Memories of 26.2 Miles through San Francisco

6 years ago today I ran the Nike Women’s Marathon through San Francisco. I loved that race and I like to think it loved me back!  Just to take a trip down memory lane here’s a repost of that race report.  Originally posted here

 

I traveled, I ran and I came home with the signature Tiffany blue box. Yep, this past weekend I made a whirlwind trip from Mississippi to San Francisco to run in the 2011 Nike Women’s Marathon. For 5 years I’ve entered lottery only to be turned down till this year.  In the meantime I’ve ran in 6 marathons with 1 DNF (did not finish) and since August 2010 I’ve been chasing #6 finishers medal. In August of 2010 I planned on running a marathon only to be plagued with injuries. Then in January 2011 I went to Georgia to get #6 finishers medal only to have to throw in the towel with three miles to go.  Then in August of this year I had planned on running the race I wanted to do in August of 2010  but I backed out at the beginning of August so that I could concentrate on the Nike Marathon. So needless to say #6 was worth the wait.

Friday at  9 A.M. I flew out to San Francisco arriving at 1 p.m. busting with pure excitement. I couldn’t wait to see the pink Nike tent and all that awaited. I knew that if Nike was involved it was going to be an awesome event. And it was.  The Nike Expo was located centrally in downtown San Francisco at Union Square. Fortunately it wasn’t far from my hotel, two blocks.

 

From the beginning Nike made it so easy and so much fun to be there.  They had people from the start directing folks to the correct area that we needed to go and if there were any problems they handled them with great ease.  Gatorade was a sponsor so there was nice little area set up so that you could sample what would be on the race course.

Next Neutrogena had an awesome booth that let you sample their products plus sent home some nice samples as well. It was like a mini facial.

Paul Mitchell staff was on sight to help style hair.

While all of this is going on there was a phenomenal DJ rocking the place.

It was so much fun just hanging out. In addition  there was a relaxation area where you could prop your feet up in massaging chairs.

In the back of the expo was Nike’s main area.  In one area there was gait analysis, sport bra fittings and photo ops as well.   They also had several laptops set up so that we could set up our Facebook to request automatic updates to out statuses while we were running.  Outside the expo several other booths were set up as well.  It was definitely a fun and upbeat place to be. They also had a small little booth set up outside (think porta potty small) with last minute race essentials.

Across the street was Niketown and of course, Tiffany’s!!  Fun little thing is that Nike had a huge wall with all the participants names listed.  It was exciting to see my name. It made it all a little more real that I was about to run 26.2 miles.

 

After cruising through Niketown and purchasing a few souvenoirs  I headed back to the hotel to change clothes stretch my legs out and then we were headed to Alcatrez for a night tour.

I highly recommend it if you ever go.  However before we could leave I realized that on our way there we had to go back to the Expo.  Somehow I realized that I was given a half-marathon bib instead of a full marathon.  Fortunately, the folks made it super easy to switch it out and we were on our merry way..

Saturday I wanted to see as much of San Francisco as possible with little walking as possible. The tour company Mr. Toad’s was just the way to go. I had to book our tour before going out there so in advance we knew to meet them at Fisherman’s Wharf.  So after doing the tourist thing and taking the trolley down to Fisherman’s Wharf we spent the next 3 hours touring San Francisco from a 1922 Rambler.

We got out twice to see a few things and to stretch our legs.  First stop was at China Town where we checked out the little shop where they make fortune cookies.It was actually interesting to watch since there was only three ladies doing these by hand. They make approximately 20,000 of these every year!  Next door was fellow who played his violin outside his barbershop. Apparently his quit famous around there. He’s even starred in a movie or two. Pursuit of Happiness was his proudest appearance from what I gathered.

If your ever in the San Fran area and want to see a lot in a short amount of time I highly recommend Mr. Toads Tours.  They really make it fun, enjoyable and you won’t kill your legs climbing hills trying to see everything.

Saturday night was pretty low key.I was pretty tired from the day before and actually fell asleep pretty early.  I was relieved when I woke up Sunday morning knowing I had slept well. Sunday morning getting ready was easy. Had a decent little breakfast and then it was off to get my Tiffany necklace.  From the moment I stepped out the hotel the streets were packed almost an hour before the race was scheduled to start. The city was booming with music, lights and videos being projected on to screens.  Nike even had someone to help warm up the crowd. I personally just watched the warmup. That’s what the first 3 miles are for right?

