“If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail.”
Wise, wise words with regard to running (and life, in general) from Steve Prefontaine. Actually, he has a lot of great running quotes. Here are a few of my favorites:
“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”
“You cannot propel yourself forward by patting yourself on the back.”
“Success isn’t how far you got, but the distance you traveled from where you started.”
As you can see, I’m trying to psyched myself up for tomorrow’s 18-mile run, which is the farthest distance I’ve ever attempted to run. I’ve walked a marathon and run 16-miles, but 18 is unchartered territory for me. And with my recent sickness, lack of motivation, and IT band trouble, I can only imagine how challenging it will be for me, so I’m doing everything in my power to prepare myself for tomorrow.
I started by reading a few running blogs and motivational quotes online (as seen above). Then, I laid out all of my running gear, which includes sneakers, gloves, Garmin 305, sports bras, a drywick t-shirt, light-weight jacket (it’s going to be in the mid-30′s tomorrow, so I’m keeping the “25 Degree Rule” in mind), running pants, drywick socks, headband, 3 packages of Gu (Lemon Sublime & Chocolate), Spibelt, chapstick, iPhone, and headphones.
This sounds like a crazy amount of stuff, doesn’t it? But, I can’t imagine running 18 miles without all of it.
Does my pizza crust look strange to you?! Well, it should! It’s Boboli’s new football-shaped crust! Ok, I’m sort of a dork, but when I was asked to sample it, I jumped at the chance. I love fun stuff like football pizzas!
I topped the pizza with shredded cheddar, marinara sauce, and Summer Sausage from Hickory Farms.
I love you, melty cheese.
On the side, I had an arugula salad topped with crumbled feta and Asian Ginger Plum Dressing.
For dessert, I broke into the Apple Crisp that I baked this afternoon. I’m so glad that I waited to eat it!
In addition to perusing the internet and laying out all of my gear for tomorrow, I’m drinking lots of water and heading to bed early. I definitely need my rest for tomorrow. Wish me luck!