I’ve trained for and ran in 23 marathons since January 2012. This weekend though I will be running in my first event in the Abbott World Marathon Majors, a series consisting of six of the largest and most renowned marathons in the world: Tokyo, Boston, Virgin Money London, BMW Berlin, Bank of America Chicago and TCS New York City Marathon.
The NYC Marathon is the largest in the United States with over 50,000 runners taking to the streets on Sunday morning. The sheer size of the race field makes this race prep different than any other I’ve taken part in. We arrive in Manhattan on Saturday morning and will immediately be travelling to our AirBnB apartment for the weekend to drop our bags and make the 3 block walk to the expo hall at the Javits Center. After an hour or so there picking up my race bib & trying not to spend my entire vacation budget we’ll be out for a lunch with my charity team for the John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health. Team Ritter is a pretty exciting group of people and I’m excited to get to meet a lot of them in real life! We have the rest of Saturday to hang around the downtown Manhattan area/ Times Square/ etc. doing normal touristy stuff before heading to dinner with a few #WeRunSocial friends. Brooklyn and I are going to try to catch some of the NYC Halloween parade before we head in for the night to get ready for race morning.
On Sunday I’m up early to catch the 6:00 ferry across to Staten Island, hopefully I can meet up with a few friends in the start village because I don’t start running until 10:15! So I’ll sit for 3+ hours and try not to kill my phone battery before the race kicks off. Once I start the race I’ll make my way through the 5 boroughs and finish in Central Park. The apartment is a few blocks away so the plan is to head back and get out into the city by 4-5 that evening. We leave Monday afternoon so we have right at 24 hours to squeeze as much out of NYC as we can.
I’m really looking forward to the weekend and to the event. The other 5 AWMM events are in race wish list, hopefully I’ll find the time in the next few years to get around the world and run them.