The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine

Get Ready For The NYC Marathon: Where To Eat, Shop, Hang & Train

Posted by on Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

For an NYC sports doctor, the NYC Marathontaking place November 6th, is like the Super Bowl. We have been working with some local runners for months to help them prepare their feet to withstand the relentless pounding of the 26-mile race. Even the fastest runner still has to continuously run for just over 2.5 hours. No one wants to be taken out by the searing agony of a blister or the loss of function that comes with a foot cramp!

We counsel patients on footwear, fit them with custom orthotics, demonstrate proper wrapping techniques, discuss our favorite blister prevention products, administer platelet rich plasma injections for injured runners looking to heal their soft tissues faster, and even train people to run smarter with computerized gait analysis. If you are a runner passing through New York specifically for the run, we’d love to meet with you and be part of your 2016 New York City Marathon experience, too! Just call (212) 996-1900 to be seen in our office near Central Park and the museums.

In today’s blog, we’d like to enlighten you on a few other great stops to make while you’re in town for the NYC race.

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The world’s largest marathon, with over 50,000 finishers, takes place here in New York City. Image Source: Wikimedia user FlickreviewR.

Where To Eat: Get Your Carb On!

To fuel itself during the marathon, your body will borrow energy from stores of glycogen and fat. Glycogen is the optimal energy form because it is immediately accessible energy. Fat, on the other hand, has to be converted into fuel, so your body hits a wall once the glycogen reserves become diminished. That’s why experts recommend a practice called “carb loading” which fills your muscles to the brim with glycogen.

The ideal foods include tortillas, oatmeal, bread, bagels, yogurt, juice, potatoes, waffles, and pasta. Try to limit your fiber intake, as this could cause digestion issues mid-race. Also, steer clear of too many fat-laden sauces and protein that might fill you up too fast and slow down your digestion. Aim for 85-95% of your calories to come from carbs; this means eating about four grams of carbs for every pound of body weight each day. (So if you weigh 150 pounds, that’s 600 grams of carbs a day).

Where To Eat Before the NYC Marathon:

  • Patsy’s Italian Restaurant (Midtown West): Pasta
  •  Hale and Hearty (Midtown West): Soups and Sandwiches
  • La Masseria (Midtown West): Pasta
  • Gourmet Garage (SoHo): Soups and Breads
  • Tapas at Tio Pepe (West Village): Grilled Bread
  • Da Rosina (West Village): Italian Cuisine
  • Tompkins Square Bagels (Alphabet City): Bagels
  • Lombardi’s Pizza (Nolita): Pizza
  • An’nam (Midtown West): Sushi Rolls
  • Buca di Beppo (Times Square): Pasta

Learn more about these establishments at CityGuideNY.com.

Where To Shop: Find Shoes & Apparel To Power Performance

While you don’t want to break in a brand new pair of running shoes during the race itself, you may want to stock up on some choice gear for your training back at home.

As for the race itself, you’ll need a running tank, a breathable long-sleeve shirt with pockets, slightly compressive running tights, a good pair of socks, a running watch, and a warm fleece for after the race.

Here’s another marathon veteran’s secret: You’ll want to bring some old throwaway gear—or even a garbage bag—to leave at the starting line rather than dressing for the weather and overheating after the first three miles.

Where To Shop For Running Gear In NYC:

  • Nike Run (Flatiron, Upper East Side)
  • ADIDAS Store (Soho)
  • New Balance Store (Flatiron)
  • Urban Athletics (Upper East Side)
  • New York Running Company (Central Park South)
  • Super Runners Shop (Meatpacking District)
  • JackRabbit Sports (Union Square)
  • Brooklyn Running Co. (Williamsburg)

Learn more about these stores at Racked.com.

What To Do: Local Runner Meetups

There are a lot of NYC Marathon week events and activities, from NY Pass tours of the city and pre-race dinners to fundraisers and post-race parties. Not surprisingly, the most populated city in America has a rather thriving race culture and a number of friendly running groups; so, naturally, we recommend a NYC runner meetup as a way to fraternize, learn more about the city, and add a personal touch to your experience.

Inquire With The Following NYC Running Groups:

  • Battery Park City Running Club
  • Dashing Whippets
  • Front Runners New York
  • Galloway NYC Running Club
  • New York Flyers
  • Central Park Track Club
  • New York Harriers
  • NYC Fun Run
  • New York Road Runners
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • Gotham City Runners
  • Prospect Park Track Club
  • North Brooklyn Runners
  • Brooklyn Beer Runners

The Center For Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine doctors have served as official group podiatrists for the NY Road Runners and The Central Park Track Club in the past. Come see what we’re all about or learn more about these meetups at Racked.com

Curious About Gait Analysis? Need A Race-Day Stretch Routine?

Stop by The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in Manhattan, near Central Park, for all your foot and ankle needs. Our board-certified podiatrists, surgeons, and sports doctors work the sidelines of the NYC Marathon as official event doctors that treat acute injuries and also run two successful area practices.

We can address any niggling pains you’ve been suffering, discuss strategies for injury prevention with you, perform gait analysis to see if you are at risk for injury, talk running gear, treat foot pain, or answer any other questions you may have. Contact us for more info. Otherwise, good luck with the NYC Marathon. We hope to see you cross the finish line!

If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.