A blog about Trace and her races.

I can't wait to eat a donut!

On my way to track practice, I couldn't help but notice all the signage for the marathon! It is going to be a zoo out here!

So this week I thought I would really worry about carb-depleting but that is not really bothering me too much.  I am surprised, really. Anyway, yesterday I had a track workout – I needed to run three one mile repeats at a pace faster than 6:00 per mile and I was only able to get through one. I think I may have been able to do it but mentally I couldn’t force myself to do it. I am really, really distracted and it is weighing me down.  After the workout I spoke to my coach and she told me that I really need to relax because worrying and stressing over this race will in turn exhaust me of valuable energy.  I also told her I wasn’t so sure I liked the idea of having V run with me for the first half to help keep me on pace. I don’t think I am ready for that just yet and I have my Garmin to keep me on track. I wouldn’t mind having someone for the second half of the race but oh well.  Luckily she was very understanding and told me it was completely up to me – this is MY race, whatever I want.  I will let her know by Friday but right now I don’t think I will have V run with me (even though that is a VERY nice gesture).  I felt really good after speaking to her and today I felt just fine. Sometimes a little pep talk is all you need.

This is the third day of this diet and I am not only staying away from carbs, I am staying away from most junk that I would normally eat like pastries, candy, Dr. Pepper, etc.  I think that is a good thing – sometimes I get carried away and eat so much crap and then make an excuse that I can do that since I run so many miles…BLAH BLAH.  Yesterday at track I was speaking to L and I told her that I can’t wait to eat carbs to that I could have a donut. She laughed and said that was actually fat and not a carb. We had a good laugh but I really can’t wait to have one! I am a donut fanatic!



I am still deciding on what I am going to wear and a few more possibilities have crept in which now include a cute running skirt I picked up at Gap Body and the Concern Foundation (click here for more info) racing singlet. I didn’t really want to be branded but I may just pick these two items and be done with it already. I bought a pair of Nike and Mizuno shorts too and I have already ran in both and still wasn’t definite that I loved them enough to race in them.

I also have a new annoying pain in my left butt-cheek – surely related to the sore calf, etc. I believe it is my piriformis muscle. I think I am just really tense and need more stretching. I am going to get ANOTHER massage tomorrow and have that area worked on.  There will be a lot of foam rolling going on in my room later.  I wore a few Salonpas patches on my butt and I think it is really helping today.  Anyway, hopefully it will be OK and I will get to rest after LA for a bit which will be a big help too.

Excited to meet some friends at Buca Di Beppo on Friday so we can all share our racing experiences leading up to the race including any fears and excitement. It seems like we have been training forever and the day is FINALLY upon us!  It will be nice to know we are ALL going through this together. 

Lastly, I won’t be able to post my detailed workouts anymore on Dalymile but I will still be around and will still stay in touch. I will try to update my blog regularly and would be happy to let you know when a new one is posted.  If you want to be notified, please send me an email to trace@traceraces. Also, if you were following my training and are interested in hiring a coach, let me know. My coach is awesome and always available.

3 responses

  1. Suzanne

    This is Suzanne L from DM :-), It’s cool to follow your training because I don’t run distances like this! I love to see the process!

    Your coach sounds very thoughtful and dedicated.

    Great job on following the carb depletion diet!! I’m a carb junkie although I’m trying HARD to reduce them in my diet and increasing my protein, hard to do for a veggie but I work on it daily! The salad you pictured looks perfect minus the chicken!!

    You will do great at the race!!


    March 17, 2011 at 9:51 am

    • Thanks so much Suzanne! Weirly enough the depletion wasn’t bad at all! I know what you mean though and I realized I should eat better on a regular basis – I am all over the place with what I eat and when. Thanks for following and for all your support!

      March 17, 2011 at 9:55 am

  2. Thanks! I can’t wait to eat a donut (not from Ralphs), In N Out (with a bun) and whatever I want but I will do it AFTER Sunday!

    March 17, 2011 at 9:56 am

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