California Knows How to Party

7 Dec

It’s been less than 24 hours since I touched down, but I’m already having a great time in California – despite the weather reminding me a lot more of upstate New York than I’d ideally like.  Also, I may or may not have had California Love stuck in my head for the entire day.  I will probably be singing it during the race tomorrow so um … you’re welcome, people running around me.

I showed up late last night early this morning to the best welcome message I have ever received in my whole entire life.

Yeah, those are swedish fish.  Related: Laura is the best.

Yeah, those are swedish fish. Related: Laura is the best.

Today involved a 3 mile shakeout run, hitting up the expo, and a lot of food.  Which are pretty much the staples of any really good day.  Sacramento is really a beautiful place.

Palm trees! Sunshine!

Palm trees! Sunshine!

 

old-town-sacramento

Heading into Old Town

 

Down by the water.

Down by the water.

 

Oh crap, I'm running another marathon

Oh crap, I’m running another marathon

 

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Race Goals

After a stress fracture scare during taper, and not giving myself a chance to fully recover from hip bursitis, I really only want to finish this thing feeling strong.  I do think I am pretty close to running a BQ, but it won’t be this race.  I am going to go for a PR, and I hope that I will be able to prove to myself that my fitness has improved since March.

I plan on starting with the 3:45 pace group and sticking with them through at least mile 11.  At that point, if I’m feeling like it’s a cakewalk, I’ll start picking it up.  I am trying hard to run a solid negative split and feel strong during the last few miles.  I won’t lie – the closer I can get to 3:40, the happier I’ll be overall – but I’m really not tying the success criteria of this race to an overall time.

I am going to go out and have a blast running a marathon because I’m lucky enough to be able to.  See ya on the other side!

 

 

3 Responses to “California Knows How to Party”

  1. HollieisFueledByLOLZ December 7, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

    GOOD LUCK TOMORROW!

  2. afastpacedlife December 7, 2013 at 10:26 pm #

    Have fun! I can’t wait to read the race report. I want to this one some day.

  3. Kristy December 8, 2013 at 5:42 pm #

    I hope you had fun! I didn’t get to see downtown Sacramento at all. The day before the marathon when I ran it, we went to Lake Tahoe, which probably wasn’t the best idea I’ve ever had. It was pretty though!

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