ING New York City Marathon Hotel Accommodations
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The Iroquois New York is the perfect location to start your Marathon Day, with a high-energy breakfast in Triomphe or a grab & go bag with Power Bars and water. Located within walking distance of the Marathon route and finish line, The Iroquois New York is the perfect hotel for all your Marathon weekend needs. Luxury accommodations with complimentary Wi-Fi, coffee served each morning in the lobby and hot apple cider each afternoon it is the perfect destination to take the chill off after the race. The Iroquois also offers classic guestrooms with Frette Linens, flat screen TV's, iPod docking stations and Molton Brown bathroom amenities. The best place to rest your weary legs after the ING New York City Marathon.
Meet our very own Marathon runner Vanessa Torruellas our The Iroquois New York Chef Concierge
Vanessa is a naitive of Puerto Rico, she has been living in New York City for the last 7 years and been running since 2006. Her first race was "The World's Best 10K" a 6.2 miles run along the longest bridge in San Juan, PR. She finished in 1:15:45 and a lot of pain, presently her strongest 10K time is 48:44. She has participated in 4 marathons including NYC Marathon 2009 and 2011, Chicago Marathon 2010 and Berlin Marathon 2012. Her best time for a marathon is currently 4:15:03. This year she will be running her 5th marathon in New York City along with 45,000 runners from all over the world. Her goal is to finish the 6 Marathon "majors" (London, Boston, Japan, NYC, Chicago and Berlin) at present she is half way to her goal. Her next challenge, she wishes to complete an Ironman endurance competition which consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 miles bike ride and a 26.2 miles marathon all in under 17 hours. The Ironman competition represents the need to have a fit body and a strong will power. Vanessa says, the hardest part of running long distance is your mindset. I wake up at 3:45am ready to go for a run and I think about it all day every day; when the time comes, I am ready for a good morning workout. The same happens when you wake up on Sunday at 6:00am to run 18 miles is the discipline and determination that take you to the start but is your mind and willpower that takes you to the finish line.
Vanessa's tips for a successful Marathon
What to wear: Wear clothes that you have worn before for a long run. Avoid new sneakers, avoid cutting your toe nails the night before. Make sure that you check the forecast to not feel too warm or too cold. Remember that even if the temperature is 50 degrees your body will warm up by the 3rd mile. In New York City particularly since there is so much waiting prior to your start line bring several layers of clothes that you will take off prior to start and that you are willing to donate or throw away.
What to eat: I personally eat oatmeal with banana, strawberries and cinnamon. I drink green tea every morning. Most runners eat peanut butter sandwiches, bananas and a lot of coffee. My suggestion is to go with what you did during your training and avoid trying anything new on the big day.
After: I eat absolutely everything that is in front of me. You deserve it! At this point you have burnt about 2000 calories so you earned an amazing dinner! Make sure to stretch after the marathon. Monday morning you will feel a little better if you stretch after the race and some runners do an ice bath, I personally do not like the cold but use ice bags sometimes.
Prep: Marathon training needs about 6 months of preparation including, short runs, long runs, cross training, speed workouts and tempo runs. There is a 3 week period prior to the race that is called tapering where you slow down on the amount of mileage and relax until the big day. Tapering is the most important part of your training, do not do too much on the last couple of weeks. Avoid putting yourself at risk of injuries or unnecessary pain the training is already done by this time just stretch, hydrate and do short runs at a comfortable pace 9that is what I personally do).
Best place to see/follow runner: Brooklyn, Bronx and between 123rd - 119th street and Marcus Garvey Park, along 5th avenue up to 110th street. Avoid the finish area. Make sure to tell the runners exactly where you will be so they can locate you. Avoid 1st Avenue which is very crowded. Set a meeting point after the race finishes. Is difficult to find family members in NYC at the finish line. Amsterdam Avenue between 66th street and 73rd street are good options to meet with friends or family members. I try to walk outside the park area to meet my friends and family every time I have ran the NYC Marathon.
2013 ING New York City Marathon
November 3, 2013
Staten Island to Central Park
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