I thought I'd compile a list of my favourite Do's and Don'ts in the days leading up to the Marathon. So here it goes!
#1 DO Hydrate!
#3 DO create a Kick-Ass playlist for your marathon/race. Don't forget to add the song that kicks it into high gear or allows you to dig deep in the late miles. Here's one of mine:
|My Dig Deep Song! :D|
#4 Do go back and review your training to solidify your confidence and ability to run this race! Don't get hung up on that one week/workout you missed because you had a cold/almost injury...we all had those weeks in our training and if not, I want to know your secret, lol.
#5 Do create a Mantra or heck, even a warrior name that you can sharpie on your wrist or say in your head when the going gets tough. ;)
Don't let the toxic thoughts in!!!
#6 Do stock up on your favourite flavours of Gu/fuel several days before the race. Don't wait until the day before the marathon to do this since chances are all of those flavours will be gone!
#7 Do paint your nails a rockin' colour because let's face it, cool nails make you run faster. ;) Don't forget to clip those toenails!!!
#8 Do plan your race day outfit/gear. Don't obsess over the weather and its influence on your outfit/race. It is what it is so thank goodness you've run in all sorts of weather and didn't cancel any training runs due to, let's say, 'the Rain,' right? ;) Garbage bags look pretty fly if I may say so. ;) Also, if it's chilly, magic gloves from the dollar store and old tee shirts make excellent throw-aways plus many races donate them to people in need!
#9 Do lay out your clothes/gear the day before.
|Our outifts for Johnny!|
#10 Do stick with pre-race nutrition that is tried and true in your training. Take note of your nutrition and remember that your body will put out what you put in.
Don't piss off your digestive system! Maybe that habanero chilli the night before a race isn't such a good idea, lol. Having to make a port-a-pottie stop during the race is no fun and ain't nobody got time for dat! ;)
#11 Do catch up on sleep/rest. This week is about resting and nutrition. Easy short runs, at or near marathon pace, have worked for me and I only do them 2-3 times this week. Don't go too fast or too far (according to Mr. Hal Higdon) :)
|Lola is the resting pro!|
Well, I hope the GGR List of Marathon Week Do's and Don'ts offer you some ideas. :) Hey I'm no pro, so share the info! What tips do you have for someone during Marathon Week???
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!
Happy Running,Heather :)