Friday, October 12, 2012

Final Hartford Marathon Preparations

What is it about telling yourself you can't do something that makes you want to do it so bad? The only thing that makes me want to do something more is if someone else tells me I can't do it.

I posted that I was going to avoid dessert and excess sugar yesterday, but there was cinnamon toast crunch at breakfast (at school) so I brought some home and had it for dessert. I will fight anyone to the death Hunger Games style if you try to tell me that's not the best cereal on earth. However, toast = carbs, and I'm 99.9% positive that I read in one of those weight loss magazines at the gym (Self or something) that cinnamon is good for reducing inflammation. So I'm good. Also, it was way less sugar than my mom's famous chocolate peanut butter pie which is what I ate both nights of the Wineglass weekend.

In other marathon preparations that I've failed at, I skipped my day before the marathon run. I did it for the first time at Wineglass, and my legs felt great. So I took Thursday off, intending to run Friday, but have I mentioned how comfortable our bed is? I could probably write an entire blog post about how much I love it.

So, whatever, I'm honestly not worried about it, sleep is important as well as running. There's evidence that running is slightly more important when preparing for a marathon, but I'll get back to that next week.

I've been thinking a lot about race goals. I can't decide if this should be a training run or a race. Last year, I ran the Baltimore Marathon 15 days before the Marine Corps Marathon, and MCM was pretty terrible. This year, I only have 13 days in between races. Sure, sounds practically the same, but in recovery, two days can make a difference. I think I'm going to just try to stick with Kari, see how I feel, and make a game day decision.

I do have two goals for the race. 

1.  Use the time to think of an awesome Halloween costume (suggestions welcome). 
2. Not be as miserable as I was during MCM.

AKA - I should not be making this face.

After work today, Eric and I will be driving up to Kari's house in Connecticut! Temperatures tomorrow are supposed to be below freezing at the start (and a good chunk of the race). But it looks like no rain!

Let's do that trite blogging thing and you guys give me suggestions for how to get myself out of bed to run. My usual ones aren't working anymore.


  1. That look on Kara's face is priceless.

    I still haven't decided if this is a race or a "just get through it" run, so we're pretty much in the same boat.

    I slept in today and then ran, but only because I have to work tonight until 7, so I can give myself some free time this morning.

  2. Ooo, I hope you come up with some good Halloween costume ideas and share them with us becuase I am really struggling ;)

    So happy to read that sleep is more important... because I totally ignored my 4:30 alarm this morning. I guess I will run after work!

    Have a great race!

    (First time commenter... not sure where I found your blog :))

  3. I have no advice. I've slept through my alarm for the last two days. Yup, I'm a model marathoner. I'll be lucky if I don't die at NYCM.

    What are you doing for Halloween? It's midweek this

    On a random note, Patrick saw the picture of you and Eric dancing in the last post (2 posts ago?) and was like "those people look awesome. Why don't we hang out with them?"

  4. I was going to make a case for Frankenberry, but reading what the consequences are for challenging Cinnamon Toast Crunch, I withdraw the suggestion.

  5. Have a safe trip and good luck this weekend! I definitely bought two boxes of Cinnamon Toast Crunch this week. It was buy one, get one free at Publix. How could I say no to that?!

  6. I agree with you on cinnamon toast crunch being the best! Have a great marathon weekend. Here's hoping for another PR!

  7. I'm doing Hartford tomorrow as a long run; maybe we'll see each other!! Have a GREAT run or race, whichever it ends up being!!

  8. I"m afraid we're going to have to fight. Golden Grahams take out Cinnamon Crunch Toast any day of the week and twice on Sundays.

  9. That picture is such a priceless reminder of how MCM felt haha

    I think you shouldn't go too hard in the race because you just ran a PR at Wineglass and remember, JFK is the goal race and you need your body to be in good shape for that. You still have Fire on the Mountain coming up. Why don't you cruise it in at an easy 4:10? Remember when 4:15 was your dream time for Baltimore last year? Haha how things have changed.


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