So after a relaxed start I was off to complete my marathon. The first two miles were easy but mile number three introduced me to my first hill. Immediately I thought, “Oh crap!” I immediately knew that I had to walk the hills in order to make it.  Miles three and four were rough but it was mile seven that really got me.  It was the never ending  uphill.  It’s a hill I never want to see ever again!  Then the downhill was just as hard.  I felt certain that if someone bumped into me I was going to roll downhill!! It was pretty steep.  Miles nine and ten were steady inclines as well.  The whole first half was just brutal with hills.

The second half wasn’t as nearly as bad.  My hips were feeling the effects of the hills but I feel like I went into the second half feeling pretty good.  The only time I ever started feeling tired was when they took us around Lake Merced.  A lot of people didn’t like the route I learned as I was chatting with folks while we were running.  The didn’t like the traffic part but it gave me something to look at. It kept me entertained.  The thing that was hardest for me was the fact that up until that point it had been cloudy most of the day but the sun started coming out  and it was zapping some of my energy.  However at some point it went away and after a much needed potty break I felt ready to go again. Also on the way to Lake Merced and to the finish line was a beautiful view of the beach.  Yes it was a long stretch of it but it’s not something I personally get to see everyday. It was fun to watch the surfers and it gave me a mental break from what I was doing.

The whole race I had been running off of heart rate instead of pace.  My goal was to keep it above 145 but I didn’t want it going pass 155. I think once it did but other than that I probably had a harder time pushing it up to 155.  My hips were just fatigued and didn’t have the strength to push like I wish they would.  Mentally I feel like I held up really well.   I never questioned myself or doubted myself. I knew what I had to do and that was that.

The finish line was a sweet sweet sight. And the prize was just as phenomenal as I had hoped.  My little blue box I’ve been wanting was just beautiful.

 

It’s definitely the best finisher’s medal I’ve gotten to date! It’ll be hard to top that one!

The post race set up was a little weak.  They were out of fruit and the finishers tee didn’t have my size.  Neutrogena did have a set up with face wipes that was much needed especially since I had my finishers photo taken with some hunky firefighters!

There was chocolate milk available and a really neat stretching area as well.

I also highly recommend purchasing the post race shuttle tickets because I was in no shape to try to figure out how to get back to my hotel. The shuttle took us back to Union Square which was plenty close enough since I was only two blocks away.

Monday I’m back in Mississippi with a little fatigue and some mild soreness.  It was a very fast, fun and busy weekend.  A lot of flying, and a lot running.  Would I run NWM 26.2 again? Probably not. I can say I’ve been there, done that and got the blue box.  A lot people have done that race repeatedly and just love it.  I would give it an A- just because of the finisher’s t-shirt issue but overall I would recommend to a girl friend to run. It’s a fun race, it’s entertaining, it’s challenging and the course is well supported.

I’m so glad this race was my #6 finishing race.  It was well worth the hard work and wait.

2015 #NOLARoyalty Contest

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In true Mardi Gras fashion, 2015 Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans will crown a King and Queen of race weekend festivities! The King and Queen will be revered by all participants and will receive the royal treatment during race weekend! #NOLARoyalty

I NEED YOUR HELP!!

Please go here——————-> click here!

And then Vote for this picture………

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My duties would include………..

  • Attending official coronation at the Expo on Saturday, January 24, 2015
  • Welcoming runners before the race commences
  • Performing a royal procession through corrals
  • Completing a pre-race Q & A with the announcer

This what it SHOULD look like………….

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Your time is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Cheers!

The Weekend

Here is a brief recap of my weekend run.

This weekend I logged in 11 miles on the Longleaf Trace.  Weather was chilly but not too cold. The first half was hard. I felt every stiff muscle, every twinge and was very tired at first. The first mile I kept thinking if I go back and go home no one will ever know any different. I would know. It’s my conscience. I would know and eventually my running would tell on me.

Anyways, I ran alone as I do 99.9% of the time. I like it that way.  I can’t compare myself to others, constantly analyzing and picking my own run apart. Maybe one day I’ll be able to run with others again but for now I’m very happy with my set up.  I run at the pace I prefer and I can get in my workout without feeling pressure to do someone else’s. With that being said I am left with the task of challenging myself. It’s way too easy to just coast through a workout and not push or challenge myself.

So as I was saying, the first half was slow and difficult. I felt everything and I was moving at a snails pace. I realize fast and slow are relative but for me it was slow. Slower than I prefer. So when I got to the turn around point, I stretched out and decided that it was time to shake it all off. I had devised a plan that on my long runs (not all) I would do surges for the last three miles to get my body use to having to push its self through the fatigue. I have to say, it went really well. It was hard and I wanted to quit but I didn’t. I had a plan and I was sticking to it.

