October 11, 2013

Five Things Friday-Marathon Motivation Edition



FiveThingsFriday-MarathonMotivationEdition

The Road to 26.2 -Marathon Training Week 16 and 17-FINAL COUNTDOWN
Runs:
IT'S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN (cue music)! Since the big race is tomorrow here's an abbreviated training update for the past two taper weeks.

  I followed my training schedule so that means lots of rest, less miles, and STAYING HEALTHY. I've been super paranoid about getting sick and/or hurt. I only have been to Crossfit 1x in the past two weeks but know that this race is the most important thing right now. I've been really cautious about staying healthy and taking my vitamins, drinking tea, and eating veggies.  Last week I had a speedwork run with some easy mile repeats, where my marathon race pace felt fast, and then the next day did a tempo run where my pace felt great.  I ran my last long training run on Saturday of 10 miles around the BWI airport loop. It was a hot day and kind of quiet run, but ten miles was over before I knew it!  I've been drinking water, eating carbs, stretching, and resting. I've gone through all the tapering emotions of feeling tired, anxious, hungry, cranky, and strangely calm. I had an easy run on Tuesday and ran a three mile tempo run yesterday in the rain. I've got my bib pinned on my shirt and most of the things I need already laid out or in a bag near the door.  

The forecast for the race is rainy and cool. The cooler temperatures will be awesome but I'm nervous about the rain. All I know is not to let it get me down because I've worked SO hard for this and guess what-I'll be running in the rain with a bunch of other crazy people!  

My coach and various people have given me the top five things I'll need for the running a race in the rain: 
1. Bodyglide and/or vaseline. All over. 
2. A trash bag and some warm throwaway clothes to stay warm and dry before the race starts. 
3. A hat to keep rain out of my face.
4. An extra set of warm clothes, socks, and shoes in my bag for after the race
5. A smile-I've worked too hard to let the rain get me down now!

And now, since it is time for my five friday favorites, I'm leaving you with five awesome quotes I'm going to re-read tomorrow morning before the race. This time tomorrow, I'll hopefully be on my way to becoming a marathoner. WHAT?!?!?!

Five Friday Favorites-Marathon Motivation Edition


marathon-quote

love-the-run-quote

saucony-marathon-quote


spirit-of-the-marathon-quote

If you're at Baltimore, I'll be rocking Wonder Woman-inspired blue starry arm sleeves and hopefully a smile :)

Good luck to everybody running in the Baltimore Running Festival tomorrow and the Chicago Marathon on Sunday! 

19 comments:

  1. ahhh can't believe it's here! enjoy it! you have worked soo hard for this. :) hope to see ya tomorrow.

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    1. Thank you! Hope to see your smiling face!

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  2. Good luck and have so much fun!!

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  3. Hey Lauren! I found you through the fitness friday link up. Good luck on your marathon tomorrow! This weekend, I'm running my second marathon at the Long Beach Marathon. It rained during my first marathon, but it just made me feel way more hard-core. I love all your marathon quotes and I have one more to add that might be fitting with the weather forecast: "there is no such thing as bad weather only soft people" -Bill Bowerman.

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    1. Hello Kacie! Awesome-I'm going to check out your blog. Congrats-thanks so much for the quote. I LOVE it and am going to write that on my arm as one of my mantras. Thanks so much and come visit again!

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  4. Good luck this weekend, sounds like you have gotten lots of great advice. Have fun and enjoy the run :)
    I love the Katherine Switzer quote.

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm glad to have so much support!

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  5. Followed your link through Fitness Friday. Embrace the rain, and have fun! I PR'd in the rain and had a blast. One piece of advice for running in the rain that you may/may not need: wear a thin pair of wool socks inside a thick pair of wool socks to prevent blisters (as well as ample body glide). My feet definitely didn't stay dry, but they stayed snug and blister-free.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I'm wearing some good technical socks but thanks for the advice-I'm definitely going to try to embrace the weather!

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  6. GOOD LUCK AHHHH you'll do great!

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  7. Good luck tomorrow! You have worked so hard and you are going to do awesome!!

    xoxo,
    Brie

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    1. Thanks so much! It's just so nerve wracking!

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  8. I just discovered your blog and I am running the Baltimore half tomorrow - my FIRST - I'm freaking out. I appreciated your tips! Can't forget the Body Glide :) GOOD LUCK!!!

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    1. Thanks! My first half was last September, followed a month later by Baltimore! Enjoy it and have fun :) It's a great race and yes body glide :)

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  9. You're probably up and getting ready. Good luck! You're going to rock the 26.2! Can't wait to hear all about it!

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  10. Found your blog through Running Bloggers! Can't wait to read about your marathon experience. I haven't ran a marathon yet, planning on running one next year. Love the quotes!

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  11. Hi there- I've found you via the Fitness Friday link up. I know you would have done the race by now- I hope it went well! I look forward to reading the review :)

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