Two signs I am going to win the marathon tomorrow:
1. I carb loaded enough for Ray Lewis (huge football player, sorry he's one of the only ones I know) last night
2. I signed my mom up for text updates of my splits, and she had a dream that I was in the front of the pack of regulars, right behind the elites.
Last night, Eric and I went to the Baltimore Running Festival expo, met Carolyn, and got our bibs and shirts. It's Eric's first time as a BRF runner, Carolyn's second, and my third!
|Eric will be wearing this exact shirt in the half tomorrow. No joke.|
Then we headed over to my fellow running friend Mike's house. He was nice enough to host our second annual carb loading party, along with his wonderful wife and adorable grandson.
Did you know you are actually supposed to carb load two days before the marathon? Something about not wanting to wake up race morning all gross and bloated....
I forgot to take pictures of the actual food, but I did get pictures of some of us trying on Mike's backpack full of 40 lb bricks from this crazy overnight 24 mile race he just did. He had to wear the bricks the entire time.
|I can do this race.|
|It's easy if someone holds the bricks for you.|
|Why on earth would anyone pay for this?|
Confession: I don't "carb load" because I don't understand it, and my diet is generally probably considered "carb loading" year round. Anytime I read an article about it, it starts out telling me about percentages and ratios, and I feel like I have enough on my plate (haha! I'm funny) without trying to figure out the exact carb:protein ratio in my lunch.
So I just continue with my normal way of eating, and call it carb loading, and feel good that there's a reason for stuffing my face, for once.
But this dinner was a true carb load, actually the type that those articles typically recommend against, which was why it was amazing.
Two kinds of spaghetti, my veggie lasagna, bread with butter, and giant pretzels, all washed down with Gatorade. Lily was supposed to bring salad but she got stuck in traffic, so we didn't even eat that. All I have is a picture of the demolition, when it was all over.Jill is doing the no dessert challenge (which is over in less than 24 hours!!!) and was nice enough to bring cookies for the others, and still didn't even eat any. Don't worry, what I missed in cookies, I made up for in cheese.
My friend asked me if I was going to eat chocolate immediately after the marathon. Um, try during. I know I've gotten M&Ms in the race before. The best thing about Baltimore, is that tons of random people not affiliated with the race hand out random crap all over the place, and it's the only day everyone totally disregards that "Don't take candy from strangers especially when you are trying to run 26.2 miles" thing.
Tonight Kara is coming to sleep over, and then tomorrow it's 26.2 or die.