So, yeah, I really should be packing.
Technically I should be in the car in about an hour. Lovely.
I get so nervous about leaving town and leaving the family that I leave my packing to the last minute. That way I stress about packing stuff to keep my mind off the fact that I’ll miss my men like crazy.
Pretty smart, huh?
Here’s a cool move we did in my strength training class last night.
Lateral shoulder raise while in a lunge. I always make sure we do at least one exercise for shoulders. I’m sure they all appreciate it. Ha.
And this morning I had to take advantage of a little family breakfast time at our favorite local spot.
I had my usual veggie omelet
and they even wrapped up one of their special cinnamon rolls for us to take home.
In just a bit I’m off to Santa Monica for the ASICS LA Blogger Challenge.
I’m honored for the opportunity and so excited about all the events happening over the weekend.
The LA Marathon is Sunday, but we have quite a few events leading up to the race that include hanging out with Coach Kastor, his wife Deena Kastor and you know, just some other amazing ASICS elite athletes. No big deal or anything. Ha ha.
Speaking of, throughout our training we’ve gotten some great advice from Coach Kastor. This week we got some great final race tips I thought I’d share with you.
What to do in the final days before your race…
Rest to conserve your energy. Get off your feet, and when you have the chance to sit down, take it! Maintain the diet you have been adhering to the entire training season. Just because your training volume has decreased, it doesn’t mean that your caloric intake should be reduced as well. You should actually plan to put on one or two pounds this week, as your body is storing up precious calories, electrolytes, fat and water reserves that will be drawn from during the marathon.
Visualize yourself crossing the finish line as many times as possible before the race begins. See yourself throwing your hands up in the air in jubilation as you complete your 26.2 miles down Ocean Avenue. For those of you with a goal time, envision that finish line clock ticking away, with the time you would like to hit, the time you’ve been dreaming about for the last few months (or years), in big, bold numbers before you.
And last but not least, DO NOT DO ANYTHING NEW!!! If you have not done it, or used it in practice, DO NOT try it during the race!
I always start craving carbs like crazy a few days before the race. Seriously, like clockwork starting three days before a marathon my body just asks for ridiculous amounts of carbs. I’ve gotten pretty good at listening to it. Ha.
I really love about the advice on visualization. When I was a gymnast they told us to use it all the time before meets. I’ve never actually used it for a race though so I’m going to try to do it the next few days.
And EVERYONE always says for not do anything new right before a race. You really don’t want to surprise your body or anything. I’ve learned that hard way a few times on that one. Ha.
I’m going into this race just to have fun and enjoy the whole experience. I was actually just telling Andrew that I’m nervous because this exact race last year did me in. I got a PR and then just a couple days afterwards woke up with my injury that had me out of commission for 5 months. Definitely don’t want that happening again.
I haven’t really mentally been in the training mindset lately. I’ve been logging the miles, but I feel like I’ve been doing everything just at an easy pace and not really pushing myself. I’m okay with that though. I have a pretty full race schedule coming up so I want to take things one race at a time.
I just want to take it easy on race day. I’m going to visualize myself smiling from ear to ear crossing that finish line. Then visualize myself giving my boys the biggest hug ever when I get home to them. (Whenever I need some extra motivation during a race I think about them.)
By the way, have you heard about the ASICS Treadmill Challenge?
It’s going to be in LA and it’s set at the record marathon pace of 2:06:35. I mean, I have to try it out and take the challenge right?
Check out these videos of people doing it.
Oh and one more thing that ASICS is doing that is really cool. It’s called Support Your Marathoner.
Go to the website here, all you have to do is enter your name and email and then enter my name (Kristin Stehly) and you can upload a picture, text message or short video that will display along the course on Sunday. How cool is that?
No pressure or anything, but if you feel like sending me message or a Muppet picture or something feel free. It might help me a bit.
Actually, I may have to send myself a little something. Ha ha.
Okay, seriously, time to pack (and roast my last purple sweet potato and attempt to do my nails and have another cup of coffee).
There’s going to be lots of coffee the next few days actually. And hey, according to this Runner’s World article “Eight Reasons to Sip on Coffee” it can improve your mood, enhance brain function and relieve stress.
Oh and don’t forget to enter the ASICS $150 Gift Card GIVEAWAY! It’s open for a few more days!