2015 March

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11 Reasons to Run The Kona Marathon:

I am so excited to be heading back to the Kona Marathon for the 3rd consecutive year. Kona was number 11 in my journey of “52 marathons in 52 weeks “ to fight pancreatic cancer. Since it was number 11, I am going to give you 11 reasons to run this race. My particular favorite, Number 11 was like running in Heaven ☺ 1. Okay, the real obvious reason is the race is in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. Even if you did not train well enough and didn’t quite have the race you wanted , when you finish, you are in Hawaii. Right? Enjoy it.Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 7.43.32 PM 2. There is something for everyone, The Kona Marathon, Kona Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon & 5K, so bring the whole family! 3. Clean air. I just enjoy the air quality in Kona with views that will inspire you. Also, the friendly, fun Marathon volunteers and staff are great with the beautiful Aloha Spirit.Kona Finish   4. The Kona Marathon has been rated #1 Marathon in the State of Hawaii by TripAdvisor 5. The Kona Marathon is sponsored by UCC Kona Coffee. Best coffee on the planet and it will make you run faster, guarantee. coffee copyKona Marathon 6. This year the race will take place at the Waikoloa Beach Resort on the Kona/ Kohala Coast Waik 7. David and I will be celebrating our honeymoon there, come join us in our bliss. David & Julie 8. Save $10 on your registration Half or Full, using code KMGODDESS (all Caps) www.konamarathon.com 9. The Host Hotel, The Hilton Waikoloa is offering discounted room rates for the dates of June 23 – July 3, 2015 based on availability. Book Here : https://secure3.hilton.com/en_US/hi/reservation/book.htm?execution=e1s1 10. This could be you enjoying the Waikoloa Beach Resort 
after participating in the Kona Marathon Events in Hawaii sipping 
a delicious cup of UCC Kona Coffee. Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 4.36.14 PM 11. The Marathon, Half Marathon and Quarter Marathon runners will continue onto the Queen Kaahumanu Highway and the famous Lava Fields of Kona, running a portion of the famous Ironman World Championship bike route before returning to the Waikoloa Beach Resort and the welcoming throng of spectators at the finish line. And super excited to share the finish line with my awesome friends, fellow Marathon Maniacs, Mark and Cheryl who will be finishing their 50th state.  What a perfect place to do it! We Got This! Register today. Come join us and Run the Rock in the Land of Aloha June 20-28, 2015.  Looking forward to seeing you.  www.konamarathon.com 
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What I learned at the ASICS LA Marathon: Mental Toughness is Not Enough!!

Who remembers this training tip I posted a week before the marathon? “Extended forecast is in and it’s getting hotter by the minute. Yikes. Your heart rate will be higher so everything will feel more difficult and you will deplete resources quicker, so you need to take in more resources( water, carbs & minerals) and possibly slow down. If water starts to taste bad or you feel nauseous or you’ve gone a long time without water and don’t want it, you are probably sodium depleted and suffering from hyponatremia. This can become a dangerous condition. Get some sodium in you fast Like these salt tabs.They can also help with cramping. On hot days I take one every 30 minutes. You also need a minimum of 4 to 8 ounces of water every 10 to 15 min of running. Stay cool and hydrated. Be prepared and you will have a great race. We Got This!!” But did I listen? Not even close. I commend those of you who did, you probably had a great race. It’s been over 3 years since I’ve “raced” a marathon. For the 52, I was running to finish, without a care in the world about my time. It’s so much fun that way. But at LA, dispite the heat, I thought to myself, “I’m good.” I was wrong. I forgot how much fuel you really need. 1.) I need to consume enough carbs, in a form I can digest. There were a couple gels in a little stretchy zippered pouch I was wearing around my waist. It became impossible to get the gels and mineral pills out of there, while running. On the other hand, I don’t enjoy gels. A different form of carbohydrate is something I need to work on finding, and a different way to carry them. 2.) When it comes to big hills early in a race, I need to take them a tad slower, and to start my race slower. I did not do bad, but there was room for improvement early on during the race. 3.) I need to find some enjoyable way to raise my heart rate way up, during training, for short periods of time (over six minutes), to raise my ability level. I was doing some strong faster runs, at the end of my longer runs and I had a lot of volume, I peaked at over 80 miles in a week. But I was probably slightly fatigued after the long run, and may not have raised my heart rate enough to really make an impact on my VO2 Max levels. I probably had about 125 calories the entire race, when you actually need that or more, per hour. I summoned the mental toughness, I dug deep, but guess what? There was nothing there. As soon as I was out of the VA, my pace slowed from about a 9 min mile to a 10:30, I was done. My only hope was that maybe somehow, someway, David would be waiting for me at the finish line and he was. The silver lining that made me realize that in the end, even though I didn’t qualify for Boston, all that really matters in life, is how much you loved. xo Screen Shot 2015-03-21 at 5.26.27 PM
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Running the ASICS LA Marathon? Don’t worry runners, We Got This!! Last minute tips and inspiration for a great race!

