“My thoughts can sometimes run hot, cold, quick slow or to the very topic of running. My aim is to just keep thinking – and running.”
I am not running this weekend at the Toronto Waterfront marathon but have some running friends who are. My goal was to be at the start line but hundred mile training weeks en-route to a marathon attempt at the Ottawa marathon this spring and some cranky hips are keeping me at home.
This blog is for my Toronto marathon digital champion friends and all those lacing up for the Toronto marathon or any other race this weekend.
How to say sane before the race
Relax, kick back and relax your mind. The work is done – its time to get ready to race.
Podcast about good running book.
If able set aside 5-10minutes to just sit quietly and meditate or just clear your mind and relax. You may not realize how wound up or stressed you are (excitement can still get you tight and stressed).
Last minute tips
- Prepare ahead of time and have your stuff packed, your race day gear ready and your bib (with pins) set to go.
- Make sure you have cheap throwaway warm up gear
- Throw plastic garbage in drop bag in case of rain (cheap rain coat)
- Limit your time on feet day before at race Expo – quick browse then go relax.
- Stay hydrated and eat healthy, nothing out of the abnormal and plan your race day breakfast.
- Gently stretch and stay loose.
- If you want to get a pre-race massage, ensure its just to relax and not too deep or anything you are not used to.
- Set the alarm and have a back-up.
- Know your A, B and C plans for race day.
- Go out and get 100% out of yourself.
Race day tips
- Remember your plan and your goals
- Focus on getting 100% out of yourself
- Remember you cannot control weather
- Get yourself well-positioned and good spot for your pace at start
- Do not go out too fast, remember you have 26.2 miles to run
- Relax, breath and bring down heart rate and focus n locking into your pace
And make sure you have fun. Even if you do not run as expected – remember you volunteered, no animals were harmed in the running of your race and that you will live to run again!
Run on my friends. Each footstep is a victory and let the finish line welcome you with its warm sense of accomplishment when you meet it.