The Week of The Big Race ……

September certainly opens the door for the fall racing season but October is marathon month.  So many great races.  So little time.  This year I did NOT register for the Chicago Marathon.  Yes, I love the race.  Yes, most of my IL and IN friends are running it.  No, I didn’t cave like I always do and toss up a huge entry free for a race that I’ve ran time and time again.  This year, I’m heading to Long Beach, California for the Long Beach Marathon

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I picked Long Beach cuz it was 1)  on the same day as Chicago and 2) because my friend Lara moved out to the Long Beach area at the same time my family moved to Auburn, Indiana.  I haven’t seen Lara since their move and I can’t wait to see her and her amazing family.  We’ve spent so much time over the last 5 years pounding miles on dark trails (her and/or her hubby) that I frequently think about them while I run.  I smile with thoughts of the stories we’ve told a million times and can’t wait to create new ones. 

Long Beach won’t be what I initially imagined.  Lara is a super fast runner who never complains about my slower pace.  When I signed up back in February, I had thoughts of a new marathon PR.  I envisioned myself fit and fast.  I imagined the perfect race.  But life isn’t perfect, so my vision has changed and I’m not at all sad about that.  We will have a great time running the Long Beach area, singing, dancing and laughing over the course of 26.2 miles.  It’s going to be hot.  94 according to accuweather.  But we’ll be together and we are lucky enough to have another friend, my girl Julie M., along for the fun.  And fun we will be having.  Look at this amazing course.  Lots of blue water to bring us a breeze and beautiful sites. 

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Since we are facing a hot race, I’ve reviewed a couple of my old posts about the week leading up to important races/marathons.  Feel free to check out the Race Week Do(s) & Don’t(s) or the Marathon Week post for pre-race tips.  For us, we will be hydrating with electrolytes all week.  We have packed the salt caps and our favorite run visor.  We won’t be carb loading so much as eating healthy nutritious foods with complex carbs, lean proteins and healthy fats.   It’s pretty apparent that nobody will be PRing on a 94 degree day, no matter how spot on their training or how amazing their fitness.  So we have put our expectations in check and we’ll focus on the positive:  enjoying our race, making sure everyone is hydrating and keeping up with fuel/electrolytes, and having as much fun as possible being together and doing what we love.  I’m thankful for crazy friends who think that fun = running long.

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** Wishing YOU a Great Marathon Season With Crazy Friends ** Amanda – TooTallFritz

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8 thoughts on “The Week of The Big Race ……

  1. HAVE FUN!!!!! I will so miss not seeing you or Julie at Chicago……and will just remember that I will be running with you two at Route 66 in November!! All three of us just need to stay injury free. Don’t melt out there, I know how much you and Julie love the heat and hoping it is better than Iowa. I do remember Julie saying she wasn’t running any more full marathon’s during that one…..LOL!!!!
    GOOD LUCK to both of you, run like the wind and think cool thoughts!!!

  2. Well 94F is pretty hot and depending on race start time and maybe it cooler then and the 94F not until most of race event over, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it gets that hot, they shut-down the race mid-stream. Might want to check or monitor what race officials saying and posting on the subject. If it gets that warm during that race early on, might as well resign yourself to jog a little, walk a little and just try to finish under whatever course time limit they have. Be safe!

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