Preparing For NYC

No turning back now!

Last night I went for a quick, three mile shake-out run as I hadn’t run in a week. Probably not the best taper, but it is what it is. I think most people freak out and run more than they should when they’re tapering for a marathon. This time I went the opposite and ran way less than I should have, culminating in my seven mile week last week. Oops. I went back and checked my taper from last year for the MCM, and I hit every single one of those runs. And I ran a 5:17, so maybe this will lead to a better time.

Like all good runners, I’ve started obsessively checking the weather. Really all I want is for no precipitation. I don’t want rain or snow or sleet or anything that would make me more miserable than I already may be. I can handle cold, I just don’t want to be wet. It looks like I’ll be ok, according to the latest forecasts. However, it also looks like this is going to be a cold, windy day. Accuweather says it’ll be 39/49 with 20MPH winds gusting up to 40+. Ouch. says basically the same thing. The bad part about this is that the wind will come from the N/NW, and the first 20 miles or so are all in a northerly direction. I made a sweet MS Paint map to show you:

NYC Map w Wind

So that should be a lot of fun. I’m hoping I can draft behind someone bigger than me. With weather like that, I don’t want to be out there longer than I have to.

Back in the early summer, runners had to make a determination on whether they would check a bag or not. This isn’t a light decision, as those who opt not to check a bag can exit Central Park at 77th St, while those that opt to check a bag can’t exit until 81st or 85th St. You must make this decision by July 31st. I opted for no baggage, as did Ro. Of course, now that we see the weather, this is a problem. We have throw-away clothes for the wait at Fort Wadsworth, but we need something for when we finish. A coworker came up with a great idea: ship something to myself to a 24/7 FedEx Office location. Yesterday I shipped a backpack full of warm clothes for myself and Ro, and after I exit the park I just have to walk over and pick it up. Instant bag check!

The hay is in the barn, as they say, so there’s nothing else left to do. We fly up early tomorrow morning and will drop our bags off at the hotel and head over to the Expo to pick up our packets and walk around a bit. Then we’ll get checked in to our room and be tourists for a bit. We may head down to the Village to see some of the Halloween festivities, but we shall see.

Thanks for all the words of encouragement and advice over the past few months. This blog has been a great way to keep myself accountable and share this journey with random strangers. I’ll be taking lots of photos for my post-race posts, too.

Thanks for reading!

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