Countdown to the Nike Women’s Marathon!

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1 week from today I will be running..er..run/walking the Nike Women’s (half) Marathon in San Francisco! My training for this race has been minimal, but I can’t dwell on that now. I did the best that I could with the short time I had after coming back from my running layoff 🙂

City vs Nature

I started the weekend off with a 4 mile run in Golden Gate Park on Friday afternoon:

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Running in the park is such an escape from city life. The air feels fresh and clean, the noise level low, and the scenery is always pretty:

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I was able to make an evening yoga class as well, so I had a nice well-rounded workout for the day.

Then, today I did an 8 mile long run in the City:

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Still finishing faster than I started!

City running lacks the peaceful vibe of Golden Gate Park, but has it’s own unique appeal (I mean, aside from narrowly escaping death every time a car runs a red light).

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I’m fairly competent at taking pictures with my phone while running. Sometimes I try to be creative, but I don’t really have any artsy photography skills…

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I call this Runner’s-eye view of fall leaves

Taking pictures while running not only passes the time and documents my running experiences, it creates for me an appreciative awareness of my surroundings. I’m always looking for new and fun things, and when I’m feeling worn down or tired during my run I will find something that interests me and I think, “how awesome is it to be running here?!”

Long-run fuel

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I’ve been neglecting mid-run fuel as of late, so I bought some dried mangoes from Trader Joe’s and ate a few pieces just after mile 4. I get really hungry during any run over an hour, and a little sugar boost helps me to the end. Unfortunately, gels wreak havoc on my stomach so I can’t run and GU. These mangoes are harder to chew and a little less convenient, but they’ve always worked for me (and they are tasty!).

After the half marathon next Sunday, I plan on backing down my mileage again. I’ve been cautious and so far my body has responded well. I’m never very sore, and foam rolling/icing has been a leg-saver. But I’m going to pull the miles back again for a few weeks and make sure my base is strong. I haven’t decided anything for certain, but I’m REALLY considering running the 2014 LA Marathon on March 9! It’s been on the back of my mind, but I’m not committing to anything (or paying any expensive registration fees!) until I’m 100% confident I can safely train.

Only 7 more days to go until the NWM!

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35 thoughts on “Countdown to the Nike Women’s Marathon!

    • Thanks! I’ve heard a lot of people use candy as fuel..like jelly beans! I don’t like very many candies, except for chocolate. But I think chocolate would be messy and make me feel sick 😉

  1. Good luck and have fun! I’m running a half this weekend as well (the Healdsburg Half in Sonoma) but am kind of wishing I was running Nike Women’s instead! Candy (like Swedish fish, gummy worms) also work well for fueling. Kudos to your mid-run photos, I can’t manage taking pics while running!

    • Good luck to you as well! Sonoma is so pretty..you can’t beat running in wine country! Hopefully there is some free wine involved at some point? 😉 Candy seems to be really popular, I think I should actually give it a try. Popping jelly beans sounds so much easier than chewing on dried mangoes haha..Taking pictures probably slows me down, but I love documenting everything!

  2. Thanks so much for liking our most recent post! I have entered the Nike Women’s lottery a couple of times, but haven’t been chosen … it’s definitely a race I would still like to run one day! Rest up this week, good luck, and have fun!

    • Of course! Long Beach was one of the races I considered running this year, but I ended up with shin splints so I took some time off. I’m really excited for this weekend, I know its such a bummer with the lottery races because not everyone who wants to run gets to. I’ve been declined for the NYC Marathon but hopefully one day I will get in. You could also try the Nike Women’s DC half, the lottery for that race is opening up soon! Thanks for visiting my blog! 🙂

      • Yikes! So sorry to hear about the shin splints … those are no good. We are planning to enter the lottery for NYC in 2014, and Marine Corp Marathon is switching to a lottery for 2014, so planning to enter that one, as well. Hoping we’ll both get into the same one. Good luck this weekend, and have fun!

  3. Hi Jamie, great blog, i get alot of injuries from running myself, shin plints is a real nightmare indeed. Have you tried compression sleeves which you could wear during and for recovery? I find Skins ones are superb, very restrictive so for a few hours here and there they are superb! Ice and foam rolling is great, have you ever had your gait looked at? Just to see if you need support for your arches? How often do you replace your trainers? Marathon runners tend to replace theirs every 6-7 months. Sorry if you have answered these questions before, ive not had chance to flick through all your previous posts 🙂 good luck sunday anyway, il be routing for you!

    • Thank you so much for taking the time to share all of this great advice! I use racing compression socks when I run, but not after. I have seen “recovery” sleeves as well for post-run, do you think these would be a good investment too? Once I returned to running from being injured I started stretching more and foam rolling/icing religiously and it has made a huge difference. And I did have my gait measured by a sports injury doctor and I do not pronate or anything. I had actually just recently changed my running shoes (and brand and size) about a month before I started to experience pain in my shins. I went to a reputable running store, and who knows if that had anything to do with my injury, but I think I’m going to change shoes again after the race on Sunday. I’ve also slowed my pace down. I think I need to work on gaining speed more gradually, and taking my long runs at a slower pace. Again, thanks for all the feedback and for visiting my blog!

      • To be honest I doubt there is much different between recovery clothing and normal compression. As long as it feels restrictive and it doesnt irritate you then sure use it for recovery. Alot of people even sleep in compression clothing! Yes good, gait is important. Id also look at doing more core strength, its so important and if you have one weakness (many find its their gluteals) then it can cause all kinds of injuries…..sometimes though it can just boil down to changing brands. My advice, if something works for you, stick to it until otherwise. Find the model name of your old shoes and go back to that, just the latest version of it. Good luck, curing injuries is trail and error unfortunately 😦

      • Ok I wasn’t really sure. I’m on my feet all day at work and sometimes I will wear compression socks too! I have been working more on my core and strengthening since my injury. I’ve been taking yoga too, which I know can be really beneficial to runners, but I do need to be more consistent at getting to class. I didn’t have time to break in a new pair of shoes, but after the race tomorrow I’m definitely going back to my Asics shoes. I’ve already been to the store and found the latest model 🙂 Thank you, running has all been trial and error-I’ve had everything from pain to nutritional issues to deal with and I think (or hope) I’m on the right track!

  4. Good luck tomorrow, Jamie! I’m sure you will do great. I have only ever experimented with Clif shot bloks and they work well for me. I get the margarita flavor and I love it. It’s 95% organic, which is important to me. I also recommend compression sleeves for dealing with shin splints. I had them last year and have not run at all without my sleeves/socks since then! I buy ProCompresson socks and I swear they have made such a difference for me. I also roll and stretch – yoga has been my lifesaver with my half training this year. I think it’s just a matter of finding what works for YOU as we are all different 🙂

    • Thank you so much!! I’m getting a lot of recommendations for shot bloks (and candy!) so I think I’m going to give them a try. Anything margarita flavored can’t be too bad, right? 😉 I have compression socks for running, and I really love them too! I’ve been attending yoga at my gym, but I don’t’ have a set weekly routine. The classes are early in the morning and I work late nights so sometimes its hard for me to get to class. I’ve just got to get more disciplined! They also offer Pilates, which I’m a HUGE fan of. Thank you for all the feedback and advice, I can’t wait to run tomorrow!

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