NYC Marathon 2010: Race Day!

Ahhh, race day is almost here! After deferring last year’s marathon due to an injury, I am more than ready to hit the streets of NYC and race 26.2 miles. I’ve been taking it really easy this week – minimal running, lots of beet juice, 7-8 hours of sleep each night. I feel like I have a ton of pent up energy! Unfortunately I woke up with a sore throat this morning (ugh ugh ugh). I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t freaking out, but I’m trying to be proactive with lots of vitamin C, zinc, tea, and soup. Breakfast was a Starbucks gingerbread misto and big bagel with scallion cream cheese!

My get-better-soon lunch was a big bowl of turkey noodle soup (mmm, sodium/electrolytes!), raisin toast w/ cream cheese, and vitamin water.

I spent the rest of the afternoon in bed with a cup of tea and some dark chocolate.

Around 4pm, I felt good enough for an easy 3-mile jog with the roomie. I felt good – the shake out run actually made my throat hurt less, woo!

I made a simple Greek inspired dinner – cous cous, chickpeas, tomato, red onion, roasted squash, feta cheese, hummus, and sriracha. I had something similar the night before the NYC 1/2 marathon and it seemed to work well enough. This might be a lot of fiber for some runners, but my stomach is pretty used to it, so it shouldn’t be a problem.

Bedtime snack is going to be some greek yogurt and graham crackers πŸ™‚ (Edited to add: and a big spoonful of nutella!)

My pre-race breakfast will be something that I’ve had before nearly every long run. The plan is to drink some coffee at 5am, use the bathroom at home (ahem), and then eat a banana on the bus around 6am. A little while later, I’ll chow down on a pb & jam sandwich on ezekiel sprouted bread. I think that the late start for this marathon (9:40am), will allow me to digest the complex carbohydrates in the whole grain bread. If I were running a marathon with an earlier start (i.e. 7am), I would choose something with simple carbs such as a plain bagel. I’ll probably have some graham crackers and Gatorade while I’m waiting at the start village in Staten Island.

My fueling plan is a bit up in the air, but I generally plan on alternating Gatorade and water throughout the race and take Clif shots (with caffeine) around miles 8, 16, and maybe 20.

The forecast for tomorrow is low 40’s at the start with a high of 50 degrees. A little chilly, but the good news is it’s supposed to be completely dry and sunny. YESSS! Since I’ll be moving along pretty swiftly (uhh, or so I hope…), I’m planning on wearing shorts and a singlet with gloves. If it’s very windy tomorrow, I will also wear a long sleeve technical tee underneath my singlet. This is probably less than what most runners will be wearing, but I plan on racing at a pretty fast clip (~7:35 pace), so I’ll probably get toasty.

I am so FREAKING nervous and excited right now. I’ve been training for 18 weeks (and planning and thinking about this race for even longer). Anything can happen out on the course though, so all I can do is hope for the best. But as my roomie wisely told me – no matter what happens, I’ve had a great few months of training and nothing (not even a bad race or a DNF) can take away the fun and PR’s that I’ve had along the way. Thank you thank you thank you for all your well wishes, comments, and tweets. I’ll be thinking about all of your support on the course! If you’d like to track me – click here on Sunday morning and track bib #668. If you’re a blog reader and you yell out “Go Runner’s Kitchen” tomorrow, I’d pretty much die of happiness. See you on the other side of 26.2 miles!

For the runners out there – what’s your standard pre-race dinner and breakfast? I’ve come a long way from the slices of pizza I used to eat during high school track meets. Seriously – I used to chow down on pizza between racing the 1600m and the 32oom!

  • AR

    Re: fiber – Well, the good thing is you’re close to home for the morning and in the elite section by the bridge so at least bathroom access should be decent, yes? πŸ˜‰

    Good luck – I’ll be sure to check you out since we seem to be pretty similar pacewise and I screwed this race up last year/screwed up this year by doing Chicago instead. πŸ™‚ Run fast!

  • Good Luck!! I’m so excited for you, I can’t wait to watch it on Universal Sports.

    Peanut butter and jelly has never let me down pre-race : )

  • Maren


  • Maren

    GOOD LUCK MEGAN!! I know you will do so great! I am suuuper anxious and excited to hear how it goes. I’ll be thinking about you!

  • Good luck!! It’s been so inspiring to read all about your prep for this race, and I know you’ll do awesome! Can’t wait to read the re-cap :o)

  • jen

    GOOD LUCK! I’m sure you’ll do fab–I’ve enjoyed reading about your training. Can’t wait to hear how the race goes!

  • well i don’t really have a standard pre-race dinner but i always have oatmeal, pb and banana the morning of.

    GOOD LUCK GIRL! i can’t wait to see how you do — your # is written down and you shall be stal–errr tracked πŸ˜‰

  • Good luck!! If you hear someone say “go Runners Kitchen” when you pass by the PowerGel station, that will be me πŸ™‚

  • Good luck!!!!! I’ll be running BEHIND YOU πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ (wayyyyyyyyy behind!)

  • Good luck! I’ll be rooting for you bigtime, even if from far away! Enjoy yourself. πŸ™‚

    My favorite pre-race dinner is either pizza and/or homemade cookies! Sounds ridiculous, but they ARE “healthified” and haven’t let me down this season…

  • GOOD LUCK! You have prepared so well!!! You are going to do so amazing πŸ™‚

  • you are so gonna rock it tomorrow, i know it. i can’t wait to cheer for you, and i’m sure you’ll spot my non-hipster-self in hipsterland very easily… or i’ll just scream at ya or something. anyway, hope you’re sleeping now and gettin ‘rest for the big day. you ruuuule!

