LA Marathon or Bust + This Week’s Workouts

Hello from the plane on the way to sunny Los Angeles, where I’ll be running my second full marathon on Sunday morning! I’ll be sharing updates over on my Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook pages, so follow me over there if you’d like to see how I do before I post! The LA Marathon is also offering runner tracking – click here if you’re interested – my bib number is C4970. 

If you’ll be in LA spectating (anyone?), here’s what I’ll be wearing:


I figured I should go neon or go home. ;) I also taped my name to my shirt like I did for the Richmond Marathon using the same glittery duct tape.


Packing yesterday made everything seem a lot more real – wow, I’m really doing another marathon, huh?! Definitely starting to get nervous now!


For fuel, I packed a bunch of my standard favorites since I’m not sure what I’ll be feeling come race day. I’ll start with the mocha Clif shot gel and then move on to a combination of the dates (stuffed with a little PB and sprinkled with salt) and the margarita shot bloks (love these in warm weather – I’ll take them out of the package so they are easier to grab while running, and yes that is also some ibuprofen in the bag just in case). Last up will probably be the Cascadian farm chewy granola bar.


As for pre-race breakfast, I brought 2 pieces of my favorite Ezekiel cinnamon raisin toast and a packet of Justin’s almond butter. I also plan to buy a banana once I get to LA to eat with it.


In terms of workouts this week, I kept things really low key in anticipation of the race.

  • Sunday: 5 mile run with Matt. I was supposed to do a slightly longer run but since we skied the day before I figured it was best to keep things less intense.
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  • Monday: snowed in, so decided to do an at home yoga DVD (this one, which I love). I even convinced Matt to do it with me! :) He liked it, too. When we were done I worked on my forearm balance handstand – getting pretty good at it! I owe my success to Mark at Edge Yoga who took the time to teach me the proper form and spot me until I got it. :)


  • Tuesday: Speaking of Edge Yoga, hit up a noon class there with my friend Karen. We treated ourselves to lunch afterward at South Block Cafe in Clarendon – love this place. Such a nice little afternoon treat! Also, check out the ridiculous icicle on their sign. Eek!
  • south block cafe

I had the pesto chicken sandwich and it rocked. Plus some of their homemade bean chips on the side, and I picked up a couple juices for later.


Both were good, but their turmeric mylk? EPIC. What a creative combination! It tasted almost like egg nog but better.

  • Wednesday: Easy morning 4 mile run on the treadmill because it was still too icy outside. Super duper boring even though I watched an episode of Gossip Girl on my phone while running. I loathe the treadmill. Friends – if you think you hate running but only run on the treadmill – try getting outside, and running with other people. In my opinion it’s 239420394829034832092830498 times better.
  • Thursday: rest day
  • Friday: rest day

Tomorrow morning the other ASICS LA Marathon team challenge bloggers and I are lucky enough to have the opportunity to do a team shake out run with the ASICS crew, our coach Andrew Kastor, and some of the elite runners (!!) that will be in attendance. So excited. And then Sunday, of course, is the race! I feel like this crept up on me so quickly! Check out my blogger partner in crimes – can’t wait to see some old friends and meet some new ones – pretty amazing group!: @RunningRachel, @PavementRunner, @RunEatRepeat, @RacePaceJess, @TriJayhawkRyan, @jamiewalker19, @ShutUpRun, @marathoner (so impressed he locked down that Twitter handle), @stuftmama and @nycrunningmama. You can read some of the team’s previous training-related blog posts here if you’re interested, and we’ll of course be all over social media this weekend, too.

asics la marathon blogger challenge

I’ll leave you with a picture from yesterday morning – as you guys know, I’m teaching the Basic Nutrition course to undergrads at George Washington University on Tuesday/Thursday mornings this spring. Next week is spring break and on Tuesday I gave them a test, so I wanted to do something fun as a treat to my students yesterday. I coordinated with the Foggy Bottom Whole Foods to have our class take place in their store yesterday; their Healthy Eating Specialist gave us a little mini grocery store tour and then did a microwave only cooking class geared towards college students. It was so much fun – in addition to showing how to make a massaged kale salad, one of the things she made was peppers stuffed with quinoa and veggies, all in the microwave. Did you know that you can microwave quinoa? I’d never thought to try!


To microwave the quinoa, you just put 1 cup quinoa and 2 cups water (or a smaller/larger amount in the  same ratio) in a microwave safe bowl, cover it, and cook on high for about 6 minutes, stirring once. For the veggies, she chopped them and then microwaved them for a few minutes to soften them before mixing them with the quinoa and stuffing the raw peppers with the mixture. You could go ahead and eat it then, or if you want the peppers soft you can microwave the stuffed peppers for 11 to 14 minutes to soften them. Easy! If I made this at home, I’d add some seasonings and feta cheese, obvi, but it was really good and so simple!

And now – to catch up on work before touching down in the world of palm trees later this afternoon. Yay for internet on long flights!