When it was all said and done I felt like I still had a little gas in the tank but I was tired at the same time. That was a proper finish. Not too much but not too little. I ran purposefully.

I ran 11 miles and averaged 13:08 per mile. So slow. My pride would prefer something a little smaller but I’ll take what the body will give.

Today (Sunday) I did a 3 mile recovery run to shake out the stiffness and soreness. It felt good. The first mile I always have doubts. I learned a long time ago to give every run at least 2 miles. After mile 2 if I’m just absolutely miserable then I can go home. That’s only happened a handful of times.  The first mile is always the hardest.

This coming week I have a 5 mile Hobble and Gobble race on Thursday and then a 13 mile run on Saturday. At first was going to race a half marathon on Saturday to use it as measuring tool. I’m still not sure on that one. We’ll see. I know, I should have decided already but I haven’t. I know I should. We’ll see.

I’m off to bed. Early morning of Yasso 800’s.  I’m a girl on a mission!

Till next time…….Cheers!

Pictures from  my run this weekend…….

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I loved being greeted by those sweet ray!

 

 

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It’s that time of year where the trees are starting to sprout gloves!
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Guess someone decided to decorate the watering hole with a pumpkin!
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Still kind of early and hazy. So many leaves!
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Results of a hard earned run.

I Want To Run All The Races

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Okay I must admit, I don’t feel prepared to run 26.2 miles in less than 12 weeks. Which for me is a little disappointing already because I really wanted  the Rock and Roll New Orleans Marathon to be a PR for me.  It’s flat, the weather should be appropriate and I’ve been registered for it since June. But at this point I don’t foresee a PR, I just see some great miles ahead of me!

Now, with that being said I suddenly have the marathon bug stirring around in me to the point where I’m all like “ohh let’s do this race and the next day I can do this race and 3 weeks later I can do this race!” Can I get an Amen to the fact that I have attention problem with races?! Just 2 weeks ago I was ready to just bow out and do a half!  Seriously, I have problems.

I want more

So I’ve decided to compose a list we’ll dub…………

I Want To Run All The Races

1. Rock and Roll New Orleans Marathon; January 25, 2015

2.  Mississippi Blues Marathon; January 10, 2015

3.  First Light Marathon;, January 11, 2015

4.  Hobble Then Gobble 5 Mile Run November 27, 2014

5.  Mississppi Coast Half Marathon November 29, 2014

6.  Raccoon Mountain Marathon March 21, 2015

It’s just 6 races.  That’s not asking for too much!  I just need a second job to pay for race fees and travel and I’m totally sure my body will hold up to the abuse challenge.

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A girl can wish right?

Cheers!

Hello November

Hello November

2014 is flying by. So quickly.  Soon I’ll have another birthday, Thanksgiving and Christmas. It just goes by extremely quickly. It seems like just yesterday I was talking about New Year’s resolutions.

I’ve got 12 weeks till a marathon!!!

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My time until this past week had been torn between running and biking so now that my 60 mile biking event is behind me I can focus on getting ready to run 26.2 miles!!!!!

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And in the Big Easy no less!!! I’m praying for comfortable warm/cool temps. Cooler starting off and just a tad warmer at the end. And to finish. Those are my hopes wishes and dreams!

So here we go into a new month filled with holiday festivities of all sorts and apparently a lot of running!  See you soon!

Cheers!

 

 

 

 

Hello October!

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Hello!! It’s October!! How the heck did that happen??!! How in the world did we manage to get 3/4 of the year already?

However, I love the fall months, although around here it’s either hot or cold. Very little in-between. There should be few afternoons when I get home from work that I can have just the windows and screen door open and that will lead to pots of chili being made. Which will lead to snuggly sweat shirts and comfy pants.  Which will lead to spur of the moment fires being built outside and football games being watched. Yep, I love this time of year!

I love fall clothes too. They’re more comfortable, I love fall colors in clothes so yep, I’m definitely a fall season kind of girl. Now when it gets burr cold outside, we’ll talk a different story but until then, I’ll enjoy the next couple of months!

