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Let the sunshine in. Drawn by yours truly to celebrate this first day of spring 2014.  Today I decided to ditch my plans to run the Eugene Marathon this summer and instead head back to Santa Rosa in August to complete the marathon that I was forced to DNF last year.  Marathon #18 will be Santa Rosa (second time is the charm for marathon 18).  Eugene is still on my list but it made more sense to stay in state and run Santa Rosa.  Looking forward to finishing what I started!

Let the sunshine in. Drawn by yours truly to celebrate this first day of spring 2014. Today I decided to ditch my plans to run the Eugene Marathon this summer and instead head back to Santa Rosa in August to complete the marathon that I was forced to DNF last year. Marathon #18 will be Santa Rosa (second time is the charm for marathon 18). Eugene is still on my list but it made more sense to stay in state and run Santa Rosa. Looking forward to finishing what I started!

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8 mi run complete for Picky Club #teamgreen! I really did not want to run after my ride this morning but I committed to running with Rae so out the door I went. After two years of running together, Rae is training for her first half marathon in May. So excited for her! This was her longest run to date. 8 mi around the Marina + .6 cool down for total 8.6.

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Scenes from early morning 12 miler to Manhattan Beach and back. 1) Tons of surfers at El Porto. They looks like ants in the water. 2) Early morning surf competition. Surfers are early morning people! 3) Sweaty selfie. 1 mile cool down for 13 mi total. Such a beautiful morning. No complaints!

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Word to the Wise: Preparing for Race Day Nutrition

A friend of a friend at work is training for her first marathon, the LA Marathon on March 9. I ran into her in the stairwell yesterday and asked her about her training. I was surprised to hear that her longest run to date is 13 miles. I was also surprised to hear that her training group had not given her any advice on fueling for the marathon. I told her that if she did not start trying out nutrition strategies now, she was going to pay on race day. This is hard for a first time marathoner to hear or understand. Her reaction was “I can run 13 miles with no food and I feel fine”. I have heard this reaction many times over the years from people new to endurance sport. I am not a nutritionist or a marathon expert but I have run 17 marathons, an ultra, and raced a 70.3. I also love to take 2-3 hour spin classes, take 5 hour bike rides, etc.  I have learned the hard way that if you do not fuel enough from the start you are going to pay. This is universal. I just read a really great post from Blue Benadum, a 2:24 marathoner, about this very topic. The moral of the story is fuel early and often. Do not start try to figure out your fueling strategy the week before a race. You do not want to feel like you are going to vomit for 15 miles (I’ve been there, done that at CIM 2011).  I also had another horrific marathon at Surf City 2009.  That race was so terrible I never want to run that race again. 

A more recent example, my triple Tuesday workout this week.  I ran my tempo without eating breakfast before or fuel during.  After the run I ate a small Starbucks oatmeal and took sips of ice coffee.  I felt FANTASTIC during my spin class a half hour later.  I could have taken another class.  It is amazing what a little fuel can do! 

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Strong 10 mi run ftw! When my alarm went off at 4:50AM this morning, it was unclear if this would be a strong run or a struggle.  I started out by walking a good quarter mile. Once I hit start on the Garmin, I ran strong.  Thankfully it was not a struggle.  I ran the hills at a solid pace.  My running partner is speedy and kept me motivated.  All good things.  My run base is coming back!

Strong 10 mi run ftw! When my alarm went off at 4:50AM this morning, it was unclear if this would be a strong run or a struggle. I started out by walking a good quarter mile. Once I hit start on the Garmin, I ran strong. Thankfully it was not a struggle. I ran the hills at a solid pace. My running partner is speedy and kept me motivated. All good things. My run base is coming back!

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