I ran my 1st monthly marathon of 2018 on January 28 - the Icebreaker International Marathon & Half Marathon in East Meadow, NY on Long Island. This was a new marathon for me. In fact, 9 of the 12 marathons I’m running this year are new to me. There are so many marathons every weekend (and some weekdays!) and they all offer a different experience. Notably, I don’t have any indoor or trail marathons on my list this year. I ran two of each of those last year.
This race was a short 40 min drive for me from Manhattan, and inside Eisenhower Park. There were about 100 runners, most of them were running the half, and about 40 us were running the full.
The half was 4 loops of the park and the full was 8 loops.
One interesting tidbit about this race - it was selected by Marathon Adventures to be the North American venue for its “Triple 7 Quest,” involving seven marathons or 7 halfs on 7 continents in seven days. The course was well-marked, staffed with plenty of volunteers, and they and a lot of race food/drinks as well as a lot of post-race food.
There was 1 race food/drink tent set up near the end of the loop. They had the usual Gatorade, water, and also Pepsi. They had bananas, pretzels, orange slices, and my favorite during this race-peanut butter and banana sandwiches cut into quarters.
I ran a pretty good race. We got fairly lucky with the weather, which was hovering around 48 degrees with some light rain during the first hour. I spent all of January cross-training, lifting, and doing a lot of intervals. I think that helped me quite a bit on this race. I tried to take it easy because I had a 24 hour bike race (the Sebring 24 RAAM qualifier) in Florida 2 weeks after this race, where I did 410 miles, won my age group, and qualified for the 3,000 Race Across America bicycle race1
Overall, I recommend this race if you live nearby in NYC or Long Island and really want to run a marathon in January.
Oh and the finisher medal are really fun. Try this race out next year!
My full 2018 schedule:
- Jan 28 Icebreaker (NY)
- Feb 25 Hyannis (MA)
- Mar 24 Savin Rock (CT)
- Apr 14 Garden Spot Village (PA)
- May 6 Queens (NYC)
- Jun 30 NE Series (NY)
- Jul 8 Mad (VT)
- Aug 5 Drake Well (PA)
- Sept 29 Hamptons (NY)
- Oct 20 Brooklyn
- Nov 4 #TCSNYCMarathon
- Dec 9 Roxbury (CT)