Just seeing my official form brought back memories from last year, when I went to pick up my bib, only to find out hours later that I wouldn't be using it. But this year the show will go on!! (I hope...)
I have the same wave (green) and start time (10:55) as last year. I don't so much mind the late start but I do mind that my line up is on the lower deck (ie the same ugly deck I ride over during the Five Boro Bike Tour) -
and not the glorious, scenic upper deck that you envision when you think about the NYC Marathon -
That really kind of sucks but I'm going to do what I can to not let it get to me. Instead of taking in that magnificent view while I'm lined up with tens of thousands of other runners, I will marvel at the other tens of thousands of runners that are with me, on that lower level, and think about what we are about to do. What I am about to do. How in the course of about 6 hours my life will forever be altered. How I am about to run the furthest I've ever run, and do something that just a few years ago seemed impossible. I'll think about the 1 million spectators lining the course cheering for us as a group and the handful of friends I will be lucky enough to see that came out specifically for me. Instead of focusing on the unattractive start line, I'll think of that beautiful finish line. And the fact that my friend Amy will be the first person who will see me after I cross that finish line - she was lucky enough to get the volunteer duty of handing out medals - and how I will not accept a medal from anyone but her, and how we will hug and cry. I will think about how I will be running through so many neighborhoods in every borough of this great city, and how I'll especially look forward to running through my beloved neighborhood of Greenpoint. I'll think about how even though I've been on every one of the streets of the marathon route before, that after running them all on this one day, I will never look at those streets the same way again. So if being on that lower deck gets me down, I'll remind myself that it's not what the start looks like that matters, but the actual event itself. It's history. And I'm about to make it.
Wow I got sidetracked. See? I get really excited thinking about it... What I really wanted to talk about were my mileage times! That way, if you're going to come out to look for me, or will just be out cheering in general, you have an idea when I will be at each mile. Here you go. Things to note:
- I'm estimating on the slightly lower end of my average time and gave myself a 5 minute window at each Mile Marker since I don't know the actual time I'm crossing the starting line.
- I'm assuming the Mile Markers will be at the same locations they were supposed to be last year (but there is no official course map on the website yet)
- I cut & pasted a lot of the notes from last year's timeline - in case it looks/sounds familiar.
And we're off! Cross the starting line! OMG IS THIS REALLY HAPPENING?! Yes it is! Let's make history!!!
11:06 - 11:11 Mile 1 - Still running on the Verrazano in a desperate attempt to flee Staten Island ;)
11:28 - 11:33 Mile 3 - Bay Ridge, Seventh Avenue between 78th & Bay Ridge Parkway
11:39 - 11:44 Mile 4 - 4th Ave and 65th St
(according to the map, I'll be on the RIGHT SIDE of Fourth Ave)
11:50 - 11:55 Mile 5 - Sunset Park, 4th Ave and 43rd St
12:01 - 12:06 Mile 6 - South Slope?, 4th Ave and 24th St
12:12 - 12:17 Mile 7 - Park Slope, 4th St
12:23 - 12:28 Mile 8 - Flatbush & Lafayette BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music)
12:35 - 12:40 Mile 9 - Clinton Hill, Lafayette & Classon Ave
12:47 - 12:52 Mile 10 - South WILLIAMSBURG! Bedford Ave between Flushing & Lynch (note: approaching this point, I am going to start to become very emotional. The 3 miles from Williamsburg till the halfway point on the Pulaski are going to be my favorite portion of the run, running through my neighborhood, and I know I will likely see many people I know during this stretch)
12:59 - 13:04 Mile 11 - North WILLIAMSBURG! Bedford Ave just under the Williamsburg Bridge (My Willy B!!! My favorite bridge! I'm about to enter "hip" Williamsburg! That awesome downhill that I blogged about on my way into my neighborhood of Greenpoint!)
13:11 - 13:16 Mile 12 - ZOMG GREENPOINT!!! My beloved neighborhood! I'm home!!! Bedford Ave at Lorimer St (I'll be on Manhattan Ave, the main strip in my hood, and I'll pass right by my block. I'll see Mrs Kim from the Shoe Repair and hopefully so many other familiar faces and friends. I'll have memories of *watching* the marathon for the last few years. And this time it will be ME running. It's too surreal to even contemplate right now.)
13:23 - 13:28 Mile 13 - Greenpoint/Long Island City border - almost at the middle of the Pulaski Bridge (I cross this bridge daily - either on foot, on bike, or bus. I've seen that half marathon mile marker more times than I can count. But this is the first time that it will truly have meaning!)
13:47 - 13:52 Mile 15 - Long Island City, Queens Blvd
(This is the fun run over the 59th St Bridge, aka the Queensboro. This is a very long bridge with a long climb to the top. I've rode my bike over it a million times and ran over it a few. I think this one takes non-NYers by surprise but I'm prepared, I know her well.)
14:11 - 14:16 Mile 17 - Upper East Side, 1st Ave and 77th St
14:23 - 14:28 Mile 18 - Upper East Side, 1st Ave and 97th St
14:35 - 14:40 Mile 19 - East Harlem, 1st Ave and 117th St
(Entering the borough I was born and spent my first years in! My hometown!)
BRONX14:47 - 14:52 Mile 20 - East 135th St
15:00 - 15:05 Mile 21 - Madison Ave Bridge
15:13 - 15:18 Mile 22 - 122nd St on the West Side of Marcus Garvey Park
15:26 - 15:31 Mile 23 - Fifth Ave and 102nd St
(OMG WE ARE SO CLOSE!!!)
15:52 - 15:57 Mile 25 - 66th St, East Side of the loop
16:05 - 16:10 Mile 26 - 61st St, West Side of the loop
16:10 - 16:15 Mile 26.2 - THE FINISH LINE! OMG I DID IT!!!!!
67th St, West Side of the loop
To do: Cross finish line, explode into tears, collect medal & heat sheet & poncho, walk out of the park, alert all of social media to my victory. Find Dad and put on my warm clothes. Cry some more. Get a ride back to my bike and bike home to help my leg muscles recover. Shower. Get ready to go out and par-tay!!!
FOLLOWING ONLINE: If you are nowhere near the live action but want to follow my first marathon online, I'll be using an app called Runtastic with a live feed. If you are a registered user, add me. When I start the app that morning it will send an update to Facebook, so add me there if you want to track me on Marathon Sunday. NYRR is also supposed to release some way to track us from their website, but the info is not available yet.
POST MARATHON CELEBRATION: Right now I have no set plans, but I want to do something. There is no way I'm sitting alone in my apartment on this special night. I haven't figured out what I want to do yet, but it will likely be within walking distance of my apartment since I don't think I'll want to do much traveling. I'm guessing this will occur at 8:30 and am leaning towards bar Matchless.
OTHER QUESTIONS? Finally, if you have any other questions about my timeline for Marathon Sunday, leave a note in the comments so I can address it.
OUTFIT: If you're wondering what I'm wearing, here you go!
I also took a few additional photos to show you some of the many faces and angles of Bitch Cakes you might see on November 3rd:
|this is my mid-run pose|
|this is my "oh my god this is amazing" happy tears look|
|this is my "oh no something hurts" look|
|this is me excited to spot you in the crowd "hell yeah!!!!"|
|finally, this is my VICTORY pose!|
So that's how November 3rd will look for me in a nutshell. On the one hand I'm so excited for the day to come, but I also love waiting for it and trying to imagine what it will be like. I hope this 19 days goes slowly so I can savor every moment of it.