Another NYCM post

3 Nov

I feel like EVERYONE is gearing up for the NYC marathon (this Sunday!  Yippee!) so I guess I’ll add my 2 cents.

NYC was my first marathon and, well, you know what they say– you never forget your first! 😉  I ran it for the first time in 2007 with Team for Kids and obviously, I was addicted immediately because this coming Sunday will be my 3rd NYC marathon and my 11th marathon overall. 🙂

I look stupid as hell. Why did I ever think pigtails were a good look for me? At least I look happy and excited. That's my friend Liz with me. I met her training with TFK and we are still good friends. 🙂

My mom came out to watch and was and remains the best marathon spectator EVER.  (See you tomorrow, mom!  Yeah!)

Close second goes to Lori.

Love my girl Lori, the sign, and obviously the color pink...

I didn’t run NYC in 2008, ’cause I was in Europe.  I didn’t run it in 2009, ’cause I came up short for my 9+1, due to being in Europe for months the previous year, and I didn’t want to do a charity (didn’t want to ask people for $$ yet again) and didn’t bother entering the lottery.  Instead I watched it.  And I expected to be depressed to not be running, but I actually had a fricking BLAST!

Last year, I ran it again, with my dear friend Jennifer, who came in from Chicago.  I wish she were joining me again this year, but she is pregnant and is not as nutty as the pregnant lady who ran Chicago this year.  The one bad thing that stands out in my mind most about last year (for some reason I don’t remember this being the case in 2007) is that I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO COLD IN MY LIFE.  Please take a look at this pic (taken at like, 4:30 AM) and how many layers I had on.  NOT ENOUGH.

This may be the worst picture of me of all time, since the layers make me look like an obese pregnant whale, but I really want to drive home the fact that EVEN WITH ALL THESE LAYERS, I was the coldest I have EVER been.

This year, I am literally bringing every single article of clothing I own that I am willing to get rid of.  I am bringing some bed sheets that I was planning to ditch and sitting on them.  I will NOT suffer like that this year!

It obviously warmed up, 'cause this is me at mile 23ish last year. Another fun thing to do is to put your name on your shirt, so strangers can call you by name! It's strangely exciting and not creepy at all.

My mom came out again last year, and my big bro SURPRISED me by also flying in from OH!  I was shocked and delighted… as evidenced here.

It was a truly wonderful weekend.

Anyhow, other than Staten Island and the waiting, the NYC marathon is the bomb.  I’m super excited.  But, I reiterate:  everyone who is going, bundle the eff up.  Trust me on this one.  They donate all the clothes that you shed before crossing the start, if you put them in the appropriately marked containers.

Here are a few other gems from the marathon website to keep in mind:

• There are more than 1,700 toilets in the start villages and in the corrals before the bridge. NYRR reserves the right to disqualify anyone who urinates anywhere except in the supplied toilets.

(Hehe, I’m picturing someone just popping a squat out in the open in one of the “start villages.”   Then again, given the fact that dudes can and do piss pretty much anywhere they want in most marathons I’ve run, this isn’t too outlandish to picture…)

and also

No smoking in the start villages.

(Well, shit.  I wonder if I can put my Pall Malls in my checked baggage so I can light one up ASAP after the race.  KIDDING.  OBVIOUSLY.  Seriously, it does make me giggle picturing someone lighting up a cig in one of the start villages.  Who would do that?!)

Anyway, as for running this week, I did 7 miles with speedwork at class on Tuesday night.  We did five 800 meter drills to the marathon finish, which was fun and exciting. 🙂  Wednesday morning, I did 6 miles.  Today was a day off, tomorrow I will do 5 miles in the morning, and Saturday I will run 4 miles at some point.  Also, I am insanely hungry this week and cannot stop eating turkey burgers (I had one for lunch AND dinner yesterday.)  I guess my body is craving protein!

I feel like this post is disjointed and random, so I’m going to bring it to a close, but before I do that, I want to send my best wishes to Cheryl, Jill, (running her first marathon!) Emily, Kelly, Meggie, Celia… and anyone else that is running on Sunday and happens to be reading this!  I can’t wait to hear about ALL of your rockin’ performances!!!

16 Responses to “Another NYCM post”

  1. Lori November 3, 2011 at 5:16 pm #

    I’m sick to my stomach that I wont be out there with another pink sign to cheer you on. I’ll be thinking of you while in Colorado. Enjoy it all, you’re amazing!! Good luck!!!

    • Katie November 3, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

      I will miss you and your pink sign, but I still hope you have a blast in CO! 🙂 xoxo

  2. runningseal November 3, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

    Thanks for the shoutout! I didn’t know you did Team for Kids too 🙂 Good luck on Sunday!! What corral are you in??

    • Katie November 3, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

      I’m in corral #20! You? Good luck to you, too! 🙂

      • runningseal November 4, 2011 at 3:04 am #

        18!! Might head back to 20/21 to run with some people…I have no real plan..haha!

  3. Kristy November 3, 2011 at 7:38 pm #

    i laughed out loud at the cigarette ban. seriously?!?! we think it’s ridiculous but someone probably lit one up one year and now they have to mention it on the website!!!

    i hate the waiting in staten island too but, thankfully, way back in 2005 we got a warm day.

    GOOD LUCK!!!!!!

    • Katie November 3, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

      I was thinking the same thing re someone lighting up at some point. Hilarious. I kind of would like to witness that, just to see everyone’s reaction.
      Thanks for the good luck wishes!

  4. Kelly November 4, 2011 at 12:07 am #

    OMG, last year was SO COLD. I am buying some of those hot hands things for my hands and feet this year. Are you in the green corral? I will look for you if so!! GOOD LUCK!!! We must plan a post-marathon get-together 🙂

    • Katie November 4, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

      I’m in green, corral 20. What about you? It would be awesome to see you at the start, but if I don’t, GOOD LUCK (for the zillionth time :)) and YESSS to the post-marathon get-together!

  5. Cat @Breakfast to Bed November 4, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

    09 I saw someone lighting up on Staten Island. Not. Kidding.

    • Katie November 4, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

      STFU. That is siiiick… and also kind of amazing. I mean, I try not to judge, so whatever. But it seems like a bad place to light up, no? Haha!

  6. Ali on the Run November 4, 2011 at 5:52 pm #


    • Katie November 4, 2011 at 7:16 pm #

      Thanks, lady! I am DETERMINED not to miss your cute self this year! I WILL FIND YOUUUUU.

  7. thethinksicanthink November 5, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    Thanks for the shout out and good luck to you, too!!!

  8. Cheryl Allison James November 7, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    I saw someone smoking in the start village this year. Also, some random stranger and I covered a girl while she popped a squat as we waited to go across the start line. No portapotties there. LOL. Also, it was WARM at the start village this year. I was sweating in my layers. Last year I was sooooooo cold.

  9. thethinksicanthink November 8, 2011 at 1:05 am #

    Thanks for the shout out! I also heard a “no smoking in the start village” announcement and thought of this post! I mean, if you’re smoking before a marathon, I don’t think that’s such a good idea…

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