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Passing Marathon backmarkers advice
I am doing the New York marathon on the 4th of November and this weekend found out my starting wave and corral: wave 3 corral 44****
Looking around various forums and NY related blogs this would appear to be a for people aiming for an expected time of 4:15-4:30. Before reading this i was aiming for a sub 3:30 - and depending how well the race went a 3:20.
Right now i am feeling miserable: the thought of running in a crowd going two minutes per mile slowly is making me feel that the past 12 weeks of training was for nothing, that the race is going to be a huge frustration. If this race was 'my local' Edinburgh race - I would quite my taper plan, do the Jed Ultra the weekend before [it's the weekend before NY: but you know what i mean]- and probably not bother running the Edinburgh one...
If the race had become gridlocked but i had started in a corral area of equal runners then - hey so be it: part of the experience. But this feels like my race is over before it starts...
What time can i realisticaly expect to do?
When are the crowds going to thin enough so that i can get up to speed?
How hard is it really to get through the crowds - and what strategies? where to run -edge middle? lots of weaving?
What can i do to help prepare for this? I'm into the taper - this weekend has a 15m run at marathon pace - so i can't really practice starting really slow and then running a much faster second half - or i can? and what distance..
basically i am looking for advice and help getting my mojo back - so any and all encouraging words are welcome!