Running the ASICS LA Marathon? Don’t worry runners, We Got This!! Last minute tips and inspiration for a great race! With everyone so excited and a bit nervous about the heat this Sunday, I thought I would offer you a bit of support. Here are some tips that can help: 1. Have Fun and enjoy the race! 2. If you’re not having fun, go back to #1, figure out why & fix it(Complete Idiots Guide to Marathon Training) 3. Adjust your pace, respect the heat and simply slow it down a little and enjoy the marathon experience. (from the ASICS LA Marathon) 4. Slow down on 2 hills at miles 4 & 5. If you do, you will have a better race, if you don’t you will screw it up completely. 5. Hydrate- We all know it’s going to be hot, drink water and add electrolytes. You need a minimum of 4 to 8 ounces of water every 10 to 15 min of running. 6. Carbo-Loading- What you eat 2 days before the race will still be in your body. It takes 24-36 hours to fully digest a meal. So, if you want to have a big carbo load dinner with someone, it’s better to do it Friday for a Sunday Race. 7. Fuel- Because of the heat, you will deplete resources quicker, so you need to take in more resources (water,carbs & minerals) and possibly slow down. Salt tabs every 20-30 min work great. 8. Wear sunscreen that doesn’t sting when it gets in your eyes. You’re going to sweat and that can hurt. 9. Stay in the mile you are in, enjoy every step. Be present. You’ll get energy from runners and supporters 10. If you get to a negative patch, say the word “Blessed” to yourself, or something that works for you. Remember what a gift it is to be able to run. 11. Relax, It’s all good. 12. Celebrate your training, you did the work, now it’s just a 26.2 mile celebration. 13. When you cross the finish line, raise your arms up in the air and own it. You are a rock star, victory is yours. Plus it makes for a really cool finish line photo. You can find me Saturday at the expo. I’ll be at the ASICS Booth, near the exit at noon with the ASICS LA Marathon Ambassadors. Would love to meet you. #‎LA30Tweetup I chose the Asics LA Marathon as my favorite big city race as noted in Runners World, with its fantastic course, the ASICS LA Marathon is one of the most exciting races in the country. Enjoy it! Dedications- My dedication for the 2015 ASICS LA Marathon going out to 4 special people, even though my list goes a mile long. Running For: Amy McDonough Vaughan, Lupe Romero-De La Cruz, Elena Crucita Martinez Mendoza. & running WITH Phil Kent & the Hirshberg Training Team | Marathon Training for Pancreatic Research. Please pray for them. Pancreatic Cancer Sucks. You can help by making a donation to the Hirshberg Foundation by going to my website. www.marathongoddess.com If you want to come out and support the runners, come to the Purple People Party, put on by the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research. Mile 21. Corner of San Vicente and Darlington. We need all the support we can get. Come spray us with water and love. Need some more inspiration, watch Spirit of The Marathon 1 or 2. Both available on ITunes. I love Spirit II, especially that girl who talks a lot. Have a great race everyone. Just go out there, do your best and have fun! We Got This! #ASICS #LAMarathon #LA30 #Celebrate