Distance: Full marathon
How did you train for the race?
I usually go online. This is my second full marathon, but last year when I was preparing I went online. [There are] a lot of tips, like how much mileage you should get, so I kind of just stuck with that, and I felt totally prepared for my full marathon.
What's your hill strategy?
I usually take my time, because you can get cramped up and stuff. No rush to get up the hills, but I definitely try to go a lot faster on the downhill just to make up for the lost time.
What made you choose this marathon?
This is my fourth event with Nike; they give the best stuff, for sure. They definitely take care of all of their participants, and you can't beat that blue box at the end of the finish line. It's actually one of the best events.
What will you eat the night before, and what will you eat the morning of?
I usually carb up. The girls that I run with, we all get together, we have pasta and hydrate throughout the week. The morning of, I do the peanut butter banana sandwich. I don't really drink a lot of fluids [the morning of]; usually they have plenty of stuff along the way.
And you don't take anything with you?
Typically, no. I just have my phone with me. They have so much [snacks and drinks] along the way that I just keep it really light.
What's your advice for someone running a marathon?
To definitely sign up, give yourself enough time to train. You have to be disciplined. You have to schedule that time to run and be patient with yourself; don't be discouraged. Make sure you have the right gear so you're comfortable, because when you're not comfortable, you get more discouraged. You need to spend the money on the gear, the right socks, the right clothes.
What will you do to recover?
I am definitely going to get a massage, for sure, probably sit in the bath for a couple of hours, and I think I'm going to go to Reds and get my fish and chips. Chocolate milk afterward is good. It's a good substitute if you don't want to spend a lot of money on protein drinks.