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NYC Marathon Team Spot Check-In: Katie Winther! by northbrooklynrunners
September 20, 2011, 10:00 am
Filed under: Inspiration, Marathon, Members, Races | Tags: , , , ,

The fourth in our Marathon Team Spot check-ins, we talk to the Tuesday Night drill sergeant run leader, Katie Winther!

Q: So unlike most people who knew they were going to be running the Marathon since earlier on in the year, you’ve only had since June to mentally and physically prepare. How do you feel?
KW: I’m feeling pretty psyched and appreciate being a procrastinator when it comes to the marathon. I’m not sure how I would manage if I had the marathon on the horizon since before June. Physically, NBR has helped make sure that I had the physical strength and now it’s just working on the mental side of running through a marathon.

Q: What’s keeping you motivated?
Not wanting to let NBR, or myself down. I have a goal and I am determined to try my best to make sure I get to the finish. Plus my mom is flying out to see this so I’d better at least finish.

Q: Do you have any mantras or catch phrases that get you through the long runs?
KW: I had a coach once tell me, “the will to win is worthless, without the will to prepare,” and for some reason that has always stuck in my head whenever I hit a wall. I just think of what’s on the other side and how I’ll get there.

Q: What of your training accomplishments have you been proud of thus far?
KW: Running 20 miles and afterward being alive and able to throw down at Beer Island.

Q: Do you have a favorite running route?
KW: My favorite route starts downtown and goes up the West Side Highway and then around Central Park and then back across the Queensboro to Pulaski to Greenpoint. It’s a favorite of mine because it covers so much of my own NYC history from where I used to live on the UWS to where I currently live now in Greenpoint– and everywhere in between.

Q: What’s your favorite way to refuel after a hard workout?
KW: People’s Pops or really anything cold and delicious.

Q: Have you picked out your “marathon shoes” yet?
KW: New Balance 890s.

Thanks, Katie! We always look forward to your chipper, and yet unrelenting, attitude towards hill repeats– see you out there!

NYC Marathon Team Spot Check-In: Alex Walsh! by northbrooklynrunners
September 6, 2011, 10:00 am
Filed under: Inspiration, Marathon, Members, Races | Tags: , , , ,

The second in our Marathon Team Spot check-ins, we talk to the smiley and always positive Alex Walsh!

Alex (in dark blue) with some of his sources of motivation.

Q: So unlike most people who knew they were going to be running the Marathon since earlier on in the year, you’ve only had since June to mentally and physically prepare. How are you feeling at this point about all of this marathon business?

AW: I feel there is so much built up to the marathon, that I am happy I did not find out about my entry until June.  I had been running a lot and had a good base, so if I had not gotten into NYC I would have ran another fall marathon (however I am really happy to be running NYC with/for NBR).

Q: Do you have any mantras or catch phrases that get you through the long runs?
AW: Folk songs like, The Mermaid, “Oh the ocean winds may blow, the stormy seas may roll, bumph pha rump bump bum, but we poor sailors go skipping to the top while the landlubbers like down below, below below,” etc… there are many verses and it can be sung in rounds…

Q: What of your training accomplishments have you been proud of thus far?
AW: I am proud of myself after ever run, and thankful for anyone who accompanied me.

Q: Do you have a favorite running route? Why?
AW: I would usually list the trails around Lake Minnewaska, up near New Paltz, but lately I have been enjoying the company of other runners so I guess I’ll say whatever route the Sunday Funday Runday is taking.

Q: What’s your favorite way to refuel after a hard workout?
AW: Endurox/Accelerade. Healthy eating, stretching, foam roller, yoga.

Q: Have you picked out your “marathon shoes” yet?
AW: Brooks St Racer 5, otherwise known as my clown shoes.

Thanks Alex! Hope you’ve been teaching your Nite Owl and Sunday Funday cohorts the verses to your favorite folk songs so you can all sing together on those long runs!

