It’s only 3 days away now!
1. Water (obviously)
Now is a good time to really focus on proper hydration all week long. The trick to drinking enough water is literally always having a full water bottle in front of you. Just like many people munch mindlessly, you’re pretty likely to sip mindlessly if you have water right in front of you all the time.
-always have water in the car
-at your desk:
-with each meal
I count sparkling water, black tea, & the occasional juice towards my liquid goals. I would not count coffee.
Lot’s of free apps to help you keep track of your hydration. I like this one:
Don’t over hydrate on race morning! It’s pretty much just uncomfortable & has as many health risks as being dehydrated.
2. Eat right ( & more)
-focus on nutrient dense food (vegetables, fruit, whole grains, the good stuff!)
-don’t try any new foods the day before the marathon or on race day. You don’t want to risk having any stomach/digestive problems
I scheduled myself to go to yoga 3X this week. Already skipped class #1, hopefully I will make the other 2…
I’ve been tracking my sleep with my fitbit. Hoping to get solid 8 hours the next few nights. You likely won’t sleep well the night before race day & go-time is usually a 3am alarm. Adrenaline can get you through one sleepless night but having solid rest all week makes that achievable.
5. Find some inspiring music.
Spice up your playlist! I’m weird & can overplay a song like no one else. Marathon #1 this song did the trick:
Marathon #2, this song did the trick:
We’ll see what I keep hitting back for this year. Pretty much all of these songs will be on the playlist. I like to have a massive playlist so if something isn’t doing the trick I just skip to the next song.
6. Imagine the finish line!
I hope I make it this year. I have accepted the fact that I did not really train & am likely going to hurt like hell & be very slow. Just hoping to cross the line! Imagining a successful race really helps get your mind in the right place. I am a firm believer that running a marathon is 95+% mental.