-->For more than four months we have trained running those elusive 26.2 miles of silliness that will reward us with a new title "Marathoner", and now we are 6 days away. The main goal of race-week
workouts is to keep an equilibrium between resting and maintaining. Some
of us like to visualize the race-day
routine by doing some last
race-simulation workouts, knocking out last kinks in our nutrition
plans, and doing a final dress rehearsal in the shoes and clothes we
will be wearing this weekend.
Training with some runners from the DTLA Running Group.
One of the hardest things to keep in check this week are nerves. Suddenly we are hit with fear.
We see ourselves stand on the starting
line and wonder: Am I going to make it today? The marathon makes us feel
vulnerable — suddenly we are a number among many trying to conquer
another world. Everyone is watching. While it is important to
get ourselves into a "running mode", it is also important that we do not let our nerves lead us to exhaustion. Over the next few days we should try to
get an extra hour or two of sleep each night. Chances are we’ll be too anxious or excited to sleep well on the
night before. A balanced diet and good hydration is equally important. We should run a little, and focus on those feet dancing on the pavement. They have accompanied us on many training runs, so why should they not be with us on the longest run of our lives? By owning our
feelings we have taken the first step toward gaining control over the
situation. In the spirit of Eleanor Roosevelt we gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in
which we really stop to look fear in the face. We must do the thing
which we think we cannot do. Question less, trust more — just do it.