Wayne’s Race Report of Vermont City Marathon – 2011/05/29 by northbrooklynrunners
June 9, 2011, 11:42 pm
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Memorial Day weekend brought four NBRers to Burlington for the Vermont City Marathon.  While the weather was less then desirable, the horrific forecast of the night before did not materialize.  The morning started with cloudy skies and the promise of a cool start.  But low and behold, 20 minutes to gun time brought a quick rainstorm.   Luckily we got the requisite NBR team photo in before the downpour.  Although the porto-potty lines were lengthy and forced me to hope in the corral with 5 minutes to go with a full bladder, it was a low key start.  I brushed passed Burt Yasso in the corral and cursed his 800’s under my breath.

Iman, Matt, Wayne, and Ellen

Wet feet and rolling hills were the theme of the first 10 miles crisscrossing downtown Burlington.  It seemed as though everyone in the city had come to cheer us on.  Crowds three or four deep in the downtown areas and that one drag queen dressed as a cop pushed the pace.  My pre-race strategy session with Vermont veteran Matt Decker warned me of the drums at mile 15.  They did not disappoint.  Minutes after I convinced a lonely locomotive engineer to blow his horn (arm motions mainly), I rounded the corner and heard the beat; Japanese tiako style and at the base of the biggest hill of the course.  They sounded mean and about as loud as that trains air horn.  What Matt had told me about them did not disappoint.  They helped power the runners over that monster hill.  That they were mostly 12 year old girls in samurai heads just added to the beauty of the moment.

From the hill at mile 15 to the finish the course is mostly flat.  But it’s also 11 miles to go.  That kind of did me in.  I crashed…  Walked for a bit, pulled it together after a few minutes and ran the rest at a much slower pace.  These neighborhoods were filled with friendly people with tables of water and oranges and candy and watermelon.  It was quite enjoyable and much needed as the sun had decided to make an appearance and the temperature was rising.  I just missed the beer table at mile 22.  The cops shut them down moments before I arrived.

The race finished on a grassy field on the shore of Lake Champlain after several miles on a wooded bike path.  These crowds again were fantastic and the finisher’s chute was short.  Although I did not PR, I had a great time and learned a bit about pacing…  Congratulations to Iman for a steller race (negative splits!) that qualified her for Boston.

-Wayne Pacileo

Last, First
Time OverAll
DIV Net Time City, State AG Time* BQ*
Decker, Matthew 3:23:45 216 179 / 44 M25-29 3:23:36 New Haven, CT 3:23:36
Wilkerson, Iman 3:28:34 259 48 / 10 F25-29 3:28:10 Brooklyn, NY 3:28:10 BQ
Pacileo, Wayne 3:49:53 564 434 / 61 M30-34 3:49:38 Brooklyn, NY 3:49:38
Smith, Ellen 5:38:18 2255 939 / 130 F16-24 5:34:18 Brooklyn, NY 5:34:18

2010 Here We Come! NBR “Town Hall” Meeting by northbrooklynrunners
November 15, 2009, 10:58 pm
Filed under: NBR Goings On | Tags: , , , , , ,

What: NBR General Group Meeting
When: Monday, 11/23 – 7:30-9:30pm
Where: Anita’s Apartment – S8th @ Bedford
RSVP: On Facebook invite or if you’re not on FB, email us to receive address (will send the day before the event)

After a very fruitful first year of existence, we’re looking to 2010– and we’re dreaming BIG! 1st Anniversary “Prom”, Spring Track Meet, fresh NBR gear, fundraising and more!

ALL MEMBERS WELCOMED AND ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND-- no matter your level of involvement with NBR up to this point! We have a lot of things we’ll need help with and we need EVERYONE’s ideas– this is really a great opportunity to get more involved! So bring your vision for NBR 2010– whatever you’d like to see us do more/less of, kinds of runs to have, etc. (If you have ideas but can’t make it, email NBR).

We really need all hands on deck to make 2010 AWESOME!

Also: Impromptu Running Mixtape Exchange! (I don’t know about you, but I’m getting tired of my running tunes, make a CD to exchange with other members).

