I can’t believe it’s October already! It’s going to be such a busy month. I get my condo keys on the 13th, I’m running the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on the 18th, two of my most favourite cousins have birthdays on the 22nd and 25th, and I’ll be getting ready for yet another race on November 1st. More about that another day though… 😉
With the marathon being just 17 days away, I thought I’d share 7 things I’m going to focus on up until race day.
1. More water. There are days where I don’t even drink one glass of water. Not even one! How am I even still alive?! I’ve made it a goal to drink at least two of these glasses with every meal:
2. No junk. Eating junk makes me run like junk. It contributes to cramps, slower paces, heaviness, and just an overall feeling of blah. Some people I know can eat a pizza and drink a beer before a race and do just fine. I am not one of those people so from now until race day, it’s nothing but clean eats. I haven’t done a What I Ate Wednesday post in a while so maybe next week I’ll share a day of eats.
3. Sleep. I haven’t been sleeping well lately. A lot has been on my mind and so there are nights where I end up tossing and turning for 2-3 hours before I actually fall asleep. I don’t really know how to fix this or how to keep my mind from racing but I’m going to try to get to bed earlier in hopes that I’ll be able to fall asleep earlier.
4. Stretch and foam roll. I think I can count the number of times I have stretched and foam rolled on one hand. I tend to only do it when I feel like my body really needs it but the truth is that our bodies ALWAYS need it. I don’t even know if doing it daily will help me at this point but I’ll feel better about myself if I try!
5. Nothing new. This is not the time to try out new things whether it be running shoes, different foods, exercises, etc. I’ll be sticking to what is comfortable and familiar for the next couple of weeks. I’ve already been wearing running shoes as much as possible because I have a fear of hurting myself after what happened in Vegas. Supportive shoes only from now until race day!
6. Mental game. The hard work is done and I’m spending less time on my feet. This gives me more time to work on getting my head straight for the marathon. I’m going to re-read Mind Gym, come up with some words or mantras, study the race course and elevation so that I’m mentally prepared, and talk to coach PK about my racing strategy.
7. Welcome laziness. Reducing mileage during the taper can make people go stir crazy but I plan on welcoming laziness with open arms. I’m not going to try and do other active things to “make up” for the time I’m not running. Princeton will still get his walks but other than that, you can find me watching movies, eating boring food and planning how I’m supposed to get from the start line to the finish line on October 18th! 😀
Okay, here we go! Off to do my tempo run that I was supposed to do on Tuesday. Have a great day and HAPPY OCTOBER!!!