Chicago Marathon in my Rear View Mirror, NYC Marathon on the Horizon

Good morning! I am currently running the New York Marathon this morning! My start time is at 9:40 am – I am in the Green Corral, Wave 1 – Bib Number 20035.


If you are new to the blog, you might not know that I recently ran my first marathon in Chicago a mere 3 weeks ago.


I had an amazing experience during my first marathon and am very excited to be running the streets of New York City today.

If you would like to know how I came to be running 2 marathons in one month – check out this post – it explains the method for my madness.


Since this is not my first NYC race I wanted to share with you some of my New York City racing experiences.


My first NY race experience was in February 2009 in the Al Gordon Snowflake 5k. I finished that race in 27:40 with an 8:55 pace. I was pretty proud of this time as I had just started running.

That same August I ran the NYC Half Marathon for the first time – it was my second half marathon. I had an amazing experience running through the streets of New York – my favorite part was running through Times Square. It was also the first race I ran in my sports bra, which was another amazing experience!

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This time last year I ran 6.2 miles of the New York Marathon with my running buddy Aileen for her first marathon. It was amazing to be running the streets with my friends, but I didn’t focus much on the race itself because it was Aileen’s Marathon, not mine! 🙂

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My most recent NYC race was the Half Marathon in March 2010. This was an amazing experience for me for a few reasons.

1) I had run the Disney Princess Half Marathon 2 weeks earlier and had an incredible Re-PR

2) At the 2010 Half Marathon in NYC I have run my fastest Half Marathon to date with a PR of 1:49:38 – the time which qualified me for the Chicago Starting Corral D!

The 2010 NYC Half Marathon was a good race for me!

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Since I just ran a marathon a few weeks ago, my goal for today is the same as it was for Chicago – to finish with a smile on my face. I think this is ALWAYS going to be my marathon goal – and it’s a pretty good one!

Obviously I would like to beat my Chicago time, but I am very realistic that it just might not happen today. NYC is not said to be a course for breaking records because of the mass amounts of people, the 5 bridges and a nasty hill around mile 20 (so I have heard), but I am going to try my very best and enjoy the marathon experience!

Wish me lots of luck and I will be back with my NYC Marathon recap!


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10 Responses to Chicago Marathon in my Rear View Mirror, NYC Marathon on the Horizon

  1. Alison (Ali on the Run)

    Good luck! So excited for you! I'll be out there screaming for all the runners. Have an amazing time and enjoy every moment!

  2. ~Mrs. Guru~

    Good luck! I am sure you are doing great!

  3. Shannon

    GOOD LUCK! I hope you have an amazing time and reach your goal of finishing with a smile on your face!

  4. Maggie

    I hope my encouragement right after mile 7 was helpful. I'm glad you managed to hear me!

  5. Maria @ Oh Healthy Day

    Hi Leslie! Just stumbled upon your blog and have been mesmerized since I found it! Two marathons in one month – I think I just found my new running inspiration!

    Good luck on the marathon (though I believe its probably over by now!)

  6. Carly

    Hope you a had a great race this morning. Can't wait to hear all about it.

  7. mjames003

    Man, you're a NYC race-aholic! I can't wait to read about your 2nd marathon!

  8. Lawgirl

    I can't wait to hear how ya did!! Hope ya had a great race & congrats!


    Hope your race was amazing Leslie! Can't wait to hear about it 🙂

  10. ladypurpl

    You'll tackle this marathon with a smile on your face – I'm sure! Lots of luck and don't worry about those little hill inclines, you'll master them all!

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