I thought I would put a Marathon spin on this week’s Friday favorites! The Boston Marathon is on Monday and I have tons of nervous energy right now. I am really excited, but I also feel butterflies in my stomach already. The weather looks close to perfect (50’s at the start, getting into the mid 60’s by finish), which is one less thing to worry about! My body feels good and I got a massage last night (incredible, highly recommend doing this before a race). I have three days until the race and I look forward to this weekend, which includes the Boston Marathon Expo, lots of rest and relaxation (and eating lots of carbs…).
Goals for the race: I would like to beat my time from Chicago in October, which was 3:20. I ran Boston last year in 3:28 (but I also started in the last corral and it really slowed me down in the first 4 miles). I know I have been injured during this training, but my overall fitness level is extremely high right now and I am feeling great at this moment (injuries are staying at bay… knock on wood). I must give credit to my chiropractor, acupuncturist and massage therapist who helped me get to my current state.
One thing that it helping me mentally is knowing that I will be doing an Ironman in August and the Marathon is at the end of swimming and biking all of those miles. Of course this won’t be easy by ANY means, but with the Ironman in the near future, helps put things into perspective, for me at least! (if you are interested in tracking me, I have included that info at the bottom of this post!)
Here are some of my favorites for racing in a Marathon!
Fuel Belt Super Stretch Race Belt
I struggled for a while to find the perfect waist belt, and I think I’ve finally found it! I don’t carry water on me during the marathon, but this belt is perfect for holding gels, and the little pouch fits an iPhone perfectly (plus additional gels). It sits comfortably on my hips and does not ride up or move around.
PowerBar Strawberry/Banana Blasts!
Since starting my Ironman training, I have switched over to PowerBar products. PowerBar is a major Ironman sponsor and all of their fuel will be on the actual course. Better to be safe than sorry! I really like the Strawberry-Banana flavor… I actually look forward to eating them while running or biking:)
I plan to wear KT tape on Monday, on many different areas (obliques, left foot, knees). had been reading about the benefits of KT Tape and knew I had to give it a try. It also helped that my Chiropractor reinforced the benefits of wearing the tape during the race (and every day for that matter). I really like the bright colors too!
Oiselle Arm Warmers
Running a marathon is all about the layers! I have been training in Oiselle Lux Arm Warmers and I plan to wear these on race day. If it gets too warm, I can stuff them in my FuelBelt Super Stretch Belt (genius!). I love how soft these arm warmers are and they don’t slide down at all when running! I also love the thumbholes of course.
New Balance 890 V4’s
My sneaker of choice for the Boston Marathon. I ran in 890 V3’s during Boston last year and Chicago in October. I tried at one point during training this year to go to something different, but I was missing my 890’s! I like how they are the perfect combination between a minimalist shoe and a standard cushioned running shoe.
EFS Ultragen Cappuccino Flavor Recovery Drink
I have been drinking EFS Ultragen after my hard workouts recently and I love it! I plan to have my husband armed and ready with this stuff after I cross the finish line. Ultragen refuels exhausted muscles and restores energy levels quickly.. and it tastes really good (like melted coffee ice cream!)
If you have interest in tracking me on Monday :
My # is 11648
1. Download the Boston Marathon App! Available on the App Store, search Boston Marathon, you’ll be able to track me in real time.
2. Text 11648 to 345678. You will get text messages as I cross 4 different checkpoints along the course.
3. Go to baa.org on race day, and you can track my progress there as well!
Thank you for your support!!