Step 2 Toward 26.2
With fall marathon season approaching, nearly 4,000 runners took to Central Park for the TCS New York City Marathon Training Series 15M.
The Training Series, a set of three events new for 2018, was created to replace the former Long Training Run and Tune-Up events; all three runs are now fully timed and scored, and are eligible for 9+1 program credit. As the second event in the Series, the multi-loop course prepared runners for the ups and downs of the five boroughs' bridges with three trips apiece up Harlem Hill and Cat Hill.
The fastest runners to conquer those hills today were Harbert Okuti on the men's side, clocking 1:24:22, and Kate Gustafson, who led the women's field in 1:35:02.
Although there are 84 days to go until the TCS New York City Marathon on November 4, some runners already had their sights set on next year's five-borough run, having completed their 9+1 for 2018.
When you have your water bottle in one hand and a bagel in the other hand, you balance the 9+1 qualifier poster board on your head!
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~~~ 15 miles done! This picture doesn't show how much the humidity mercilessly punched me in the stomach over and over, but I had a trick up my sleeve; sacrifice mile 14 to finally hit back by dominating mile 15! That bagel was worth it! #marathontraining #tcsnycmarathontraining #grateful #sundayfunday ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~~~ Own The Outcome!
But in the nearer future, runners have one more Training Series event to prep them for race day: The 18-miler in Central Park on September 16. Spots are still available for this event, which will present three full loops of the park—just one shy of the original New York City Marathon course layout.