NYC Marathon Secret: It's OK Not to Love It

From avoiding a "golden shower" to how much money—yes, money—to bring, Glynnis MacNicol tells you everything the NYC Marathon doesn't

New York City Marathon 2012 running endurance Sandy

The NYC Marathon isn't always fun. Just ask this guy. His skin fell off.     Photo: emilydickinsonridesabmx/Flickr

By now, I’m sure you’re over how many times you’ve been told running this marathon will be a life changer, or some such, and how it will probably turn you into a devoted marathon runner. If neither of these things end up being true, it's OK.

I will never run more than five consecutive miles again if I can help it. Ever. That said, the fact I did so once certainly makes for great party conversation should the chatter ever lag. And it goes without saying that if you are going to do one marathon in your life, this is it. New York is the greatest. You are the luckiest. Good luck.

Glynnis MacNicol is the former media editor at Business Insider, founding editor at, co-founder of, longtime New Yorker, and one-time New York Marathon runner.

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