I am due to run NY but still scraping costs together for flights and accommodation. Nearly there though and hope to book flights and hotel next few days! Its either that or I have to run Luton Marathon on 18th Nov so guess which one I would rather be running??!!
I have been training all year for a sub-3 hour for what will be my first full marathon but a little bit concerned about the hillliness of the course now having read this thread! I have run two 1: 21 and 1:22 half marathons this year, done plenty of long distance training, as well as intervals, fartleks, speed sessions, etc., so was feeling confident until everyone goes on about the flipping hills! Are they really that bad??
Does anybody know how you go about booking the buses and/or ferries as I did not take up the option on the website link and it is too late now? To be honest, I didn't like the ridiculously early times they gave you! Surely there must be other crossing/bus times open to the public? I am in Orange Wave 1, Corral 5, with a 09:40 kick off, it that means anything to anyone?
Any tips or advice re: the race or transport not already covered on the thread would be appreciated. Looking to travel on the Friday and leave on the Monday and will try and get a hotel near to Central Park so less to travel after the race or would it be better to be down south near to the ferries across to Staten Island, especially as I don't have a booking yet? Any hotel suggestions in either location would be helpful.
Tough first half against the wind but obviously helped having tail wind coming back in! The hill at the end was a real killer and really knocked me back and out of my stride for a few minutes but still managed to do a PB and come 6th in only my fourth half marathon so have to be pleased with that!!
Thanks oi.you - only a baby then! Saw part of a video of a previous run and it seemed much steeper!! We have a similar hill but longer in Brentwood Half Marathon, Essex for the last mile which is known as Cardiac Hill and which is always good 'fun'......! Good look to all and no stopping and walking the hill.
Thanks David. How long does the 'big' hill go on for? Good job I did some hill training last night! Look forward to catching up with everyone on Sunday. I think I will be the only Benfleet Running Club (Essex) participant so hopefully easy to spot - aside from the red hair!! Also looking forward to some fish and chips along the seaside afterwards.