The Week Before The Marathon
Well hello friends. Now THIS was a beautiful weekend! The weather was perfect for racing which is exactly what I did! I was at the Albion Hills Conservation area for the 5 Peaks race. I will do a full recap on Friday along with a shoe review of the new New Balance trail shoe!
Right now, I am coasting into the last week before my marathon and the goal is to do as little as possible, aside from a few runs to keep fresh and keep my legs spinning at a good cadence. I am racing Stage 7 at the Endurrun for the H+P Girls team. I have worked hard to build my milage, incorporate tempo and interval workouts and take a weekly rest day. Now that I am one week away from the marathon, here is what I am planning on doing.
Golfing: I know it sounds ridiculous, but I am doing light exercise and stretches that keep my limber. I have a golf tournament with work this week and I am planning on riding in the golf cart instead of walking the holes which is what I normally do.
Light running: Emphasis on the light. I tend to over train so I am trying to go for short runs and nothing more. I have done the work, the most important thing I can do at this point is rest. I am running the same amount of days in training, I just am decreasing the distance and focusing on quality over quantity.
Sleep: I am planning on spending the time that I would have spent training in bed sleeping instead. Fingers crossed that it will actually happen.
One session with a tempo pace: It is important to get your legs ready to punch out that high gear. I am planning to do an easier run on Thursday with 1-2 KM at race pace.
Playing with my food: Until Thursday, I will focusing on eating low carb to optimize fat burning for the race and I will also be cutting out caffeine so I have a super natural jolt the morning of the race. So basically, life will be bleak until Thursday when I start upping carbs. Glycogen stores are something that are built up over time so 3 days out, I will be adding more rice, sweet potatoes and healthy carbs to my diet. I will be focusing on making carbs 80-90% of my intake with the last couple days being low in fibre. The day before the race, it will be simple carbs to make sure my glycogen stores are topped up.
Water: I will be making sure to stay hydrated as I sloth around this week. I want to make sure that I make it to race day with a full tank and feeling well. This is NOT a fast or easy marathon course and I want to do as well as I can.
Skipping strength training. There will be no muscular gains for me this week. Focusing on a full rest for muscles.
What did you do this weekend?
Have you run a marathon? What are the best and worst things you did one week out?