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ING New York City Marathon 2011: Race Recap Part 3

Ten Lessons Learned at the 2011 ING New York City Marathon

  1. Go to the Expo early in the day to maximize time with vendors and hopefully the crowds would be smaller.
  2. Don’t dither about dropping layers. As soon as I have the thought to ditch a layer I should.
  3. Bring some cardboard to the start area villages as insulation from the cold ground.
  4. Sit as much as possible in the start area villages and corral.
  5. Snatch a couple of packets of peanut butter from the hotel breakfast for the bagels at the start area.
  6. Pour excess Gatorade out of cup before attempting to drink at the fluid station.
  7. Figure out how to get more electrolytes and food with some bulk at about the half marathon mark.
  8. Increase hill ascending and descending in my training program.
  9. Either run with a phone or make sure to leave one in my drop bag.
  10. Upgrade my GPS running watch to a newer model that has a more reliable GPS tracking ability.

I will re-enter the lottery for New York City 2012 and hope for an opportunity to apply these lessons in New York and other marathons.

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.