The posts have magically reappeared! I’m scared….I’m going to delete the original one and redo it on this post. Here is a recap of the one that involved tapering, from the perspective of my coach, Becca. As I had mentioned previously, I owe Becca my firstborn child.
If you find yourself becoming extremely anxious, take a breath. Come up with a plan, and stick to it. Envision yourself on race day. Simple things like the outfit you are going to wear, how you plan to run your race. I like to break it down into “The Tens”. I try to get the muscles flowing in the first ten miles, work hard in the next ten miles where I am really concentrating, and race the last 10k with everything I have left. I try to run negative splits, where I am passing runners at the end and not the one getting passed. It does so much for me mentally. My favorite is envisioning crossing the finish line knowing that regardless of my time, I did the BEST I could.
Even having a plan for what you are going to pack, so you don’t have to think about it the few days before! Start now with a list! How about if you are running a marathon where you have never been before? When I raced in San Fransisco, I had all sorts of “things to do” printed out, in which I made while tapering, so when I got to CA I had a plan with lots of sightseeing! I called the hotel to see what they recommended, so when I arrived everything wasn’t already sold out! Most of you are going to San Diego, just remember so are 30,000 other runners. Plan accordingly. Check out now if you can tour the course! I have done that, and I LOVE it!
As you taper, concentrate on reading books. Watch the movie Spirit of the Marathon its awesome and it will motivate you!
It is normal to feel anxious or nervous prior to a marathon. Even the most seasoned runners experience these feelings. Stay away from runners/ friends who are excessively stressed out or are negative. Don’t let these individuals affect your state of mind. Personally, I have a few people who I dont visit the weeks leading up to my marathon.
In these next few weeks, come up with TWO goals:
2 your ultimate goal
With the list above, be flexible, and make it realistic, (for example, if you don’t run sub 8’s in a 10k, don’t count on it for a marathon). Try to stay within these goals during your marathon! KNOW that YOU CAN DO IT!!!!
You are prepared and ready. You have worked SO hard. TRUST in yourself that you have done the work. You need fresh tapered legs when you toe the line!! As always, I am SUPER proud of you all! Enjoy these next few weeks!