Prepared

“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.

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This sounds like a crazy amount of stuff, doesn’t it? But, I can’t imagine running 18 miles without all of it.

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Dinner

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! 😉

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I topped the pizza with shredded cheddar, marinara sauce, and Summer Sausage from Hickory Farms.

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I love you, melty cheese.

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On the side, I had an arugula salad topped with crumbled feta and Asian Ginger Plum Dressing.

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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!

74 Comments

  1. Boboli brings me right back to Friday nights when I was little and my mom would let us make our own pizzas. It was always such a treat and my brother and sister and I would look forward to it so much! Best of luck with your run!

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