I may have mentioned it once or twice, but I'm going to run a marathon this weekend. No biggie.
|Kim and I taking a run|
- Get extra sleep. At Kim's suggestion, I started heading upstairs early and turning off the lights about 45 minutes before I usually go to sleep. I probably won't sleep much the night before, so I'm trying to bank sleep as much as I can.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. I'm drinking as much water as I can to make sure my muscles are ready to work.
- Visualize the race. Even though the runner's guide made me sweat, I'm still using a few minutes every day to picture myself running at a comfortable pace, pain free towards an in-sight finish line.
- Engage in positive self-talk. I want to psych myself up, so I try and tell myself a few times a day that by this time next week, I'll be a marathoner.
- Stretch and foam roll. It can only help me at this point.
- Drink. Sorry, Sam, but we're not friends right now. It dehydrates me and I don't need the calories.
- Diet. On the other hand, I don't need to cut calories right now, either.
- Try anything new. Now is not the time to try CrossFit, eat at a new Indian buffet or buy a new outfit for the race. Time to stay with the tried and true.
- Stress out about the weather. There's nothing I can do to change it, so no need to think about it.
- Try to fit in an extra workout or push myself during my runs. I'm not going to get any faster/stronger/fitter/leaner/smarter in the next few days, so a tough workout would only serve to exhaust me.