Giant Italian sub from casa razdora in Boston. Many carbs. Too full to type. That is all.
I began training in earnest for the Chicago Marathon on June 15th this past summer. I had a good base built up prior to that, but June 15th marked the beginning of my 16 week training plan. This morning I logged the last of those training miles. I ran an easy 3 miles just to keep my legs loose this morning, bringing the total for this training cycle to just over 545 miles. I feel ready.
Breakfast this morning was a delicious piece of zucchini bread, made by my wife (thanks sweetie). It probably had about 200 calories and 40g of carbs.
I have a massage scheduled for tonight and then it’s off to Chicago tomorrow morning. I’m starting to get excited for the trip and a little nervous about the run. I feel like I had a good training cycle and I feel prepared for this race. The only thing left is to execute the plan.
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is 1 day and 23 hours away.
But now I am feeling a bit full. Maybe this had something to do with it?
The guy at Cafe De Boston hooked me up with a pasta toss with ziti, meatballs, onions, and black olives. I went with the traditional tomato sauce. Carb loading continues! 12:30pm eating time.
Total damage: 665 Cal., 153g carbs
I will need a mid-morning snack soon, and I am going to eat this:
This delicious looking croissant has 19g of carbs, and about 150 calories.
And so it begins. This is the start of a running blog of the carbs I will consume over the next few days.
6:30 am – one everything bagel with margarine. I also ate a few of these miniature pancakes that the boys had for breakfast.
Bagel: 289 calories, 56g carbs
Mini pancakes: 56 calories, 9.2g carbs
We’re off to a good start.
I just purchased an amazing set of throwaway warmups for Sunday’s marathon. For all of you non-marathoners out there, a bit of a brief explanation is in order. Most marathons typically start early in the morning. For Chicago, the gun in the first wave will go off at 7:30 am. It will likely be pretty cold at the start as current overnight forecasts show temps in the 30s. When you line up for the race, it is not uncommon that you will be spending almost an hour or so waiting in the corrals before the start. You tend to get cold just standing around.
The solution that most people develop has been to get a set of old or used sweats to wear in the corral that will be tossed over the sides just before the race starts. There are even volunteers that will pick up all the clothing and donate it to local charities.
So, the week before a race, I head down to the Goodwill store and try to pick out something for race morning. I myself try to get something that looks truly ridiculous. Its fun that way.
Yesterday I went to Goodwill to look for pants and a shirt. First, my eyes feasted upon these fantastic “aau basketball” sweatpants circa 1990:
Wait, you haven’t even seen the best part. Along the, um, ‘rear’ of the pants is this:
Now, I’m not sure if Smith was the dude that owned these pants or if Smith is the name of the school or what. All I know is that I find them to be ridiculous, so I had to purchase them. For $4.00, it doesn’t matter.
Then, I came across this gem in the men’s sweater section:
It’s hard to tell from the iPhone flash, but yes, that says UCONN Women’s Soccer. So random, yet so fantastic.
I ran a very easy 4 miles this morning and we had a full platoon of 6 guys out on the run. The names in the running group are starting to get confusing though, as we have 2 Scotts, 2 Dans, and now, 2 Patricks. Weather was very humid.
Rest tomorrow and then a very light 3 miles on Friday. Tomorrow I will begin the continuous blog that will chronicle
all the food I stuff my face with carbo loading I do before the race leading up until Sunday. The weather in Chicago still looks great, and if anything it looks like it will be kinds cold for the weekend. Fine by me.