“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!
Good Luck Tina. Look forward to your recap!!
Good luck on the long run! What a fun shaped pizza dough 🙂
Good luck on your run! It will be over before you know it!
Good luck with the run!!!
Go for it, Tina! You’ll do great. (:
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!
Tina, you will do fine. No, you will do great. You don’t give yourself enough credit – you’re a very determined person, and you’ll eat those 18 miles for breakfast. 🙂
Good luck on your run! You can do it. 🙂
Good luck! I’m sure you’ll get through it just fine! Aloha 🙂
That salad looks amazing! Good luck tomorrow- it should be a fun run 🙂
I hope your run went well today. 🙂
ps. I love the football shaped pizza crust. It’s cute!
I love steve prefontaine quotes! Such an amazing runner.
Hope you got out there and rocked that run!!!!
You kicked some butt!!! Did you ever read my marathon story from a few weeks. ago. http://ashandlewplus2.com/category/lews-marathon/ It was great to meet you at the Food Buzz Festival and in case you had any doubt you did a great job on the panel.
Have a great run!
football shaped pizza! what a cute idea for a fb party!