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Why I Can’t Wait to Run the NYC Marathon (and Why You Should Too)

Disclaimer: The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of New York Road Runners.

If you have been a regular Run DMT reader for some time, then you are aware that I applied to run in the TCS New York City Marathon three times and shared those experiences on more than one occasion (2011, 2012 and 2013).  My quest and desire to run the NYC marathon began in January 2011 when I had hoped to run the NYC marathon for my 40th birthday.

Although I grew up in Florida, I am originally from New York City and my family and I visited the city quite regularly, especially to see my grandmother who still resides in Midtown Manhattan.  My mom (a girl from Queens) and my dad (a guy from Washington Heights) shared so many loving memories of life in the Big Apple from the Washington Bridge to Queens Boulevard.

On many trips into the city, I suffered through my steam-fitter father’s stories as he pointed out all the skyscrapers he helped construct. By applying for the NYC marathon lottery decades later, I would experience the city like never before. As a runner, I would feel my father’s sweat as I ran on the streets between those skyscrapers and bridges and I would have my own NYC story to share with my kids.

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Sadly, I didn’t make the lottery in 2011, but I was grandfathered into the three year application process.  As the guidelines stated then, if I applied every year from then on, I would be guaranteed entry in 2014.

The following January I applied and again, I wasn’t selected.  In 2013, I applied once more and again, my name was not drawn.  Ironically, my friend, Mica, applied that same year and made the lottery on her first application attempt.  She was stunned.

Since I was guaranteed entry for 2014, Mica chose to defer her entry so that she could run the marathon with me the following year.  After all the TCS New York City Marathon was going to be her first marathon and she wanted a support system in place.

After applying year after year, I never expected anyone to run the TCS New York City Marathon with me and I was thrilled to experience it with a friend.  After three years, this highly anticipated marathon moment transformed into two friends running through five boroughs through one amazing city.

And it was totally worth the wait.

Even with the knowledge of a guaranteed entry for 2014, the acceptance entry was still a shock to me. I cried when the dialogue box popped up on my computer screen.

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To celebrate our TCS New York City Marathon moment, Mica bought a NYC medal rack to hold that Big Apple medal and display many more of our running achievements.

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Tonight you can feel my excitement and enthusiasm to finally run the TCS New York City Marathon this year.   Join me and many other TCS New York City Marathoners for the NYRR and FitFluential Twitter chat tonight (Thursday, February 6) at 9 pm EST.  Follow @FitFluential and @NYRR along with #TCSNYCMarathonApply.

We’ll joined by Coach John Honerkamp, who has coached runners of all ages and abilities for 15 years. As an experienced coach and marathoner, Honerkamp practices what he preaches having used the Official NYRR Training Plan to train for the 2011 Berlin and ING NewYork City marathons.

Hopefully my enthusiasm in this post and the #TCSNYCMarathonApply Twitter chat, will inspire you to apply for the TCS New York City Marathon too.  To encourage you to apply even more, the TCS New York City Marathon will hold six weekly sweepstakes drawings that will pull one winner from each of the five boroughs and five National and International runners from the Marathon Applicant database. Each winner will win a non-complimentary, guaranteed entry into the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon. That means ten winners each week for a total of 60 winners with drawings every Monday from February 3-March 10.

Register early for more chances to be selected. Visit to apply.  Registration closes on March 18 at 11:59pm EST.

The fine print: Applicants must have completed the application process for the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon to be eligible. If they do not win as part of the contest, they will be automatically entered in the marathon drawing to be conducted in March. For the complete rules, visit

Places I Love

I Heart Faces noborder 125x100 Places I LoveEvery week, I visit I Heart Faces and promise to participate in the challenge, but I then I get distracted and forget to submit my photos.  But not this week!  Although this week’s challenge seemed relatively easy, it was difficult to narrow down my favorite places.


About 5 years ago, we traveled to Chester, England for my friend, Suzie’s, wedding.  During our holiday, we drove to Edinburgh, Scotland (where Allan was born), York (the city where I completed my final teaching internship) and visited Whitby (Allan’s hometown).  Although I had seen many pictures of Whitby, it wasn’t until I physically stepped foot in the town that I understood why Allan gets homesick.  Since my college days, I have always loved England, but I fell in love with little quaint little sleepy seaside town.  Honestly, pictures do not do it justice and simply cannot reflect the beauty of Whitby.  Someday we’ll own a small little cottage summer home there visit again.


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New Orleans
Can you believe I spent a weekend in New Orleans and this is the best picture with “faces” I can find?  These cute little Jamie Hayes voodoo dolls were more willing models than my DH.


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This southern city is truly full of soul in more ways than one.  New Orleans has the best food, best music and the best people.  I’m planning a trip back to the Big Easy for my 40th birthday in 2011.


BTW…Good luck to the Saints in the Super Bowl!  Who dat?!


New York City
Last year, we were fortunate to spend two kid-free weekends in New York CityOur May trip was Allan’s first time in the Big Apple.  He usually doesn’t like having his photo taken, but he willingly posed for this shot.  Look closely at the photo to see why Allan thought he was being so clever.


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The Beach
I love the beach and so do my girls.  Thank heavens we live in a state that is almost surrounded with soft sand and beautiful blue water.  I can’t wait for the warm weather to arrive so we can start packing the beach bags and head for the waves again.


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Living in Florida, you either take for granted that you live in a state with miles of beautiful beaches and Mickey Mouse or your take full advantage of it.  It’s been a year since our last trip to the Magic Kingdom and I miss the magic. Therefore for Mother’s Day this year, I requested a weekend at Disney.


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Both Allan and I camped as kids, but until our friends, Erika and John, reintroduced us to the idea of camping a few years ago, we had forgotten how much we loved it.  Now, we camp a couple times of year with our friends and it’s something we all look forward to, except when it’s raining.


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North Carolina
We can also thank our friends, Erika and John, for our love for North Carolina.  For the past three years, our two families have enjoyed sharing a cabin and playing in the snow in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  However, last month was probably our final trip to the mountains for awhile.  We’ll have to see if our next little one will be an intrepid traveler, car sleeper or car screamer like his/her sisters were as infants.  Another car screamer would make me head for the hills for sure!   Fingers crossed we can return to North Carolina in 2011.


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So, I cheated a little with this one, because my friend and absolutely FABULOUS photographer, Kelly, took this family photo.  I really love Hooters, however, my pregnancy nose can’t stand the smell of chicken or fried food, so I’m really missing sunsets over the Gulf and hot wings and pitchers of beer at the New Port Richey Hooters these days.  Food aversions really stink.  (No pun intended.)


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Dorothy said it best.  There’s no place like home. As much as I love to travel, it feels so good to come back to the comforts of home after any trip.


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New York Christmas

My husband and I are leaving for the Big Apple this Thursday to celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary.  Top on our “To Do” list in the city is to tour Top of the Rock and ice skate at Rockefeller Plaza.  I’ve also requested a horse-drawn buggy ride around Central Park and then more ice skating in the park.


However, we’re pretty much going to hang out at 30 Rock this weekend.  I’ve been dying to see a taping of Saturday Night Live for years.  We don’t have tickets, but we’re prepared to wait in the stand-by line in freezing temperatures very early Saturday morning.  I’ve already warned promised Allan lots of coffee and other favors for being a good sport.


We’re also hoping to catch a taping of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.  Then, we’re bound for Broadway of course, but we haven’t picked a show yet.


Lots of fun in store for a chilly, Christmas Anniversary in NYC!  I can’t wait!


And because I’m so excited about our New York Christmas, I’ve selected New York Christmas by Rob Thomas for this week’s Christmas Musical Monday.




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