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Right, I have booked my hotel. I am going to stay at the Eastgate Tower Hotel on 39th Street, Midtown.
I will fly out on the 30th Oct and return on the 3rd Nov. Can you update me on the list please.
Not booked flights yet, that's next.
Martin. Nice course report, thanks.
(The video link and various other course related stuff are also shown in the first post of this discussion/forum - I'm still not clear about the appropriate terminology.)
On the hills, I suspect they matter more/are more 'pronounced' the faster one's goal time is. When I used to be half a minute a mile slower than I have been recently, losing a bit on an incline could be easily negated by gaining a bit elsewhere. Now I have less slack, any losses from any inclines (or anything else) are more difficult to recoup: hence I notice such challenges more (and label them as such). Just a theory.
Can you add me to the Hotel list:
Eastgate Tower Hotel on 39th Street, Midtown.
I will fly out on the 30th Oct and return on the 3rd Nov.
thanks for not forgetting me!!
Suffolk is a lovely place although Ipshit - sorry Ipwich is a bit to be desired, being an Essex girl at heart !!
Bungay marathon was a toughy for my first with 4 rather large hills on a 13 mle loop so you had to go through them twice, which was not so appealing the second time round !!
Where is everyone else from??
Anyone near me?
Hi all, sorry if this has already been asked but I see that the Verrazano bridge closes to traffic at 7am.
Does this apply to people on foot too?I mean as in coming from a hotel on the Brooklyn/Long Island side and getting a lift as far as bridge to get to start ?
Tortie. I wonder if and when they were going to tell us we had to select transport options? Anyway, word on the US site is that it really doesn't matter. Just turn up to whatever, wherever and they'll let you on. If you selected NY, I guess I'd better do the same thing, what we me unable to make any decisions on my own and all.
Bannerman. WELCOME. Fancy telling us something about yourself? Maybe including your goal time for the table above? I confes that I haven't seen anything about foot closures for that bridge? Do they normally allow pedestrian passage? I seem to remember that the bridge is very long - do you really want to walk it even if you are allowed? If I had to guess, I'd say you probably can't, because I can't remember a single person reporting or recommending using that route. I'd be very sure before planning to do this...
If I remember correctly official buses left Manhattan at 4.00am!!! I heard of several people catching the ferry at ~7.00am, but you then have to get a shuttle bus on Staten Island to start area. This is one reason I have booked with 209events as they are organising private buses from hotels at ~6.00 am.
The bridge is two miles long, I dont know if foot traffic is allowed.
Just found out I have made it via the ballot and I'm very excited
I haven't had time to read through this forum yet to catch up with where you all are at, so I have some reading to do.
Becasue I thought I stood no chance in getting in I have booked myself into Chicago Marathon which is three weeks earlier. Guess it will now make for an exhausting and expensive month.
My goal time will be around the 3:10 area all though it depends on how I recover from Chicago etc.
I have to start looking at hotels now, anybody found any great deals yet?
Good luck to you all.
Congratulations and WELCOME Deejp. Hotel info below (and much more on earlier posts in this thread). Happy reading. And good luck in Chicago!
Goal Hotel (Dates)
I have made my start though the forum so I shall take a look at the info.
This is my first time running NYM so it is great to already see lots of advice out there. More questions to come I'm sure of it
For those of you who don't like paying for expensive running shoes:
I put my name in the ballot on the off-chance (never put it one before) and I'm in !! (for your first ever marathon why not go for a major one)
Booked my flights and hotel (29 - 3 @ at the Grand Hyatt) and target time will be anything under 4 hours
I guess there will be chance to meet up with other Brits on Tour but how will we know whose who - red carnation, union jack shorts, pink punk rock mohicans ?
On a more serious note, I'll be bringing my better looking half (doesnt know yet) and am toying with the idea of getting a seat for her but does anybody have an opinion on these (VFM ?) and also the pick up time seems scary, but do many of the supporting crew go down to the start ?
I'm off to the docs today as my knee hurts so I want to get it checked out before training in anger for the event - as a more mature (44) person, want to make sure I will get around and soak up the adoration of the crowd as I cross the line in a majestic demonstration of power, pace and endurance (??!!)
Tortie. I have just Google-image searched "Vibram Five Finger shoes". I am now having difficulty breathing for giggling so much. No wonder you feel the need to run in secret. I SOOO want a pair now, though.
This naked foot running thing is new to me. Intuitively, it is appealing. When I walk barefoot around the house, there is no doubt that my feet are (pro-) active in a way that both feels very natural and is actually 'sensually' quite pleasing. It is also a massively different feel from my shoes protecting my (passive) feet to the point of deadening their responses and responsibilities. I can well imagine that regular bare-foot running would have all sorts of benefits, would feel great, and in some ways might make me a stronger, better runner. However, my sense is that (a) it would take me years to make progress, (b) it would not feel nice a lot of the time, and (c) I would be more susceptible to damage before I became less. Also, I would never get to a stage where I could compete for speed and endurance against people wearing high-end shoes.
While I like the idea of bare-foot competition (heck, let's go back to completely naked Olympians), given that most people are now not bare-footed, it seems a bit of a waste of time ploughing that furrow alone. It is a bit like drugs. I am very much a fan of keeping sport drugs free. However, if everyone was legally on performance-enhancing drugs, it would seem perverse to the point of stupidity to be the only one to not use them for training and competition. That is, I am completely persuaded that bare would be best, but suspect it probably isn't in a world where everyone else has performance-enhancing shoes. While there might be some benefit from me going bare some of the time (like you, in secret but with pleasure), I am not sure it would bring enough benefit to make it worth the while, given the attendent costs, risks, etc.
Sorry, this is longer than I intended. Thinking aloud, really. No need for anyone to respond. Just thought I'd share.
I'm very tempted to buy that book now, though.
Dont think supporters allowed at the start (if they do go, then they will be stuck there for hours). Have a look at the course route on the marathon website, it will show best viewing areas. A seat in the grandstand is very expensive (corperate day).
I am a little more mature 46. You will enjoy the day, it is a great experience
All the best
Mittybob. WELCOME. And CONGRATULATIONS. Someone will undoubtedly arrange the who, where, and how of meetings in NY for those of us here who want them. I would say pink punk rock mohawks, but after watching the entering ceremony for the Big Brother House last night, your avatar's look is another possibility.
I have heard that logistics with supporters can be tricky, but I shall leave those more knowledgable to provide details.
Good job going to the docs with your knees and good luck with the news you get there. (I am more mature than you: yah, boo, sucks.)
I misread and thought you planned to cross the line "in a majestic demonstration of power, peace and endurance", which I thought was a nice ambition. What you said is good too, though, and probably more practical.
To repeat, welcome.
Must say i just googled the 5 finger shoes and had a giggle as well. Although i have to say my favourite running shoes are almost like running bare foot they are soooo worn!! Am wondering if i can get the NYM out of them - i so hate buying new runners!