Posted: 15/04/2016 at 08:45
originally opted for a 5.45am ferry and bag check .... but this morning have just done the switcheroo to Poncho and a 6.15am ferry. a lovely pal who is also running said her hubby will carry a couple of items (light jacket and compression tights) for me to put on when I finish just to give me an extra layer. I've heard bag drop can be a bit of a mare
Sath, welcome, this is my first New York Marathon, will be my 15th in all. I'm based in North London and use Regents Park sometimes. The outer circle is good for a hard tempo run but it's a bit of a rat wheel. I'm a member of London Heathside AC so our Sunday long run takes in most of the usual parks. We start at Highgate tube and weave our way to Hyde Park and back via Hampstead Heath, Primrose Hill and Regents Park. It's a big group who range from 2.40-.3.10 marathon finish time, so it's fairly lively for a long run. Quite a few of us target 3.00 hours so the pace is around a minute a mile slower than marathon pace. If it's a shorter run say 14-15 miles we crank the pace a bit more, 7 mins to 7.20 ... if it's 18-22 it tends to be slower. 7.45-8 min miling. Whatever your goal time is my advise to anyone is to take the long (20 miler) run slow/easy relaxed pace.
Sweety, panic not my dear. We'll meet on the Friday and get our bearings on the Saturday. I reckon Steve Kellett 2's advice on how to get to the start is the way forward. I've used the NY subway a lot myself in previous visits and it's the only way to fly if you want to get anywhere reasonably quickly. There will be other runners heading to the ferry from your area so get on the 1 southbound and give another runner those puppy dog eyes and tell them that you need a bit of marshalling to the ferry and you'll be sweet!