Bloggers: ‘Need a 2019 Running Resolution? Look No Further Than the TCS New York City Marathon’
If you’ve made a resolution to get fit in 2019, there’s no better way than to train for the TCS New York City Marathon. You have plenty of time, whether you are planning to run a PR or if it’s your first marathon. You could start building a base now, getting comfortable running various distances at an easy pace.
Four months before the race is the time to fully focus on marathon training, meaning you’ll have to plan numerous runs per week, increasing them until you hit the tapering stage, as well a speed workouts.
Running is a great way to get in shape and challenge yourself, but a clear and exciting goal is needed to keep you going through those long and exhausting days of training. So now that you’ve decided on a New Years resolution, why not do it at the best marathon in the world?
A Celebration of All Your Work
Committing to marathon training isn’t easy. You’ll have highs and you will experience some lows. Looking at my own training, it’s not that it gets easier, but you get stronger.
I look at the race as the celebration of all the hard work I’ve done. It is as if with every training run, you are depositing into your training bank. Come race day, you’re ready to make a withdrawal. The race day should be a big celebration of the work you’ve done, and there is no better celebration than running the TCS New York City Marathon.
I’ve been fortunate enough to run many global marathons, but I keep coming back to New York City. When I ran my first New York City Marathon, Peter Ciaccia (former race director) described it as the world’s best block party. He was correct. The energy of the crowd is something I always look forward to.
Race Toward Your Goal
Did you know that according to Strava data, you’re 92% more likely to stick to your resolution if you have a goal race to train for? And those that run with clubs—real or virtual—uploaded three times as many activities as those who didn’t belong to running/cycling clubs.
Personally, I need a goal that is scary enough to make me get off the sofa when it’s cold and dark outside, and put in the miles. It goes beyond the New Year’s resolution, as it is all about the finish line.
So if you want to maintain your 2019 running goal, the obvious choice is to sign up for a big, awesome race (hello New York City Marathon) and either join a local running club or sign up to one of NYRR’s virtual training platforms to help you achieve those goals.
No Better Place to Run Your First Marathon
By now you should be thinking about the goals you want to set this year. So why not make one of those goals something big and exciting. For those who have set a goal of finishing a marathon for the first time, why not make the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon the place to celebrate your first time? You’ll never forget your first marathon, especially if the first time you run 26.2 miles is through the streets of NYC!
Small Changes Can Help You Finish a Big Goal
I’ve never been one for resolutions. I think you’re setting yourself up to fail if you decide that on January 1, you’re going to magically create a new habit that you think might work for you. No, for me it’s all about small, incremental changes. And If you’re reading this, you’re either a runner, or someone who has decided that they want to run.
Well, the good news for you is that you have the time to make those small, incremental changes to bring about one great big change on the first Sunday of November. I’m coming back from an injury so I’m making those small changes myself to mark that one big change on the first Sunday in November as well. So, what are you waiting for? Have you applied for your chance yet? That’s the first small step.
You, Yes You, Can Run a Marathon
If you’re thinking, I want to run a marathon one day, make it the TCS New York City Marathon. I’ve run six marathons, and the only one I keep coming back to is this one! I’ve run it three times, and have no intention of stopping. One of the reasons it’s my favorite marathons is the crowd support, you will feel as if everyone in NYC has come out to cheer you on! The great thing about this course is you can set a goal to PR or choose to have fun (yes, marathons can be fun).
Marathon Training Can Change Your Life
New Year’s resolutions can be such a bummer. The initial excitement wanes quickly as our motivation disappears and real life starts to get in the way. That is what I find so difficult—relying on resolutions and motivation to change your year (life). What has made a huge impact in my life is the discipline and habits I was able to create through marathon training.
In 2012, when I was suffering from depression and could not imagine a different life for myself, my marathon training plan and the discipline I uncovered—little by little—led me to a more powerful version of myself. If you’re looking for a sign, this is it. Take a shot and apply for the TCS New York City Marathon.
Plenty of Time to Tackle the Challenge
In January, it’s vital to set some fitness and running goals for yourself. But without making them specific, it’s tough to remain consistent in training and to get the work done. I’m a fan of making your goals both specific and compelling. And focusing on the latter, there is no better place to look than the TCS New York City Marathon. If you start now, you have plenty of time to tackle this challenge head on and make a real change in 2019.
Experience it for yourself. Apply for a spot in the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon. The application is open from January 14 through February 14, 2019.