three more sleeps until Utah Valley Marathon! Yikes! I feel like it kind of snuck up on me!
where have the last three weeks gone?!
it’s taper week… and I’m feeling the jitters! excited to run! but nervous as hell too! I feel like the pain is still a little fresh from Ogden. Yet, I’m still looking forward to running the marathon. Crazy talk, right?
three things I’m doing DIFFERENTLY:
1. more energy gels
I was playing around the CLIF pace site and according to them I should be taking a total of 7 gels, one at mile 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25. At Ogden I took gels at 5, 11, 14.5, 18, and 23. I’m thinking this may be the reason why I start to get so tired/muscle fatigued by mile 20, and for the rest of the race. I’m just hoping I can stomach them all & fit all of them in my spi-belt pouch.
Janae and her sis, Rachelle, swear by this supplement. It is supposed “significantly delay muscle fatigue to help you squeeze out the last growth stimulating reps.” (from bodybuilding.com) Just exchange “last growth stimulating reps” to the last 6 miles of a marathon. 😉
I tried it out on my 8-miler on saturday just to make sure it didn’t wreck my gut. (and it didn’t) Not sure I felt the effects, but an 8-miler doesn’t fatigue my quads like a marathon does. (duh). One of the side effects is facial numbness. Kinda weird, right? Definitely felt *something*, like my skin was tight and maybe a little tingly. Nothing I can’t deal with. Really hoping this works!!!
3. running for me
I’m sure you’re thinking “Don’t you always run for yourself?!”
Yes… But this time. I’m not stressing about time, pace, or splits. I’m just running. Not worried about qualifying, not worried about a certain finishing time. If I can finish under 4:00, I’ll be ecstatic, but I won’t be crushed if I don’t. I am considering putting tape over my Garmin so I won’t be tempted to look every 25 seconds to watch my time and pace, but still be able to check a few times throughout the race.
My main goal— come across the finish line with a smile on my face. 🙂
|hobble creek 1/2 (2010) SMILING! 🙂|
three things I’m keeping the SAME:
1. kick ass playlist
good music makes running so much more fun.
here’s my top 10 songs that I could play on repeat for the whole race and not be annoyed at all.
okay so there are 11… I have lots of favs.
2. eating my usual foods
before Ogden I stayed away from ALL fiber. this time around I will be eating a *little* more fiber. this may be TMI-(don’t be a hater-true runners don’t care)-but I GOTTA GO before a race. you know what I mean. Fiber obviously helps that. Will I eat a spinach salad for dinner?! Hell no. But will I have a normal size serving of veggies with dinner. Yes. Also will eat a few extra servings of bread/bagels. 🙂
3. friends running me in…
I somehow convinced Stacey to run me in again, even after my emotional diva display at Ogden. I’m not quite sure where she’s going to jump in, but probably the last 3-5 miles. 🙂 Such a huge help to have someone there to push me on those last few, hardest miles.
|me and Stacey (about 2 years ago) we used to match scrubbies on Botox Day. lol. crazy blondes!|
this just in…
Janae is going to run the last THREE miles in with me!!!
Probably the only time I’ll be able to run with her (when I can keep up) since she’s FINALLY on the mend from her bilateral femur stress fractures. Pretty soon she’ll be busting out 7min miles and leaving me in the dust. 😉
so I get TWO friends to push me to the finish line. I am the luckiest girl in the world! I’ll be so distracted by these 2 awesome girls I won’t even remember I’m running a marathon. (at least, in my head that’s how I envision it going…)
three questions for you…
1. What are some of your favorite race songs? what songs should I download?
2. what is your fav pre-run carb-loading food? (me? bagels!)
3. have you ever had a friend/family member run you to the finish line? did it help?