[tweetmeme source=”luau” only_single=false http://www.URL.com]
4 days until the New York City Marathon, and I am lucky enough to be running it. Every marathon I’ve run has had a unique quality to it, but New York is something special. Unlike THE marathon (Boston, duh!) which is pretty homogenous, New York is an adventure through a variety of cultures and neighborhoods.
Much like the Vermont 50, my approach for New York is simply to enjoy the sights and sounds. It will be the first time I run a marathon in this fashion, and I can’t wait. My original plan at last year’s New York City Marathon was just to enjoy it. I had just qualified for Boston 5 weeks earlier and it seemed to make sense that I should just have fun. But I let temptation get the better of me. I was in peak physical shape; I was rested; I wanted to improve my position. I decided that I should take a shot at 3:15 and see what happened. It didn’t end too well.
This year, though rested, I am not anywhere near peak physical shape. Though I am getting back into the swing of regular running, my mileage is still low. I’m 10 lbs. heavier than I was last year.
Sometimes it’s wonderful when certain decisions are taken out of your hands. I don’t have the option of going for a PR, so this time around it’s all about fun. I get to run a slow, easy marathon.
Do I have a time I’d like to beat?
Well,yeah. I would like to finish better than I did in my very first marathon (where I spent 20 minutes with my feet anchored to the ground like tree trunks at mile 20), but you know, if I don’t then I don’t.
I plan on stopping for every friend I spot or hear along the way, exchanging hugs, taking a picture and maybe even drinking a beer or two. If you’re gonna be out there watching, let me know. I’ll be checking my phone and tweeting along the way. Hopefully I don’t end up like this:
New York ’11 may be my worst marathon ever – and you know what? I’m totally psyched for that.