I was lucky enough to have an opportunity to run in the NYC Marathon last Sunday, and it’s no exaggeration for me to say that it was one of the most amazing running experiences I’ve ever had.  I’m still absorbing the experience.  I’d run the marathon several times before, but not for a number of years, and going into it I was concerned about the sheer size of the race (it has grown to about 50,000 participants), and also about how runners would be received by the community at large after last year’s controversy.

I need not have worried at all.  Race organizers handled all of the logistics flawlessly, and the spectator support was like nothing I’d ever seen before.  Running in Brooklyn in particular was thrilling; for 8 miles spectators lined the roadway without a break, and their cheering, along with all of the live music provided along the course, made it feel like one enormously long finish line.

There were more memories and special moments along the course than I can relate, so I’ll leave you with this thought: if there’s any way that you can get into next year’s race, do it!  You won’t regret it.


About horowitzrun

Jeff is a certified running, cycling, and triathlon coach, and is the author of "My First 100 Marathons" (Skyhorse Press 2008) and "Smart Marathon Training" (Velo Press 2011). An obviously addicted runner, Jeff has run at least one marathon in every state and on 6 continents, including marathons in South Africa, China, Bangkok, and Antarctica. Jeff is available for group, one-on-one, and virtual coaching. Options include: 1. Basic Training Plan. This includes a customized training schedule geared towards a goal race, with a detailed running schedule that would include all distances and target times for each workout, including speedwork, tempo, and endurance sessions. 2. Complete Fitness and Race Plan. This includes the plan listed above, plus the non-running workouts and drills that runners need for better overall fitness and performance. You would get strength & core workouts, as well as run-specific training drills and stretches. 3. Virtual Coaching. This includes all of the above, implemented on a week-by-week basis. We review each week's progress at week's end so that adjustments can be made. The program is tailored to suit you right up to race day. It involves more contact, on a weekly or even daily basis. 4. Full Coaching for athletes in the Washington DC area. All of the above, plus a weekly workout together including speedwork, drills, and strength training. 5. Individual track sessions. One-on-one track-based workouts. Contact Jeff for pricing.
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