Game On

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