I have to admit that I wasn't too nervous because I had already run a 15K which is only about 4 miles short of a half, but I was definitely excited. It was also my opportunity to get a feel for how I will do at the marathon and what my strategy should be.
On Friday, I went to the expo held at the Roseland Ballroom in the city. I received my race day number, timer, shirt, and goody bag...and then going into the expo...wow, running heaven. I think I made my way around about 3 times. Aside from having many running goodies to look through, there were numerous give aways and speakers. It really was a great expo...but then again, it's my first so there is nothing to compare it against. Initially, I didn't want to spend any money at the expo, but it was almost impossible not to buy something. I wound up buying some bling for my sneakers that reads "NYC Half Marathon 13.1", a spi belt, and a "Irunlikeagirl" running shirt. Towards the end of the expo they were taking pictures and would format it to look like a magazine cover...that's a great suvenier.
Saturday started out as a busy day, but I definitely wanted to carbo load and hydrate for the race. I spend most of the day anticipating the race. We went out with a few friends for lunch at my favorite restaurant. They start you off with some bread, butter, and olives. I think I wound up eating at least 5 rolls. It's great being able to eat and not worry about the calories. After the rolls came my lunch. I had garlic shrimp with rice, homemade fries, and veggies. I at like this was my last meal. Then to finish off I had some creme brulee. It was a great meal. The rest of day I just drank gatorade and ate bread.
Saturday night, I took some time to prepare. Once I got to the race and during the race I realized that the time I took to prepare was essential to my success. So, here is a list of what I did to prepare for the race.
- Studied the running course: baggage area, start line, water stops, porta potties, medical tents, etc.
- Studied the train routes and schedules
- I picked out my clothes and laid them out, including socks and underwear (TMI??)
- Spi belt prep: ID, debit card, phone, 3 chocolate GU's. I packed everything in a small plastic bag (Sandwich bag) and then put it in my spi belt. I didn't have a waterproof belt, so I placed everything in the bag to ensure it did not get wet.
- Backpack: I packed clothes to change into after (sweat pants and shirt, under garments, socks, and shoes), a towel, my bib and timing chip, safety pins, 2 garbage bags (one for my bag, one for me), and a book to read during my commute. Once I had all of the items laid out, I placed them in a plastic bag and then put them into the backpack. That was my guarantee that my clothes would not get wet from the rain.
- Determined transportation. Driving was not an option for me because I HATE DRIVING IN NYC, so mass transit was the way to go. I definitely didn't expect Fil to leave the house with the girls at 5am in the rain, so I had 2 options. Park at the PATH or take a taxi. I went with calling a taxi, so I got the taxi's number and saved it on my phone.