Less than 24 hours to go. In fact, if all goes according to plan, this time tomorrow I will be well into the last 10K of the race…
So the 1st half of the week just wrapping up things at the office for the next few days…and being told by co-workers that I should try and “win” on Sunday so that I could buy our department so we don’t have to work anymore. LOL.
Then starts what I feel is the best 4-day weekend of the year!! Starting off on Thursday at the expo…and getting my bib #…thats when it starts to feel real!!
And yes, I know I mentioned a month or so ago that I had gotten assigned originally to wave 2 blue…but thanks to my Philly Half time, I got the NYCM version of the “judges save” and re-assigned to the Local Competitive Start!! I’m definitely excited about this experience. I don’t even mind being in green on the lower level…I’ve been orange once and blue once, might as well come full circle no? 🙂 In terms of race day, I know I will really have to rein it in at the start-there are definitely gonna be faster peeps around me, I’m just gonna have to let them go and not get too caught up…run my own race!!
And whether the number is low or high, I always like looking for meaning in my race #’s. And I’m really liking this one!! 744=7+44=the numbers of Mickey Mantle and Reggie Jackson-2 Yankee greats!! How can that not bring me luck? 🙂
As for the expo, was pretty status quo for NYC. Didn’t stop me from indulging in some running-related loot…hey, the expo is a candy store for runners. Most excited about my new Sparkly Soul headbands-I wore a thin silver one on my last run yesterday and the thick hot pink one will be running with me tomorrow-definitely will be reviews to come 🙂 One notable abscence at the expo was Nike-now that was big! I usually get my post-race shirt at the Nike booth…yep, that’s a superstition of mine. I have to get a shirt that I plan to wear to a post-race party. Only time I didn’t was MCM…and you know what happened there 😉 Anyway, this time around Saucony or Asics will represent my post-race attire.
Thursday nite was the Flyers’ pasta party! Change of pace for the venue this year, instead of Sambuca on the UWS where it had been been for the past 5 years-it was at a midtown venue this time-Trattoria Dopo Teatro. Gotta love that it was within walking distance. Though I never minded taking the subway to the UWS. Anyway, once again, food and company were great, and we were treated to a great and inspirational presentation by Bart Yasso!! He autographed a copy of his book for me (which I’m really looking forward to reading, if his presentation was only a sneak preview!)
Yesterday was my last run before the big day…did the last 2.2 miles of the course, and even brought my camera to capture things like the mile markers, route banners, finish line. Then got my pre-race mani/pedi-Watermelon for the fingers, Borrowed and Blue for the toes, both by Essie. That’s what I’ve been wearing since the summer for races…and if it ain’t broke 😉 Today is just carbo-loading, chilling, staying off the feet.
As for tomorrow…honestly, I’ve never been this calm before a marathon. Coach T has truly been a miracle worker with me this year! And even though the poll results says otherwise…I’m gonna go for 3:35 tomorrow. I’ll know early enough if it’s gonna be doable or not (I’ve had pretty good judgement of that in the past!) and can adjust but as of right now, that’s the plan. Thankfully the weather gods are smiling on us again! 🙂
So thanks to everyone who’s read along and supported me the last 4 months and more…and that’s all she wrote til I cross the finish line at Tavern on the Green tomorrow!! Good luck to everyone else running tomorrow!!