San Francisco Marathon Weekend is HERE!

…well sort of.

 I just have to make it through this final flight! But don’t worry, I will make sure I use this delay to hydrate properly.

…and also book my shuttle to my friend’s apartment from the airport. Not last minute at all.  In my defense, I was trying to be financially savvy and use the BART but this trip has been an ongoing attempt to be financially responsible and totally failing. haha.  However, I did manage to smuggle my homemade sandwich into the bar so that saved me from an overpriced, gross and unhealthy dinner.

I was also trying to be responsible with my luggage and not overpack like I always do!  I was very impressed with my ability to get everything in a small carry-on suitcase and a backpack…and only getting my jar of peanut butter confiscated.  However, being the last person to board, the airline made me check my bag due to space.  I really should just purposely be irresponsible.  My responsible ways are just backfiring….just kidding Mom, I won’t do that 😉

Oh well. As long as I have my pretty and make me feel all #roadtorio Brooks Launch, I am all set to run 26.2 miles.  Sidenote: I got the whole “how far is the race?” during a conversation on the first flight after I said I was going to run the marathon.  I really try to hide the ‘wait, what? I just said marathon..’ look/response.  I know you runners know what I am talking about 😉

In case you aren’t totally sold on how pretty these kicks are…I will leave you with this picture.

The funny thing about this photo was that it was my first attempt using an action shot App and took me about 500 photos to actually find the perfect one.  Also, this was taken on my rest day so I didn’t even run, just casually bounded around the yard.  haha.

But yes, I have actually had some great real runs in these beauties.

I take part in a local (literally run to the races)  12-week race series on Thursday nights.  I pretend not to take them seriously and every Thursday morning after crossfit, I can’t fathom making my exhausted, day-before-rest-day body move fast.  But there is something about the start line that just ignites a fire and the competitor in me….and there is another female runner that I have been neck and neck with.  It has been a fight to the finish every week.  I don’t need to fight the fight and sometimes I wish the competition won’t show up so I don’t have to fight but at the end of the day, the competition is what makes me stronger.  My times are dropping each week.  Not because my training is different but because we both keep pushing to beat the other person which in turn means we are essentially pushing ourselves.

Most of the races are 5ks but this past week was an 8k.  The first race of the series, I was beat by my competitor in the final kick.  This caused me to take a ‘stay on her heels and out kick her in the final stretch’ approach the following week. The plan worked and then became the plan for the next race.  Well this past week was an 8k instead of a 5k.  I held back and feared moving faster because I did not want it to backfire.  I finally had to tell myself to stop going by the plan that has been working and just go with confidence.  Take the lead, push to the finish and run your race.  So that is exactly what I did.

My final mile felt so great.  I just flew with confidence and was just happy to break from the game plan just because it was working and run my own race! It was a great last speed workout before the marathon.

I also had a great last long run!  I ran comfortably for the first 5 miles and then I just felt an urge to push to the end.  I felt good and wanted to tackle the challenge.

I did not have time to take an action shot so my post workout smoothie bowl will have to do.  Same as always…protein power (a scoop or just a tablespoon depending on the workout) blended with lots of spinach, frozen berries and just enough almond milk topped with puffed rice and mixed nuts and seeds.

Well that’s all I got for now. Time to pay my overpriced bill and get my tapered and ready self to San Francisco!!!!!!!

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