Night Before the Race: NYC Marathon

It’s the day before the NYC Marathon – yay!!
It’s also Halloween – yay!!

Uh oh. Problem.

I realized this pretty far in advance, and while I know the NYC Marathon is always the first Sunday in November, I was bummed that fate conspired so that the year I was running it was the one in seven that Halloween is the night before. How much does that suck?

Those who don’t know me would think that this schedule would necessitate giving up on the Halloween drinking and carousing. But you, my dear readers, know better. When do I ever give up the chance to dress in a skimpy outfit and run around drinking my face off? Never. And so the Halloween plan was born.

With Halloween being on a Saturday (and therefore with people not having to work during the day), I heard about various pub crawls going on. You might think a pub crawl would be exactly the wrong idea, as it would require traipsing around the city, but I heard “afternoon pub crawl” and thought, “yay, an opportunity to get everyone to shift their drinking up from late night so I can get to bed early!” The plan, therefore, became this:

1. Spend the morning getting myself together, laying out my Halloween and marathon outfits side-by-side.
2. Spend the afternoon pregaming at my apartment and hitting the bars, while my mom traveled down from Albany to be in Manhattan by nightfall. Be sure to drink primarily beer (carbs!) and not liquor or wine (fewer carbs! Hangover!). Try to stay sober enough to be able to…
3. Meet up with my mom at a predetermined restaurant with my friends (having warned her in advance that we’d all be pretty darn drunk). “Predetermined” would take away the chances of me just getting greasy pizza or fried food, and would be some sort of pasta place where I couldn’t go wrong with my pre-marathon food choices, despite the level of drunkenness.
4. If everyone else is not ready to go home after dinner, go home with my mom, knowing that they’ll all be too drunk to enjoy themselves in the second half of the festivities anyway.
5. Pass out by 10 PM in order to wake up at 5:30 AM for the race. Drunk sleep? Maybe, but hopefully quantity will make up for quality.

We’ll see how it goes!


  1. I can’t wait to read the rest of this story. I just found out that one of my fav drinking events of the year is going to be the night before my first triathlon :(

  2. your plan was well conceived! i myself like to have beer before races, we call it “Carbo-loading”.
    How did you do in the race?

  3. Totally different plan than what I had. Also–I had no idea you were running NYCM too!! Wondering how your report will read like compared to all the others.

  4. Tell me you are lying!?!?! You did not really party your face off the night before NYC did you?!?!? Girl you are NUTS!

  5. NYC marathon reports are always among my favorites to read.

  6. LOL. I home this is going to be as awesome of a report as it should be.

    Nice work having your priorities straight. Halloween is my fav holiday!

  7. I hope it all went as planned! That’s quite the ambitious goal to celebrate Halloween and marathon all in the same weekend!

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  9. This is INSANE. I can’t wait to read your race re-cap. PS- I love wine and think its important to have at least one glass the night before a race. Congrats on all of your marathon finishes. You are amazing

  10. Hey! Hope you had a great thanksgiving. Hope all is well!

  11. I hope you did well in your marathon! I loved your blog about juggling martini’s and running! That’s awesome! =) Best of luck!

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  13. No posts in a long time and no NYC race report. I hope everything is ok.

  14. I’m also hoping everything is ok, you’ve been gone a while. Take care.

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  16. Hey! Can’t wait to hear your latest updates!!! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving holiday.

  17. We miss you chica! I hope all is well.

  18. Hope you’re OK out there in blogland!

  19. Miss you lots! Hope all is well and that you’re enjoying he holidays.

    Lisa #1910
    (you inspired me to become a Marathon Maniac:))

  20. I’ve stopped by a few times to see if you’ve posted. I hope everything is well with you and I miss reading all your race reports!

  21. I miss reading your race reports. Hope you’re back soon and posting!

  22. so what’s up? Good or bad you owe it to your readers to let us know how you’re doing. Hopefully, you are just so busy with the new job that you can’t blog. But, like me some readers might be really concerned. Injury, job loss and death come to mind. Please let us know what’s up.

  23. I suspect/hope she’s just busy. She’s been updating her Marathon Maniacs races ( as recently as 1/9/2010.

    We stalk because we love, Laura. :) And I’m a Maniac now so I saw you in the newsletter. :)

  24. Hope all is well with you. I am not sure if you are retiring from the blogsphere. Hope to see you back soon.

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