My Marathon Prep Essentials

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Confession time: I have a little less than two months until my very first marathon…AHHH!!
I’m not in panic mode yet, but I feel like that might be somewhere in my near future, perhaps at the one month mark. I’ve been training since my half marathon in April and I’m hopeful that by December, I’ll be 100% ready. Maybe 😉
I figured since I know there are other runners out there, I should put together a helpful list of all the things that have gotten me prepped and ready to this point. Let’s dig right in!
NUTRITION
I decided if I was really going to get serious about running, I should absolutely have the input of someone who knows what they’re talking about on the nutrition end of things. When I talked to my nutritionist, she expressed that really making sure I know what I’m putting into my body is at the
forefront of my mind at all times. See also: cut out the processed foods! She also said I
really needed to focus on not only protein, fruits and veggies, but vitamins too. Ack! Vitamins = my downfall. 
My Marathon Prep Essentials
When I discovered V8® Veggie Blends at Walmart, it was the perfect mashup of what I needed to succeed. V8® Veggie Blends are an excellent source of antioxidant vitamins A, C & E and an 8oz. serving of contains 1 full serving (1/2 cup) of vegetables. 
My Marathon Prep Essentials
I was skeptical, because to me a juice drink isn’t a nutritional go-to. BUT! V8® Veggie Blends are 75% juice and 25% pure water with no sugar added and no artificial colors, flavors or added preservatives. Each 8oz. serving is 60 calories or less! Instead of reaching for a carbonated beverage or sugary alcoholic beverage when I get a craving for something other than water, I reach for this! The very best part? They come in an assortment of flavors (My pick: V8® Veggie Blends: Caribbean Greens) and are available at Walmart. Too easy.
While I was there, I also picked up some women’ vitamins
and put them right in our kitchen so I have to literally walk right
past them every single morning. So far, so good.
My Marathon Prep Essentials
FEET
My Marathon Prep Essentials

Let’s start with sneakers. It took me a long time to get to where I am today sneaker-wise. After our half marathon in April, I lost 3 toenails. THREE. That seemed like an absurd amount to me, so after talking it over with a podiatrist, he suggested that I get professionally fitted for sneakers. In my mind, that meant I would be wearing orthopedic sneakers with velcro, but I went to get fitted anyway. Part of my issue is that I have a huge arch, so I need extra support there, and the issues I was having with my toenails suggested I needed a different fit or size. Turns out — yes to all of the above. Before I landed on what I currently wear, I tried out 4 different types of sneakers from 3 different brands. They were all very nice sneakers, but just not for me. What I run in now (picture above) are a great fit for me. I also use specially made insoles. Again, I’m not a doctor, this is all just what works for me! In addition to my sneakers, I swear by padded socks! And you might be wondering (or maybe not) about how I’m combating toenail issues this time around and the answer is — keeping them trimmed and short, but not rounded! Making sure your toenails have the “box shape” helps to prevent ingrown toenails from occurring. Ouch!
HEAD
My Marathon Prep Essentials
People who have been running for years say that half of running is mental and I can officially say — I agree. If I get out there and my head isn’t in it, I’m huffing and puffing (and swearing) before I’ve even hit 5K. One of the best ways for me to dominate these days is listening to books on tape and podcasts. I find that if I get mentally invested into something other than thinking about how far I’ve gone (and how soon I can go home), the better off I run. So, if you have any “must read” books or podcasts you love — send them my way! I also love the big thick headbands for keeping sweat from piling up and the wispy hairs off my face. 
ROUTINE
If half the running battle is mental, the other half is preparation. For me, that is being in a solid routine. I have used a marathon prep calendar to get my body in shape and work up to 26.2. There are certainly days where I feel more prepared than others, but part of my routine is getting out there each day and hitting the pavement. Rain or shine! I keep myself accountable by uploading to Snapchat, Twitter or my Instagram Story, so my apologies for anyone who is like…why is this girl always taking photos of her sneakers?!
It’s also SUPER important for me to stay hydrated (especially with it still being so warm here in Hawaii), so I have been trying to drink AT LEAST 3 full water bottles of water per day. My bottle is 40oz, so I shoot for 120oz per day, which honestly..makes me pee a lot more than I am used to….but! I know that it’s doing my body a huge favor.
Are you a runner? What is on your running essentials list?

October 18, 2016

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4 Comments

  1. Reply

    Jen

    October 17, 2016

    I am all about shoes when it comes to running! I had horrible knee pain when I first started running and as soon as I got fitted for the right shoe it made all the difference.

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    Sarah

    October 18, 2016

    So proud of you! You're going to rock it!!

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    Ericka

    October 18, 2016

    I must have missed when you announced that you are running a marathon. YOU GO GIRL! That is so awesome. I'm running my first half marathon this weekend on Mackinac Island. I can't even imagine doing a full. Thanks for the running tips, super helpful. Good luck on your training!

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    David Dial

    October 18, 2016

    Wow, I can't even imagine how difficult it is to train for a marathon! You've got to get into shape both physically and mentally…but you'll be so much better off for the work you put in! Best of luck! #client

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