1. Deep down, I know I can PR at this race so that's my major goal. In order to do that, I'm planning on starting out conservative and relaxed. My PR is 3:49 so anything faster than that would be awesome, but I'd like to clock a 3:45.
2. Run a negative split the second half of the race. If I start out conservatively, I should be able to build from there and finish strong rather than trailing off as I have in the past.
3. Stay strong mentally. Running 26.2 miles on your own can get pretty lonely even when you're surrounded by thousands of other runners. And it especially feels lonely when your race isn't going as you want it.
4. No matter what, enjoy the whole experience. I've said before that I won't let an imperfect race bring down my race experience.
Unlike any other race I've done, the half marathon is starting at 7:30 am and the full marathon doesn't start until 8:45 am. Strange, but at least the girls will have a chance to go back to the hotel, shower and hopefully get some great finish line photos of me. ;)
Now on to the good stuff - food!
Odwalla bar - White Chocolate Macadamia
A few weeks ago I was contacted by a representative for Odwalla to try one of their new snack bars after attending Healthy Living Summit. I gladly accepted as I'm already a big fan of their banana walnut bar.
With 210 calories and 3 g of protein, this bar is more of a snack than a recovery food or meal replacement. I ate one of the bars in between Sunday Costco madness and other errands. I would however, recommend the Odwalla protein bar for post workout.
I enjoyed the Original Super Protein bar after my tempo run last week and it kept me satisfied until I got home for dinner. My favorite of Odwalla bar flavors is the Banana Walnut, which kind of reminds me of banana bread. I don't know about you, but I always have a few bars sitting around in case I need a quick snack at work or food on the run.
Overall, I enjoyed the flavor, although it seems a bit too sweet for my taste buds. I'd give it a 7 out of 10 on the taste scale as I do love the macadamia nut/white choc combo.
Odwalla would like to give one recipient a variety pack of 10-15 of their bars.
To enter the contest, leave me a comment on how/if you go about goal setting for races or big challenges in life and then ultimately how you achieve them.
*Earn a second entry by tweeting "I want to win @Odwalla Bars from Sassy Molassy! @laurenpeters http://justcallmesassy.blogspot.com/2011/10/marathon-goals-and-giveaway.html" and then come back and leave a comment saying that you did so.
I will pick the winner randomly, but appreciate your goal setting tips as I have a difficult time setting goals for races because I'm always unsure of my abilities. But the bottom line is, I should be confident in all my training and just GO for it!
Contest ends Sunday, Oct. 9 at 5 pm PST. I will announce the winner on Sunday or Monday depending on how I'm feeling after 26.2 miles. Cross your fingers it doesn't pour down rain for 4 hrs!
Odwalla provided me bars for free to review. I only review products I would personally buy or want to try on my own. Thoughts and opinions on the products are mine alone.