Happy Wednesday! I hope that you’re all happy and healthy. Can you believe how many people are sick this winter? I know so many people that are currently sick with a head cold or the flu. I’m washing my hands like a crazy person in hopes that I can stay healthy for the rest of my training cycle!
So today’s topic is a little…different. If you have been a reader of my blog for a while, you know that I ran the NYC Marathon, my first marathon, back in November 2016. It was such a loooooong day but I felt like a freaking rockstar when I crossed that finish line.
Since I deferred my entry from last year (I just couldn’t handle another marathon after the sh*tshow that was the Chicago Marathon), I have guaranteed entry for this year’s marathon. Literally all I have to do is log into my NYRR account and pay the entry fee. It will take me 2 minutes to do this – but I haven’t. I’d had a few weeks to do this but I truly don’t know what to do. There are so many pros and cons to this particular marathon and I’m hoping that you, yes YOU, can help me make this decision. I truly value all of your opinions. Here’s the information I’m using in trying to make my decision.
Con: I have to pay the entry fee again. Eventhough I paid $255 for my 2017 entry, I would still have to pay the 2018 entry fee of $255, so it would end up being $510 to run this marathon – YIKES!
Pro: Yes, it’s going to be super pricy, but I’m due to get a bonus at my job next month so technically I could use that to pay the fee. Also you do get a good amount of things for the fee – long sleeve tech shirt, awesome medal, coach bus from midtown to Staten Island (this is one of the transportation options), bagels and coffee and the start village, goodie bag of food and drinks after the race and a really nice poncho at the finish.
Con: The thought of training for another marathon in the summer makes me want to cry. It was SO ridiculously hot and humid last summer and if this summer is like that, I am not looking forward to doing long runs in that weather. Running in the humidity just sucks all of my energy. I’m a cold weather runner and will take 30 degrees over 85 degrees any day of the week.
Pro: If a runner is going to do a marathon, a majority of them will do a Fall marathon. This is nice because you can “virtually” train with runner friends, discuss things that are going bad/good, etc. Also NYRR has 3 long training runs that you can sign up for on their website. These training runs are untimed, but you do get a bib and on course aid (water/Gatorade) and food at the finish. Long runs in the heat feel a little bit better when you are out running with other crazy runners.
Con: The course is not easy, there’s no question about that. I would have to do hill training – something that tends to aggravate my knee/IT band. You come across hills and all of the bridges are absolutely horrible. Spectators are not allowed on the bridges so you literally just hear the pounding of everyones feet and it’s eerily quiet. I also remember there being so much wind on the bridges as well.
Pro: The bridges can be rough, but when you finally exit the bridges, you hear a loud roar of people and that’s a great feeling. Besides the bridges, you will hear spectators cheering for you in ALL of the boroughs. Literally the whole city comes out to support all the runners and it really is magical.
Con: I have noticed that it’s taking my body longer to recover between long runs. During my first marathon training cycle I could do a long run on Saturday, do a spinning workout on Sunday and feel totally fine on Monday. That’s not exactly happening anymore. I’m noticing that it’s taking 2-3 days to feel fully “recovered” so that is worrying me. Maybe my body just isn’t made for marathons and I should focus on the half marathon distance.
Pro: I wouldn’t be running the marathon for a PR, so maybe I could do a less aggressive training plan? My only goal would be to finish the marathon in one piece.
So, that’s it! As you can see, there are loads of pros and cons. I know that this is a race that runners all across the world would love to run, and I don’t want to take away from that all. I just need to make sure that I make the right decision for me. Thankfully I have another week (February 15) to claim my guaranteed entry and I would REALLY love to hear your thoughts!
So…what do you think? New York City Marathon – yay or nay?