I don’t know if this is good or bad news, but I applied for a guaranteed entry spot to the New York Marathon and found out yesterday morning my entry was accepted. My credit card was charged a lovely $255. If you have the opportunity, you have to do New York…right? I’m also not sure how I feel about running Boston in April and New York in November, but both races are more for the experience than time which takes a little bit of the pressure off. PLUS my Aunt Donna deferred entry and is running this year so it would be fun to experience the race with her! If I end up getting to both races injury free and running them both, NO MARATHONS for a LONG TIME. I’m not going to turn into a crazy.
Today I met Marta, Ellen, Marianne and Lauren at our Ocean and Alta meeting point for long run Saturday. We’re all running different races so we all ran different distances, but I had company for my entire seventeen mile run. Check us out at mile six in the Palisades. It never gets old. The run was nice and hilly, and because we weaved all over Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades and Brentwood, the miles went by fairly quickly. My notes from the run are below.
Friday Dinner: Rigatoni with olive oil, lots of garlic, rainbow chard, sun-dried tomatoes and parmesan. Pumpkin oat cookies I keep in the freezer.
Friday Sleep: 8.5 Hours. Slept SO well. I had a dream I was on a cruise with Brent, Jackie and Alex and was a little sad to wake up to my alarm reminding me I was NOT on a cruise and I had to run 17 miles. I really need to get more sleep during the week.
Saturday Breakfast: 1/2 a peanut butter and jelly sandwich while I was driving. Sipped some water, no coffee again.
Long Run Fuel: Snacked on my Honey Stinger waffle throughout the run. It was SO yummy. Sugary but felt like food, which I like. I hate downing pure sugar with no substance. No stomach issues.
Long Run Hydration: Water fountains throughout. No weird stomach gurgling noises because I sipped rather than chugged. Was SO thirsty at the end though. Chugged a big bottle of water and a bottled filled with Vega. Not sure I love the taste. I had a sample, but I think I’ll stick with Nuun. It is hot and sunny today.
Long Run Outfit: Lululemon shorts, race short sleeve, purple target sports bra, costco socks, headband. The purple sports bra didn’t chafe at all, unlike last week.
Post-Run Snack: The other 1/2 of the PB&J on my drive home. LOTS OF WATER.
How Did It Feel: I was nervous about today’s run. I feel like I am psyching myself out with fear of getting injured. My lower legs felt tight (calves/right shin) but they loosened up over the run, which I think is a good thing. I definitely am in need of a foot massage today (shout out to Brent for gifting me 4 massages) and a yoga class tomorrow or Monday. No stomach issues. No sudden bathroom breaks. My hips felt tight at the end, but my legs never really got too tired, unlike last week. I stretched a little before driving home.
Other Notes: Ahh the bluffs! I love the bluffs, and I love that it is so beautiful that you don’t even realize you’re running fairly high elevation. Next weekend we’re running Will Rogers and getting brunch at Huckleberry afterwards!
Brent and I usually stay in on Friday night and go out Saturday. Last weekend we ventured out in the rain and went to Wurstkuche. I’m about to go meet Alaina at the beach, but besides that my big decision of the day is where I’m going to have dinner. Stick with my love, The Tripel, or try something new? Decisions decisions! Marta…I know you are reading this…any ideas?