See you guys early next week with a recap of my second full marathon – ahhh! Thank you all so much for your support and encouragement – I’ll be thinking of your kind words and inspiring messages when I’m out there running and I know they will help to power me through. <3


  1. 1

    Good luck! :)

  2. 2

    Good luck!

  3. 3

    Good luck!! You’ll do great, can’t wait to hear the recap! Be sure to say hi to blogger ‘Shut Up and Run’, saw she gave all her teammates a shout out on her blog. You guys both have great blogs!

  4. 5

    Good luck this weekend!! I know you’ll do great. :-)

  5. 6

    Good luck in your race! As a college student I’ve tried microwaving pretty much everything! My new odd one is microwave tapioca pudding!

  6. 7

    Good luck on your marathon!! Can’t wait to hear all about it!

  7. 8

    GOOD luck! I love your bright race outfit!

  8. 9

    Good luck!! I’m sure you’ll do great!!

  9. 10

    Can’t wait to read your race recap! Have a fun trip :)

  10. 11

    You’ll do great! Enjoy the sunshine.

  11. 12

    Good luck!! If I were still living in LA, I’d come cheer you on, but since I’m not, I’ll be in the blogger cheering squad throughout the country. ;)

  12. 14
    Heather J says:

    Your buddy Gena posted a recent recipe for Turmeric milk on her blog, in case you missed it. I’ve been meaning to try!

  13. 16

    I love the idea of taping your name on your t-shirt. I wish I would’ve done this for the Chicago Marathon.

  14. 17

    nice forearm stand! That’s a major goal of mine.

  15. 18

    Best of luck to you this Sunday. I can’t wait to hear all about it and read the recap :)

  16. 19

    Good luck, Anne! You are going to do fantastic!! I’ll be rooting for ya! That forearm balance is pretty awesome!!! I am working on that pose. It’s much harder than it looks, right? Loving the duct tape name idea. Very creative!! Have fun!!

  17. 21
    Kirsten says:

    Wishing you all of the very best! I can not wait to read your recap :)

  18. 22

    Good luck!!!! You will do awesome!!!!!!

  19. 23

    I LOVE the idea of the microwave cooking class! In my Social and Behavioral approaches to Public Health class I took through MPH @ GW online last quarter, our finally project was a proposal for a health intervention. I aimed mine at achieving and maintaining healthy BMI with college aged women, and microwave cooking classes and grocery story knowledge tours (looking at how to get the most nutritional bang for your college budget) were two of my activities I dreamt up for the intervention. So awesome to see that it’s actually done!

    Oh, and good luck on Sunday!

  20. 25

    Good luck and have SO much fun this weekend Anne!

  21. 26

    GOOD LUCK ANNE!! I just subscribed to your bib # for the text alerts :-) Give PavementRunner a high five for the SF folks, I met him last April at a Boston Strong Run, he is one of my favorite Bay Area runners :-) Have a great Marathon!

  22. 28

    Good luck, have a great time and enjoy yourself!!

  23. 29

    Kick butt Sunday!

  24. 30

    Good luck on the marathon!! I totally didn’t know you could microwave quinoa. That’s awesome and will be perfect for last minute meals.

  25. 31
    Jo Lynn says:

    Best of luck on Sunday! In two days, you’ll have “26.2” bragging rights on both coasts! Can’t wait for the recap.

  26. 32

    Microwaved quinoa!! A revelation!!! That milk sounds AMAZING!!! Best of luck this weekend, I’ll be thinking of ya!

  27. 33

    Good luck Sunday! Be sure to check out the Nutribullet booth at the start of the race! We will have all kinds of yummies.

  28. 34

    Hooray for bright purple running clothes and marathons in beautiful places! Have fun and good luck!

  29. 35

    Is that a precise / measured value you referenced for your treadmill run on Wednesday ? ;)

  30. 37

    Good luck on Sunday! Love the shirt with your name taped on it. What a great idea!

  31. 38

    Have a great race!! :D

  32. 39
    Roadrunner says:

    Best of luck! Hold back in first 5-10, then ease into it, and then go for it!

  33. 40
    jennifer says:

    Have so much fun!! Good luck!

  34. 41

    Good luck, Anne! I’ve been following your training program closely and actually running my first marathon next weekend in VA Beach. Thanks for all the great pointers!

  35. 43

    How exciting! All the best for a fantastic race!!!!

  36. 44

    Haha, love the title! Good luck!

  37. 45

    I had no idea you could microwave quinoa- such a great tip!

  38. 46

    Microwave quinoa! Im going to have to try that for sure. Good luck at the race!

  39. 47

    Good luck at the marathon!! Are you on Bloglovin? I couldn’t find it?

  40. 49

    A little late, but best of luck on the marathon! You’ve had a tough training schedule with all of the snow and ice you got! Thanks for sharing the tip on quinoa in the microwave! Can’t wait to try that!

  41. 50

    Hope the marathon went well :)

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