On a different note, my running is going well. I’ve registered and started training for the Rock N Roll New Orleans Marathon.  Right now it’s low mileage. But I feel good, my running feels good. Now, Just to do the work.  I’ve been doing 99% of my running in the mornings, I’m just not an evening girl. I used to be but now I rather be done with my day when I get home from work.  Plus I realized my dear sweet hubby likes to sleep while I’m wide awake at 5 a.m. so I decided using that time for myself is better spent. I’m an early bird, he’s not, so I make it work so that I don’t feel like I’m ignoring him. It works for us.

Okay then, I’m off to make today amazing! Hope your day is just as amazing!!

Cheers!

Brandy

Motivation Monday

It’s Monday!?!? Yep and we’re going to like it! I love Motivational Monday! It gets me excited about the week ahead. So……….no sour attitudes or ugly looks, nothing but positive, fierce, happy attitudes. If anybody gives your attitude about your positiveness you got flowing, just laugh because they’re the one ruining their day, not yours!  OWN IT!

Last week was rough. I had major plans for the week and then…………….TOM showed up. Just like a dude to rain on my parade. He showed up with headaches, exhaustion and irritability. I was struggling. By Saturday I had packed his bags and booted him to the curb just in time for a 7 mile run. This week, I’ll redeem what he squandered last week. No excuses. I’ve got 24 hours in a day just like everyone else so all my goals will be met!

Be sure to stop by my Facebook page to share how you’re getting your Motivational Monday going. I always love hearing from you!

Here’s to a successful week filled with fierceness, love and laughter. Cheers!

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2013 Dallas Marathon Update

Each week I’ll update the status of training for the 2013 Dallas Marathon. I’ll also cover different topics such as training schedules, equipment and nutrition.

This week however, I will not be covering anything except my training. BUT BRANDY!!! I know, I know, you’re highly disappointed and I’m ruining your week. I get it. And I apologize. I have a good excuse……….ummmmm…………my dog ate my notes!?!

Okay seriously, I missed last weeks update and this week I’m struggling to stay up to date on life in general. Nothing bad just all part of training for a marathon. Early morning runs, full time job, friends, family it’s all part of it. Sometimes it’s matter of setting a schedule, doing it all and just hold on for the crazy yet boring ride.

Another thing about marathon training, prep yourself mentally for the dull days. The days when a run is just a run. It’s getting up before the chickens (not that I would know, I don’t have chickens), throwing on clothes and just going. No thinking, just running.  Simple as it gets. And the next day. And the next day. And the next day. Sometimes, marathon training is just marathon training. It gets boring but it has to be done. Then there’s days where you have a break through workout or suddenly everything that’s troubled you is now super clear thanks to that run.

Sometimes updates are hard because there’s nothing new to report. If your lucky, there’s no injuries or drama. So today, I give you just another update. Simple and to the point. Yes, I’ve somehow forgotten what week I’m on and how many weeks are left. I just know I’ve put a week behind me and there’s more to come.   So till next week………..Cheers!

 

Week 2 of 2013 Dallas Marathon Training

Today I’m covering week 2 of my training leading up to the 2013 Dallas Marathon in Dallas, Texas.  Each week I’ll do an update so that people will know what training is like for the average runner. I’m not a 2:21 marathon runner. In fact I bring up the rear of a marathon.  I’m hear to show you that yes, you can do a marathon. If I can do it,  you can to!!

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Each week I’ll be covering a different topic, if you have any suggestions or questions please let me know!

Also, here’s a link to few of the brands I mentioned:

Dallas Marathon

Simple Hydration

90 Revolutions

Running Nutrition 

Remember, the big thing to remember about nutrition is find what works for you. A lot of people can’t stomach gels but they’re okay with chews. I’ve even had some friends to use gummy bears .  Just be sure to take in about a 100 calories every 3 miles.  Having a set nutrition schedule when you run helps delay the “hitting the wall” effect.

Tip: Carry peppermints with you when your run.  Not only is it great for a slow, easy sugar release but it also helps settle an upset stomach.

  A great time to experiment and practice is during your long runs. Not only with gels and chews but also  find out what works as far as hydration is concerned.  Something to keep in mind is, if you plan on using a hydration pack for your marathon make sure the marathon will allow it. Since the Boston Marathon bombings, the New York City Marathon is not allowing hydration packs.  So be sure they’re allowed before you get use to using  them.

Also remember, don’t skip your long runs!  Your long run is what helps you have a better marathon experience.  Next week I’ll touch on what you should do during this long runs to help mimic your marathon day .

Till next time……Cheers!

Reason #10 Why You Should Do A Marathon

Reason #10 why you should do a marathon.……………

It keeps you accountable!!