Agenda Topics: (We have a lot to cover!)
1. In General: NBR now through end of the year
2. Educational Member Events
3. Social Member Events
4. NBR Gear
5. NBR Group Run Schedule
6. 2010 Race Schedule & Marathon Qualification
7. Brooklyn Cup
8. Spring Track Meet
9. Money Money Money
10. Get Involved! NBR Needs…
11. Other Ideas for 2010

The Marathon. by northbrooklynrunners
November 6, 2009, 2:24 am
Filed under: NBR Goings On, Races | Tags: , , , ,

The road to the Marathon is long. The road on the Marathon is long. The road to recovery post-Marathon is long. Even those of us, like myself, who did not run the BIG RACE, are still reeling a bit.

So since everything to do with the Marathon is long, I’ll keep it short.

We had 19 ass-kicking North Brooklyn Runners members running the streets of NYC last Sunday and 20 or more NBR volunteers cheering, pouring water, and mixing horrifying quantities of sticky electrolyte fluid at Mile 12 on Bedford and N.12th on the Williamsburg/Greenpoint cusp for 8 hours straight.

We had no fewer than 3 or 4 people qualify for Boston (two of them first time Marathoners), and at least 6 NBRs who are planning to run that Marathon come April. This race got people sick. Sick with Marathon Fever. And the only cure is… MORE MARATHONS!

So whether you’re up for the rag-tag crew forming to run the NJ Marathon in May, joining the ever-growing Boston contingent, or have another spring marathon up your sleeve… you and your need for long, cold weather runs are well met here.

Some Mile 12 photos by Mike E. below and some photos by Karl here.
Also some local NBR Marathon press here.

Everyone is amazing. I <3 NBR!

Full Individual Results:

First Name Last Name Bib Place Gender
5 km 10 km 15 km 20 km 13.1 mi 25 km 30 km 35 km 40 km Minutes
per Mile
JOHN MCGARRITY 14977 1674 1586 305 3:09:47 3:08:30 0:21:38 0:42:35 1:04:09 1:26:03 1:31:00 1:49:12 2:11:57 2:35:16 2:58:11 7:11
ERICH ANDERER 13014 1717 1625 311 3:10:06 3:08:50 0:21:39 0:42:36 1:04:10 1:26:04 1:31:01 1:49:13 2:11:31 2:34:45 2:58:28 7:12
JOAO ENXUTO 4179 3378 3057 582 3:21:30 3:21:04 0:20:56 0:41:45 1:03:11 1:24:52 1:29:45 1:47:35 2:11:23 2:38:24 3:08:33 7:40
ERIC MALINOWSKI 18534 6490 5573 914 3:36:03 3:35:07 0:23:02 0:45:16 1:07:36 1:30:22 1:35:36 1:55:04 2:20:23 2:50:45 3:21:57 8:12
ADAM SALMONS 10737 6757 5778 663 3:39:12 3:36:14 0:24:08 0:48:09 1:12:28 1:37:19 1:42:38 2:03:03 2:28:42 2:55:50 3:24:01 8:15
ANNA MCCUSKER 23565 7340 1113 255 3:56:49 3:38:27 0:25:02 0:50:11 1:16:19 1:42:12 1:47:37 2:08:08 2:34:27 3:00:46 3:27:22 8:20
ANITA ONDINE 31935 8268 1311 230 4:03:25 3:41:34 0:25:38 0:49:26 1:13:40 1:39:11 1:44:57 2:06:39 2:32:49 3:01:28 3:30:15 8:27
CHERYL YANEK 9912 9699 1630 344 3:48:23 3:46:18 0:24:00 0:47:42 1:11:18 1:35:50 1:41:34 2:04:25 2:31:06 3:03:17 3:33:19 8:38
DEBRA TOMIC 14826 19814 4536 826 4:15:39 4:13:34 0:26:07 0:52:43 1:20:44 1:50:10 1:56:50 2:21:13 2:51:27 3:24:43 3:58:42 9:40
BEVERLY WALLEY 42869 22896 5648 1155 4:44:53 4:22:04 0:27:39 0:55:20 1:24:07 1:54:24 2:01:17 2:26:50 2:59:33 3:33:27 4:07:53 10:00
SHERRY ROSENKRANTZ 50738 23934 6050 1017 5:05:41 4:24:53 0:28:35 0:58:31 1:28:58 1:59:21 2:06:24 2:32:04 3:03:25 3:37:15 4:10:30 10:06
CRISTINA BUZOVI 48996 25136 6531 1336 5:14:17 4:28:04 0:30:45 1:02:25 1:35:10 2:06:59 2:14:13 2:40:30 3:11:41 3:44:00 4:14:51 10:13
JOHN GORDON 24351 35176 24291 4385 5:22:04 5:02:50 0:28:10 0:57:34 1:28:25 2:01:27 2:09:09 2:36:57 3:20:03 4:06:08 4:47:11 11:33

