Today I am off to Chicago for a few days for work. The timing isn’t the best with this weekend’s pending marathon, but what can you do. When I’m not working, I’ll be sleeping, so that may work to my advantage… 🙂

Anyways, as you may have been able to see from yesterday’s post, my mind is focused on one thing: marathon day! If you missed it, a few weeks ago, Brooks ultra-running legend Scott Jurek climbed to the peak of Mt. Katahdin in Maine to finish running the Appalachian Trail from beginning to end in 46 days and change. AMAZING. He shared a fun post on the Brooks blog talking about the 15 things that got him through his race and I thought I’d do the same!




1. To make all my hard work pay off. The 5 a.m. training runs. The early bedtimes. The double workouts. It’s time to put all this to work and make it worth it.



2.  My Garmin Forerunner. To keep me on pace and focused! I’ve run a few marathons without it, and it just was not a good idea. 



3. My Brooks Glycerin 13! I am a classic heel striker so I need all the cushioning I can get, and the Glycerin 13 are where it’s at!


4. PROBAR Bolt. These are my pre-fuel favorite and I love how much energy I get from them! 



5. Bottleband! This is a new one for me; but it has become a training essential over the past few weeks. I read a blog post recapping last year’s Santa Rosa Marathon and one of the complaints was that the fueling stations where super short and it was hard to grab water or Gatorade, so I’ll be using my Bottleband to ensure I’m hydrated.



6. Gold Bond Friction Defense. I do not know how I ever ran without this! Chafing has to be the worst thing in the world and not having to deal with it makes me so happy.



7. My Momentum bracelet. I love wearing this on race day; it’s so bright and inspiring that it gives me a little extra push.


8. Speaking of which: a good mantra. I am still toying with what I’ll focus on for Sunday’s race, but it will likely be something like “if it doesn’t challenge you it doesn’t change you” or “breath out weakness, breath in strength” (thanks Jesica for sharing that one with me!)



9. PRO Compression socks. My legs always feel so much lighter and less sore when I wear these on race day. I haven’t picked a color yet for race day, but pumped to rock these with my outfit! 


10. This might make me a terrible runner, but knowing that I get a few days off after the race. It helps me push it a little bit more knowing that I get a nice break. 



11. Moving Comfort Juno. I just learned about the importance of a good sports bra, and it’s amazing how much of a difference it makes on the run! Excited to rock this one during Sunday’s race. 



12. Honey Stingers! These things are the best gels on the market. I usually take one around mile 3-4, and then 1/2 of one every three miles after that. 


13. Sunglasses. Whether it’s raining or sunny, I need sunglasses because my eyes are super sensitive. I wear them in the rain to protect my contacts (the rain makes them feel super dry/I feel like they are going to fall out). 



14. The medal. I admit it, I do like running for a medal. Around mile 18, this becomes a really good incentive for me to hit the finish line. 



15. My #1 fans. I couldn’t do it without my cheerleaders at the race. I am always so happy to see them throughout the course and it gives me a burst of confidence and energy. 


What are some things that help you get through a race? 

Do you have to travel for your job? What do you do professionally?  


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