I won't lie, I didn't quite get the importance of nutrition. It wasn't until I went an entire die of barely eating anything and went for a run. It wasn't a short run either. I went for an eight mile run that day.
When I finished I ate a small bowl of cereal without milk. For some idiotic reason I believed that would suffice. The following day I was lethargic, sore and completely out of whack. I clearly didn't fuel my body properly. I ate as much as possible the entire day. It took that one lesson to understand that carbs were my best friend.
When I moved to San Diego, I didn't have a gym membership. Or a pool to swim in. But I had already signed up for the Las Vegas triathlon so I had to train. My only option was to swim in the ocean. Ugh.
I know that indulging in a huge plate of pasta sounds tempting, but I've found it's best to avoid loading up on ANY food right before a race. You don't need that in your stomach the night before and you definitely don't want that trying to exit your body while you're running.
This beautiful bridge is almost a reason in itself to run the Big Sur marathon. The scenery around it is just breathtaking, with 360 views of the Pacific Ocean and the mountains. It's also really windy though, so of course, that adds to the difficulty.