Nestled into my warm bed without one noticeable movement all night, my eyes abruptly opened wide into the darkness of my bedroom. Slowly I reached for my phone afraid to see if only an hour had passed. With a sigh of relief, it was five minutes before my alarm was set to go off at 4am. Like clockwork, unfortunately, my body has learned to wake up every 1-2hrs the night before the race forcing me to grab my phone: Is it time yet? Is it time yet now? Needless to say, it becomes a very restless night. Fortunately, this time I slept straight through. I laid there in bed for a while thinking about what was about to come. I repeated to myself over and over again: you will reach your goal, you will reach your goal… because you know pain and you do not back down to pain. With a deep exhale, I tip toed to the bathroom with my race gear that had been neatly piled next to my bed. Of course, I couldn’t sneak by the hounds. My dogs excitedly said their good mornings with a kiss and tail wag then back to bed they went. My phone rings: “Mija, we’re here. Come outside.” My parents had arrived at 5am to pick me up.
|A Runner's Circle|
- 2012: Started too fast first 5mi costing me slower target splits in middle so didn't meet 3:15 target.
- 2013: Mile 5-8 slight too fast & didn't mentally hold it together at Mile 23 costing 3:15 target.
- Goal Met: Paced effectively overall to run close to 3:15 target.
- Tip: Graph your mile splits. It should match pretty close to the course elevation profile if you run the race smart.
- Tip: If the race is NOT flat, your splits should not be even instead aim for even effort to meet time goal.
- Goal Met: Periodization & tapering for key races DOES make a difference especially if racing frequently.
- Goal Met: Demonstrated what you do 2mo before DOES help a particular race performance.
- Goal Met: Demonstrated 35-45mpw CAN produce 3:16 result when combined w/healthy eating & cross training.
- Tip: Build a strong cardio base 2-4mo before a target race.
- Tip: Adapt & listen to the needs of your body when building mileage. You don't need to run 80-100mpw to improve. You can but you have options. Find a coach to help you develop a training plan.
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- Could I have gone faster had I not ran Phoenix and Catalina the weekend before? Maybe.
- Could I have gone faster had I run all my planned speed work sessions in Feb? Maybe.
- Could I have gone faster had not the entire section under my sports bra bled all in the 2nd half? Possibly.
- Despite above, did improving my nutrition for the past four months help my performance? Definitely.
- Despite above, did dropping a net 7lbs from 2012 LAM to 2013 LAM help my performance? Definitely.
- What is my secret? Eat healthy, train smart, and believe in yourself. If you believe it, you will achieve it.
|2013 LA Marathon Finish - 3:16:05 *new PR|
|2013 LA Marathon Finishers - Our 15th consecutive together|
|Special THANK YOU to all my sponsors, friends, and family|