The Day Before The Marathon

Well it’s the day before the marathon and I have just come back from my 25 min easy run with a few 10 second strides thrown reminding my legs what they have to do tomorrow. It’s only 8:30 in the morning and now what to do for the rest of the day? It’s hard to stay relaxed and rested with all the extra energy that is waiting to burst. It’s easier when I am staying in a hotel room, because there is not much to do but read and watch TV and maybe wander the halls a little. When I’m at home I start thinking about things I should do, like, maybe the floor could use a quick vacuum or those weeds I never got to this summer should be yanked. Don’t do it! I know it’s hard but try to get lost in a good book. Stretch out on the bed and put your feet up. Maybe even take a little nap. I try to get a 20 minute nap in but not longer than that because it may keep me from falling asleep on the early side tonight. It’s an early wake up at 5:30 and a long morning, so getting rest is key. I always have trouble sleeping the night before a big race so I want to be sleepy by 9:00. I have already picked up my race number so I am ready for tomorrow. The rest of the day I keep a water bottle with me to remind myself to hydrate all day. You know what they say, when you’re peeing clear, you are hydrated. I think about my strategy a little, remind myself of the course and where the aid stations will be and then try not to think too much more or my stomach starts to get knotted up. All in all, it’s not my favorite day but before I know it, I will be toeing the line once more and hoping the marathon gods will be on my side.

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