The New York Marathon is the biggest marathon in the world, and New York is one of the greatest cities in the world. The participants, the crowd, and the New York Road Runners come together to make this event unimaginably massive, incredibly inspirational, and absolutely intense. It is arguably the world’s most competitive race on the most challenging World Marathon Majors course. To place well at the TCS New York City Marathon you must be tough, you must execute a well-thought out race plan, and you must be competitive. It is the cross country of the marathon world, and that is definitely my style.
The New York City Marathon is the pinnacle of road racing. It is home to some of the greatest marathon performances in the history of the sport. Combine this with the atmosphere, the terrain, and the competition and you have the recipe for a truly great marathon. No matter your credentials or personal best times, New York is the true test of a marathoner’s mettle.
The Narrative of the Course
Every marathon gets tough around the 18-20 mile mark. If you have prepared accordingly and executed your race plan well, this should be where the real race starts. This is typically the gut check point for marathoners and a point when I begin to question myself. While I’ve improved in each of my marathons at having confidence at this point in the race, NYC will be a whole new mental and physical test as I plan to be more aggressive and mix it up with the lead pack. New York throws in its own twist on this barrier as you enter Central Park at around the 23 mile mark. Central Park is hilly and full of turns at exactly the toughest part of the race. So much can be lost or gained during this short segment: minutes, places, glory, money can all go from bad to great or great to bad in the telling last few miles of the New York course.
Last week’s training
|Sunday||3 mi warmup, 16 mi tempo (4:56 avg) on Victoria Marathon course, 1 mi cooldown||off||20|
|Monday||10||Off – drive from Victoria||10|
|Tuesday||13.5 + drills and strides||4.5||18|
|Thursday||4 miles @ 18:53, 2 x 2 miles @ 9:23, rest = 4 min, 2 min, on the track||off||15|
|Saturday||5||10 + drills and strides||15|
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