5 more days until race day, and we have our final update from @that_runner_girl_goes, who will be taking on: “Well, this is it!! The home stretch!?? This week I’m taking time to appreciate all the hard work I’ve put in.??‍♀️ We have all put in the time, run the miles-all while stressing over any obstacles and simultaneously, enjoying the many milestones.? I am confident my body knows what it’s supposed to do and I know yours does too. It’s easy to overthink, but with the holidays upon us, take a step back and jump for joy!? The training will pay off and if it doesn’t turn out exactly the way you hope, that’s okay too.?? Enjoy the race folks, we deserve it

@that_runner_girl_goes talks race goals for CIM, “CIM35 is fast approaching folks!? Run the Parkway was the perfect training run. My wishes were that those 20 miles would prove my training is paying off, and they came true!??‍♀️ After a successful long run my goals for Race Day are completely attainable!?I’m hoping to qualify for Boston at CIM, which will require a time of 3:35 or less, so running with the 3:32 pacer, Jen, was the best practice!? She even encouraged me to speed past her the last mile to end with an 8:02/mile average!!?? So, come Sunday, December 3rd, my goals are to drink water? at every aide station, eat 3️⃣ @clifbar chews (half the pack) every 45 mins?, talk with my pace group when I need to?, and crush that time of 3:35!?? I can’t wait to see everyone out there

CIM training update from @that_runner_girl_goes: “Everyone knows that putting in the miles is a necessary component of marathon training, but what is easily forgotten is cross training! Adding in some strength training, consistent stretching, and endurance cross training has been a huge bonus to my workouts. It is so easy to jump on your bike and ride down the bike trail, to not only give you a different feeling on your usual routes, but also encourage the muscles to be used in various ways. I love that cycling builds leg strength without putting stress on the knees and as always, engage that core! @clifbar is such an easy piece of the training puzzle. It’s easy to grab-and-go, making sure I have all the fuel I need to get in a strenuous workout and recovery properly

While training for CIM, @that_runner_girl_goes let us know what running means to her: “Running has been a strong asset to fulfilling one of my greatest passions, traveling. I have gotten to race a 5K in Abu Dhabi, a 10K in the Florida Keys, a half marathon through the streets of Philadelphia, and my first marathon was a run through the beautiful, scenic streets of Oahu. I love having so many options in California and being able to make small vacations out of each race. Just this weekend I got away to San Jose for a half marathon and then got to explore a city I knew little about. I know that this is just the beginning of my race destinations. How cool would it be to run through the snow, the forest, and end at the ocean?! Maybe Alaska will be soon!” How do you?

“Sacramento is a wonderful city to run in, but recently I have escaped to the hills for training runs. This offers a challenge for my body by adding new terrain and more elevation. When changing your environment, it is important to fuel properly. I find that CLIF Bars provide the carbohydrates my body needs for energy, along with a great taste! They are easy to pack so remember to carry an extra in case of emergencies out on the trails! You never know what you may encounter so it’s best to be prepared, and same goes for on the roads! Has everyone been testing out nutrition options in their training?” @that_runner_girl_goes