Mile 12 is Where the Party’s At! by northbrooklynrunners
October 31, 2009, 11:48 am
Filed under: NBR Goings On, Races | Tags: , ,

By now you know that Mile 12 is the “official” NBR noise-making point for the Marathon. Wear your NBR shirt, come out, bring friends, shake a poster, play DJ, get rowdy!

Mile 12 = Bedford @ North 12th
The action starts with the bad-ass handcycles & wheelchairs around 9am, followed by Paula & co. around 10:15am, Ryan & the arm warmers around 10:40am, and “everyone else” right after until 1:30pm. The bulk of our runners will be passing by between 10:45am and 12:45pm.

NBR Love to everyone running! Kick ass!

Two NBR Events this week + Marathon! by northbrooklynrunners
October 26, 2009, 9:09 am
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Hey NBR!

There are two non-running NBR events this week plus renegade volunteers and cheerleaders wanted for the Marathon!

Spring Track Meet Meeting – Monday @ 7:30pm
Urban Rustic – 236 N12th Street (Driggs/Roebling)
A note from Matt: We’ll be talking about ideas for sponsors and we need a lot of ideas! Let’s also come up with an official name and date for the event. We’ve been talking to the powers that be in the neighborhood and we have mostly good news to report. Hope to see you there!
Email Matt if you have ideas for sponsors but can’t make it!

Marathon Poster Making Party – Wednesday @ 8:15pm
615 Union Ave., #1L (@ Roebling)
Let’s make posters to cheer on all of our 18+ runners doing the Marathon next Sunday! Cristina (who is also running the Marathon) has volunteered to host a Marathon Poster Making Party! Come after work or right after the Wednesday Night Run– she’s right by the park.

We need people to bring: posterboard, markers, poster paint?, ideas, snacks & drinks to share. Please RSVP if you can make it and what you will bring!

Renegade Volunteers & Cheer Squad – Marathon Sunday – ALL DAY
Mile 12 Aid Station – Bedford @ N12th
We need noise makers, cheerleaders, poster holders, snack bringers, PA tenders, and good spirits at our “official” cheer point in Williamsburg along the Marathon course. With 18+ members running the event and 20+ registered volunteers at the Mile 12 Aid Station, we’re primed to make a scene. If you have ideas for what you’d like to do, email us!

Even if you haven’t yet been to any events, we’d still love to have you out to any of these goings-on this week! And of course we have all of our normally scheduled runs this week as well. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

- Aja

The Deal with 9+1 and Marathon Volunteering by northbrooklynrunners
October 21, 2009, 12:00 pm
Filed under: NBR Goings On, Races | Tags: ,

As you may have heard, Marathon day volunteering does not count towards your 9+1 qualifying requirement. I know this is a bummer for many– I just found out about it myself at last week’s NYRR Club Council meeting.

