • Friday – Another rest day and I needed to pack for the weekend (mostly throw away race clothes LOL). I played mah jongg in the evening to take my mind off the race.
  • Saturday –  Rest Day #3 in a row….This morning I took the train to NYC, met my roommate Lacey, checked into the hotel and then headed to the expo to pick up my race bib. We took a lot of goofy photos, checked out all the free samples.

My plan was to attend a few of the podcasts at the Run Center or meet Meb at Marriott and then head back to the expo to do some shopping….

best decision – Meb was fantastic. And all I bought at the expo was a car magnet.

And not walk too much but you know how that goes in NYC. Then carb load, maybe catch the sunset at the Vessel and finally go to bed early.

oops. missed the sunset so explored the 5th floor of Hudson Yards

Check IG @dsc59 for more pics.

  • Sunday – RACE DAY! MY FIRST MARATHON! NEW YORK CITY!! Early wake up to walk to the NYC Library to catch the 7 am bus to the Verrazzano-Narrows bridge where I waited with other Green Wave 3, corral D runners until our scheduled 10:35ish am start.

I ran, I walked, I cried and ….. eventually I finished 26.2 miles.

Rode the bus with Cari and hung out in the village before the race start….ran with someone I knew from Albany for many miles in Brooklyn, hugged my local tennis friends at mile 17.5…struggled with a lot of pain but cross the finish line with a smile!!

Check IG @dsc59 for more pics.

I.Am.A.Marathoner. (More details in a later post.)

This Coming Week – Recovery Week

  • Monday – rest day in NYC, recovery stuff, photo op at the Vessel, lunch with Cari, bus/train home
  • Tuesday –  rest day, Cat Yoga??
  • Wednesday – rest day, chiro appt.
  • Thursday – rest day, trip to the gym?
  • Friday – run, mah jongg chez moi
  • Saturday – rest day, bib pick up
  • Sunday – Stockade-athon 15K

I am linking up with Kim and Deborah for

I encourage you to do the same. Grab the graphic, drop your link on the host blogs and play along! Please be sure to always comment on the HOST’s blogs, as well as visit and comment on as many other blogs as you can.

Happy Running! How is your running going? What’s new with you? Any tips on marathon recovery? Did you dress up for Halloween? What is your favorite candy and did you buy it? Please share.

Your First Marathon? Oh My!

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If you’ve read my blog, you know that on November 3, I will be running my FIRST marathon – New York City.

pic from 2015 – must have ESP

I have sort of a plan – a modified Hal Higedon one (that will be constantly changing):

But obviously I’m no expert but a lot of others are.

Here is a sampling of helpful posts:

No, I did not read all any of the above.

But here’s my take away anyway:


Yes, a big one. A big time commitment in training for it and running it. But it’s not life or death.

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um not that I do these things anyway lol


I don’t mean training plan. I mean, figure out the logistics. Hotel, transportation, etc.  Do it early as not to add to the stress of race day.

As soon as I registered for the race, I booked my hotel for Nov 2 and 3.


In other words, if you can’t fit them all in, it’s ok. I plan to one 14, 16, 18, 20 miler. To me, that seems doable. But weather and life may get in the way.

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So skip or shorten runs during the week if you have to. Run short races on the weekends if that makes you happy. You can always add on miles before or after the race.

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You’ve heard this before. But it’s even more crucial for your first of any distance.  You will get the same medal no matter how fast or how slow you run the race.

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  • HAVE FUN!!!

I saved the most important for last. Try to run at least part of your long training runs with others.

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Try to plan fun things to do before and/or after race day. Make the most out of your first marathon experience.

This will be my first but most likely my last marathon.  I hope that if I do not get injured along the way, it will be one of the best experiences of my life.

NYCM. Here I come!!

There is a link-up organized by Zenaida and Kim (Kooky Runner).

Since today is Tuesday, I’m also linking up with these ladies.

I’m linking also up with Coaches Corner–Debbie and Marc.

Happy Running! Have you run a marathon? Any tips for running your FIRST one? Please share. Are you running NYCM this Year? If so, let’s plan a meet=up.



Friday Five – NYCM 2019

It’s Friday so I’m 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.

My topic for today is: Five Reasons Why I Signed Up to Run the NYC Marathon

If you follow my blog, you know that I said that I was going to register for the NYC Marathon … Well, I did!

It’s my first marathon and if you wondering, here’s why:

1. I had a guaranteed entry.

So many runners have to enter the lottery and I didn’t.  The Brooklyn Half 2018 was a miserable experience – weather-wise but my finish time (2:11:23) was good enough.

glad that I was 65 not 59


I have three NYC running friends who are running it.  So I won’t be alone.

There are also several local running friends and fellow bloggers who have entered the lottery too. I hope they get in!!!!

3. I am a New Yorker.

I mean. I plan to only run ONE marathon ever (I mean it!). Why not run the biggest one in my home state?

4. Perfect time of year to train.

NYC Marathon is November 3.  That means to me, that I don’t have to train in the cold, ice or snow.  I hate running in the cold weather.

If I am lucky, my longest runs will be in the fall when hot temps of summer are over and the foliage is at peak colors.

running in Oct.

5. Getting out of my comfort zone.

It’s one of the things that I said that I needed to do.  After 38 half marathons, it’s probably time.

As Deena Kastor said: “…My fastest days are behind me and my best days are ahead”

my slowest yet best race

Happy Running! Any other crazy runners running NYC Marathon or have entered the lottery?



Good Luck Boston Runners!

I will be following 3 runners:


I work with Colleen.

Race for the Cure 09

me & Colleen at the Race for the Cure 2009

Michele is one of my former French students.


with her sister Laura at the 2011 Boston Marathon

Sheila is a member of the SRMs (a local running group.)

she is front right

Happy Running! Are you or do you know anyone running in Boston?


Age is a State of Mind


Jim & Terry at Disney 1/13/13

These two people who are MY AGE* just completed the Goofy Challenge!! That is 13.1 miles followed by 26.2 miles.

This is Terry’s motto:

There may come a day when we can’t do this anymore. Today is not that day.

They both have struggled with physical problems but have never given in to them and seem to get better with age!


Way to go, Terry & Jim!!

(*I know that Terry is 59 & her hubby is even older & has MS.  It seems to run in the family.  Her son completed the Lake Placid Ironman with a broken collarbone!!)

I guess I have no excuse – At least the “I am too old” excuse:

  • I am too old to run that far.
  • I am too old to run that fast.
  • I am too old to run that often.
  • I am too old to run.

Yes, there will come a day when I can’t do this and today is not that day!!

in 12 weeks!!! Yikes!

Bring it on!!

Happy Running!  Do have a role model or someone who inspires you?


Recovery Monday

Not from running … but

  • from a day in NYC
  • and a day on the lake….
  • from nervously tracking my marathon running friends (and THEY ALL DID GREAT!! WooHoo!)
  • and from trying to get things done at work so I can leave tomorrow for my 8 day vacation

Here are the highlights from the weekend:

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Happy Running!  How was your weekend?