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Running With the Cool Kids, Racing Advice and Heck Yes I Went to Whole Foods

Running With the Cool Kids, Racing Advice and Heck Yes I Went to Whole Foods


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.

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It was everyone in the Asics LA Marathon blogger challenge group, some of the fun ASICS crew and some team ASICS Olympic athletes.

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We did a nice little run along the coast.

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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.

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In the photo- Andy Potts, Alysia Montano, Anne, Michele, Andrew Kastor, me, Deena Kastor and Ryan Hall.

We had a fun little breakfast afterwards where we got some racing tips from the pros.

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Oh and we also got to sip yummy coffee out of really cool mugs.

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Ha ha.

Oh and our breakfast was at The Bungalow which apparently is a very happening place on weekend nights. Has anyone ever heard of it?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Spent the rest of the day with a little ice water and pool time (10 minutes tops)

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and a little walk for my very first trip to Whole Foods.

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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.)

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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.

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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?

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  1. 1
    Ash Bear says:

    Such a great group of runners and bloggers together in one place! I hope you have a wonderful race and enjoy every moment! Maybe the heat will wait a few hours!

  2. 2

    Good luck! You will be amazing 🙂 if I could run with any elite runner it would be Kara Goucher or Jenny Simpson!

  3. 3
    lindsay says:

    have a great race! and yes, come visit austin, the flagship whole foods! k?

  4. 4

    Oh my! I am so jealous of all the awesome people you got to me! I am little geeked out over here. I woud LOVE to run Kara or Shalane. Though I feel like I would be an awkward mess around either LOL

  5. 5

    One day…I will meet Shalane! It will happen 🙂 So cool you got to have such an amazing day! And how have you never been to a Whole Foods?!? I know you have thay other cool store by you, but I’m still surprised! Welcome to the hilarious cult, haha 🙂

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    TartanJogger says:

    Wishing you a great run! 🙂

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    Kim says:

    Fun pictures – sounds like a great day with the elites!!! Glad you got to visit a Whole Foods – on my list of places to go.

  8. 8

    I love that you and Michele and Brian all got to hang out- so fun!! And of course, Deena and Ryan, too. I’m also insanely jealous of the sunshine. Such a fun weekend!

  9. 9
    Kendyl says:

    Ohmygosh. I can’t believe you met and ran with Deena Kastor. So stinking incredible! Have a blessed week. Was super hot today. Hope you fared okay at the marathon!

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    Tess says:

    What FUN!!!!!! Amazing opportunities….thanks for sharing with us!


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