Preparing for the LA Marathon

For the past 12 weeks, I've been training for my first marathon, the L.A. Marathon and it's finally (almost) time to go out there and see what I'm made of.  I've been a bit of a mess this week.  I'm really excited and anxious to get out there and get it done.  But, at the same time I'm nervous and of course, I'm questioning my training.  I skipped a few runs and didn't make it to the long run of 21 miles that I wanted reach.  At this point, though, all I can do is trust that I can finish strong because not finishing is not an option.  

Aside from getting myself mentally prepared to tackle 26.2 miles, there's actually a lot of "stuff" needed for race day.  Here's a quick list of what it's going to take for me to get out there on Sunday.

And now it's time for me to get a little bit mushy.  I am seriously awed by all the amazing people in my life.  From encouraging messages to waking up at 4am to run with me, I am so grateful to everyone who's been with me through these crazy training weeks.  My hubby and kiddos who never doubt that I can do this.  My sister who is coming to L.A. to cheer me on, I may or may not have guilted her into it ;) I just couldn't do this on my own, that's for sure. Thank you so much!  I'll be thinking of ya'll big time while running through the streets of LA on Sunday! XO 

February Fitness Goals

Last week I blogged about my goals for 2016 and my word of the year: Reclaim.  If you've been following along for a bit, you know I also like to share my goals for each month.  It really gives me something to focus on and it helps keep me accountable.  Not to mention, it makes the bigger yearly goals seem more attainable if they're broken down monthly.  So, without further ado, here are my goals for this month: 

With the LA Marathon just 6 days away, I'm getting really nervous and excited about this!  I really do hope I not just survive, but that enjoy it too!  Eating clean and staying hydrated has been tough for me.  So much temptation out there and running makes me hungry! LOL This month I plan to be more aware of what I'm eating and making better choices, even if that means making some sacrifices.  I know that in the long run (pun intended!) it will be better for my overall performance and health.  

I've got the Spartan Super coming up just about 1 month after running the marathon and I'm really looking forward to training and getting stronger.  With all the running I've been doing, my cross training has been reduced to just once a week and I can really tell my upper body strength has suffered.  But, I'll be back to my more regular training soon and I can't wait!

So, what are your goals this month? Any fun races coming up?                                                     

10 Things I've Learned from Marathon Training

I announced last month that I was all signed up for the LA Marathon on February 14, so I thought I'd share a bit of how my training has been going.  With just 36 days to go, things are getting serious.  

10 Things I've Learned from Marathon Training (so far!):

  1. I can wake up at 4am and run endless amounts of miles in the cold and dark morning.  

  2. Even if it's sunny in the winter, I should wear sunblock.  I will tan.

  3. Life will revolve around running.

  4. I can chafe in places I didn't realize were possible.  

  5. It's best to run long miles with a group or a friend.  

  6. I need more running clothes.

  7. A good pair of running shoes is hard to find.

  8. I'm always hungry.

  9. Songs I used to like can become annoying after hearing them so many times on my runs. 

  10. It's ok to be proud of my accomplishments during this journey.

So far, my longest run has been 17 miles, just this past Sunday.  I was most definitely walking with a bit of a wobble afterwards, but I ended up not being as sore as I thought I would be.  Although the idea of 26.2 miles is still pretty daunting, I feel that I will be able to do it.  On runs where I am alone, I try to envision what it will be like to run the streets of L.A. and take in the sights. I try to imagine the sound of the crowds cheering us along the way.  I look beyond that and picture myself crossing the finish line and seeing my family at the end waiting for me.  I can almost see their faces and I just hope they'll be proud of me then.  That one day, they'll know I've done all of this for them.  It's these thoughts, these emotions, these visualizations, that keep me going.  There's no quitting now.