“These are a few of my favorite things.”

Maria von Trapp aka Julie Andrews.

Happy Holidays! Are you running? Resting? Gearing up for big things in the new year?

My days and weeks have been consumed by preparation for the LA Marathon. With race day on February 14, my schedule is starting to reach the apex. These are the big important runs, folks. I’ve completed my 18 and 19 milers, and continue to grind out the mid-week pace runs best I can. This week is a step back in mileage (which will hopefully include a 10k race on New Years Day) before digging into the two 20 milers scheduled, the first one with a MGP finish. I can’t believe it’s only one more month until taper time.

 

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nailed goal pace in golden gate park last week!

In other news I am pleased to announce some new ambassadorships!

Earlier this year I was selected as a “Branch” for the Oakland Running Festival! I am thrilled to help spread the word about this fabulous race that I’m sure will only continue to grow due to its fabulousness.

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Here are a couple of things that I think make the event special:

Courses

I’ve run the half course twice now. In 2014, I smashed my sub-2 hour goal with a 1:55, and this year landed a one-minute PR, besting my Santa Rosa time after a three month running sabbatical due to a bout of ITBS. So in my experience, this is a PR-friendly half girls and boys. With a hilly start, the full course boasts an elevation profile worth major badass points. Feeling social? Run the relay. Feeling greedy? Run two races in the “We Run the Town” challenge, taking on a 5k before lining up for the half marathon.

Oakland Pride!

Oakland spirit is fierce! Highlights include Raider Nation, the impressive art installations by Crucible and American Steel, Brown Sugar Kitchen cheer station and the massive crowd support around the final stretch of Lake Merritt. I love finishing at Snow Park and chilling out with a beer post-race.

And what’s better is that you no longer have to pay full price because I have a discount code for you! Enter “bodle” at checkout for 15% off any distance.

This year, I’m also an ambassador for NuunLook, we all know that hydration is complicated and personal. I don’t like sports drinks, and for whatever reason sometimes water – whether filtered, bottled or tap –tastes sort of plastic-like or metallic to me. Enter Nuun: a variety of flavors for every palette, no added sugar and under 10 calories per tab, and electrolyte enhanced. This combo works well for me, and I’m happy to support the brand as an ambassador because I believe it offers a unique option where sports hydration, nutrition, and recovery is concerned.

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Happy New Year!

“Habituate yourself to walk very far.”

Thomas Jefferson.

 

Here’s how my weekly mileage looks in my first 8 weeks of marathon training:

Week 1 (ending 10/18) – Scheduled: 23 / Actual: 22.5

Week 2 (10/25) – 21 / 21.7

Week 3 (11/1)  – 21 / 19.1

Week 4 (11/8)  – 26 / 25.8

Week 5 (11/15  – 30 / 28.8

Week 6 (11/22)  – 26 / 21.6

Week 7 (11/29)  – 30 / 30.1

Week 8 (12/6 – current week)  – Scheduled: 33

My training schedule is a malleable thing that I’m adjusting as I learn about how I’m feeling week to week. And this week, week 8, just shy of halfway through this beast – all week I’ve been effing TIRED. I can’t get enough sleep (even though I’m hitting 8-10 hours solid nightly), have low energy during the day, and then feel a bit restless in the evening. Seems a little early on experience such fatigue (I’m not calling it burnout yet) and so I’m a little concerned.

My body feels okay, and so at the moment my primary suspect is nutrition and hydration. I’m pretty certain I’m not getting in enough quality calories, and so I’m returning to the tedious task of tracking all my food for a week or so. According to my research and calculations, I should be consuming between 1850-2100 calories daily. And this means QUALITY calories – not 1200 calories of real food and 600 calories of beer and doughnuts. That said I don’t do marathon training without some treats.

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But by honoring the commitment to avoid filling in the gaps with said goodies, I’ve actually found getting in 2000-ish calories to require a lot of focus. As a pescatarian, most of my staple foods are relatively healthy and nutrient dense. Sometimes it feels like I have to eat a lot of food to meet the demand. AND if I’m consciously drinking a ton of fluids, I feel even more satiated throughout the day and less inclined to snacky snacks.

That said I don’t think that I’m necessarily overthinking it. It’s just requires a different routine. Here’s my overall strategy:

• Eat a bigger breakfast (from my usual 200-ish calories to 350-400 calories)

• Every meal contains a good ratio of macros – carbs, protein, healthy fat

• Obscene amounts of fruits and vegetables

I’m hoping that this cures my weird running hangover.

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Have you experienced fatigue in training? Do you change your diet while building mileage for a race?