Tonight, as I was getting ready for my next run, I was getting my list for packing and fixing my playlist.  I realized that I have not gotten to this place on my own.  I started thinking of all the people who I have met and have embraced…not just my fabulous coach, but folks on Twitter, family, friends.  Kim called, and said, Linda I was looking at the plan.  We’re not running tonight.  We ALWAYS run on Tuesday. 

Workout plan #fail. I just didn’t pay attention.  So I did this instead…

So, here is the partial list of my music for the LA Marathon (the @ sign indicates a Twitter handle)

@hendy2 No Surprise, Daughtry

@gwjones00 Venus, Bananarama

@alitherunner: One More Time for the Womankind, Annie Lennox

@speedysasquatch: Hit the Road Jack, Ray Charles

@bolese22: Wonderful Night, Fatboy Slim

@runningrealtor: Gypsies, Tramps & Theives, Cher

@anotorias: Bad Romance, Lady Gaga

@judas_hannibal: Temple_Saint, Byrne

@misterfonzie: Alone, Heart

@runnrgrl: Sexy Bitch

@nturnage: Sweet Caroline, Neil Diamond

for everyone:  Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen

For my little sister:  Respect, Aretha Franklin

For my older little sister: Love Shack, B52s

For my 4th period students:  Billy Jean, Michael

All Twitterati Runners:  Till I Collapse, Eminem

My running partner Kim:  Run So Far Away, Flock of Seagulls

My running store, Fleet Feet:  Lodi, Creedence Clearwater Revival

Mona: I Run For Life, Melissa Etheredge

For my Future Husband:  Better, Tom Baxter

For Me:  Spirit in the Sky, Norman Greenbaum, in case I keel over while running, please play this at my funeral.

Events for the weekend:

Thursday night after work, drive to Woodland Hills to see my family!!

Friday:  Lunch with @ncjack and others. See @bemadthen Expo at 11am.  Home.

Saturday:  10am, Blessing of the Shoes, 4:45 dinner with Mom & Pete Carroll

Sunday:  Hot shower, wheat bread & pb, banana.  Slug of coffee.  Race at 6:20

Pre-Marathon Checklist:

Things that must be in bag to race & bring to race

  • iPod
  • Garmin
  • Chapstick
  • Gum
  • Fuel Belt
  • 8 Honey Stingers
  • Garbage Bag
  • Hair rubber band + clips


Marathon Day

  • Garbage Bag
  • Chip & Bib
  • Sunglasses
  • Visor
  • Chapstick
  • Sunscreen

Things to have in suitcase

  • iPod plug
  • Garmin plug
  • iPhone plug
  • Running Shoes A & B (A=marathon, B=backup)
  • Shoe inserts
  • Socks (2 pair, one for race day)
  • Spirit of the Marathon DVD
  • The Quotable Runner
  • Email from LA Marathon on Final Race Instructions
  • Compression Socks
  • Black + Black + Dirty Red leggings (marathon day)
  • Black + Purple + blue/black leggings (run day before)
  • Head Sweats visor
  • Deodorant
  • Sunscreen
  • Race confirmation ticket/brochure
  • Vaseline
  • S-Caps
  • Multi-Vitamin
  • Vitamin D
  • Razors
  • Floss/Threaders
  • Baby Powder


Things for post race marathon bag (leave with Kenny)

  • Black running skirt
  • Flip flops
  • Yellow tank
  • Sunglasses
  • ID/wallet etc.
  • Shannon’s t-shirt
  • S-Caps


  • Nutrition:
    Honey Stingers (4 GUs + 2 extras) 
    Whole wheat bread
    Peanut butter
    Fig Newtons
    Protein Bars x3 (before & after race)
    Large Coconut water
    Large Gatorade

5 thoughts on “Game On

  1. Dear LA Marathon,

    Last Minute Linda is heading your way. Don’t be fooled by the name! She will not be coming in at the last minute. This bad ass is prepared! She has laid it down…step by step…one at a time…her own two feet. She is in full-form. You better warn that road…prepare the course…for she comes to play with her game face on! Prepare for flybys! Prepare for ass kickings! She stands firm, tall, strong! She will kill your course. Call up the dept of transportation…for your roads will be in bad shape when she’s done with them.

    I couldn’t be more proud of her….her steadfastness, determination, grit, courage, heart! Her heart. It is golden! Shinier than any medal you could ever give her. Her legs will get her through, but when they tire, it is her heart that will sustain her! Her love of the run.

    Her mind is set! Her destiny awaits her! I hope you’re ready! Be ready! MsV is coming to kick ass and take names!!! Wrap her up with a hug for me at the finish!


  2. Outranked by a bunch of Twits. I see how it is. Nice job getting all those lists written. You are even more ready. Cheers!

  3. Sounds like you are fired up and ready to go! Great prep list.

    The chorus from one of my fav running songs is a great running mantra, especially for the marathon… Take a listen if you don’t already have this on your play list.
    From “Remember the Name” by Fort Minor..
    10% luck
    20% skill
    15% concentrated power of will
    5% pleasure
    50% pain and
    100% reason to remember the name


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