by Dan Soleau

 

Marathon Monday is 1 week away.  You should be proud of yourself!  If you followed a 20 week program, you’ve probably logged 600+ miles!  By now, you’ve done your long run and have started tapering.  From here on out, it’s all about maintenance.

 

Take care of yourself.  Eat good things.  Stay on your training program and get those last runs in.  Sleep.  You have more time for it now that your weekends aren’t being hijacked by 18 and 20 mile long runs.

 

If this is your first marathon, you’re probably nervous.  That’s okay.  That’s completely normal.  26.2 miles is a big deal.  Just remember – all of your work, months and months of training, all the GU and Gatorade – it’s in the bank.  Other than taking care of yourself, there’s no “extra” thing you can do to better prepare you for the Marathon.  There’s no super food you haven’t tried that’s going to make you go faster, there are no magic shoes that are going to make 26.2 miles any easier, and there’s no secret exercise you can do that’s going to get you in better shape.

 

Take care of yourself and make good choices.  Avoid high-risk activities.  The last thing you want to do is go skiing down a black diamond and blow out your knee.  Have your race weekend planned out and stick to the plan.  Make sure you get good sleep the Friday and Saturday before race day.  Stay hydrated.  Enjoy all the extra free time you have.

 

If you’re used to having a glass of wine or two the night before your long run, it’s perfectly fine to enjoy a glass of wine or two the night before the Marathon.  If you drink coffee, no need to cut down on your regular intake.  Taper should be business as usual, with mindful awareness.

 

There is only one Boston Marathon, and this year’s race will be unlike any other.  Enjoy the day.  Remember – all that hard work is in the bank.  It’s there for you to tap into on race day.

 

If this is your first time running Boston, get ready for one of the greatest experiences of your life.  If you’ve run Boston before, get ready for a Boston unlike any other.