The time is almost near. You’ve worked hard, trained for months and now the big day is THIS Sunday.
SO DON’T BLOW IT BY MAKING ME KICK YOUR BUTT!
This is not where I give helpful tips how to survive the race because, well, having never survived 26.2 miles, I would have no idea what I was talking about. This is where I help you survive NYC when you’re not running. This is where I spare you of potentially shoved, pushed, yelled at by resident New Yorkers who get a bad rap for being rude when it reality, we’re not (unless you’re in the Port Authority. There is no excuse for there. The people are just evil through no ones’s fault).
Believe it or not, when you rely on public transportation, missing a train or a ferry or a bus can add a SIGNIFICANT period of time to your commute. We don’t always rush, but if we are, it’s because we know that if we don’t our 1 hour commute will become 2 hours (seriously, I’ve missed a train and that throws everything off and my commute time doubles).
If you were to go to another county, would you expect them to adopt your traditions? No, you do your best to accommodate theirs…well, think of visiting NY as visiting another country.
Don’t get me wrong, what I am about to advise you on, even some (many) resident New Yorkers need to listen to, but just because they do it, doesn’t make it right.
Treat the Sidewalks and Streets Like a Race Course
When you run in a race, there are certain courtesies you are expected to follow. Why do you think that this would not apply to walking ANYWHERE. Would you run 5 people across and block the entire race course so that no one could get by? NO! So don’t do it on the sidewalks! Yes, you are a big group, but our sidewalks are not. Do not make it impossible for us to walk past you…
…which brings up the next point, walk on the right side! That simple, just stay to the right. That way you can have people walk in both directions without crashing into people! Its a crazy concept, I know. BUT DO IT! I don’t mean just do it if your walking slowly, I mean just do it! That simple.
And this kinda relates to another similarity to a race. If you need to stop, which sometimes you do, unless you are passing out and cannot control it, you go off to the side and then stop. SO WHY THEN DO YOU DECIDE IT IS OK TO JUST STOP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SIDEWALK AND STAND THERE FOR FOREVER WITH YOUR GROUP OF 10 PEOPLE AND MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR ANYONE TO GO ANYWHERE! If you need to stop to check your map, make a phone call, ask for directions, we understand, just step to the side, out of the way, and then stop. I don’t think that’s asking a lot.
You’re visiting NY and you want to take the subway. Great. Follow this simple rule and I will not “accidentally” slam into you…
LET THE PEOPLE GET OFF THE TRAIN FIRST! Do not start pushing your way in until everyone that needs to get off the train has. I promise, the train will not leave before you get on. See, the conductor, he/she can see everyone waiting to get on the train, so he knows when he can go. He/she CANNOT see everyone still in the cars who are trying to get off. So, I repeat, LET THE PEOPLE OFF THE TRAIN FIRST! If you see me standing there next to the door, waiting to get on, I am not doing it for my health, I am doing it to let the people off, so no, the answer is NOT walking around me, cut in front of me and push your way through the people still trying get off. LET THE PEOPLE OFF THE TRAIN FIRST! Have I mentioned letting the people off the train first?
Unless you are elderly, pregnant, or physically handicapped in some way, do NOT fight with me (or anyone) over that seat when you are getting off in 1-2 stops. It’s 5 minutes. You can stand for 5 minutes. Suck it up.
Do not lean against the pole. The poles are there for a reason. There are there for people to hold on to so they don’t fall on their asses. They are not meant to hold you and only you up. Don’t be that guy (or girl).
Do not take up more than 1 seat. Yes, it’s nice to have space. If you want space, do not ride on a subway…especially between the hours of 7am-10am and 3pm-8pm. You are not special, you do not get 2 seats. By that same logic, if you see someone taking up 2 seats, PLEASE make them move their ass (or bag) over and let you sit down. They are being an asshole.
Some subway stations are equipped with escalators. Yes, escalators have room for 2 people across. Do NOT stand 2 people across on an escalator. If you are “riding” the escalator, stand (again) to the right. Leaving the left side open for those who are walking up the escalator. Got it? Escalators – standing: right, walking: left.
Stairs, like sidewalks, have similar rules. Stay to the right. Do not block the entire staircase with your group. Do not stop in the middle of the staircase.
I think that covers most of it, but anything I missed should be covered by Mr. Johnny T here:
GOOD LUCK RUNNERS!