Getting Ready for the New York City Marathon

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Dear Readers,

It’s almost here: the New York City Marathon! The race is on Nov. 3, and I have two things I want to let you know about right now.

Lindsay Crouse is hosting “Women Who Win: Top Runners Who Have Transformed Their Sport,” a live event with the pros Lauren Fleshman, the United States 5,000 meters champion in 2006 and 2010 and one of the most decorated collegiate athletes of all time, and Alysia Montaño, the focus of The New York Times Opinion department’s video project “Dream Maternity,” which helped bring industrywide change in maternity policies for professional athletes. Both runners have spent their careers insisting that the sports industry make way for women, whether through maternity rights, the wage gap, or tackling the host of other issues that women face in careers of all kinds.

The event is at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2 at The New School, 63 Fifth Ave. in Manhattan. It’s $15 for general admission and $10 for Times subscribers — and you can use the code RUN at checkout for $5 off the ticket price.

And if you want to say hello to me, I’ll be at The New York Times booth at the New York City Marathon Expo from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 1. (Yes, we will be giving out swag!) That will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 West 34th St. It’s free.

So, runners, how are we feeling? I’m having a bit of the Taper Tantrums myself: Any step that I take slightly wrong, every little sniffle, anything that does not feel 100 percent right with myself, I think is going to spell disaster for next Sunday. Nothing is really wrong that I can tell, but I’m anxious to get going.

Let me know how you’re doing! And even if you’re not running the New York City Marathon, tell me your Taper Tantrum stories. I’m on Twitter @byjenamiller.

But before I go: If you want to feel like your long run wasn’t, here’s a story for you. Maggie Guterl, 39, of Durango, Colo., just won the Big’s Backyard Ultra, which is a last-person-standing kind of race held in Tennessee. Runners ran a four-mile loop every hour until only one runner was left. The race started at 6:40 a.m. on Oct. 19. She finished at 9:40 p.m. on Oct. 21 — 60 laps and 230 miles later. She’s the first woman to win the race, too. Congrats!

Run Well!

Jen A. Miller

Author, “Running: A Love Story

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