The Chicago Marathon is one week from today! And today marks the end of Week 17 of training on the Hansons Marathon Method. I don’t have much to report this week since I haven’t run in now 9 days due to the pain in my shins I wrote about earlier this week.
At this point, the good news is:
- I don’t have a stress fracture.
- I no longer feel pain when I walk or put pressure on my foot. And as of today I don’t have pain anymore when I hop on my left leg. It’s really just very sensitive to the touch still.
- I got in two good swims this weekend (all pulling with a pull buoy – and my arms are feeling it!) so I don’t feel like a completely lazy person like I did a few days ago.
At this point the bad news is:
- I’m feeling a little nervous about the fact that I haven’t run now in 9 days, and probably won’t run this week until the race. I know I’m prepared, but still.
- Since I haven’t run on it I have no idea what my shin is going to feel like when I do.
I am determined to get to the start line and at least give it a try. The pace I’ll go out at will be dependent on how things are looking later this week. I qualified for and will start in Start Corral C based on my half marathon time, and as I was telling my friend who is also training on Hansons and starting in the C corral, when I ran Chicago in 2011 it literally was like everyone in this corral went out at 8:00 pace. So of course I did as well, and it was my fastest mile of the race I think this time I will have no choice but to be much more disciplined about the pace I go out at given everything that’s going on.
Given my lack of running updates this week, I thought I’d share my list of 10 things I do the week of a big race. Despite all the stuff with my shin, I will still be doing these things and hoping for the best!
10 Things to Do the Week of a Big Race
- Lay out all race day essentials before you start packing to make sure you don’t forget anything (shoes, socks, shorts, top, visor, nutrition products, water bottle, Garmin, Road ID, etc.). If it’s an out of town race bring a few options so you’re prepared based on how the weather turns out. Right now Chicago is looking like highs in the 60′s and lows in the 50′s with rain on Sunday. I’ll probably be bringing something to wear at the start that I can just toss.
- Start dreaming about the running celebrities you might see at the expo. Ok, so this only works for certain races, but I guess I’m just still psyched about meeting Scott Jurek (photo below) at the 2011 Chicago marathon. This year, if I can actually move after the race, I’m planning to go check out Matt Frazier’s book signing Sunday evening for No Meat Athlete.
- Figure out how to get to the start from your hotel if it’s an out-of-town race. Luckily at Chicago I can just walk out of the hotel and follow the crowd. My hotel is less than a mile from the start so it will be a good little warm up.
- Hydrate a LOT all week.
- Secure the food you need for breakfast the morning of the race. I usually get a banana and bagel, and eat them with Justin’s Honey Almond Butter. It’s my thing.
- Rest and enjoy the taper! This won’t be hard for me this time since I’m not running at the moment.
- Get in lots of protein and carbs. I like to do protein with tart cherry juice the week of a race.
- Have a mantra and just start internalizing it. This race I’m keeping it simple - my mantra is “Sono forte” – italian for “I am strong”.
- Round up a cheering squad. Or even just a family member who is willing to pop up at a couple locations along the course, standing on the sidelines drinking a beer and making you wish you were them!
- Remind yourself of where you’ve been (the weeks and weeks of hard work you put into training) and how prepared you are. This should help squash any doubts you have. I am trying to remind myself of this right now, and I am confident that if my leg can handle it I will make it through this race because I know that 16 weeks of Hansons training has be ready to go!
What are your tips for the week before a big race?
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