The day before a race is always fun. There’s an expo to go to, an excuse to be lazy, carbs to eat, etc.
Usually the day before I do a quick little run, something fast, about 2 miles, to just loosen up my legs. I went to the track on Friday night though, and did striders (lengthening your stride and having a bit of a quick pace), so I felt like I shouldn’t do more on Saturday. So I just took it easy! I also have read several times that since no one sleeps well the night before a race, you’re supposed to sleep as much as possible the night before to help be rested. So I think I slept like 10 or 11 hours on Friday night and it was amazing.
I went to the expo on Saturday with my friend Alison and we took some silly pictures. To spare you from all of them, I just picked my 2 favorite silly pictures.
Here I am as Godzilla climbing the Transamerica building.
And here we are racing through the streets of San Francisco!
And one normal one, that shows the crazy course we would take for 13.1 miles!! I have to admit, it was really hard. But I’ll write all about the actual race tomorrow.
I couldn’t decide what I wanted to eat for dinner on Saturday night because I know that’s important. I kept thinking I would make the standard simple pasta type deal, but it just wasn’t sounding good! Alison suggested a veggie burger and at first I thought that was a bad idea. But, as it turned out I couldn’t think of anything else that sounded good so I went for it! I seriously love The Counter. They have such good burgers. Oh and I got a side of regular fries, because of course potatoes are a great carb source!
After this it was time to relax, and go to bed as early as possible for my 3 am wake up call!! Off to the races!
I went for a little more tropical smoothie for a little weekend change and I must say it hit the spot!
I spent a lot of Sunday relaxing in my favorite spot with a few upgrades, the cozy pillows, as well as my water bottle (really always with me) and a good book. Currently I’m reading The Glass Castle.
It was sort of a long weekend so I just had to have a calm day! Also I was planning for a very long run this morning so I drank a lot of water and let my legs rest.
Also, the most important part of the night before a long run, is obviously going to a burger place with friends for dinner! We went to Wheezy’s. They make kinda smaller burgers, not quite slider small, but almost, so you can order a couple different kinds. Of course I had 2 burgers and fries, veggie burgers of course. And the best one they make, I promise, is called the White Trash burger with thousand island, crunchy iceberg lettuce, and american cheese. It kinda tastes like a Big Mac. So good. Then of course we went to Fro Yo. It was directly next to the restaurant, so I literally had no choice.
This morning I did 12 miles with an average pace of 8:36. YAY!! I was so worried I wouldn’t be ready for my half marathon in 2 weeks, especially when the hamstring issue happened. So now I feel so much better and ready to Rock n’ Roll!! ( haha get it? Rock n’ Roll half? yea I know my jokes aren’t good. ) I’m just so happy that I now feel ready.
I finished it off with a really easy yoga sesh tonight to stretch it out, and I’m about to go to bed because I am completely exhausted!
Also thanks for the comments about the morning running!! Glad I’m not alone and that we are not all superhuman morning rockstars, which is what I envision all runners, besides myself, to be.
Anyone else doing the Rock n’ Roll SF? Other Rock n’ Roll races in different cities?
Yes, I have in fact lost my mind when it comes to veggie burgers. I don’t know why I’m so obsessed lately but I am and this is what happened when I decided to make one at home for the first time instead of eating out:
It was probably the messiest thing I’ve ever eaten. I cut it in half thinking that would help…. maybe it did but it was still pretty rough. Here’s all the stuff that went on to that burger!! (of course minus the candle and vase).
The hamburger buns were brioche which I toasted and melted cheese onto….yummmm.
Oh yeah, I also did some running, not just eating, I ran 5 miles Monday and 5 miles Tuesday, then I did 7 miles today with some “pickups” where I would just speed up a bit, slow down a bit on and off every 30 seconds or so. My averages were fairly normal for me but it’s a little different workout which is always nice.
Well, I still have some Olympics recorded that need my attention before I go to bed!
Anyone else Olympics obsessed like me?
So I managed to convince myself last night that the storm and my tiredness were excellent reasons not to go out and run and instead eat a lot of food and watch tv the whole night. Then I got out the book I’m currently reading and read a bit…..
Has anyone read this?? Matt Long is a completely amazing human being and makes me want to try harder at everything. My reasons suddenly seemed like the most ridiculous and pathetic excuses! So I had to run today even though the storm raged on. It was crazy windy and rainy the entire day, still is. Once I got out there, and caught my hat from flying off my head a few times, it felt great and exhilarating and I ran 6 miles. And of course I couldn’t leave home without my iPod so it needed a little help:
After I braved the elements I had quite a craving for The Counter. I have a serious love of veggie burgers and I think The Counter’s version is my favorite. Plus you get to fill out a little check list with the exact ingredients you want which is really fun for those who are controlling about their food like me. I have been meaning to try in on a bed of lettuce instead of in a bun so I did it today, and while it was good, I have officially decided I’m a bun girl. But that didn’t stop me from mixing it up like crazy! Here’s the before and after 🙂
That didn’t quite do it for me (I’m telling you I needed the bun) so I made a smoothie because that’s my current obsession. This one had spinach, strawberries, mango, banana, almonds, and almond milk and was De-Lish!
Anyone else brave the storm?