Let’s face it, when you run a marathon, you’re going to tell EVERYONE!  Even before you’ve laced up your shoes to run, you’ve already told all 500 friends on Facebook that you’re going to be tackling a marathon in the next 18 weeks. By the time you’ve told everyone you have now become locked in to do it. You can’t back out!  What will everyone think? (Okay in all seriousness who the crap cares what people think but still, you know you’ll be thinking it).

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Accountability is one of the best ways to reach your goal. By signing up for an event (ie. marathon, even better the 2013 Dallas Marathon) you have now mentally taken yourself to a whole new level of accountability. Any time there is an ultimate goal involved, especially one with a finishing date, we as humans tend lock sights into the upcoming goals and the Terminator-like focus comes out in us.  Nothing stops us until we’ve crossed either a physical finishing line or the proverbial one. Also by signing up for a marathon, it not only helps keep you accountable to yourself but to others as well, like your friends and family .

Going at goals alone can sometimes be a recipe for disaster. Without any type of support base, on those cold winter mornings when the sun hasn’t come out yet, staying in bed will be a whole lot easier than going running for 12 miles. So find a buddy that will keep you motivated and pumped to finish a goal. Having good friends and family to support you will carry you a lot further than if you go at it alone.

So whats it going to be, another day without a goal or another day filled with many many miles? So what it going to be? Remember…………..

The only way to cross this finish line is how? TO SIGN UP FOR A MARATHON!!

So what are you waiting for?!!?

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Reason #11 Why You Should Do A Marathon

Alrighty, guess who’s training for the 2013 Dallas Marathon!?!?!  (P.S. You can sign up HERE for it!)

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I thought I should start Mondays with ONE reason every week why you should do a marathon!!

So here we go…………………………………………………..

Reason Number 11 why you should do a marathon:

The races are fun!!  Big races (like Dallas) have a phenomenal atmosphere!  Bring some friends to do it with you and it can be a 26.2 mile block party. People are cheering YOU on!  People are there to support YOU whether they know you or not.    Why would you want to miss out on that experience?!?!  You meet so many people while running it , people you won’t  meet if you don’t do it.

The marathon is an attainable goal for you.  Don’t let yourself think anything else. You can do this.  And once you do, it’s an experience no one can take away from you!!

So pick a race, train then reap the rewards of race day!!

Tupelo Marathon 2013 Race Report

I did it!! I finished!! I finally tackled the infamous Tupelo Marathon. It’s a death defying 26.2 mile marathon not meant for the faint of heart . Okay………maybe that’s a bit much BUT it’s a tough one!!!

The best race shirts ever!!
The best race shirts ever!!

It starts at 5 a.m. on a very dark road that has rolling hills and little to no shade, on Labor Day Weekend!  Can you say 85 degrees at 9 a.m.?!?!  There’s so much I want to tell you all but I keep jumping ahead.

Alright let me back this boat up and start over………….

3:15 a.m. wake up.  It was a hard wake up too. For 2 seconds I wanted to say, screw it, I’ve lost my mind. However since my hubby made this trek with me as pit crew, skipping was not an option. So we slowly got moving and made our way downstairs to the hotel lobby. It amazed me at 4:00 a.m. how chatty people can be. I can function at 4:00 a.m. but don’t expect conversation. However, these people who all had on race bibs were chatty and chowing down.

The race site was about 15 minutes from the hotel and easy to find. Parking was a breeze and plenty of pre-race port-o-potties were available.  From there the start is in the middle of the road and there’s NO street lights. None. It’s dark!!

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The very early and dark starting line.

Here’s a video of the race start……very quiet and dark!

So from there it’s 13 miles out and the first half is my favorite part. The camaraderie on the course is great. People are chatting, swapping tips and stories. It’s great! Literally my favorite part. Then the great divide comes. The half marathoners go one way and we (marathoners) turn back to recap the course we just left.  Only this time , it’s HOT AS HELL!  The sun is up and there’s no shade. Seriously people, it was hot!!  

Now, the people putting on the race did a FANTASTIC job. Plenty of port-o-potties, water stations and the course was well marked.   Every other mile  (I think) was a water station with all the other stuff a marathon needs. Really, this was well done.

Back to the heat. The best way I can describe it is rolling farm land with no shade on paved roads. By 9 a.m. I would dare say it was 85 degrees with 100% humidity. Rough stuff.  The last three miles of the race will make you feel like a bad ass just because you lived to tell about it.  The fact that I’m sitting here alive and recapping the last three miles of the race is a miracle!!  IT WAS THAT HOT!!