  • My pre-race meal is usually (by usually I mean always) Mediterranean with a chicken breast, Greek salad, a cup of angel-hair noodles with olive oil and parmesan, and a glass of red wine – I am sure red wine is a recipe for a great run … although it didn’t work for me for Portland πŸ˜‰
    Have an amazing race tomorrow! I can’t wait to hear all about it.

  • Leah

    Hey Megan!! I stumbled across this blog as I was relaxing and had to read it. The end made me laugh, the part about eating pizza at high school track meets!! When I think about that, I can’t believe we actually ran the way we did!! However, I can’t say my pre-race or post-race eating habits got any better… but why I posted in the first place……I’m so excited for you and GOOD LUCK!!!

  • Christine

    Good luck tomorrow! Your training has been awesome and you will do so well!!!

  • Good luck!! I know you’re going to do awesome because you’re an awesome runner and have a great sense of yourself. I love hearing about your runs!

  • Good luck tomorrow! Can’t wait to read the recap!

  • Meghan

    Good luck! You’re gonna do great, can’t wait to hear about it. πŸ™‚

    My pre-race dinner is always veggie pizza and then oatmeal before bed (no dairy), and almond butter toast in the morning! Works like a charm.

  • YAy good luck! You will be well on your way by now πŸ™‚
    My pre run breakfast is porridge and a big glass of water.
    The night before I like home-made veggie pizza- the carbs seem to help!

  • Jen

    Best of luck Megan!!! You’re going to be great!

  • I am sending you good vibes right now… I am so excited for you! Good luck today, I can’t wait to hear all about it. πŸ™‚

  • Maureen

    Best of luck! You are such an awesome runner!

  • mouskewitz

    wanted to de-lurk to say, congratulations! what an incredible time, so happy for you! (i bet that beer is tasting extra-good)

  • Robyn

    Megan, Didn’t see your official time because the website kicked me off (too much traffic), but I did keep up to the very last mile. What a great run!!! I am so happy for you. Congratulations!

  • Wishing you lots of luck and fun during the marathon today. I’m sure you’ll do great.

    My pre-race breakfast – oats in a jar loaded with peanut butter and banana – about 2-3 hours beforehand along with a small cup of coffee. Seems to do the trick.

  • I can’t wait to read how it went today! I’m sure it was awesome!!!

  • Marvin

    I think you ran too fast, didn’t spot you RunnersKitchen.

  • Madeline- Greens and Jeans

    I can’t wait to hear about your race Megan! Next time I’m in NY we will have to grab some food or go for a run!

  • Joe

    MEGAN!!! I just checked the tracker! 3:18!!! Way to go, hon! SO PROUD OF YOU!!!! Can’t wait to see you next week.

  • Joan


    I am so proud of you! Great work today, enjoy your success!

  • Caroline

    3:18! Suh weeeet. Sub-3:19!! Congrats, congrats! You totally deserve it, doing all that hard training and still working a full-time job AND blogging. Can’t wait to read the recap.

  • Go Runner’s Kitchen!!! πŸ™‚ I saw from the other commenters you did amazing. Congratulations.

  • Eileen


    That’s a fantastic time … can’t wait for the full report.

  • I saw you, I saw you, I saw you… and you were incredible! 3:18, right? You are my hero πŸ™‚ this deserves a celebration. I propose we go out again and stay out now that you don’t have to wake up early for long runs.

  • Katie

    I have been reading for awhile and totally using you for inspiration even though I’m a beginning runner. I was so happy to look up your number and see you made your goal! Congrats, it has to be the best feeling ever!!

  • Congrats!!! I met danielle around 12:30 today and she said she saw you pass by a long time ago!! you are awesome πŸ™‚

  • Christina

    Please let us flatter you . . .you truly are an inspiration to us runners reading your blog each day ! Obviously your dedication, determination, and training all came together yesterday- I saw your time, it was awesome and right on your goal pace!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!

  • Nadine

    Wow, awesome race! Congrats on beating your goal!!

  • Aprile

    Way to go! GREAT JOB on your final time, you did excellent. Congrats on beating your goal and I can’t wait to read all about it!! πŸ™‚

  • Marci

    Congrats on a super time! Very inspiring!

  • Congrats!!! We had a blast tracking you!

  • For the runners out there – what’s your standard pre-race dinner and breakfast? I’ve come a long way from the slices of pizza I used to eat during high school track meets. Seriously – I used to chow down on pizza between racing the 1600m and the 32oom!

    -Pre-race dinner: pasta or gnocchi and Mcdonalds fries with lots of salt

    -Breakfast: almond milk, cereal, banana, gatorade, GU, bread/nutella and packet of salt

  • Can’t wait to hear about the race. Based on the comments above, sounds like you did AWESOME! Duh.

  • I can’t wait to read your recap! Massive congrats on your time!!

  • Can’t wait to read your recap! I hope it went well, you had a great time and that you’re feeling good today!

  • Cicero

    Congrats! Been following since the summer…nice post and look forward to the recap.

    Hope you have a great rest.


  • elissa

    Ooh. Your turkey noodle soup looks really yummy. Can you share the recipe?

  • kelli ann

    Wow– congrats on your marathon:: you did amazing! I am a (new-ish) runner who started a new job cooking this fall and am having a very hard time fitting the runs in. Posts like yours about the NYC marathon get me all inspired about starting up again! Wooo!