I'm sure you've heard how you're not supposed to try anything new at a race, right? Well, I broke that rule on Saturday.
I always wear Brooks Pure Flo shoes. They're minimalist, and I adore them.
I had recently gotten some Skechers Go Run shoes. They are great for my short runs, but give me blisters on my long runs. So Friday I decided I needed some new shoes for the race. I went to Shoe Carnival, saw some that I liked, and bought them. They were not Brooks, and they are not minimalist. They are New Balance 1850. But they worked! I did get a small blister on the bottom of my foot, but my feet didn't hurt at all. But I would NOT recommend getting brand new shoes the day before a race.
One reason my Chicago marathon was so bad last year was because I didn't fuel properly. And I drank lots of Gatorade. This time I made sure to stay away from Gatorade, and to eat right!
Before the race started I had a banana and a Honey Stinger waffle, and then during the race, every 5 miles I had either a GU or Huma gels. The Huma company sent me their 2 new gels, Blueberry and Mango. They were SO good, and personally I liked them better than the GU's. They were easier to get down, and not as thick and gooey as GU. I also loved that they're 100% natural too. I'll definitely be buying more of these!
I got to see my race pictures. Here's a few of them. These perfectly describe the emotional turbulence I was going through. Happy, determined, wanting to cry, and then relief at the finish line.
One question though. Why do photog's have to take pics from the worst possible angle?? I mean who wants a pic of themselves from the ground- up, where you look as large as possible? At least if they took it from above, I might look a little thinner! But, they didn't ask my opinion.
Well, it is what it is. My journey is not over!
One more thing, you know how my electronics always either die right away, or are already dead at the starting line? I am happy to say, my ipod, phone and Garmin lasted through the WHOLE race. I was a very happy camper.
What do you use to fuel with during your races?
What kind of shoes do you wear?