So yeah, we got to hang out with some pretty amazing people this morning.
We met this morning for a 5K shakeout run with Coach Kastor. The weather was awful, but we decided to brave it anyway. Ha.
It was everyone in the Asics LA Marathon blogger challenge group, some of the fun ASICS crew and some team ASICS Olympic athletes.
We did a nice little run along the coast.
Somehow we managed to get in on this picture with all the cool runners once we got back to the hotel. They may have just been trying to get the elite team together, but oh well, a couple of us got to get in the shot. Ha ha.
We had a fun little breakfast afterwards where we got some racing tips from the pros.
Oh and we also got to sip yummy coffee out of really cool mugs.
Oh and our breakfast was at The Bungalow which apparently is a very happening place on weekend nights. Has anyone ever heard of it?
I really need to get some shut eye since we have a 3:45 am wake up call tomorrow. That should be fun.
But, here are just a few tips we got from Coach Kastor and the pros.
The temperature is supposed to be pretty warm tomorrow, so Coach Kastor told us to adjust our time goals. Go out slow, hold back and keep holding back. Adjust our pace early on and make sure to take water early and dump water on ourselves during the race.
He reminded us not to try anything new. Stick to what we’ve done in training and trust the taper.
Since it’s a point to point race, he also told us to think as if the ocean is drawing us towards it. Visualize ourselves being pulled forward.
He also said that when we cross that finish line we should be crossing it with a smile and our arms high in the air, NOT looking down stopping our GPS. Pretty funny because that’s what a lot of us do.
Andy gave us some good advice on wear to put ice or cold water when we’re overheating. The three main areas are your neck, wrists and groin. Yep, groin. He’s done it and swears it works. He was talking about it in the above picture as you might be able to tell. Ha ha.
Ryan told us to just take in the whole race. It should be a celebration. His said something like this, “If it’s not fun, it’s not worth doing.”
I always have at least one moment during a race where I ask myself why I’m doing it, I think it’s normal, but at the end of the day racing and running being “fun” is an understatement. It’s spectacular.
Deena reminded us how important it is psychologically to visualize that accomplishment. The crossing of the finish line and the feeling of being a marathoner. (Um and yeah, she is pretty much the nicest, cutest person ever.)
We got some VIP passes for race day before we headed out.
Yep, never raced as a “VIP” before so tomorrow should be pretty darn fun. We have a special area pre race and a party post race. So darn cool.
Oh and I had to get a picture with my new best friend. Seriously, so inspired by her.
Spent the rest of the day with a little ice water and pool time (10 minutes tops)
and a little walk for my very first trip to Whole Foods.
It’s a magical place. How had I never been there? Seriously. We were in and out quickly so I hit up the salad bar and didn’t really get to scope everything out. I guess the one we went to was a small one and I need to go to a giant one next. (That’s what everyone told me anyway.)
Whelp, we did the expo too, but not taking time to write about it at the moment because I need to get some shut eye for tomorrow.
I’m ready to just have fun and take it in.
We’ll see how it goes down.
Catch ya on the flip side!
Feel free to send a text or picture message with Support Your Marathoner that will flash along the course tomorrow as I run by. STUFT Daddy- are you reading this? Just send one. Ha ha. (Chances are slim to none.)
Don’t forget to change your clocks!
Have you ever heard of The Bungalow? (Movie stars hang out there, right?)
If you could run with any Olympic or elite runner, who would it be?
What’s your favorite thing at Whole Foods?
Happy Saturday from LA!
Just stopping by to say hello.
I got out the door about 3 hours later than planned yesterday, but I DID manage to roast quite a few things in the oven.
It’s never easy to say goodbye to these guys. Never.
That there is my coolio rental car by the way. It has all four handles. I’m moving up the world. Ha.
Did some snacking and Starbucks on the drive up.
Made it to the hotel just in time to enjoy the view for a bit.
The party was fancy.
Complete with ASICS LA Marathon décor everywhere.
This girl can sleep anywhere.
Yep, runners can get dressed up too. (For special occasions only of course.) I don’t know what’s more difficult, trying to find something nice to wear or picking out a racing outfit. It’s a toss up. Ha.
Bathroom selfies at fancy parties are always a must.
Photo booth pictures at fancy parties are also always a must.
The ASICS team really knows how to put on a party.
We had a fun little shake out run this morning lead by Coach Kastor. We got to run with some amazing Olympic athletes. Recognize anyone?
I’ll share more in a bit since they gave us some good race advice I should pass along, but right now we’re headed out to get a little pool time before the expo. And I just might actually go to Whole Foods for the first time ever. I’m a little scared.
Catch ya later!
When was the last time you got dressed up?
Have you ever been to Whole Foods? (I can’t believe I’ve never been. I live in CA for goodness sakes.)
Recognize any runners in the picture?
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