LA Marathon Weekend + Goals

In less than 48 hours, I will be on my way to warm, sunny LA to participate in the Asics Blogger Challenge. The forecast for the weekend looks absolutely amazing – a little warm (for my taste) for running a marathon, but after the crazy weather we’ve been dealing with here, the 75+ degree days will be a welcome break.


I fly out early Friday morning and am thrilled to be on the same flight (and sitting next to) my friend Jess who is also participating in the challenge. YAY! And then I get to spend the weekend with her and other long-distance running buddies like Kristin, Monica, Mark and Brian and will get to meet a handful of other running bloggers who I’ve interacted with virtually for the past few years.

I am really looking forward to the mini-vacation and all of the fun things Asics has planned for us – a VIP party Friday night, a shakeout run and breakfast with elites including Ryan Hall and Deena and Coach Kastor on Saturday morning and some fun stuff post-race on Sunday. And then the obvious part of soaking up some sun and warmth for a few days!

ryan hall

Ryan Hall and I go way back (Nov 2011)

I don’t want to say that I don’t have any goals for Sunday because there I will always have some sort of goal when I show up to a start line. But my primary goal is a bit different than it’s been in recent races. Yes, I would obviously love to PR. And I think I am in shape to PR. I don’t know by how much, but I think a PR is well within my reach.

But my number one goal for Sunday is to have a good race. I feel like I need a good race to get rid of some doubts and demons that I’ve had with the marathon since last May. Kind of reset things in my mind.

Sunday doesn’t have to be fast for me to consider it a success. I do not have time or pacing goals. My training cycle was short (<8 weeks) and inconsistent (I only did a couple of long runs) and so I do not have a good grasp on my current fitness. So instead, I plan to run what feels “easy” for a few miles, then to what feels “comfortable” for most of the race and then take it from there. But no hard times/paces. My best runs and races have always been those with little to no expectations and I’ve struggled with those that I went into with certain paces to hit from the start.

Nothing but smiles after the NYC Half last year.

Nothing but smiles after the NYC Half last year.

I’m focusing on three s’ – strong, steady and smart. I want to run steady from start to finish – I need a race where I don’t bonk or have to walk at mile 18, 20 or even 22. I want to try to finish strong – like I do for almost all of my long runs. And I especially just want to race smart – no 7 min miles or even 7:15s during the first 10 miles (or really for most of the race for that matter). I know that I can’t sustain that pace and so I have no business of running those splits during this race.

Hope you have a great rest of your week and weekend!!


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    2. I’m so excited for you and can’t wait to read all about it. Enjoy the beautiful, warm, and sunny weather.

      Wishing you the very best! Safe travels!

    3. I guess by now you’re already in LA and enjoying the sun- I’m jealous!! Just wanted to let you know I’m thinking of you and wish you an incredible weekend. Enjoy every minute- the solo time away, the blogging friends, and of course, the race itself. Can’t wait to hear all about it!!
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    5. Have a great time! We are having fabulous weather – You’re going to love it!

    6. That is the best goal for a race. You and I both made the same mistake at Philly, and we both paid for it! Wanting to have a good race, knowing you are in shape to, and crossing that line proud of yourself with a giant smile on your face is all you can ask for. The result will take care of itself. You are going into this with a greta mindset, and I am sure you will make the most of it! Remember how you felt after Philly when the going gets tough, you didn’t go through all that crap for nothing :) Stay tough! Good Luck!
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    7. GOING TO BE SOOOO MUCH FUN. How about we just race Ryan and Deena on Saturday… then we won’t have to worry about Sunday because we dusted two amazing elite runners. I come up with the best plans.
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    8. Love your three S’s! From following your IG posts I think you are going to be in great shape. Can’t wait to see you and everyone out there. Not sure if we’re on same flight, too. I definitely need a coolant solution for the race, like you am so glad not to be running with ice and snow, but at the same time a little concerned about how I will keep my body temperature going right. :)

      Let’s go get em!!!!!

      Mark aka @marathoner

    9. Good luck and have fun! You have great goals, I love the 3 S’s! Enjoy the weather, people and everything about the experience. You are so lucky to get this experience!

    10. I’ll be running the LA Marathon too! I can’t wait to check this one off my bucket list.
      I too hope to run a strong race. During my last two marathons, I took a few walking breaks in the last 3 – 4 miles and I want to see if I can avoid that during this marathon. It can’t hurt that those last 4 miles are going to be downhill. I hope to capitalize on that!
      Have fun this weekend and I hope you have a fantastic race!

    11. You have a great mindset going into the race! I’m sure you will BE and feel strong though out.
      I can’t believe you get to hang with the likes of Ryan Hall and the Kastors!!! How cool are you? Enjoy it (and the weather!) and I can’t wait to read the re-cap.
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    12. Enjoy every moment this weekend… The weather, your friends, the crowd support along the route and embrace the fact your legs are able to take you on a fun journey. Any PR that may happen will just be icing on the cake. Savor it all!

    13. Good Luck- Just have fun, and do what feels right to you! That race sounds like a blast- and enjoy the weather :)

    14. Good luck, have fun, and enjoy the beautiful weather! I’m looking forward to hearing good news from the race!

    15. One more “S” describing you: SimplyAwesomeAndAnInspirationNoMatterWhat. Will be cheering you on from NYC!

    16. Good luck and have a blast! And I can totally relate to what you wrote: I usually do very well when I have zero expectations about a race and get disappointed when I put too much pressure on myself…
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