Last Minute Tips Before the LA Marathon from Coach Kastor, Ryan Hall and Deena Kastor

Yesterday I spent all day walking around the Natural Products Expo West on the hunt for new, healthy and delicious options to share on RER.

This isn’t new, but I am kinda digging the ridiculous amount of yogurt in this “five pounder” as the Chobani reps called it.

fun at the natural products expo west #expowest (600x800)

But, THIS. This may change my life:

watermelon drink that changed my lfe (600x800)

(More on the expo next week.)

From the expo I braved Los Angeles Friday night traffic and barely barely barely made it in time to meet everyone for a pre-LA Marathon VIP party. We took a big sweaty bus. It was fun!on the bus to the marathon party (800x600)

We live in a world without can’t. Pass it on.we live in a world without cant asics la marathon (800x600)

There were drinks involved. Gotta stay hydrated!

I went to sleep dreaming of the LA Marathon…marathon dreaming la marathon (800x600)

… and woke up this morning to this view!view from room in santa monica (800x600)

The ocean beckoned me so I took a walk to the Santa Monica pier. It’s super close – less than a half a mile away.

santa monica walk (800x600)

santa monica beach where la marathon ends (800x600)

santa monica morning walk (800x600) (800x600)

santa monica pier walk (800x600)

I kept it short because I had to be back by 8am for a pre-race shake out run with Coach Andrew Kastor, Deena Kastor, Ryan Hall and the rest of the running blogger team.deena kastor giving la marathon advice (800x600)

The totem pole was our turn around point. Deena said you have to run around it or you won’t get the luck.

rer running pose in santa monica

Looks like PavementRunner is ready for a PR tomorrow, don’t ya think?! Apparently this picture prefers to be on it’s side or Brian wants to lay down…

pavement runner ready for a PR (600x800)

It was a short 3 mile run, just enough to shake it out a bit before the LONG run tomorrow. But it was HOT. We were all commenting on the race day weather which is forecasted to be above 80 degrees. Coach Kastor addressed it in our post-run chat below.

la marathon asics blogger runners (800x600)

After the run we enjoyed breakfast outside. We’re being encouraged to carb-load. Yes, please!

breakfast after la marathon shakeout run asics (600x800)

After breakfast Coach Kastor gave us some last minutes tips before the marathon.

coach kastor marathon race day tips la marathon (800x600)

LA Marathon Race Day Tips:

1. Do NOT do anything new on race day!! Yes, Coach Kastor led with this tip that I’ve shared with you before. Even though it’s tempting to buy something bright and shiny and new for the race at the expo – don’t use it for the race if it’s not something you’re already used to.

2. Due to weather, consider changing your goals. The race is going to be hot so you might want to readjust your goals. He suggested maybe adding 10 to 15 seconds per mile.

This is obviously just a gentle suggestion, but it is a good one to keep in the back of your mind if the race day temperatures are really hard on your body.

3. Trust the taper. You put in the work. He shared a story of Deena Kastor not feeling ready the week before she broke the American record. She rocked it even though she wasn’t completely sure she could hold the pace just a week before.

4. Take it easy today. Rest up.

5. Visualize it. Imagine the Pacific Ocean is pulling you toward it. As you get closer to the ocean (and higher into race day miles) use this visualize to guide you to the finish.

I also chatted with Ryan Hall after breakfast. I’m a big fan and love how he shares his faith too. He said his dad gave him the best advice, “If it’s not fun it’s not worth it.” We do this because it’s fun. Sure we train and watch our nutrition and do all those other things so it will be more fun – but it’s supposed to be fun when you line up on marathon morning.

monica and ryan hall before la marathon run (600x800)

Right on!

Related: One day I want to run across the USA. Should I made the Santa Monica pier my FIRST or LAST stop???

This picture is from my walk on the pier this morning!!

last stop at santa monica pier (800x600)

Question: Santa Monica should be my first or last stop??


  1. says

    Definitely make it your last stop. And then well-deserved home sweet home. Good luck tomorrow – you’ll do great I’m sure! In admiration of your energetic lifestyle…

  2. says

    How I miss going to Santa Monica and that strand! I worked in Torrance for 18 months for a client and ran Redondo Beach every night. I used to spend weekends in Santa Monica. Good luck and thanks for the great pics! I need to visit the CA beach soon.

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  4. Shannon in Tustin says

    Your last stop, fo sho–you Cali girl! I love LA (we love it!!)…

    Congrats on a super time, given those excruciating conditions!!


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