Putting it together before the Marine Corps Marathon

With 10 days to go until the Marine Corps Marathon, I’m using this week to put together all the final pieces.

My trusty roasted vegetable lasagna will provide many pre-MCM meals.

My trusty roasted vegetable lasagna will provide many pre-MCM meals.

I’m adding last-minute songs to my marathon playlist. Know what I’ve been digging lately? Kanye West’s “Golddigger” and Outkast’s “B.O.B.” and “Rosa Parks.” If you ever liked these songs, it’s time to try them on a playlist again. Trust me.

I’m slowly starting to eat more carbs than usual, and slowly cutting down a bit on fruits, veggies and other fiber-filled delights. This is a bummer, but it’s necessary to pander to my wimpy, finicky stomach. By the time race-day gets here, I’ll be subsisting largely on various pasta and pizza dishes, like roasted vegetable lasagna and homemade pizza, and my special pre-marathon banana bread. Wait. Typing that has made me aware that this isn’t a bummer. It’s AWESOME.

I’m getting psyched about my Bib No. 5345, which I’ve decided is lucky. Doesn’t it just SOUND like a good number? I think so.

I’m also getting psyched about the expo, which I’m planning to attend on Friday to take advantage of the fact that I work at home, and get to make my own schedule. My excitement stems from the fact that I may schedule this around Bart Yasso’s appearance at noon Friday.

I’m reading things that inspire me, like this post from Amy Morris about her pre-MCM 20-miler, or this race report from the Chic Runner, who ran her goal time — and possibly the happiest marathon ever – in California. Thanks to both of them, I’ve added some new mantras to my repertoire: “This is my city and I OWN THIS!” (Applies to DC for me, of course). “Settle in. You’re here for a while.” And “Go get your medal.” Wow. Yes, please! Also, a runner-friend in Gainesville, Fla., has sent me a copy of “Once A Runner” by John L. Parker Jr., which Runner’s World has called “the best novel ever written about running.” I’ve read the sequel, “Again to Carthage,” while living in Gainesville, and I loved the imagery of my favorite routes — plus the intimate knowledge of what it means to be a runner in Florida (I laughed out loud for pages when he can’t take a shower post-run because he’s not done sweating). I got to talk to him for a Gainesville Sun story, and he was just the most humble, wry dude you could imagine, which makes me all the more excited about this book.

I’m curious: What’s your sports nutrition routine pre-marathon — not just the two days before, but the week before? When do you start thinking about consuming some extra carbs, and staying away from Problem Foods? Any other tricks or tips to share? Let me know by posting a comment!

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5 responses to “Putting it together before the Marine Corps Marathon

  1. You are going to totally rock it! All those foods sound amazing! I am thinking about running the MCM next year 🙂 Can’t wait to read your report when you get your kick ass time!

  2. I’m usually super worried about eating so much since I’m not running so many miles. A high-fiber diet works for me, so I focus on eating balanced meals with an emphasis on fruit, veggies, and protein, since carbs come pretty naturally to me.

    I plan to start adding an extra serving of carbs to every meal next Wednesday with a super high carb day on Friday. Saturday I’ll stay away from fiber and do my typical chicken dinner Sat night.

    I’m so ready for it to be race day already. This taper is absolutely killing me! See you at MCM!

  3. You’re brilliant, and I just realized that I do NOT have a pre-race routine! I don’t change any foods, I don’t carb-load… eek! I think I’m missing out on something here. I am going to listen to the songs you mentioned though, as I’m always looking for some new good songs to add to my playlist!

  4. Heather

    Aw, I’m so excited for you! I kinda wish I was running with you! haha dangit! I love your taste in music, definitely downloading some of those new songs – working on my playlist for Sunday. Fun!

    So far, for 13.1’s, I don’t think about carb loading too much until 2-3 days out. Usually I have pizza or pasta + chicken for dinner. Depends on the moood! Marathon carb loading? that’s a different ballpark. sounds like you’re on top of it though! 🙂

  5. Ah thanks for the link! I’m so glad that I had that race and you too can own it! 🙂
    Think positive and you will rock it. All the eye candy on that course I’m sure will be uber helpful too 🙂 ROCK IT!

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