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Why and How I’m Running the NYC 2010 Marathon

Posted Oct 25 2010 6:03pm

Recently, restaurant reviews and recipes have been replaced by long run recaps and marathon training tips on here. Thus far, you all seem to be pleased with it overall though I’m looking forward to getting back to “my roots” a bit once the marathon is over.

Believe it or not, I miss in depth restaurant reviews, travel tips, and healthy recipes. I have ideas for a “My NYC” page which will feature links to our favorite NYC sites and restaurants, along with links to posts detailing some of these adventures.

But, for the next 13 days, I’m pretty focused on the fact that I’m running the NYC 2010 marathon and one of the items on my bucket list is about to get checked.

Therefore, I thought this would be the perfect time to answer a frequently asked questions. Over the next week, I’ll answer each of the below questions.

  1. How long have you been a runner?
  2. How did you choose to do a marathon?
  3. Why the NYC marathon ?
  4. How did you gain entry to the NYC marathon ?

Today I’ll focus on “How did you gain entry for the NYC marathon ?”

Bo moved to NYC in August of 2008. In fact, he moved to NYC the same weekend as the NYC Half Marathon. We watched runners sprint their final mile from the windows of his 60 West apartment in the Financial District.

We were immediately inspired to learn more about the NYRR Association as we figured this would be a great way to stay active in NYC, meet new friends, and discover the city. We joined NYRR shortly after and started including their races as part of our weekend activities. At this point I was frequenting NYC every other weekend from Philadelphia and it was a wonderful way to start learning the city which would soon be my new home.

One day, while clicking around their website, looking for local deals for members, I came across the “9+1" ” program. This program, which is a benefit for NYRR members, allows members who complete 9 races and 1 volunteer requirement automatic entry into the following year’s marathon. Genius! My dream of running the NYC Marathon (this has been an item on my bucket list since I started running in 2006) could come true without depending on lottery luck. I quickly convinced Bo that we should make this our goal during 2009.  This program helped us

We enjoyed every minute of running these 9 races. Coming together in Central Park with thousands of other runners on early Saturday and Sunday mornings made us feel like we were part of a group in NYC which led to immediate camaraderie. I started to recognize women at these races and eventually built a network of runner friends such as Dori , Melissa , Sara, and other active women. It never ceased to amaze me that in such a large city I could see a familiar, friendly face at a Sunday morning race.

Between the months of January 2009 and December 2009 we completed our 9 races and volunteered for one freezing race.

  1. 2/1/09 NYRR Gridiron Classic 4 miler
  2. Volunteered for the 8K Race
  3. 4/11/09 Scotland Run 10k
  4. 4/26/09 More/Fitness Half Marathon
  5. 5/10/09 R Baby 4 Miler Mother’s Day Race
  6. 5/30/09 Brooklyn Half Marathon
  7. 5/31/09 Japan Day 4 Miler
  8. 7/18/09 Run for Central Park 4 Miler
  9. 9/26/09 Fifth Avenue Mile
  10. 11/1/10 NYRR Marathon Virtual Race

We weaved our way through Prospect Park and felt the planks beneath our feet as we finished the Brooklyn Half Marathon. I conquered my fear of Central Park’s hills with Melissa by my side during the Fitness Magazine/More Half Marathon on that hot May day in 2009. We discovered and cursed Fifth Avenue’s gradual incline during the Fifth Avenue Mile. I amassed a collection of t-shirts, both short and long sleeve, chronicling each of these achievements and finishes. While most of them are saved for sleepwear, each one makes me smile as I know it was one stepping stone towards the 2010 NYC marathon.

I highly suggest the 9+1 program to any local runner who thinks they want to run the NYC marathon in the near future. Feel free to email me or check out their website if you have any other questions!

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