My Lorna Jane socks are so freaking comfy! But keep my feet dry when running. LOVE.
Y’all. Two weeks away. Bam! And now I have extended family coming. Lorna Jane making me look fashionable. The big boss at work found out about my marathon. And now she wants to announce it. Eek. I got peeps holding me accountable! And its nerve wracking! Ha. Actually I think what is more nerve wracking is the logistics of everything. Place to stay. What to bring. Do I wear a hydration pack? Or pick up a hand held? Do I need this? Where do I get my packet? Do I have my directions? Do I need a crew? Is everyone on the same page? Ya-da ya-da ya-da…
I am hoping that I am stressing with these 1st marathon jitters so much, that when all this takes place, I’m gonna realize I had nothing to worry about.
Mentally, focusing on the run itself, I’m ready to do it. I have my plan of action in my head. I’ve been meditating on crossing the finish line in pretty decent shape. Y’all, I am in this to have a good time. It is after all a vacation. My intentions are simply to finish. And I am hoping in under 6 hours. I have the pace all figured out and am ready to roll.
The Learning Curve
So now that my 1st marathon is almost at par (heck ya, ready for some Lake Tahoe)… Let’s talk common pitfalls (I’m pretty sure they are common) and stuff I learned about in preparing for my 1st marathon:
- How do you find the time to run all these crazy miles during the weekday?! I do love running now. And I love running in groups or with zombies chasing after me. Weekends, no problem. I’m not on a time schedule. And I can run my heart out. But how do you find the time during the week? I’m talking to you mamas out there. One, I’m a late bird. So early mornings seem nearly impossible. Nearly. I’ve managed to squeeze in a few. Two, since school started, my kids schedules whacked my running schedule all up. So, I’ve started squeezing in running increments to get the miles in. Would love your tips for weekday runs.
- Not fueling properly pre-run. I’d roll out of bed. Hurry to get out before it got hot. Nothing to eat and out the door. Ya… my stamina ran out fast. Like a car running on empty.
Don’t expect energy supplements like GU or Clifbar Shot bloks to sustain you thru a run on an empty stomach, either. They help. But they are not sufficient alone.
However, I found if I ate pasta the night before, I could do okay on an empty stomach. Then I found bananas or a piece of toast w/PB on it as I was leaving out the door for a run was sufficient.
- Not eating enough on a daily basis. I was told 200-300 calories every hour you run. I realized my 3 meals a day wasn’t doing the trick. I was actually losing weight. Instead of gaining the potential marathon weight. While this was peachy for me. I knew it wasn’t right. I knew I wasn’t eating enough to sustain me. So I started eating more, but ate clean (lots of big salads). And the occasional pasta. Guess what? I could sustain my runs longer. And I am toning now, but not losing weight.
- Drink lots of fluids. Just stay up on your daily water consumption. Fitmixer Aminos, Gatorade, Powerade… all great to drink during a run.
- Zombies are great motivation. I downloaded the Zombies, Run! app (iPhone or Android). It’s definitely helped to motivate me when I don’t have a group run. And has helped to increase my pace when running from zombies (you must increase your pace by 20% to outrun them or it sounds gnarly when they eat you).
- Running can be soul cleansing. Watch out. Dealing with stuff in your life? When I hit mile 7 in training, I break down and cry/rant… Ask God why. Fortunately, this has gotten way better for me. I learned to deal with a lot of uncomfortable things in my life through running. And I feel blessed for that ability.
- Losing toenails seems to be game. Sometimes you got em. Sometimes you don’t. I think its proper to think of it as a sign of being a warrior.
But there is also a debate. Some people never lose their toenails. And some say it comes with the territory. I’m not sure. But I will be losing a couple this time around.
- The sport can get expensive because of the shoes. I like my minimalist transitional shoe. But then you learn about zero she drop or wide toe boxes. Or love the colors of other shoes. Or this shoe might add more comfort. It doesn’t matter the reason. You will want one of every pair in your closet.
- The sport can get expensive because of race fees. Once I decided I liked to run, I started going through this period of wanting to sign up for a ton of races. Not to mention the marathon costs me a bit over a hundred.
I asked runner-in-beast-mode, Vanessa Kline, how she got to run so many races. Being a pacer and/or brand ambassador for comped entry fees. And staying with friends in the area keep travel expenses down. Well, I don’t have pacer skills (Vanessa runs like all the time. Seriously. Envious of her capability for continuous running skills.) But maybe being a brand ambassador will bring me some fun. Just saying.
- You can’t make it happen on a whim. You have to train. You really do need to give yourself adequate time to train for a marathon. Don’t expect to just get out there with no training behind you and expect to run like a star athlete (yes, there is 1% of the population that can get away with this, but on average, is not normal). I started my training late. Still with just enough adequate time to pull it off, but I should have given myself those extra few weeks. I also learned about needing adequate time to train because of the whole IT band issue. Which is a common overuse injury. I went from running practically null to running lots of miles. And my left IT band lets me know it. Luckily stretching and my new foam roller is really helping thus far.
- Runners are Awesome! I don’t know if its the endorphins or what. But everyone is so motivating in both words and actions, charitable, inspirational, always willing to help offer running tips and advice. I love hearing ‘why’ the person runs. Some of the stories of triumph are amazing. I love the community.
Monday: Yoga + Meditation
Tuesday: Yoga + Meditation
Wednesday: walk/run 2-miles.
Thursday: walk/run 3-miles.
Friday: Major Stretching + Yoga
Saturday: 9-mile group run at race pace (that’s 11:30 mi/min for me).
Sunday: Relaxed. Walked on the beach.
Total Miles: 14 miles
Sorry if the blog has been a bit quieter than usual. Family comes first and this mama has been needed.
Plus life is doing a little aligning with the right path. It’s taking time to heal. Two steps back to take one giant leap forward. This girl’s spirit is ready to make a strong comeback.
As you can see, I haven’t been accumulating the miles needed. But I am okay with that. And I will be okay with this marathon, too. Well, I might second guess it at mile 15′s “hill from hell”. But I will deal with it when I get there.
Question: How do you deal with blisters during a race or event?
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