RESPECT THE HEAT!  Mississippi heat on Labor Day weekend will put you in  your place folks. The marathon’s slogan “Trample the weak and hurdle the dead” is there for a reason.

With all that being said, the last three miles is rolling hills with no shade.  The last quarter mile expect to go up a hill, slight down hill, followed by a slight up hill into paved parking lot and on to the finish line. PAVED PARKING LOT AT 10 A.M.   (I.E. HOT AS HELL)

I narrowly escaped with my life with finish time of 5:15:04 and a sweet finishers medal.

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Will I go back? No. I got my skull and crossbones bling and I’m done.

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I won’t be back to Tupelo for a Labor Day Weekend  race. If it was cooler weather, absolutely. However………..that’s the lure of the race. It’s a ridiculous early start,  hot, hilly and it just makes you feel like your ten times more bad ass than any other runner that day.

So there you have it folks.  Do I recommend you do it……… YES!! I wouldn’t have missed it for the world! 

12 Days Left & I’m A Headcase!

12 days left!

 

12 days!!

Physically I’m holding up. No shin pain, very very minimum hip soreness, hamstrings and calves are great. I’m not achy. Quads are staying healthy. I’m physically good.  Next go around I probably should do non-weight bearing back exercises to help strengthen to go along with ab exercises but overall I would give myself a B+ (always room for improvement!).
 So what is going on in my head right now…………..
“OH MY GOSH!!!”
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Okay seriously, at this point I’m feeling:
*Apprehensive
*Anxious
*Nervous
*Excited
*Mental Exhaustion
*Irritability
It’s all natural to feel this way and I know that I’m ready. I know that I got this and that I’ll finish. I’m mentally tough and physically. I’ve beat this body over the last 12 weeks into submission. It knows that at 5 a.m. September 1st  that it will run 26.2 miles and like it!!
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I’m also starting to taper. No it’s not a new craft project, it’s where my mileage is cutting back so my body can store up energy and repair itself for the big day.  I also have to cut back on my calories. Since I won’t be running as many miles in the next 12 days I have to scale back on the calories so I won’t gain weight going into my marathon.  What does that look like for me? Going from 2000 calories to 1650.  I don’ t mind. It’s also a great way for my body to get the signal that I can’t eat as much after my 12 days is up. Once this round of marathon training is done I’ll need to scale back on my eating or otherwise I’ll eat us all out of house and home!! I’m such an eater.
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With all the stuff going through my head (Am I ready, did I run enough, will I fall as flat as a pancake on my face from not training enough) just a barrage of different thoughts but I’m actually okay. Nervous but okay. Anxious but okay.
I’ve told myself if I can complete this marathon in the time that I want to finish (or just finish) then I’m going to be okay.I’ll be okay anyways but I NEED this marathon. I need this finish. If I can do this (which I know I can because quitting is not an option) it’s like a universal sign that I’m going to be okay. That anything from that moment on is just chump change. It’s like a letter from God saying “Brandy, you’re going to be okay.” Crazy, I know but it’s the best way I can describe it.
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Have you ever needed something so badly you felt like your life depended on it?
I know my life doesn’t depend on this. I know the world will not stop turning. In my little world, in the spec of dust that I am in this universe, it matters to me.
I didn’t mean to go into all that!!  Whew!  Serisously, the mindset going into these type of events will make you a little crazy. Some people are just all like “Whatever” but not me. I’m all headcase, need a xanax stat! Maybe instead of Pounds to Miles I should be The Headcase Runner.
Okay kids, till next time!
Cheers!
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Marathon Countdown Begins

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25 days till Tupelo Marathon

Oh I’ve been a bad blogger!!  It’s been 25 days since I’ve done any writing but to honest all I do is………….

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Just a couple of months ago it was all about my diet. Now it’s all about the marathon. Not that my diet has given way but it’s hard to be calorie restricted when I’m putting in about 50 miles a week.

Let’s revisit that. I’m running 50 miles a week. That’s the most I’ve ever ran in my life!! And it feels good!

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Some mornings I’m more tired than I care to discuss but for the most part, and I know this is going to sound crazy BUT I really feel like this training is a good starting point for future things. Marathon training as a starting point? Yes I know, I’m must have sweat clogged in my brain somewhere but that’s just how I feel.

Even though you haven’t  heard from me in the last 25 days guess what, You’ll be sick of me for the next 25 because MARATHON COUNTDOWN IS ON!!