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LA Marathon Recap

It's been two weeks since I ran my first marathon and honestly, I've been avoiding this recap.  My experience wasn't what I wanted and I was extremely disappointed in myself.  I had to remove myself from the experience for a while before looking back.  

I went into the race with one goal-- to finish.  It was my first marathon and I truly did not know what to expect.  I had an unspoken time goal, but realized about 10 miles in, that wasn't going to happen.  First, what went wrong. 

Injury:  I have tendinitis in my foot and occasionally it flares up.  My foot decided during a run would be a good time for that to happen.  I was in excruciating pain and a few times, contemplated stopping.  But I trudged on.  At one point, I feel like I was trotting-- half running, half walking.  I did everything I could to find the most comfortable form of movement for my foot.  During the run, I was blaming myself for the pain.  I should have trained better, I should have worn different sho…

Should I Run Naked? and Other Random Thoughts

After 2015's Los Angeles Marathon, I made the impulse decision to sign up for 2016's.  At the time, it felt like such a long time off and now it's only a week away!  As my first marathon quickly approaches, here are some of my random thoughts, in no particular order.

What was I thinking?
Who runs 26.2 miles for fun?!  Oh, wait, that's right.  A lot of people do.  And after next Sunday, I will be one of those people.  I'm excited and I can't wait to cross the finish line!

Should I run naked?

By naked, I mean without my GPS watch.  I'm one of those runners who lets my time/pace get into my head.  And not in a good way.  It's my first marathon, which means automatic PR.  I'm worried that if I wear my watch, I'll let it get in my head and it won't be as fun as an experience for me.  And as my first marathon, I want to enjoy every 26.2 miles of it!

I wish my mom could be there.

There's no doubt that when my mom passed away a year and a half ago, it…