Three lessons learned of what NOT to do in the days before a marathon (side note: despite these lessons learned I'm still very happy with my time and performance but you can't help to think how you could have done better)
1. DO NOT walk all day every day in the days leading up to a marathon:
Ashley from Redonkulous Runner told me multiple times (via email, comments and her own blog posts) to try and not walk too much in the days before but obviously I didn't listen. I was in a new to me city and since we had two days before the race I wasn't going to just sit on my butt in the hotel. Looking back we probably should have utilized public transportation a bit more and I should have cut my multiple mile walk through the park down to a couple miles...oops!
|There were just too many fun sites to see!!|
On our first full day in Chicago I didn't eat a full meal until 3PM...bad idea. My stomach did not like me and decided it didn't want to keep anything in it's stomach for the entire day. Of course this did not help my nerves. Luckily, the day before the marathon I was super strict about eating 3 good meals that day and on time and my stomach forgave me.
|The 3PM first meal which was delicious BTW|
As marathon morning approached I was very nervous and began to analyze all my training and what I might have done to be more prepared. Maybe I should have ran more 20 milers or ran 22 or even 24 miles...6.2 miles is a lot more to run when you've never run past 20 before! As much as I tried to squash those thoughts knowing that there was nothing I could do about my training in the days before and that I was READY they kept getting overpowered by negative thoughts. I think this played a large part in me being SO nervous for the first half of the actual race.
Stay tuned for Part 1 - What not to do in the week AFTER a marathon :)
Question: What lessons have you learned about what not to do before a race?