The last race I did that I was really excited about was my first half marathon last June. That race was up in Annapolis and we didn’t go to the expo so the hype was definitely not quite there. I also didn’t really train for the race and the longest distance I had ever run prior to that was two 10 mile races (march and april) but after that the longest was maybe 7 miles…
Well yesterday I went to the Rock N Roll expo after work and I couldn’t help but get excited! I tasted lots of goodies from GU and other energy bites (holy yum), tried some protein bars (meh), got some samples (I heart free things), and bought some lotion (wtffff). Let’s start from the beginning!
So when I went in to get my bib and shirt I got really excited about the corrals. There were 34 corrals and I was in 7!! I am by no means a speedster but it still made me feel pretty badass. So after that I walked around and tried a bunch of samples and really fell for Power Bar Raspberry Energy Blasts, I also tried the Lemon and Cola. I liked Lemon but not the Cola. I bought a bag of GU Chomps on my next stop because the GU Gels I ordered hadn’t shown up at my apartment yet (of course they were there when I got home…), I also didn’t realize there was a gel already in my bag! The chomps are so yummy though so it was $2 well spent. Next up were some free Larabar samples and a 5 hour energy. I normally drink one before every race so I was happy to get it with out paying! The one thing I did pay for is lotion… My skin hates me right now from showering at the gym and running outside in the wind so when the woman put this magical lotion on my hands I was sucked in. $40 later I have a years supply of Hawaiian Moon Aloe. Such a sucker. It isn’t greasy, which I love, but it does make my face feel a little tight when I use it. I am going to give it a few more days before cashing in on the satisfaction guaranteed return policy. All in all great expo!Next up I wanted to share a beautiful plating I did recently for my breakfast. I rarely post about breakfast because I eat the same thing every day but I have a few new friends (welcome and thank you!) around the blog lately so I wanted to share! This beauty is 3 over easy eggs (if I’m not working out that day I do 2), some avocado, and bit of sweet potato. When I wake up I go on auto pilot. I chug a glass of cold water, grab a sweet potato, cut a few slices, put in a bowl, cover with water, put in the microwave for 5 minutes, turn a pan on medium high and spray with non stick, take my morning gummy vitamins (YUM!), refill my water, crack eggs into the pan, season, wait until the white is opaque, flip, season, turn of the stove, cut an avocado if I don’t already have one going, take the potatoes out of the microwave, drain the water, put potatoes on plate, put eggs on plate, scoop some avocado on plate, and top with hot sauce. From start to finish the whole thing is about 5 minutes. I typically take the potatoes out around 4:30 because that’s when I get to that step. SO while you may think that you have no time to make breakfast in the morning I bet you do!!
And finally, I posted on Wednesday an amazing recipe that I have been dying to make again so I did! This time I used the remains of a sweet potato I had been working off of for 2 days instead of zucchini. Twas delicious yet again!I don’t really have anything to report on for work outs. I ran Wednesday:
0.00 – 0.75 @ 6.0
0.75 – 1.25 @ 7.6 (7:54)
1.25 – 1.75 @ 7.7 (7:48)
1.75 – 2.25 @ 6.5
2.25 – 2.75 @ 7.6 (7:54)
2.75 – 3.25 @ 7.7 (7:48)
3.25 – 4.00 @ 6.0
I had Rugby practice last night and nearly lost some fingers and toes because it was so cold and now tonight I will be relaxing, stretching, and getting to bed early. The race starts at 7:30am so I will need to be in DC by 6:45am most likely. Now that would be fine and dandy if I could drive but I will need to take the metro because of the mass amounts of people who will be there, it is opening at 5am!! It normally doesn’t start until 7am or possibly later, crazy. A few of my friends and my bf are coming to cheer me on and I feel so lucky to have such awesome friends!
For race prep food today / tomorrow: Tonight I will probably make the same thing I did last night but up the salt content. I will try to eat early so my body can do it’s thing and allow me a successful portapotty trip. In the morning I will eat an AMRAP bar at 6:00am / 6:30am for breakfast. I will then take a 5 hour energy about 15 minutes before the race. I will probably start eating a GU at the 7 mile mark and finish it around 8 miles. And that is all! I am nervous about mixing the chomps in but I might bring them, we will see. It is supposed to rain tomorrow and I am praying that it holds of, I am a total nut with my iPhone and if it is raining I will need to get super tricky about making sure it doesn’t get wet. A water proof arm holder just isn’t going to cut it for me!
Race Day Questions
Q: What do you eat the day before a race?
Q: What is your morning fuel? What time?
Q: How do you fuel during a half marathon?
Q: Are you racing this weekend?!
Categories: Half Marathon Training