Okay so I decided to break down my NYC Marathon experience into two separate posts – the days leading up to the race and then the race recap. Nobody wants to sit here and read 10,000 words, am I right or am I right? Here are some of the things we did before the big day. Before anything though, I want to thank Gregg (@nycsweat) for being the best host and friend I could ever ask for. This weekend would not have been what it was if it wasn’t for him!
Thursday: I arrived at around 6pm so we had nothing planned. Gregg and our driver picked me up from the airport and because I’m a moron and booked my flight so that it landed during rush hour, it took us about an hour and a half to get home. Knowing the next few days were going to be full of meet-ups and running, we decided to order in (Bareburger!) and crashed pretty early.
Friday: EXPO DAY! Gregg ran the NYC Marathon last year so he knew what it was going to be like. With that being said, we headed over early and got in right as they opened at 10am.
Everything was seamless! Getting my bib took a total of 30 seconds, then I lined up for a minute to get my race shirt, purchased a hat and jacket (no line up!), and then we wandered around the rest of the expo to check things out.
It is HUGE. Definitely the biggest expo I have ever been to. The section stocked with all the official Asics marathon gear is enormous in itself, but then there is an entirely separate part to the expo with over 100 vendors. It was complete madness and got super busy within the first hour. I’m so glad we went early as the lineup to purchase gear was about 200 people deep by the time we left!
We ran into Katie (@momslrb) who was working at the BOB stroller booth and took a photo with Michele (@nycrunningmama) in poster form. Hah.
I also needed a photo with the one and only Bart Yasso.
I got to see a coworker of mine who happened to be volunteering at the expo – how random and amazing is that?! Maria also ran the 5K on Saturday!
Gregg and I then headed over to Cookshop for lunch to meet Robin (@knead_to_cook) and her husband (Bill @runnerii), Gina (@happytrigirl), Michele (@nycrunningmama), and Katie (@momslrb) was able to run over from the expo, too! Such a fun group of people and all so incredibly inspiring. I didn’t want lunch to end but the restaurant was getting crazy busy so we got kicked out – hah! I love these ladies (and gentlemen) so, so much. Real, genuine, wonderful people. Each and every one of them.
We walked around Chelsea Market before heading back to Gregg’s to rest before dinner. Is this what people do when they get old? Rest between outings?? We met one of Gregg’s friends at Hu Kitchen for dinner – super casual place with healthy eats and a lot of veggie-friendly options! Everything they offer is gluten-free as well. We didn’t stay too long because…#oldpeopleproblems…and we had a run to get to on Saturday morning!
Saturday: Shake out run hosted by Kelly Roberts (@kellykkroberts) and Finish Line Physical Therapy/We Run Social meet-up!
I got to meet more awesome runners at this run, including Kelly who I’ve been following forever. She is super nice and just as hilarious in person, by the way.
Quite a few people showed up so we went out in different pace groups. Somehow Gina, Carlos (@carlostherunner) and I ended up leading a group even though we had no idea where we were going but we didn’t get lost so I’m pretty sure we are all ready to be NYC tour guides now… 😉
We ended up staying and chatting with people for a while. I met a girl, Victoria, who was wearing a Canada shirt and ended up being from Orangeville (not too far from Toronto). She had just run the Toronto marathon a few weeks ago and so wasn’t planning on “racing” Sunday. We decided that we’d try and meet up beforehand and possibly run the race together since we both had the same plan: HAVE FUN.
I also got to roll with a Roll Recovery R8 while I was there and fell in love. I regret not buying one because shipping to Canada from their website is $40. If anyone knows where I can get one in Toronto, please send me an email or leave me a comment!! This thing is magical and I think I’d actually roll if I had one.
We grabbed some lunch, headed home to shower and then before we knew it, it was time to meet more runners for dinner! Reservations were super early (5:30pm) because we all wanted to ensure that we’d get back to our homes/hotels with enough time to prep our race day gear and get some sleep. So many fun people came out to this dinner: Jenna (@jennammchugh), Jess (@jessrunsblessed), Jonathan (@runthesix), Joel (23jcar), Robyn (@running_towards_ny), Claire (@clairerunsthere), Carlos (@carlostherunner), Gaby (@gfitfishpaw), and two of Gaby’s friends.
We ate all the pasta, laughed, talked running, expressed marathon excitement, boomeranged, took photos, laughed some more, and then parted ways. It was too quick of a dinner but I am so grateful to have spent time with such beautiful people. We are already planning our next marathon – hoping we all get into Chicago!
We went home, prepped our race gear, set our alarms, and then I was off to have sweet dreams about the BIG DAY!!!!
Race recap will be in my next post!! I CAN’T WAIT TO TALK ABOUT IT!