ING New York City Marathon!


Just over a week until the ING NYC Marathon! Crazy.

Normally I would not try back-to-back marathons, but my original plan was to snag the standard at Chicago and then RACE NYC to just see what I had. I was lucky enough to get an invitation to compete in NYC's professional women's division again this year. So, I thought NYC could be an "icing on the cake" type of race.

Well, that didn't go as planned...

My legs have felt like crap since Chicago. They're slow and clumsy. My hip is sore. The first week I ran 3 times: a 3 miler, a 4.5 miler, and a 6 miler. The 6 miler would have been much shorter, but I was out on country roads and couldn't get home  any faster.  The legs were not appreciating those last couple of miles.

It has been more of the same this week. After another 6 mile run early in the week that ended just as poorly, I convinced myself to contact the recruiter to tell him that it just wasn't smart to race.

Because I know it isn't.

But, then Craig came over for dinner that evening. He talked me into gutting it out. What?!? I know what you're thinking. :)

I'm not sure what it was. Was it picturing staying in the elite host hotel and being able to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner next to Olympians. Was it the fact that this is freaking New York City and the largest marathon in the world? The fact that I likely won't be invited back again as the standards for elites for the bigger races is just getting harder and harder? Was it picturing myself in my neon Brooks bra and CW-X shorts trying to stay warm at the start line with the small group of awesomely fast other invited women? (Goosebumps!)


A very well done course preview:




I know I can run 26.2. It may not be as fast as I want, but it'll be respectable. Is this selfish to still start when I know I'm not in tip-top shape? I'd rather not race when I'm going into it knowing I don't have a shot at a PR, but when this cool of an opportunity presents itself... 

So, I'm in! And yes, it's crazy. But, truly, would you do it any differently?

Nichole Porath

Nichole is a blogger, elite level runner, and coach. She ran professionally for Brooks for two years after qualifying for the 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials. During that time she founded TNC endurance, where she coaches and motivationally speaks to organizations large and small. This blog details her rise to national-level racing, and continues to follow her as she gets back into racing after starting a family. Read on, friends!

8 comments:

  1. I wish you all the best. Enjoy the experience because most of us will never have the opportunity. :)

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  2. I totally wish you the best. I wouldn't pass it up either! Get it, girl!

    Heidi M.

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  3. Start up front then slow down and enjoy the experience! Take in the crowds, atmosphere and what NYC has to offer! Have fun and just enjoy!

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  4. I wouldn't do it any other way! That is such an awesome opportunity and can't be passed up! Even though you'd obviously rather PR or race your heart out, not every race can be the best. I went into Boston knowing I wouldn't run my best race and just soaked up the awesomeness that is and I know you'll do the same thing in NYC. Have fun and live it up... Mrs. Elite :)

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  5. Good luck Nichole!!!! You never know what will happen on race day and you still have over a week. Go to NY, enjoy the experience of being an elite and doing what you love. Run with your heart and just see what happens. I will be cheering for you! Hugs!

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  6. Nichole - good for you on running NYC. No matter what the outcome and I think you'll surprise yourself. You like tough courses and obstacles along they way. This day seems a perfect fit for you! Run Happy!

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  7. Thank you, everyone! It will be a lot of fun, even if I'm not in the greatest of spots training-wise. A once in a lifetime opportunity, for sure. Thanks again for all of the comments here, you guys are awesome :).

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