According to NYRR, the main reason they’re not counting it is because they don’t have the infrastructure to support keeping track of everyone on this grand of a scale (6000+ volunteers). I realize this doesn’t seem like a good reason and seems counterintuitive to the whole 9+1 program NOT to include the marathon as a qualified volunteer opportunity, but it’s out of our hands. Hopefully you’re also volunteering because you think it will be fun, and not just because you “have to”, but I digress…

After being one of a couple of club reps at the meeting voicing their concern about this whole thing not being well communicated, I was later approached by Edwin, the NYRR Volunteer Coordinator who I’ve emailed with a lot this past year but hadn’t met. In the end because we’ve been understanding, he’s agreed to make NBR a very special and kind exception and will help us out with this.

If you have planned to volunteer on Marathon Day and need it to count towards your 9+1, here’s what’s up…
– You MUST register on the Marathon website as a volunteer at “our” aid station (#11) – Mile 12 (N12th @ Bedford)
– I will be keeping track of signing in and out our volunteers and confirming that they completed their entire shift (7am-3pm). I can only keep track of those volunteering at Aid Station #11 as that’s where I will be, and what I have agreed on with Edwin.
– If you haven’t already, please post your name here once you’ve registered as a volunteer
– If this volunteer situation doesn’t work for you, let email me off list and we can discuss your other options.


NBR Love,

NBR Club Night at Jack Rabbit – 10/19! by northbrooklynrunners
October 17, 2009, 10:38 pm
Filed under: Gear, NBR Goings On | Tags: ,

Next Monday, October 19, is Club Night at JackRabbit for NBR. Mention NBR or North Brooklyn Runners at the register and get 15% off all purchases!

This is just enough time to get a new pair of sneakers for the marathon. Ideally, shoes for a marathon should have 50-100 miles on them at most. Pick them up, break them in the rest of the week. You can also pick up various other delightful items JackRabbit has, like delicious energy gels (which you can use to sweeten your coffee like Nelson does), t-shirts to replace those stinky ones, watches, and more running geekiness!

This offer is valid only at the JackRabbit by Union Square between 6pm and 8pm.
42 West 14th St (between 5th and 6th Aves)
(212) 727-2980
New York, NY 10011

- Cherie

Thirty By Thirty: Rochester Marathon by northbrooklynrunners
September 21, 2009, 1:27 pm
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Things I have learned from last weekend’s marathon:

#1  As a runner, thinking about running 8 miles is not mentally excruciating.  Thinking about running 8 miles after you have already run 18 miles is apparently worthy of a short, 10-second-sob-while-running-fest.  I would not recommend it, as crying while running makes it extremely hard to do either.

#2  I think two PowerBar energy gels while marathoning is my limit. Three makes me feel like I’ve had one too many pieces of cheesecake.

#3 I may have the ability to run while sleeping. I do not remember mile 23 at all. Like no recollection whatsoever. I did however feel surprisingly well-rested at the end of this particular marathon. Once I figure out how to hone this skill, I will be attempting to bottle, package, and sell it to all of you.

#4 A trophy is a trophy and second place is not the first loser when trophies are involved. Nevermind that there were only 18 people in my age group.

#5  Write your name on your race jersey. I did not do this. Alternately, see if you can have a catchy race number.  I lucked out with 89, which people seemed to enjoy yelling even after I had already passed them.

All in all, the race went well: perfect weather, flat route, excellent volunteers, not to mention it was so small that I won second place in my age group and cut 13 minutes off my marathon time from May!  Unfortunately, no rest for the weary: up next is Nike Women on October 18th!

2 down, 28 to go!

Lauren :)

NBR Needs NYC Marathon Volunteers! by northbrooklynrunners
September 18, 2009, 1:04 pm
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NBR has long been excited about manning the Mile 12 aid station (Berry @ N14th) during the NYC Marathon. Now we can register! I was hoping I could just collect everyone’s names and submit them, but they’ve asked that everyone register individually through the NYRR website so nothing and no one gets lost in the shuffle.

