In preparation for my Race Recap of the LA Marathon, I thought I was share my 5 days leading up to race day. Mostly boring and travel stuff, but there was some fun sprinkled in!
Tuesday (5 Days Outs): I began my last day in Ohio with a run in the snow and a 6 degree wind chill. I purposefully overdressed to mentally prep for the warmer LA temperatures, also because it’s absolutely cool to sweat through your entire running outfit a mile into your run. Later that afternoon, we flew into LAX before driving 2.5 hours in LA traffic to Bakersfield. It was a very very long day, and my head hitting a pillow couldn’t come soon enough.
Wednesday (4 Days Out): We enjoyed playing tourists in Bakersfield at the Kern County Museum before we headed out of town. I was in flip flops and it was sunny out. On our way to Sequoia National Park, we stopped in Lindsay to try out Chito’s Asadero. I don’t speak Spanish and I’ve given up on my DuoLingo lessons, so I made him order for me. Our final destination was the Wuksachi Lodge around 7,000 feet above sea level, but our first stop after entering the National Park was the Foothills Visitor Center. We also made a stop at the Giant Forest Museum before checking-in; there’s nothing like walking in flip flops through the snow and snowmelt! Later we enjoyed a beautiful dinner at the Peaks Restaurant; the view was probably the best.
Thursday (3 Days Out): My second to last run before the marathon had me up at sunrise for a gorgeous morning on the hill. I spent the 4 miles jogging up and down the road leading to the lodge and was thankful that there weren’t too many vehicles out on the mountain roads this early. Afterwards I enjoyed breakfast with a view of Mount Silliman. Later we visited the Lodgepole Visitor Center before seeing General Sherman, the world’s largest tree. Because of the snow (and the fact that the trail is closed in the winter), we had to follow the footprints ahead of us at the Congress Trail; I wasn’t wearing flip flops this time! After having so much fun in the snow, we enjoyed another meal at the Peaks Restaurant.
Friday (2 Days Out): It took about an hour to drive from the 26ish miles (seeing that on the sign made me giddy) from the lodge to the visitor center, and not many places to stop as most of the park was closed for winter. We also knew that the longer we delayed the more traffic would pick up in LA. We did enjoy a lunch at El Tapatio in Porterville. When we finally arrived in Santa Monica, we decided to hop the Metro and head down to the Convention Center for the Expo. We arrived at the Expo aroudn 6:30ish and it ended at 7pm, so we quickly browsed the booths after picking up my bib and shirt. I stopped at the Nuun Booth and decided I needed a water bottle; I also stopped at the Clif Bar booth, sampled the new Blok flavors, and stopped to see the pace team. I didn’t buy any fuels from Clif because I packed enough; I found out that they had free Bloks (including the new flavors) Sunday at the start line.
Saturday (1 Day Out): I wanted to get in 3.18 miles for my birthday, but instead I settled on 2 miles before cleaning up and heading to Dry Bar for a birthday blowout. It was humid, but only 55 for my run. And it was dark out. I was in a new area so I spent most of those 2 miles texting with my mom so she knew I was okay; also so I had 911 at the ready in case anything happened. Thankfully there were plenty of city workers out setting up for Sunday, but when I ventured to the beach I was surprised not to see anyone running. Afterwards I headed back to the Expo for the Oiselle Volée Meet-up. I wanted to wait around for Kara Goucher at noon, but I was hungry so instead we headed to the Santa Monica Pier to enjoy some Bubba Gump’s for my birthday lunch. I wanted to minimize the time on my feet, because I always have too much energy before race day, so I opted to head back to the hotel and not move for the remainder of the evening. He ordered us Sushi for dinner, and soon it was bed time!
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