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Tomorrow I Become a Marathoner

Everything comes down to tomorrow. All my early weekend morning runs. All my speed and hill drills. All the conversations and all the questions have prepared me for tomorrow. If someone asks me if I am ready, I can confidently say “I am ready for the first 20 miles.” Those last 6.2 on the other hand I am really counting on leaving my body and not even remembering what is happening.

Despite the Frankenstorm that is going to make me seriously wet and cold. I am excited. I just hope that the spectators are still excited and planning to be there.

The Expo yesterday pumped me up. The post this morning from Marine Corps pumped me up. The fact that my parents are currently on a plane on their way here has pumped me up.

I am pumped and ready for this.

For those of you who aren’t in DC, but want to stalk me…you can do so here.

I will ask the hubby to update on my status when he sees me…so follow @Josh_Landsman for updates too. I am also trying to link my Twitter account to live Tweet, but who knows if I did that right.

See you on the other side!

Marathon Week: Is Carbo-Loading Totally Necessary?

I’ve never really believed in carbo-loading. I think it is because I love carbs too much and eat them way too often to see a real difference. Yes, I will eat my pasta the night before the big race, but do I really need to add on a bagel, some garlic bread and whatever else my little heart desires?

Then I saw this article via the ever lovely Katie’s Pinterest. It breaks down the optimal calories that need to be added during marathon training (a little late for the race, but whateves).

For a 150-pound person, the math would look like this:

150 pounds x 10 = 1500 (This represents, crudely, your resting or basal metabolic rate—the energy, or calories, you need to stay alive at rest.)

1500 x 0.10 = 150

1500 x 0.75 = 1125

TOTAL = 2775 calories per day needed

For dinner: the article recommends pasta, protein like a tuna, a red sauce or olive oil and some tomatoes. Check that off as what Laney is having for pre-race dinner.

For breakfast: she actually recommends pancakes, a protein shake AND a banana! That to me sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. I will be sticking with my oatmeal, peanut butter and banana thank you very much.

Post race: chocolate milk…mmmm. Has to be my favorite part of finishing a long run. That and the massive amount of food that I will consume and not feel guilty about in the least bit.

Marathon Week: Let’s Talk Music

Before training for MCM I was devoted to my iPod when running. I couldn’t leave home without it and if it died in the middle of the run…THAT was a disaster. Even when I trained for my half marathons in NYC with Kristin (different one) and McKenzie I had one ear bud in while we ran. We all did.

During this training time though, that just didn’t happened. My long runs included chats with Kristin. Sure when I was alone on my tempo and speed runs I was listening to music.

So the question is what do I do for race day? Part of me says bring the iPod just in case you need to get out of your head. Another part says just enjoy it…then my brain reminds me how much I HATE Haines Point and will desperately want my music.

I have a playlist that is about 3 hours with some good songs on there. Old school No Doubt, new school techno stuff. I think I need a few more songs just to be safe. Throw your suggestions in the comments please!

Marathon Training: First Month Down

The first month of marathon training has come and gone, and I have discovered a couple of things about my training schedule:

  • My vacations/weekends away have interrupted training more than I thought they would help training. Yes, I could run whenever I wanted while I was on vacation, but the actual travel part wrecked havoc on my miles logging. I missed two long runs; one because I was coming back from AC and was exhausted and one because I did something to my back that caused me to be sidelined.
  • I am lucky if I get in two weekday runs. At first it was all about hitting everyday no matter what, but then work and other obligations got in the way. Tuesdays are no problem, Thursdays are my rough days.
  • I needed to cut out my personal training. As much I love working out with Leslie Ann I was exhausted. My legs wanted to give out on me, and it made getting in my miles even harder because I just wanted to not run on running days.
  • Yoga is absolutely necessary (so are massages). No matter how much I stretch before and after my runs, I need that little extra. I am going to look into joining a studio to get that additional yoga love going on…since my DVDs at home are little more intensive than just extra stretching.

Mid-way through August, and I feel like I haven’t even started the climb up the very big hill that is preparing for this marathon.