It’s possible there will be enough of us volunteering that we can extend our reach to the other aid stations at Miles 11 (Bedford @ S4th) and 13 (McGuiness @ Green). But let us first focus on volunteering efforts to Mile 12, which equals Aid Station #11. Again, AID STATION #11 is our first priority.

Also see the bottom of the post for F.A.Q.

- Aja

Please read the below carefully and follow all the instructions!

1. To register to volunteer, follow this link.
1a. If you have already volunteered with NYRR you should have a password. Login.
1b. If you have not yet volunteered with NYRR it will take you through a short registration process. During which, there is a place where you can say you are volunteering in affiliation with North Brooklyn Runners (you’ll type it in).

2. When it asks you if you will be volunteering on “Marathon Sunday” (as opposed to the other pre-race day options), click “yes” and use the drop down menus to select Aid Station #11 as your first choice, and Aid Station #10 or #12 for your second choice. Scroll down and click “Continue.”

3. Review your form. Assuming it’s all right, click “Confirm.”

4. You did it! You’re registered!

5. One last thing…post your name here so I can keep track of who’s volunteering at what station!

NBR F.A.Q. About Volunteering for the Marathon

Q: What are the hours?
A: According to the Marathon website, 7am-3pm for Aid Stations 10, 11, and 12.

Q: Ugh, that early? Is it okay if I show up in last night’s Halloween costume? What will we be doing?
A: Hey, at least it’s not 5am and costumes are always welcomed, no matter the season. The job at each of the 24 aid stations is to assist with the setup, breakdown, and cleanup of the station in addition to the distribution of water and Gatorade to the runners. Also a lot of cheering is involved.

Q: That sounds like things might get a little wet. Will we get to wear ponchos?
A: I hope so! In the photo on the website they are wearing snazzy ING ponchos. I did just look into customized NBR ponchos, but cheap, short runs are hard to find. If someone want to donate the purchase and printing of 100 or fewer NBR ponchos, I won’t say no.

Q: I cannot commit to the NYRR volunteer hours. Can I still come out and help/play/cheer/bring snacks?
A: I don’t know what NYRR thinks, but I think having a hoard of crazy NBRs on the sidelines would be awesome, no matter if you’re up to your elbows in Gatorade or not. So the answer is, “hell yes!”

Q: Will there be a poster-making party pre-Marathon?
A: Name the time and place and people will magically appear with markers, paint, glitter, and posterboard.

Running the NYC Marathon? Read on… by northbrooklynrunners
September 17, 2009, 11:22 am
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NYRR has a “Local Competitive” program for the NYC Marathon for members of area teams. To be accepted into one of the limited spots runners much have run a qualifying time in a half-marathon or marathon (does not have to be a local race) in their respective age groups between January 1, 2008 and October 3rd, 2009.

If you qualify and are interested in participating in the Local Competitive program (YOU MUST ALREADY BE ACCEPTED INTO THE 2009 NYC MARATHON), let me know NO LATER than 10/3. Sooner is much better. The info you will need to provide me is detailed towards the bottom of this post.
Please read all the info below.

NYRR will verify times based on the following criteria:
1.       Open Men:              1:20 half-marathon or better        2:50 marathon or better
2.       Men 40-44:              1:30 half-marathon or better        3:10 marathon or better
3.       Men 45-49:              1:32:30 half-marathon or better   3:15 marathon or better
4.       Men 50-54:              1:35 half-marathon or better        3:20 marathon or better
5.       Men 55-59:              1:37:30 half-marathon or better   3:25 marathon or better
6.       Men 60-64:              1:40 half-marathon or better        3:30 marathon or better
7.       Men 65-69:              1:42:30 half-marathon or better   3:35 marathon or better
8.       Men 70+:                1:45 half-marathon or better        3:40 marathon or better

1.       Open Women:          1:35 half-marathon or better        3:20 marathon or better
2.       Women 40-44:         1:40 half-marathon or better        3:30 marathon or better
3.       Women 45-49:         1:42:30 half-marathon or better   3:35 marathon or better
4.       Women 50-54:         1:45 half-marathon or better        3:40 marathon or better
5.       Women 55-59:         1:47:30 half-marathon or better   3:45 marathon or better
6.       Women 60-64:         1:50 half-marathon or better        3:50 marathon or better
7.       Women 65-69:         1:52:30 half-marathon or better   3:55 marathon or better
8.       Women 70+:            1:55 half-marathon or better        4:00 marathon or better

Athletes who have been approved by NYRR to participate in the local competitive start program will be notified via e-mail and/or telephone. More information will be provided in mid-October to the athletes who have qualified and been invited to participate in this program.

