You’ve done all the hard work, now make sure you get the starting line feeling good. Robert Sevene, Coach of Olympic Gold Medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson, tells in the video what he likes to do for the last 2 weeks of marathon training. Here are some key points not to forget.
1) Your last hard workout should be 10 day out from race day. Give your body plenty of time to get ready for the big day.
2) Keep your routine. Even though you are not running as much, stay on the same time schedule with running and meals. Make sure you are hydrating well now. If you do do a drastic taper, adjust your calories down a bit.
3) Don’t try anything new. This is not a good time to try a new pair of shoes, new stretches etc.. play it safe and do what has been working.
4) Be Calm. If you have put a lot of time and energy into training, you are bound to be nervous, and it is normal to think “I should have…could have.” Don’t let negative thought creep in your head. Nerves also make you tired, so an extra nap or two is a good thing.
5) Kick back a little. Sure there is a lot of energy surrounding race day, but don’t plan on site-seeing until AFTER the race. Save those legs.