NYC Marathon experience:
Its all about timing
Central Park may be a 20-minute subway ride from Brooklyn, but on foot it could be a four-to-five hour extravaganza. Runners should leave themselves at least 4-5 months to prepare for the 26.2 mile trek. Mark your calendars for 2006 if the race is on Sunday, November 5, you should start lacing up your shoes for your first training run no later than early July.
Group hug, anyone?
Many find that training on a regular basis with a group of runners gives them the motivation to tackle those before-work 6-milers and Saturday afternoon 20-milers.
Check out the some of the running organizations in and around New York to find a running partner or training groups:
The New York Road Runners
The New York Flyers
The Running Center, NYC
The Central Park Track Club
Training on your own also has its benefits. Running alone allows you to create an individualized program based on your own fitness level, racing ability, and schedule. Plus, running by yourself allow you to clear your mind, focus and mentally prepare for the race with few distractions.
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