New York City Marathon 2017: Ready, Set, Go

Earlier this year, AWNY member and experienced NYC marathoner, Julia O’Brien, shared 4 Reasons to Consider Running in the 2017 New York Marathon. In this follow-up post, Julia guides first time entrants through her final preparation tips:

There are just 11 sleeps until the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon.

For anyone who’s running this year, your longest training run is (or at least should be…) behind you. You’re tapering your training and now a 7 or 8 mile run is just a cheeky jog, compared to the start of your training when that would have felt like an impossible feat.

And you’re probably getting nervous. Will you be able to last the distance? Will your body behave for you? Will you be able to pace yourself, or is the excitement going to get the better of you and you’ll go too hard, too soon? Only time will tell, but here are a few tips for any runners about to embark on their first New York Marathon.

Mel Bickford
Photo: Mel Bickford

1. Stick to your plan, don’t go changing things at the last second. Trying out new stretches or running techniques is not going to end well. Just do what you know!

2. Eat your marathon meal ahead of time and make sure it sits well in your belly. Deciding to eat spaghetti alfredo the night before when you haven’t eaten creamy pasta in a while might not be the best idea.

3. Decide with your friends where they’re going to be along the route. Agree with them which side of the road you’ll be on and which mile marker they’ll be near – seeing your loved ones literally feels like a shot of energy for weary limbs, but scanning millions of faces is stressful and tiring.

4. Soak up the atmosphere, relish in the incredible views and, above all, have fun!

Good luck to all Australians entered in this year’s New York City Marathon. As Julia wisely mentioned in her original post, “At the very least, it’ll be a great story to tell your friends and family back home in Australia!”.

Author: Julia O'Brien

Julia is originally from a small town in Victoria and has lived in New York since 2014. She spends her free time exploring the city and other parts of the States, with a razor sharp focus on trying food, wine and cocktails. And some coffee too.

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