Monday, March 15, 2010

What what! It's Marathon Week!

as in.... 144 more hours! holy smokes! Am I ready for it....???

I haven't written about it on the blog in hopes that if I ignored it/didn't mention it, it would be a non-issue.... but my right knee has been bothering me. A lot. So much so that I had to ditch out on the 5 mile run yesterday. Not that that run was going to make or break the marathon, but.... It was the first run I ever had to completely ditch. Uh oh..... I hope 144 hours, LOTS of Aleve, Foam Rolling, yoga, and adrenaline will carry me through!

Also, are there bloggers out there running in LA who would like to meet up? I would really really be stoked to meet anyone and everyone who are gonna be out there! Drop me a line here or email me at! I am very excited to hear from you!

I just looked at the Marathon Course Entertainment page, and it looks like there's gonna be some good stuff out there for us. I am particularly excited about the Taiko drummers at mile 3, seeing that I'm from Japan and all :) (Taiko image source)

There are also 4 "Block Parties" along the way; I am having a hard time envisioning what those are gonna be like, but anything with the word "party" in it has got to be good! :) And with 25 bands playing along the way.... it's a 26 mile carnival/festival/entertainment bonanza! I am giddy with excitement. As long as my knee holds up long enough.....

Besides getting pumped for the marathon, and not running (meh...) I had a fabulous, albeit extremely short (it felt like) weekend. I did my third session of Bikram Yoga (love love love love love it!) and on Sunday I did a 1600 meter swim followed by a 11mile bike ride.
The swim was glorious. I took only one super short break during the 1600 meters, and I really got in a groove. I felt like I could go on forever, which was exciting, because I've never felt that way before! It just felt natural for the first time. Hooray! Progress! I then proceeded to take advantage of the extra hour of sunlight, and took my bike out for a spin. Does a Swim-bike constitute a "Brick Workout", I wonder? Does it qualify for a "Taper"? Hmm.... both excellent questions to ponder while you read the rest of this babbling random post :)

Despite my knee being not-too-good, I'm really not anxious about this marathon. Since I've already accomplished my goal of "running every step of a marathon" last time, I don't care if I take walking breaks this time, or stop and admire the bands. If I get a PR, hey, awesome! But I'm not counting on it. I just want to experience a new course, a "big race" environment, run with James, and have a fun day. No goal paces, no goal finish times, no expectations, no pressures.

I truly am excited for this weekend. Plus, I get to eat lots of good quality carbs brownies this week :) I just have to keep reminding myself to TAPER. That's gonna be the hardest, esp since my adrenaline is pumping and the weather is gorgeous.

LA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! And let me know if you're gonna be there!

Hope you all enjoy the extra hour of sunshine! :)
(sorry about all the !!!!!s in this post. I am just sooooo excited today)


  1. I love this excited pre-race energy!!! I hope the knee holds up for you so you can smile and fist pump your way through 26.2 miles!

  2. I love that you are going into it just to have fun and enjoy the race, and with whatever else that comes along would be extra- attitude!! I think that in itself will make it totally awesome!! Enjoy the carb...urr..brownie..its all good loading!

  3. Looks like it will be a great time! I can't wait to hear about it :-)

  4. Ooooh, how exciting! Make sure you rest up, and YES, you are totally ready.

  5. I didn't realize our races were the same weekend!! Hopefully the weather is similar too - the sunshine is welcome here! ;)

    hope the knee shapes up!! Bikram is AWESOME - I'm trying to steer clear of it this week though, don't want to overdo/overstretch anything this week!

  6. Yeah! The marathon is almost here! I'm sorry to hear about the knee, but it sounds like you're taking care of it. This weekend will be awesome! Enjoy those brownies.

  7. Just keep an eye on the knee and don't let it make you crazy! You've totally got this girl and I can't frigging wait to see how well you do!!!! I wish I were there to meet you/cheer you on!!!

  8. Hope your knee snaps back into shape.
    I'm running LA also.
    Flying in on Friday for the Expo....kick back with some old college buddies on Sat, then kick ass on Sunday.
    Good luck!

  9. YAY!!!

    I'm glad you are so amped about this race!! :) Your going to do great!!! I'm so excited to hear how you do!!!!


  10. Good luck!! i am so totally didn't know about it until it was too late and I had already signed up for the Paso 1/2 the same day! You will do great and you have to write about the "block party's"! i hope your knee feels better :)

  11. So exciting!!!! Rest that knee up and definitely take it easy. You'll be good to go on race day, no worries.

  12. Good Luck...I am sure you will cross finish line with a smile...Do update us...



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