Please provide the following information Aja to be submitted to NYRR:
– First and last name
– Team name
– E-mail address
– Marathon entry number
– Qualifying time and year
– Website where your results can be found (if applicable). If possible, please hyperlink the link.

Thirty by Thirty: My running challenge by northbrooklynrunners

A few months ago, in the tradition of the type-A persona that us runners tend to be, I decided that I needed a running goal. Earlier that week, I had decided to run my first marathon upon the urging of a few runner friends.  But, that day (ironically, in the shower after a particularly long run) I thought “A lot of people run marathons — how am I any different?”. So I thought I would try to trump myself. Create a goal so lofty, yet still possible, that I would seriously have to push myself extremely hard to achieve it…

I am going to run 30 marathons by the time I turn 30.

Keep in mind, when I set this goal, I hadn’t even run one marathon. Ever. I’d run two half marathons, a 10k, and a 5k. That’s it. I hadn’t ever logged a distance longer than 13.1 miles at one time. But in the shower that morning, I decided that I could push myself to race 26.2 miles 30 times in the next 6.5 years. That averages 5 marathons a year. Some people do one marathon in their lifetime and I’m trying to do 5 a year for the next SIX years.

I did set some rules for this, so that I can stay motivated and so that in six years, I can say that I did what I set out to do. So here they are:

1. I must complete 30 marathons by the time I am 30 years old. Should I walk, run, crawl, crutch to the finish line, I must finish.

2. I will run the 30th marathon on my 30th birthday: May 30th, 2015 (which happens to be a Saturday and I’m pretty sure, a sign from the running gods that this is something that I am meant to do).

3. If I complete an Ironman, the marathon run at the end of the Ironman can count (hey, 26.2 miles is 26.2 miles, no matter how you slice and dice. But seriously, if I have time to train for one of those while also completing 4 marathons in that year then I’m out of my mind).

So thirty by thirty is my new goal. So far I’ve completed one (New Jersey) and am signed up for two more in the fall (Rochester on September 13 and Nike Women in San Francisco on October 18th…I’m also contemplating Philly on November 22 but we’ll see how the first two go). I hope in 6 years I’ll be able to write a blog entry that says I am out of my mind, but I completed my 30th marathon.

1 down, 29 to go.

Lauren :)

Run the NYC Marathon for Charity! by northbrooklynrunners
August 24, 2009, 8:45 am
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NYRR recently sent out an email saying you could still run the marathon by running for one of the charities, if you sign up with one with available spots by the end of the month. Last year, I ran the NYC Half for The Fresh Air Fund, and it was a really rewarding experience.
– Aja

The spiel from NYRR:

An Opportunity to Run the
ING New York City Marathon

Running the ING New York City Marathon is the experience of a lifetime, and you can still enter the race this year while helping a worthy cause. NYRR has many charity partners that can offer you entry if you join their team by the end of August. Visit the website to check out the teams you can support by pledging to run on November 1.
Charity Partner Benefits:
* Entry to the ING New York City Marathon 2009
* A worthy cause to motivate your fundraising and training efforts
* VIP Bus Transportation to the Fort Wadsworth start
* Charity Tent access at the start
* The ING New York City Health and Fitness Expo, the Post-Race Party Presented by Clear Channel, and more

Running with a charity can make your marathon experience incredibly fulfilling. Check out all the charities that are part of this spectacular race, and choose the one that’s best for you.


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