LA Marathon 2015 Race Review

In a bit of a time crunch. I have to rush to get to a Lakers game. You know….premier seating….no big deal… This is gonna be a speedy post. I’ll start with a pre-race picture. Here we are, The Three Amigos at Dodger Stadium. Wait!!! That can be our team name! Then we’ll actually have something to say when we do a team cheer. photo 1

OK. 7 things you need to know…I don’t have time for 10.

1. Marta amazes me. She is absolutely 100% ridiculously amazingly incredibly awesome. She ran a 3:35 today, and was hurting in the 20s and pulled through. I am so inspired by her. She just added a whole lot of pressure to Ellen and I with our spring marathons. I am so so so proud of her. It’s crazy how I can be prouder and more satisfied with my sister’s results than my own. I’ve been feeling blah about my Boston training, and today just made me feel like, WOAH, I can do this. Thank you Marta! Oh, check out my hot ice-pack knees. Gracias LA Marathon!

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2. It was the brownie toast. It was totally the brownie. I’m having a pre-race brownie from now on.photo 5

3. Ellen and I aren’t really sure what our combined time was in the charity relay (donate to Girls on the Run here!) because the race wasn’t split 50/50 and the results look funny online, but we’re pretty sure Ellen ran around a 1:40 and I ran around a 1:32. SO let’s just say if we were one person we’d be running a 3:12 marathon. Not too shabby! I averaged under 7 which felt really good. I felt strong throughout and my calves and shins felt fine (I’ve been freaking out about my tight calves and phantom shin tightness lately). It was a great tempo workout to gage where I’m at. Ran with Peter most of the way and saw so many familiar faces on the course. Now I just need to figure out my Boston pacing plan. I’m not as cool as Gisele who can just go out there and run. I need a plan to keep myself calm.

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Check out the buns in the background of this picture!

My Portion of the Relay

My Portion of the Relay

4. THANK goodness for sea breeze and cloud coverage. The one day of the year that I appreciate the cooler temps at the beach. The LA Marathon was SUPER prepared with so much water, hoses, cooling towels, etc. It was not as hot as we anticipated. Still hot, but nothing like what we were dreading. Although I’m really wondering what Marta, Ellen and I can do in 60 degree weather. Runcation, girls? photo (5)

5. Anna and Alaina are the BEST cheerleaders ever. Check out these awesome posters. They were at the half with me, made it to 20 to watch Marta and I and surprised us at mile 24. I actually shouted, “Oh my gosh!” when I saw them. I pushed a little harder after that. I shouldn’t have that much energy at mile 24. I didn’t get to see Brent at the finish, but he was there SCREAMING for Marta. I love Brent for always being there for us with all this running. Joe, do you like the poster I made for you!?

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6. Watching the elites run past was awesome. They are so inspirational! And those muscles on the girls. I need to bulk it up! Protein bar, anyone? I also got to see Gisele and Marta too before I started.

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7. We celebrated at Sunny Spot which was fun because all my favorite people were and the food is really yummy, but seriously…the service sucked. We have the worst luck when it comes to post marathon service. Just give me my beer and my food please.

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Thinking of running this race? I LOVE the LA Marathon so this is mostly pros. I really can’t imagine not doing it next year. Anyone looking for a pacer?

Pros:

  • So much positive energy and excitement in the city leading up the race
  • AWESOME point-to-point course that ends at the ocean
  • Loved the shirts this year, and the Asics gear is really nice
  • Easy for spectators to drive around and see you all over the course
  • Great post race snacks (teddy grams!!)
  • No lottery to deal with
  • The race started earlier this year which a HUGE difference in finishing temperature
  • Great expo
  • If you live in LA, so many familiar faces on the course
  • Ice at the end and lots of cooling towels

Cons:

  • Logistics can be hard for a point-to-point course you’re not from LA and don’t have a bunch of friends willing to drive you around
  • Can be really hot
  • I thought there would be more water further down the end. I finished my 1 bottle pretty fast.
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Two weeks ago while I was running my 6th 800 at track practice I saw a little girl running up ahead. My initial thought was, “How cute!” until it took a little longer than I wanted to catch up to her. When I finally passed her I shouted “Keep running. You’re going to be really fast!” A few seconds later I saw her mom look down at her stopwatch. She cheered, “You beat your record!” with a warm and encouraging tone. Running is empowering and builds confidence in our young girls. It teaches them they can achieve anything they set their mind to. Yes…I’m going to ask for money in this post, but it is for such a great cause. Ellen and I have just one month left to raise $1000 for Girls on the Run so that our girls can experience the power of running free of cost. We’re almost half way there. Click here to help us out!

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What’s new in my world of running? Gisele and I ordered THESE Boston Marathon shorts to motivate us and get us excited about Boston. I don’t get to wear them until April 21st though! And I’ve managed to squeeze the following runs into the work week:

  • Monday: 4 Miles with Back on My Feet
  • Tuesday: Track Day! 1 Mile Warm-Up, Drills, 1 x 200, 1 x 300, 3 x 1200, 1 Mile Cool Down
  • Wednesday: Off
  • Thursday: 8 Miles 7:30 pace
  • Tomorrow: I’ll be at Back on My Feet

This weekend the mileage is going up to 19 😦 BUT Carmen, Mama and Papa will be in town so we’ve got all kinds of fun planned for after I finish my long run. Have a Happy Friday!

Pre-Race Rituals: Nutrition & Hydration

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My Christmas Run race outfit!

imgresGOTR 5k logo REV Black5This is the weekend of races. Nothing stressful though. Tomorrow a bunch of us are dressing up and running the Santa Monica-Venice Christmas Run 10K. I’m going to try to run sub-7 minute miles in my HUGE Christmas tree outfit. We’ll see how it goes. I can’t really be disappointed if my branches hold me back 🙂 After the 10K we are skipping, singing and dancing through the 5K. Sunday is the final Girls on the Run 5K in Playa del Rey. It is an untimed event.

I wanted to share a quick pre-race rituals  post (although I am not really following them today because this weekend’s runs are more for fun). I started running cross-country when I was 11 years old, so I have had lots of opportunities to learn what I can and cannot eat before a race. In sixth grade I learned that Doritos 5 minutes before a race is a bad idea. I also discovered that being dehydrated before a race made my mouth dry and saliva thick, gross and hard to swallow. If you get this from nerves, chewing gum or sucking on a jolly rancher during the race helps tremendously. I have unfortunately learned that you CAN carbo-load too much. 2 huge servings of lasagna will actually hurt you. Likely mid-race. Here is what I have learned through trial and error works for me the day before and morning of a race.

Day Before:

  • Drink more water than usual
  • Snack on pretzels for longer races
  • Eliminate fibrous vegetables (no big salads or roasted vegetables)
  • Stay away from really spicy foods
  • MAYBE one beer for some carbs, but generally no alcohol
  • Switch to drinking nuun in the evening
  • Bigger lunch than usual
  • Spaghetti (white pasta) with ground turkey and marinara sauce for dinner (try to eat early and don’t overdo it)

Morning of the Race:

  • Small glass of water (too much will make my stomach sloosh)
  • Sip on nuun until 30 minutes before the race
  • If I have more than 2 hours, half a cup of coffee with Silk French vanilla creamer
  • TMI but try to go to the bathroom
  • Cinnamon raisin bagel (not whole wheat) with peanut butter and jelly. Mini-bagel with butter and jelly if it is a short race. Just a banana for 5K.

What are your pre-race nutrition & hydration rituals?

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