Four months of training, and now it’s time for the rubber to hit the road. As you can see, I have everything laid out for the early morning wake up call. The reason my numbers aren’t pinned on my shirt is because I’m still waffling on my choice of layers. The forecast is calling for 33 degrees and clear at start time, with temps rising to about 40 at noon. Chilly! Do I go with a ski hat or a baseball hat? Wear the old sweatshirt I brought and discard it at mile 2? How strong will the wind be? Do I throw a garbage bag on? This will all come down to a game-time decision.
I’ve signed up for the 3:55 pace group to ensure that I don’t go out too fast, which I’ve been guilty of in the past. Besides, if I’m not constantly checking my watch, I can enjoy the scenery and the experience.
If any of you are running the Long Beach Marathon tomorrow, look for our own Stacy Embretson. She was in the Expo at the LA Marathon booth and will be running the event as well.
Russ and I had another enjoyable day in the Chicago Expo meeting participants from all over the world, but it was exhausting. So I’m looking forward to a good night’s sleep.
I’ll report back after the race.
I spent the entire day in our booth at the Chicago Expo meeting marathoners from all over the world. It was so interesting that I felt compelled to shoot photos of some of the runners I met. It was a virtual UN of running, with so many countries represented. This is but a small sampling of my new international friends.
San Antonio, TX
Lisa used to live in LA, and she’s running to raise money for Livestrong.
Ken is studying to be a teacher and ran LA 4 years ago.
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
They both work in the finance industry and run together.
Colin & Kristin Cooley
Hermosa Beach, CA
Both aiming to run sub-3:20 in Chicago.
Bakhtar Lahcen, 42
Chahid Basidi, 63
Bakhtar has run the legendary Marathon des Sables, and they travel the world running marathons.
Benedicte Toto, 29
Cecile Canuel, 35
They are next door to us in the Expo working at the Paris Marathon booth.
Jay Madhure, 61
He’s run 20 consecutive LA Marathons.
Athit Thongphithak, 52
Prayut Thongphithak, 48
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Running Chicago for the first time.
Neal Glynn, 75
About to run his 37th marathon.
Mexico City, Mexico
Pablo is a former elite runner with PRs of 28:20 in the 10K and 13:44 in the 5K.
Rohit Vasa, 62
This will be his 55th marathon.
Charles Sayles, 72
After Sunday’s race, Charles will have run at least 2 marathons in each of 50 states.
Bill is the elite coordinator for the LA Marathon, among other events.
They both want to move to LA!
Matt Mahowald of New Performance Nutrition is getting me up to speed for next Sunday’s Chicago Marathon. He will also be visiting our Roadrunners training program on a regular basis. On Saturday stopped by to give us “Marathon nutrition 101.” As someone who’s been following his program since the middle of June, I can vouch for the benefits of his knowledge. For instance, in that time, my body fat has dropped from 23% down to 12.5%, I’ve lost 14 pounds, and my cholesterol is down 20%. It’s been so educational, and without the annoyance of some draconian diet. The program is really about making smart choices and paying attention to what one eats. Many of us go out of our way to follow a detailed training program for our runs, so why wouldn’t we do the same thing for what we’re eating? It’s like a nutrition road map. I’ve kept a log detailing every single meal I’ve eaten since June. With blood tests every two weeks, Matt is able to dial in a program that really works. I highly recommend getting in touch with Matt if you’re at all interested in getting a nutrition point of view while you’re training.
As I train for the Chicago Marathon, I’m working with nutritionist Matt Mahowald of New Performance Nutrition. Following his program has been enlightening. I’m learning, and losing, a lot. Something like a pound per week. And my runs are that much easier. One of the most useful things Matt has turned me onto is his excellent Whey Protein Powder. Almost daily I’m rocking a low-calorie, high-protein smoothie. It goes like this:
Empty a glass full of ice into the blender
Follow that with two scoops New Performance Nutrition chocolate protein powder
Add a banana, and then a glass of water
Finish with a tablespoon of either almond butter or peanut butter
Just the ticket as part of breakfast, a late afternoon snack or even as a late night protein boost.