Marathon Preparation: My Necessities

by This is Carrie on February 4, 2010

A few weeks ago, I invited a new girlfriend on our 20 mile training run.  I knew Alma had run the last LA marathon and is currently training for the next LA marathon, but had no idea what kind of “runner” she was. I showed up with all my “necessities’ and she, a mom working two jobs to support her family, showed up with no more than the shirt on her back and (old) running shoes on her feet.

She proceeded to kick my trash, reminding me why I fell in love with running in the first place.  It is so simple really. Just lace up your shoes and head out the door. The girl loves to run. She was born to run.  So while I carry all my necessities in this Sunday’s marathon,  channeling Alma’s spirit might be the most important tool in my arsenal.

1. The Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer – Hard to believe I started reading this almost 16 weeks ago at the beginning of my training.  I have found the mental training suggestions in the this book to be very useful for running (as well as life).

2. Nathan “Trail Mix” Hydration Belt – I’ve been training with this fuel holding belt and will race with it. This “trail”version has bungees that can hold a shed outerlayer which I love.

3. Gu Chomps – My energy fuel of choice because energy gels make me gag. Blueberry Pomegranate flavor–mmmm good.

4. Glucosamine/Chondroitin/MSM supplement – At the suggestion of my “running niece”, I’ve been taking Glucosamine since the beginning of the training because it’s supposed to improve joint comfort, mobility and flexibility.  Recently, I read about another study that said it doesn’t do any of those things, but I still believe in it even as a placebo. :)

5. KT (Kinesiology Therapeutic) Tape – When I pulled my achilles and started to feel shin splints coming on about a month ago, I turned to this tape and I can’t rave enough about it.  When I wear it, I feel no pain.

6. Mizuno Wave Ispire Shoes – I fell in love with my first pair of running shoes but had to get new ones during the training (because you have to get new running shoes every 300-400 miles!). Luckily, I was able to replace them with another pair of chartruese Mizuno shoes.  Because chartruese is my lucky race color.

7. Feetures! Light No Show with Tab Socks –  On my shorters runs, i’m not that particular about my socks, but for distances over 13 miles, I have to have these socks.

8. Garmin Forerunner 405 –  Despite the advice in the marathon training book about not worrying about time and pace for your first marathon, I love my watch so I can check my time and pace :).  On race day, the virtual race partner will be set at 8:55/mile pace and my running partners and I will be trying to keep up, hopefully finishing in under 4 hours.

9. Heed High Energy Electrolyte Drink – I’ll be carrying the strawberry flavor in my fuel belt, not wanting to try out a new drink at the aid stations on the course.

10. Body Glide Anti-Chafe Stick – For those couple of problem spots.

11.  Brooks Visor – Doesn’t matter the brand.  It’s all about the color.  Mine is chartreuse and I’ve worn it in every race.

12. Pandora Radio – I don’t usually listen to music on my runs – it’s my way of training my mind while training my body, but when I do a fartlek  workout, I love listening to “Eye of the Tiger” station on Pandora.  I think it will be playing on the way to the marathon as well.

If you want to follow my progress on Sunday, Todd will be live-tweeting the race starting at 6:30am (PST). Just click on this link to view the updates (you don’t need a Twitter account).

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February 4, 2010 at 4:20 pm

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Stacy February 4, 2010 at 5:50 pm

I just started my own marathon training and I love reading your posts. I can’t wait to follow your progess on Sunday. Have fun!

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Sara February 4, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Good Luck I did a leg a couple of years ago and loved it but have not been able toget back into runny after an injury.:(

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Rebecca February 4, 2010 at 10:14 pm

The tips in this post contain genuinely made it simpler for, with thanks

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KathiD February 4, 2010 at 10:24 pm

What? Todd knows how to tweet? That’s almost as exciting as you running a marathon! I’ll be watching both! I hope you get perfect weather (whatever perfect for a marathon might be) and finish fast and fresh. You continue to amaze me.

Will your cheer squad be somewhere on the course with signs?

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This is Carrie
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I will be teaching todd to tweet tomorrow. He can handle it.

Of course the whole family will be there to cheer me on. Nothing motivates me more than seeing their sweet faces on the course.

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laura evans February 5, 2010 at 1:18 am

love your training insights … i have about 10 weeks until my first marathon. I will be running with music but i don’t own one of those belts. I need to buy new shoes, & am in love with some nike socks that fit like a second skin. they’re black but i have no clue they’re name. I really should invent in some glide!

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This is Carrie
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Good luck with the rest of your training! Make sure to break those new shoes in!

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Todd February 5, 2010 at 8:16 am

Actually, I still don’t know how to tweet or even have an account. But Carrie promises to teach me between now and Sunday. She is optimistic that I can wrangle three kids, take pictures of her running, and tweet all at the same time. I have my doubts.

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This is Carrie
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You got skeelz honey. I believe in you.

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mandi February 5, 2010 at 8:29 am

delurking to tell you about a gel i found that is SOOOOO yummy. its called chocolate #9 and it tastes just like chocolate brownie mix…you can only get it online, but i buy it by the case. it goes down way smoother than the fruity gels and doesnt get stuck in your teeth like the blocks ;o)

http://www.chocolateenergygel.com/

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This is Carrie
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That sounds better than most gels for sure. Problem is, I don’t like chocolate. Weird, I know. There is one company that makes an apple pie gel that I don’t mind. It’s not too stick, glides down okay.

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Alena February 5, 2010 at 11:01 am

I’m so glad you posted this! I have been thinking about posting something similar to this for awhile, on my blog. I have the same water bottle/pouch belt. I LOVE it! I sometimes pack it too full and I think it slows me down. I run with a lady who is a minimalist runner and never takes a thing with her (except a visor head lamp, because we run at 5am). She runs faster than me and sometimes I think it’s because of the pack.

Good luck with the marathon! You’re an inspiration! My husband and I are training for our first full marathons this summer.

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This is Carrie
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How fun to do a marathon with your husband! Good luck with the rest of your training.

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jonita mortensen February 5, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Good luck. I love you.

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This is Carrie
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Thanks mom :)

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Karen February 5, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Good luck Sunday. I’ll say a prayer for ya as I’m sitting in church in Tupelo, MS.

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This is Carrie
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Well now you’re making me feel guilty that I will not be sitting at church this Sunday morning :)

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rachel February 5, 2010 at 1:39 pm

good luck sunday. i’m half way through training for my second 1/2 marathon. you make a great roll model…

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This is Carrie
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Once you do a few half marathons, a full is inevitable. You know that right?

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Nancy February 6, 2010 at 8:02 am

Good luck on your race on Sunday. You’ve inspired me to run. I’ll be doing the Newport Beach 1/2 Marathon in May.

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Niki February 10, 2010 at 3:16 pm

hope all went well! i’m reading “Born to Run.” best running book ever!!! and very inspiring! check it out when you get a chance. can’t wait to hear about the marathon.

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This is Carrie
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February 10, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Yay Nancy! You go girl!

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