‘Twas the day before the LA Marathon

If you’re reading this and running the LA Marathon tomorrow you better be sipping on some water or sports drink. I just got back from the LA Marathon expo, and I know it’s been talked about enough but it is HOT outside. The LA Marathon is starting 30 minutes earlier this year to accommodate for record breaking heat. I thought last year was hot, but there is a BIG difference between mid 80s and low 90s. I hate to say it, but runners need to adjust their goals for tomorrow. My plan was to pace for a 1:30 half in the charity relay (shameless plug…last chance to donate is today), but because I’m running the second half and Ellen likely won’t cross the starting line until a little after 7, I won’t even start running until after 8:30. I’m going to take my own advice, and run this easier. No starting with 6:50s tomorrow. OK, enough about the heat. You can read my previous post for advice for running in hot weather. LA Marathon has stepped it up this year! Last night Brent and I walked down the street to see the mile marker marathon lights. The city looked beautiful!

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On to the expo. My favorite thing. It felt awesome sleeping in this morning and not having to wake up for a long run. Ellen, Marta and I met at the LA Convention Center around 11. Marathon expos are my FAVORITE!

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We felt like kids in a candy shop. Oh and has anyone ever tried those Lenny’s cookies? We had SO MANY samples.

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I’m usually skeptical of sales pitches, but when it comes to running I’ll try anything new. Was super tempted to get this massage thingie, but resisted. I did buy kool ‘n fit spray. Hoping it helps loosen up my muscles. Has anyone used it before?

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We went to Playa Provisions for lunch and had their breakfast sandwich and heirloom salad. A trip to provisions is not complete without dessert. We toasted with their AMAZING brownie!

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Earlier this week I made this LA Marathon Logistics Plan and sent it out to the whole running gang. I’m running for Sunny Spot!

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And a few other things that have been going on…

We sent out the acceptance letters and waitlist letters for Equitas #3 yesterday!

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We celebrated my co-workers birthday at Bottega Louie this week. Those mushroom fries. Woah!

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I’ve neglected my poor calves lately. This week I discovered my peroneus longus muscle (I just learned what this is) is SUPER tight. I got a foot massage and they pretty much just touched my calf and it felt tense. This was an icing and resting week, which worked out well with preparing for the half tomorrow. That is not a growth in the picture below. I stuffed ice in here. One of the many reasons I prefer training for shorter distances. This is what my life has come to! Compression socks, rollers and weird ice packs.

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I CAN’T WAIT FOR TOMORROW. SO EXCITED FOR THE MARATHON!!!!!! Runners, hydrate, eat pasta and go to bed!

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