Distracting Myself from the Marathon
I’m on spring break and not particularly busy this week, which is bad because I’m sitting around stressing about the marathon. So here are some other things that I’ve been doing to distract myself.
I registered for the CA Bar Exam this week! EEE! (Also, SO expensive. What a racket. $153 to use my own laptop??)
I went to Disneyland yesterday with a bunch of friends from law school. It was a blast! I hadn’t been in a couple of years and it was a lot of fun. I finally went on the Cars ride in California Adventure and it was amazing.
Apparently, I’m a total chicken on roller coaster rides. Check out this winning face in the front right on Space Mountain:
I’ve also been enjoying the great weather and doing anti-rain dances to preserve this wonderful weather for Sunday. *knocks on wood*
And, of course, we can’t ignore the elephant in the room— I am actually running a marathon this weekend so I’ve been doing a lot of this, too:
Happy Wednesday! And happy tapering to all who are running LA!
Scenes from the past 3 days.
Up top: The LA Marathon is this week! It’s really happening. These little signs have been popping up all over town and they are making me giddy.
2nd photo: Breakfast. Banana- Berry Smoothie Bowl (1c. almond milk, 1c. plain greek yogurt, 1 frozen banana, 1 handful frozen berries, topped with pumpkin flax granola).
3rd photo: Adoption Day at the Edelman Children’s Court. On Friday, I volunteered with the Junior League at Adoption Day. I sat in on real adoptions and held back tears as I handed the newly adopted children Mickey Mouse stuffed animals. A Disney Exec. was also there with this camera crew filming a documentary about Adoption Day.
Bottom photo: dinner. Mushroom Sage Sauce topped chicken breast (recipe from HERE)
6 days until the marathon!
1 week until the Marathon!
It’s really happening, guys. I’m running a marathon in 9 days. My emotions have been all over the place. First, as you all know, I was totally OVER training. But, I pushed through and ran even when I didn’t want to run, and it was okay.
I did my last “long” run (10.5 miles) solo on Sunday morning and it went great! This was my fantastic view. Not bad for a long run, right?
And check this out: negative splits! Woot! T was nice enough to run the first 5 miles with me so I wouldn’t get too lonely. 10 miles is a long time for me to be by myself, so he really helped me out.
Lately, I’ve been feeling a different emotion besides “over it”: nervousness. It wasn’t until after I did this run that it really started to feel real. My last long run was done. It just started to feel like there was nothing else that I could do. The marathon training was done. Terrifying.
I’ve been trying to alleviate my fears by getting really excited about the race. I’ve been reading all of the e-mails from the LA Marathon and I got some gear!! LA Marathon is known for not having easily accessible gear/any gear at all. But I saw on Running Warehouse last week that Asics released a line of LA Marathon gear. So naturally, I bought 2 shirts and a tank. Excessive? Hard to say…
How cool is this stuff? I can’t wait to proudly wear these shirts on all of my runs after the marathon. Because of superstition I’m not going to run in them until I actually complete the marathon, but hopefully this will just be one more piece of motivation to get me across the finish line.
Another emotion that I’m dealing with: worry! But not about running. Instead, I’m worried about the weather. LA is currently experiencing "the storm of the year" (lol). I usually don’t care about rain and don’t mind running in it. BUT I don’t really want to run a marathon in it. Even though LA is known for having no “weather” whatsoever, in 2011 the LA Marathon became the Monsoonathon and I would rather not experience that.
This is what the weather looks like today:
And this is what the 10 day forecast is predicting for next Sunday (aka the big day):
All I can say is: Fingers crossed!!
Does anyone have any last minute advice or tapering suggestions? Seriously, I need all the help I can get… :)
Living in LA Means You Can Train in the Winter
I was talking with a friend of mine this week about the LA Marathon. I’ve been pretty low-key about it with my friends because I haven’t wanted to completely bore everyone in my life by talking about running all the time (that’s what a blog is for, right??). I noticed while I was talking to this friend, that I have a weird lack of pride about the race. People have been asking me for a while when the marathon is and which race it is, and I just noticed that I always say, “Oh, just the LA Marathon.” As though any race that isn’t a super “big” one like New York or Boston is “just” any ol’ race.
What a weird perspective to have! First of all, a marathon is a huge accomplishment, no matter the size or prestige of the race. It’s really, really far! That alone should have me shouting from the rooftops. Second, and here is the really cool part, I get to run the LA Marathon (which is a super awesome course, btw, from Dodger’s stadium, down Hollywood Boulevard, through Rodeo Drive, and finishing at the ocean!) because I live in a place where the weather allows me to train through the winter (or the colder part of the “uni-season” if you live in Los Angeles).
So, from now on, i’m going to be more proud in public that I’m running this race! I’ve been training so hard and it’s going to be awesome! Plus, this is a good reminder that one of the only reasons that this race doesn’t sell out early is because of the winter hindering training in other parts of the country. Go LA! #runla I’m getting pumped.
In case any of you runners missed this— These are all wonderfully accurate (and not at all Thought Catalog-y).
This post was inspired by an article I read that told women’s stories of how they fell in love with running. It made me think about how we “love” so many things and each of them has a story. A few of the things that I love having in my life are: T, my friends and family, cheese (haha), running, cooking and reading. This post is about my love for T and my love for running.
T- my romantic love
This year, T and I are celebrating our second Valentine’s Day together. We love each other so much every day, but I really enjoy that Valentine’s Day just gives us one more opportunity to celebrate how happy we are together.
We both surprised each other with little gifts this morning, so the day is off to a great start.
I got him his favorite muffin from his favorite bakery so that he could have it for breakfast this morning. He loved it and was so touched that I got it for him, which made me feel really great:
He got me some really cute Valentine’s Day stuff (the cupcake that the bear is holding smells like vanilla!). I’ve never been a girl who wants cutesy stuff, but I really love it when it’s from T. I know it’s a silly, commercialized token, but I do like receiving stuff like this. Thanks, heart!
And now onto the good stuff….. my love for running!
How did I fall in love with running? I started enjoying running in my first year out of college. I volunteered as a running leader for a middle school running program called “Students Run Philly Style” at the school that I was working at.
And it was so much fun! And I loved running in the races! And it just snowballed from there.
I ran race
One was even on Valentine’s Day!
And it was so much fun! I loved how it made me feel, and I loved how it made me want to get better, and I loved how there was room for improvement, and I LOVED that it was social & could do it with friends.
RUNNING IS JUST THE BEST. And how do I know it’s true love? Because when I broke up with running during law (RIP 1L and 2L), I was sad. And my body was sad. And I missed it so, so much. Isn’t that how you know that it’s true love.. that you didn’t know you loved someone until you lost them? (Who sings a song like that?? I just looked over Youtube and I thought it was Bruno Mars, but no dice…)
So anyways, those are my two favorite love stories for today. I hope all of you have someone (or something!) to love today. Happy Valentine’s Day.