My goals for the LA Marathon are simple (but not necessarily easy):
Finish the race. This will be a huge accomplishment in and of itself. I’m running this 26.2 as a training run for Boston and on fewer training miles than any of my previous six marathons. Number 7, will definitely be one for the books. (and yes, I’m nervous and bit stressed!)
Have fun, stay positive. Sometimes when running a marathon it’s easy to get caught up in feeling miserable (especially when undertrained). I refuse to give into any thoughts of misery. Running is fun and it’s a gift that’s not to be taken for granted.
Soak up the sun (restore my vitamin D levels to normal). Escaping the winter tundra will be worth working hard for 26.2 miles, right?
As a member of the Asics LA Marathon Team, I’ve gotten to connect with some great people and try some great gear. I am looking forward to running the LA Marathon on Sunday, though I’m quite nervous (more on my goals later)! As a thank you to you for supporting me and cheering me on in this adventure Asics has provided me with two promo codes worth $150 to give away to two of you so you can shop at Asics.com! You can get a new outfit for your next race or try out a pair of Asics shoes for yourself (these are my current favorites)!
1. Ginger Fireball: Maybe it’s coincidental, but I swear drinking two of these over the course of 24 hours cured my cold. I’m not going to pretend to know much about oils, but this fiery drink contains oil of oregano which might have been what did the trick.
2. The Skimm: If you don’t have time watch the morning news or read the paper this email, delivered Monday-Friday. will give you the run down on important news from around the world. If you don’t already subscribe to it, I highly suggest doing it now!
3.Vanilla Clif Shots: I usually choose blocks or chews over gels for fueling during long runs, but this gel tastes just like thick gooey vanilla frosting so I’ve added it into my long run fueling rotation.
4. Asics Fit-Sana Long Sleeve Tee: This looks like an ordinary t-shirt, but it’s actually a dry-fit performance shirt. It looks different from most of my other running shirts. I wore it for my long run last Saturday when it was 45 degrees and I wasn’t too warm or too cool. The thin sleeves make this a good option for in-between days.
5. Just Salad: Whether it’s snowing, raining, sleeting, or I’m just too lazy to make dinner, ordering in from Just Salad has been my go to this month. It’s also a healthy option my Husband and I can agree upon.
6. Vega One Shake: Breakfast food bores me to tears these days. I’ve been having a Vega One Shake several mornings each week because it’s easy to make and tastes rather good. Hopefully, I’ll go back to making smoothies in a blender soon, but for now shaking this up with a cup of almond milk in a ball jar is my favorite lazy girl breakfast.
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