Ready for NYC Marathon: It’s TRICKY!!

Ready for NYC Marathon: It’s TRICKY!!

One of my FAVORITE running partners is someone I have known my entire life.  We ran side by side in our very first road race.  We ran together in high school cross country and track.

Both of us on H.S. track team in 1997.  I am one year older but she has always been taller than me!

We ran together in our first marathon when we were in college.  It’s been about ten years since our last race together but one week from today we will be heading to the starting line of the ING New York City Marathon.

Tricky (that’s my sister and yes, that is her real name!) does not keep a running blog but I thought her story for wanting to run in the NYC Marathon needed to be shared! 

Tricky is a wife and mother of two little boys (11 mos & 3 yrs).  She works full-time as a middle school art teacher in Connecticut.  She has so much going on in her life and every reason not to train for a marathon but here she is, 11 months after baby #2 getting ready to run one of the biggest races of her life.

1.  When did you first decide that you wanted to run the NYC marathon?
I decided I wanted to run the NYC marathon in September of 2011. I was 8 months pregnant, sitting in my doctors office, where he had photographs displayed of himself finishing the 2008 NYC marathon (which was the same year I ran my last marathon).  We talked for a bit about the race, and I when I left I knew NYC was something I wanted to do. But I didn’t know anything about it: the date, qualifying times, how the lottery worked, etc. After doing a lot of research I learned that big changes were in the works for the NYC marathon, especially for those people aiming to get a guaranteed spot.  I went ahead & entered the lottery in January of 2012, knowing full well my chances were slim.

2.  What race qualified you to run NYC?
I decided I didn’t want to rely solely on the lottery to get into the marathon, so I looked into the possibility of qualifying for a guaranteed spot. Unfortunately, after Jan 31st, 2012, NYRR wasn’t accepting qualifying times from any races besides the (already sold out) NYC half in March & the Brooklyn Half in May. As anticipated I did not get picked in the lottery, so all of my eggs were in the Brooklyn Half basket. I wasn’t even sure if I could make the qualifying time of 1:37 since my PR up to that point was only a 1:44:15. I do not consider myself a “runner” per say, I think I’m just drawn to the sport because it forces me to stay in shape.  But my sister Tia, who already had a guaranteed spot into the NYC marathon, seemed confident I could qualify. She came up with a 10 week training schedule for me, more rigorous than anything I had done before. The baby weight fell off as I put in the mileage, and I am happy to say I qualified at the Brooklyn Half Marathon with a time of 1:34:35!

3.  Describe briefly your NYC marathon training and how you make it work with your busy life?
I trained for the NYC marathon using a 15 wk individualized plan set up by the Run S.M.A.R.T team.  Due to my full time work schedule, and the fact that my husband & I work opposite shifts, training for this race has at times been nearly impossible.  Almost all of my runs have been completed before work (alarm set @ 4:45am!) or on a treadmill after my boys are in bed.  I utilized babysitters a few times for tempo runs, but in the future I will definitely look into setting up a regular running schedule with a babysitter.

4.  What are your marathon race goals?
I hope to run the marathon at an 8 minute pace, with a finish time around 3:30.  If I can do this it would allow me to qualify for the Boston Marathon, which has always been the end game.

Tricky was recently selected to represent the state of Connecticut as a Marathon Morning Across America state Ambassador in the Marathon Opening Ceremony Parade which will be in Central Park this Friday from 5:30-7 pm.

5.  How do you feel about being selected to represent Connecticut in the Opening Ceremony?
I am thrilled about being the Connecticut Ambassador at the Opening Ceremony.  What a surprise & extra perk this will be to make the marathon weekend an unforgettable experience.  The students I teach are excited that I’ll be wearing a shirt in the parade that they all signed.

Tricky’s PR’s:
Best 5K- 21:10 (March 2012)

Half Marathon- 1:34:35 (May 2012)
Marathon- 4:01:27 (April 2008)

Thank you, Tricky for taking the time to share your story here.  I am SO excited about spending time with you and getting to experience the NYC Marathon weekend together! I love you!!


23 thoughts on “Ready for NYC Marathon: It’s TRICKY!!

  1. This is so exciting!!! You and your sis are both gorgeous:) my sister is coming with me, not running, she actually has a broken ankle, so it will be interesting! I am going to email you, I would LOVE to meetup if it worked out and at any point. I’m hoping this hurricane doesn’t screw things up! I’m taking the train in on Friday afternoon. Getting close – cant wait! And what a rockstar your sis is for pulling off that half, maybe you should be a running coach!;-)

    1. Thanks Katie! I hope you are doing ok in CT right now. That storm does not look good at all… I would LOVE to meet up in NYC- email me! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. this is GREAT!! ๐Ÿ™‚ good luck Tricky & Tia!!! you have a fan in Cali! looking forward to hearing about two new sister PR’s real soon!

  3. Okay, do you have any other siblings? I would love to know how your parents picked the names! Very unique! Good luck to you and your sister, Tia. You both are awesome ladies!

    1. Ha!! Yes, there are 5 girls and we all start with T. I am the oldest, then Tricky, Tara, Tessa and Toni. Lots of fun growing up with 5 girls!!

  4. I am so excited for you girls!! What a fun and special weekend/experience this will be for y’all:) I am already so proud of you both for all of your hard work, and know you will do great. Tell Tricky I said good luck for me too!! I can’t wait to hear all about it.

  5. wow, amazing blog! your Aunt Cindy Detrick shared it with me! My husband grew up with your mother-in-law Susie and the Potter family. My husband’s dad and Brother Potter were the best of friends. Your blog is so inspirational for me. I love working out, but I am not a runner and am currently trying to learn to be! I’m running my first 5K next month and my first half-marathon in December. So far, it’s all hard and not getting any easier, but I hear from my coach and friends it all takes time. I will come to your blog for inspiration! We are christians too and live in CA near San Francisco. I write a blog as well.

    1. Hi!! So glad you stopped by. Lots of connections there! Have fun on your first 5K and then later your half marathon. It’s great having goals like that to work towards. I hope your training is going well. You live in an excellent racing area of the country! I will definitely check out your blog.

  6. Your sister is gorgeous!! What a great coach you are. She ran the Half marathon PR 6 months post partum!! How does she even have time to train for a full marathon. I feel like such a slug now.lol. Good luck to the both of your racing this weekend.

  7. awww! I love this post!! I’m a total sucker for sister-runners, anyway. What amazing opportunities for both of you. You’re very blessed to have the relationship and abilities you do.
    Thank you so much for taking the time to share this with us and I can’t wait to hear about your NY experiences!!

  8. You ladies are going to have a fabulous time! Tricky is very inspiring with her level of dedication. It has to be hard to make a schedule like that work.
    I loved reading about how she qualified!
    Best wishes to both of you this weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

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