It’s Pile on the Miles Day…4!! Are you doing a long run? Racing? Running the New York City Marathon??!!
Good luck to everyone running New York!! I ran the NYC Marathon in 2013 and it was AMAZING. The crowd support is unlike any other race I’ve done. It is powerful and definitely changes the game.
The New York City Marathon is the world’s largest marathon, with about 50,000 participants! And Meb Keflezighi is running this Sunday as his final professional race before retiring! He’s the only person to win an Olympic medal and 1st in the New York City Marathon and Boston Marathon.
He won a silver medal at the Athens Olympics in 2004 – 1st place at the NYC Marathon in 2009 and 1st place at the Boston Marathon in 2014. And I met Meb a couple of times and he’s super nice and awesome. I’m a BIG fan. And want to share some inspiration from an interview I did with him before the LA Marathon this year.
(This pic is from the Beach to Beacon 10K I did.)
I was super surprised he said the marathon is 90% mental and asking about it…
“We go through the same journey, even though we make it look easy. It’s hard, but you want to make it look effortless. You don’t want your mechanics to be broken or people see that you’re hurting. We’re all hurting at mile 21, 22. We’re digging deep within ourselves. We try to make it look as effortless as possible.
Marathons are about patience, life is about patience. There are people who are trying to PR or BQ and miss their goal by 2 minutes. Maybe you went out too hard and need to go out slower. Let your body warm up. At mile 18, 19 start doing negative splits.
Meb’s advice for running a marathon:
“It’s going to hurt at one point. We hope it hurts at mile 20 and not mile 6, but you’re waiting for it. Think about people less fortunate than you. I’m hurting but I’m going to get to that finish line. Walk if you have to – I’ve walked before. There are people out there that don’t have the chance to finish the race – you have the chance to walk. Not everything is going to go your way. Put your head down and keep going forward, appreciate the moment. Take every moment in or you’re going to regret it.
Check out my interview with Meb Keflezghi here.
And this is the finish of his Boston WIN:
How to Watch the NYC Marathon
If you want to watch the NYC Marathon… here’s some info from Runner’s World:
In New York:
On TV: Live broadcast from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. on WABC-TV Channel 7
Live Streaming: From 7 a.m.–2 p.m. via the ABC app and on ABC7NY.com
Across the U.S:
On TV: Live coverage from 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. on ESPN2; highlight show from 3–5 p.m. on local ABC affiliates
Live Streaming: Via WatchESPN with subscription from affiliated providers
Around the World:
International viewers should check local listings. You can view a list of international broadcaster on the NYC Marathon website.
Instagram Scavenger Hunt Day 4: Treat!
In honor of National Candy Day today’s scavenger hunt item is a treat. Whatever that is for you – treat yo self! Or at least show us a picture of a treat with #TeamRER @RunEatRepeat on insta.
And if you want extra support join the Pile on the Miles 2017 Facebook group here!