I hate not running a marathon. This is the first time in two years that I have not run one; between a wedding, honeymoon and a crazy job I decided this year to put marathon training on hold. It had been pretty easy to accept, so far. I have made it a point to work on speed this year and shorter distances and have been happy with my progress. Now that the NYC marathon is just around the corner, I am starting to get agitated again with my decision. I am seeing more and more commercials on TV about the race, my Facebook wall is filling with friends who are trying to secure last minute donations and the running paths of NYC are filled with runners who have “marathon” written all over their confident stride.
Alas, I am not running this year and will have to deal with that. I am sure it is going to be an amazing day for the thousands and thousands of runners who will be taking on, in what my humble opinion, is the best marathon experience in the United States. Big crowds, NYC as a backdrop and a challenging course which two years ago kicked my ass. I can not wait for my rematch with NYC in 2011.
With all that being said there is a way that you, me and others can still be involved with the NYC marathon this year. While browsing through the NYRR website for future volunteering options for my 9+1 2011 guarantee I came across a page for openings as a volunteer at the 2010 NYC marathon (not part of the 9+1 for 2011). There were many, many options available. Do you live in Brooklyn or Queens? Well you can volunteer at the aid stations in your neighborhood. Want to experience the craziness on 1st Ave as runners come into Manhattan? Then volunteer at mile markers 16-19 aid stations. Are you running next years race and want to experience the staging process on Staten Island? Well, just volunteer as a food attendant at Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island. Want to share in the rush of finishers in Central Park? Okay, sign up as a Marshall at the finish line.
It is going to be an amazing race and whether your agenda is to prepare for next year, give you motivation to try a marathon or just to be part of the event consider volunteering and helping make the NYC marathon the best in the world. Also, the marathon is looking for a few good doctors to help out, when you check out the NYRR website you can see the options available.
I have signed up at the aid station on mile 17 on 1st Avenue.